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Before Langley Air Force Base: The muddy history of Shellbanks, Sherwood and other plantations of Elizabeth City County

Detonations echoed across the Back River as dynamite planted under tree stumps liberated them from the loamy swamp. Away from the blasts, the chatter of men filling in craters mingled with the sounds of axes chopping and saws gnawing at Virginia pines. And 105 years ago, the construction of the flying field in Hampton had begun. The U.S. government had acquired the swath of land — once a ...
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J.D. Lewis to buy waterfront EC Milling building

The developer of the Weatherly Lofts and Betsy Town Flats apartment projects in Elizabeth City plans to buy the former Elizabeth City Milling Co. building and renovate it as well. James Flanigan, vice president of J.D. Lewis Construction Management, told the Elizabeth City Morning Rotary Club Friday the company plans to buy the long-vacant waterfront building at the corner of Water and Ehringhaus streets by the end of the month. ...
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Mary Morrison Gillam of Camden, June 23

Mary Morrison Gillam, age 43, transitioned from this life on June 23rd at her Camden home surrounded by her beloved husband Dr. Robert Turner Gillam, III and treasured children: Liza, 15; Francie, 12; Bert, 7. Born to Nell and John Morrison, also of Camden, she is further survived by her...

Where can I help?

I know you have seen all the hurt the world seems to be perpetuating. You want to help, but it all seems too overwhelming. “I can’t see the forest for the trees,” we often say. With so many hurting people, broken families, divisive systems, corrupt leaders and decaying morality, how can we do anything that matters? It seems hopelessness is a breath away in every circumstance. I then try to...

Windsor man has been missing since June 18

Bertie County officials are seeking help locating a 34-year-old Windsor man. The man – Kendrick Maurice Williams – was last seen June 18, according to Bertie County Sheriff John Holley. Williams is described as an African American male who stands 6’-1” tall and weighs more than 200 pounds. He was last seen in the early morning hours of last Saturday (June 18). ...

Biz of the Year: EC Chamber honors Nicole J & Co.

A small downtown business that helps other businesses market their products is this year’s Business of the Year. Nicole J & Co. was named Business of the Year at the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Appreciation & Celebration event held upstairs at Seven Sounds Brewing Company, Thursday evening. “I am so overwhelmed right now,” said Nicole Hyatt, owner of Nicole J & Co. “Oh, my gosh, it has been...

Autopsy reports show murder victims shot multiple times

Autopsy reports show both adult victims of a fatal shooting in Elizabeth City in December suffered multiple gunshot wounds while a 3-year-old child victim — the daughter of one of the adults — suffered a fatal gunshot to the head. The reports, released several weeks ago, show 18-year-old Jaquan White suffered four gunshot wounds — two to his body, one to his right arm and one to his left leg; 39-year-old Takeyia De’Shay Berry suffered two gunshot wounds, one to her chest and one to...

Felton: Downtown needs public restroom facilities

Hertford town officials at the June 13 town council meeting celebrated the increased activity in Hertford’s downtown business district. A Downtown Hertford Saturday Morning Live Flea Market is being held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month during June, July and August. Mayor Pro Tem Ashley Hodges said that he was encouraged to see so much happening in downtown Hertford. The Friday...

Local talent represented on 2022 Steamers

EDENTON — In years past, the average Edenton Steamer could come from anywhere and would be a totally new face to fans who attended the summer games at Historic Hicks Field. That’s ultimately still the case for many players, but now with the Steamers in the more localized Premier Collegiate League as opposed to the Coastal Plain League, the players and coaches are becoming more localized as well. In 2022,...

Windsor observes Juneteenth celebration

The Juneteenth Celebration became a national holiday last year. While in the midst of the COVID -19 pandemic, the celebration in Windsor was restricted to a smaller event. This year organizer Randy Cherry and the Juneteenth committee made this event a larger festivity. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration in the United States. Juneteenth...

UNC System's five HBCUs offering free summer session classes for students

NORTH CAROLINA, USA — This summer the University of North Carolina System is providing an amazing opportunity for five Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that fall under their umbrella. Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University and Winston-Salem State...

Steamers defeat River Bandits Thursday for sixth straight win

EDENTON — The Edenton Steamers, at least as of Thursday evening, find themselves tied for first place in the Premier Collegiate League. They reached that point by beating the other first place team in the Tarboro River Bandits at home Thursday by a score of 4-2. It was Edenton’s first win in three tries against Tarboro this season and it was also the club’s sixth consecutive victory. ...

Chief Justice Newby visits Newbold White House

HERTFORD — The chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court continued his tour of the state’s 100 county courthouses Thursday by visiting the Perquimans County Courthouse in Hertford. But prior to going, Chief Justice Paul Newby and his wife also made a visit to the Newbold-White House, the state’s oldest brick residence. According to Penny Byrd, publicity chair for the Perquimans County Restoration Association, the nonprofit that oversees the...

Artists eye more Hertford mural projects (copy)

HERTFORD — Snug Harbor artist David LaPerrier wasn’t searching for a wall to paint a mural on when he happened to walk into The Hertford Bay Tap House. He was searching for Guinness on tap. LaPerrier found not only draft Guinness at Hertford Bay, he also struck up a friendship with Anna Robertson, a fellow artist who also works the tap house’s stick most nights. ...

Music City: EC tapped for music-economy program

Elizabeth City is one of three North Carolina cities tapped for a “Music City” pilot program designed to help municipalities develop a music-based economy. The city’s selection for the Music Cities program was announced at a meeting Thursday of the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Tourism Development Authority. The program is an initiative of Gov. Roy Cooper’s office in conjunction with the Music Cities Community program of the nonprofit Sound Diplomacy. “We are...

Allowing Brown suit, $3M payout an injustice

How many people died from the drugs sold by Andrew Brown Jr.? Maybe the families that lost their children to the drugs he sold should sue his family for $3 million. To make a martyr of a drug dealer, someone who was convicted of selling drugs, who ran from the law when they had guns pointed at him, is an abomination of both God and country! I have no respect...

Pocosin Arts School keeping with tradition

Tucked away on the banks of the Scuppernong River, at the end of Main Street in Columbia, The Pocosin Arts School of Fine Crafts has been attracting students, teachers, tourists and art enthusiasts from surrounding communities and distant shores since its inception in 1995. The tiny gem has a shining reputation as a catalyst for collaboration between instructors and students whose work may one day hang in galleries and shops across the globe. ...