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EMERALD ISLE — After months of planning, a dispute with residents about the configuration and construction delays caused by rainy weather and the novel coronavirus pandemic, the renovation and improvement of the James Street beach access facility is nearly finished.

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MOREHEAD CITY — An advisory against swimming was posted Wednesday at a soundside site in Carteret County, where state recreational water quality officials found bacteria levels in the water that exceed state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality standards.

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EMERALD ISLE — By the end of Thursday, crews from Coastal Transplants in Bolivia had finished the mechanical-planting of vegetation on the tops of new dunes created in the recent beach nourishment project in Emerald Isle.

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EMERALD ISLE — After a couple years of planning and months of rain- and coronavirus-plagued construction delays, the renovated Islander Drive opened Monday morning, taking beachgoers to the newly opened and improved Western Ocean Regional Access.

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EMERALD ISLE — It’s been six months since town police charged Patrick Keith-Reich Whitley of Havelock with first-degree murder and felony arson in connection with the Jan. 9 death of Carl Eugene Jones Jr. of Newport in a house at 107 Melanie St.