Rally in Richmond Huge, armed & peaceful

By Eric Noevere Contrary to the media warning of violence at the Jan. 20 pro Second Amendment Rally in Virginia, it turned out to be a peaceful celebration of the freedom to keep and bear arms, protest peaceably, and freedom of speech. I had the great pleasure of attending. I met many very nice people and in spite of the mid 20’s temperatures and biting north wind, they were in a very good and positive mood. I got up at 02:45 am and drove to the Virginia Civil Defense League’s satellite parking area at the “Diamond,” a sports arena. This is 2.9 miles from the Capital. There was shuttle bus service which I…

. . . Shall Not Be Infringed!

BAYBORO – With hands raised at the behest of County Commission Chairman Pat Prescott, a standing room only crowd packed the Courthouse to its gills Tuesday night – almost all them eager to demonstrate overwhelming support for a Proclamation initiated by Pamlico County Sheriff Chris Davis. Only a half dozen or so attendees signaled that they opposed the measure. The document, unanimously approved, designates Pamlico County as a “Constitutional Rights Protection County for Second Amendment Rights.” The movement – which is growing rapidly — was recently triggered by state electio…

One man’s quest for better sleep

By Gordon Allison, Jr. | Technical Engineer Editor’s note: Mr. Allison is a regular contributor to this newspaper. Many readers may remember his fascinating multi-installment series on the mystery surrounding the disappearance of pilot Amelia Earhart. Here, he offers first hand experience that whatever a doctor initially recommends is not always to the best option. DENVER, COLORADO – We lived outside of Denver  (the “mile-high city”) when I had my first cancer surgery. While recuperating I slept in a recliner to avoid post-surgical pain. I noticed I kept waking up – apparently from NOT B…

Fate fuzzy for golf course | Membership confirms intent to sell

MINNESOTT BEACH – Ed Kujat, the president of Minnesott Golf and Country Club, told town officials Tuesday night “we are moving forward to sell the club” and that a recent vote among club members was “59 to 1” in favor of doing so. After an August decision by the town’s elected officials not to pursue a purchase option for the golf course and related buildings, Kujat said “four candidates approached us” with a Jan. 15 deadline for “our members to evaluate all materials submitted.” If the town is to re-enter the ranks of prospective purchasers, Mayor Tim Fowler and his colleagues on the board learne…

METH, HEROIN DEALERS SENT TO PRISON

Beaufort, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the following convictions obtained by guilty pleas entered by defendants just prior to their cases being called for jury selection and jury trial. Resident Superior Court Judge Josh Willey presided over this trial term of court, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney David Spence. DANIEL SANGABRIEL, 31, of Newport, pled guilty to Trafficking in Methamphetamine. Carteret County Sheriff’s Office investigators obtained a search warrant to search Sangabriel’s residence in Newport, and…

Local man deters phone scam with his own bag of tricks

ORIENTAL – Ed Morgan, retired from General Motors, admits to being a senior citizen, but unlike some of today’s trusting elderly folks, he can usually sense within seconds when a scammer calls. In fact, you might say that Morgan is a scammer’s worst nightmare! “But this one Monday had a new wrinkle,” chuckled Morgan, who asked the newspaper for help in publicizing the sophisticated fraud. “It came in as one of those spoof-type phone numbers, which makes it look like a local call.” A congenial fellow, Morgan usually sees the scammer’s deception as an opportunity to have some fun. “He was trying t…

Potholes plague town, say Bayboro residents

BAYBORO – An irate crowd of approximately 35 citizens packed the Town Hall Tuesday night. Vanessa Cole, her husband Joseph, and David Roberson, each of whom are town residents, led the discussion, which was directed at Mayor Keith Cowell, and town council members J.E. Hardison, Kelvin Credle, Roosevelt Stokes, and Vennie Himbry. “The town’s drainage, ditches, and roadways are our concern,” said Vanessa, “and where do we go from here? We have pictures and I also have video.” Roberson and others lamented that recent asphalt patches are far from adequate solutions for Bayboro’s decaying inf…

