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County Commissioners Approve 10% Pay Raise For Sheriff’s Department Staff After Request For 14.31%

September 2021 Local News

The Carteret County NC Commissioners approved a 10% pay increase across the entire Sheriff’s Department staff which was down from the 14.31% increase Sheriff Buck asked for.

The Sheriff brought the issue before the commissioners to address recruitment and retention issues within the department.

The vote on a 14.31% increase showed commissioners Chadwick, Cavanaugh and Wheatly in favor, with commissioners Mansfield, Comer, Shinn Farrington voting against the measure. Several commissioners and the county manager noted retention problems and low pay across many county departments and felt the 14.31% increase was too high.

Sheriff Asa Buck then presented his Plan B option which was a 10% increase and the measure was approved unanimously.

The increase in pay will largely come out of the concealed carry permit fund, with the remaining coming from the county.

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Western Carteret Fire & EMS Board Approves New Ambulance To Answer Increased Calls For Service

Highlights:

  • A local board overseeing Western Carteret Fire And EMS approves the purchase of a new ambulance for $260,000 to serve Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, Peletier, Stella, Bogue, and Ocean.
  • The new purchase is in response to unprecedented growth in the western part of the county, and due to disrepair of other ambulances in the fleet.
  • The board says they do not foresee the need for a EMS tax to pay for the new purchase.
  • The average round trip for one call of service is 40 miles which is problematic for older ambulances serving this portion of the county.

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Local Sheriff Investigating Alleged Murder-Suicide On Bobby’s Drive In Newport NC

August 31, 2021 Local News in Newport NC

The sheriff’s department put out a press release announcing an investigation in to what they believe is a murder-suicide involving an elderly husband and wife in Newport NC. According to the release, the husband called a family member and told her that he was going to kill his wife because he became despondent over caring for her medical conditions.

That family member then called law enforcement who responded to the Bobby’s Drive address of the man who made the threat. Again, according to the release, once deputies arrived they found a deceased man and woman believed to be the subject of the earlier threat.

No other information on this alleged murder-suicide was released pending notification of other family members.

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Atlantic Beach Music Festival In NC Set For Saturday, April 7 From 11:00 a.m. till 5:30 p.m.

The Atlantic Beach NC Beach Music Festival is set to take place Saturday, April 7th from 11:00 a.m. till 5:30 p.m. and is a decades old festival for this area. The main stage is located on the circle and festivities will take place rain or shine.

Expect to see many bands famous for beach music, lot’s of adult beverages, and an all around good time on the beach. However, don’t forget that traffic and parking is very limited so plan ahead.

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Tropical Storm Elsa Remnants COULD Impact The County On Thursday, July 8, 2021 With Moderate Weather Conditions

July 4, 2021 Local News And Weather Updates

July 7 update: Warning is now issued for all Eastern NC locations and we’re expecting high wind advisories, rip current advisories, and flooding advisories to be issued shortly.

July 6 update: At 11:00 pm, the National Weather Service issued a tropical storm watch for Carteret County NC as Hurricane Elsa makes landfall along the FL gulf coast and begins a more northeast movement through Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

Carteret County NC communities could experience Tropical Storm Elsa remnants as early as mid-day and in to the evening and overnight hours on Thursday, July 8, 2021 as this system makes it’s way from FL along the coastal regions of the East Coast.

The National Weather Service (NWS) and National Hurricane Center (NHC) have forecast this storm to not reach hurricane status, and it’s possible the storm could be downgraded to a depression before reaching the Carteret County NC beaches and communities.

Regardless, residents and visitors to our local area need to prepare for heavy rain, moderate winds, localized beach erosion and minor flooding, and VERY strong rip currents on Thursday in to Friday.

Tropical Storm Elsa is the first recorded storm of the 2021 season to impact Atlantic coast states. For discussions on this tropical system, please click the article title and use the form at the bottom of that page to talk with us and others.

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Carteret County Schools Close The Camp SHINE Summer Learning Program Due To Severe Weather Related to Claudette.

