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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Carteret Health Care To Participate In Eli Lilly Monoclonal Antibodies Coronavirus Study

November 2020 – Carteret County News In NC

Carteret Health Care officials announced today physicians will be conducting a Coronavirus study after Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals announced they chose the healthcare facility to participate in their monoclonal antibodies research.

Eligible participants will be chosen based on their current COVID-19 diagnosis and likelihood of significant medical complications related to this virus.

During the Eli Lilly study, one group within the participants will receive the monoclonal antibodies while the other group receives a placebo. Local physicians will then monitor all participants to see if the treatment group experiences less severe symptoms and complications during their COVID-19 diagnosis.

Monoclonal Antibodies is not a vaccine, but is considered an emerging treatment for Coronavirus meant to decrease complications, severity, and hospitalizations.

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During the week of October 26, 2020, Beaufort NC town commissioners rescinded their approval of the 2020 Beaufort Pirate Invasion to be held in November citing the increasing numbers of Coronavirus cases locally, statewide, and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

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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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October 14: New Record Reached With 45 New COVID-19 Cases (22 Being The Old Record) In The County

October 14, 2020 News Alert

County health officials just announced 45 new Coronavirus cases in one 24 hour period, and adding another death for a total of 11. The 45 new cases in a one day period sets a new record which was 22 cases in one 24 hour period before today.

The number of people currently hospitalized is 12, which is a sharp increase.

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October 7, 2020 Ties The Record On Largest Single One Day Increase In New COVID Cases

October 7, 2020 COVID News

The local health department announced 22 new COVID-19 cases in the county which ties the record on the largest single one day increase in new cases. The record was set on September 25. Additionally, the county saw 3 deaths in the past 10 days.

NEXT: Traffic light outages in Newport causing delays.

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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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Health Officials Announce The 8th Coronavirus Death And 2nd In The Past Week On October 2, 2020

October 2, 2020 – NC County News on Coronavirus

Local health officials in Carteret County NC announced the 8 death associated with the COVID-19 Coronavirus and represents the 2nd reported death this past week. Both people were reportedly above 60 years of age and had significant underlying heath conditions.

Additionally, September 25th, 2020 represents the largest one day increase in cases which was 22 cases.

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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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Local Schools Official Announces 20th COVID-19 Coronavirus Case

September 21, 2020

Carteret County Schools officials announced that the 20th COVID-19 Coronavirus case at area institutions is confirmed.

The announcement stated that the 20th case is at Broad Creek Middle School, while all others are at Morehead City Primary, Croatan High, White Oak Elementary, Bogue Sound Elementary, Beaufort Middle, Newport Elementary and West Carteret High school.

After Governor Cooper’s executive order, on October 5, 2020, the district can decide if elementary schools grades kindergarten through 5th grade can return to classes under Plan A which is full-time in-classroom instruction.

Filed: NC county news.

NEXT: Morehead City Veterans Day parade cancelled.

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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 Announces Three New COVID-19 Cases On September 15, 2020 For A Total Of Now Five Cases

September 15, 2020

Carteret Community College administrators announced that 3 additional persons who work or attend school on-campus have tested positive for the Coronavirus.

This makes for a total of 5 cases where students or staff members had access to the campus while having the virus, even if asymptomatic.

NEXT: Bomb threat cleared by law enforcement at CCC.

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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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Beaufort Courthouse Closed From Monday, September 14 Till Wednesday, September 16 For Cleaning

Update 9:00 PM: Sources now confirm that the courthouse is being cleaned after a judicial staff member tested positive with Coronavirus.

September 14, 2020 News

The Chief Justice of the NC Courts and local officials announced that the Carteret County courthouse in Beaufort NC will be closed Monday, September 14 through Wednesday, September 16 for cleaning.

Under executive order, all NC courthouses are operating under reduced capacity because of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement regarding the Beaufort courthouse did not specifically say that the facility was closing for cleaning because a staff member or someone from the general public was/is COVID positive.

If you have a court date for Tuesday or Wednesday, you are encouraged to talk with your attorney or call the clerk’s office if you are not represented by an attorney.

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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.

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County Government Documents 20 New Coronavirus Cases On September 3, 2020

September 3, 2020 – Carteret County News on Coronavirus in NC

Local government announced 20 new coronavirus cases on September 3rd which represents the largest one day increase locally OUTSIDE of congregate living facilities. There continues to be 6 deaths reported with 60 active cases and 164 pending tests.

On September 12th there were 12 new cases documented by the local health department with 6 deaths reported and no hospitalizations at Carteret Health Care.

NEXT: Emerald Isle officials cancel road race events.

