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 ceremony has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 22, at noon.

Welding instructor Ted Clayton has been working on the statue for seven years, getting materials donated from PotashCorp, Flanders Filters and Carver Machine Works. He went to the “boneyard” at PotashCorp looking for scrap metal, and when he told them what he wanted to do, they laughed and told him to grab anything he needed.

Welding students have had a chance to express their artistic side while learning the proper welds. The 5,000-pound metal sculpture features a school of fish swimming around pilings. On top of the pilings is an osprey circling its next with chicks inside. On the back is a great blue heron.

“I love to fish. I’m huge about the Pamlico River. If you ride from here to Ocracoke, you will pass all of these pilings, and they all have nests on them,” said Clayton. “It hit me one morning when I was riding out with my dog. It’s pretty right here. You cannot take from the Pamlico. It holds its own against anywhere in the world.”

The 5,000 pound metal sculpture depicts a school of fish circling pilings, while an osprey lands in its nest.

The work on the statue has taken place entirely outside of class. Students have enthusiastically volunteered to contribute to it. When he first told students about his idea, they laughed at him. Once they started working on the sculpture, “sparkles started coming in their eyes,” according to Clayton. “They realize, ‘what can’t you do with a piece of metal?’”

The statue will sit on Campus Drive East leading to Building 10 and Building 5. NC Community College System President Dr. Jimmie Williamson, former BCCC President Dr. David McLawhorn, current BCCC President Dr. Barbara Tansey and instructor Ted Clayton will speak at the event.

BCCC was chartered as a technical institute nearly 50 years ago, but its roots in the community run even deeper. Industrial and technical education was offered in Beaufort County in 1962 through an Industrial Education Center. The center was first affiliated with Lenoir County Technical Institute and later with Pitt Technical Institute.

Local businessman A. Graham Elliott was an early supporter of industrial education in Beaufort County. In 1967, Elliott, then chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Industrial Education Center, said, “There is a real need for spreading trade and technical educational benefits to greater numbers in Beaufort County. It is necessary that we take a serious look at this type of institution called the technical institute.”

Two events that same year made a stand-alone technical institute for Beaufort County possible ― local voters on approved a $500,000 bond issue by a vote of nearly three to one, and State Sen. Ashley B. Futrell and State Rep. William R. Roberson Jr. introduced legislation in their respective chambers of the N.C. General Assembly establishing Beaufort County Technical Institute.

On Aug. 23, 1968, 39 graduates received their diplomas at BCTI’s first graduation. Almost 50 years later, BCCC conferred 190 degrees, diplomas and certificates on the Class of 2016, including 45 Associate’s Degrees in Nursing.

In 1969 a permanent site for BCTI was purchased, and construction of the school’s campus on U.S. 264 began. After being housed in temporary locations throughout the county, including a former prison farm and in space above what was then the local fire department, BCTI moved to its current location in the spring of 1971.

The campus sits on the former Woodrow Sheppard farm, which was sold to the BCTI Board of Trustees by Fred and Mary Sheppard. Another tract was sold to the college by Vandalia Sykes. The last land purchase was from Linda Byrd and Roger Woolard in 2015.

With more than 400 employees, 2,100 students enrolled in its Curriculum programs, and 4,400 in Continuing Education, BCCC is a driving force in the economic development of the region. Under the leadership today of Dr. Barbara Tansey, the school’s fifth president, Beaufort County Community College initiates collaborative efforts among community and government agencies, provides innovative technology, and builds strong relationships with business and industry.

Alumni and employees from 1967-1969 should contact Serena Sullivan at 252-940-6326 if they would like to take part in the dedication ceremony.

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 our forefathers, and foremothers, had in building this town — born of need and caring for humanity. The spirit of Belhaven has been replaced by the inbreeding of the old money and good-ole-boy syndrome. The economy of the Belhaven area has been feeding off itself for too long, fueled for the most part by some distant jobs, Social Security, Welfare, and Small Businesses.

An economy is not perpetual; it goes up, down, or simply grinds to a halt. Belhaven’s economy is dying, and the town is in decay. You just have to look around to see it. It does not have to be this way.

We are not going to have to wait for the economy to die because the factions that created and prolonged the issues of the old hospital in Belhaven are killing it – and the spirit of the town with it. The one main element that is missing from the efforts of these folks is the interest and consideration for the health and welfare of the populace of the Region.

The Mayor — with his chest pounding, political posturing, and adolescent behavior — has demoralized the town. He has embarrassed the town among the populace, throughout the region and state. With his questionable tactics, such as the ‘Good-ole-boy Utilities Give Away,’ he has stretched the moral fiber of the Townspeople. He has done nothing for the betterment of the town or its citizens and needs to turn in his resignation, post haste.

