Congressman Greg Murphy to hold open house next week

Congressman Greg Murphy will hold an open house Wednesday afternoon open to the third district constituents.

(Greenville, N.C.)- N.C. 3rd Congressional District Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. announced Friday afternoon that he will host an open house next week. The open house will take place at his new district office in Jacksonville, N.C., which will take place on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. The event will last an hour and a half, beginning at 3:00 PM and ending at 4:30 PM.

Constituents of the Third District and members of the press are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

“Considering the strong military presence at Camp Lejeune, I found it necessary to open a district office in Jacksonville to more conveniently provide assistance to marines, veterans and other residents of Onslow county and the surrounding area,” said Murphy. “I hope you all will join my staff and I on Wednesday to see our office and learn more about the services we provide, including help with federal agencies, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security and more.”

 

Location and address to attend:

The Office of Congressman Gregory F. Murphy, M.D.

234 NW Corridor, Suite 301

Jacksonville, N.C. 28540

USMC Ball season is here: The more you know

USMC Ball Season is here and that said, we are under one month away from the 244th Birthday of the most elite fighting force in all of the lands, the United States Marine Corps. Within this piece are some tips, suggestions and last minute “the more you know, the better you,” are pointers.

The U.S. Marine Corps Birthday celebrates the history, memory of those who served before and rekindles the bond that unites all generations of Marines. It is a celebration of the profound respect for the Marine Corps traditions and reverence of the heritage that distinguishes the Corps of Marines.- Military Benefits

Each year, generally in October, the “Ermahgerd, I need a dress” crunch-time fest begins. As a proud and seasoned Marine wife, I totally get it. It’s only the biggest night of celebration of the entire year in our marine family lifestyle, right? It’s like prom to the infinite capacity of all adulting powers. Seriously, it’s not prom but it is a hardcore adult celebration.

Well, here’s a few things that I have learned and seen not go well over the years and a few duty stations. As well as there are a few things that I honestly don’t understand after all this time, why anyone cares or complains yet there have been a few moments that have made my head spin.

Let’s get down to it:

Alcohol- Drink responsibly. 

No spouse, nor any marine should show up to the ball  severely intoxicated and you should also refrain from leaving that way. Get dressed at the hotel nearby and decide to have a cocktail or two before heading over? Totally fine, if you are walking over, otherwise call Uber, Lyft or phone a sober buddy. If you are attempting to leave a venue to travel home, don’t forget to use your “Arrive Alive Card,” they’re there for a reason. I wouldn’t recommend it driving for obvious reasons of the law. I say this because in Greenville for example, there’s a hotel attached to the convention center and you can walk over. I always recommend staying as close to the venue as possible to be able to walk safely to and from if you plan to take this route of cocktails before cocktail hour. I understand this because let’s be super honest here, it is more fiscally responsible (cheaper) to consume responsibly the adult beverages of your choice at your hotel room than to purchase by the drink from the bar at the ball.

Another point to make here is, don’t blow your whole paycheck on the ball and spouses that includes you. Don’t overspend trying to impress other marines, spouses/girlfriends or superiors. The ball is one night and you will have to eat next week, put in gas, and if you have kids- their field trip, lunch money is still due, daycare fees and that grocery bill won’t pay itself. Don’t dig a financial hole right before the holiday’s to celebrate the biggest USMC holiday of them all. Be responsible financially and consumption of alcohol wise. I’ve witnessed younger marines show up pretty intoxicated, as well as spouses and completely wasted by the end of the ceremony because the quick and heavy consumption caught up to them. Your command will not be pleased and if you are one who is already on thin ice, this definitely is the time to be on your best representation of the corps.

Does the dress matter?

