Discussion article on the best places to go sailing in Carteret County NC waters to include places to rent boats,Read more
August 9, 2020
The The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is reporting that a 5.1 magnitude earthquake caused minor damage in Sparta NC on Sunday. This earthquake is the 2nd largest in North Carolina history with the largest being a 5.2 magnitude in 1916.
The rumbling from this earthquake was felt as far away as Virginia and Tennessee. Additionally, several smaller magnitude shocks were reported on August 10, 2020.
NC Governor Roy Cooper is said to be processing paperwork to declare a state of emergency in the area of Sparta NC and surrounding counties.Read more
If you are considering a vacation or trip to Carteret County NC and looking for great attractions and others interests in the Bogue Banks community of Pine Knoll Shores then we hope you will use this resource to discover recreational opportunities, travel accommodations, popular things to see and do, other tourism information, and this town’s relation to the southern Outer Banks.Read more
When planning a trip or family vacation to Pine Knoll Shores NC, please use this article to find favorite placesRead more
August 9, 2020
Many people on social media today are asking if Carteret County NC set a record today with the confirmed earthquake in NC, a confirmed tornado in Beaufort, and a land falling hurricane in Eastern NC all during the same week.
Let us know if you can think of any other place in the world that has experienced this!Read more
Public discussions on current and future housing prices in Carteret County NC for sellers and buyers of local properties toRead more
August 1, 2020
The concept of how to provide emergency sheltering while mandating mask wearing and social distancing during weather events such as tropical storms and hurricanes is proving to be complex in the age of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
During the weekend of August 1st as Hurricane Isaias brought the realization that public shelters might be needed to help vulnerable populations during the storm, a never before dealt with complication on how to do that safely amidst a public health crisis is plaguing county emergency management officials in Eastern NC coastal regions at this time.Read more
August 1, 2020
On Saturday, August 1, 2020, NC Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency related to Category 1 storm Hurricane Isaias that likely will affect all of Eastern NC with wind, rain, storm surge, falling trees, and flooding. The emergency declarations on COVID-19 Coronavirus remain in effect.
The weather declaration will allow counties in Eastern NC to ramp up and respond to public needs for any inclement weather using emergency operations. Hurricane or Tropical Storm Isaias likely will have impacts on Eastern NC and coastal regions on August 3rd and 4th.Read more
July / August 2020 Weather News
Learn more and discuss the latest on the tropics as Hurricane Isaias continues to track towards the beaches of NC and discuss the complexities of social distancing while sheltering, emergency evacuations, and financial hardships for area residents who are out of work due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus and will have to pay out of pocket for hurricane supplies.Read more
August 1, 2020
As if 2020 hasn’t already been tumultuous enough, Hurricane Isaias is now causing concern as the National Hurricane Center is projecting landfall somewhere along the NC coast during the COVID-19 Coronaviurus pandemic causing considerable complexities for social distancing efforts in county shelters in the state.
This will get even more complex and dangerous as people in Eastern NC will have to find hurricane supplies from their pockets at a time when many are out of work.
Follow more about Hurricane Isaais here.Read more
This is a historical record of Hurricane Isaias in August of 2020 if this tropical cyclone affects the Carteret CountyRead more
This is a local resource for visitors to find good dance clubs in the Carteret County NC communities of AtlanticRead more
July 29, 2020 Crime Reports
July 30 Update: Local authorities identified the deceased as Roland Pridgen Jr of Havelock and received preliminary results from the coroner that the death is not from foul play. James Dahlbender was released from custody after posting bail and was placed on electronic monitoring.
Carteret County Sheriffs Department announced the arrest of James Dahlbender, age 44, of Lot # 7, Bucks Corner Mobile Home Park, Peletier NC for felony concealing a death. James Dahlbender was given a $10,000.00 bond and has a first appearance on July 30, 2020.