The Pantego Creek LLC and its managers formed a special interest group. Though well intended, this group compromised a key element of Belhaven’s future: The town’s view and relationship with the waters that surround it. The LLC has bolstered the old hospital for nostalgia, not for the health interest of this region.

Those of you who comprise the LLC have had your 15 minutes in the spotlight; now it is time to help save the Town of Belhaven. All the property of the old hospital should be signed over to the Town for the use of its citizens — never to be sold. If not, the Town of Belhaven should take the property under eminent domain and pay each member of the LLC, one dollar, for its consideration.

The LLC should build a pencil factory (or something using local products) that would put revenue back into the town and put some citizens to work. The waterfront should be developed for the use of its people. If a Developer should get this property and builds a structure like the Day Beacon, it will seal the fate of Belhaven to a few well to do people and provide little overall value to the town.

On this site could be built the Belhaven Regional Civic Mall. It would be built 12 feet off the ground to preserve the view of the harbor from Pamlico Street and the surrounding area. The people could see and enjoy Haven’s Walk. The boardwalk would go from the Wildlife Access to the Charlie Smith Community House and beyond — but that is another story.

You know that in its heyday of 1923, Belhaven had a boardwalk with a Pavilion. There was music, dancing, movies, fishing, and people. The Civic Mall would include a 200 stadium-seat Cultural Arts Theatre — to be used for events, all types of shows, and the likes of the Tuesday night jam sessions. There would be a true regional history museum that would be established and run by the NC Department of History. There would be a small gift shop, public space for meetings and events and maybe a coffee shop of sorts, operated by locals for all the Townspeople and a tourist or two, if they come, and they will. There would be a covered deck all around so that the people could sit and watch the sunsets. The building would be atop concrete pillars; the building would be of materials and designed to withstand the worst of hurricanes. You see, this Mall would also be a refuge, equipped for the people, if need be.

On Sept. 2, 1913, there was a great hurricane that pretty well wiped out the Town of Belhaven. At that time, the 100-year flood elevation was set at 7.4 feet above mean sea level. There was five feet or more of water and debris that stood in the downtown businesses. What does that tell you, folks?

In 1948, the Belhaven Hospital was built flat on the ground. Later, new additions were built on slightly raised areas. It was built like a sponge, of cinder block and brick veneer; with a lot of gapes and hidden air pockets. Then came high water events: Hurricane Hazel, Diane, Bertha, and Fran. Hurricane Fran was especially bad with eight feet of water filling the streets of downtown Belhaven. The torrents of rain and damaging winds tore at the old sentinel of health.

There was tropical storm Josephine; and then came Hurricane Bonnie and others that soaked the base of the hospital even with the levee walls. Along with the leaky roofs the structure became a culture tray for germs, bacteria, mold, and mildew; with the potential for unhealthy levels of airborne contamination and respiratory illnesses. You know the adage, “that a boat is a hole in the water where you throw money!” Well, the old hospital could no longer float.  There has to be a whole lot of credit given to the good people who built the hospital, the doctors, the nurses, and the staff, that endured the hardships of a hospital under siege and provide a good level of care. They had to care about the people, and it is sad that today’s healthcare can’t be the same. It is the almighty buck that is the plague of our time.

Now; what of Vidant and a new hospital? It is well established, at this time, that Vidant is dedicated to the many clauses of your insurance policy and if you don’t have one they are not dedicated at all. The new facility in Belhaven is hardly more than a half-staffed doctor’s office. Some of the doctors may have a heart but the business does not. If Vidant is not going to provide the services that the people — all the people — need and want,  then their charter in the Town of Belhaven and the county of Beaufort must be revoked and they should get out.

If we are forced to drive 30 to 50 miles for decent healthcare, we don’t need them to tell us which direction to go. The terms of healthcare are humanity, not a corporate bottom line. Our Town, County, State, and Federal leaders will have to see that it is built and it will have a fully functional Emergency Room; if the people come together and demand it so.

The people of the region of Pantego, Pungo, and the Pamlico, the County of Beaufort, the State of North Carolina, and the government of the USA should build a proper hospital in Belhaven to serve up to 20,000 people. It would be central to the town. The building will be high and dry and of the materials and design to withstand a tidal surge, winds of 300 mph, and maintain function in any kind of weather. A hospital in this region is not just healthcare — it is a refuge for the people; when Mother Nature gets angry with how we treat her land and resources; but that, is another story.