Oh you can bet your first born and a vital organ it does! Please, for the love of God, 7lb-4oz-21in long baby Jesus, and the peace of Buddha please do dress according to your spouses uniform requirements in any military function. Don’t show up to the birthday ball in arm with your marine in dress blues and you are in a club dress fit for a rump shaking contest, a sundress fit for a pig pickin’ and a pie baking contest, don’t wear your Sunday’s best- I know it’s modest and you only had the whole year to find a dress suitable for the one night a year your husband’s career of service is celebrated on earth and in heaven. (Sigh in sarcasm) Seriously, go get a floor length formal dress, it is the standard to accompany the dress blues uniform. It can be bridesmaid style, something inexpensive from Ross or TJMaxx, honestly, they have some really great finds and won’t rob the bank. Focus more on accessories to enhance a simple solid dress if you feel it isn’t “formal” enough. Male guest standard is to wear a suit and tie or a tuxedo.

Stella McCartney Sweetheart Neckline Gown
Stella McCartney Sweetheart Neckline Gown

Example of a simple and acceptable dress with nicely placed accessories is shown, a similar dress can be purchased on Amazon for an affordable price with two-day shipping for Prime members. Can’t afford a new dress, ask around to see if anyone has one you can borrow or rent from them and please do the right thing and return the dress in the condition you received it. You can also add a simple belt  with rhinestones or a satin band to a plain dress like this and make it appeal more to your taste.

Can I wear a formal that has patterns/print on it?

Well sure you can, but the question is to gauge off of is how would you feel if your photo in it ended up circulating the internet for weeks after the ball and years to come as to what not to wear? Does it compliment your marines dress blues? Seriously, the great photos don’t go viral, only the bad ones in a drama-filled society. Honestly, I’ve seen chevron satin and sequined, floor length gowns. I wore a Jovani zebra print gown one year myself but my husband approved and actually selected the dress. I would advise against some extreme prints and especially text printed. I know how much many of us Americans absolutely adore and love our 45th President Donald J. Trump but please don’t wear exhibit A to the lower left for example. Believe me, people will talk to you, maybe even take some instagood “usies” for Instagram and all the perks but you will be talked about, likely not in a positive way.

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What would be in line of the standard with print in mind? 

I know, kind of hard coming from the woman who just admitted to wearing zebra print to a birthday ball? Well it shouldn’t be. I will share that photo in this piece before it’s over.

Here’s an example of a gorgeous, A-line, print that accents the dress blues and wait for it, $99.00 on PromGirl.com

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PromGirl.com $99.00

Now, I know, I know, we don’t all have the body type for that dress and it might not be available in your size. But the point is, we have placed so much stigma on the ball dress, whose wife did what, what marine made a pass at who and who got in trouble, I believe many have forgotten what it is about to begin with. This is a celebration of the establishment of the USMC in 1775, it is an honor, it is respect, a time of reflection on those who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, a time of building unity and comradery. These are not only sought amongst marines themselves, but in our community in general over the last 244-years of service amongst the most admired and revered branch in the world, the US Marine Corps. Lest we forget, it is a privilege to be a part of these events as well as this lifestyle, though we may not always realize it.

Amazon has this pretty floral print as well with great reviews, always read reviews.

Mean Girls aka Stepford Wives, this part is for you.

Instead of standing around with your noses turned up in the, “investment dress” you wear every 3rd year or the one you ordered from Rent the Runway to look snazzy for more money than you could have just bought a dress at a consignment shop that has also already been worn while you judge “Jr. Spouses” for showing a little leg or an exposed collarbone. Don’t get me wrong, absolutely nothing wrong with Rent the Runway, it’s the attitude described that is an issue. Someone call the paddy wagon if one of these uptight, self-righteous, scrutinizing Spanx lines showing or gawking in questioning is that a roll or is she pregnant, miserable trolls gone wild if they see a tattoo exposed women start with you. (Hope you got a chuckle, seriously, it isn’t this bad- it’s honestly a dying breed.) Moving on here, everyone has a different personality, everyone has their own style of fashion and it’s okay to show that through what you wear to the birthday ball. You do not have to be forced into a dress that is equivalent to someone’s mother-of-the-bride-dress. You can be sexy, feel confident and look respectful. Now grant it, no we don’t want any of your body parts escaping or anatomy questioned as it creeps out. Honestly, the bend test usually solves everything. If you can bend over and your entire bosom is visible, plops right out, that dress is probably not a wise selection. In short, if you bend over and your breasts or dairy air come out, stay home if you cannot find another dress. There’s no other way to put that nicely because mini-dresses are not birthday ball acceptable. Use common sense.

