Case For Arming Teachers

By R. Alan Harrop, Ph.D Editor’s note: Mr. Harrop resides in our area, and is a regular contributor to this newspaper.  The tragedy this past week in Uvalde, Texas, calls for a reassessment of student and teacher protection. This incident is another of several that show current procedures are not effective. The purpose of this article is to make the case for arming and training teachers (and other school staff) to assist in the defense of students and themselves against the evil of mass shooters. Here are some factors to consider: 1) Response Time Salvador Ramos, the killer at Cobb Elementary S…

MAYORAL CANDIDATE JEFFREY ODHAM CALLS FOR RUNOFF IN NEW BERN

By Jeffrey Odham After spending the Memorial Day weekend with my family, and participating in several events throughout our community, I have decided to call for a runoff in the race for Mayor of The City of New Bern. With just 4 votes separating first and second place, and neither candidate meeting the 50% plus 1 threshold, this race is undecided. From the moment the results came in on election night, I have fielded many calls, emails and texts from citizens and community leaders encouraging me to call for a runoff. I am very appreciative of all the support and votes received during the recent ele…

Shooting of endangered Red Wolf prompts reward

  TYRRELL COUNTY – The Animal Legal Defense Fund – the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals – is offering an additional $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for shooting and killing a federally protected, endangered red wolf. The shooting led to the rare wolf’s collapse, which experts believe led to the wolf likely drowning in mud, on April 15, 2022. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service estimates only 15-17 red wolves exist in the wild. “Killing a red wolf is not only tragic for the species’ surviva…

North Carolina Fossil Festival Chomping At The Bit in Aurora

AURORA – As you can see, this creature and some of his Jurassic friends are getting antsy! After months of anticipation, the prehistoric behemoths are raring to romp and roar all over town! But first, the creature shown above needs a name! The contest kicked off last month, with hundreds of emailed entries received. A select committee of judges have whittled an amazing variety of monikers down to the TOP THREE.  At 7pm on Friday, May 27 – on the grounds of the Aurora Softball Field – the assembled masses will determine the winning entry in the Festival’s first ever ‘Name the Dinosaur’ contest. Che…

More Good Deeds By Cub Scout Pack 683!

PAMLICO COUNTY – These hard-working Cub Scouts recently assisted White Hill Original Free Will Baptist Church with reseeding of the church lawn. Here, David Hollister, Pack Committee Chair, accepts a donation from Sherry Toler, White Hill treasurer, for efforts of the young scouts. …

UNOFFICIAL!! Single vote separates mayoral candidates

NEW BERN – Election experts say this type of micro-thin margin can go either way. It all boils down to ‘provisional’ and mail-in ballots, which are to be counted on May 25, followed two days later (on May 27) by the hoped-for certification of an accurate count.  Some reports have put these “in limbo” ballots at a whopping 77 additional votes.  At this point, how they will break out is anyone’s guess.  If and when the election is certified, the second place finisher has until June 2 to ask for a runoff.  Jeff Odham, an eight-year member of the Board of Aldermen – who gave up a secure seat to run for mayor –…

Black panther spotted as logging occurs in eastern Carteret

THEY EXIST !!!

Eyewitness encounter jibes with other credible reports over past decades TOWN OF BEAUFORT – I received a fascinating email Monday morning from Deanna Gillikin. For many years, she has lived adjacent to a dense wooded area, bounded in part by the North River and Taylor Creek. Sort of a one-way-in, one-way-out rural area, although it is not too far from modern civilization. As a good example, Google Earth shows a “Tesla Destination Charger” just a short drive from Gillikin’s home on Charlie Lewis Lane (east of town).  You might say this newspaper lends a sympathetic ear to Black Panther stories…

Part 3 of 4: ‘It’s the System, Stupid!’

Milking ‘The Grid’ for all it’s worth

Editor’s note: A former engineer with Motorola, Mr. Allison is a frequent contributor to this newspaper. As electric vehicles, 5G Internet, and cyber-currencies proliferate, Allison explains how utilities must adapt in order to accommodate increasing demands upon The Grid. USA – In Part 2 last week, you learned that AC current behaves differently from DC current. In this part, you will see how engineers are finding an “elegant solution” for moving extra electricity as the “Grid” will be called up to furnish ever-increasing quantities of AC power for the looming roll-outs of 5G wireless s…

Local Navy JROTC Unit takes 11TH in Nation

By Flora Moorman SAN DIEGO, CA – Students who comprise the Academic Team of the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps at Pamlico County High School competed with their peers on April 30 aboard the USS Midway –  placing eleventh overall.  Labeled TEAM JEOPARDY: A BRAIN BRAWL, the popular National Championship pulled from more than 500 Navy JROTC chapters across the USA. Expenses for the trip were largely funded by generous donations from local supporters in this area.  The Pamlico County High School group recently received yet another accolade: #1 Navy JROTC Unit in NC (for the tenth co…

Officials give sewer system $500K Proposed new library gets zilch

BAYBORO – No one put it quite this way, but maybe the unanimous thinking Monday night among the seven Pamlico County Commissioners was that our neck of the woods needs an expansion of sewage treatment more than a spanking new $2.1 million public library. Granted the comparison is a bit more draconian than mere apples to oranges. Part of the dilemma? Sewer system money can come from a $2.4 million pot of cash furnished by Uncle Sam, originally meant to cover a projected pandemic-induced loss of revenue by Pamlico County Government. Fast forward to less hysteria, when the Feds have basically said…