Important Updates

Staff is currently working through logistics with Waste Industries regarding the company’s taking over trash and recycling collection for the Town of Beaufort. In an effort to ensure the transition goes as smoothly as possible, it has been decided to wait until April before transferring that service completely to Waste Industries. A firm date will be announced in mid-March. In the meantime, Public Works will continue to collect household waste on Mondays, recycling on Tuesdays and yard and bulk items on Wednesdays. We will continue to seek public input in the coming weeks. Please email any concerns, questions or suggestions to Public Information Officer Jennifer Allen at

Talk Trash” with a representative from Waste Industries will be held 4-6 p.m. Feb. 22, 4-6 p.m. March 8 and 4-6 p.m. March 22 in the Train Depot, 614 Broad St. Citizens are encouraged to come and ask any questions they have about the new trash collection process. If you can't make these informal meetings, you can check out this film made in Hillsborough that shows how easy the carts are to handle and where to place properly for pick up.

Ricks Avenue is closed to through traffic until further notice due to a failed 36" culvert, which has caused a sink hole in the roadway. Crews are currently being scheduled for repairs. Updates will be provided as they become available. Contact Town Hall at 252-728-2141 for more details.

The Beaufort Police Department wants to remind motorists to come to a full stop when following or approaching a school bus displaying its stop arm and flashing red lights. 

The penalty for passing a school bus with its stop arm out includes a fine and could possibly result in the loss of driving privileges.

In Beaufort, all motorists following behind or approaching a school bus in the opposite lane displaying its mechanical stop signal or flashing red lights for the purpose of receiving or discharging passengers must stop. There are no roads in Beaufort with a median or center turn lane to make the motorist in the approaching lane exempt from stopping.

 Capt. Joseph Washington said the Beaufort Police Department has a no-tolerance policy on passing buses with their stop arm engaged.

 “Our biggest concern is keeping children and drivers safe,” Capt. Washington continued, adding that this is a friendly reminder to drivers to stop when they see a stopped school bus with it's stop arm in use. 

In May 2013, House Bill 428 was passed unanimously, adding a $500 fine to the misdemeanor charge for passing a stopped school bus displaying its stop signal and its red lights flashing. If a driver hits anyone while passing a stopped school bus, the driver would face a $2,500 fine as well as a felony charge, with the fee increasing to $5,000 if the driver causes a fatality. The driver would also get five points on their license.

The Division of Motor Vehicles could also revoke the driving privileges of any driver for one year if they are convicted of two misdemeanors within a three-year period, under this legislation. A third misdemeanor could result in a permanent loss.

 Drivers convicted of a felony would lose their licenses for up to three years and will be permanently revoked if convicted of a second felony violation under this section.