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Small Plane Crashes near Atlantic NC And Core Banks Enroute To Beaufort; All 7 Passengers Feared Lost On February 13, 2022

February 26, 2022 Update – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) publicly stated that the pilot of the plane which crashed near Drum Inlet did not make any distress calls. Reports on the day of the crash indicated that the pilot of the plane made a distress call, but the NTSB investigation revealed this to be false.

February 13, 2022 News

Local officials say a small plane flying along Core Banks near Atlantic, NC has crashed and all 7 onboard are feared missing. Reportedly, the small plane was destined for Beaufort airfield when the pilot issued a mayday call indicating there was a problem on the plane.

The Coast Guard and local officials immediately conducted a search and rescue mission, but it was soon realized all 7 passengers and 1 pilot were lost.

Other reports indicate that the plane was returning from some type of youth event.

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7:26 am on February 14, 2022: This is just so devastating to me, as I’m sure it is to everyone in the down east communities and Beaufort, as well as all in Carteret County. I hope the local area will rally around the families who have lost their children and loved one’s. Reply To Marilyn

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Ice Storm Warning Declared, School Closings Announced

January 20, 2022 Area News

The National Weather Service has issued a ice storm warning for much of the county, and the school system announced that schools will be closed on Friday, January 21.

The latest on power outages

To report inclement weather in your community, or to learn about the latest winter weather conditions in your local area, please follow the link below. This link can can also be used for announcements.

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Carteret County Schools Announce Virtual Learning In January 2022

January 13, 2022

Carteret County Schools Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson announced that local schools will revert back to virtual learning for students and staff on January 18th and 19th out of an abundance of caution and in thinking about the safety of staff and students.

Dr. Jackson noted the decision to institute remote learning is due to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Administrators stated that on January 20th, students and staff can return to in-school learning, but the the board of education will be monitoring case numbers and directives from the State of NC Department of Health And Human Services (NCDHHS) and local health department.

Dr. Ron Jackson did not say whether students and staff will be required to wear mandatory masks upon returning on the 20th.

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Is There A Potential For Snow? – Carteret County January 2022?

January 20 News In Carteret County NC

Ice Storm Warning Advisory Declared

There is now an ice storm warning for Morehead City, Beaufort, Newport, Cedar Point, Cape Carteret, Bogue, Peletier, Stella, Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach, and Salter Path. The latest forecast calls for anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 inch of ice and sleet from 4:00 am Friday until 7:00 am Saturday bringing with it the chance for very low temperatures, wind chill warnings, power outages, and undrivable roads.

Communities in Down East, even though not under the ice storm warning, should still prepare as though they are and will experience considerable and significant winter weather conditions.

January 19

Forecast models are evolving and showing a greater chance for a significant ice, sleet, and freezing rain risk for the western part of Carteret County to include Cedar Point, Emerald Isle, Bogue, Stella, Peletier, and portions of Newport along Highway 24. Timing on this winter weather is Friday and Saturday and this post is not meant to encourage residents of the eastern portion of the local area to let their guard down as everyone should be prepared for power outages, dangerous roadways, downed power lines, and other hazards.

This forecast can easily change in 24 hours to include all areas. Also, a winter storm watch was put in to effect by the National Weather Service for our area on the 19th.

January 18, 2022

The National Weather Service is calling for the potential for freezing rain, ice, and intermittent snow starting January 20, 2022. As it stands now, the line separating winter weather and rain is around the New Bern area, but this forecast can easily change.

We will update this post as new forecast information is received, along with updating our stand-alone county snow page.

1st Round Of Potential Snow And Winter Weather In Carteret NC

January 2022 – Weather News

Update: Forecast models on January 12, 2022 scaled back the potential for snowfall along the coast.

Is there the potential for snow in Carteret County NC during the weekend of January 15 and 16, 2022?

A low pressure system currently moving over the mid-west is, by the latest models, showing the potential for moderate snowfall for the entire State of NC during the weekend of the 15th and 16th.

Of course, it’s important to note that the current models showing this are considered long-range forecasting and this could change as we move through the week. And, we’ll continue to update this post as we move through the week.

It should be noted that when Carteret NC does see snow, it’s typically caused by low pressure systems which move up the coast as a nor’easter and this low pressure is moving in from Tennessee.

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Law Enforcement Responds To Suicidal Resident At The Border Of Newport And Morehead City Prompting Traffic Woes

December 14, 2021 County News

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to an incident near Airport Rd and Brooks St at the Morehead City and Newport border. This special response caused law enforcement to close Highway 70 in both directions for several hours, and traffic was rerouted via McCabe Rd and Highway 24.

After hours of social media reports of an active shooter and robbery at the Kangaroo gas station, the sheriffs department released information that the incident involved a suicidal person who was eventually detained and taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.

This incident was resolved and traffic was flowing freely at 3:45 p.m. on December 14.

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Reports Of Power Outages In Morehead City NC Along Arendell Street And Highway 70 On December 13, 2021

December 13, 2021 Breaking News In Carteret NC

Update 1: Power was restored to all commercial and residential areas in Morehead City by 2:00 a.m. on December 14, 2021.

