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There's not a dime's worth of difference between the bunch running the NC House now and when Jim Black was doing it

We need Mike Speciale as House Speaker
May 21, 2015 | 10:43 PM
Rep. Michael Speciale told The Beaufort Observer today (5-21-15) there’s no way I’m voting for the House budget if it stays the way it is now." But it looks like that is exactly what is ...more»

House GOP Leadership caves to crony special interests

May 21, 2015 | 10:28 PM
The News & Observer is reporting: The N.C. House voted down an effort from some Republicans to kill a tax credit for solar energy projects. Rep. Marilyn Avila, a Raleigh Republican, sponsored the amendment ...more»

Each of us--every American--should be supporting this man

Our government is a greater threat to our liberties than all the terrorists in the world.
May 21, 2015 | 10:08 PM
Where are our senators, Burr and Tillis? What is there that Rand Paul is advocating that they cannot support? Every American should know this and be support Sen. Paul. Consider: I don't know whether ...more»

Crime is skyrocketing in Baltimore and the people causing it wonder why

May 21, 2015 | 11:04 PM
You can’t fix stupid. These people have no clue. The Baltimore Sun reports: Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the city's recent spike in violence "disheartening" Thursday as police work to address ...more»
Southern Reflections

Inept or uncommitted

May 21, 2015 | 07:36 AM
Is it any wonder that voters are leaving the Republican Party and registering as independents? In North Carolina, an independent must register as "unaffiliated" .Now that the GOP holds sizable majorities ...more»
From The Right

The future of America is in good hands

feedback icon 1 | May 20, 2015 | 08:00 PM
The Future of America is in Good Hands How many times have you either said or heard the following about kids today? "The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they ...more»

Can you imagine it ever being appropriate to shoot someone in the back?

Fayetteville shooting of a fleeing suspect by an officer will be an interesting case
May 20, 2015 | 12:34 PM
Can you imagine a justification for anyone shooting someone else in the back two times as he was running ways from the shooter? Well, a police expect can. And it is explained by Paul Woolverton, writing ...more»

Mark our words: There's something rotten in Raleigh with this alternative energy mess

feedback icon 1 | May 20, 2015 | 12:13 PM
We have a strong suspicion that we are seeing the tip of a huge scandal in North Carolina. One that may well doom the Republican Party in spite of re-districting. Something fishy is going on....more»

CEMS board meeting--revels a great deal about the county's EMS system

feedback icon 1 | May 20, 2015 | 11:40 AM
The Chocowinity Emergency Medical Services Board of Directors met Tuesday (5-19-15) at 10:30 a.m. We have videoed most of the meeting and you can view that at the link below. If you are interested in ...more»

Sheriff Ernie Coleman shows them how to manage a budget

And get the job done better while spending less
feedback icon 5 | May 19, 2015 | 11:27 PM
Sheriff Ernie Coleman stole the show at the Board of Commissioner’s second night of budget workshops Tuesday night (5-19-15). He schooled the other department heads, including the County Manager, ...more»


Liberty Belle

The plight of the poor

May 11, 2015 | 07:31 AM
"The utopian schemes of leveling [redistribution of the wealth], and a community of goods [central ownership of all the means of production and distribution], are as visionary and impracticable ...more»
D'ya think?

Living wage

May 10, 2015 | 08:03 AM
A Living Wage The demands for a "living wage" that we have been hearing from various (union funded) groups of protesters across the country certainly provide us some food for thought....more»
Southern Reflections

Southern Reflections: Local edition

May 09, 2015 | 07:11 PM
When a continued union becomes impossible, the best alternative is a mutually compatible divorce. Our combined school system , never approved by local residents is too large, unwieldy and has become a ...more»
Bonus Deal

Jeff Miller stands up for vets

May 07, 2015 | 07:28 AM
Jeff Miller, Secretary of the US House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs, takes VA Secretary McDonald to the woodshed regarding the VA’s continued stonewalling the committees’ ...more»

UNC Professor Reed hits a homer!

