President Trump To Declare National Emergency On March 13, 2020 Opening The Door For Stafford Act Disaster Relief Assistance

March 13, 2020

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic in the United States that is currently having an overwhelming economic impact on citizens and businesses across the country and here in North Carolina.

By declaring this national emergency, the Stafford Act can be invoked to provide billions in federal aid and disaster relief assistance to U.S. States. This will be especially helpful to people who are unable to work due to becoming infected with COVID-19, or who were unable to work because their places of employment were affected.

The Stafford Act allows federal government and state governments broad powers to free up unprecedented amounts of money to maintain order and benefit citizens.

Under the Stafford Act, FEMA will be the lead agency to help local governments and municipalities with helping to build new or temporary medical facilities, and provide patient transportation to health facilities to name just a few.

Additionally, under this law, those in NC that do not have health insurance or who are under-insured could receive competent medical care. President Trump will be the 3rd president in 25 years to declare a national emergency over a pandemic.

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Carteret Community College To Conduct Curriculum Classes Online Starting Monday Due To Coronavirus Concerns

March 13, 2020 News

Officials at Carteret Community College announced that beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 a majority of their curriculum classes will be taught online via the Moodle online learning system over concerns about the coronavirus.

College administrators also gave no indication when on-campus classes would resume.

Classes that are unable to be taught online may still continue to meet at the college with approval. Additionally, all patron services are cancelled.

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper announced recommendations for combating coronavirus by ending gatherings of 100 or more people in public. Additionally, the entire UNC System and most private colleges in the state have cancelled all on-campus classes.

Carteret County NC officials continue to say there is no need to close public K-12 schools.

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UNC System To End Traditional On-Campus Classes In Favor of Remote And Alternative Classes By March 20, 2020

March 11, 2020

The UNC System has announced that effective immediately Spring Break has been extended for students, and that all on-campus classes across the entire system will be cancelled. Additionally, university related public gatherings of 100 or more people will be cancelled.

The UNC System will have in place alternative and remote classes by March 20, 2020 and these classes will begin on March 23rd.

This announcement is related to the Coronavirus pandemic. This declaration follows Duke University and the State of NC’s State of Emergency.

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Duke University In NC Suspends All On-Campus Classes Amid COVID-19 Health Concerns

March 10, 2020

Administrators at Duke University in Durham NC announced today that the university is suspending all on-campus classes until further notice, and that no student should return to the campus from Spring Break until further notice.

This announcement by Duke was not prompted by a confirmed case of the coronavirus ( COVID-19 ) and that the decision to suspend classes is based on an abundance of caution.

NC DHHS and the CDC have cautioned people to avoid places where large groups of people congregate to mitigate exposure.

We expect to see more NC universities and schools closing in the next few days.

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State of Emergency Declared Allowing For NC DHHS To Aid The Public With Coronavirus Efforts

March 10, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper has issued a state of emergency after 5 new cases of coronavirus were discovered. This declaration allows for the NC Department of Health and Human Services to take more aggressive efforts to combat health concerns for the public and recovery efforts.

Additionally, this declaration will allow for the State of NC to seek federal funds and work more closely with the CDC on testing.

It was announced today that the state only has 300 testing kits available to NC DHHS.

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NC Governor Roy Cooper Issues State of Emergency Related To Coronavirus

March 10, 2020 News

NC Governor Roy Cooper has issued a state of emergency following several confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state. This declaration will allow for the State of NC to receive federal assistance, along with other more aggressive measures to help combat the spread of this virus along with mitigating health concerns.

News broke yesterday that 5 people in Wake County were presumptively confirmed as having the coronavirus which they contracted while traveling to Boston.

We will continue to document NC breaking news on coronavirus and the emergency response using the link below.

NEXT: Coca-Cola delivery truck catches fire.

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Great Ideas For The Perfect Beach Weekend Getaway When Visiting Coastal NC

March 9, 2020

Need some hints and ideas on what to do when planning travel to coastal NC tourism destinations such as the Crystal Coast which is near the southern Outer Banks? Well, click on the article below and let’s explore some great recommendations for that romantic weekend or short family vacation.

