Beacon Bits: News Briefs for Tuesday, Sept. 17


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Beaufort Mayor Rett Newton stands with ECHS grads Jacob Naegelen of Beaufort and Tyler Lester of Atlantic who recently began their first year at Northeast Maritime Institute in Massachusetts where they will train to work on large commercial vessels. Newton spoke at the institution’s Class of 2019 commencement ceremony Saturday.

Massachusetts Mariners

On Saturday, Mayor Rett Newton gave the commencement speech for the Northeast Maritime Institute’s Class of 2019 and met with first-year students Tyler Lester of Atlantic and Jacob Naegelen of Beaufort. All three men are proud East Carteret grads. “Jacob and Tyler are in school to get trained to work on very large commercial ships,” Newton said. “They can live in Carteret County, get paid a very good salary and travel the world.”

Newton was invited to give the speech by NMI founder Eric Dawicki, who also owns the brigantine Fritha, a regular visitor to the Beaufort Town Docks. Dawicki recently bought a home in Beaufort and has gotten involved in philanthropy, including arranging a $10,000 donation to the Beaufort Boys & Girls Club from the NMI Foundation last year.


ECHS to Host Ocracoke Students for Fun Weekend

East Carteret High School, the ECHS Athletic Boosters and the county school system will host students from Ocracoke Island for a weekend of fun beginning Friday. Ocracoke students will participate in activities at local attractions and take home new school supplies and clothing at the end of the weekend.

“Ocracoke Island was devastated by Hurricane Dorian and everyone there needs a break,” stated a Tuesday morning news release from the school system. “This is just one small effort that is underway, and it will focus on the students of Ocracoke.”

Donations for Ocracoke students can be made to the Carteret County Public School Foundation, 107 Safrit Drive, Beaufort, NC 28516. Checks should be marked Ocracoke School/Students.

Did you Know? Those areas of dead trees you see near marshy areas are called Ghost Forests. These eerie groves are the result of rising sea levels.

Tropical Depression 10 formed in the Atlantic this morning. Long term forecasts tend to show the storm heading north before nearing the coast. (NHC photo)

Tropical Depression Ten Forms

The National Hurricane Center officially upgraded a tropical wave in the central Atlantic to a Tropical Depression Tuesday morning. The storm, Tropical Depression Ten, is located well east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west-northwest. It has sustained winds of 35 mph It’s much too early to know if we will be impacted, but long-range models show the storm heading north before nearing our coast. Humberto continues to be no direct threat to NC.


Real Property Revaluation Info Delayed

A presentation about county property revaluations that was scheduled for Monday night’s county commissioner’s meeting has been delayed until October 21. The public can give comment on the new valuations before they are approved.

Pine snakes can grow to more than 7 feet long, but are not dangerous. (NC Wildlife photo)

See a Pine Snake? Report it!

Biologists with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission are asking coastal residents to report sightings of pine snakes to help them understand their local habitats. These large, black & white snakes can grow to more than 7 feet long, live mostly underground and are non-venomous. If you spot one: take a photo, note the date, time and location of the spotting, and send the info the [email protected] Learn more here.

Report Damage to Historic Structures

Are you the owner of a historic home or other building? The NC Historical Preservation Commission is assessing hurricane damage to historic properties and providing free technical advice and consultation to aid in the restoration process. Structures must be at least 45 years old to qualify. Go straight to the reporting form or Learn more here.

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