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PINE KNOLL SHORES — The Liberty Island, the smaller of two dredges working on the $28.2 million Bogue Banks beach nourishment project, left Tuesday morning, leaving the larger Ellis Island to complete the project alone.

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PINE KNOLL SHORES — The county received two bids Monday for the long-awaited Atlantic Harbor and entrance channel dredging project, and the County Beach Commission in a special meeting Tuesday morning recommended the contract be awarded to low bidder T.D. Eure of Beaufort.

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PINE KNOLL SHORES — TheEllis Island, the largest hopper dredge in the United States, is scheduled to join the Bogue Banks beach nourishment project Thursday, and the smaller dredge, the Liberty Island, might stay on the job in an effort to hasten completion.