Down East couple arrested following ICAC Investigation

On 04/18/2022 Detectives with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Kelli Wells Harper, 28, of Beaufort, NC. Harper was charged as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation, conducted by Carteret County Sheriff’s Office ICAC Detectives. Harper was arrested on 04/18/2022 and equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized. Harper was charged with one count of Second-Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor-Distribution of Materials and two counts of Third- Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Mi…

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Electric Vehicle future not quite ready for ‘prime time’

By Dexter Liu ‘Thermal runaway’ is a dangerous condition unique to lithium-ion batteries. Overheating can end up in a catastrophic fire. “Battery fires, what consumers should know,” a Forbes article published September 16, 2021, revealed that while the EV manufacturers’ claims of limited inventory were due to chip shortages and supply chain problems, GM actually recalled more than 140,000 Chevy Volts due to the risk of battery fires. They’re not alone! Hyundai recalled 90,000 vehicles earlier, and Ford took back 20,000 of their electric plug-in hybrids in Europe b…

Home Care – A Growth Industry!

HAVELOCK – Last Friday, April 8, United Home Care cut the ribbon for its newest location at  474 US Hwy. 70 West – near Ziggy’s Cafe in a popular shopping center that serves this close-knit community. Home Care is a rapidly growing segment of the U.S. economy – and rightly so. Trained caregivers can offer as-needed services in homes of the elderly and infirm, which translates into a net cost savings for society as a whole. Call Susan Henry, RN at (252) 652-9010.…

Intricacies of historic City Hall require pricey and unique elevator design

NEW BERN – Elected officials voted unanimously Tuesday night to finance a $4 million elevator project, which includes a host of related improvements, in order to bring this venerable building into compliance regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. Although four area banks were contacted, only one – Truist Bank – replied with a formal proposal. Exactly $3.9 million will be financed over 15 years at a 2.86% annual APR. In late February of this year, bids were opened from four different contractors. Goldsboro-based Daniels and Daniels Construction Company submitted the winning fig…

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Beware ‘thermal runaway’ in EV battery fires

By Dexter Liu USA – Did anyone tell you — should you be contemplating buying an Electric Vehicle — that, NO, you are not saving the planet any more or less than if you continued to drive that gasoline car? In fact, you will continue to have a role in carbon production while driving electric. That’s because EV charging stations are plugged into the power grid (off-the-grid chargers are powered by diesel generators). Nationally, less than 3 percent of all power consumed in America comes from wind and solar combined.  And yes, our electric power grid… drum roll, please…i…

‘We’re off to see the Wizard!’

Join us for this wonderful adventure when a tornado rips through Kansas and Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away to the magical land of Oz. Follow the Yellow Brick to performances at The Old Theater on April 29th and 30th at 7pm and May 1st at 2pm. Tickets are available at Nautical Wheelers, Oriental and at The Old Theater Box Office, one hour prior to performances. Ticket prices are Adults: $15 and Children 12 & Under: $5. …

Vandemere hosts big ‘THANK YOU’ for hard-working disaster re-builders!

TOWN OF VANDEMERE – This small waterfront Pamlico County community opened its brightly decorated Town Hall on March 23 to show appreciation for those who contributed their time and talents to the Hurricane Florence victims.  These volunteers often slip in and out without being properly thanked for the difference they make in our town and county! Maryland-based “Brethren Disaster Ministry Group,” under coordinator Steve Keim; and Massachusetts-based  “Fuller Disaster Ministry Group,” under coordinator Rusty Cready, are just two of these groups that come from other states to share th…

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Bomb Threat at High School

BAYBORO – Details remain sketchy about a call received by the Pamlico County Emergency Management (911) system that apparently prompted an immediate evacuation of students on the campus of the Bayboro high school. No explosions and no injuries have been reported.  Chris Davis, Pamlico County Sheriff, told the County Compass that the call came in at approximately 10:15 am Tuesday, and he has been informed that three other school systems – West Carteret, Havelock, and “a school in Orange County” were similarly affected.  Davis said the State Bureau of Investigation has launched an immedia…

Person of Interest in commercial breaking and entering (Pamlico County)

The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office is requesting public assistance in identifying the individual in the attached photo as a person of interest in a commercial breaking and entering of a local Tobacco and Vape Shop in the Alliance community of Pamlico County that occurred on March 15, 2022.  If you have any information please contact the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office at 252-745-3101…