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No State of Emergency In NC As of March 9, 2020 As Coronavirus Hits Two Counties

March 9, 2020

As of publication, NC health officials and state government has not levied a state of emergency in the state as coronavirus is confirmed in two counties. Those counties are Wake County and Chatham County.

Continue to monitor the article at the link below where we are updating events as they happen in NC as it relates to COVID-19.

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Joint Investigation Yields One Arrest For Cocaine Trafficking [Crime News]

March 9, 2020

The Carteret County Sheriffs Department has announced the arrest of David Patterson, 39, of Morehead City NC.

The local sheriff says this joint investigation ended a cocaine trafficking operation in the county.

David Patterson is charged with felony trafficking in cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, sell cocaine, deliver cocaine, manufacture cocaine, and maintaining a dwelling for the use or sale of a controlled substance.

He received a bond of $600,000 secured and is scheduled for a first appearance on March 13, 2020.

Detectives announced that they recovered 1.4 ounces of cocaine from the investigation.

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NEXT: Joey Matthews arrested for statutory rape.

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Felony Statutory Rape of a Child Greater Than Or Equal To 15 Charges For County Man

March 3rd, 2020 Crime Reports

The Beaufort Police Department announced the arrest of Joey Matthews for the crime of felony statutory rape of a child greater than or equal to 15 years of age.

Mr. Matthews received a $75000.00 secured bond.

Next: Local business man arrested on selling cocaine from his business.

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New Initiative Needing Volunteer Efforts Related To Debris Cleanup In Local Waters

February 25, 2020

Public information article and discussions centered around volunteer efforts needed to help Carteret County ecosystems clean. This is a new initiative born from the realization that we have a pollution and debris problem in our local waterways that became evident after Hurricane Florence and Dorian.

In partnership with several conservation groups, NOAA, and other agencies, this new public initiative needs support from local residents and businesses especially as we move closer to Interstate 42 realization.

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Protecting Natural Wildlife Habitats In Coastal NC Ecosystems

February 25, 2020

Coastal NC has a very unique and fragile ecosystem for aquatic and marine wildlife and natural living shorelines.

In the past few years, and brought on by cleanup after hurricanes Florence and Dorian, pollution and contamination was unearthed and now there is a new collaborative effort along the Crystal Coast to help educate, implement, and enforce better standards for debris that threatens wildlife and nature in areas such as Cape Hatteras, Ocracoke Island, Cape Lookout, Shackleford Banks, and other beach regions that have vulnerable habitats such as sea turtles.

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NC Marine Debris Action Plan – Keeping Waterways, Estuaries, Rivers, Sounds, and Beaches Clean

February 25, 2020

NC water related efforts in Eastern NC to educate and implement new objectives to help clean marine debris from coastal North Carolina estuaries, rivers, beaches, sounds, and other waterways where there exists a fragile ecosystem for marine life including endangered and threatened sea turtles.

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Exploring Local Efforts To Keep Waterways Clean

February 25, 2020

Click the button below to learn more about local Carteret County NC efforts to keep waterways, estuaries, rivers, sounds, and beaches clean from pollution and contamination using new legislation.

This new initiative will be even more important as we near completion of Interstate 42 and expectation of a 45% increase in year-around population and new vacationers.

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Owner Of MJB Computer Repair In Morehead City NC Arrested For Cocaine Distribution From The Storefront

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Carteret County Crime in Morehead City.

Detectives with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Department have arrested 37 year old Michael Barkas for cocaine trafficking.

Michael Barkas is the owner of MJB computer repair in Morehead City and detectives allege that Mr. Barkas was dealing cocaine from the storefront.

Over a period of a few months, detectives say they purchased cocaine at the store.

Michael Barkas is charged with nine counts of trafficking and one count of maintaining a dwelling.

He received a $1 million dollar bond.

Detectives announced they made multiple buys of cocaine from MJB Computer Repair.


Comment 1: I know Mike well and never saw this coming. But I do think it’s important that he get’s a fair day in court.

Comment 2: A one million dollar bond? I see people charged with other violent heinous crimes involving children and they don’t get this bond amount. What gives?

Next: The arrest of Chase Dixon after traffic stop.

