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COVID-19: state stats at a glance

Beaufort County had a total 417 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Friday, an increase of 11 overnight. There ... Read more | Add your comment

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 ... Read more | Add your comment

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 ... Read more | Add your comment

City to get flooding fix

The City of Washington will be the recipient of $3 million grant to fix the flooding problem in ... Read more | Add your comment


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 | Add your comment

by The Daily News.

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 | Add your comment

by The Daily News.

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


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

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

Beaufort County

8,700 without power in Beaufort County

After a night of strong winds and battering rains from Hurricane Isaias, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety reported 8,754 customers were without power ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 5:53 am

Beaufort County

Beaufort County closing and delays for Aug. 4

The following businesses/services reported closings and delays in Beaufort County for Tuesday, Aug. 4. Beaufort Area Transit System — Opening late at 10 a.m. Beaufort ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 5:24 am

News Main

PHOTOS: Hurricane Isaias floods Washington Waterfront

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by Matt Debnam, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 4:55 am


Local success story offers a hand up to area students

 By KAREN THIEL For the Washington Daily News   A woman who escaped the poverty she was raised in is now trying to open a ... Read more

by The Daily News, Monday, August 3, 2020 9:31 pm

Beaufort County

Tropical Storm Isaias a ‘wind event’ for Beaufort County

As Tropical Storm Isaias tracks into eastern North Carolina, officials are warning that this is a different type of storm than recently seen in Beaufort ... Read more

by Vail Stewart Rumley, Monday, August 3, 2020 7:28 pm


Washington, Belhaven declare states of emergency

Officials in both Belhaven and Washington declared states of emergency Monday afternoon in advance of Tropical Storm Isaias. To view the Washington state of emergency, ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Monday, August 3, 2020 5:19 pm

Beaufort County

Electric companies ready to respond to outages

With impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias expected Monday evening, local power companies have additional resources standing by to respond to outages. TIDELAND EMC Stepping up ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Monday, August 3, 2020 5:11 pm


Municipalities step up preparation for Isaias

With Tropical Storm Isaias encroaching on North Carolina this evening, local municipalities have taken the necessary preparations to respond to the storm, whatever its track ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Monday, August 3, 2020 4:17 pm

Community Columns

Write Again … Let’s sit a spell

My friend, and fellow former coach, Harold, writes so well — and with such a good recall — of the days of his yesteryears. Those ... Read more

by Bartow Houston, Sunday, August 2, 2020 9:00 am


Art studio makes impression in Belhaven

By KAREN THIEL For the Daily News BELHAVEN — “I want to be able to paint until the day I die — because you never ... Read more

by The Daily News, Saturday, August 1, 2020 11:59 am

Beaufort County

At 80, local pastor answering the call

It’s not often that a person is called out of retirement at the age of 80, but when the call comes, those who can, do. ... Read more

by Vail Stewart Rumley, Saturday, August 1, 2020 11:54 am


Truth in an age of information warfare

We are living in an age of misinformation. From COVID-19 to national politics, the truth has become increasingly elusive. Facts, scientific data and informed opinions ... Read more

by WDN Editorial Board, Saturday, August 1, 2020 8:40 am

Hurricane Stories

Eastern North Carolina preps for Hurricane Isaias

Preparations are underway throughout Beaufort County for potential impacts from Hurricane Isaias. According to a Friday update from the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City, confidence ... Read more

by Matt Debnam, Friday, July 31, 2020 6:36 pm