Dr. Rob Jackson of the Carteret County Schools announced at 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 20, 2021 that the Camp SHINE summer learning program will be cancelled on Monday, June 21, 2021 due to pending weather associated with Tropical Depression Claudette which could turn in to a tropical storm in the next few hours just before moving over Eastern NC bringing the potential for severe weather to the county.

In our previous report, we linked an article where we are documenting ongoing updates to Claudette.

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Tropical Storm Force Winds Expected For Sunday, June 20, 2021 Into Monday.

June 19, 2021 Weather News In Carteret County NC

The National Weather Service is reporting the POTENTIAL for tropical storm force winds occuring over Eastern NC, to include Carteret County, beginning Sunday, June 20 into Monday, June 21 from remnants of Tropical Storm Claudette moving over the local area after impacting the gulf coast.

Interesting, this system has the potential to re-strengthen over land due to baroclinic processes as it moves over North Carolina and enters back in to the Atlantic Ocean. More on this advisory here.

A tropical storm warning was issued on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 6:00 am meaning residents can expect tropical storm weather conditions within the next 24 hours lasting in to the early morning hours on Monday. More on this here.

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Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Week Set To Begin For 2021

June 11, 2021 Local News

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is set for another week of intense fishing action to delite crowds to this internationally known tournament which is set to begin on Saturday, June 12, 2021 when the ladies fish the Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament (KWLA), followed by action Monday through Saturday.

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Search And Rescue Teams Continue Searching For Missing Joshua Clauson In The Croatan National Forest [Suspended June 3, 2021][Man Found Alive On June 6]

June 1, 2021 News

Missing Man Found Alive On Sunday, June 6, 2021

Update 3: On Sunday, June 6, 2021 a resident on Rams Horn Road in Newport reported a man entering his property from the forest. Authorities arrived and confirmed it was Joshua and he was taken to Carteret Health Care in stable condition. This case concludes 8 days since he went missing.

Update 2 June 3, 2021 at 6 pm: Sheriff Asa Buck notified the public that the search for Joshua Clauson is being suspended after an exhaustive search of the Croatan by air and ground. The case will remain open as a missing persons case and anyone with new information is asked to call (252) 728-8400 or (252) 726-1911. The sheriff made no mention of this case being considered for foul play. The search lasted for 5 days.

Update 1: Day 4 of searching for Mr. Clauson came to and end and officials announced they will begin efforts again on Wednesday.

The Carteret County Sheriff’s Department along with local and out of county search and rescue teams continue a 15 square mile search of the Croatan National Forest near Lake Rd for a missing 20 year old Joshua Clauson of Newport NC.

Mr. Clauson was reported missing on May 29, 2021 after he failed to return from a walk in the forest with a friend. Those with information on the search say the two men became separated at some point.

Crews continue to search by helicopter, using canines, boats, and by searchers on foot. The friend who was with Joshua Clauson reportedly made it to safety by following the sounds of car and truck traffic on local roads.

Mr. Clauson is described as a white male with red hair standing 5 feet 10 inches and was last seen wearing a khaki tank top and blue jeans.

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Comment 1 So it’s been 4 days, rescue teams from 3 different counties, the N.C. Highway Patrol by air, dogs, 4 different local fire departments, and a small 15 square mile area surrounded by roads and they still haven’t found this guy?

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NCDOT Makes Permanent Changes To Speed Limit On Highway 58 From Atlantic Beach To Indian Beach

May 26, 2021

The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has PERMANENTLY changed the speed limit on Bogue Banks from Atlantic Beach to Indian Beach from 45 mph in the off-season and 35 mph during tourism season to the NEW LAW being 35 mph year-around.

Drivers are encouraged to remain vigilant of pedestrian crossings along Highway 58, especially near the Atlantic Beach and Pine Knoll Shores area where there are several.

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Burning Ban In Effect Starting May 24, 2021 Until Further Notice – Lifted on June 2, 2021

Update: This ban was lifted on June 2, 2021 at 5 pm.