Since its beginning, Belhaven has had many tragedies: natural, commercial, and industrial. Many times the Townspeople reinvented or rebuilt the town. Today there are a few young entrepreneurs who are trying to swim against the tide of adversity but it does not bring the people and the industry that is needed. The old guard and old money is diluted and dying; their children’s children have left or are leaving. The grand old houses are too expensive to fix or even to tear down and few taxes are paid. They go to rot with the shame that the town will not see that justice is done and leave them to memory. The houses that are renovated are done so beyond their value. These houses can be sold to the unsuspecting buyer; who soon finds that Belhaven is not what it seems.

It sounds pretty bad, does it not? It is true that this is not Mayberry and there is no joke here. Have you noticed that there has been a lot of turnover in personnel in the Town Hall over these last few months? Of course, it is not just the fault of the Mayor and his handy clan. It is the cartel of good-ole-boys who run the town from the local diners instead of the Town Hall meetings. They don’t want the town to change as long as they have the influence. The problem is that we, THE  PEOPLE, do not make the effort to elect good leaders and go to the meetings to ensure that the town is being served now and for the future. Do you realize that for every family that accepted the Good-Ole-Boy Utilities Give Away, there is a person who has stolen from his neighbor; trying to get something for nothing; and sell their vote without care for the Town and its people? There are, or should be, programs to help the less fortunate.

Belhaven’s issues at hand need to be resolved. Our citizens need to be united under a competent leadership with some common sense to redefine a purpose such as our forebears had in building the town.

If there is to be a serious change to save the Town of Belhaven, then it will take the voices and support of every citizen of the Town and those in the Region. The book “Town of Belhaven Centennial” gives witness to the fact that, it can be done. In 1914, the 7th grade of the Belhaven graded school was given the challenge to organize their class for a special event. They accepted the challenge and penned the motto “Find a Way or Make a Way.”

What could be more fitting for our challenge of today?

The Town of Belhaven is dying of neglect and decay. Of course, if this is what the people of Belhaven wants of its heritage; then Amen is the only thing left to say. It does not have to be this way.

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 20 miles away, I can’t even buy what I need for my daughter. It would generate jobs. It would generate income.”

Hardy’s comments followed a presentation by Chuck Halsall, with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, who submitted an ambitious “Economic Development Implementation Plan” for the town.
Elected officials voted unanimously to ‘accept’ the plan, but avoided the opportunity to fully ‘adopt’ its recommendations.

For more details, please see a thorough report on Page B-6, written by Eve Hemby, who represents People for a Better Aurora – a volunteer advisory group, which seeks to identify solutions to enhance growth and long-term prosperity for the community.

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 the recent NCWorks Apprenticeship Conference in Greensboro.

The Aurora facility has integrated the apprenticeship program in every facet of operations. Since 1984, PotashCorp-Aurora has trained accountants, lab technicians, mine operations personnel and emergency responders — among several trades available for apprenticeships.

Since its inception, 1,938 workers have entered the program and 1,510 received their Apprenticeship certificate and an additional 272 completed the Mastercraftsmen program. PotashCorp-Aurora currently has 123 apprentices enrolled, including 22 in the Mastercraftsmen program.

“Apprenticeships help businesses like PotashCorp-Aurora find the specific talent they need to grow in a competitive environment,” said N.C. Commerce Secretary, John E. Skvarla, III. “We recognized PotashCorp-Aurora during our NCWorks Apprenticeship Conference, because investing in workers is instrumental in the company’s success and the growth of our economy.”

According to the Department of Commerce, “You have improved the skills, talents and capabilities of your employees … and revealed how to build and sustain success by including training in all aspects of your business.”

Earlier this month, in special ceremonies held at the site, PotashCorp-Aurora and the N.C. Department of Commerce recognized 62 employees who have earned Apprenticeship certification and recognition.

“Continuous improvement is a core value at PotashCorp-Aurora,” said General Manager, Mark Johnson. “We are honored to have received this award and recognize the efforts of our many apprentices who have developed skills to grow their careers for our mutual benefit.”

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

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mimeAURORA – 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 schools items?”

Williams nodded enthusiastically but then countered: “Aren’t you setting the goal a little low at just 2.7? Why don’t we give that child a $100 gift for those things, but if he or she gets it up to a 3.0 then they will receive $200 from me?”

Thus an already ambitious program – quite unexpectedly — received a quantum leap of energy. Accolades are also in order for the Aurora Recreation Department and Aurora’s other churches that have embraced the ‘Aspiration’ challenge for the town’s youngsters.
Another active participant is Joy Dunn. If you – or anyone you know – would like to accept the challenge, e-mail Dunn at: joydunn05@gmail.com

Burroughs Wellcome Fund underwrites ambitious program at Aurora Fossil Museum

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burroughs-wellcome-fundAURORA – 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 Aurora Fossil Museum, the families of the Town of Aurora, and Beaufort County,” explained an ecstatic Crane during a brief telephone interview.

