Beacon Bits: News Briefs for Sunday, Sept. 15


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County Schools Superintendent Mat Bottoms stands with MaST English teacher Kent Pittman, who won the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching county-level Beginning Teacher of the Year award last week. (CCPS photo)

Traffic Advisory

There will be sewer inspections going on in Beaufort this week, starting Monday. Locations include Cedar St., Turner St., Campen Rd. and others. See our full write-up here.

ECHS Grad is Beginning Teacher of the Year

MaST English teacher Kent Pittman is the first in the county to win the Beginning Teacher of the Year Award for Carteret County, presented by the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching. He is now in the running for the regional-level award, and, if he wins at the regional level, will compete for the state level award. Pittman is an East Carteret grad who completed his student teaching there before being hired at MaST last year.

Tropics Are Hot, But Models Are On Our Side

Tropical Storm Humberto, which formed Saturday, is no longer a potential threat to the Southeast Coast. The storm is expected to spin back out to sea before any impacts to land occur. As Humberto was forming, several tropical waves popped up on the National Hurricane Center’s radar. One of these, Invest 96, looks a bit concerning on the outset, but forecast models show it either fizzling out or heading up through the central Atlantic.

Did You Know? A new foal was born on Shackleford Banks during the hurricane. See the photos

Shackleford’s herd of wild horses just got a bit bigger! (NPS photo)

New Foal Born on Shackleford

Sometime before, during or just after Dorian hit our coast, a new foal was born on Shackleford Banks. The newest member of the herd is caramel colored with a diamond-shaped blaze on her forehead. Cape Lookout National Seashore officials remind anyone who’d like to catch a glimpse of the new family to keep a distance of at least 50 feet.

The Bureaucracy of Debris

Debris management after a storm seems like it should be a simple thing. 1. Storm hits 2. People drag their debris to the curb 3. Local government arranges for cleanup. But it’s not that simple. Read our discussion explaining the less-than-simple reason Beaufort is providing debris pick up but the county isn’t.

County Board Meets Monday

The County Board of Commissioners will meet at 6 pm Monday for their regular monthly meeting. Included on the agenda are items related to dredging East Taylor’s Creek, property revaluations and declaring a county-wide Commercial Fishing Day. Check out our On the Agenda article for more. On the Agenda comes out every Wednesday and makes it easy for citizens to see what their elected officials are working on.

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