HEROIN TRAFFICKER SENT TO PRISON FOR MORE THAN 16 YEARS

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court today, MILTON EUGENE LANCASTER, a/k/a “Red”, 54, of Vanceboro, was convicted by a jury following a two-day trial of heroin trafficking and related offenses, and received a prison sentence of more than 16 years. Resident Superior Court Judge Josh Willey presided over this term, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Robert McAfee. A fight and stabbing occurred outside Lancaster’s residence on Mile Road in Vanceboro. The person who had committed the stabbing had come fr…

Carteret County man arrested after leaving phone with child porn on it at New Year’s Eve party

BEAUFORT, NC – Carteret County deputies arrested a man after he left his phone at a neighbor’s house and the person who found it discovered child pornography on it. On Wednesday, January 1, a Carteret County Sheriff’s Office detective responded to the Magistrate’s Office in Beaufort after the person who found the phone described seeing pornographic images of children on it. The reporting person stated that Donald Earl Willis, 61, of Gloucester was attending a New Year’s Eve party and left his phone at the residence where the party occurred. The following morning, the owner of the residence d…

Massive blaze erupts in Bayboro neighborhood

Dry, seasoned, and neatly stacked firewood fueled the wrong type of blaze Monday night – as it erupted into massive flames mere feet from a single family home on South Avenue in Bayboro. The Bayboro, Grantsboro-Silverhill, and Reelsboro Volunteer Fire Departments each arrived within minutes of each other – quickly extinguishing the inferno, which had ignited under a metal canopy of the sort usually used for vehicles. This time, however., the shelter served as a tinderbox, loaded to the gills with a mixture of small logs and kindling – eager to burn! The pesky fire was doused — first wit…

Fossil Museum welcomes 22,000th visitor!

AURORA – Cindy Crane, executive director of Aurora Fossil Museum, always sets ambitious goals for her beloved museum, but this one seemed way out of reach. However, holiday shopping traffic at the amazing Gift Shop generated a last minute rush, culminating with the Monday, Dec. 30 appearance of young Mr. Grayson, who is seen here with his grandparents – all framed by the massive jawbone of some ancient relic! The photo, taken by hard-working staffer Tyler Cornelius, hints at the museum’s fascinating discoveries, including a free, and super-popular ‘fossil-digging’ pit directly across M…

Want something done? Ask a busy person!

A Pamlico County native who has spent his career taking care of the community and helping it thrive is the newest member of the Pamlico Community College Board of Trustees. TW Harris, 40, was recently appointed as a Trustee by the Pamlico County Board of Commissioners. Harris currently works as captain of the always-busy Pamlico County Rescue Squad. He also serves on the Grantsboro Town Council. Harris said he looks forward to learning more about the college, including looking for additional ways it can help Pamlico County grow and develop. “I’m just really eager to learn what I can do to bette…

Motorists startled by ‘wolf-packing’

HWY 55 BETWEEN JAMES CITY & GRANTSBORO – Two law-and-order type sheriffs – Chris Davis of Pamlico and Chip Hughes of Craven – combined the might and muscle of their respective departments on Tuesday for a full-fledged traffic canvas, involving approximately 16 separate vehicles, and even more officers – a practice known in law enforcement circles as ‘wolf-packing.’ “This is part of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program,” explained Davis in a brief telephone interview. “We coordinated our efforts with those of Craven to do a series of live patrols, primarily along Highway 55 between J…

Read Trump’s six-page letter

Excerpts: “The Articles of Impeachment introduced by the House Judiciary Committee are not recognizable under any standard of Constitutional theory, interpretation, or jurisprudence. They include no crimes, no misdemeanors, and no offenses whatsoever.” “Speaker Pelosi, you admitted just last week at a public forum that your party’s impeachment effort has been going on for ‘two and a half years,’ long before you ever heard about a phone call with Ukraine.” “Before the Impeachment Hoax, it was the Russian Witch Hunt.” “You are the ones interfering in America’s elections. You are the one…

Shots fired in Monday’s high speed drug chase

PAMLICO COUNTY – On Monday, December 9th, 2019, Deputies with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged Kenneth Franklin Hill, Jr. with multiple drug and motor vehicle violations as a result of a high-speed chase. Over the past several months the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office has investigated Hill for his involvement in the use and distribution of Methamphetamines in Eastern North Carolina. At approximately 3:30 pm, Deputies noticed Hill operating a 2011 Buick Regal on NC Hwy 55 East near the Craven/Pamlico County line. When deputies attempted to stop Hill, he refused t…