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More Cancellations In Carteret County NC As Emerald Isle Town Officials Call Off Annual Marathon, Half Marathon, And 5K Run Due To Coronavirus

September 3, 2020 Breaking Reports

Emerald Isle NC town officials announced that they canceled the 7th annual town marathon, half marathon, and 5K run out of an abundance of caution for public safety as it relates to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Last month, officials canceled the annual St. Patrick’s Festival.

The road race events were originally scheduled for March, but were postponed to the Fall months. However, town officials said it is clear that this virus continues to affect lot’s of people in Emerald Isle and elsewhere so they were force to cancel for 2020.

Additionally, the marathon, half marathon, and 5K race helps local charities.

NEXT: Carteret Community College announces positive Coronavirus case.

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Carteret Community College Confirms First COVID-19 Coronavirus Case. Campus To Remain Open.

September 3, 2020 Breaking News

Dr. Tracy Mancini of Carteret Community College in Morehead City announced that “an individual within the campus community” tested positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Dr. Mancini went on to say that the campus will continue to be open to staff and students, and that administrators continue to follow directives set forth locally, at the state level, and federal level.

If you’re interested in getting tested for Coronavirus, please call 252-728-8550.

NEXT: Morehead City Lidl closes for 24 hours after Coronavirus case.

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Morehead City Lidl Grocery Store Closes On Wednesday, September 2, 2020 After Employee Test Positive For The COVID-19 Coronavirus

September 2, 2020 COVID-19 Coronavirus news

Management of the Morehead City NC Lidl grocery store chain closed the local store on September 2, 2020 after an employee of the chain tested positive for coronavirus.

Management made the decision to close for 24 hours so that store employees could do a deep cleaning of the facility.

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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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School Officials Report Two Confirmed Coronavirus Cases At Bogue Sound Elementary In Newport NC

August 28, 2020

Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson confirmed Friday that two individuals at Bogue Sound Elementary are confirmed to have the novel COVID-19 Coronavirus. There was no word given by the Superintendent on whether the individuals are staff members or students.

Dr. Jackson went on to state that the Carteret County Health Department is contacting anyone that may have been in close proximity with these individuals.

Dr. Jackson and other school officials continue to say the best possible safety precautions against the Coronavirus is social distancing, wellness checks each day, wearing masks, and persistent cleaning within the schools and that is his commitment to parents, students, and staff at Bogue Sound Elementary, and other schools in the county.

NEXT: Officials cancel the 2020 Emerald Isle Christmas parade.

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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.

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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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County Officials Say 41 Additional COVID-19 Coronavirus Cases At Carteret Correctional Center In Addition To 30 From Last Week

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.

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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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Goshen Medical Center Partners With The Carteret County Health Department To Offer Community Drive Thru COVID-19 Coronavirus Testing

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.

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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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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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Cape Carteret Aquatic Wellness Center Gym Owner Cited By Law Enforcement For Reopening Her Business

May 22, 2020 – County Economic News

On Friday, May 22nd, 2020, the gym owner of the Aquatic Wellness Center in Cape Carteret NC made the decision to reopen her business in violation of Governor Roy Cooper’s Phase 2 orders that allowed some businesses to open while keeping others closed during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

Later in the day, gym owner Deanna McElmon was cited by the Cape Carteret Police Chief which will require her to appear in court over the alleged violation.

Owner McElmon vows to remain open despite the citation or phase 2 orders from state government.

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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.

NEXT: Murder-Suicide being investigated in Newport NC after son and mother found dead in parked car.

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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.

NEXT: Mayor of Pine Knoll Shores Dies.

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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.

Filed: Local News

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March 27, 2020 COVID-19 Coronavirus News: Governor Cooper Issues Stay-At-Home Executive Order

March 27, 2020 Breaking News

NC Governor Roy Cooper issued his 3rd executive order on the COVID-19 coronavirus entitled the “Stay-At-Home Order” which provides for misdemeanor criminal charges if residents are found to not be in compliance.

The orders prohibits:

1. Gatherings of 10 people or more.

2. Non-essential travel outside the home. Essential travel is considered visiting a grocery store, pharmacy, a doctor, or travel to work that is an essential business or entity.

NEXT: Carteret County: Coast Guard searching for missing aircraft presumed to have crashed.

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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.

NEXT: Governor Cooper orders NC schools closed till May 15, 2020.

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Governor Roy Cooper Issues Order To Keep NC Schools Closed Till May 15, 2020

March 23, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper signed a second executive order on NC public schools requiring them to stay closed till May 15 2020, and possibly beyond that, as the Coronavirus continues to sweep the state.

It is likely that Governor Cooper made the decision to keep schools closed till May 15 as a result of cases of Coronavirus found to be community acquired rather than travel acquired. As of March 23, 2020 at 2:15 p.m, there are 311 confirmed cases in the state, with 5 in Carteret County NC. One of those 5 cases is community acquired.

NEXT: Carteret County officially get’s first coronavirus case.

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