Bertie County, NC

PETA defends education plan in Bertie County

While the subject of tethering of animals, particularly dogs, looms large, especially during Bertie County’s recent heat wave, PETA continues to advocate and educate for the better treatment of the region’s pets through their boots-on-the-ground fieldwork program. At the July 18 county commissioner’s meeting, Bertie County Commission Chair John Trent made a point of stressing PETA’s need to educate the residents of Bertie County on animal welfare before he would consider any ordinances with tethering in mind. ...
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Festival a success in second year

WINDSOR - Temperatures hovering in the mid-90’s didn’t keep the crowd away as hundreds of local Bertie County residents, and some as far away as Greensboro, showed up Saturday for the second annual Bertie Alumni Community Association’s Seafood and Music Festival. “This heat may be keeping some people away, but we still have a good-sized crowd,” said Alumni President Jackie White, adding “We are pleased with the outcome, so far.” ...
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Rep. Goodwin delivers $50K to Merry Hill/Midway FD

MIDWAY - State Rep. Ed Goodwin (R-Chowan) recently surprised a Bertie County volunteer fire department with funding from the North Carolina General Assembly. According to Rep. Goodwin, the N.C. General Assembly allowed him $250,000 to spend as he chose. He said he decided to give the money in five $50,000 increments to fire departments in the region he represents. On Aug. 2, Merry Hill/Midway Volunteer Fire Department was the first...
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Windsor Seafood and Music Street Festival returns this weekend

WINDSOR, N.C. (WITN) - The second annual Windsor Seafood and Music Street Festival returns on Saturday. This festival is hosted by the Bertie High School Alumni nonprofit organization named Bertie Alumni Community Association (BACA) along with the Windsor-Bertie Chamber of Commerce. There will be food trucks, vendors, and live music...

Windsor man arrested in shooting

WINDSOR - On Monday, July 25, the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office arrested Earl Ali Bunch, 35, wanted for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to inflict serious injury and with intent to kill along with possession of firearm by felon. Windsor Police Chief Justin Jackson said the investigation began when Bertie County dispatch received a phone call from East Carolina Health of Greenville Police called and advised they had a shooting victim, who stated she was shot on Ghent St. in Windsor by Earl...

Matthews welcomed to Bertie High School

Bertie County school board members, administrators, friends, teachers and school district employees gathered in the coolness of the Bertie High School’s Media Center to offer a warm welcome to Jonathan Matthews, Bertie High School’s new principal. Matthews is a native of Fayetteville, where he graduated from Terry Sanford High School, the same high school alma mater as the world famous hip-hop artist J. Cole. The stylish Matthews, sporting a broad...

Festival slated for this weekend

WINDSOR - This is the weekend everyone is talking about and for which they have been waiting. A Seafood Festival with a five-entry Food Truck Rodeo, a car show and a music festival combined in downtown Windsor, on Saturday, August 6. The Bertie Alumni Community Association, in conjunction with the Windsor/Bertie Chamber of Commerce is presenting the event. It’s the second annual fundraiser to benefit the educational and community program...

Coastal Plain lures Godfrey back home

WINDSOR – Despite living in the fast lane in Raleigh, Edward Godfrey says he’s happy to enjoy a slower pace in his native Coastal Plain of North Carolina. Godfrey, a native of Currituck County, is the latest addition to the staff at the Bertie County office of NC Cooperative Extension. He arrived July 1 as the Field Crops Agent and Consumer and Commercial Horticulture Agent, joining a team that includes Extension Director Billy Barrow, Kathy Copeland (4-H Youth Development) and Elizabeth Baker (Family and Consumer Sciences).

Tethering tug-of-war begins

There could be a tug of war in the making over tethering dogs in Bertie County. The term tethering, as it refers to tying up and securing of one’s dog, tends to ruffle feathers, no matter what side of the line one is on. That was apparent at the July 18 Bertie County Board of Commissioners meeting when the subject, the fifth item on the meeting’s agenda, being presented by...

Bertie County Health Dept. clinics scheduled

WINDSOR - Bertie County Health Department partnering with Albemarle Regional Health Department announces its clinic schedule for April. Clinics are held at Bertie County Health Department – 102 Rhodes Ave. in Windsor. Hours at the Bertie County Health Department are from 8 a.m. — 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bertie County Health Department has extended...

Senate candidate Beasley to stump in region Wednesday

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Cheri Beasley is scheduled to make several stops in the Albemarle today as part of her “Standing Up for North Carolina” tour. Beasley, who is facing off against U.S. Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., in the November general election for an open U.S. Senate seat, plans to visit Camden, Perquimans, Chowan and Bertie counties, her campaign said in a press release Monday. The former chief justice...

Employee retention credit may be available

While many Bertie County business owners are still attempting to recover and reach yearly revenues that were significantly higher pre-2020 there may be light at the end of the struggle. For area businesses challenged to keep their doors opened and staff employed throughout the COVID Pandemic there is an opportunity to recoup some of those losses. The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) is a stimulus program designed to assist those businesses...


Out and About lists current events sponsored by nonprofit groups and churches in Bertie County. Please send listings to the Bertie Ledger-Advance, 109 South King St., Windsor, NC 27983, or e-mail them to All events must be submitted by 4 p.m. each Monday. Aug. 5 Fueston Brothers & Co Event EDENTON - The Chowan...

Community spread of COVID-19 remains high in Eastern Carolina

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Most of Eastern North Carolina is under a high risk for community spread of Covid-19, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Friday’s map shows that all of WITN’s viewing area is at high risk. That includes Bertie County, which was...

R-C area gains water/ wastewater funding

RALEIGH – Governor Roy Cooper announced on Wednesday that communities statewide will receive a record $789.4 million in water and wastewater infrastructure funding to help pay for 385 projects statewide, including 140 construction projects. “Clean drinking water is necessary for healthy families and thriving communities and businesses,” said Cooper....