Earlier in the day, deputies found a dead body at Lot # 7, Bucks Corner Mobile Home Park, Peletier NC and then executed a search warrant on the home later in the evening. At this time, a sheriff’s spokesperson said that the body was taken to a coroner’s office to determine the cause of the death. No details about the age, race, or gender of the deceased person was given.
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July 29, 2020 – Carteret County News in NC
A local sheriffs department spokesperson announced today that deputies discovered a dead body at Lot 7 of the Buck’s Corner Park in Peletier NC. An investigation is underway to determine if the person died of natural causes, or if there was some type of foul play.
The spokesperson did not release any names, or whether the person was male or female. However, we did learn that the body was sent to a coroners’s office to determine the cause of death.
No other details were released to the public, Later in the evening, local deputies made an arrest for felony failure to report a death.Read more
July 28, 2020 – NC Government Executive Order
On July 28, 2020, NC Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order ending all alcohol sales after 11 pm staring July 31st. This new executive order is in place for restaurants that are allowed to have 50% occupancy and who are able to operate a bar based on what types of food they sell.
Bars that do not serve food or who serve food not considered essential, are not allowed to be open under previous executive orders during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
The 11 pm curfew on alcohol sales in NC does not apply to convenience stores and grocery stores where alcohol sales are intended for off-site consumption.
This new temporary legislation is intended to decrease the number of people who gather in public places while the NC government deems social distancing a must in response to the Coronavirus.Read more
July 2020 – Criminal Citations
The rangers office at the Cape Lookout National Seashore and lighthouse reports that on the weekend of July 26th and 27th 2020, there was an incident where 8-10 young adults or teenagers broke locks and entered the lighthouse after hours.
The rangers office went on to add that this group of individuals attempted the same act earlier in the evening. For the individuals that the ranger’s office was able to identify entering the lighthouse, they were given criminal citations, but no arrests were made.
Allegedly, all individuals involved in this incident were identified as being from down east Carteret County communities.
NEXT: Operation One By One yields 16 more arrests.Read more
A spokesperson for the Cape Lookout National Seashore and lighthouse say that on the weekend of July 26 and 27, 2020, 8-10 teenagers or young adults attempted to break in to the lighthouse which sits on federal property. After being chased away by rangers, the group came back later and successfully used tools to break locks.
The spokesperson went on to add that the individuals who actually entered the lighthouse after the alleged break-in were given citations, but that no arrests were made. Allegedly, all individuals involved were identified as being from down east communities.
NEXT: 16 straight days of heat advisory conditions in Carteret County NC.Read more
We are interested in hearing from NC parents with children about new ways to continue to engage in outside recreation activities with your children during this time of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
What are some unique ways you created or changed to still enjoy kids parks, the beaches, while still encouraging social interactions using masks and distancing from other children and adults?
What are some unique ways your community or county is providing safe resources to promote learning and socialization?
Click the title link and use the form at the bottom to talk with us.Read more
July 28, 2020 weather news
As of July 28, 2020, all municipalities within Carteret County NC will see heat advisory conditions for 16 consecutive days in a row shattering existing records.
A heat advisory is usually issued by the National Weather Service when temperatures mixed with humidity make it feel like 100+ degrees.
NEXT: Carteret Correctional Center sees 71 confirmed COVID-19 Coronavirus cases.Read more
July 27 Breaking News
NC DPS officials announced an additional 41 positive COVID-19 Coronavirus cases at the Carteret Correctional Center in Newport NC. This is in addition to the 30 confirmed cases from last week.
It is still unclear if the 71 positive cases at the prison are all inmates, or if some are staff members.Read more
New Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson begins his leadership role in Carteret County NC after the resignation of Mat Bottoms in 2019. Dr. Jackson will lead the county in dealing with the COVID-19 Coronavirus, be tasked with upgrades and repairs to local schools, funding or dismantling of the early college MaST program, and begin the process of planning for the potential need for new schools as the population in this Eastern NC community is projected to double in the next ten years.Read more
Public education discussions around Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson of the Carteret County Schools in NC. Consider this a live documentRead more
In the past several years, population numbers skyrocketed in coastal regions and area beaches as two Interstates fed traffic from the Triad. Decades ago, I-40 connected Raleigh with Wilmington NC, and soon Interstate 42 will connect Raleigh with Morehead City along the Crystal Coast of Carteret County NC.
