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EMERALD ISLE — Purple flags flew on Emerald Isle beaches last week, warning oceangoers of the presence in the water of sea butterflies, an organism related to snails, but capable of inflicting painful though generally harmless “stings” from their sharp bodies.

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INDIAN BEACH — Town commissioners Wednesday night agreed to pay $1.15 million for a new 2019 firetruck, and it should be in service by early September.