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State Police Traffic Stop Leads To Seizure of 18 Grams Of Meth And Another Controlled Substance

February 19, 2020

The N.C. Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop on Chase Dixon, age 22, and during the stop the trooper noticed that Mr. Dixon was bleeding from both hands.

Further investigation lead to the discovery of 18 grams of meth and 5 pills of a known Benzodiazepine.

Troopers allege that Mr. Dixon’s bloody hands were from him attempting to conceal a glass pipe.

Chase Dixon is charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle for keeping and selling a controlled substance, simple possession of a
schedule IV controlled substance, and possession drug paraphernalia.

He received a $50,000 secured bond.

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Police Say Dale Hughes Charged With Robbery Using A Dangerous Weapon After Alleged Emerald Isle Cigar Store Holdup.

February 18, 2020

Emerald Isle Police in NC have charged Dale Hughes, age 18, with robbery using a dangerous weapon (armed robbery) after he allegedly presented to R.J. Cigar Lounge in Emerald Isle NC, pulled out a gun, demanded items, then discharged the weapon while in the store after he let the employees leave.

After his arrest, Mr. Hughes was given a $20,000 bond and police say he actually admitted to the armed robbery.

Next: Two charged with felony manslaughter after Harkers Island road incident…

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Sheriff Asa Buck Talks Jail Expansion And Money With Carteret County Commissioners – What Are Your Insights?

Added February 17, 2020

News has hit that Sheriff Asa Buck is ready to talk jail expansion or a new building for a jail with Carteret County Commissioners.

Currently, there are several options on the table ranging from roughly $27 million dollars to $40 million dollars to almost double the number of beds and to allow for future growth and expansion as the new population hits the area in 10 years (think Interstate 42).

As I understand it, the lower figure would allow for expanding the jail at it’s current location while the other figure has several options related to expanding the current building or building a new jail at another location.

So the debate here is, do you think we should be focused on expanding the Carteret County jail or putting more effort in to fixing the drug epidemic that is causing massive overcrowding at all NC jails and prisons?

Is it possible to do both financially?

Most experts argue that the drug epidemic and violent crime related to it, along with the proliferation of human trafficking, is projected to get worse creating a need for increased jail space.

At what point do we reach the intersection of not being able to find correctional officers in NC to maintain order in the jails and prisons?

What happens when those addicted to heroin, fentanyl, meth, and other drugs are the majority if we don’t find some way to stop it?

If you agree with Sheriff Asa Buck and think we have no option but to expand the local jail, use the discussion form at the bottom of the article (click the link) and let’s get your opinion and insights.

Next Debate: What is the fix to Beaufort’s potholes and Morehead City streets?

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Two Charged With Felony Involuntary Manslaughter After Harkers Island Road Vehicle Crash That Killed One

February 13, 2020 Crime Reports

District Attorney Scott Thomas has charged Joseph Bent, age 25, and Austin Piner, age 23, of Beaufort NC each with one count of felony involuntary manslaughter after the NC State Highway Patrol concluded an investigation on the fatal Harkers Island Road accident on December 29, 2019 that killed passenger Matthew Morris of Gloucester NC.

The NCHP’s investigation concluded that Joseph Bent and Austin Piner were racing on Harkers Island Road at the time of the fatal accident in speeds in excess of 90 mph when their trucks collided causing the accident.

Matthew Morris was a passenger in the truck with Austin Piner and was ejected from the truck and killed.

Mr. Bent received a $30,000 secured bond while Mr. Piner received a $25,000 secured bond.

Both men face their next court date on March 6, 2020 in district court.

See Next: Shawn Marshall and Brittany Katen arrests. Read Now

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Traffic Stop By State Trooper Leads To Recovery Of Stolen Vehicle Near Harlowe. Two Arrested After Manhunt

February 11, 2020

On Monday, February 10th, 2020 N.C. Highway Patrol stopped a pickup truck for neither occupant having a seat belt on. The stop happened near Highway 101 and Harlowe.

While attempting to discover the identities of the driver and passenger, both left the vehicle and ran in to the woods.

State Police called for backup, and along with two more Troopers and two Sheriff’s Department deputies using bloodhounds, Shawn Marshall and Brittany Elaine Katen were found and arrested.

