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.

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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.

Comments and debate: http://research.ccountync.com/forums/topic/cape-carteret-aquatic-wellness-center-gym-owner-violation/

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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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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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NEXT: Governor closes NC schools.

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Morehead City To Close Public Buildings And Restrict Access To Others

March 14, 2020 – Morehead City municipality buildings news

Officials in Morehead City NC announced that the city will close the parks and recreation center, Webb Memorial Library, and the train depot beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 in an effort to curtail the spread of coronavirus. This will be in effect for 30 days.

During the same time, public access to other building will have restricted access such as the city hall which will no longer be accepting cash payments for city services. Residents can still pay utility bills at http://moreheadcitync.org/231/Pay-Your-Utilities-Bill

NEXT: Carteret County Schools announce coronavirus guidelines and will stay open.

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Chief Justice Beasley Suspends County District And Superior Courts Over Coronavirus

March 13, 2020 – NC Courts News

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley announced that all county district and superior court cases and hearings will be rescheduled for 30 days in response to the coronavirus pandemic. However, there are exceptions so it’s best to call the local clerk of court to inquire about these exceptions.

If you have a district or superior court case that is supposed to be heard in the next 30 days, please contact the Carteret County Clerk of Court at 252-504-4400.

NEXT: Carteret Community College announces online classes.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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Jesse Vinson To Serve As Interim Airport Manager Following The Resignation Of Renee Rogers

January 24, 2020 – County News

Jesse Vinson will be the interim airport manager for Carteret County following the resignation of Renee Rogers.

Going forward, the local airport authority will work to find a full-time manager and Mr. Vinson looks forward to being a part of that process.

Filed: Michael J. Smith Airport

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Highway 101 Head On Collision Has Road Shut Down On January 22, 2020. This Wreck Is At The Intersection Of Old Winberry Road.

January 22, 2020 Breaking News

Multiple fire and rescue departments are on the scene of a head on collision at the intersection of Highway 101 and Old Winberry Road.

This accident was reported around 12:20 pm and involved both lanes being shut down. But, as of 1:39 pm, one lane is re-open to traffic.

Witnesses on scene report seeing a medical helicopter depart the area.

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January 10 2020 – Emerald Isle Police Announce Fatal Shooting Investigation And House Fire

Patrick Keith-Reich Whitley Arrested And Charged With Murder And Arson

Update February 6, 2020 – Patrick Whitley had his first appearance in court today and police have release a statement that he admits to shooting Carl Jones and setting the house on fire to cover-up evidence of the crime.

January 19, 2020

Emerald Isle Police have announced that Patrick Keith-Reich Whitley of Havelock NC has been arrested in Texas and charged with 1st Degree Murder and 1st Degree Arson in the fatal shooting death and house fire on January 9, 2020.

Patrick Whitley was taken in to custody by the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Corpus Christi, TX.

He is being held without bond and is awaiting extradition.


January 10, 2020 Crime Reports And News

Update 2 pm: Police confirm that one person was questioned about the shooting, but there have been no arrest.

Emerald Isle Police in NC released a press release that they are actively investigating a fatal shooting of a 31 year old man from Newport NC. This incident reportedly happened Thursday night on January 9th, 2020.

Police announced that the name of the deceased man is Carl Eugene Jones Jr.

Emerald Isle police and fire department crews responded to the scene of a house fire on Melanie Street and found Mr. Jones fatally shot along with the structure fire.

Fire crews from Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach, Western Carteret, and EIFD worked the scene and extinguished the fire.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, along with the Carteret County Sheriffs Department is assisting Emerald Isle police with investigating the shooting.

We will update this post as more information is learned.

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Public Fundraiser For Spouter Inn And Restaurant Employees Nearly Hits The $18,000 Mark – Fire Restoration Efforts Ongoing

January 2020

A public fundraiser setup by Beaufort NC residents Mikail Hucks and Julia Royall raised nearly $18,000 to help employees displaced by the Spouter Inn Restaurant fire on December 22, 2019.

In addition to displacing employees of the popular restaurant, 6 apartments and 2 businesses were also destroyed.

The nearly $18,000 fundraiser undoubtedly will help employees during the busy holiday season and aid in their efforts to find new employment while efforts to rebuild the Spouter Inn are negotiated.