May 05, 2015 | 07:23 PM
Our pal John Shelton Reed "hits a homer" with his latest analysis of The Great Unpleasantness — Scandal Reveals Two Cultures at UNC. JSR’s take is how even behind the ivy-covered walls of ...more»
Bonus Deal

House panel approves $612 billion authorization bill

May 04, 2015 | 08:41 PM
Source: The Military Times House panel approves $612 billion authorization bill By Leo Shane III, Staff writer 10:55 a.m. EDT April 30, 2015 The House Armed Services Committee early Thursday adopted ...more»
Diogenes' Lamp

Will we never learn

feedback icon 1 | May 04, 2015 | 08:36 AM
Diogenes Lamp — April 30, 2015 Will We Never Learn? Beaufort County citizens must face the fact that the active voters (what few there are) have elected an incompetent Board of Commissioners; again....more»
D'ya think?

Baltimore travesty

feedback icon 1 | May 03, 2015 | 07:18 PM
Baltimore Travesty We hear all kinds of "reasons" for the seemingly out of control demonstrations we have been treated to across the country lately. We are told that something must be done to reverse ...more»
Liberty Belle

Corruption and degeneracy

May 03, 2015 | 07:17 PM
In his first inaugural address, March 4, 1817, President James Monroe warned: "What raised us to the present happy state? ... The Government has been in the hands of the people. To the people, therefore ...more»
D'ya think?


April 29, 2015 | 06:47 AM
Potpourri Russian Adventures in Ukraine. Both the Anointed One and his Secretary of State (whose four or five month tour in Viet Nam all those years ago surely qualifies him as a great international ...more»

State’s Commerce Secretary is BCCC graduation speaker

April 29, 2015 | 09:33 AM
N.C. Secretary of Commerce, John E. Skvarla, III, will deliver the commencement address at the 2015 graduation exercises for Beaufort County Community College to be held Thursday, May 14. BCCC graduation ...more»

Join the BCCC Foundation for croquet Saturday, May 16

April 24, 2015 | 08:22 AM
Join the Beaufort County Community College Foundation for the 12th Annual Cutthroat Croquet Tournament to be held Saturday, May 16, along the waterfront in Bath. Corporate sponsors of the event are Atlantic ...more»

Local businesses get boost from center’s experts

March 30, 2015 | 01:49 PM
A 50-year veteran of the restaurant business, Bob Doe knows what it takes to make a restaurant successful. That’s why, for the past two years, Doe has been one of the subject matter experts who ...more»

BCCC College for Kids 2014 schedule announced

March 23, 2015 | 03:31 PM
The worlds of art, beekeeping, sailing, hunting, sewing, video games and woodworking are among the activities young people can explore during College for Kids 2015 at Beaufort County Community College. ...more»

BCCC to exit Federal Direct Student Loan Program effective July 1

March 19, 2015 | 07:50 AM
Beaufort County Community College will cease participation in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program effective July 1, 2015. As a result, BCCC will not originate any new student loans after that date. The ...more»


What you should know about this website

why we exist and how we see our role
feedback icon 7 | April 09, 2008 | 12:14 PM
Your use of this website acknowledges your acceptance of the Terms of Use . In addition, to understand how the website operates you should read this article "What you should know about this website." ...more»
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Recent Videos

Australia to strip citizenship of Australian-born jihadis

May 22, 2015 | 03:35 PM
"Australia plans to strip citizenship from Australian-born children of immigrants who become fighters for the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in its crackdown on homegrown jihadis, ...more»

EU forced to lower standards because of Trade Agreement

May 22, 2015 | 11:25 AM
Are not trade agreement great. We can force other countries to lower their standards and keep dangerous chemicals because of a trade agreement. Hate to see what others will be able to force us to do, ...more»

Global Warming Caused By ‘Natural Variations’ In Climate

May 22, 2015 | 07:35 AM
"Dr. Philip Lloyd, a South Africa-based physicist and climate researcher, examined ice core-based temperature data going back 8,000 years to gain perspective on the magnitude of global temperature changes ...more»

British announce plan to seize wages of illegal migrants and deport them

May 21, 2015 | 01:07 AM
British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a new plan to seize the wages of illegal migrants who have sneaked into the UK and to deport them without appeal. This tough new plan should help discourage ...more»

‘In God We Trust’ to be displayed on public buildings

May 20, 2015 | 07:20 PM
The Mount Airy News is reporting: "The Surry County Commissioners unanimously voted to display the national motto, "In God We Trust" on the Surry County Government Center and the county courthouse." ...more»

Homo wedding cake issue hits North Ireland, unites Protestant and Catholic

May 20, 2015 | 01:22 PM
The issue of forcing Christian bakeries to bake cakes for homosexual weddings has hit Northern Ireland, and it looks like an issue that will unite long-warring Catholics and Protestants. Even though ...more»

From Washington Times: With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats?