Tattoos/scars

You don’t need to cover your tattoos, it’s a part of you now. However, if it is something offensive that would go against USMC standards of conduct, I would suggest covering it. Of course if you would just like to, there’s a waterproof concealer on Amazon (Prime) for $24.99 that is great for covering scars and tattoos. As far as scars go, I believe they are proof something attacked and didn’t win so I wear my few scars proudly. If it is something that would make you more confident by covering, go for it. This event is about feeling your best and being your best.

Ceremony

The ceremony is the most important part of the ball, it is an intimate ceremony (I don’t mean time to make out with your marine) and unless you cannot stand at all, you stand for any portion instructed to stand, sit when told to be seated and remain quiet. This is not the time for laughing with your sister wife (spouse friend), fix each others dress straps or to fix each others hair. Wait until the ceremony is over and then go to the restroom. This usually lasts around an hour, the cake is cut, the reading of Gen. John A. Lejeune’s birthday message, speeches and the current Commandant’s birthday message over a large screen. You should be seated prior to the start of the ceremony, silence your phone, refrain from texting and please don’t scroll social media during the ceremony. Photography is permitted at some events but please check to make sure it is acceptable at your event this year. Just because it was okay last year, doesn’t mean it is this year. Then there’s dinner served, most times your marine picks your meals in advance, so you already know what you are having and is usually a three-course meal. Following dinner, the dancefloor is opened to get down. Once everyone has had their fill in uniform and fancy dresses, it’s time to change clothes and find a nearby establishment for the after-party if you wish or head home.

Be yourself.

You don’t have to fake it to make it at the ball. There are spouses/significant others just like you there and there will be those who are polar opposite and that is okay. Remember when your spouse introduces you to people to say, good evening sir/ma’am as a reflection of respect to command.  If the zebra print or floral print dress is you, go for it. Just remember, you are always a reflection of your marine and if he/she is happy with your dress, you should be too. Shoes wise, if you can wear high heels, wear them, if you cannot, don’t. Wear nice, clean dress shoes that will complement your attire, stiletto’s are not required. When we look good, we feel good and so do our marines. Want to find the best dress for your body type? I got ‘cha covered.

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Hair/Makeup. 

No need in spending hundreds of dollars on hair coloring, styling, clip-in or bonded extensions if it is not something you already do or have planned to do. Most spouses like their hair and make-up to look nice but trust me, you can do it yourself with a good YouTube tutorial if you aren’t very skilled or call up your friend who is and go for it. Not confident in your YouTube University skill set? No worries. An alternative to salon costs is Miller-Motte College’s Cosmetology Clinic, you can get a full head of highlights for $35 if you want color, acrylic nails for $20 and brow tinting for $5. There are several options for makeup around town if you just want to go that route. (Several MUA’s  recommended on Camp Lejeune Spouses FB group.)

Hair don’t’s

Steer from dying your hair hot pink before the ball to stand out or jumping into a rainbow mohawk for the cause. Colored hair can be done tastefully and I personally am a big fan but save it for after the ball if it is something like this mohawk below. I think you can catch my drift here.

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Bring on the beautiful plums, shades of reds, auburns, bold blondes, colored highlights to accent tastefully to your liking. Most of all ladies and gentlemen, remember, “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” -Coco Chanel. Even with all of these “standards,” you can still be yourself.

As long as you feel confident, your husband approves and he gives you that eye in the dress– you know the hanky-panky eye, wear the dress and be one of the many reasons he is proud on this joyous occasion. In case no one has told you yet, “If the Army and the Navy ever look on Heaven’s scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.” – Marines Hymn. That verse alone is reason to be your best self.