Additional, beach communities along the Eastern Seaboard, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific Coast continue to see steady growth and development.
With this rise in popularity and travel, water quality becomes an issue. Let’s discuss this.Read more
As populations grow in rural areas of Coastal NC, there is an emerging impact of rivers, estuaries, sounds, and beaches where a balance of conservation and environmentalism will have to butt heads with commercial interest that want to see growth and development at all cost.
Ecosystems from vulnerable sea turtles, living shorelines, other marine mammals, and decreasing land masses will need to be watched closely.
Additionally, climate change considerations on the growing threat of more frequent and strong tropical storms and hurricanes will need to be monitored.Read more
Water Quality discussions for the Carteret County NC communities of Harkers Island, Morehead City, Beaufort, Newport, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle,Read more
This is a FREE local online database of Carteret County businesses that are for sale in Morehead City, Newport, Beaufort,Read more
July 23, 2020
July 25: DPS announced that 20 more inmates from this center have tested positive. This makes a total of 50 from this very small facility.
The NC Department of Public Safety is reporting that there is an emergency effort to have all inmates and offenders within the correctional facilities and prisons tested for the COVID-19 Coronavirus. The report did not indicate if correctional officers and other staff members will be tested.
On July 23, 2020, 30 inmates at the Newport Prison in NC which is located in Carteret County received word that 30 inmates tested positive for the Coronavirus. Again, this report did not indicate if staff members were a part of the 30 identified.
The NC Department of Public Safety says that all inmates in NC correctional facilities who test positive with be medically quarantined.
Other prisons in the state have seen similar incidents within their facilities.Read more
July 23, 2020
UPDATE: On July 27, there were 41 additional cases revealed for a total of 71.
The Carteret County Health Department and county government confirmed that 30 coronavirus cases are confirmed at the Carteret County Correctional Facility in Newport NC.
The report did not indicate if all cases were inmates, or a mixture of staff and inmates.
The report did indicate that the State of NC was in the process of testing all inmates in all correctional facilities and prisons in the state.
July 23 Comments
Kristen – At the jail in Beaufort?
In reply to Kristen – Kristen, No, it’s at what the locals call the Newport prison and what the State Department of Public Safety calls the Carteret Correctional Facility.Read more
The Carteret County Public Schools system, Superintendent Rob Jackson, and other administrators recommended to the board of education that local area K-12 school operate under Governor Roy Cooper’s Plan B for the re-opening of schools in August 2020.
Under plan B, students will attend school in a classroom 2 days a week and receive virtual instruction 3 days a week. However, parents have the option to choose Plan C which is 100% virtual.Read more
July 20 Crime Reports
The Carteret County Sheriffs Department announced 16 more arrests in Operation One By One which is a collaborative effort with the Morehead City Police Department.
Several weeks ago this operation started yielding 39 arrests of alleged drug dealers in the county. After this second round, to date there are 55 people detained. Sheriff Asa Buck is on record as stating this this operation could yield near 100 arrested.
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Emerald Isle Commissioners cancel beach musical festival, other festivals, and public gatherings.
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Mike Stanley, the owner of the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier in Emerald Isle NC, announces that the property if officially for sale for $18 million dollars.
The sale price includes all parking lots associated with the pier, the on-site restaurant, and beachfront RV campground.
The Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier has been in the Stanley family for 49 years and was briefly for sale in 2006.
NEXT: Local school district get’s information to decide on school re-opening in August 2020.Read more
July 2020 Carteret County Crime Reports And Arrests
The Carteret County Sheriffs Department announced the arrest of a Belhaven couple for child abduction after responding to a domestic incident at Cedar Creek Campground And Marina in Seal Level.