May 24, 2021 News

The Carteret County Fire Marshal in NC, in conjunction with the N.C. Forest Service issued a burning ban for the entire county, and the ban is in effect for 26 counties in the eastern part of the state. At the time of the order, all burning permits were cancelled.

The N.C. Forest Service and county fire marshal implemented this ban due to weather conditions being ripe for forest fires.

We will update this article when the ban is dismissed.

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Armed Robbery With Firearm At Jim Dandy Store On 20th Street

May 19, 2020 Breaking Reports

1:30 pm update: Suspect in this armed robbery was caught and is in custody. Authorities involved in this arrest named the suspect as 19 year old Dale Hughes Jr.

Morehead City Police are reporting that a armed robbery with a firearm occurred just before 8 am on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at the Jim Dandy store located at the corner of 20th street and Mayberry Loop Rd.

Police noted that the suspect entered the store dressed in all black, presented a firearm to the clerk and demanded an undisclosed amount of money, then fled the store on foot.

Police say they have a very good lead on the suspect and are confident this will lead to an arrest.

There is no word on the condition of the clerk at the Jim Dandy store, or if the convenience store is re-open to business.

We will update this article once an arrest has happened.

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Carteret County Sheriffs Office Closes Highway 24 After Felony Stop; Local Schools On Lockdown; Serious Traffic Issues; Suspect Shot Himself

Friday May 7, 2021 Breaking News

Update 6:40 pm: Sheriff Asa Buck confirmed that Mr. Murphrey killed himself with an AK-47 rifle and that negotiators were on the phone with him until right before he shot himself. Deputies found a stash of other weapons and a large amount of ammunition for the AK-47.

Update 4:00 pm: Suspect was pronounced dead at Carteret Health Care of a single gunshot wound. Highway 24 is open to traffic.

Update 3:07 pm: Sheriffs office is now reporting that Richard Murphrey exited the vehicle during the standoff and shot himself with a gun and was transported to Carteret Health Care in serious condition.

2:50 pm update and clarification: In earlier reporting, we stated that schools in Morehead City and Newport were on lockdown, but it now appears only schools in Beaufort and ones in down east communities were on lockdown as the search for Richard Murphrey began down east which prompted school officials to close schools around 8:40 am. As of 2:50 pm there is still no word if the subject has been arrested and there is no information on the jail website about him being admitted. We do know that Morehead City and Newport buses were diverted as this incident was unfolding.

Original article below:

The Carteret County Sheriffs Department issued a public advisory outlining where they shut down all 5 lanes of traffic on Highway 24 near Paradise Lane where deputies stopped a vehicle being driven by a subject allegedly wanted for numerous felony warrants including habitual felon, carrying a concealed weapon, and numerous drug charges.

Due to the closure of Highway 24, the Sheriff noted heavy traffic on Highway 70 after deputies diverted traffic. In addition, Friday was an early release day for students at the Carteret County Schools and buses had to be diverted around this incident and for the safety of students and staff. It should be noted that several schools in Beaufort and down east were on lockdown simply out of an abundance of caution while this incident unfolded.

As of 1:37 pm, traffic in Morehead City and Newport was still heavy and we are working to find out if negotiators were able to get the suspect to leave his car and carried out an arrest, or if the subject is still in his car.

The sheriff noted that the wanted subject’s name is Richard Murphrey and we will keep checking the jail website to see if Mr. Murphrey is admitted in to the detention center.

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County Reports New Records Set In Pandemic

December 16, 2020 local news

County officials released their daily Coronavirus numbers today and the information shows records set in the numbers of active cases, hospitalizations, and greatest increase in new cases in a 24 hour period.

Earlier in the day, the superintendent of schools announced beginning January 6, 2021, local school will revert back to 100% virtual until January 19 citing a projected spike in numbers of cases.

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Carteret County School Board Districts Are Now Aligned With Electoral Districts And County Commissioners Districts

November 2020 Carteret County News in NC

In a recent policy change, the Carteret County Board of Education adopted a policy of aligning education districts with county commissioners and electoral districts.

