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Vol. 11, No. 2
A Shoreline Community, Pine Knoll Shores, N.C.
Hdp Emeigency Responders He^) You
By Jason Baker, Pine Knoll Shores Fire Chief
How quickly can the fire and EMS responders get to you if you have a medical
emergency in your home? Of course, speed is of the essence.
In the fire and EMS world we pride ourselves on response times and giving the best
assistance and patient care that we can give. We must know our district so well that we
can get to any house almost blindfolded. As we do our part in knowing the layout of the
town, there are some things that you as a homeowner can do. to help us help you.
Clearly visible house numbers. One of the most difficult issues for first responders
is getting in the general vicinity of a call and then trying to determine the location of
the specific house where we are needed. While it is understandable that homeowners
may want to personalize their property by choosing decorative signage, it is vital that
your home be easily identified by emergency responders. A town ordinance is in effect
regarding house numbers as shown below:
Sec. 10-5. - House numbers; numerical street address.
(a) Single-family residences. The official address number assigned by
the town shall be displayed: (1) in an easily visible location on the
primary entrance side of each structure, at least four feet above the
floor level of the first occupied floor; and (2) on a post or mail box
located within or near the street right-of-way nearest the road which
provides access to the building. The location of the post or mail box
shall be such that the markings provide a clear identification of the
residence in question. If a post, unattached to a mailbox, is utilized
for displaying the address number, it shall be installed between six
and ten feet from the street pavement and shall be located in such a
fashion as to give emergency service personnel an easy view of the
number from the street. For installations where several mail boxes
are located in close proximity to each other on the same side of the
street, each residence served by those mail boxes must have a separate
post marking the individual residence address number. The address
number(s) shall be at least three inches in height. Numerals shall be
of contrasting color to the background and reflective numbers are
(1) For corner lots (lots with frontage on two streets) the official
address number required within or near the street right-of-way shall
be located on the street of the official address assigned to the residence
by the town.
(2) For new single-family residences, no certificate of occupancy shall
be issued until all required numbers are appropriately installed.
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By Barbara Milhaven
On January 1, the annual program commemorating the issuance of the
Emancipation Proclamation in 1865 by President Abraham Lincoln was held in the
Carteret County Courthouse in Beaufort. During the program, which was presented by
the African American Historical Cultural Educational Society, Beaufort Mayor Richard
Stanley was honored for his continuing support of the African American community.
The Emancipation Proclamation was drafted by President Lincoln in 1863, but he held
its issuance until after the battle of Antietam, the success of which assured victory for the
Northern cause. According to the online source from the National Archives and Records
Administration, Lincolns Emancipation Proclamation states “... that all persons held as
slaves.. y within the rebellious states "... are, and henceforward shall be free....”
Some people believe that this document ended slavery, but this was not its goal
and it only applied to states that had seceded from the Union. It did not apply to the
loyal Border States or the Confederate states that had come under Union control.
President Lincoln was an astute politician and strategist and used the proclamation
to boost war morale among the citizens of the North as well as the troops fighting to
keep the country together. It also allowed black men to serve in the Northern army
and navy. While the Emancipation Proclamation did give some hope of freedom to
enslaved people, Lincoln (who had long abhorred the institution of slavery) had as his
essential goal at the time to keep America united. The Thirteenth Amendment to the
Constitution abolished slavery.
The Emancipation Proclamation remains one of the greatest documents of human
freedom, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to honor and celebrate its
issuance on New Year’s Day each year in Carteret County.
Willing to serve.
Commissioner Ciark Edwards
(right) is sworn in as mayor pro
tempore by Town Clerk Scott
Sherrill on December 16.—Photo
by Brian Kramer