Additionally, police also discovered that the truck was stolen and that both occupants had outstanding warrants.

Shawn Marshall had warrants for breaking or entering a motor vehicle, felony larceny, possession of stolen goods, financial card theft and financial card fraud, and Brittany Elaine Katen had warrants for misdemeanor larceny, probation violation and aiding and abetting financial card fraud.

Marshall and Katen were taken to jail and given a $15,000 bond.

State Troopers say additional charges are pending.

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Next: Beaufort Man Arrested After Fatal Highway 101 Crash Read Now.

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Beaufort Potholes And Bad Morehead City Streets. What Can Be Done To Fix Them?

Added February 11, 2020

If you live in the county, there is no debating that the potholes in Beaufort and the bumpy streets in Morehead City are a major nuisance that will play havoc on your vehicle’s suspension system and shocks.

Many people blame Beaufort and Morehead City officials for the potholes and bad streets, but is it really something they can fix permanently?

Or, is it part of living in an area where the water table is extremely shallow with water on three sides of most land masses in the county?

Can local officials really be blamed for a constantly moving land mass that disrupts streets?

Let’s hear your opinions.

Comment 1: It’s impossible to fix potholes and bad streets in Morehead City and Beaufort, or most places in Carteret County. Most of us live in areas with water on three sides. The water table is very shallow, thus land is going to shift and move causing havoc on the streets. It’s a part of living here.

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It’s Election Season In The County. Do You Agree Or Disagree With My Opinion As Voters?

Added February 10, 2020

Election season is upon us and social media will be filled with dramatic debates on which candidate is going to make the sky fall and which candidate is the saving grace of America, the state, and our local county.

But is anyone really going to win no matter what?

See Next: Local Resident Invents New Meteorology Term Read Now.

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Coca-Cola Delivery Truck Catches Fire At 4th And Arendell Street

February 10, 2020 – Carteret County News

Morehead City Fire Department was on the scene of a Coca-Cola delivery truck fire at the corner of 4th and Arendell St.

Officials report that the driver of the truck is fine and there were no other injuries.

No word on what caused the truck to catch fire. All roads near 4th and Arendell St are now open.

Next: Chemical cleanup at Carteret Community College – READ NOW

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“It Blowed So Hard It Blowed A Chicken In A Pepsi Bottle” Petition To Make This An Official Weather Term In Carteret County NC

Added February 7, 2020

On February 6th, 2020 a rather nasty cold front affected all of Carteret County NC with very high winds nearing 50 mph, heavy rains, downed trees, and power outages.

While monitoring weather reports and the effects of this storm on the county, I came across a social media post by a Mr. Bill VanHorn who stated that “It blowed so hard it blowed a chicken in a Pepsi Bottle” in referring to the high winds.

After I spit my tea all over my computer screen and stopped laughing, I realized that Mr. VanHorn was on to something.

Thus, I am officially announcing a petition with the National Weather Service in Newport to make “It blowed so hard it blowed a chicken in a Pepsi bottle” an official weather term in Carteret County NC.

Debate it by clicking the title.

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Next: Can Beaufort NC maintain it’s quaint southern charm? Read Now.

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Can Beaufort NC Maintain It’s Quaint Southern Charm And Appeal In The Face Of Rapid Population Growth?

Added February 6, 2020

The popularity of Beaufort for both locals and tourist is the town’s quaint southern charm and appeal in the historic district and waterfront area.

In the face of Interstate 42 and the rapid growth and development that will come from this, can Beaufort maintain it’s appeal?

What will have to happen to keep the appeal, or what could happen that changes Beaufort from it’s current charm?

Next: Are We Setting County Teachers Up For Failure? Read Now.

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Are We Frustrating And Putting County Teachers And Students In A No Win Situation?

Added February 6, 2020

Are we frustrating and putting Carteret County teachers and students in a no win situation with politics?

Our local county teachers have not failed us given current state reports on testing and achievement. We rank at the very top in all 100 counties.

And our teachers deserve MUCH better pay and resources to continue this success for our children.

From a political standpoint, teachers want and have to deal with parents for the success of the district and kids.

So let’s discuss how our teachers can be successful and not get burned out when we as residents get so caught up in our politics, that we inadvertently put intense pressure on educators.

