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CARTERET COUNTY — 2021 is upon us, but last year the News-Times covered challenges ranging from major redevelopment, to a feral cat trapping program, to a ban on ocean recreation, to rough weather and everything in between, all while covering a pandemic that transformed nearly everything.

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PINE KNOLL SHORES — After two years of treatment, staff at the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores made the difficult decision Tuesday to euthanize a popular shark that had been on display for 10 years.

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EMERALD ISLE — Although the Carteret County Beach Commission was set to meet Monday, Oct. 26 to make a big decision on whether to opt into a federal beach nourishment program for Bogue Banks, the meeting has been postponed until sometime in mid-November because of ongoing novel coronavirus p…

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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.