Deputies allege that during the domestic investigation, they discovered that the couple were listed in a database on abducted children. Arrested are James Marvin Spencer Jr., 36, and Brittany Spencer, 31 of Belhaven.
The four children ages 2, 4, 6 and 7 are now in the were in the custody of county social services before being returned to Belhaven under the care of the custodial guardian. Allegedly, the children were taken from a relative who had legal custody.
Marvin Spencer Jr is charged with four counts of abduction of children and one count of failing to appear for a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury in connection with a May 2020 attack with a sledgehammer from a different county. He was given a $450,000 bond.
Brittany Spencer is charged with four counts of abduction of children and is being held on a $40,000 bond.
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NEXT: Murder suspect sought after murder at Oceanana Resort.Read more
July 14, 2020
On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, NC Governor Roy Cooper announced that he is choosing Plan B for NC schools as it relates to the upcoming Fall school year which starts in August.
Under Plan B, schools can only operate at 50% capacity, and students and staff must wear masks and adhere to social distancing rules. Additionally, under this plan, parents can opt-out of Plan B and choose Plan C where a child can stay home and do 100% virtual learning.
As it relates to each school district, a superintendent can choose for that district to operate completely under Plan C or Plan B.
Plan A called for schools re-opening under 100% attendance under social distancing and masks.
Governor Cooper said that if hospitalizations and confirmed cases rise more, he would amend his decision today.
July 21 – Comment 1 – I have a student entering 4th grade and you can be sure that as a parent I am choosing Plan C. I do not for one minute believe that teachers are going to be able to provide academic instruction and learning while making sure every child maintains their masks and social distancing. Nor should teachers be asked to.
The liability here is just mind blowing. It only takes one infection under Plan B to have an impact on other students, their families, teachers, and their families. It will be interesting to see what the Superintendent and educational board decides but I am thankful that Governor Cooper gave the option for parents to choose Plan C.Read more
Information, resources, and public discussions related to kids and youth local soccer leagues in the Carteret County NC communities ofRead more
July 13, 2020 News
Goshen Medical Center in Eastern NC will partner with the Carteret County Health Department to offer drive thru COVID-19 Coronavirus testing in Smyrna, Morehead City, and Newport. Pre-registration is required by calling 910-267-2044 and you must be a county resident.
There is no out-of-pocket cost, but people with health insurance are requested to bring their health insurance cards.
The testing dates will be as follows:
The week of July 20th
Monday July 20, 2020 from 10 am – 2 pm at Smyrna Elementary School/Down East Middle School located at 174 Marshallberg Rd, Smyrna, NC
Tuesday July 21, 2020 from 2 pm till 6 pm at West Carteret High School 4700 Country Club Rd in Morehead City.
Thursday July 23rd, 2020 from 2 pm till 6 pm at Croatan High School located at 3335 Highway 24
Saturday August 8, 2020 from 9 am till 2 pm at the Carteret County Health Department in Morehead City.
Goshen Medical Center, Inc. (GMC) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization as well as a federally qualified community and migrant health center organization, that has served the residents of eastern North Carolina since 1979.Read more
July 2020 – Beaufort NC News
Officials announced today that the 2020 Beaufort Pirate Invasion is postponed due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic out of an abundance of caution for festival visitors and participants.
The Beaufort Pirate Invasion was originally planned for the second weekend in August, but officials today said after careful consideration they are looking at dates in October and December as alternative dates for the festival and will continue to monitor the progress of COVID-19 and safety issues.Read more
Emerald Isle NC News – July 13, 2020
Two men in their 70s reportedly drowned in Emerald Isle NC over the weekend of July 11th and 12th. Those on the scene say one man became distressed while swimming and a friend entered the water to help him and also became distressed.
On the scene, both local surfers and rescue personnel were able to get both men to shore but both were unable to be revived.