The debate over school funding and teacher pay in North Carolina is at the forefront of sharply partisan and bitter politics.

It seems that if the political left tries to help, the political right resists and obstructs.

If the political right tries to help, then the political left resist and obstructs.

So we are putting our teachers, who have to work with all parents in a very bad decision and soon, we may see them get so burned out that they leave the profession.

Click the title and let’s debate it.

Next: Spending tens of millions of dollars on beach nourishment only to have the next storm blow it away Go There Now.

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Add $20 Million Dollars In Sand, Storm Blows It Away, Add More Sand, Hurricane Blows It Away, Repeat

Added February 6, 2020

This is a difficult and frustrating debate.

After Hurricane Florence, tens of millions of dollars was spent to nourish the Bogue Banks beaches with new sand and vegetation.

The next year, Hurricane Dorian blew most of that new sand and vegetation away.

Now, here we are spending tens of millions of dollars adding new sand and vegetation after Hurricane Dorian.

What will the 2020 hurricane season bring to Carteret County NC?

On the other side of this coin, nourished beaches are the lifeblood of this county. Without our beautiful beaches, tourism grinds to a halt and this brings about a economic crisis and environmental disaster.

What is the answer(s)?
Other county opinion: Jail overcrowding, house arrest or stay in jail? Go There Now

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To Help With Overcrowding At The Carteret County Jail, Sheriff Asa Buck Is Considering Electronic House Arrest For Certain Inmates Versus Spending Time In Jail

Added on February 5, 2020

To help with jail overcrowding, Sheriff Asa Buck is considering an electronic house arrest program where certain inmates could be maintained on electronic monitoring versus lingering in jail.

And indeed jail overcrowding is a big concern in the county.

But, what is your opinion on this program and outline the potential pros and cons to electronic monitoring in Carteret County NC.

Comment 1: There is another blog on the Internet that I refuse to link or send people to because it is horrendously offensive, but in reading it the author did bring up something I both agree with and fear.

Yes, if Sheriff Buck needs a new jail, and he does given the projected population growth and rate at which people are getting in trouble with drugs, then we have to do it. If the Sheriff is comfortable that there is a population that can safely be detained at home and the technology works flawlessly, then we should trust Asa.

But getting back to the information I talked about in the opening. I do not see this drug epidemic ending, there is really no way to end it. Today, we have almost an equal number of people in Carteret County who use drugs and have infractions with the law, and they likely do not have a good relationship with law enforcement.

When you have this large of a group that is using, at some point it won’t matter how big the jail is. You won’t have staff to man a jail, nor the people needed to watch those on house arrest.

And I fear that at some point this group becomes so big that they will start influencing politicians, and thus policy and procedures.

Next Debate: Surge in Highway 101 fatalities Go There Now.

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Surge In Fatal Vehicle Accidents On Highway 101 – What Should Be Done About It?

Added February 5, 2020

Just in the past 6 months (as of February 5, 2020), there are 3 fatalities documented on Highway 101 in Beaufort related to vehicle accidents.

I realize there is road construction and improvements on Highway 101 and that they are widening it.

But even before road construction started, this has always been a dangerous road to travel.

March 2, 2020: A major head on two car collision sent three people to the hospital with significant injuries. Again, this happened near Steel Tank Road on 101.

In your opinion, what needs to be done about it?

1 Discussion: They should be required by law for everyone to take a state-mandated driver’s Ed course as well as a safety course and crash course and defensive driving to avoid car accidents. Could be a week or two week program and the money can go into recovery repair for hurricane Florence. Anyone recently busted and convicted of a DUI or any offense related should have to take the course in order to regain their license back… Read More.

Next Debate: The Circle Development In Atlantic Beach NC Go There Now.

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What Needs To Happen At The Circle In Atlantic Beach NC? Entertainment / Resort Development Or Residential Development?

Added February 5, 2020

If you were alive when dirt was invented like I was, you remember the circle as the epicenter of entertainment in the county. Bands used to travel from all over Eastern NC to play at the clubs there and every weekend there were hundreds of people walking around socializing.

Today, well not much is happening in Atlantic Beach.

