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CHERRY POINT — Four Marines were awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, the highest non-combat decoration for heroism, during a ceremony Tuesday morning aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point for their efforts to save a family caught in a rip current off Atlantic Beach in 2018.

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CAPE CARTERET — County school officials are concerned about the impact of residential growth in the western part of the county on schools, especially White Oak Elementary.

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ATLANTIC BEACH — After taking a few weeks off for the holidays, N.C. Department of Transportation crews resumed work on the Atlantic Beach Causeway bridge last week.

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atlantic beach — There’s a growing pile of natural Christmas greenery at the Fort Macon State Park Visitor Center’s parking lot as visitors drop their undecorated trees off.

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ATLANTIC BEACH — The Showboat Motel on the Atlantic Beach Causeway has been sold, and town officials are hopeful it will be demolished before the end of the year.

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ATLANTIC BEACH  — With Hurricane Dorian on its way, Atlantic Beach officials will put a curfew in place beginning at 7 p.m.Thursday, as well as restrict access to town.

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CARTERET COUNTY — Morehead City resident Chris Morey said he hasn’t gotten back in his home yet because of damage from Hurricane Florence, but he and many other county residents find themselves once again preparing for the possible effects of Hurricane Dorian.

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ATLANTIC BEACH — Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Mike Simpson confirmed that ABFD first responders were dispatched to the beach strand in the area of Henderson Boulevard at 2:38 p.m. Saturday for a person pulled from the water with CPR in progress.

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ATLANTIC BEACH — The town council gave architects the go-ahead recently to move forward on plans for the new public safety and administration complex to be located off West Forth Macon Road.

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EMERALD ISLE — Town resident Danny Shell kicked off his “Know Before You Go” ocean safety education and hazard awareness campaign Wednesday, handing out cards with safety information and talking to 20 beachgoers on an oceanfront deck at the Holiday Trav-L Park.