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The Hood Territory  

On June 1 at 8:30 AM the Mayor of Belhaven, Adam O'Neal will begin his second walk to Washington, DC. There will be a short ceremony beginning at 9:00 AM at the Wynn's Gut Park on the water front in Belhaven before the walk begins.
I am using the word "saga" in the sense of an old story that has repeated itself over an over through out history.
During the Monday June 1 meeting, six commissioners again refused to agree to guarantee a loan for the Town of Belhaven so the Town can acquire title to the abandoned hospital property.
Unless the commissioners dissolve the authority board the county will loose the 6.4 million dollars. This false representation by Commissioner Ron Buzzeo during an open meeting.
One does not examine Beaufort County Cartel Politics without stumbling head long into ethics.
Washington, NC is the same as Washington, DC when it comes to making bad decisions, dirty dealing and subverting the State and Federal Constitutions.
After a long battle the Vidant Pungo Hospital has been given the opportunity to continue operations as a new organization. At a minimum, there will be an emergency room with other services to be determined by the new management.
Three people showed up at the March Beaufort County Commissioners meeting to show us how brilliant they are. I once heard a man say "My mother always told my sibling to keep its mouth shut so people would not know how little she actually knew".
I am hearing a lot of chatter, actually criticism, about Beaufort County refusing to accept the $500,000 of so called "free money" offered to us by Vidant during the early stages of the closing of the Pungo District Hospital. Hyde County took the $250,000 offered to them.
I was there when the cowboys took charge of an environmental policy meeting inside the Washington beltway and thoroughly defeated the liberal, tree hugging environmentalists.
There's a story unfolding in Hyde County with Rose Acre Farms that every North Carolinian should not only be aware of but fighting mad about.
The counties of Beaufort, Bertie, Dare, Hyde, Tyrrell Washington and Wayne along with the Cities of Goldsboro and Washington were invited to attend an organizational meeting for a "Joint Land Use Policy Committee for the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base".
While most Beaufort County voters are concerned about the way the new 20 million dollar jail experience has unfolded, I am not sure they know what the plan is.
I wrote an article about ferry tolling last week. That article talked about current events. The issue of a major policy change in funding transportation has been around since at least 2007.
The new Beaufort County jail with sheriff's offices, magistrates offices, 911 offices, possibly a courtroom, and maybe a gym is moving slowly forward.
I thought we beat the issue of tolling ferries in Eastern North Carolina about a year ago. At that time there were meetings, newspaper articles, threats of political doom, and a lot of dancing by politicians.
For years I shied away from this. I thought everyone knew it. I assumed bringing it up would only show how shallow I am. After all, we are all Americans and knowing it should be like a genetic appendage.
He sent a Qualified Domestic Relations Order During November to seize past due child support from an absent parent's retirement account. That family should have a good Christmas.
The Belhaven Hospital is closed, locked and being stripped of everything anyone may use to operate a hospital. Vidant the owner of the hospital business, also known as University Health Systems, presented the public with a reason.
Grand Juries are required by General Statute to inspect the county jail one time each year. The Beaufort County Grand Jury did its duty according to their report dated June 23, 2014.
Talk about split personalities, undefined goals, and confusing the information. You may be surprised to know what the real motives are behind the players. What looks like a mermaid is really an octopus.
I wrote an article during March of this year about how the military is trying to obtain air rights over several counties in eastern North Carolina using subtle deception.
Lying is a tough subject for most of us to talk about. The absolute, unvarnished truth can cause a lot of trouble. All of us are guilty, at times, of not telling the whole truth.
Last week I told you how the Gang of Four, comprised of Democrats Ed Booth, Jerry Langley, and Robert Belcher along with the ultimate RINO Al Klemm were going to spend Beaufort County's entire savings, about ten million dollars.
Sometimes people do not understand what their elected County Commissioner or Senator or House member are supposed to do.
The county and state budgets are no different from your household budget. Governments, other than the Federal Government, can not spend more than they take in.
I never cease to be amazed that there are residents of Beaufort County who continue to struggle to understand the jail issues. Some people are dedicated to the thought that every government and every person on the planet makes decisions based on facts, reason and logic.
Sheriff Alan Jordan made known to the county manager that I, a Beaufort County Commissioner, would not be allowed to enter "his building" if I showed up to accompany the structural engineer on his inspection of the building. This happened on Thursday April 10th.
Editor's note: In the interest of full disclosure we would offer the following introductory comment. In September, 1999 when Hurricane Floyd hit Beaufort County, we, like thousands of people DownEast, lost our home and much of what was in it.