In your opinion, what needs to happen with development at the circle? Does the resort that was planned there need to get going or should that area be developed for other commercial use, or perhaps residential use?

Aside from what you think SHOULD happen, what do you think WILL happen?

Next Debate: Impacts on Pine Knoll Shores, Salter Path, Indian Beach, and Highway 58. Go there now

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Impacts On Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach, Or Salter Path With A New Bogue Banks Bridge. Exactly How Will Highway 58 Be Widened?

Added February 5, 2020

As we stated in our last addition, the county is looking at a 45% increase in population within the next 10 years related to I-42.

Under any scenario, a new third Bogue Banks bridge will have to be built connecting the island to somewhere on Highway 24 (likely Hibbs Road).

The most likely end point on the island will be Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach, or Salter Path.

Additionally, Highway 58 will have to be widened (or will it?)

In your opinion, what will be the impacts to Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach, or Salter Path when this new bridge is built, and how exactly do you widen Highway 58?

Next Debate: Carteret County Schools Expansion Or New Construction? >Go There Now.

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Carteret County Schools Expansion Or New Construction To Meet The Demands Of Rapid Population Growth?

Added February 5, 2020

Agencies like NCDOT and most local economist are making predictions that Carteret County NC could see as much as a 45% increase in year-around new residents that is related to the new Interstate 42 project.

In your opinion, will the county have to find funding to significantly expand existing schools, will new one’s have to be built, or both?

Where will funding likely come from?

This debate is specifically limited to Interstate 42 and schools growth. We will certainly have new additions on other Interstate 42 related issues so please check back daily.

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Strong Cold Front To Bring Heavy Winds To Carteret County NC On February 6th And 7th

February 2020 Weather News

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a strong cold front to move in to Carteret County NC sometime around 7 pm on Thursday, February 6, 2020.

This cold front will primarily bring high winds and there is already a high wind advisory until 7 pm on Friday, February 7th, 2020.

Additionally, residents along waterways in the county can expect a high tide one foot greater than normal.

Forecasters with the NWS expect winds somewhere between 40-50 mph with sporadic downed trees and power outages.

See Next: The Newport Prison Is Not On Fire.

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Beaufort Man Charged With Felony Crime After Highway 101 Fatal Vehicle Crash

February 2020 Crime Reports

District Attorney Scott Thomas has charged Leighman Hardesty, 26, of Beaufort NC with aggravated felony death by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter stemming from a Highway 101 vehicle crash that happened on January 22, 2020.

This fatal car crash resulted in the death of Floyd Woolbright, 50, of Havelock.

The N.C. Highway Patrol launched an investigation and discovered that Mr. Hardesty was driving in a reckless manner and speeding at the time of the collision. Additionally, troopers say that Mr. Hardesty was operating his vehicle under the influence.

The defendant’s bond was set at $500,000 secured, with electronic monitoring should he make bail.

The district attorney announced that Leighman Joel Hardesty is set for his next appearance on March 6, 2020.

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See Next: Three arrested on armed robbery in Newport NC

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Three Arrested On Robbery With A Dangerous Weapon Charges

February 5, 2020

The Sheriff’s Department announced the following arrests stemming from an incident in Newport NC.

On 01/24/2020 deputies began a robbery investigation where the victim alleged to have been robbed at gunpoint. An investigation was launched and today investigators announced the following charges:

Saraya Richardson, 19, of New Bern was arrested and charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault by Pointing a Gun, and Possession of a Firearm by a convicted felon. She is being held in the Craven County Jail under a $60,000.00 bond.

Alexa Rae Lowery, 18, Newport, was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and is being held in the Carteret County jail under a $15,000.00 bond.

Marquis Raquan Berry, 23, of New Bern was arrested and charged with Armed Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault & Battery, and Possession of a Firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held in the Craven County Jail under a $60,000.00 bond.

Detectives noted that the robbery happened on Coldfelter St in Newport.

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Local Interest Article Centered On Education Safety In The Schools And Funding Efforts

Interested in reading more about local efforts in Carteret County NC as it relates to achieving safety at all public schools in the county?

This article is forum themed so read the article then give us your best insights on the best way to deal with bullying, the possibility of gun violence in the schools, and the best way to help students that are in crisis.

