Beacon Bits: News Briefs for Monday, Nov. 25

    One of this year's brand new additions to the Carrot Island herd bites its mother's ear while grazing in the marsh back in August. (Photo by Janice Cheek)

    Welcome to the new & improved Beacon Bits, our bi-weekly news briefs delivery system. Twice a week we’ll serve up morsels of local news that you can put away in one bite. Browse past Beacon Bits.

    Ann Street Speed Limit, Rules for Town Boards on BOC Work Session Agenda Today

    The Beaufort Board of Commissioners will meet for its monthly work session at 4 pm today in the conference room at Town Hall, 701 Front Street.

    Most agenda items are regular business – finance reports, minutes, etc – but the board will also discuss the speed limit on Ann Street and a potential standardization of Rules of Procedure for all town boards.


    Ann Street has a speed limit of 25 mph from end to end, but signage is limited on the western end according to Commissioner Marianna Hollinshed, who sponsored the agenda item. Hollinshed suggested increasing signage and considering traffic calming devices in the area.

    Mayor Rett Newton requested a discussion on standardizing Rules of Procedures – which dictate how meetings are scheduled, announced and run – across all town boards. These would be based on the Rules & Procedures adopted by the Board of Commissioners, which are available in full via the agenda packet below.

    Votes are typically not taken at work sessions. Items of interest will be added to future meeting agendas before decisions are made. See the full agenda here (PDF download).

    Help Support Local Opioid Recovery Efforts

    Loaves and Fishes of Beaufort is looking for businesses, organizations and individuals to sponsor teams for Run for Recovery, a 5K run/walk and kid’s race in March, 2020.

    Funds raised will be used for scholarships to help men in Loaves and Fishes’ opioid recovery program that are unable to pay for their treatment. Team sponsors can make or purchase signs to be posted along the race course to advertise sponsorship.


    For more information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Curt Barry, race director, at cell number 804-814-8168 or [email protected].

    Did you know? State of North Carolina health statistics show that nearly 5 people die each day from opioid overdoses? That’s more than traffic accidents.

    CCEC Customers Should See Rate Drop

    Carteret Craven Electric Co-operative announced last week that customers should see savings of up to 13.5 percent on their November and December bills. There are two reasons for this: Lower, winter rates went into effect Nov. 1, and the Co-op’s power costs were lower this year than predicted.

    Links We Like

    We’re going to try something new – sharing links from other sources that we think are important, informative or just plain interesting!

    • Duke Marine Lab published a feature story today about new Research Vessel Shearwater which is currently making its way from the west coast, through the Panama Canal to Florida, then Beaufort. Read about it
    • Traveling over the holidays? You can monitor traffic in real time via the DriveNC website! The site also announces major road closures or other issues so you can know what’s up before you get in the car. Just make sure you zoom in on the travel map – some information doesn’t show up until you do. Check Out DriveNC

    We’re looking for social, church and charity organizations to partner with! If you’d like to publicize your group’s monthly news at no cost, contact the editor. You can take a look at the Beaufort Garden Club’s November News to get an idea.

    Town of Beaufort News

    • The Board of Adjustment will meet at 6 tonight at the Train Depot. Agenda (PDF download)
    • The Historic Preservation Commission’s Tuesday meeting has been canceled due to lack of business

    Events Calendar

    Take a look at what’s going on in Carteret County below, or submit your own event.