Beacon Bits: News Briefs for Thursday, Nov. 7

0
154
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.

Advertisement

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

Advertisement

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.

Loading Events

Upcoming Events

Events Search and Views Navigation

Event Views Navigation

November 2019

Storytime at the Down East Library

November 18 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, repeating until November 25, 2019

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 »

Thanksgiving Food & Wine Tasting at Turner Street Market

November 18 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Turner Street Market, 133A Turner Street
Beaufort, 28516
+ Google Map
Free

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 »

Share Your Florence Experience for Research!

November 19 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on November 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Beaufort Train Depot, 614 Broad St
Beaufort, NC 28516 United States

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 »

Carteret PreK Storytime

November 20 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until November 27, 2019

Carteret County Public Library, 1702 Live Oak Street
Beaufort,
+ Google Map

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 »

Young Adult Study Hall

November 20 at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 27, 2019

Carteret County Public Library, 1702 Live Oak Street
Beaufort,
+ Google Map

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 »

Young Adult Study Hall

November 21 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until November 28, 2019

Carteret County Public Library, 1702 Live Oak Street
Beaufort,
+ Google Map

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 »

Sustainably Local Fall Dinner

November 21 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 7:00 pm, repeating until November 22, 2019

Inn on Turner, 217 Turner Street
Beaufort, 28516
+ Google Map
$80 – $150

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 »

Carteret Toddler Storytime

November 22 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until November 22, 2019

Carteret County Public Library, 1702 Live Oak Street
Beaufort,
+ Google Map

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 »

Film Screening: The Florida Project

November 22 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on November 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm

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

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 »

Jumble Sale

November 23 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St.
Beaufort, NC 28516
+ Google Map
Free

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 »
+ Export Events

Advertisement