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The week in review

August 23, 2014 | 09:04 AM
The first 10 articles posted below on our Home Page on the weekend are ranked according to the most interest generated during the last week....more»

What is militarization doing to our police and to our attitudes toward them?

August 21, 2014 | 01:30 AM
When your Social Studies teacher taught you that "the Constitution was written to protect our rights..." did it ever occur to you to wonder from whom we would need to be protected? And have you ever ...more»

STJ Presser: The voters will decide if a new jail is built by who they vote for in November

feedback icon 1 | August 21, 2014 | 01:51 PM
Three sitting commissioners, two candidates for the Beaufort County Commission and the Beaufort NAACP held a press conference on the recent developments related to the building of a new jail/public safety ...more»

BOC Jail Committee plows ahead as if money is going to fall from heaven to build a new jail

They vote to spend nearly two million dollars on plans that may never be used
feedback icon 2 | August 20, 2014 | 09:18 PM
In spite of the fact that they don’t have the money to do the project they’re planning, the Commissioner Jail Committee proceeded Wednesday (8-20-14) with the planning to build a project they ...more»

State to Beaufort County: Financing a new jail will not be considered until after the November election

So the people will decide whether a new jail will be built now by who they vote for in the election
feedback icon 7 | August 18, 2014 | 07:18 PM
Four Beaufort County Commissioners and two staff people traveled to Raleigh Monday (8-18-14) to hear it straight from the staff of the Local Government Commission (LGC). What they heard was that the ...more»
Daily Haymaker

The best government money can buy

feedback icon 1 | August 21, 2014 | 05:52 PM
Here’s yet another one for the "The more things change the more they stay the same" file, a la Brant Clifton, wouldn’t you know it, has the ...more»

Video may be a game changer in the Ferguson situation

feedback icon 1 | August 17, 2014 | 06:20 PM reports: A previously unnoticed detail in a background conversion of a video taken minutes after the Ferguson shooting could change the course of the investigation into Mike Brown’s ...more»

Ferguson shows the need for police to wear cameras

feedback icon 4 | August 17, 2014 | 06:09 PM
UPDATED German Lopez, writing at reports: If police officers were required to wear body cameras, questions about their conduct — like the ones that have arisen in the wake of the ...more»

A little noticed change in the court system may have far-reaching consequences

Constitutional challenges will be heard by a special court, not by local Superior Court judges
feedback icon 1 | August 17, 2014 | 09:09 AM
The Republican-controlled Legislature is often accused of being "radical" (extremist). Whether it actually is or not is open for debate. But what is not in doubt is that the last session, with very ...more»

Obama's botched withdrawal from Iraq has created an extreme risk of attack on America

August 15, 2014 | 07:53 PM
The chickens are coming home to roost. Barack Obama’s handling of the withdrawal of Iraq and Afghanistan has created an absolutely intolerable risk for America and our allies. And the supreme irony ...more»


D'ya think?

America and war

feedback icon 1 | August 17, 2014 | 06:24 PM
We spent about ten years in Iraq and left a lot of American blood on the ground and a lot of the long green in the pockets of the politicos. It took us only about half that time to win (decisively) WWII....more»
From The Right

Is there a war on religion?

feedback icon 2 | August 11, 2014 | 06:29 PM
Since the beginning of time there have always been conflicts over Religion. Sometimes it is between believers and non- believers. At other times it is between religions as to who is the true one....more»
D'ya think?

Fearless conversation

August 06, 2014 | 08:26 PM
Never wonder whether Jim Bispo feels bound to political correctness. Our friend tells it like he sees It whether you like it or not. Bravo Jim!...more»
D'ya think?

American Patriotism

August 02, 2014 | 11:15 AM
American Patriotism If you didn't listen to the Prez's speeches, you wouldn't know what it means to be a good American. (Yeah...right.) Just lately, he has been telling us what is unpatriotic....more»
A Libertarian's Library

In memoriam to Milton Friedman on the anniversary of his birth

August 02, 2014 | 11:12 AM
In honor of Milton Friedman we post this article which appeared at on his birthday. Milton Friedman was born on this day, July 31, in 1912, and he would have been 102 years old....more»
Bonus Deal

The Oath of Enlistment. What does it mean?

July 27, 2014 | 09:06 PM
Two years ago Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Romeo penned the following article on the Langley Air Force Base website. It is still as relevant today as it was the day he posted it. Here what he said: 9/14/2012 ...more»
D'ya think?