Officials say that content-rich and engaging out-of-school activities can improve students’ in-school performance in mathematics and science – which is what popular student trips to the Fossil Museum are all about!!

To address low end-of-grade test scores among students in grades 3 through 8 in Beaufort County — and increase interest in STEM careers (which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) — the IMAGINE-NC project developed jointly by the
Aurora Fossil Museum; the geosciences and education faculty from East Carolina University; and staffers with nearby PotashCorp-Aurora.

According to Crane, IMAGINE-NC consists of three components:

1) Two week-long, non-residential summer camps, serving approximately 60 students in grades 4 through 8.
2) Four weekend activities during the school year for parents, students and teachers
3) Support for teachers during the school year with inquiry-based, integrated, science/mathematics activities.

Crane and her staff at the museum are expected to provide recruiting, the camp venue, financial oversight and management of the project, website design and maintenance, and avid participation by:

• Crane, the museum’s director, who doubles as a paleontologist experienced in science outreach!
• ECU science faculty, providing science expertise and access to equipment, such as a research vessel and drill rig.
• ECU education faculty, offering experience with problem-based learning techniques, curriculum, and integration of science and mathematics activities.
• PotashCorp-Aurora, providing transportation for students, their lunches, and use of company facilities and grounds.

Crane explained that all activities are to be developed collaboratively by the IMAGINE-NC staff. For more information, contact Cindy Crane at (252) 322-4238, or e-mail: aurfosmus@yahoo.com

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

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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 the work we do is geared toward that end.

Now you may look around our community and say, “Ain’t nothing happening in Aurora! They don’t even have a grocery store. Aurora is GOING DOWN!”

But I am here to tell you that you have never been more wrong in your entire life. The truth is THE Aurora/Richland Township is on the cusp of greatness. Even in spite our losses, our setbacks are not an anomaly. When other communities face loss, they come together and work toward being great again. We can do this as well. We are a town with great and tremendous resources, from our rich phosphorous laden land that is great for growing crops to the beautiful waterfront area full of osprey, Canadian geese and the best fish you’ve ever eaten, There is no reason why we cannot promote this greatness.

Now, do we have challenges? ABSOLUTELY! Just like any other community.

But that’s where we all come into play. There are solutions to our problems. Some solutions might require us to grow as people in skill sets and leadership, other solu- tions might require for us to be courageous enough to ASK and RECEIVE help from others. EITHER WAY….there are solutions.

And so, this is why the “PEOPLE” are here and will be here in this paper over the next few months. We want to help inform the community of the solutions available to the challenges we face and encourage you to GET INVOLVED. Articles are written and composed by YOUR local community leaders, designed to empower, compel and enlighten you on what is available to you and in your community.

I would love to hear your feedback if you have any. Feel free to visit our page: http://www. gro wauro ra. o rg for updates on current Township-Wide events, the schedule of activities and happenings in our communities. Also, you may access information on our facebook page. Type in People for a Better Aurora in your search field and it should take you there.

hembryAgain, we are open to suggestions and feedback. So feel free to reach out to me directly as I can be reached at (252)228-1730 or evehemby@lhndc.org.

Happy Reading!,
Eve Hemby


Faith & Family

By Elder Barry Squires

In 2010, the call of Christ on my life brought me back to the small church community I left 20 years prior. What began as a journey to continue the spiritual legacy of my father, has become a drive to save and revitalize a valuable, but struggling community. In the six years that I have collaborated with local faith-based organizations to nurture the spiritual health of our community, it has become evident that our spiritual efforts are only one part of the work. Our community requires economic development and strategic planning as part of the transformation into a healthy, whole community. More important- ly, economic development can be a part of the work of the church and is not in conflict with our spiritual work.

We have the ability to support and promote local entrepreneurship. It is my hope that faith-based or- ganizations can begin to use our resources to spark economic growth. Some opportunities may include offering small business grants to potential local entrepreneurs, accessing our community for goods and services and buying local, collaborating with local governments to create school-to-business pipelines to sponsor high school graduates in technical programs and provide local business opportunities for them in the community.

Our spiritual work in the community is on-going and is a priority of the church, but our work can no longer be confined to the physical church and traditional outreach.

I believe the churches’ support of economic development enhances our reach to the community we serve and leads us to wholeness.