Mikail Hucks and Julia Royall noted that the employees of the Spouter Inn are like a family who loved working there, and clearly residents and visitors to the area loved the restaurant, so it’s fitting to see local Carteret County and Beaufort NC residents giving back to these employees.

Both say that continued fundraising efforts to help employees and owners rebuild are underway.

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Indian Beach Town Manager Announces Promotion To Police Chief For Billy Pollock

January 2020

Indian Beach Town Manager announced that lieutenant Billy Pollock will be promoted to Indian Beach Police Chief after the retirement of Chief A.J. Sutzko.

Chief Pollock has worked with the Indian Beach Police Department since 2015, and prior to that worked in law enforcement with the Newport Police Department in NC.

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Harkers Island Road Vehicle Fatality Reported On Sunday, December 29, 2019

9:48 pm Update: The N.C. State Highway Patrol has released more information on the two truck accident. Troopers say that both trucks were racing side by side at a high rate of speed when both left the road. In truck 1, a 24 year old passenger from Gloucester was killed in the crash after being ejected while the 23 year old driver from Beaufort was treated and released from Carteret Health Care. In truck 2, both the 25 year old male driver from Raleigh and 18 year old female passenger from Atlantic were ejected and transported to Carteret Health Care then taken to Vidant Medical Center. The Troopers report indicated that the 25 year old driver of truck 2 had possible life-threatening injuries while the 18 year old had non-life-threatening injuries.

December 29, 2019

The N.C. Highway Patrol is reporting that on December 29, 2019 at approximately 9:36 pm a call for help came from motorist on Harkers Island Rd near Otway who were reporting that two trucks ran off the road and were in a ditch.

Agencies responding include the N.C. Highway Patrol, the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office and Otway Fire and EMS.

As a result of this accident, officials are reporting there was one fatality and an initial investigations lends itself to the two trucks racing each other at a high rate of speed.

All parties were transported from the Harkers Island Rd location by EMS to Carteret Health Care.

The identities of those involved in the vehicle accident are not being released at this time.

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Emerald Isle Police Release Press Statement On Firearm Charges. No Active Shooter

Update 5:19 pm: EIPD reports the man arrested for the firearm incident is 49 year old Gilbert Matthew Roberts and that the victim is his wife.

Police also say that the minor injuries to the victim is related to debris hitting her in the face from the bullet going through the door of the home during an altercation where Mr. Roberts was locked out of the home.

Police charged Gilbert Roberts with one count of discharging a weapon in to a occupied dwelling.

This incident happened on Oceanview Drive.

Again, there is no active shooter.

December 23, 2019

The Emerald Isle Police Department in NC has issued a press release to calm rumors on the Internet about there being an active shooter situation in the town.

Police confirm that a man is in custody after discharging a firearm in to a home during a altercation with another person, and that alleged suspect is now in custody.

However, Emerald Isle Police said that this incident never was an active shooter situation and there is no public safety threats at this time.

This incident happened on December 23, 2019 at 10:45 am.

We will update this post as we learn more about this incident, including the name of the man alleged to have discharged the firearm and was arrested.

Filed: Emerald Isle News and Crime Reports 2019, Gilbert Roberts

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Structure Fire Reported Near Spouter Inn Restaurant Along The Waterfront In Beaufort NC

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Update 11:00 am: Officials say this restaurant fire is now contained. Still no reports of fatalities or injuries.

Update 8:00 am: The Morehead City Fire Department is reporting they are assisting Beaufort first responders, along with other departments from around the county. Smoke can reportedly be seen as far as Emerald Isle. No word if this blaze is affecting multiple structures along the waterfront or if it is just contained to the Spouter Inn and the shops and apartments above.

fire boat from Taylor Creek

eye witness

photo credit: Ava C. Anastasi and the Town of Beaufort NC

Update 7:42 am: Confirmed that this fire is involving the Spouter Inn along with 2 retail shops and apartments that sit above this structure. There are no reports of injuries at this time as crews from Beaufort NC are still working the scene.

Update 7:21 am: Confirmed that a fire boat is being used from Taylor’s Creek and that this is a large fire affecting most of the structure.

