May your days be filled with peace, hope, and joy this holiday season.

As always, thank you for your loyalty, and support.










Filing for next year’s election has been ongoing with the deadline being on Friday,  December 20. Once the dust settles and we see who is running for  the various races we’ll  let you know. The primaries are in March so it’s important for our folks to learn about the candidates.



The Sea Angels is still aground at Brown’s Inlet. Lots of discussion and two salvage plans have been approved by the “unified command” but we’re not sure of the timeline.



December 19, 2019 — Wilbur Ross, secretary of the US Department of Commerce, has agreed with Virginia governor Ralph Northam and placed the first-ever moratorium on the commonwealth’s menhaden fishery in the Chesapeake Bay.


But the moratorium doesn’t go into effect until June 17, 2020, giving the Houston, Texas- based division of Cooke Inc. plenty of time to work with the state to get into compliance.


The ASFMC cut the bay cap by 41% in 2017, in what it described as a precautionary measure, but without a finding of overfishing.


In October, during its week-long meeting in New Castle, New Hampshire, the ASMFC voted unanimously (15-0) to advance its finding of noncompliance against the state of Virginia to Ross.




Our Sincere Condolences to the Potter Family


Hal Preston Potter Sr. 77, of Bayboro, died surrounded by his family on December 15, 2019.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Carol Scott Potter; three daughters, Amanda, Rhonda, and Mary; six grandchildren, Joseph  (Helen), Andrew, Tiffany (James), Macy, Riley (Heather),  and Haley; seven great grandchildren, Jacob, Michael, Allena, Allison, Kyler, Amelia, and Rhyleann; two brothers, Virgil Potter (Sandy) and Larry Potter (Linda); three sisters, Della Carawan (Bill), Linda Brooks, and Janice Daniels (Harvey); many nieces, nephews and cousins, and his two fur babies, Ginger and Molly, who he loved dearly.

He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Virgil and Trixie Potter; and his son, Hal Potter Jr.

Services were held Wednesday, December 18th at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Roach officiating.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 99, Alliance, NC 28509.





Our office will be closed from December 21, 2019 until January 2, 2020