Pasquotank County, NC

Wooten to host Robinson for Sept. school safety event

This fall’s sheriff’s race in Pasquotank County is drawing attention from some of the state’s top elected leaders. Pasquotank Sheriff Tommy Wooten announced on his Facebook page Tuesday that he will be hosting N.C. Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson at the Pines next month for a school safety event. The Sept. 23 event will be held at noon and will be open to the public, Wooten said. ...
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'Invaluable' training: Shooter drill tests school, responders

A training exercise on Tuesday that involved an active shooter at a local school challenged the responses of several participating agencies, says the county’s top emergency management official. “Overall the exercise went well,” said Bryan Parnell, the Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management coordinator. “The exercise was designed to test the response capabilities of the responders, along with seeing how the school system would react in this type of situation.” The exercise included...
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Camden Early College good fit for Castillo

CAMDEN — For Juan Castillo, being principal at Camden Early College dovetails well with his goals as an educator and what he enjoys most about working with students. Castillo, a former assistant principal at Pasquotank County High School, said the idea of taking a job as an early college principal “has been kind of lurking (for him) the past seven years.” Castillo, who started at Camden Early College, or CEC...
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Kitty Hawk preps for $4.1 Sentara site purchase

Property to house police station, may include medical offices. Meeting during an Aug. 10 special session on the town’s pending $4.1 million purchase of the former Sentara Medical Center from Pasquotank County, the Kitty Hawk Town Council discussed its plans for the 30-day due diligence period on the property.

City to ask TDA for $25K for ECSU football

City Council appears poised to play hardball with the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Tourism Development Authority over a funding request for Elizabeth City State University’s football program. Council unanimously approved a request Monday initiated by Mayor Kirk Rivers that asks the TDA to allocate $25,000 of the city’s share of occupancy tax revenue to help support the university’s football program. Councilor Johnnie Walton, who sits on the TDA board and is a...

Pasquotank sheriff charges EC woman with assault

Pasquotank Sheriff Margaret Suzanne Forbes, 32, of the 100 block of Byron Court, Elizabeth City, was arrested July 22 and charged with simple assault. She was confined at Albemarle District Jail on a 48-hour domestic violence hold. Steven Craig Hassell, 51, of the 130 block of Upton Road, Camden, was arrested July 25 and charged with domestic criminal trespass. ...

Area unemployment rate jumps above 4%, rates in two counties near 5%

Unemployment jumped above 4% in the five-county area in June, and neared 5% in two counties. While all five counties saw their jobless rates increase in June, the rates in both Pasquotank and Perquimans counties rose by more than half a percent to 4.8% and 4.9%, respectively. While higher than any rate recorded in the two counties thus far this year, both were still lower than the 6.1% they each recorded in June a year ago, N.C. Commerce data show. ...

Still time to make summer activity bucket list for kids

Shopping ads for school items are appearing in newspapers and on TV. That can only mean one thing, and for kids it’s not a popular thing: back to school is almost upon us. This is not the time however, to start trying to get kids ready for school schedules. There is still plenty of time for fun and learning. One thing that I know many families do is create a...

Gardner column: Why it will take 3 years to replace an EC bridge

Were you as stunned as I was to learn that it will take almost three years for Elizabeth City to replace the small bridge at Rivershore Road and Fairfax Avenue? In case you are not familiar with this infrastructure project, it is two lanes wide, less than 20 feet across and hugs the water of a small creek draining the lagoon at The Pond House, the residence of a fellow columnist. During high wind tides it will flood. ...

Recycle Technician - Part Time

SALARY $16/hr. - $18/hr. Under general supervision, performs a variety of activities in support of the County’s commercial recycling operations. Work involves one or more of the following areas: operating recycle trucks in a route of 150+ commercial recycle stops within Pasquotank and Camden Counties; Daily interactions with businesses and their staff loading, hauling and dumping waste and recyclable materials; maintaining vehicles and equipment. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary according to areas of assignment. Employee is subject to the usual hazards of landfill and recycling work. Applicant must be willing to learn how to operate roll-off trucks and a variety of off-road equipment. Applicant must have a valid North Carolina Driver’s License. Class “B” License preferred and a passing background check.

Gov't meetings: COA trustees to meet Tuesday

The College of The Albemarle Board of Trustees will meet in Room 208 of Building AE at COA-Elizabeth City, today at 5:30 p.m. Prior to the meeting, the board’s Building and Grounds Committee will meet in the president’s boardroom, Room 100, in Building A, at 4 p.m. The Pasquotank Board of Commissioners’ Utilities Committee will meet in Courtroom C of the Pasquotank Courthouse Monday at 3 p.m.

Shannon hired to serve as 2nd Pasquotank assistant manager

Pasquotank has hired an experienced government administrator and a former U.S. Navy officer as its first assistant county manager in nearly a decade. Commissioners unanimously named current Milford, New Hampshire Town Administrator John Shannon on Monday as assistant manager. He will be paid $105,305 a year and starts Sept. 12. Shannon, 50, spent 15 years in the Navy, serving almost 10 of those years in Norfolk and Yorktown, Virginia on...

Wooten, Weiss picked for ECPPS board

The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Board of Education has named two students as non-voting members of the board and two other students as board alternates. Elizabeth Gracie Wooten will serve as the student representative for Northeastern High School and Joshua Billups will be her alternate. Holley E. Weiss was selected to serve for Pasquo-tank County High School and Jamorion Armstrong will be her alternate. ...

GOPAC poll shows Dems leading in legislative races

A poll commissioned by a Republican-aligned political action committee finds two local Democrats leading their Republican opponents in a pair of key General Assembly races in the region. The Washington D.C.-based GOPAC finds that state Rep. Howard Hunter, D-Hertford, leads GOP candidate Bill Ward in the 5th District state House race while Democrat Valerie Jordan leads Republican state Rep. Bobby Hanig, R-Currituck, in the 3rd District state Senate race. The...