As we watch the ongoing Senate Judiciary Committee reviewing the qualifications of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, we are learning more about the senators and their political agendas than we are about the nominee herself. That is a dis-service to both…

While the nation and media focus on the major political races for President, Senate and Governor, major down ballot issues are being ignored that will have more immediate impact on the lives of voters. Of particular note is the North Carolina and supreme court race which has the potential of…

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Recent reports from the Carteret County Tourism Development Authority indicating a record year for occupancy tax receipts for the county stand in stark contrast with events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic which has left many tourist communities across the state and nation in dire financial…

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Monday evening, as the country waited with bated breath for the first of three presidential debates, local baseball players were putting on their cleats and stretching for a long overdue baseball season that would begin on the Puck O’Neal Field in the Big Rock Stadium. Considering the chaos …

Last Sunday’s dedication of the Gold Star Family Monument on the county’s courthouse grounds stood in stark contrast to the national conflict over the removal of monuments from public spaces and proved that the public still supports and benefits from memorials dedicated to those who sacrific…

Governor Cooper is once again ignoring the economic disaster created by his continued closure mandates while cavalierly promoting a give-away grant program for the film industry that has questionable benefits for the state. The obvious lack of empathy displayed in this and other announcement…

Parents, teachers and school administrators were surprised Thursday with Governor Cooper’s announcement that he is relaxing his mandate on North Carolina schools to allow daily in-person classes for elementary grades K-5 beginning Oct. 5, if local school boards deem it generally safe as the …

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Congratulations to Carteret County teachers, administrators and students on the recent report showing that graduation rates in the county’s schools are on the rise and that the county’s scores for students taking the SAT were higher than both the state and national average. Unfortunately, wh…

Governor Cooper’s announcement early this week that he and the legislature have signed a deal costing the state $18 million to bring a portion of the U.S. Golf Association (USGA) operations to Pinehurst is another example of the disconnect elected officials have with the economic conditions …

Carteret County’s schools budget of $93.5 million represents a shot in the dark as the county school board and administration navigate around numerous unknowns in both expenses and income resulting from teaching under the weight of the coronavirus pandemic. But the county school leaders shou…

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Voting officially started Friday and this year’s election is lining up to be the most contentious ever, filled with fear mongering, charges and counter charges of fraud, There is every indication that the November election will result in a national outcome that will make the historic 2000 el…

Online education or the virtual classroom are the new buzzwords in the education environment today as teachers, student and parents, responding to the government mandates about school operations, are coming to grips with new teaching techniques and new uses for technology. It’s not easy as b…

Governor Roy Cooper’s proposed budget for the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, released late last week, months late in presentation, indicates that he’s more interested in pandering for votes in the upcoming November election against Republican candidate Dan Forest than in creating …

The Carteret County Board of Education should reverse course on its recent decision to begin the process of shuttering the Marine Science and Technology Early College High School (MaST) located on the Carteret Community College campus. The county schools should reinstate freshmen enrollment …

Liberal mayors in major urban communities are now on the receiving end of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and the resulting civil unrest and the timing couldn’t be better. Initiated as a protest of community disengagement and dismissal of racial divides in the large cities, the movemen…

The hue and cry about the future of the US Postal Service among members of Congress rings hollow when considering that it is a national service that has been ignored for more than 50 years. But now that it is a political pawn Congressional action is warranted and can be solved in a short per…

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The Coastal Federation’s recent acknowledgment of the Ocracoke Observer for outstanding coverage of the impacts of Hurricane Dorian which devastated Ocracoke Island last year, is testimony of the importance of a local newspaper.

As is often noted, political decisions go in favor of those who show up. That is normally applied to voters showing up at the polls but it also applies to the decennial census which is scheduled to end September 30. Unfortunately, many residents in the state, and particularly in the eastern …

Former Morehead City resident Doris Buffett died Tuesday in her hometown of Rockport, Me and it is appropriate to note the impact she had on our community and thousands of recipients of her generosity, but also to note the very kind of individual she was.

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Carteret County dodged another crisis this week with the passing of Hurricane Isaias which left the county pretty much unscathed. But the storm’s visit did offer a reminder of what the county, the schools and residents experienced two years ago with Hurricane Florence and the need to be bett…

Carteret Community College (CCC) is receiving deserved accolades with the announcement that SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company, ranks the college as fourth best in the country in comparison to 821 community colleges nationwide. This ranking should go a long way in promoting no…

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Carteret County Board of Education members have made a decision “finally” on how county schools will operate under Governor Cooper’s mandates. We note editorially that this was “finally” done, not because of any delay on the county board’s part but rather on the delayed determination by the …

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  Education as we’ve known it for past 50 years is undergoing significant changes, and though there is a general hope that the structure and settings will soon return to what is currently deemed normal, there are indications that many changes will become permanent. And for this reason it is …

Today the News-Times says farewell to a very talented, loyal and hard-working employee – (Floyd) Vernon Thompson, who died earlier this week. His passing is a blow to his co-workers at the News-Times and the many friends he and his late wife Sarita Bedsworth garnered over the past half centu…

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