11th Year Proves Charm for Dragon Boat Races

RIVER DUNES – Paddlers and spectators alike embraced a series of races throughout the day on Saturday, which featured more ‘photo finishes’ than ever before. Festival organizer Flora Moorman praised all who participated, and promised the event would return again in 2022! Community-Championship Final 1st Place – Oriental Dragon Masters Community-Survivor Consolation Final 1st Place – JoJo Workin’ Military Challenge Championship Race 1st Place – Neuse Winds Freedom Riders Printable Version…

Severely injured in accident, young woman launches ‘Go Fund Me’ campaign

My name is Daquiana Jarvis, daughter of Ansel Jarvis and Regina Moore-White who are natives of Pamlico County. Age 20, I am an independent young lady, working hard to live on my own and support myself financially. I had no idea on July 4, 2021 how much this would change. This is the day that I was involved in a terrible car accident, which resulted in me losing two fingers on my left hand. This horrible ordeal has taken a mental toll on me. Many times I cry and cannot stop myself from constantly reliving the accident in my mind. Thankfully I have a great support system that is helping and assures me that ev…

Eastern Carolina Council, Part 3 — A year ago, COVID-19 cash flowed freely

Eastern Carolina Council got its share!   The original sales pitch to Uncle Sam (summarized here in an ECC slide dated June 30, 2021) used a title full of ‘buzzwords’ The ECC’s actual use of the $400,000 (from same slide presentation) is more mundane with no mention of COVID-19 relief. News Commentary NEW BERN – The Eastern Carolina Council is a quasi-governmental agency, charged by North Carolina to look out for smallish, rural counties and municipalities that may lack the staff and resources to adequately perform all of the unfunded mandates thrown at them by the General Assembly. So b…

‘AEROSOL PARTICLES SMALL ENOUGH TO GO THRU ANY MASK’

Indiana doctor’s articulate, coherent presentation temporarily eludes social media video censors, netting millions of views! MT. VERNON, INDIANA – Thanks to many alert readers, each day I receive a ton of Internet ‘links’ to hot topic articles and videos. Monday morning, I opened an email from my friend Rick Happ, who urged me to “watch this YouTube video quickly, before Google takes it down.” I immediately complied. On Aug. 6, in less than seven minutes during a meeting of the local school board, Dr. Dan Stock had given absolutely the best synopsis of what has happened over the past 18 months…

OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING IN PAMLICO COUNTY

BAYBORO – District Attorney Scott Thomas and Pamlico County Sheriff Chris Davis announced that an officer-involved shooting occurred in Pamlico County on Tuesday August 10, 2021 at approximately 9:40pm. The initial investigation revealed that the shooting occurred at a residence located at 1773 Kennels Beach Road, Grantsboro, NC. A Pamlico County Sheriff’s Deputy went to the residence alone at approximately 9:10pm to serve an order for arrest for failure to appear in court on driving while impaired and related charges. The person to be served was Marvin Richard Hitchcock, Jr., a 71 yea…

2021 Alumnus of the Year goes to PCC graduate Joyce Swimm

PCC CAMPUS – Joyce Swimm, center, accepts the 2021 Pamlico Community College Alumnus of the Year Award during the July 26 meeting of the PCC Foundation Board of Directors. Swimm, a 1996 PCC graduate, currently works as office manager at Pamlico Christian Academy and also serves as co-pastor at The Firehouse Church in Reelsboro with her husband, Garth Swimm Jr. She formerly served as executive director of the Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce. Nominators noted Swimm’s integrity, saying she was highly respected by peers and was always willing to lend a helping hand. They also called her a “ca…

Eastern Carolina Council, Part 2 | Plenty of smoke makes finding fire difficult

News Commentary NEW BERN – Through the haze, there appears to be a blaze. Here is what this newspaper has been able corroborate from a variety of sources: The ECC’s executive director Katie Bordeaux was abruptly fired on July 22, after a three hour closed session of the governing board (which was off-limits to the public and to news media). An equally abrupt resignation of the ECC’s law firm, Grady-Quattlebaum, just two days earlier. A public records request from his newspaper that has not been acknowledged. Questions over the administration of a $400,000 grant from the federal government’s…

Champion Sports & Fitness Celebration — August 14

BAYBORO – Congratulations to Champion Sports & Fitness on the move to a new location along Hwy. 55 next to the ABC store. Save the Date! Next week, we’ll have complete details on the fitness center’s Grand ReOpening extravaganza.…

Recreational catch dwarfs commercial across many fish species

By Easton Edwards | News Opinion EASTERN NC – In 2020, recreational anglers once again caught more numbers and poundage of targeted fish species in North Carolina. The recently released Annual Fisheries Bulletin put out by the NC Division of Marine Fisheries has the data to support the numbers. In the chart that accompanies this article, note how capture concerns what I consider to be the most sought-out species (except for Southern Flounder) of anglers heading to our coast. To be sure, some anglers get their kicks by hunting other species, but the numbers indicate the eight species reflecte…

Two South Carolina men arrested following two county chase

CARTERET COUNTY — On 07/29/2021, Carteret County Deputies arrested Joshua Raymond Cates, 24, of Aiken, SC and Devin Brian Cooper, 25, of North Augusta, SC following a two-county car chase in a stolen vehicle. At approximately 3:30pm Newport police attempted to stop the stolen vehicle from Aiken, SC which fled through the streets of Newport before traveling west on Hwy 70 into Havelock. The vehicle briefly eluded police before being called in by a citizen as traveling east on Hwy 101 through Craven County back towards Carteret County. Deputies picked the vehicle back up and chased it t…

Re-build of New Bern’s beloved Rec Center focus of FEMA visit

City officials are optimistic that a public hearing Thursday night, July 29, will present a convincing case that any reconstruction of the Stanley White Recreation Center on its original site will NOT alleviate the risk of future flooding. A FEMA study known as a Draft Environmental Assessment is expected to recommend that a comparable facility should be built on a 3.4 acre site of much higher elevation. Fortunately, the proposed location lies between Broad Street and Gaston Boulevard, near the original recreation site. The hearing is open to the public from 7pm to 9pm at 800 Cedar Street in…

Health officials advocate for caution after fox tests positive for rabies

CARTERET COUNTY, NC – After two fox bites, Carteret County Animal Control is encouraging the public to take precautions and avoid interacting with wildlife. The first incident occurred on the morning of Friday, July 23. Officers responded to a call around Core Creek Road, off U.S. Highway 101 near Beaufort, after a fox bit a person. That fox tested positive for rabies. Another encounter of a fox biting a person occurred Friday evening in Morehead City near a residence on Country Club Road and Country Club Court. Animal Control was unable to locate and capture the second fox, so it is unknown if t…

Accolades pour in, while PCC Prez tackles homework

PAMLICO COMMUNITY COLLEGE – Ranked 2 in the nation, by SmartAsset. First in USA for ‘student outcomes’ by WalletHub. List of 150 Elite, by Aspen Institute. And, the list goes on. President Jim Ross, in a recent press release, said he is “humbled and pleased” by the national recognition, while quickly crediting “our dedicated and caring employees who are selflessly committed to the noble goal of making lives better.”  On the job for five years, Ross also gets high marks – from elected officials, students, and even this newspaper. Here is a ‘for instance.’ On Tuesday afternoon of this week, we as…
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