Elizabeth City, NC

Southern Shores, joined by 5 other entities, files Amicus brief in Mid-Currituck Bridge case

(Town of Southern Shores) On June 23, the Town of Southern Shores announced that it had filed an Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) brief in the ongoing litigation over the Mid-Currituck Bridge on June 13. It is joined in that filing by the Town of Duck, Currituck County, Dare County Tourism Board, Duck Community and Business Alliance and Currituck Chamber of Commerce.
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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...
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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...

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...

Robert Earl Lanier of Powells Point, June 22

Robert Earl Lanier, 70, of Powells Point, NC passed suddenly on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Bobby or Bob, depending on who you were, didn’t know a stranger. He moved his family, wife Margie, and children Kim Wentz (Charles), Chad Tomlin (Sabrina), and Larry Tomlin (Amber) down to the Outer Banks in 1980. From there he went on to build many of the homes on the OBX as a Master Carpenter. He served his community by working with Dare County EMS and as a Volunteer Firefighter in Kill Devil Hills and Manns Harbor.

Wooten: EC police involved in planning Brown operation

The Democratic challenger in this fall’s Pasquotank County sheriff’s race continues to maintain that Elizabeth City police should have been involved in serving drug-related warrants on Andrew Brown Jr. last year, and the fact they weren’t was a “setup for disaster.” But Sheriff Tommy Wooten said Wednesday that officers with the Elizabeth City Police Department were involved in planning the operation that ended with the fatal shooting of Brown in front of his house on April 21, 2021. ...

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...

Columbia High special education teacher gives students skills, confidence to achieve their potential

Kathy Metze Stewart has worked as a teacher of intellectually disabled (ID) students for 38 years, more than 20 of which have been at Richland One’s Columbia High School. “Her patience and love for her students is evident based on her continuous commitment to the field of special education,” said Columbia High Principal Craig Washington. “I find her supportive of her students and colleagues.”

Holmes High School project price tag rises to $75M

EDENTON — Citing inflation and rising material costs, officials now say the new John A. Holmes High School will cost $75 million — $25 million more than the project’s construction budget agreed to by Chowan and school officials last fall. The Edenton-Chowan Board of Education and the Chowan County Commissioners agreed to a $50 million construction budget for the new high school in September. The agreement was required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its financing of a $35 million federal loan for project....

Come hungry: Bridge work gives Larry's a boost

Tucked away on the banks of the Perquimans River, Larry’s Drive-In has been serving hungry diners from Hertford and Winfall as well as tourists for more than 40 years. More recently, workers constructing the new S-Bridge across the Perquimans River have found their way to Larry’s as well. And while Larry’s history is what museums are made for, its future is bright. ...

Artists eye more Hertford mural projects

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. ...

Kerchner tapped as AoA's new director

An experienced community arts professional has been hired as the new executive director of Arts of the Albemarle. Eric Kerchner will take the reins at AoA July 1, according to a press release from the nonprofit’s board of directors. Kerchner will take over the arts group’s leadership role from board President Sally Bruderle, who has served as interim executive director since the departure of Laurie Edwards in January. ...

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...

Turner earns Holmes Scholarship

Edenton Tea Party Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) has awarded Amanda Turner the chapter’s Margaret Austin Holmes Scholarship. The Scholarship, which is presented annually to a John A. Holmes High School senior, is made possible from an endowment provided in memory of Margaret Austin Holmes, an Edenton Tea Party Chapter founding member. Mrs. Holmes, who was North Carolina State Regent from 1958 to 1961, and North Carolina State Vice Regent from 1955 to 1958, was the Edenton Tea Party Chapter Regent...

Edenton DAR chapter wins award for July 4th event

The Edenton Tea Party Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has won the NSDAR’s National 1st place award for its Independence Day Weekend celebration. The NSDAR notified Beth Taylor, chairwoman of the Edenton Tea Party Chapter of the honor in late April. The chapter already had been notified at the N.C. State Conference in April that its Independence Day celebration had won the 2021 National Southeastern...

Granville Queen, Captain's Quarters officially reopen

Two staples of Edenton’s tourism economy have finally reopened on West Queen Street. Granville Queen Inn and Captain’s Quarters Inn – having closed in December of 2021 for renovation – held their grand opening and ribbon cutting on June 10 as part of the rebranded “Edenton Collection.” The two properties were recently acquired by The Carolina Experience, an LLC formed in 2021, which aims to deliver “concierge-style service at beautiful...

Edenton council welcomes Coston, says farewell to Poole

Edenton leaders recently welcomed the newest addition to town council – Aaron Coston – while saying goodbye to the outgoing Roscoe Poole Jr. during their June 14 meeting. Coston, who successfully unseated Poole for the Third Ward council seat, was sworn in by Chowan County Clerk of Superior Court, Mike McArthur. Coston, 30, is now the youngest member on town council. McArthur also swore in Councilman Elton Bond, who retained...

Sheriff starts talks with Winfall to take over policing

The town of Winfall could be poised to seek a policing contract with the Perquimans County Sheriff’s Office similar to one the town of Hertford reached with the sheriff last year. Hertford made the change last summer, dissolving its police department and signing a contract with the Sheriff’s Office to provide policing within the town’s limits. Now Winfall officials have reached out to the county sheriff’s office to start similar discussions. ...