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Kelly Children’s Home purchases future location, debt-free

Beaufort County is now one step closer to having a group home for local children in the foster ... Read more | Add your comment

Flood advisory in effect until Monday night

A “long-duration coastal flood event” could mean flooding in some parts of Beaufort County through early next week. ... Read more | Add your comment

COVID-19: state stats at a glance

New, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Beaufort County numbered 17 on Friday. There are now 227 active cases ... Read more | Add your comment

City council resumes goal-setting sessions

The Washington City Council had the opportunity to review a number of strategic goals set for the city ... Read more | Add your comment

Beaufort County

Remnants of Sally bring heavy rain, maybe tornadoes

The remnants of Hurricane Sally, which unleashed torrential rainfall over southern Alabama and the Florida panhandle, are heading into eastern North Carolina. Beaufort County can ... Read more | Add your comment

by Vail Stewart Rumley.


The Salvation Army sets out to ‘Rescue Christmas’

Through the duration the COVID-19 pandemic, The Salvation Army of Washington has been a source of hope and assistance for thousands of people in need ... Read more | Add your comment

by Matt Debnam.


School systems temporarily held harmless for declining enrollment

At a time when many of North Carolina’s public school systems are seeing declining enrollment as a result of COVID-19 uncertainties, provision in recent state ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Thursday, September 17, 2020 5:54 pm


Governor announces Plan A option for pre-k through 5th grade

School systems throughout the state will have the option to bring elementary students in pre-k through fifth grade back into the classroom five days a ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Thursday, September 17, 2020 4:07 pm


Eagle’s Wings faces $20,000 need for electric overhaul

While the lights are back on at Eagle’s Wing Food Pantry after a complete electrical system failure in late August, the nonprofit still faces a ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 5:55 pm


Flamingo 5K canceled for 2020

BELHAVEN — For more than a decade, flocks of people in pink T-shirts have filled the roads of the Smithton community every October, raising money ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 12:15 pm


Beaufort County Schools to resume in-person learning Oct. 15

Following a 5-4 vote of the Beaufort County Board of Education on Tuesday evening, local students will return to the classroom beginning Oct. 15, which ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 12:03 pm


Festival Park renamed in late mayor’s honor

One of Washington’s waterfront parks has been renamed in honor of the late Washington Mayor Mac Hodges, following a unanimous vote of the Washington City ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Tuesday, September 15, 2020 9:24 pm


Chocowinity Police Department receives funding for VIPER radios

CHOCOWINITY — In June, Chocowinity Police Department Sgt. Todd Taylor found himself in a dangerous situation. Pursuing a suspect into Pitt County, Taylor lost communication ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Tuesday, September 15, 2020 9:22 pm


Are you taking care of yourself?

Work, bills, personal problems, stress — it’s easy to let these things pile up until they seem insurmountable. For nearly every American, 2020 has been ... Read more

by WDN Editorial Board, Tuesday, September 15, 2020 9:09 pm


A Cold War relic, hidden in downtown Washington

One of the defining events of the 20th century, the Cold War was a long period of uncertainty for many Americans living under the constant ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Monday, September 14, 2020 8:03 pm

Beaufort County

Vidant Beaufort Hospital awards Community Benefit Grants

Vidant Beaufort Hospital awarded $100,000 to 23 recipients on Sept. 3, as part of the annual Community Benefit Grants program, which is funded by Vidant ... Read more

by Vidant Beaufort Hospital, Sunday, September 13, 2020 7:41 am


Destiny, of Bayview, wins sweet treat

SWEET DEAL: Duke & Dutchess Coffee Shoppe of Bath awarded Destiny, of Bayview, two dozen beautiful, handcrafted cake pops of her choice made by Anita’s Cakes ... Read more

by The Daily News, Saturday, September 12, 2020 10:38 am

Beaufort County

Local nurse recognized with DAISY Award for nursing excellence

Vidant Beaufort Hospital is proud to announce that intensive care unit nurse Greg Miller has been named a recipient of the DAISY Award. The DAISY ... Read more

by Vidant Beaufort Hospital, Saturday, September 12, 2020 9:37 am


Beacon Street to expand Moss Landing waterfront neighborhood

A little more than five years ago, the landscape between the North Carolina Estuarium and Moss Landing townhomes was a grassy, unused lot, framed to ... Read more

by Vail Stewart Rumley, Friday, September 11, 2020 10:28 pm

Community Columns

Write Again … The tender years

It was a small, modest rental house, on Harvey Street, between Main and Water streets. Of course it didn’t have much in the way of ... Read more

by Bartow Houston, Friday, September 11, 2020 10:16 pm

Community Columns

New leaf spot disease in pears?

I am seeing something on pears that I haven’t seen in the past four years since taking this position. Not that I think I have ... Read more

by Beaufort County Cooperative Extension, Friday, September 11, 2020 10:00 pm

Beaufort County

Working it out — COVID’S impact on local gym re-openings

At first glance, it might seem like North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s announcement last week that gyms could reopen at 30% capacity had no effect ... Read more

by The Daily News, Friday, September 11, 2020 9:31 pm

Beaufort County

City eyes end-of-year opening for license plate agency

The City of Washington is hoping to open a new license plate agency for Beaufort County by the end of the calendar year, provided the ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Thursday, September 10, 2020 6:59 pm


Attorney offers $10,000 reward after sign theft

A local attorney is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for stealing a large political sign ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Thursday, September 10, 2020 6:54 pm

Beaufort County

Absentee requests jump, new tool helps voters track ballots

While Election Day is still nearly two months away, 51 people had already voted in Beaufort County as of Wednesday. They’re among the 2,393 local ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Wednesday, September 9, 2020 6:02 pm


Taco Trail encourages exploration of Mexican eateries

A new effort by the Washington Tourism Development Authority is encouraging area residents to support Mexican eateries in Washington. The WTDA unveiled its new “Taco ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Wednesday, September 9, 2020 6:01 pm


Lessons in lives lost

For many, Labor Day Weekend marks the unofficial end of summer — one last hoorah before the chill of fall descends on North Carolina. But ... Read more

by WDN Editorial Board, Tuesday, September 8, 2020 6:18 pm

Beaufort County

Sign thefts reported as election heats up

As the 2020 election season begins to hit full stride, Democrats and Republicans in Beaufort County both say political signs on private property have been ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Tuesday, September 8, 2020 6:14 pm


School system steps up suicide prevention efforts

Beaufort County Schools is offering new resources to parents, students and staff members through its Project AWARE program, after seeing an increase in suicidal thoughts ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Tuesday, September 8, 2020 5:56 pm

Community Columns

The health department days gone by

There were two institutions located on Harvey Street when I was growing up. If you count the high school, then I guess there were three. ... Read more

by Harold Robinson, Tuesday, September 8, 2020 5:22 pm


Bayview home built for the generations

BAYVIEW —  Standing on the front porch of Ruby and Larkin Little’s home at Bayview, the breeze from the wide Pamlico River whispering through the ... Read more

by Vail Stewart Rumley, Monday, September 7, 2020 6:23 pm