Constitutional convention

feedback icon 3 | July 26, 2014 | 09:37 AM
Constitutional Convention--We hear a lot of folks pressing for a change in the Constitution to incorporate a "Balanced Budget Amendment". The argument is based on the belief that such an amendment would ...more»
From The Right

Are we living out Orwell's book "1984"?

feedback icon 7 | July 26, 2014 | 05:22 AM
Nancy Pelosi states we have no borders and we are all Americans since we live in the same hemisphere. Russia is dominating Europe both economically and physically. China is making its presence known though ...more»
Teacher's Desk

Why the temporary classrooms exist in Chocowinity

June 02, 2010 | 11:20 AM
In the Beaufort Observer's report of the Chocowinity Town Board meeting on June 1 there is a discussion of the mobile units at Chocowinity Middle School that were granted a three-year temporary "Special ...more»
Eastern Sportsman

Eastern Sportsman

September 24, 2011 | 04:03 PM
We are providing you with an RSS feed to the latest hunting, fishing and outsdoors articles from the internet....more»

BCCC receives Golden LEAF Grant for Agribusiness Technology Program

August 14, 2014 | 10:25 AM
Beaufort County Community College has received a $97,075 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to support the creation and implementation of the college’s new Agribusiness Technology Program. The ...more»

BCCC provides training for P & G Manufacturing employees

August 12, 2014 | 11:50 AM
Four employees of P & G Manufacturing’s Washington plant recently completed Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification coordinated by Business and Industry Services at Beaufort County Community College ...more»

Veteran educator, farmer chosen to head BCCC’s new Agribusiness Technology Program

July 28, 2014 | 10:11 AM
Veteran educator William R. Askew who grew up on a Beaufort County farm has been chosen to head the new Agribusiness Technology Program at Beaufort County Community College. Askew, a 1989 graduate of ...more»

BCCC schedules entrepreneurial core curriculum classes

July 14, 2014 | 12:30 PM
Business and Industry Services at Beaufort County Community College announces a schedule of upcoming classes this fall that serves as the core curriculum for potential and existing small business owners. The ...more»

Ambrose is new BCCC Staff Association President

July 09, 2014 | 10:41 AM
Gail Ambrose, technical services coordinator for the Learning Resources Center at Beaufort County Community College, has been chosen to head the BCCC Staff Association for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. ...more»

Protect and Serve

Deprivation of rights under Color of Law

feedback icon 2 | February 26, 2014 | 06:14 PM
We have made reference to, on several occasions, illegal acts of public officials "under color of law." From comments and questions we have received it is clear to us that not many people understand ...more»

Final Tayloe Pharmacy case dismissed

feedback icon 7 | April 13, 2013 | 10:23 AM
Nearly a year later, the Government’s case in the Tayloe Pharmacy drug bust is over. Last week (4-11-13) the U. S. Attorney dismissed all of the felony charges against the final defendant, Amanda ...more»

County faces lawsuit from Sheriff Department's actions in 12th Street siege case

feedback icon 5 | February 18, 2013 | 05:12 PM
Regular readers of this site know about The Sieze on 12th Street. If not, you can find the series in the left column under the Protect and Serve section. Now the County faces a possible lawsuit ...more»

Bad cops are a symptom of a bad accountability system

January 06, 2013 | 05:24 PM
We honestly and earnestly believe that most law enforcement officials are honest, brave and hardworking people who really care about making our society a better place. But unfortunately, not all of them ...more»

12th St. Siege case dismissed because of a bungle by sheriff's deputies before the defense could present its case.

feedback icon 7 | October 31, 2011 | 06:26 PM
It was not a good day for the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department. The case against Carter Leary in the June 15, 2011 12th street siege case was thrown out of court before the defense even put ...more»


What you should know about this website

why we exist and how we see our role
feedback icon 8 | 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

A year old but even more relevant today

August 23, 2014 | 05:49 AM

Jihad USA – Perhaps Crimes Outside Ferguson Require Our Attention

August 23, 2014 | 12:33 PM
"The man accused of gunning down a Livingston teenager in his car earlier this summer told investigators the murder was an act of retribution for U.S. military action against Muslims in the Middle East. ...more»

Time to rethink policies?

August 23, 2014 | 02:56 AM
Mr President With the the ISIL Terrorist threat to the USA, Still think not sealing the borders and reducing the size of the military is a good idea? ...more»

And still the border is wide open.....