In October of 2020, board members clarified with the N.C. General Assembly on the policy and then took action recently to align education and electoral districts.

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Carteret County Voters Approve $42 Million Dollar School Bond Referendum

November 3, 2020 Election News

Carteret County voters by a margin of 72.01% gave the green light to the local school bond referendum on the ballot this 2020 election cycle.

Led by a grassroots organization called Carteret Citizens Advocating Responsible Spending who endorsed the referendum, this referendum makes money available for capital improvements to several Carteret County Schools.

The school bond referendum saw an opposition of just 27.99% of the vote, or 11,291 votes.

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Town of Beaufort NC Rescinds Approval For The November 2020 Pirate Invasion Citing Increased Coronavirus Cases

October 2020 County News in Beaufort NC

During the week of October 26, 2020, Beaufort NC town commissioners rescinded their approval of the 2020 Beaufort Pirate Invasion to be held in November citing the increasing numbers of Coronavirus cases locally, statewide, and nationally.

On October 12, town commissioners gave their approval of the special event with modifications centered around social distancing.

The Beaufort Pirate Invasion was to be held November 20-22.

Filed: Coronavirus

NEXT: Morehead City Walmart evacuated after threat.

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Morehead City Walmart Evacuated After Bomb Threat On October 17, 2020; Police Are Investigating And Clearing The Building

October 17, 2020 Breaking News in Morehead City

Update 4: Scene cleared at 7:45 pm and Walmart will reopen at 7 am on October 18, 2020.

Update 3: We can now confirm that the Cherry Point Bomb Squad is actively working with Morehead City police at the Morehead City Walmart. Still no word on whether the sheriff’s department or any federal agencies are enroute to help investigate. There is also no word at 6:45 pm if a threat was neutralized or if there was anything found.

Update 2: As of 4:30 pm, there is still no word of an all clear.

Update 1: As of 2:45 pm, there is still no word of an all clear at the Morehead City Walmart.

Law enforcement officials are currently investigating a bomb threat at the Walmart Supercenter in Morehead City NC which saw the evacuation of the building around noon.

At this time, it’s not known which agencies are assisting the Morehead City Police, or if an all clear has been given. The latest news information we have is that at around noon radio scanner traffic indicated that all entrances to the building were closed after the bomb threat.

There is no indication if the Carteret County Sheriff’s Department is on-scene or if Cherry Point bomb teams are on-scene.

This page will be updated as soon as we learn more.

DISCUSSIONS

October 17 by Jerry: Last I heard the police called for a bomb team to clear the building which could take about an hour for the team to arrive and begin the work. Does anyone know if MCPD has a team, or if the Sheriff does, or if that team has to come from Cherry Point?


In Reply to Jerry: In the past, it’s always been Cherry Point but local law enforcement in recent years may have received the required gear and education to dispose of bombs.

NEXT: New record on local Coronavirus cases.

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Power Outages In Newport NC, At Hibbs Road And Roberts Road Traffic Lights

October 7, 2020

Update: Readers are reporting an electrical utility pole is down in the vicinity of Time Out Tavern causing likely outages. Police report they are directing traffic at Hibbs and Roberts Road.

Newport NC police say there are power outages in the town, and that the traffic signals at Hibbs Road and Roberts Road are off. Local authorities are asking the public to be cautious while crews discover what is causing the outages and fixes the problem.

Other than Hibbs Road and Roberts Road, there are likely other traffic signals out so please be cautious of traffic delays.

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September 25, 2020: Largest One Day Increase In Coronavirus Cases To Date.

September 25, 2020 – Breaking News Reports

The Carteret County Health Department noted that between reporting on September 24th and 25th, there are 22 new Coronavirus cases from testing. The figure went from 718 cases to 740 cases overnight.

This makes today’s date the largest single day increase to date since reporting began. The prior single largest day increase was 20 cases. The local health department also noted 2 new hospitalizations at Carteret Health Care.

