Carteret County


The Town of Beaufort’s board of commissioners voted unanimously to repeal their indoor mask mandate within town limits, effective immediately, at their meeting Monday. PRE’s Meredith Radford has more.


The Carteret County Solid Waste Division is encouraging residents to dispose of unwanted household hazardous materials at an upcoming collection event, according to a news release.

Beaufort Intersection Temporarily Closed For Maintenance

Sep 10, 2021

The intersection of Turner and Cedar Streets in Beaufort closed to traffic at 7 p.m. Thursday to work on stormwater piping in the area, according to a news release. The work is expected to be complete before the start of the business day Friday, but NCDOT said the intersection will remain closed until the project is complete. The release said drivers should use caution and take alternative routes and that signage and barricades will be directing traffic.



The Carteret County Health Department reported four additional COVID-19-related deaths in the county in a news release Thursday. Three of the residents were in their 70s and one was in their 40s. All of the deaths had underlying health conditions.

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The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office said the Labor Day holiday traditionally causes one of the highest traffic flows of the year, according to a news release. The release said residents should remember to always shift your attention every few seconds and scanning the road when driving, to always signal your intentions with brake lights, turn signals or headlights and to never follow too closely, among other driving safety practices. Sheriff Asa Buck said in the release to be courteous and tolerant of other drivers to make the roads safe this Labor Day weekend. 


After the CDC recommended third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for people with compromised immune systems earlier this month, Pitt County joins several other counties in Eastern North Carolina in offering third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to these individuals. P-R-E’s Meredith Radford has more. 


The positive COVID-19 test rate continues to rise in Carteret County. PRE's Meredith Radford reports that the number of hospitalizations also continues to increase due to the Delta variant. 

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As the start of the fall semester approaches for Eastern North Carolina public schools, the districts have had to make tough decisions on whether to mandate mask wearing. In light of the recent increases in COVID-19 cases, some schools decided to require them indoors while others are taking the optional approach.


The positive COVID-19 test rate for Carteret County has increased in the last few weeks. This increase echoes the statewide influx of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of July-- linked to the highly contagious Delta variant. 

INTRO – Carteret County has announced an addition to their 9-1-1 service. George Olsen has more.

  This week on the Down East Journal, groups are at odds over the plan to relocate dredging material from Beaufort Inlet to Shackleford Banks.  Would the move impact tourism or help preserve Shackleford’s shoreline from erosion?  More on that story, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

In less than a month, Cape Lookout National Seashore is expected to announce the winning bid for a contract to be the sole operator for passenger ferry service to the park.  We explore the ramifications of that plan and talk to the Park Superintendent about how the new ferry service would be implemented. 

Feral Cats

Feb 11, 2013

Carteret County is finding a way to control a growing feral cat problem. Farther South in Holden Beach an organization is attempting to populate the island with feral cats.