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
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.
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
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
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.
Browse the Event Calendar
Take a look at what’s going on in Carteret County below, or submit your own events.
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Come to Storytime! Children ages 2-5 are invited for stories, activities and crafts! Please call the library at 728-1333 to sign up! Please note that Storytime will not be held on November 11th.Find out more »
Let us help you enjoy Thanksgiving! Join us for a tasting of our scrumptious Thanksgiving sides and desserts - available for purchase for your own holiday meal. Ami Paul Doss of Empire Distributors will also be pouring the perfect wines to serve at your Thanksgiving table! Come on by for this special Thanksgiving Food & Wine Tasting!Find out more »
How did Hurricane Florence affect you? Please join and let us know your experience! On November 13th and 19th from 6:00-8:00 at the Beaufort Train Depot there will be community nights to document your experiences during Hurricane Florence. We are interested in learning about how people in Eastern Carteret County got access to specific types of resources (information, physical labor, emergency supplies, etc.) that helped with hurricane preparation (before) and recovery (after). What resources were easily accessed (and from who) and what resources were difficult to…Find out more »
Come to Storytime for stories, songs, dances, games, crafts, and loads of fun! PreK Storytime, ages 3-5, is on Wednesdays at 10 am. Toddler Storytime, ages 2-4, is on Fridays at 10 am, but all ages are welcome at every Storytime program!Find out more »
Come to the library to do your homework, school projects, and more! Mentors will be on hand to help with organizational, study skills, homework checking and plenty of positive encouragement! Snacks will be provided!Find out more »
Come to the library to do your homework, school projects, and more! Mentors will be on hand to help with organizational, study skills, homework checking and plenty of encouragement! Snacks will be provided!Find out more »
Join Crystal Coast Waterkeeper and the Inn on Turner for an intimate meal with friends, family, or a special someone to relax and unwind before the holiday season. Learn about how local and sustainably sourced food helps our water quality. Meet like-minded community members that support local efforts to improve our environment. To start, each guest will receive a fall-inspired first course. The main course includes your choice of local seafood, chicken, filet mignon, or an entirely vegan option. A…Find out more »
Come to Storytime for stories, songs, dances, games, crafts, and loads of fun! PreK Storytime, ages 3-5, is on Wednesdays at 10 am. Toddler Storytime, ages 2-4, is on Fridays at 10 am but all ages are welcome at every Storytime program!Find out more »
Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood. Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinai, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer as they struggle to make ends meet while living in a cheap Florida motel.Find out more »
The Beaufort Historical Association offers something for everyone at its annual Jumble Sale, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., November 23 on the grounds of the Beaufort Historic Site. The Site, located at 130 Turner Street, transforms into an old-fashioned community market filled with vendors selling a wide variety of items. With vendors from all over, event-goers can expect to find clothing, fine art, pottery, crafts, holiday items, handmade jewelry, candles, books, antiques, wooden furniture and toys, homemade food and more.…Find out more »