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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