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Carteret Board Of Education Special Meeting On September 24, 2020 To Address Elementary Schools

September 2020

The Carteret County Board of Education will hold a special meeting on September 24, 2020 at 2 pm. Residents can watch this special meeting at the Carteret County Schools Youtube Channel.

The stated purpose of this meeting is to address information relating to local elementary schools and NC Governor Roy Cooper’s amended executive order allowing districts to choose whether K-5 schools can open full-time with in-classroom learning provided that masking, social distancing, hand washing, and facility cleaning remains in place.

It is not immediately clear if this meeting will inform the public about whether the district is choosing to open elementary schools fully, or if this meeting will just relay information about the process the district is considering as it moves towards October 5 when the governor said these new changes can happen.

We will document the highlights of the board of education’s special meeting below.

The board and Superintendent Rob Jackson recommended that elementary schools transition to Plan A starting October 19, 2020 for K-5.

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Is The Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA) World Championships Coming To Morehead City In Carteret County?

September 22, 2020 News

The Offshore Powerboat Association world championships are normally held at Englewood Beach FL, but in 2020 officials declined to host this OPA event out of concerns for the Coronavirus.

With the Crystal Coast Grand Prix fresh on everyone’s mind, and thanks to Jeff McCann of Jacks Bar for reviving this event, OPA officials made contact with Mr. McCann recently about hosting the 2020 event in Morehead City and he is working on trying to put this event together with local officials and the Coast Guard.

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Officials Cancel The 2020 Carteret County Veterans Day Parade In Morehead City; Will Be Shown Virtually Via The MHC American Legion Website

September 18, 2020 News Alerts – Veterans Day Parade Cancelled

Officials cancelled the 2020 Carteret County Veterans Day Parade over concerns of mass gatherings related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. After careful consideration and transparency, public safety won out.

Various leaders within Carteret County who work on behalf of veterans groups came together and decided the best way to honor area veterans is to hold the 2020 parade virtually, which will be hosted on the Morehead City American Legion website as a photo presentation.

If you are interested in learning more about submitting photos of your veteran based group or organization, please call (252) 499-0146.

NEXT: Community college announces new Coronavirus cases.

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Carteret Community College Officials Responding To Potential Bomb Threat At The Wayne West Building

Update: At 12:17 pm, an all clear was given by law enforcement and Carteret Community College officials announced that students and staff can return to classes in the Wayne West Building.

September 15, 2020 Breaking News

Law enforcement, EMS, and rescue officials responded at 11:17 am on September 15, 2020 for a reported potential bomb threat at the Carteret Community College Wayne West Building.

Students and staff are currently evacuated while an investigation is being conducted. As of 12:00 pm there is not an all clear from officials.

NEXT: Beaufort courthouse closed after judicial staff member test positive for Coronavirus.

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Crab Shack Restaurant In Salter Path NC Closes TEMPORARILY After Staff Member Test Positive For Coronavirus

September 12, 2020 News In Salter Path NC

The owners of the Crab Shack Restaurant in Salter Path NC announced on September 12, 2020 that they are closing the restaurant TEMPORARILY after a employee tested positive for the Coronavirus.

The announcement went on to state that the owners will be testing all employees and the restaurant will stay closed until all results come back, and that the decision to close is for public transparency and for the safety of all staff and patrons.

Considering their generous interest in transparency and public safety, please consider patronizing the Crab Shack after they reopen.

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Emerald Isle Police Investigating Possible Suicide After Man’s Body Found In The Water

September 11, 2020 – Emerald Isle News in NC

Emerald Isle Police are investigating a possible suicide after 56 year old James Melvin of Emerald Isle was found along a shoreline dead with an alleged self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police began their investigation after a passing motorist reported a man lying in the water. Upon arrival, police found Mr. Melvin and recovered a firearm in the immediate area.

An investigation is ongoing.

NEXT: New coronavirus cases announced at local schools.

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Carteret County Schools Confirm 4 New Coronavirus Cases On September 10, 2020

September 10, 2020

School officials in Carteret County NC confirmed 4 new cases of coronavirus at 3 local schools.