May 20, 2015 | 04:53 AM
Obama's secretive trade bill is now being called ''Obamatrade'' by conservative opponents who fear giving Obama such a blank check given his previous abuses of power. Unfortunately McConnell and Boehner ...more»

Speaker of the House

Buzz Cayton | May 22 | 04:59 PM
Mike Speciale should be our next Speaker of the House. We need to be sure and keep him there next term....more»

Liberal GOP consultants to blame

Outraged electric ratepayer | May 22 | 04:54 PM
Much of the blame for this taxpayer ripoff of corporate welfare for the corrupt crony capitalists of ...more»

re: Frances

Dick Adams | May 22 | 02:06 PM
The mayor should spend some time studying great men of wisdom like Aristotle (3oo BC) who had the answer ...more»

Mike Speciale looks out for his constituents

RSemmes | May 22 | 01:11 PM
Mike Speciale is a class act in the General Assembly. He makes it a point to read every bill before ...more»

huge disappointment

Steadfast Conservative | May 22 | 12:09 PM
That's what this budget is. When you fail to govern as you campaign, you're politically dishonest. ...more»

FBI says no terrorist cases cracked by spying on Americans

Jesse Helms Republican | May 22 | 10:25 AM
The FBI has admitted that there have been no terrorist cases cracked by the NSA spying on American citizens ...more»

Religious Freedom

Support Religious Freedom | May 22 | 09:00 AM
In reply to Wayne, he does not seem to get around much. Christianity is divided into three main branches, ...more»


Frances | May 22 | 06:41 AM

Facts not on your side

Nancy | May 21 | 04:49 PM

Burr and Tillis voted for ObamaTrade

Jesse Helms Republican | May 21 | 03:14 PM

Religious Freedom

Wayne Melton | May 21 | 02:00 PM

thank you

May 21 | 12:50 PM

Teachers should not proselytise for homosexuality

Support Religious Freedom | May 21 | 10:26 AM


May 20 | 08:38 PM

Common sense in the S.D,,,Thats unheard of..

R.Alligood | May 20 | 06:43 PM

What I want to know

Walter | May 20 | 06:19 PM

Tillis is no different

Frances | May 20 | 04:43 PM

Community Bulletin Board

102.5 The Bone Fishing Slam and BBQ Festival

May 21, 2015 | 10:14 PM
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release ...more»

NC Coastal Federation Camps, Cruises, and Clean-ups

May 18, 2015 | 11:10 AM
North Carolina Coastal Federation 2015 Summer Camps This summer, children can explore the wonders of the coast with the federation’s Coastal Discovery Summer Camps! Campers will take part in hands-on ...more»


May 18, 2015 | 11:00 AM
Introduction of "Citizens for Better Government" Beaufort County. This meeting is for all Citizens of Beaufort County that are tired of the "Boss Hog Politics" in Beaufort County. We are facing more ...more»

Ben Carson volunteers needed

May 08, 2015 | 01:56 PM
Volunteers needed to campaign on behalf of presidential candidate Ben Carson. To learn why Ben Carson would make a good president there will be a kick-off dinner on Tues, May 19, at King Chicken Banquet ...more»

Washington City Council to meet May 11

May 07, 2015 | 08:29 AM
The Washington City Council will meet Monday, May 11 at 5:30 in City Hall. Two major items on the agenda are consideration/adoption of the FY 2016 budget and approval of a proposed major revamp of the ...more»

