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)

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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.

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February 2020

Kids’ Night Out

February 28 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Bridge Down East, 1344 Island Rd
Harkers Island,
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February 28th from 6-8 pm, bring your kids out for a night of dinner, movie, and fun.  $10 per child

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Royalty at the Beach Drag Show

February 29 at 9:00 pm - March 1 at 1:00 am
Cru Bar & Wine Store, 120 Turner Street
Beaufort, 28516

Royalty at the Beach Drag Show, Sat Feb 29th, 9 pm- 1 am, $10 cover Join us for a drag show filled with royalty! Hosted by Miss East Carolina Pride, Michelle Micheals! All of the queens in this show are crown winners! DJ Jerm will return from Durham to play the best dance music between acts! $1 from each cover charge will be donated to the Pride of the Crystal Coast, a local LGBTQ group! Hope to see you there!…

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March 2020

Microsoft Office Applications

March 9 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Carteret High School, 3263 Highway 70 East
Beaufort, 28516
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This class runs from March 9 to April 29 and meets twice a week.  It is a 16 session class. Whether you are looking to enhance skills for personal use or embark on a new career, this course will allow you to learn and apply hands-on skills in Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. You will learn how to effectively create and manage documents in word; create graphs and charts, perform calculations on data, organize information in…

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Beaufort Historic Site Volunteer Training

March 10 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St.
Beaufort, NC 28516

Attendees are invited to learn about volunteering at the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St. Anyone interested in historic preservation and research, student educational programs, driving a double-decker bus, leading tours, retail sales in the gift shop or helping with the many committees that are the backbone of the Association are welcome to attend. For more information or to reserve your spot for the training, please call 252-728-5225, email [email protected], or stop by the Welcome Center located at 130 Turner…

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Down East Council Monthly Meeting

March 10 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Willison UMC Williston, North Carolina

The Down East Council meets at 7 pm on the second Tuesday of the month at Williston United Methodist Church in Williston. Down East Council was formed in 2012 to give voice to the 13 communities east of the North River bridge. Our vision is to provide a unifying voice to promote our livelihood in a growing economy, celebrate and honor the heritage of the people, and protect our fragile coastal environment

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Loaves and Fishes Run for Recovery

March 14 at 7:30 am - 10:30 am
Ann Street United Methodist Church, 500 Ann Street
Beaufort, NC, 28516
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Can you help us change the lives of people in Carteret County struggling with addiction? We have a big goal to raise $20,000 for the Loaves and Fishes Men's Recovery program to aide men who can't pay. Many of us have family members, friends, and relatives who suffer from addition. Some of us have friends and family who have died from an overdose. Loaves and Fishes Counseling Ministries is located in Beaufort, NC and is changing people's lives. Join the…

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Susan Zurenda Lunch & Learn

March 25 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Clawson’s Restaurant, 425 Front Street

Join the BHA for a literary luncheon with author Susan Zurenda. Zurenda will be signing books, meeting with attendees, and speak about her debut book, Bells for Eli. The luncheon will take place at Clawson’s Restaurant at 425 Front Street, Beaufort NC. Tickets are $30. For more information or to purchase your tickets visit, call 252-728-5225, or stop in at the Beaufort Historic Site Welcome Center, 130 Turner St.

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Writing Workshop with Susan Zurenda

March 26 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St.
Beaufort, NC 28516

Susan Zurenda, author of Bells for Eli, will be hosting a writing workshop at the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner Street. The workshop is a great way for writers to exchange ideas and learn from a published author. The workshop is limited to 15, so reserve your spot ASAP. Tickets are $40 and will include a copy of Zurendas’ book, Bells for Eli. For more information or to purchase your tickets visit, call 252-728-5225, or stop in at the…

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