There are reports of power outages in Morehead City NC on December 13, 2021 which seems contained along Arendell St / Highway 70 from Mitchell Village towards downtown. Early reports are that a power pole near Harbor Freight Tools caught on fire causing the outages.

Residents in neighborhoods are reporting the strong smell of smoke and lights out near Food Lion and the old K-Mart.

There is no report of when power will be restored, but residents are encouraged to use the no registration comments form below to relay information to us.

Areas being impacted: Mansfield Parkway, Arendell St west of Hickory Dr, Bridges St Extension, and Friendly Rd.

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632 Pound Great White Shark Named Sarah Visits Bogue Sound Via the Inlet Near Emerald Isle, NC

Crystal Coast Ecotours via OCEARCH reported that a great white shark named Sarah, measuring 9.8 feet in length and weighing in at 632 pounds, recently pinged in the Emerald Isle, NC inlet (Bogue Inlet) which connects with Bogue Sound.

Sarah was tagged by OCEARCH on September 14, 2021 near Nova Scotia.

In recent years, scientist say that great white sharks are found be be more numerous in NC waters, especially near New Hanover County, Cape Lookout, and Cape Hatteras. And, it’s becoming more common to find then in the Pamlico Sound and Bogue Sound.

Welcome to the neighborhood Sarah!

But, is it OK to swim?

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N.C. Forest Service Issues Statewide Burning Ban Effective November 29, 2021 At 5 p.m. Until Further Notice

November 29, 2021 NC News

The N.C. Forest Service issued a statewide burning ban effective 5 p.m. until further notice, and rescinded all burning permits given dry weather conditions which are present across the state.

Fall is peak wildfire season and the N.C. Forest Service routinely issues these bans this time of the year. Carteret County NC residents understand these impacts given our proximity to the Croatan National Forest which is a significant threat to many communities in the western part of the county.

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Emerald Isle NC Board Of Commissioners Approves $2400 Bonuses For All Full-Time Town Employees

In the 2nd week of November 2021, the Emerald Isle NC Board of Commissioners approved $2400 bonuses for all full-time employees in recognition for their hard work over the past two years, especially recognizing their dedication and challenges in dealing with the pandemic.

Outgoing Mayor Eddie Barber and Commissioner Jim Normile brought the motion for a vote at the monthly town meeting, and the expenditure was approved unanimously. This motion was their last.

The money for the $2400 bonuses will come out of federal American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) money the town received in response to helping the town with recovery from the pandemic.

Both Barber and Normile have long and distinguished service to Emerald Isle NC residents and town employees.

All current commissioners recognized both Barber and Normile for their years of service, and thanked all public servants for their hard work in dealing with the past two year’s challenges.

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Coastal Low Pressure System Will Bring High Winds And Heavy Rain To The County

November 6, 2021 Weather News

A coastal low pressure system moving up the coast from Florida will bring significant weather to Carteret County NC for the weekend. Residents can expect high winds and periods of heavy rain until Monday morning.

These weather impacts will be considerable for Marine interests and residents in down east communities. Expect areas of minor to moderate flooding along the banks of waterways, mainly due to water being driven by winds.

Associated weather has caused the 2021 Veterans Day parade to be cancelled.

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2021 Carteret County Veterans Day Parade Cancelled Due To Weather

November 2021 Breaking News

Organizers of the 2021 Carteret County Veterans Day parade in NC have cancelled this event that was to take place on Saturday, November 6, at 11:00 a.m. because of bad weather predicted for county locations.

This makes the second year in a row this parade was cancelled, and this event is considered one of the largest Veterans Day events in the state given our proximity to Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point, in addition to several Coast Guard installations nearby.

The 2021 even was to host nearly 1,300 participants.

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NCDOT And County Commissioners To Dedicate North River Bridge In Honor To Late Jonathan Robinson

November 1, 2021 down east Carteret County news

On November 1, 2021, the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and county commissioners will dedicate the North River Bridge to honor late Jonathan Robinson who served as a commissioner representing down east communities.

Mr. Robinson was a tireless champion in representing commercial fisherman, the seafood industry, and in maintaining the culture and heritage which represents down east.

The dedication to Jonathan Robinson will take place at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center. The North River Bridge opened in 2019.

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National Guard Armory Demolition Begins To Make Way For Carteret Health Care Heliport

October 31, 2021

The National Guard Armory located at the corner of Bridges St and 35th street will be demolished over the next few week as Carteret Health Care expands and builds a safer heliport for helicopters transferring patients to local area trauma centers.

Currently, helicopters transferring patients to trauma centers use a small area of grass right next to KFC and the imaging center.

Carteret County owns the land which the current armory sits on, and Carteret Health Care leases the land.

With the armory demolished, CHC officials are noting that the new heliport will allow for safer landings and takeoffs for helicopters, and allow for them to expand their services.

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Does anyone know when the national guard armory was built?

  • Editor: Not sure when it was built, but it was there in 1980.

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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

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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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