The Beaufort Way

Warren Smith makes a clear and convincing case for a property tax rate reduction in next year's county budget

feedback icon 5 | April 30, 2015 | 07:20 PM
The Beaufort County Commissioners have scheduled two budget workshops on May 18 and 19. Both will be held at the regular meeting place, beginning at 5:00 p.m. As usual these session will be for the ...more»

An open letter from Warren Smith to the BOCO Board of Commissioners

feedback icon 3 | April 29, 2015 | 04:00 PM
As is true with all counties and municipalities in North Carolina, Beaufort County is set to begin the FY 2016 budget development process soon. As we have previously reported, the county is sitting on ...more»

The Beaufort County Way: Bungles the most important decision the BOC makes

The result may have been great, but the process was severely flawed...even selecting a new County Manager
feedback icon 4 | April 23, 2015 | 10:39 AM
Beaufort County has a new County Manager but unfortunately he does not have a legal contract due to the blunders of the board, Chairman, County Manager and Clerk....more»

BOC illegally approved the CEMS contract, even after having been warned they were acting illegally

Once again, Hood was right. We need a better Chairman, Manager and Attorney for Beaufort County
feedback icon 4 | April 17, 2015 | 09:56 PM
Once again, Hood Richardson was not only right, but also correct. He tried to tell the Board of Commissioners that they were violating the law but they ignored what he was saying....more»

Beaufort County continues to violate the law

The public has a fundamental right to know how their business is being handled
feedback icon 3 | April 16, 2015 | 04:57 PM
Beaufort County has called a Special Meeting of the Board of Commissioners for Monday April 20, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. The notice says the meeting will be held in the Board Room at 121 W 2nd St....more»

CEMS saved! Or was it?

Cartel politics makes another irrational decision
feedback icon 7 | April 06, 2015 | 11:10 PM
Mama used to say: "Be careful what you wish for, you may just get it." We’re not sure if the good folk in Cypress Landing had a mama as wise as ours but if not they are about to learn. They got ...more»

The Gang of Five is about to give us another train wreck...and CEMS will be '10-7' when they are needed

feedback icon 1 | April 04, 2015 | 10:11 AM
The good folks of Beaufort County are about to be treated to another boondoggle by The Beaufort County Way This time it’s about the revised Chocowinity Emergency Services (CEMS) contract. Once ...more»

County to CEMS: "Do the transports and if it cuts your service to the district, just do the best you can"

More of the Beaufort County Way
March 31, 2015 | 09:03 PM
The Beaufort County Board of Commissioners Negotiating Committee for the Chocowinity EMS (CEMS) met with representatives of the CEMS Tuesday (3-31-15) to review the latest revisions of a proposed new ...more»

When a pound of prevention is not worth an ounce of cure

The illusion of security is more dangerous than insecurity
March 27, 2015 | 12:58 PM
Simon Calder, writing at the British makes a compelling argument that what actually caused the death of 149 innocent people last week in the French Alps was an irrational reaction ...more»

The Beaufort County Way

Here's how to understand Beaufort County pollitics
feedback icon 3 | March 27, 2015 | 05:59 AM
What is THE BEAUFORT COUNTY WAY ? It is a term we coined to simplify describing how Beaufort County politics works. It came from The Carolina Way, which was originated by Coach Dean Smith at UNC-CH ...more»

My Personal Experience voting in North Carolina on November 4, 2014

THEODORE ZIOLKOWSKI | November 04, 2014 | 11:47 PM
My personal experience with voting today in Precinct 013 in Forsyth County, North Carolina. (1.) I am handicapped and had a severe problem. (2.) I voted in Precinct 013 in Forsyth County. (3.) The ...more»

Tayloes' Hospital Pharmacy

George H. Schryer | October 14, 2014 | 01:27 PM
I used to use the pharmacy at Walmart for most of my medical supplies until last Sunday. My wife had just been released from the hospital and I had to get some medicines for her to take early the next ...more»

RE: “This is Big. It could be really big for Beaufort County”

Andrew Menaquale | September 22, 2014 | 04:29 PM
Dear Editor, Anyone reading "This is Big. It could be really big for Beaufort County" should be aware of some serious problems with the report’s analysis before deciding how "big" this would actually ...more»
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