December 22, 2019 Breaking News

We are hearing reports of a structure fire near the Spouter Inn Restaurant and Bakery along the Beaufort NC waterfront.

Multiple crews including fire department crews from other jurisdictions are assisting in fighting this fire which started around 5:00 am.

According to social media post, the Beaufort Fire Department is using a boat along Taylor’s Creek to help fight this blaze.

There are conflicting reports as to whether the fire is NEAR the Spouter Inn Restaurant or actually is that structure.

We will update this post as we get new information from Beaufort.

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Black SUV Accident Damages Big Rock Barber Shop At Oaksmith And Arendell St

December 14, 2019 News

Update: The SUV was being driven by a 17 year old with a learner’s permit and accompanied by a parent. While parking, the 17 year old hit the accelerator instead of the brake causing the SUV to breach the barber shop building.

The shop was not open.


Morehead City Police, Fire, and EMS responded to the intersection of Oaksmith Blvd and Arendell St after a call for service involving a black SUV running in to the Big Rock Barber Shop and breaching the building such that the SUV was inside the building.

There are no reports yet indicating anyone inside the barber shop or within the SUV being hurt.

Additionally, no word on traffic citations or charges.

Morehead City SUV accident

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Vehicle Accident At Highway 24 And Hibbs Road In Carteret County NC Leads To Fatality. NC Highway Patrol Investigating

December 13, 2019

At 2 pm on December 13, 2019 the NC Highway Patrol and Carteret County Sheriffs Office along with Broad and Gales Creek Fire & EMS responded to a reported vehicle accident at Hibbs Rd and Highway 24 involving a Waste Industries trash truck and a minivan.

Upon arrival, the driver of the minivan, Johnnie James of Hampstead NC was pronounced dead at the scene while a female passenger was taken to Carteret Health Care and then on to Vidant Medical Center.

The driver of the Waste Industries truck voluntarily submitted to a blood alcohol test.

The NC State Highway Patrol is investigating this accident given conflicting information received from witnesses.

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Reported Newport NC Manhunt After Police Attempt To Serve Arrest Warrant Near Roberts Road. Suspect Evaded Law Enforcement

December 10, 2019 News And Crime

THIS REPORT IS NOT YET CONFIRMED!

There are multiple postings on social media tonight about a large police presence near Roberts Road in Newport NC.

People who are reporting this say that three agencies, NC Highway Patrol, Carteret County Sheriffs Department, and Newport NC police attempted to serve an arrest warrant and the suspect was able to jump out a window and evaded law enforcement.

There is no word from either agency on this matter.

Again, this information is not yet confirmed and we will update it as we learn more.

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Interim Superintendent Richard Paylor Named To Head Carteret Schools After Mat Bottoms Retires December 31, 2019

December 2019 Education News

Carteret County NC Board of Education officials named Richard Paylor as the Interim Superintendent of schools once current Superintendent Mat Bottoms retires on December 31, 2019.

Interim Superintendent Paylor is no stranger to Carteret County Schools as he served as Principal of Down East Middle School, Smyrna Elementary School, and Newport Elementary School.

Prior to being named interim superintendent, Mr, Paylor served as Assistant Superintendent for Strategic Improvement.

The county board of education also announced that Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, Policy and Student Services Blair Propst will share the duties of Bottoms’ position with Paylor.

Local county education board members will begin a search to fill the permanent position.

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December 5, 2019 House Fire Reported At 8 PM Near Highway 101 And Adams Creek Road in Beaufort NC

December 5, 2019

11 pm update: Report now confirmed that 2 people were taken by ambulance to the hospital with minor injuries and the initial explosion sound people heard was the ammunition firing off. State Highway Patrol confirms that Highway 101 was shutdown due to this fire.

There is a report of a major house fire in Beaufort NC near Highway 101 and Adams Creek Rd. Early unconfirmed reports are that witnesses described the fire as an “explosion” and while the house was burning there was reportedly ammunition firing from the flames.

Also, early reports indicate that both owners along with their pets escaped the house fire.

Other witnesses are reporting a heavy police and fire response to the Highway 101 and Adams Creek Rd scene.

This incident happened around 8 pm on Thursday, December 5, 2019.

This is breaking news in Carteret County and we will update as we learn more information.

