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TCC, September 8, 2014

World’s oldest working restaurant promises timeless qualityBy Penny Zibula | Staff Writer Photo credit: Simon Lock MADRID – In the heart of Spain’s capital is Sobrino de Botin, the oldest working restaurant in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records. While my husband and I were on a walking tour of Madrid, the guide took our group into the restaurant. What we saw enticed us to return later that afternoon to learn more about this centuries-old structure and its inspiring story. Botin was founded by a Frenc...

TCC, September 4, 2014

Summer of our DiscontentThree overdose deaths in span of weeks shocks county By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer PAMLICO COUNTY – The scanner squawks ‘possible cardiac arrest’ but when the victim is described as a young male, the term quickly becomes code for an overdose. It has happened three times this summer: Jamie Franklin, Christopher Michael Griffin, and most recently, Daniel Bryon Barnes. Men, in the prime of their lives, dead by illegal drug use. We, as a community, have every reason...

TCC, September 2, 2014

Wizards, witches and wondrous film-making techniquesBy Penny Zibula | Staff Writer LEAVESDEN, ENGLAND – For those who still retain a sense of wonder, a day of fantasy, fun and fascinating facts awaits you, approximately 22 miles northwest of central London. The Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour offers the opportunity to step into the magical world of the eight films based on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, and to explore the wizardry that made them such a huge success. When you enter the clean, modern buildi...

TCC, September 2, 2014

Dove season opens TodayImportant rule: Avoid baited areas Special to the County Compass RALEIGH -- The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters that the dove hunting season opens Today, Sept. 1, and to be safe throughout the season for these popular game birds. Shooting hours are half-hour before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. The 2014-15 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 1 - Oct. 11 and Nov. 27 - Jan. 15. Daily bag limit is 15 a...

TCC, August 29, 2014

Earthquake near wine producers expected to have minimal effectBy Justin Manjorin | Wine & Food Editor NAPA VALLEY, CALIF. This week the Napa Valley Vintners Association issued the following statement: “While some individual wineries may experience inventory shortages as a result of the earthquake, it is not expected to have a significant impact on the Napa Valley wine inventory in general.” As devastating as an earthquake may be, the timing of this one was good. The quake, which occurred around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, did not res...

TCC, August 28, 2014

Ouch! Obamacare hurts, says Vidant Health (Click on Map to Enlarge) By Beth Anne Atkins | Special to the County Compass   GREENVILLE -- As Vidant Health continues to be challenged by significant reductions in government reimbursements due to the Affordable Care Act, its Board of Directors approved the Fiscal Year 2015 operational plan this week, which provides the strategic direction and financial resources needed to guide and fund the health system during the next year.  The health care system, which...

TCC, August 26, 2014

Thomas Funn resigns as Vandemere commissioner Special to the County Compass VANDEMERE – When Thomas Funn and Corine Fisher got hitched way back in 1959, little did they know that 40 years later they would move from New Jersey to Vandemere, where Corine – daughter of Wealthy Fisher – had grown up! Funn soon became involved in town affairs, agreeing in 1999 to fill a vacancy on the Vandemere town board. Unfortunately, Corine passed away in 2001, and the time has now come for Funn to resign his elected post and ...

TCC, August 25, 2014

Jail remains on fast trackDerailment likely in November By By Editorial Team | BeaufortObserver.net | Special to the County Compass WASHINGTON, N.C. -- Despite the fact that they don’t have the money to do the project, the Beaufort County Jail Committee, comprised of three County Commissioners – Robert Belcher, Jerry Langley, and Al Klemm -- agreed Wednesday to proceed with planning. Clearly there is a rush to spend as much as they can before the new county commission board takes over after ...

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