Elder Barry Squires is the Senior Pastor of St. Peter Baptist Church located in Aurora, NC. St. Peter Baptist Church supports the community through its hosting of collaborative community wide events (Community Health Fair, Forum, Tent Revival and Back to School Bash) that helps promotes the spiritual and natural health and well being of the Richland Township. For more information on how you can connect to the work of this ministry, Elder Squires can be reached at (919)410-7803.

A new generation of nurses: Chelsea Huggins

Huggins practices ‘hands on’ care.

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 New Bern High. Her plan was to attend ECU and become a doctor, following her passion for the healthcare field. After some volunteer experience in a hospital, she decided she was more interested in the hands-on approach of a nurse. Her goal changed to becoming a nurse practitioner.

At 17, she applied for the ‘RIBN’ program at ECU. This program, short for Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses, is a statewide program that hopes to put more nurses with four-year degrees into the workforce. The program is a collaboration between community colleges and nursing schools, like ECU’s College of Nursing.

The program assigned Huggins to Beaufort County Community College, who first thought she was heading to the Town of Beaufort, and nearby beach, in Carteret County. After coming to terms with the fact that she was attending college in Beaufort County, she fell in love with BCCC!

With the growing expense of universities and the limited slots in their programs, many students are turning to community college not just for a two-year ADN, but as a step toward a four-year BSN. Students can also find smaller class sizes and more institutional support at a community college like BCCC. The college has a person on staff, just to help nursing students through the admissions process and with their testing requirements.

Since she began her studies at BCCC, Huggins has had opportunity to transfer to Craven Community College in New Bern and return to her family, but she has enjoyed her experience at BCCC so much that she has stayed in Washington. She found that the support was lacking at larger institutions.

“The faculty go out of their way to care about you,” said Huggins. She was named a BCCC ambassador, a title awarded to the best representatives of BCCC. An ambassador gets their tuition covered for a year in exchange for speaking and helping at community events. She is also the recipient of the James Franklin and Hannah Roberson Bagwell Scholarship and a member of the Beaufort County Association of Nursing Students (BCANS).

She has come to embrace the diversity in the nursing department, including the age range and the lifestyles of other students. She has found that the best study partners are her older classmates and the ones with children. Intergenerational studying not only takes place in the classroom, but in her family as well. Huggins’s grandmother is a retired physician.

“She’s made me a perfectionist about things,” she said.

Her grandmother makes her practice until she has it right. Ultimately she plans to work as a neonatal nurse either at VidantHospital or UNC Health Care. She wants to deal with both parents and infants.

“My heart has led me in that direction,” she said.

This young lady’s fortitude means she can handle the toughest of situations. Huggins has no patience for the cynicism of some of the nurses currently working in the field. Her age will not slow her down! Huggins’ skill, passion and empathy put her on the same level as her classmates. She may have

Massive phone call alert set for Tuesday evening in Beaufort County

Officials brace for confusion when trigger pulled on 35,000 calls

web-post-for-sept-13-logoBEAUFORT 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 result if we are going to test the system countywide.

HERE IS THE OFFICIAL PUBLIC NOTICE IN BOTH ENGLISH AND SPANISH:
NOTICE: Tuesday evening at 7 pm Beaufort County Emergency Management will be testing the county wide telephone notification system. At that time all residential land lines and registered cell phone numbers will ring. The message will state that this is a test call. Traditional land lines are in the system as part of the 911 data base. If you do not receive the call on your cell number that means that number is not registered in the system. You can register that phone number here https://secure.hyper-reach.com/comsignupw.jsp?id=40487 You can also register at this same address to receive weather alerts on your land line and cellular phone numbers. Weather alerts are an option that must be registered for by all land line or cell phone numbers.

For our Spanish speaking friends:
Aviso: El martes por la tarde a las 7 pm Gestiones de Emergencia del Condado Beaufort estará probando el sistema de notificación telefónica a lo ancho y amplio del Condado. En ese momento sonarán todas las líneas telefónicas de terreno residencial y números de teléfono celular registrados. El mensaje indicará que se trata de una llamada de prueba. Las líneas tradicionales de tierra están en el sistema como parte de los datos de la base 911. Si no recibe la llamada en su número de celular significa que ese número no está registrado en el sistema. Usted puede registrar ese número aquí. https://secure.hyper-reach.com/comsignupw.jsp?id=40487 También puede registrar su línea telefónica de casa y celular en esta misma dirección para recibir alertas sobre las inclemencias del tiempo.

2016 Aurora Fossil Festival Schedule, Sponsors

Fossil Festival Field & Main St. Aurora

Fossil Festival Field & Main St. Aurora

Schedule of Events

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