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EMERALD ISLE — Town Manager Matt Zapp rolled out a new and improved ocean safety program – including the planned hiring of an ocean safety director – during the town commission’s monthly session Tuesday night in the meeting room beside the police department on the north side of Highway 58.

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BEAUFORT — The 25-year-old man accused of murder in a Jan. 9 shooting in Emerald Isle made a first appearance in Carteret County District Court Thursday.

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EMERALD ISLE — Patrick Keith-Reich Whitley, alleged to have committed a murder in Emerald Isle Jan. 9, has waived extradition from Texas and is expected in North Carolina later this week, according to Emerald Isle Police Chief Tony Reese.

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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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EMERALD ISLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday it has approved a $44 million allocation to bolster the county’s Bogue Banks Beach Master Nourishment Plan, which establishes a schedule, with federal cost-sharing, for nourishing beaches on the island over a 50-year period.

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EMERALD ISLE — The town hopes to begin work relatively soon on a project to improve the aesthetics and lighting and add parking spaces along Islander Drive, but officials are still waiting on engineers’ final designs.

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This story is part of an ongoing anniversary series on Hurricane Florence, which struck in September 2018, and the storm’s lingering effects on Carteret County and its residents.