It is not immediately known if rip currents were the cause of this tragedy, but a moderate rip current advisory was in place on the day of the drownings.Read more
Discussions centered around residential construction in the Carteret County NC communities of Newport, Morehead City, Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle,Read more
NC tourism and economic development officials in Carteret County NC released a report recently indicating that the local area is in dire need of skilled trade workers as the area continues to grow in population related to the Interstate 42 project and area military bases expanding.
Construction trades are at the top of the list as residential building in this coastal region of NC flourish as more and more people are considering making this beach community home.Read more
A new report by economic development officials shows that there is an abundance of skilled trades jobs in Carteret County NC that need filing and no doubt this is being driven by the new Interstate 42 project along with growth and development at Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune.
Organizations and businesses like Mechworks, the Carteret County Home Builders Association, and Jarrett Bay are saying they have considerable opportunities for skilled workers and as we move closer to completion of the new interstate, that demand is only going to grow.
Residential and commercial construction trades are also expected to boom very shortly.
Let’s discuss this on our article about the topic of skilled trades and business locally.Read more
Discussions on the need for workers in skilled trades in Carteret County NC as the population and economy grows relatedRead more
May 30, 2020 Crime Information
The Atlantic Beach NC Police Department are actively looking for Shaquille Carter, age 30 of Wilmington NC after an alleged shooting that turned deadly at the Oceanana Motel in Atlantic Beach NC.
After an investigation, police allege that Mr. Carter shot Travis Bunch at the motel. Bunch died of his wounds on the way to Vidant Medical Center.
Police also allege that Shaquille Carter has other active warrants for arrest.
If you have any information about this alleged murder, or the whereabouts of Mr. Carter, please call ABPD at 252-726-2523.
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June 28, 2020 Carteret County Crime In NC
The Carteret County Sheriffs Department announced the arrest of Mitchell McIver, age 27, of Newport NC with the following charges:
First degree attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.
Mr. McIver was arrested after a domestic incident involving an ex-girlfriend where he allegedly shot 14 rounds in to her home after a dispute. During the incident, the suspect reportedly to her that he would kill her.
This incident happened at the 1200 block of N. 20th Street in Morehead City.
Mitchell McIver was placed in the detention center on a 5.1 million dollar bail.
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June 24, 2020
NC Governor Roy Cooper extended Phase 2 stay at home restrictions via executive order amid an increase in COVID-19 Coronavirus cases across the United States and in North Carolina.
Phase 2 will stay in place until July 17, 2020 when the Governor has to decide on taking the state back to Phase 1, maintaining Phase 2, or going to Phase 3.
Under Phase 2, gyms, health clubs, and bars are prevented from opening, and under new rules, all NC residents must wear a face mask in public when social distancing is not an option.
Earlier in the month, Governor Cooper vetoed legislation brought to the table by GOP members who were fighting on behalf of bars and gyms. The executive order decision brought sharp rebuke by GOP members and Conservatives across the state who say that the U.S. Constitution forbids a Governor from decisions that are in conflict with the Constitution. Additionally, these groups see the decision as government overreach.
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PKS Police announced the following charges for Damian Dupree, 28, of Durham:
Felony speeding to elude arrest, reckless driving to endanger, driving while license revoked, and speeding and was placed on a $3500 secured bond.
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NEXT: Larceny charges for Lindsey McLawhornRead more
June 24, 2020
Pine Knoll Shores Police announced the arrest of Lindsey McLawhorn, 24, from Macclesfield NC for the following charges:
Larceny and possession of stolen property. She was placed on a $1000 secured bond.
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NEXT: Police charge Philip Lewis with controlled substances and concealed handgun.Read more
June 25, 2020
Pine Knoll Shores Police announced the arrest of Philip Lewis, 27, on the following charges:
Possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, and concealing a handgun without a permit while under the influence of an impairing substance. Mr. Lewis is on a $3000 secured bond and in jail.
Police made the arrest of Mr. Lewis while responding to a call of harassment of a underage female at a local park.