3 people at White Oak Elementary.
1 person at Bogue Sound Elementary.

According the media release, there was no information pertaining to whether those that tested positive being students, teachers, administrators, or other staff members.

NEXT: New Shevans Park Opens.

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Morehead City Officials Set For The Grand Opening Of The New Shevans Park On Tuesday, September 8, 2020

September 8, 2020

After over a year of tearing down the old park and building the new inclusive facility, Morehead City Parks And Recreation officials will hold a grand reopening of the new Shevans Park on September 8, 2020.

The new park was scheduled to open earlier in the year, but due to state COVID-19 Coronavirus restrictions, kids parks across the state were shuttered by executive order. After Governor Cooper announced Phase 2.5 restrictions last week allowing for kids parks to reopen, officials locally decided to reopen and hold the ceremony on September 8, 2020.

Parents and guardians are still reminded to adhere to masking, social distancing, and wash hands while at this facility.

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Crystal Coast Grand Prix Boat Race Returns In 2020 After 8 Year Hiatus

September 2020 – Morehead City News

Since 2012, the Crystal Coast Grand Prix boat race has returned to Morehead City, NC ending a 8 year hiatus. Area organizer Jeff McCann is a well known supporter of this event which is scheduled for September 11th, 12th, and 13th. in 2020 Jeff McCann is a well known public figure, investor, and developer in Carteret County who owns Jacks Bar in downtown Morehead City.

Jacks Bar is a sponsor of this event which features competition powerboat racing and is well known for generating revenue, tourism, and excitement for the community.

The Carteret County Tourism Development Authority helped chip in money to get the Crystal Coast Grand Prix back in action for mid-September.

Jeff McCann noted that festivities will begin at Jacks Bar during the 3 day event and sponsors are encouraged to support this attraction to the Morehead City community.

Mr. McCann himself is active in powerboat racing.

Filed: NC news, powerboat racing, Carteret County tourism.

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Carteret Schools Superintendent Announces One Positive Coronavirus Case At Croatan High School

August 2020 News

Carteret County Schools Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson announced that one individual at Croatan High School has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. No information was given on whether the positive case is a student, teacher, staff member, or administration.

This announcement came after two cases were reported at Broad Sound Elementary School just days before this announcement.

It should be noted that the elementary school is on the same campus as Croatan High School, although in different buildings.

Dr. Jackson maintained his steadfast commitment to the safety and well being of all staff and students within the district.

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Up To The Minute Weather Information On Hurricane Isaias

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.

Isaias Updates.

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Carteret County Sheriffs Department Finds Dead Body Inside Peletier NC Mobile Home.

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.

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Citations Handed Out To Those Found Breaking And Entering At The Cape Lookout Lighthouse

July 2020

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.

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16th Straight Day Of Heat Advisory Conditions Within The County

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.

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Health Department Confirms 30 Coronavirus Cases at the Newport Prison (Carteret County Correctional Facility)

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.

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Carteret County Public Schools; Board Of Education Go With Plan B For Re-Opening In August 2020

July 2020

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.

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Mike Stanley Announces That The Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier In Emerald Isle NC Is For Sale

July 2020

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.

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Governor Roy Cooper Announces Decision On School Re-Opening, But Each District Can Decide On Plan B Or Plan C

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.

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Officials Announce That The 2020 Beaufort Pirate Invasion Is Postponed

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.

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Two Men Drown In Emerald Isle NC On The Weekend Of July 11th And 12th

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.

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Morehead City Marlins Baseball Team Suspends 2020 Season Amidst Coronavirus And Governor Cooper’s Phase 2 Order

June 25, 2020 News

The Morehead City Marlins baseball team announced on Thursday that they will suspend their 2020 season after hearing Governor Roy Cooper’s executive order continuing Phase 2 until July 17, 2020.

NEXTCarteret County Commissioner Jonathan Robinson dies.

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Carteret County Commissioner Jonathan Robinson Dies At The Age of 68

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.

