Category Archives: — BEAUFORT COUNTY

Statue dedication ceremony set for March 22

Welding students, instructor create one-of-a-kind tribute to community college On one side, a great blue heron takes flight. By Attila Nemecz Public Relations Coordinator Beaufort County Community College WASHINGTON — Beaufort County Community College plans to dedicate a sculpture created by its welding students and instructor as part of the school’s 50th anniversary. Although everyone is welcome, officials have issued a special invitation to all those who attended BCCC during the 1967 – 1969 period, the college’s first three years of operation! The dedication cerem…

Requiem for a small town: Belhaven

By Joe Salotti | Guest Commentary The town of Belhaven has two primary assets. Without them, Belhaven cannot survive. These are: 1) The good, honest, caring, and taxpaying citizens; 2) The view and relationship with the waters around the town, which have given the community its purpose for existence. These very elements of survival, as a town, have been challenged by their loss for many years. Unfortunately, the loss of industry and resources has had a big impact on the economy of the area. It is not this loss that is paramount to the heart of Belhaven. It is the loss of the spirit of purpose that ou…

Aurora officials ‘accept’ economic recommendations

But failure to ‘adopt’ plan concerns many town residents Lavonde Hardy and her daughter Maria attended the Monday night meeting AURORA – Monday night, a huge turnout for a meeting of the Aurora Town Board signaled growing impatience among citizens over the economic plight of this small Beaufort County town. Their frustration came through loud and clear from a young mother, Lavonde Hardy. “We need a grocery store,” pleaded Hardy, while holding her one-year-old daughter Maria. “How can we call ourselves a town without a grocery store? Right now, with the closest grocery store 2…

N.C. Department of Commerce recognizes PotashCorp-Aurora

At far right, N.C. Secretary of Commerce, John E. Skvarla III, and Will Collins, Assistant Secretary of Commerce, present Kim Toler, PotashCorp-Aurora Training Manager, with the Apprenticeship Program award. AURORA — PotashCorp-Aurora recently received recognition from the North Carolina Department of Commerce for using an innovative approach to apprenticeships for workforce training. Kim Toler, site-training manager for the phosphate-mining behemoth, accepted the Outstanding Innovative Registered Apprenticeship Program award on behalf of PotashCorp-Aurora, at…

‘Aspiration For A Better Tomorrow’ issues challenge to mayor (and others)

AURORA – Give Clif Williams, mayor of this town, some credit. Saturday afternoon, he quickly accepted a challenge from Zina Ham, outreach coordinator of New Growth Unlimited Ministries. The well-publicized event, which included mime ministry artist Nick Stokes, was designed to spur citizen involvement in the lives of at-risk youngsters. Ham – quite congenially – interrupted the mayor’s remarks to ask: “If we were to identify a child over the next year or two with a GPA of at least 2.7 would you, Mr. Mayor, offer an incentive of $100 for that young person to purchase supplies and sc…

Burroughs Wellcome Fund underwrites ambitious program at Aurora Fossil Museum

AURORA – The Burroughs Wellcome Fund announced this week a generous grant to the Aurora Fossil Museum Foundation, as part of the fund’s Student Science Enrichment Program. Museum director Cindy Crane said the popular museum, located in downtown Aurora, will use the funding to partner with East Carolina University and PotashCorp-Aurora. The triumvirate — in conjunction with Burroughs Wellcome Fund — have plans to offer ‘IMAGINE-NC’ – an initiative designed to ‘Integrate Mathematics and Geology In Eastern North Carolina.’ “This is HUGE news for the Auro…

The Voice of the People for a better Aurora/Richland Township

Hello, Aurora/Richland Township! Welcome to our first issue of the “The VOICE of the People for a Better Aurora Richland Township”. My name is Eve Hemby and I serve as a Community Or- ganizer for the People for a Better Aurora/Richland Township. Our role and purpose in this community is simple. We organize activities that bring people together to help make our community better economically. The “People” are anyone in the community working toward common goals. So then, if you are a “People” mak- ing Aurora better, then you are a People for a Better Aurora/Richland Township. All th…

A new generation of nurses: Chelsea Huggins

Huggins practices ‘hands on’ care. WASHINGTON, NC— Chelsea Huggins discovered that everyone is on the same page when they start the nursing program at Beaufort County Community College. The students who have two years of experience as certified nurse aides, and the students who just walked in the door might have the same skills it takes to be a great nurse. This was a relief to Huggins, who at 18, is the youngest student working toward an Associate Degree in Nursing. Huggins came to the community college almost by accident. She managed to speed through high school in just three years at Ne…

Massive phone call alert set for Tuesday evening in Beaufort County

Officials brace for confusion when trigger pulled on 35,000 calls BEAUFORT COUNTY — Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7 pm officials with Beaufort County Emergency Management plan to test the county’s public notification system – something that has never before been attempted in this area. The purpose is to bring attention to cell phone users who have not registered their numbers and to bring attention to the importance of the system itself. We anticipate somewhere between 30 and 35 thousand calls. We know going into this that the call is going to create some confusion. It is an unavoidable res…

2016 Aurora Fossil Festival Schedule, Sponsors

Fossil Festival Field & Main St. Aurora Schedule of Events Download and print the schedule 2016 Fossil Festival Sponsors a[rel~="mtli_filesize986kB"]:after {content:" (98.6 kB)"}…