Beacon Bits: News Briefs for Friday, Oct. 18


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Earliest reasonable arrival time of tropical storm force winds from Nestor. Times are in CDT.

Tropical Storm Nestor Forms in the Gulf, Headed Our Way

Tropical Storm Nestor, formerly Potential Tropical Cyclone 16, will bring rain, wind and storm surge to Carteret County Saturday night into Sunday.

Nestor formed in the Gulf of Mexico early this afternoon. The National Hurricane Center predicts that Nestor will maintain tropical storm status as it moves northeast from the Gulf to the Carolina coast.


As of 2 pm today, sustained winds of 40 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are expected in our area. The storm will bring heavy rainfall, especially along the coast. The local National Weather Service predicts 2.25 or more inches of rain, and cautions that coastal flooding from storm surge may be a threat. Tornadoes are also possible.

Beth Gillikin

Smyrna Teacher Receives Presidential Award

Elizabeth “Beth” Gillikin, who teaches 5th grade at Smyrna Elementary, was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Tuesday.

wardees are from across the country and this is the highest award given by the US Government to kindergarten through 12th grader teachers of mathematics, science and computer science.

Did You Know?
The highest winds from Hurricane Dorian in North Carolina were recorded at the Cedar Island Ferry Terminal. A National Weather Service station there measured a gust of 110 mph.

Offshore Outlaw to be Welcomed Home Tonight

The Offshore Outlaw, a local fishing vessel that was featured on Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks, will be welcomed tonight at its home port, Sea Gate Marina, tonight. The public is invited to meet the crew and enjoy food and beverages from 5-7:30 pm. guests are asked to bring a snack to share.


Quick Bites

Fall and Halloween Fun: Check out the event calendar below (or click here) to browse fall festivals, bazaars, trunk or treats and more! New events were added this morning.

County Commissioners Special Meeting: The Carteret County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting Oct. 24 at 11 am to discuss a potential jail expansion project and other capital needs. The meeting will be held at the courthouse.

Upcoming Events

Take a look at the calendar below, browse all events, or submit your own