Comments:

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.

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Town of Morehead City Announces Phased Re-Opening Plan

May 26, 2020 – Morehead City News

The Town of Morehead City NC announced on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 their efforts at a phased re-opening plan during Phase 2 of the NC Governor’s plan.

1. The Morehead City Police and Fire Departments will open to the public beginning June 1, 2020.

2. City Hall and the Municipal Building June 8, 2020.

3. The Rec Center and Library will remain closed to the public until further notice.

All town buildings will have new restrictions and they are asking citizens to first access online services with the town, but if visiting a town building to continue wearing a face mask, washing hands before and after entering a building, and to maintain 6 feet of distance from other visitors.

Additionally, the town asks visitors to town building to use hand sanitizer provided, to make use of markings on floors as a means to maintain social distancing, and to understand that city employees will be wearing face masks during their duties.

During Morehead City’s phased re-opening plan, all city buildings will continue to receive very regimented cleaning throughout the day. Lastly, city administrators ask citizens who are sick and experiencing shortness of breath, a cough, or fever to stay home.

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Battle Works Tactical Laser Tag In Atlantic Beach NC Announces Permanent Closure

May 2020 – Economic News

Battle Works Tactical Laser Tag of Atlantic Beach NC has announced that they are permanently closing the business after state mandated closure of businesses related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

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Murder-Suicide By Son And Mother Rocks Newport NC

May 15, 2020 Carteret County News in NC

The local sheriff’s department is investigating what they believe to be a pre-planned murder-suicide of a mother and son.

Investigators say the scene is at Sam Hatcher Road and Nine Mile Road in Newport NC (Carteret County).

Prior to finding the parked care, deputies were asked to do a welfare check at a residence located at 563 Gales Creek Road.

Investigators say they found 55-year-old Mark Andrew Muench and his 79-year-old mother Catherine Howard Muench in the parked car each with gunshot wounds to the head along with a suicide note and identification card.

At this time, investigators have information that Mark Muench shot his mother Catherine Muench as part of a pre-planned murder suicide and that the mother was a willing participate.

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Carteret County Commissioners Lift Restrictions On Visiting The Area And Short-Term Rentals

April 29, 2020

Carteret County Commissioners repealed amendments to the county state of emergency as follows:

1) Visitation to the area by non-residents and property owners is now allowed.

2) There are no more restrictions on short-term rentals to include vacation rentals, hotel and motel rooms, RV campsites, and primitive campsites.

The lifting of restrictions is only for unincorporated areas of the county and incorporated municipalities may continue to have restrictions in place.

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Beaufort NC Mayor Rett Newton Issues Stay-At-Home Order Effective March 25, 2020 – All Non-Essential Businesses Closed, Streets Closed, Only One Road Access In To Town

March 24, 2020 – Beaufort NC Coronavirus News

Beaufort NC Mayor Rett Newton issued what is effectively a mandatory quarantine for those in Beaufort, though the language did not go as far as using that word.

As Coronavirus cases continue to steadily climb in NC, The Mayor of Beaufort issued the following orders on March 23, 2020.

1. Residents are ordered to stay home.

2. All streets will be closed. There will be only one road in to the town.

3. All non-essential businesses will be closed.

Also, Mayor Newton declared the following exceptions: Exceptions for individual residents outlined in the declaration include those moving about to engage in certain essential activities, those who work for an essential business or to provide essential government services.

The proclamation falls under N.C. General Statute 166A-19.31 and Chapter 33 of the town’s code of ordinances and effectively allows for law enforcement.

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BREAKING NEWS: Naked Escapee From Carteret County Jail On March 16, 2020. [CAPTURED]

March 16, 2020 10:00 p.m.

Carteret County Deputies are alerting the public to an escapee from the local detention center which happened at 7:45 p.m.

Officials say that Ronnie Morris removed his clothes before escaping from the jail, thus it’s highly likely he will be pressured to find clothes and have interaction with the public.

If you have seen Ronnie Morris, please call 911.

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