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Small Business Saturday Gears Up To Help Local Retailers In The County

November 2019 News

Small business Saturday is a local Carteret County initiative to help local retailers thrive during the holiday season and to celebrate local owners who live and promote our local communities.

Readers are encouraged to click on the title of this article and use the comment form at the bottom to discuss local efforts around this initiative.

Several local organizations are helping to distribute promotional materials to help out the shop local scene.

Small business Saturday is now in it’s 10th year locally, and organizations like Downtown Morehead City, Inc and the small business center at the local community college are helping to get the word out.

It is important to remember that as we move closer and closer to the Interstate 42 corridor completion, our local small business owners will see increased internet marketing, web design, and other marketing efforts geared towards local consumers.

In an effort to help keep local dollars in our community, we see this initiative as a great thing to support.

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Superintendent Mat Bottoms Of Carteret Public Schools Announces Retirement Effective December 31st, 2019

November 2019 Breaking News

On November 21, 2019 Superintendent Mat Bottoms announced his retirement from the Carteret County Public Schools effective December 31st, 2019.

Superintendent Bottom’s career spanned 39 years within public education as the band director and assistant principal at West Carteret High School, then as Croatan High School, and then as assistant superintendent.

Superintendent Bottoms accepted the position of superintendent in 2017.

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Fatal Car Accident At Highway 101 And Steel Tank Road

November 9, 2019

Update: In learning more about the Highway 101 wreck, we have learned that the airlift to Vidant was planned but did not occur.

Additionally, an 18 wheeler was not involved, the accident involved a truck with a 34 foot trailer.

The State Highway Patrol report indicates that the driver of the truck failed to yield to the car driven by the female traveling on 101.

There was a fatal car accident involving a car and reportedly an 18 wheeler near the intersection of Highway 101 and Steel Tank Rd near Parker Boats.

One occupant was airlifted to Vidant Hospital but reports are now indicating that the female occupant was killed in the accident.

Law enforcement has not released the name of the victim pending family notification.

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Sheriff’s Office Investigating Double Murder / Suicide In Newport NC On October 30, 2019

October 30, 2019

The Carteret County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a double murder / suicide at 548 Newport Loop Road since around 9 am.

Early information points to a home where two sisters lived with their husbands. This morning, the two men got in to a physical altercation and one of the men shot the other man and his sister-in-law before shooting himself.

The wife of the man who shot the other three was in the home on Newport Loop Road at the time of the alleged murder, but was not hurt.

No names are being released pending the investigation.

Filed: Newport Crime Reports

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News Of Snug Harbor Retirement Community Closing Has Sea Level NC Residents Baffled

October 2019

Workers at the Snug Harbor Retirement Community in Sea Level NC were recently notified that the long-term facility is closing leaving many baffled and upset over the loss of employment.

Snug Harbor offers comprehensive assisted living care to the elderly in a remote area where these services are greatly needed. The news of this facility closing affects not only staff, but the residents as well.

We will have more on this story as it develops. If you have any information about this Carteret County NC facility please click the title and use the comment form.

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Chief Public Defender Jimmy Wallace Of The Carteret Courts In District 4 Passes Away

October 2019

The Clerk of Superior Courts in Carteret County District 4 announced this morning that Chief Public Defender Jimmy Wallace has passed away.

Prior to accepting the position of public defender in the county, Mr. Wallace was a practicing lawyer at his own law firm and worked in the county for several decades.

There is no word on funeral arrangements at this time.

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Gas Leak In Morehead City Causes Evacuations And Fire / EMS Response

October 22, 2019

Morehead City Fire And EMS responded to a reported gas leak near Somerset Way where the leak was confirmed resulting in 10 people being evacuated.

Fire and EMS officials say that Piedmont Natural Gas arrived shortly after and shut off the underground gas lines. Shortly after that, the evacuation order was lifted and people returned to their homes.

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Fire Department Receives $10,000 Duke Energy Grant For Storm Resiliency

October 2019 News

The Morehead City NC Fire Department has received a $10,000 Duke Energy Storm Resiliency grant which will help fund a emergency water rescue team. During Hurricanes Florence and Dorian, the local fire department received a lot of calls for water rescue which put a burden on the department.

The Duke Energy grant will help towards better equipment and better training.

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