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COVID-19: state stats at a glance

Beaufort County had a total 437 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Monday, an increase of nine overnight. There ... Read more | Add your comment

Local schools share reopening plans

Across Beaufort and Hyde counties, most local students will return to school starting next week, in some form ... Read more | Add your comment

Hundreds attend prayer vigil for mayor, in person and online

VIGIL: A prayer service for Washington Mayor Mac Hodges and others suffering from COVID-19 was held Sunday afternoon ... Read more | Add your comment

Health department reports 4 COVID deaths over past two days

Beaufort County has lost four of its residents to COVID-19 over the past two days. According to a ... Read more | Add your comment


School reopening: Beaufort County Schools

Starting Aug. 17, Beaufort County Schools students will begin the semester with four weeks of remote learning. This week, parents and students are scheduled to ... Read more | Add your comment

by Matt Debnam.


School reopening: Unity Christian Academy

CHOCOWINITY — At Unity Christian Academy, Administrator Jessica Crocker says the school’s plan is to return to the classroom with in-person instruction beginning Aug. 24. ... Read more | Add your comment

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School reopening: Washington Montessori Public Charter School

With students split into two categories, primary (Kindergarten through 6th grade) and secondary (7th through 12th grade), instruction at Washington Montessori Public Charter School will ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Monday, August 10, 2020 6:49 pm


School reopening: Terra Ceia Christian School

TERRA CEIA — For Terra Ceia Christian School, the plan is to begin in-person instruction on Aug. 18. According to TCCS Principal Martin Gelderman, the ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Monday, August 10, 2020 6:44 pm


School reopening: Pungo Christian Academy

BELHAVEN — Pungo Christian Academy will kick off its fall semester with in-person learning starting Aug. 17, with a number of additional safety protocols in ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Monday, August 10, 2020 6:43 pm


School reopening: Hyde County Schools

HYDE COUNTY — For the first nine weeks of the fall semester, Hyde County Schools will operate under a system of remote learning both at ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Monday, August 10, 2020 6:42 pm


Sheriff’s office seeks info on missing teen

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in locating 15-year-old Jamauel Moore. Moore, who is listed as a runaway, left his home ... Read more

by Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, Monday, August 10, 2020 2:03 pm

Community Columns

Write Again … Buster was right

Hunkered down. Staying in our “bunker” almost all of the time, rarely venturing beyond our yard. Oh, I walk on the road in front of ... Read more

by Bartow Houston, Sunday, August 9, 2020 9:30 am

Community Columns

Planning ahead related to advance care planning

MARY LOU INFINITO If nothing else, this year, COVID-19 has shown us just how unpredictable the future can be, and how quickly things can change. ... Read more

by Vidant Health, Saturday, August 8, 2020 9:30 am


Local woman dances into her destiny at new studio

By KAREN THIEL For the Washington Daily News Thirty-five years ago, Myesia Howard Martin was a 2-year-old child who just had to start dancing every ... Read more

by The Daily News, Saturday, August 8, 2020 2:30 am


Cornerstone, county schools distribute 36,000 meals for kids

Within a span of two hours on Friday, 2,000 local children took home approximately 36,000 meals, both breakfasts and lunches, to last them this weekend ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Friday, August 7, 2020 6:05 pm

Beaufort County

Isaias produces isolated damages to local crops

It’s been a rough few years for farmers in Beaufort County. Most recently, Hurricane Florence in 2018, then Hurricane Dorian last year, caused widespread damage ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Friday, August 7, 2020 6:00 pm


Washington man charged in attempted burglary

From the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office On Thursday, at about 2:50 a.m., deputies from the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office Community Patrol Division responded to a ... Read more

by The Daily News, Friday, August 7, 2020 5:42 pm

ECU Pirates

ECU athletics campus to be named for Grady-White Boats

GREENVILLE — East Carolina University Director of Athletics Jon Gilbert announced that Grady-White Boats has committed to the largest donation in ECU Athletics and Pirate Club ... Read more

by East Carolina University, Friday, August 7, 2020 5:40 pm

Club News

Kiwanis award annual scholarship to WHS grad

From the Kiwanis Club of Washington The Kiwanis Club of Washington has awarded a $1,500 scholarship to a Washington High School Key Club senior. Mya ... Read more

by The Daily News, Friday, August 7, 2020 3:45 pm


Hurricane Alpha? Amped up season forecast, names may run out

BY SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer   Already smashing records, this year’s hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season is about to get even nastier, forecasters predict. In ... Read more

by The Associated Press, Friday, August 7, 2020 1:40 pm

Community Columns

What is this worm on my azaleas?

This week’s question comes from Chocowinity. This very colorful worm (a.k.a. caterpillar) on your azaleas is an azalea caterpillar (Datana major). They are very destructive ... Read more

by Beaufort County Cooperative Extension, Thursday, August 6, 2020 9:50 pm


Washington Salvation Army helping children in tornado-ravaged town

From The Salvation Army of Washington WINDSOR — As Capt. Teresa Bush picked her way through a field in Windsor, the first thing she noticed ... Read more

by Salvation Army, Thursday, August 6, 2020 9:40 pm


City to get flooding fix

The City of Washington will be the recipient of $3 million grant to fix the flooding problem in the area surrounding 15th and Brown streets. ... Read more

by Vail Stewart Rumley, Thursday, August 6, 2020 9:01 pm

Beaufort County

Pandemic influencing homebuying trends

COVID-19 has defined the landscape of 2020 in the U.S. Economic shutdowns have shuttered some businesses. Others are holding on, reopening under strict guidelines to ... Read more

by Vail Stewart Rumley, Thursday, August 6, 2020 8:47 pm


Community rallies to clean up after tornado hits Rest Haven

BAYVIEW — Residents, contractors and volunteers were hard at work Wednesday, cleaning up the devastation left behind in the wake of a tornado that damaged trees ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 6:18 pm


Governor announces Phase II extended to September

North Carolina will remain in Phase II of its three-phase COVID-19 reopening plan for five more weeks, through at least Sept. 11. North Carolina Gov. ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 6:13 pm

Hurricane Stories

Power outages persist into Tuesday night

Some Beaufort County residents will remain without electricity until at least Wednesday as power crews suspended operations at nightfall Tuesday. According to the North Carolina ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:47 pm


Thank you and a job well done

As the winds and rains built in intensity overnight Monday night into Tuesday morning, most Beaufort County residents were safe in their homes, either sleeping ... Read more

by WDN Editorial Board, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 7:12 pm

Hurricane Stories

Municipalities report relatively minor damages from Isaias

While downed trees and power outages were the biggest issues for most local municipalities, an apparent tornado may have passed through a community east of ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 7:07 pm

Beaufort County

10,000 without power, repairs progressing steadily

Power crews, tree cutters and linemen were working steadily Tuesday afternoon to restore power to much of Beaufort County, after Tropical Storm Isaias left more ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 2:03 pm

Hurricane Stories

PHOTOS: Flooding and damages in Washington, Washington Park

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by Matt Debnam, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 7:54 am