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Travel Store employee arrested

Pitt County, NC – On July 2, 2022, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of larceny by an employee of the Travel Store on Clark’s Neck Rd. in Pitt County. Detectives discovered evidence that Travel Store employee, 36-year-old Jessica Renea Bradshaw of Washington had embezzled over $1,000 in cash from the register. Bradshaw was arrested on September 27, 2022 and was released after posting a $5,000 secured bond.
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Lots of fun at Ayden Color Run

AYDEN — The Ayden Chamber of Commerce’s first Color Bomb Business Fun Run drew a full slate of runners and walkers and was colorful fun for all participants, the chamber’s director said. The event was held Saturday, Sept. 17, and featured vendors, music and a 5k route through downtown Ayden with three “bombing” stations where volunteers covered participants in colored chalk. Fifty people signed up to participate and more helped...
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Greene commissioners hear paramedic program update

SNOW HILL — The Greene County Board of Commissioners heard a report on the Paramedic Education Program at their Sept. 19 meeting. County manager Kyle DeHaven explained that the program was created as an opportunity for the county’s current staff to become paramedics. DeHaven reported that two of the eight people the program began with have achieved paramedic certification and work for the county. “This program afforded the opportunity of...

House fire, plane crash, bus wreck keep responders busy Wednesday; six hurt

Emergency crews in Pitt County stayed busy Wednesday afternoon, responding to a house fire, plane crash and bus wreck between 2:30 and 5:30. The fire at 6066 Hollowell Road south of Bethel rendered the home a total loss, said Pitt County Fire Marshal Jay Morris. The call came in at 2:24 p.m. and three stations responded along with Pitt County EMS and law enforcement. Two residents of the home were...

West Greene receives Go Outside Grant

SNOW HILL — West Greene Elementary School has been awarded an $8,880 grant to encourage students to spend more of their school day outside. Principal Phil Cook announced the school received the North Carolina Schools Go Outside Grant from the N.C. Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council at the Sept. 26 Board of Education meeting. In a recorded message, Cook said the funds will be used to create an outdoor learning environment...

Pitt schools close, utilities, communities begin storm prep ahead of Ian

Pitt County School has announced it will cancel class on Friday due to the expected impact of Tropical Storm Ian. The school system announced the closure about noon on Thursday. It said the closure was due to the issuance of a tropical storm warning for Pitt County and updated forecasts of significant rainfall totals and possible wind increases. The storm is expected to bring rainfall of 4 to 6 inches,...

Looking Back ... The Last 100 Years

Do you recognize the women in this photograph? Call 252-747-3883, Ext. 1, to let us know and include your name and town, or email us at or post your information on our Facebook page. Bob Exum from Fayetteville identified the man in the Sept. 22 Looking Back as Dr. Charles Sugg, a Snow Hill dentist. No one reached us to identify the man in the Sept. 15 Looking Back. Give us a call or send us a note if you know who they are.

Pitt County man convicted of molesting foster child

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) -A Pitt County man has been convicted of various sex crimes involving a foster child. A Pitt County jury found 40-year-old Aaron McLawhon of Simpson guilty of three counts of statutory sex offense on a child by an adult, indecent liberties with a minor, and sexual activity by a substitute parent or custodian.

Crime roundup: Gun stolen from vehicle in parking lot

Greenville Police are investigating the theft of a handgun from a vehicle in a Taco Bell parking lot. An incident report from the department said that the incident happened at the fast food location at 1991 Stantonsburg Drive some time between Saturday and 2:30 a.m. Monday. The weapon stolen is a black Taurus Spectrum .380 valued at $300. It was taken from a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. The thief’s relationship to...

Over 100 businesses to be at Greenville career fair Thursday

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) -Over 100 businesses are set to be at the Greenville Convention Center Thursday looking to add people to their teams. The “Better Skills, Better Jobs” career fair will be open to the public for time slots from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday. Pitt County...

Plane crash reported in Pitt County; 2 minor injuries

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Emergency responders are on the scene of a plane crash in Pitt County in the area of County Home Road. Few details are known at this time, but the crash is reported to have happened around 4:50 p.m. Wednesday. WITN is told that there are...

Letter to the Editor: Taylor Black Cemetery - Culture, Heritage, Identity - A story of Restoration

Taylor Black Cemetery is located off Griffin Road in Bullhead Township, Greene County, North Carolina in the middle of a field. Though it wasn’t always like that, when it was first created it was a communal place with a house next to it. However, through many changes in the deed it has been relegated to something as little known as a stop in famer’s field. To get there you must travel down a barely trodden dirt path. The first documented burial in Taylor Black Cemetery was Lucinda Edwards Taylor in 1893, information which was obtained from the 1939 Greene County cemetery survey. Over 100 years of history buried in one area and no one barely even remembers it or knows it is there. As a community it is our job, nay, our responsibility to look after our own heritage because if we won’t do it, then how can we charge the task to someone else and expect satisfactory results. This became the reason for our non-profit so that we can make sure we honor the men and women that came before us as they eternally watch over us in spirit, the least we can do is maintain their final resting space.

Pitt County hosting free rabies vaccine clinic

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - An Eastern Carolina county is offering free rabies vaccines for cats and dogs. These vaccines come from a partnership between Pitt County Animal Services (PCAS), the City of Greenville Animal Protect Service (APS), and SPAY Today. The clinic will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8,...

Highway 258 in Lenoir County requires temporary closure

KINSTON – A short section of U.S. 258 near the Lenoir-Jones county line is scheduled to close next week for drainage improvements. The highway will close in both directions near the Midway Store gas station, but access to the business will be maintained for people coming from West Pleasant Hill Road.

Davis: School safety a 'pothole' that needs fixing

For Democratic congressional candidate Don Davis, there is no more powerful metaphor for the types of solvable problems that government sometimes struggles to fix than the simple pothole. During a meeting with Perquimans County residents at the Hertford Community Center last week, Davis related a story about his own encounter with a real pothole while growing up in Snow Hill. “A bunch of us would get on our bikes and...

Hurricane Ian comes close to being Category 5 hurricane

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Hurricane Ian was a few knots away from making history. While Hurricane Ian was close to a Category 5 storm, others have reached that status over the years. They have not directly hit Eastern Carolina, but the East has been affected. Hurricane Michael in 2018 brought...

Board pans Old Tar-Vernon White rezoning

WINTERVILLE — The Winterville Planning and Zoning Board voted against a request to rezone nearly 14 acres of land at the intersection of Old Tar and Vernon White Road after several residents spoke against the proposal at the Sept. 19 meeting. The three parcels currently are zoned residential (R-15) and the proposal to change the zoning to general business (GB) would have allowed for a wide range of commercial activities on the property. ...

GEC celebrates 10 years keeping Greene clean

Greene Early College is celebrating its 10th year working with N.C. Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway Program. To mark the commitment, more than 40 students combed the shoulders and ditches on Middle School Road on Friday, Sept. 23, to collect litter. This was the first of four yearly cleanups — three more cleanups will be scheduled throughout the year. The recent cleanup marked the 41st, covering 61.5 miles over the 10-year period. ...