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EMERALD ISLE — After some town residents saw crowds they said were ignoring social distancing directives on the beach and in local stores this weekend, a petition popped up Sunday night on change.org to address the issue in the face of the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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EMERALD ISLE — Town commissioners during a special meeting Wednesday night in the meeting room beside the police department on the south side of Highway 58 approved the commercial site plan for the rebuilding of the Twice the Ice ice-vending business.

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EMERALD ISLE —  Mayor Eddie Barber early Friday night expanded the town’s state of emergency, effective at 11:59 p.m.,  to place a mandatory restriction on short-term rentals.

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Editor's note: This article was updated at 1:57 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2020, with an update on the type of plane involved. EMERALD ISLE — According to a Tuesday tweet by the National Transportation Safety Board Newsroom media relations account, the plane that went down in the Atlantic Ocea…

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EMERALD ISLE — Despite nearby residents’ opposition, the executive director of Bogue Banks Water Corp. said Thursday there’s no viable alternative to locating a new well in McLean-Spell Park.

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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.