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CARTERET COUNTY — 2021 is upon us, but last year the News-Times covered challenges ranging from major redevelopment, to a feral cat trapping program, to a ban on ocean recreation, to rough weather and everything in between, all while covering a pandemic that transformed nearly everything.

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BETTIE — After 16 years of providing free food to thousands of Down East residents in need, Active Christians Together Serving Food Pantry Director Hazel Arthur has decided to close the pantry doors.

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STACY — The Down East Fire Department is gaining new territory for the second time in less than six months as the Carteret County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution merging the Stacy Volunteer Fire Department with Down East.   

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BEAUFORT — On the heels of a merger of the Davis and Down East fire departments, the Carteret County Board of Commissioners is considering the possibility of merging the Stacy Volunteer Fire Department with Down East, as well.

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NORTH RIVER —  A nonprofit formed many years ago to assist residents in North River following hurricanes that caused flooding has once again come together to help its community during the coronavirus pandemic.

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ATLANTIC — The final bill for Carteret County’s massive Atlantic Harbor improvement project Down East came in at a total of $2,199,910.23, including engineering fees, Carteret County Shore Protection Office Manager Greg Rudolph said Thursday.