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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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PELETIER — The Monday meetings of the Peletier Planning Board and Board of Commissioners, scheduled for 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively, in town hall, have been canceled because of the likelihood of inclement weather.

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PELETIER — Authorities Thursday identified the body found Wednesday in a mobile home at Lot No. 7, Buck’s Corner Mobile Home Park as that of Roland Marshal Pridgen Jr., 47, of Havelock. They say no foul play is suspected in his death.

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PELETIER — After a public hearing Monday night, Peletier commissioners voted 4-0 to approve a $168,850 fiscal 2020-21 budget that retains the current property tax rate of 5.5 cents per $100 of assessed value.

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PELETIER — The Western Carteret Fire Department responded Friday to a woods fire on Rolling Hill Drive in the Peletier area and knocked it out quickly.

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CEDAR POINT — The Western Carteret Fire Department had a busy afternoon Wednesday, responding to two fire calls back-to-back, the first near Peletier and the second about 6 to 7 miles away, near Bogue.

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PELETIER — Town commissioners will hold their monthly board meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. in town hall off Highway 58, but Mayor Dale Sowers said Friday it will be brief and the board will handle only necessities.

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CAPE CARTERET — County school officials are concerned about the impact of residential growth in the western part of the county on schools, especially White Oak Elementary.