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The Beaufort County Board of County Commissioners will meet to discuss a variety of issues in their General Meeting on Monday, July 7, 2014
Beaufort County has dodged the proverbial bullet, and suffered only minor damage as Hurricane Arthur developed into a Category 2 storm, churned through the Pamlico Sound, and then, in the dead of darkness, exited the Outer Banks at Bodie Island Light Station.
A group of citizens has filed a lawsuit against the Town of Chocowinity in an attempt to correct what the suit alleges was a violation of the law in the June 3, 2014 decision of the Town Board to amend the town's zoning ordinance to permit a jail.
The latest from Belhaven, NC is not good news. After Vidant Health Inc. reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the North Carolina NAACP, a ally of Vidant Health called Pantego Creek, LLC announced that it would stand in the way of the hospital staying open.
At 9:00 am Friday July 4, 2014 Beaufort County will close Northside High School Shelter, Southside High School and Beaufort County Animal Control Shelters.
Pungo Hospital closed its doors Tuesday (7-1-14). Whether it will be forever or whether the community that support keeping the hospital functioning will be successful in saving their hospital remains to be seen.
Be advised a shift in track and size of the Hurricane will result in an increase in wind gust in the Aurora and Belhaven areas between 10:00 pm and 2:00am to 90 to 95 mph with sustained finds near 55mph.
Shelters are open at North and Southside High Schools and all evacuations are voluntary with the exception of Richlands Township which is mandatory.
The Chairman of the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners issued a State of Emergency Thursday, July 3rd in anticipation of Hurricane Arthur.
The NWS Noon update briefing for Tropical Storm Arthur is enclosed. Currently the most impacted area of the County will be the Richlands Township.
The Beaufort, Hyde, and Pitt county chapters of the NAACP have filed a formal Title VI Complaint with the U. S. Justice Department seeking to block Vidant from closing Pungo Hospital.
The notification letter from Vidant Pungo Hospital President Harvey Case was short and to the point.
Beaufort County Economic Developer Bob Heuts has resigned, effective June 25, 2014, as Beaufort County's EDC executive officer.
This release of news, from EMS Director John Pack, may be pertinent to the continuance of Vidant Pungo, and then again, maybe not.
Potable water served by the Beaufort County Northside Water System (NC PWS ID # 04-07-035) in District I has been restored to full capacity.
The General Assembly released its conference report on the 2015 state budget late Wednesday night, with appropriations and special provisions largely favorable to counties.
I know its Friday (TGIF) and a possible wet day to day followed by another one Saturday and a fifty/fifty chance of rain on Sunday and Monday.
Diane Rufino did a rewrite of this resolution for the Pitt County Commissioners that had already passed muster with the Brunswick County Commissioners. I made a few changes to reflect Beaufort County's concerns.
  I have attached a National Weather Service notice concerning the possibility of severe thunderstorms in our area today, especially later in the day.
As part of the State required regular maintenance of the distribution system, the Beaufort County Southside Water System will use free chlorine as the primary disinfectant from July 25th, 2014, through mid September 2014.
Stan, here is a video documenting Mayor O'Neal's walk, and below are the many articles and TV stories about it so far.
Beaufort County CFO and assistant county manager, Jim Chrisman, is leaving the job to take the CFO position at Tideland Electric Membership Corporation (Tideland EMC).
In a major development in the ongoing debate about building a new jail, the County received a letter today that advised the USDA staff of the Rural Development department of the USDA's state office that the USDA would not fund a loan to build the jail without a vote of the people.
On Tuesday, July 22 at 12 p.m., Hyde County citizens will share their stories from the last 20 days since the hospital closed of their loved ones suffering and in one case dying waiting to be transported to an emergency room.
The video clips below are of last Monday's (7-7-14) public hearing on the proposed financing of the jail/public safety center.
The 2014 NC General Assembly will adjourn within a few days. The transportation portion of the budget appears to have been settled.
At the Beaufort County Commissioners on July 7, 2014, Mayor Adam O'Neal promised to walk to Washington, DC to seek relief from the Federal government to keep Belhaven's hospital open with a fully functional emergency room and a 10 bed facility.
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