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The Newport Prison Is Not On Fire And Inmates Are Not Running Around Loose

February 4, 2020

A social media rumor is going around that the Newport Prison in NC is on fire and that inmates are running loose.

The Carteret County Sheriffs Department told us that the prison is not on fire, nor are any inmates running around the facility.

See Next: Fire And EMS report to chemical spill at Carteret Community College.

Filed: Carteret County News in Newport NC

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Deputies Arrest Two For Trafficking Amounts of Methamphetamine During Traffic Stop

February 3, 2020 County Crime Reports

On February 3, 2020, Carteret County Deputies Jann Perez and Cenold Belizaire stopped a vehicle near Croatan High School on Highway 24 and a search of both occupants and the vehicle resulted in deputies allegedly finding trafficking amounts of methamphetamine and some marijuana.

Arrested are Anthony Reese, 30, of Oyster Ln, Hubert and Evan Whitby, 28, of Youpon Dr, Hubert.

A press report did not indicate exactly how much methamphetamine was recovered.

Anthony Reese was charged with three counts of trafficking methamphetamine, three counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule II controlled substances, manufacturing schedule II narcotics, and maintaining a vehicle for the sale of narcotics and received a $550,000 bond.

Evan Whitby was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a vehicle for the sale of narcotics and received a $5000 bond.

Both Whitby and Reese have a first appearance on February 4, 2020.

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See Next: Arrest of Tracy Shoffner for fraud.

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District Attorney Announces Conviction Of Tracy Shoffner For Hurricane Related Fraud.

February 2020 Crime Convictions

District Attorney Scott Thomas announced the guilty plea in superior court for Tracy Shoffner, age 56, who was convicted of hurricane related fraud and sentenced to 20 to 33 months.

Specifically, Tracy Shoffner entered in to a contract to do repair work on a local church in the amount of $7500 and as soon as the check was delivered Mr. Shoffner stopped all communication with the church.

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See Next: Arrests of Brandon Overton of Eden NC and John Aguon of Beaufort for stolen ATVs and trailer.

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Morehead City Fire / EMS, Cherry Point Hazardous Materials Team Responds To Chemical Spill At Carteret Community College

January 31, 2020 News

The Morehead City Fire Department, along with EMS and a hazardous materials team responded to Carteret Community College today after a chemical spill.

According to reports, boxes of acid were disposed of in an improper way causing a spill which produced a vapor cloud. No students were present or exposed to the acid, but one instructor was taken to the hospital.

The Cherry Point team, along with local fire then cleaned up the area and disposed of the remaining acid.

See next article: North River Bridge closes after crane falls.

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North River Bridge Closed After Construction Crane Falls – No Traffic To Or From Down East NC

January 31, 2020

11:30 am – North River Bridge is now open.

11:10 am – Carteret County Schools released an alert about the bridge closure stating that NCDOT told them the bridge will be open by 3 pm. As for ambulance traffic, there is a plan in place for emergency vehicles to pass through Open Grounds Farm

10:45 am – News from Carteret County Emergency Communications is that the bridge will be closed for two hours, but from the look of the pictures from this accident, we can see possibly where the North River Bridge could be closed for awhile longer than two hours.

Initial reporting below.

As of around 9:45 am the North River Bridge is closed indefinitely after a construction crane fell across the bridge.

This accident has effectively blocked any traffic to or from Down East leaving many to wonder how to pick up kids from East Carteret High School or to get home from work.

We will continue to update this story as we get more information from North River.

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Four U.S. Marines Presented With The Navy and Marine Corps Medal After Incident At Atlantic Beach NC

January 28, 2020 – Atlantic Beach News

At a awards ceremony recently, the Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing presented four U.S. Marines with the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for their roles in responding to a family caught in a rip current at Atlantic Beach in June of 2018.

The Navy and Marine Corps Medal is the highest peacetime non-combat medal a Marine can receive.

These heroic young men helped saved the life of three people and provided CPR to another member of the family.

From Atlantic Beach, those in attendance were Mayor Trace Cooper, Fire Chief Mike Simpson, Captain J. Scott Bell, & Firefighter Christian Register.

Read more about the Marine Corps ties to Carteret County NC.

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