Hertford County, NC

Five seek three seats on Hertford County School Board

AHOSKIE – Filing ended Friday, Aug. 5 for those seeking seats on the Hertford County Board of Education. Three seats are up for grabs later this year and five individuals filed, to include two incumbent board members. Filing for the non-partisan seats were incumbents Shelia Porter and Dennis M....
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Chowan County Health Department slates clinic schedule

The following are the upcoming clinics scheduled for the Chowan County Health Department for the month of February through Albemarle Regional Health Services. Chowan, Currituck and Hertford County Health Departments have night clinics on the first and third Thursday nights from 5-7 p.m. Clinics scheduled for August include: Thursday, Aug. 4 ...

Sweet Treat: Melon Fest opens today

MURFREESBORO – As the calendar flips to August, the annual pilgrimage to Murfreesboro begins. The 37th annual North Carolina Watermelon Festival begins today (Wednesday) in the historic Hertford County town. That salute to the sweet treat grown within the fertile soil locally continues through Saturday, Aug. 6. This festive,...

New Attitude: Bears pledge greater grid success in 2022

ELIZABETH CITY – As that old soul music crooner Barry White sang back in the Seventies, “It’s just not enough”. Meanwhile, another artist of that era, Patti LaBelle, chimed in with another tune: “I Got A New Attitude”. Melding those two radio classics together...

North Carolina man wins $200,000 on lucky scratch-off ticket

The North Carolina Education Lottery has reported a big win by a Hertford County man. Ken Gatling, of Ahoskie, tried his luck on a $5 scratch-off and won a $200,000 prize. Gatling bought his lucky Double Cash Doubler ticket from the Duck Thru on N.C. 42 West in Ahoskie. He arrived at lottery headquarters July 11 to collect his prize and, after required state and federal tax withholdings, took home $142,021.

Shirley D. Swain

AHOSKIE – Shirley Dilday Swain, age 85, passed away on July 25, 2022, at her home with her family by her side. Mrs. Swain was born in Hertford County, NC, on October 5, 1936, a daughter of the late Oba and Ruby Hill Dilday. Shirley worked for several businesses in Ahoskie including the News Herald, Golden Corral and Entertainment Connection, but mostly she served the town of Ahoskie for 28 years, working as a clerk in the Water Department. She also, along with her husband, Vernon, ran the Earl Theater, known then as Ahoskie Cinema in Ahoskie. She enjoyed many things including cooking and playing golf in her earlier years, but first and foremost in her life was her children, her grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

4-day NC Watermelon Festival returns for its 37th year in Hertford County

HERTFORD COUNTY, N.C. - The 37th annual N.C. Watermelon Festival is returning the first week in August in Murfreesboro. The four-day festival takes place from August 3 until August 6. Organizers say it will be filled with live entertainment with street dances each night, a food court and craft market, the state's largest agricultural parade, amusement rides and games, and a fantastic fireworks show.

Hanig wants to complete remainder of Steinburg's term

State Rep. Bobby Hanig, R-Currituck, said Monday that he is interested in filling the impending vacant seat in the 1st Senate District when state Sen. Bob Steinburg resigns later this month. Steinburg, who lost his bid for re-election in May, told The Daily Advance Thursday he is stepping down at the end of July to pursue work as a lobbyist. Steinburg said he’s resigning now to comply with a state law requiring a six-month “cooling-off” period before a former legislator can become a lobbyist. ...

Eastern NC meth cook sentenced to 12+ years in prison, feds say

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCN) — An eastern North Carolina man convicted of cooking methamphetamine will spend more than 12 years in prison, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday that Craig Wayne Simpson, 53, of Hertford County, received a 150-month sentence along with five years of supervised release.

Double murder solved

WINTON – An arrest has been made in a double murder that occurred in September of 2016. Hertford County Sheriff Dexter Hayes said that Lakita Monee Odom, age 33, stands charged with the deaths of 59-year-old James Beale and 34-year-old Michael Scott Lassiter who were shot and killed on Sept. 1, 2016 inside a home they shared in Woodridge Mobile Home Park.

Tales far beyond the watermelon patch

What does Hertford County, NC and Hampton County, SC have in common?. Well, other than the obvious…both starting with the same letter of the alphabet….each county takes pride in growing watermelons and conducting a festival to salute that juicy red fruit. Last month (June), Hampton County celebrated their...

Fishing trip ends tragically

MURFREESBORO – A morning of fishing with friends turned tragic near here on Friday when a boat capsized in a farm pond resulting in the death of a local teen. Hertford County Sheriff Dexter Hayes said that 16-year-old Octavius Tyquan Cooper of Murfreesboro drowned in the pond. Hayes said...

Fire destroys Mapleton home

MURFREESBORO – A three-alarm fire destroyed a residence near here Friday morning. The dwelling, a single-wide mobile home, was located at 119 Harewood Road in the Mapleton community. The blaze was reported at 8:43 a.m. Murfreesboro Fire Chief Harrison Revelle told the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald that the home was rented...

Sea to shining sea

Walking is popular among all ages, whether for exercise, medical rehabilitation as ordered by a physician, or simply as a way just to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors. But imagine quitting your job and dedicating over a year of your life to using your two...

Ahoskie wood pellet plant looks to increase production

This post has been updated, statement from Enviva added. A wood pellet manufacturing plant in Hertford County has submitted a draft permit asking to increase production. Plant officials want to increase production from 481,800 oven-dried tons to 630,000 oven-dried tons. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air...