Beacon Bits: News Briefs for Thursday, Nov. 7

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An October sunset over North River, looking toward Beaufort. (Photo by Scott Perkins)

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.

It’s The Taco the Town

Taco Bell in Beaufort as it looked on Tuesday.

When I broke the news that Beaufort was going to get a Taco Bell, Facebook went loco. Understandable, since few fast food restaurants are quite so capable of dividing a group of people into lovers vs haters. That post reached nearly 5,000 people, and more than 100 people commented on it. My favorites: “IT’S A MIRACLE! NO ONE CAN STOP US NOW!” and “Boo…hiss.”

Anyway, Taco Bell is coming along. Town Planning Director Kyle Garner says crews have started working on the interior and the restaurant will probably open in January or February. The owners are also pouring a sidewalk that will go from Live Oak Street, then down Wellons Drive all the way to the shopping center property line. Garner says Live Oak will be lined with sidewalks and bike lanes in the future.

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Finally, a lot of people have been asking what the giant, white, concrete basin behind the building is. Answer: drainage pond.

Did you know? Pelicans, gulls and other seabirds drink salt water. They have glands in their heads that desalinate the water and express the salt through ducts in their beaks.

Harkers Island Fire & Rescue Riding High

The new truck in all its glory. (Harkers Island Fire & Rescue photo)

With help from the NC Forest Service’s Firefighter Program, Harkers Island Fire & Rescue now has a high-water rescue vehicle. The truck was assembled from components that were either donated or purchased by the Harkers Island Fire & Rescue Association or fire department members themselves. Carteret Forest Ranger Brent Toler, who helped the department navigate the Firefighter Program, said the truck will be an asset to the island, the county and beyond.

Beaufort Police Get Hairy

It’s No-Shave November and the Beaufort Police Department is using it as an opportunity to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club, Loaves & Fishes and The MirIAM. Local kids designed facial hair for each member of the BPD staff, and they need you to vote for your favorite. Each vote requires a $1 donation. You can vote 8 am – 5 pm at the police station or by commenting on this Facebook post and donating through the online fundraiser.

MHC Bridge Work Continues Friday

The Morehead High Rise (the bridge by the port) will be down to one lane between 9 and 11 am Friday, Nov. 8. Crews are fixing areas where concrete took a dive into the Newport River. More Info

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January 2020

The Farewell

January 25 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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One event on January 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Mill Space, 1362 Lennoxville Rd
Beaufort, 28516
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$7 – $10

The Farewell is a bittersweet Chinese tragicomedy that revolves around an elderly Chinese lady who suffers from an incurable cancer. A hastily arranged wedding between a grandson and his Japanese girlfriend serves as purpose for the family members abroad to come back to Changchun. However, the burden of this lie is heavy and conflicts, confusion and misunderstandings soon occur. Rated PG | 1hr 40min

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February 2020

Paterson

February 8 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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One event on February 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Mill Space, 1362 Lennoxville Rd
Beaufort, 28516
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$7 – $10

Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey--they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him. Rated R, 1h 58 min

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The Audience – A National Theatre Live Special Event

February 9 at 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mill Space, 1362 Lennoxville Rd
Beaufort, 28516
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$15

Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen), plays Queen Elizabeth II in the Tony Award®-winning production of The Audience, captured live from London’s West End For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 prime ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher and finally David Cameron, the Queen advises her…

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Notary Public Class

February 18 at 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on February 20, 2020 at 5:30 pm

East Carteret High School, 3263 Highway 70 East
Beaufort, 28516
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$70.00

PLEASE NOTE - This is a 2-day class - you will need to attend 2/18 & 2/20 to complete this course. This course provides training that meets the requirements of Chapter 10B of the NC General Statutes for individuals seeking appointments as Notary Publics in North Carolina. Note: Must have no criminal background, excludes traffic violations. Also must be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Students must purchase the book prior to the…

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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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$125.00

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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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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$25

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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