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NEXT: Sheriff announces Operation One By One.Read more
June 24, 2020
NC Governor Roy Cooper announced today that the state will stay at Phase 2 for three more weeks ( July 17 ) and that face masks will now be required statewide when residents are not in public and social distancing is not possible.
This executive order came down on June 24, 2020 as states are seeing a rebound of confirmed coronavirus cases and related hospitalizations.
Additionally, workers in retail businesses, restaurants, personal care and grooming, employees of child care centers, workers and riders of public transportation, workers in construction trades, manufacturing, agriculture, meat processing, healthcare, and long-term healthcare facilities are mandated to wear face masks covering at all times.
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June 24, 2020
Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck in conjunction with the Morehead City Police Department announced Operation “One by One” which specifically targets drug dealers operating within the county. After today’s announcement, the Sheriff noted that in the past week, 39 people were charged with some level of possession and drug dealing.
However, the Sheriff expects to have around 100 people arrested and 400 charges once the operation concludes.
Operation One By One is a joint effort by the Sheriff’s Department and Morehead City Police Department where narcotics detectives documented cases for a year.Read more
An increase in the number of Covid-19 Coronavirus cases in Carteret County NC is becoming very concerning to many residents,Read more
June 14, 2020
Cecil Hill, 20, of 161 Mill Creek is charged with one count of first degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and assault with a deadly weapon. His initial bond amount was $75,000 which was raised to 1 million dollars during his first appearance in court.
Local police say that a pedestrian was walking in the Mandy Farms subdivision when struck by a vehicle, and forced in to the backseat of the car.
Police were then called to a Newport convenience store where the alleged victim was found and was able to give information that led to the arrest of Cecil Hill.
Local authorities say that Mr. Hill may face additional charges.
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NEXT: Meth manufacturing charges.Read more
June 5, 2020 – NC Crime Reports
Newport NC Police have announced the arrest of 25 year old Jacob Walbert for meth manufacturing and other charges to include maintaining a dwelling for the manufacture of controlled substances and possession of immediate precursor materials used for manufacturing methamphetamine.
Jacob Walbert also allegedly had outstanding warrants for failure to appear on charges for felonious assault on emergency personnel inflicting serious bodily injury, driving while impaired, reckless driving, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Mr. Walbert was given a $80,000 bond and will have a first appearance on Monday, June 8, 2020.
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NEXT: Miller Berry of Wilson NC turns himself after Atlantic Beach Circle K shooting.Read more
June 1, 2020
Atlantic Beach NC Police report that Miller Berry of Wilson NC has turned himself in to authorities after the department put out be on the look video footage stemming from an altercation at the Circle K convenience store on May 24, 2020.
Authorities say that during the altercation, a gun was retrieved from a truck and then pointed at 2 others and then fired in to the ground.
Police report that Mr. Berry is charged with:
Assault with a deadly weapon,
Two counts assault by pointing a gun,
Two counts communicating threats,
Going armed to the terror of the public,
Discharging a firearm within town limits.
The Wilson man was given a $15,000 unsecured bond.
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May 29, 2020 – Carteret County News In NC
The Carteret County Commissioners and family of Jonathan Robinson has announced that Mr. Robinson passed away during the night of May 28/29. Cause of death is not being reported, and no official word on services are known.
May 29, 2020 at 2:12 pm: Huge advocate for commercial fishermen, served in the NC Legislature, taught high school students drivers education for many years, and served as a commissioner here in the county. Mr. Robinson taught my daughter how to drive. He will surely be missed and my condolences to his family, friends, and the entirety of the down east community he loved so much. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Munden Funeral Home and Crematory but final preparations are yet to be finalized.
May 29, 2020 at 1;41 pm: Jonathan Robinson was a great advocate for all areas down east and loved Carteret County NC and the citizens he represented as a county commissioner. My condolences to his family and friends.
NEXT: Morehead City Town Government announces re-opening.Read more
Updates and monitoring of active Atlantic Ocean storms during the 2020 hurricane season and any potential impacts for NC beachesRead more