August 22, 2014 | 06:51 PM
Fmr. Homeland Security Adviser: ‘Very, Very True’ ISIS May Have Crossed Border ...more»

Obama Considering Granting 800K Guest-Worker Visas

August 21, 2014 | 07:05 PM
"After meeting with a "bevy" of big-business groups, President Barack Obama is reportedly considering granting them up to 800,000 additional guest-worker visas via executive actions. Numerous companies ...more»

Things sure are different when it is a black officer doing the shooting

August 21, 2014 | 10:09 AM
"In his open conversation with reporters, Chief Chris Burbank referred to public outcry after a Salt Lake City police officer fatally shot 20-year-old Dillon Taylor in South Salt Lake last week. His brother ...more»

Feds on different sides of the same issue

August 21, 2014 | 07:42 AM
The end of July the Surgeon General issues a earning about the increase of skin cancer due to sun exposure. Yet the FDA has just issued a proposed regulation that would limit the maximum SPF value on ...more»

The Death of Common Sense

August 20, 2014 | 08:51 PM
The Death of Common Sense Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ...more»

Hear it? It's chirping, I do believe

J.P. Jones | Aug 23 | 08:02 AM
That's right. Washington is the county seat. Also, Chocowinity and other parts of the county were ...more»


Lynyrd | Aug 23 | 07:41 AM
And, what kind of deal have Klemm and Buzzeo made?...more»

News flash

Rachel | Aug 22 | 10:24 PM
Washington is the county seat....more»

Get your hand out my pocket

BC Rural | Aug 22 | 09:00 PM
I don't live in Washington or Chocowinity and I don't want the jail. If Chocowinity wants it so bad ...more»

I love it

unconcerned | Aug 22 | 07:20 PM
I love the consistent thinking from this site. If you take the "Jail" away from downtown Washington ...more»

Al Klemm's lie

RSemmes | Aug 22 | 04:56 PM
While Klemm's statement that Beaufort County could not afford a new jail was on its face true, the way ...more»

Tillis and Hagan both make one sick

RSemmes | Aug 22 | 04:03 PM
While I agree about Tillis, who seems to get even more disappointing as it gets closer to election day, ...more»

Sick Sacks

Ray Leary | Aug 22 | 11:53 AM

Blessings to two elected officials

Velma Hickman | Aug 22 | 10:27 AM

Chamber News Letter

Buzz Cayton | Aug 22 | 10:02 AM

Thank you both!

Charles Hickman III | Aug 22 | 09:20 AM

Not A Politician

Harold Smith | Aug 21 | 06:18 PM

Mark Martin is a solid conservative

RSemmes | Aug 21 | 03:10 PM

Body Double II

More Money More Money | Aug 21 | 08:15 AM

Hooray for Senator Cook

RSemmes | Aug 21 | 08:08 AM

Common sense

R Semmes | Aug 21 | 08:01 AM

Community Bulletin Board

Ernie Coleman for Sheriff Choco fundraiser Sept. 12

August 22, 2014 | 09:51 PM
The Ernie Coleman for Sheriff campaign will hold a Pancake and Sausage supper fundraiser on Sept. 12 at the Chocowinity Fire Department building from 5 to 8 PM. All voters are invited to bring the family ...more»

Mexico objects to Texas National Guard on border

August 22, 2014 | 09:44 PM
The gall of these people! Mexico is objecting to Governor Rick Perry's deployment of the Texas National Guard on the Mexican border to try to stop crossing by illegal aliens. ...more»

Pantego Museum 2nd Annual Fish Fry

August 19, 2014 | 07:21 PM
Pantego Museum is hosting their 2nd Annual Fish Fry On Saturday September 6th 2014. Flounder is cooked on the Museum grounds and will be serving from 11 am to 2 pm. Plates are $7.00 each. Eat in or take ...more»

Washington City Council to meet Monday

August 19, 2014 | 04:54 PM
The Washington City Council will meet Monday August 25, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. You can review the agenda and supporting documentation at the link to the right....more»

Radio show

August 18, 2014 | 08:48 AM
radio show Tuesday August 19th from 12:30 to 1:30Pm on WRCS Ahoskie 970AM Guests include Alegnon Cash From America's Energy Forum- Also our regular spot with Dr Rosemary Fernandez Stein. This segment ...more»

State employees' salary database

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Forced annexation is wrong

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Location of Jail in Chocowinity

Tim Baker | July 14, 2014 | 05:55 PM
I don't believe in any way, shape, or form would the location of the jail in the Chocowinity Industrial Park be beneficial to the Town of Chocowinity. I am of the belief that if a new Jail were to be ...more»
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