Local surfers, who were recently considered a liability by beach town officials, showed their value to the county this weekend as thou-sands of tourists ventured out in the surf despite red flag warnings.

The recent reaction by the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association (NCSA) asking Governor Cooper to clarify and amend his executive order restricting meetings for religious services is an example of the governor’s continuing leadership failures as he attempts to guide the state through the COVI…

Governor Cooper is failing his state responsibilities as he focuses only on Covid-19 numbers and ignores the impact that his mandates are having on the state’s economy, its residents and businesses.

Numbers have become the driving issue for the country and the world. Sadly, these numbers, all describing victims of the COVID-19 pandemic do little to tell the real story which is one of human impact.

Pandemic threatens voter integrityMonday’s lawsuit by Democrat legal groups to loosen North Carolina’s rules for mail-in absentee ballots is part of a nationwide effort to reduce the integrity of the country’s voting system and should cause all voters to be concerned, particularly in North C…

Following is an editorial written by Don Ridings, CEO Americas Newspapers, a consortium of major regional newspaper groups. We reprint this to acknowledge that while local newspapers such as the Carteret County News-Times and thousands of committed community newspapers across the country foc…

Governor Cooper’s Thursday afternoon announcement that his stay-at-home directives will last until May 8, if not longer, was a display of shallow leadership that has plagued his public appearances over the past month and in the process is contributing to what may become a fiscal disaster for…

In the midst of chaos and crises there is a natural tendency to rush to do something, anything that indicates action. Counterintuitively the better action is to do nothing until the damage is assessed and an inventory is compiled of the resources needed for corrective purposes.

The question of the day is “How much longer will we need to keep COVID-19 measures?” The answer is we don’t know. With access to some better data from limited testing, we may be able to start relaxing measures but for the foreseeable future, we will need to continue social distancing and hyg…

Ready, shoot, aim best describes Morehead City’s decision to offer short term loans to city businesses facing financial hardships as a result of the state’s forced closure of many retail businesses in response the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

Elected officials at the municipal and county level are facing issues that have little historical precedent as the country responds to the current pandemic. While there have been other major health scares in the recent decade, none of those earlier viruses have transferred with the ease and …

Major crises such as the world is experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic always bring out the true character in people, particularly political leaders. It is during these momentous events that we see specific separation between charity and avarice, between hope and despair and even between …

As the state, the country and the world worry about saving lives of those people exposed to the COVID-19 virus, we have to question why N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein would want to focus on the removal of life for the unborn.  Stein and 20 other Democrat state Attorneys General signed a gr…

As government offices avoid public meetings in confined spaces due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, state, county and municipal public officials are relying on the benefits of technology to conduct their public meetings. Terms such as video conferencing and Zoom (a brand of video conferencing…

The recent criticisms of President Trump’s press conference Sunday, in which he noted that the “federal government is following the lead of the states” is foretelling of a threat far greater than the one the nation faces with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two government declarations were made this past week that had major economic impact on our county. But the implementation of the decisions stands in stark contrast as to how the respective government agencies understand the ramifications of their decisions.

National Sunshine Week is celebrated nationally each year to promote the benefits of open and transparent government and to remind the public that our government, as noted by Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, is a “government of the people, for the people, by the people.”  This year’s National …

Carteret County is facing challenging decisions as it deals with continued population growth and aging infrastructure, particularly its highways and bridges. Unfortunately there seems to be a lack of willingness to work with the state when it comes to highway investment.

As the state continues to finance recovery from hurricanes Matthew, Florence and Dorian there is another storm creating economic havoc that needs to be addressed. This storm goes by several names - novel coronavirus, COVID-19 and most recently Wuhan Coronavirus. No matter what it is called, …

The residual impacts of Hurricane Florence, and to some degree Hurricane Dorian, are still reverberating through the county and region as homeowners and businesses seek to correct shoddy work provided by less than capable, and in some cases, fraudulent construction companies.

Election season is upon us with hours of political ads on broadcast stations, post cards arriving by mail, roadside signs and pages in the newspapers demanding our attention. And albeit distracting, all of these messages are a sign that civic involvement is alive and well.

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