Everybody Else’s History — Believing this requires seeing!

By Lisa Rice ALLIANCE – This is the official launch for a series of articles in the County Compass. We’re calling it “Everybody Else’s History!” I feel honored to have been entrusted with a wide variety of items –  antiques, curiosities, and you-name-its. Much of it resides behind our house in what originally began as a ‘man cave’ for my husband, Jake Rice! Our collection began because Jake and I each came into our marriage with a few little treasures. They were from our individual histories and past experiences. The first item was Jake’s pool table. You see, I no longer wanted the pool table in the…

RUNAWAY JUVENILE | Candy Marie Pero

W/F, Age 17, DOB 05/23/2003, 5’07”, 150 lbs, Dyed Red Hair, Hazel Eyes Summary: Candy has been reported as a missing person / runaway from her residence in Newport, NC on 03/16/2021. Last seen wearing a pink sweater with “Emerald Isle” on the front & blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to notify the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, Detective Courtney Howell, (252) 728-8400 or Carteret County Communications at (252) 726-1911. Subject has been entered NCIC. Case # 21030967C. Update: New tattoos on right inner arm. Candy is believed to be traveling with Zaniya Jones, reported as…

Bias okay if we do it, says National Public Radio (First in three-part series)

Editor’s note: This article appeared in December on the website of National Public Radio. The piece carried a self-laudatory headline:“NPR’s ‘Code Switch’ is an overnight sensation 7 years in the making.” The County Compass offers this NPR commentary for our readers with no other critique.                                            By Kelly McBride, Public Editor | National Public Radio | Commentary WASHINGTON, D.C. –  NPR assembled a team of journalists in 2013 to plow new ground at the intersection of race and culture. In 2016, the ‘Code Switch’ team launched a podcast. Apple nam…

‘Almost new’ ambulance saves taxpayers big bucks!

BAYBORO – A huge thank you, and accolades, to the Pamlico County Rescue Squad for an innovative procedure that upgrades and improves much of an existing ambulance, saving the County Commission (and ultimately the taxpayers) $75,000. T.W. Harris, Captain of the Rescue Squad, explains: “This ambulance, known as EMS 3, was an original 2010 Braun Ambulance first purchased in October 2010 for $173,000. After 10 years of extensive use, and having been driven 125,000 miles, the recent remounted module is a lower cost way of getting a new ambulance. “Basically the box is taken off the current chass…

First Annual ‘Trump Luncheon’ set for Saturday, March 13

By Dave Wickersham, Chairman | Pamlico County Republican Party ORIENTAL – The first annual Trump Luncheon will be held immediately following our Pamlico County Convention at Brantley’s Village Restaurant on Saturday, March 13 at noon. Tickets are limited so please let us know if you would like tickets by calling Carol Brookman at (252) 670-5625, or me at (252) 269-4101. Our guest speaker for the Convention is Kyshia Lineberger, RNC Committeewoman from North Carolina. Kyshia will give us an update on what is going on and future plans of the Republican National Committee and some insight int…

New Bern selects Police Chief

Opening had pool of 74 applicants By Colleen Roberts | Public Information Officer | City of New Bern Deputy Chief Patrick Gallagher, from Virginia Beach, Va., has accepted the position of Chief of Police for the New Bern Police Department. His first day in the office will be Monday, March 22. He takes over after the retirement of Chief Toussaint Summers, Jr. on March 19.  Gallagher’s law enforcement career spans more than 30 years and started when he joined the United States Army Military Police Corp in 1983. In 1990, he joined the Virginia Beach Police Department and advanced through the ranks…

Beaufort man charged in statutory sex offense with a child case

CARTERET COUNTY, NC – On Wednesday, deputies arrested Joey Blair Lawrence, 46, of Beaufort, on charges of felony statutory sex offense with a child under 15. In February, detectives launched an investigation into a report of possible sexual abuse. Detectives say a child told a child forensic interviewer at Carteret Children’s Advocacy Center about the alleged incident. Detectives spoke with Lawrence before charging him. Lawrence was placed under a $100,000 secured bond and had his first court appearance in Carteret County District Court on Thursday morning.…

FISHES & LOAVES receives $50,000 donation

By Bill Miles ORIENTAL – Pamlico County Fishes and Loaves Outreach, affectionately know by the acronynm PCFLO, has served as an important food pantry for the past 14 years. Needy clients are increasing and, as a result, the nonprofit’s food storage needs are also increasing. PCFLO will soon move its distribution center from the current location at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church to a newly purchased facility at 108 Straight Road in Oriental. The church’s generous donation is an incredible step forward, but more funding is being sought. PCFLO began its mission in 2007, distributing…

Carteret County authorities recover body of man near Jarrett Bay industrial park

CARTERET COUNTY, NC – Emergency responders have found and recovered the body of a 41-year-old man who fell off a floating dock into Core Creek Canal and is believed to have drowned. Emergency responders were called to Jarrett Bay Marine Industrial Park at about 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning, after a report that the man was missing and may have fallen into the water on Sunday afternoon. The Sheriff’s Office, Carteret County Emergency Services, Beaufort EMS, Beaufort Fire Department, Atlantic Beach Fire Department, Morehead City Fire Department, North Carolina Marine Patrol, North Carolina…

GOP falls one vote shy of veto override

RALEIGH – Three Democratic state senators did the old Raleigh ‘flip-flop’ Monday. This newspaper thanks Dr. Terry Stoops, director of the Center for Effective Education at the John Locke Foundation, for his analysis: “Senate Democrats had a choice between politics and parents. On Monday night, they chose politics. And parents will never forget it. Senate Democrats’ loyalty to Governor Cooper and the N.C. Association of Educators outweighed their commitment to the idea that families should have in-person instructional options. Politics trumping principle is nothing new, but it’s st…

Lonely, neglected bridge due attention

News Analysis COVE CITY – A remote – but nevertheless important – bridge across the Neuse River in the far northwest corner of Craven County is scheduled for a $13.8 million, 2.5 year extreme makeover. Make that TWO contiguous bridges on a sometimes dicey, rural, tree-shrouded stretch of Maple Cypress Road! One span over the actual Neuse River is 600 feet. An adjacent span crosses what is known as ‘overflow’ and it stretches for another 400 feet. In an email responding to questions from this newspaper, DOT officials reported this week that the replacement bridges “will be slightly higher – the…

Message from Health Department Regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine

This is an important message from the Pamlico County Health Department regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine.** Due to the extremely limited supply of the vaccine provided to us each week, the state of North Carolina has mandated that the only citizens currently allowed to receive the vaccine at this time are: •Citizens in Group 1- Healthcare Workers and Long-Term Care Staff and Residents; •Citizens in Group 2- Adults 65+ years old; and •Some Citizens in Group 3- Childcare and school workers, both public and private institutions. If you, or someone you know, falls into any of these categories and h…

Attempt to override Cooper veto set for Monday night

RALEIGH – The N.C. Senate will vote Monday evening to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 37, which requires schools to offer some form of in-person instruction. The measure passed the legislature with bipartisan supermajorities. Three Democratic senators prioritized children’s interests on the first vote; if they don’t switch, veto override will succeed. A poll conducted last week shows 73 percent of voters support requiring schools to reopen while 22 percent oppose. Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) said:  “Three Democratic senator…
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