For more information, I suggest taking on one of the L.I.N.K.S classes that can help better understand the standards and how to navigate through this lifestyle more easily visit MCCS New River LINKS.

Oh, and about that Jovani Zebra Print dress, check it out below. JOVANI I gave the dress away 3-years-ago. Speaking of which, I have a number of gowns to get rid of ranging size 6-14 and if interested in seeing them, send an email or comment on one of the social media posts, they’ll be free, paying it forward so please do the same.

 

 

Editor’s Note: My marine is approaching 20-years of active duty service and this is our last birthday celebration with him in active service. It is a bittersweet time in our lives, the USMC has taught us both as well as our children so much through travels, learning resiliency through deployments, and being open to building in communities we wouldn’t be in long enough to unpack all the boxes. We have made friends who are around the globe and we have memories to last infinite lifetimes. I pray that the stigma and negative attitudes amongst spouses continues to cease and the future communities here and abroad learn to embrace each other just as we are. We are all uniquely, individually made just as God intended us to be. Trust me, if your marine (God-forbid) is called off to serve in war suddenly, you won’t care what the next spouse has on as those buses pull away and your children are screaming in tears for daddy, while you wipe your own tears or hold them back. In those moments, you will only care about who can help you maintain life, you will unite and you will understand what this community truly is about. So I hope in some way, this opinion piece helps you in some way, if nothing but a laugh or two. I am a former MCBH LINKS Mentor, FRA and MOPS teacher. I am thankful for those “Seasoned Spouses” who embraced me on our first round at Camp Lejeune and changed my prior perspective on military wives. Heather, Danielle 1 & 2 (D1 & D2), and Paula, you were inspiration for me to be the spouse I have matured into and the spouse I am today though now I have retired early as a FRA but volunteering nonetheless in the community. Hea, thanks for being there since the day we met and never being “that officers wife”, you were always approachable, accessible and a darn good hurricane shelter even after 10-years. Blessed to have you as a friend forever. Lady Phantoms what was that? My tribe, the women that completed my soul in this journey. From First Friday’s to garages after (love you April), to being lost on hikes in the native lands of Oahu with failing limbs to zip lining fearlessly hundreds of feet in the air, having each other’s backs on and off the field. We were a life team and K-Bay’s 1st sweethearts, never forget it! Ju-Not a Jew, Ash-sweets, Nelly, Jen, Hutch, DQ, Kell, Reesa, Britt, Jos’… you all know who you are, even unnamed. Here’s to 20 in 2020, it’s not the end, just a new chapter beginning. Take care of the Corps and it will take care of you.  Lastly, to my husband, thank you for inviting me on this journey of life and service .-M. Oakley, Reporter & Blogger 

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American Legion Post damaged during Hurricane Florence to receive disaster funding

American Legion Post 64 will receive funding for damages from Hurricane Florence this week.

(POLLOCKSVILLE, NC)- The American Legion Department of North Carolina and the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (NC DMVA) issued a press release Monday afternoon informing the public that American Legion Post 64 of Pollocksville, NC will be presented with a check from the National Emergency Fund. This check is to assist in the rebuilding of the post from the damages from Hurricane Florence in Sept. 2018. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, September 25th   at 10 AM at 195 Evia Gray Lane Pollocksville, NC.

The American Legion and the NC DMVA has also partnered with Team Rubicon and Team Red, White & Blue Raleigh NC, to assist in the rebuilding of Post 64.  The estimated cost to repair the Post is approximately $80,000, however; through the participation of volunteer electricians and contractors, the project cost has been substantially reduced.

Since the early 1920’s, the American Legion has been actively involved in meeting the needs of the community and their members in the wake of disaster.  The National Emergency Fund has provided over $6,000,000 in direct financial assistance to American Legion members and Posts.

Regarding the American Legion Post 64 project, NC DMVA Secretary Larry Hall said, “We are always pleased to assist our veteran partners in any way possible and rebuilding this Post will help not only our veterans but also the entire Pollocksville community.” Commander Gray, a US Marine Veteran and Commander of American Legion Post 64, stated “American Legion Post 64 is extremely appreciative of the NC DMVA, American Legion Department of NC, Team Rubicon and Team Red, White & Blue in working tirelessly to assist in rebuilding this post and helping other displaced veterans in the Pollocksville area.

