Carteret County,

Active COVID-19 cases in Carteret County continue to rise Wednesday

CARTERET COUNTY — As the highly infectious Delta variant spreads, active cases of COVID-19 increased in Carteret County by 12 since Monday, while local hospitalizations have reached seven. In its Wednesday update, the Carteret County Health Department reported 61 active COVID-19 cases, compared to 49 reported Monday. That is more...
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Atlantic Beach,

Atlantic Beach has family foam party

ATLANTIC BEACH, Carteret County — The foam was flying Wednesday night in Atlantic Beach. As the third part of the town's Summer Party Series, the foam party was for families and had a laser light show also. "Mainly we chose this foam party as something free that can bring out...
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Carteret County, NCWITN

Masks optional for Carteret County Public Schools

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) -The Carteret County Public School Board voted Wednesday night that masks will be optional for the upcoming school year. The decision was unanimous during a special called meeting. Parents who were at the especial called meeting Wednesday night say they are happy with the decision to...
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Atlantic Beach,

Ahead of possible Bird scooter service, Atlantic Beach officials discuss regulations

ATLANTIC BEACH — Electric scooters may provide an alternative to cars to get around Atlantic Beach, but town officials want to be sure safety restrictions are in place. The town council met for its regular meeting Monday in the town hall meeting room at 1010 West Fort Macon Road. During the meeting, the council received a report from town planner Julian Griffee on shared scooter services provided by Bird. These services came to the council’s attention at the June 10 work session, when Bird representatives gave the council a presentation on their service, providing electric scooters rentals for traveling short distances.
Carteret County,

Masks will be optional in Carteret County Schools this year

MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County — Wednesday evening, in a press release from Carteret County Schools, it was announced that masks will be optional for students and staff this year. The Carteret County Public School System’s Board of Education met at 6 p.m. at Croatan High School Wednesday to consider revisions...
Harkers Island, NCWNCT

New contract will replace Harkers Island bridges

HARKERS ISLAND – A recently awarded contract will replace two bridges that connect the town of Straits on the mainland to Harkers Island. Work to replace both bridges, including the Earl C. Davis Memorial Bridge, can begin in late summer, around the Labor Day holiday. The bridges are more than...

Separate court cases send two men to prison after long investigations, guilty pleas

HAVELOCK, Craven County — Two eastern North Carolina men have been sentenced to prison on a long list of drug crimes. District Attorney Scott Thomas said in the first Craven County case, Daryl Hill, 33, of Havelock pled guilty to charges including trafficking in opium/heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of school property, maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of sale/delivery of controlled substances, and admitted his status as a habitual felon.
Crime & SafetyThe State

Newborn dies after possibly ingesting drugs from breast milk, NC official says

Two Eastern North Carolina parents are charged in the death of their 6-week-old baby who may have been exposed to drugs through breast milk, officials say. Scott Thomas, district attorney for Carteret County, said investigators are awaiting the infant’s toxicology report, but natural causes have been ruled out, WNCT and other news outlets reported on Monday.
Carteret County,

Former NC Gov. Mike Easley sells Cannonsgate lot

OCEAN — A former North Carolina governor has sold his property in a Carteret County subdivision that became the subject of a 2009 lawsuit. Former Gov. Mike Easley sold his lot at 422 Ixon Place in Cannonsgate subdivision in the community of Ocean in June. A deed recorded at the Carteret County Register of Deeds Office shows Mr. Easley and his wife, Mary, sold the 0.36-acre undeveloped lot June 25 to Midland Trust Co. as a custodian.
Emerald Isle, NCWITN

Policy change could alter beach nourishment project plans

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (WITN) -Emerald Isle beaches have been excluded from an existing policy on where sand can come for beach nourishment, but that could change. “With this particular policy it would have limited the sand we take out of Bogue Inlet and put on the beaches of Bogue Banks for nourishment, which is the crux of the policy,” said Carteret County Shore Protection Director, Greg Rudolph.
Carteret County,

CDC says those vaccinated have to wear masks in some situations

MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County — CDC officials announced Tuesday new guidance that even those who have been vaccinated need to wear masks in some indoor and social gathering situations. This comes as COVID-19 cases nationwide continue to rise. After talking to a number of people here on the beach, I’ve...

Online Originals: ENC fisheries down in commercial sales

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) — The state’s recent report on commercial and recreational fishing shows a drop in numbers for commercial fishing landings. That means any seafood sold by North Carolina fishermen. There’s a 20% drop in 2020 compared to the previous year. Officials from the Division of Marine Fisheries...

State lifts swimming advisory for Sunset Drive water access in Morehead City

MOREHEAD CITY — State recreational water quality officials have lifted a swimming advisory at a public access to Bogue Sound in Morehead City. According to a release from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, which monitors more than 200 sites throughout the state as part of the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program, the advisory was lifted because water testing shows bacteria levels have dropped below the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for swimming and water play.