The NC DMVA began the collaboration for this American Legion project in early February 2019, in support of Governor Cooper’s efforts to support those affected by Hurricane Florence.

 

For more information about the project or the NC DMVA contact Angella Dunston at angella.dunston@milvets.nc.gov or 984-204-8336.

Brigade Boys & Girls Club Brigade Invitational Golf Tournament comes to Onslow County for the first time

(Jacksonville, N.C.)– Attention all Golf Enthusiast! Richlands Piggly Wiggly is proud to present the inaugural, Brigade Boys & Girls Club Brigade Invitational Golf Tournament. This instant fall classic will be hosted at the Jacksonville Country Club on Friday September 6th and proceeds will benefit eight Brigade Boys & Girls Club sites throughout Onslow County. This is the first year having this event in Onslow County.

Photo Courtesy of Brigade Boys & Girls Club
Photo Courtesy of Brigade Boys & Girls Club
Photo Courtesy of Brigade Boys & Girls Club

Pictured is board member on the right, Bill Mercer– chairman of the golf committee. Photos from a past New Hanover Brigade Invitational.

Channeling the spirit of Boys & Girls Clubs, the Brigade Invitational is designed with FUN as its top priority and will be a great way to spend time with friends and colleagues, while also raising funds and awareness for the organization in our community. 

 “I am so thankful to our Onslow County Advisor Board members who are working tirelessly to help make this tournament a reality,” said Keith Williams, Brigade Boys & Girls Club Onslow County Executive.  “Our volunteers’ continued support and faith in our mission truly changes the lives of countless children in Onslow County.” 

The tournament will be played in a “Captain’s Choice” format and first, second, third and last place winners will be recognized.  The event will begin with registration at 11am and lunch at noon. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day as well as other surprises and swag.

Brigade aims to raise $30,000 to sustain youth development programs implemented at its eight locations throughout Onslow County.  The organization serves 2,200 children in a tri-county area and has a mission to enable all youth, especially those that need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Sponsorship and foursome opportunities are still available, register online at Brigade invitational or contact Caitlin Diaz at 910-455-9003, email: cdiaz@brigadebgc.org or visit http://www.brigadebgc.org.

“Scam Likely” Series: Debt Collection Scam Vol. 1 No. 1

Vol. 1. No. 1 “Scam Likely” Series. Debt Collector Scams are on the rise amongst many other types of scamming methods. In this article, consumers are provided with tools to combat and prevent being victims of Debt Collection Scammers as well as how to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and the State’s Attorney General.

Debt Collection Scams

There are a number of digital scams by phone, text and even e-mail. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning consumers of these ongoing scams through their website and the media. Our Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller just recently released a statement advising citizens to be aware of various scams and to not fall victim to them. Scammers are now using a variety of methods including debt collection, fake government officials, identity theft, phishing and pharming, fake prizes, gifts, sweepstakes, lottery scams and even buying online through Craigslist and the Facebook Marketplace.

Debt collection scams: This kind of scam is where consumers are receiving calls from threatening and harassing collectors who repeatedly attempt to collect a debt. Many consumer complaints that fall under this section are involving matters of credit and/or debit card fees, cash advances, credit repair companies and even alleging there has been unauthorized debit and credit card to use on your accounts.

How does the debt collection scam work?

Well, this scam is a straight shooter. The scammers call consumers posing as real collection agencies. Usually they have already accessed at least some of your personal information through a grand scheme of sorts with identity theft or even as far as obtaining your credit report.

How can scammers get your credit report? The NOLO Legal Online Encyclopedia says one way is, Job applicant credit reports. Which in reality, is kind of another scam in itself online. Generally, a scammer will pose as an employer or a potential employer Requesting to obtain our review your credit report as a part of the hiring process. From there the “employer” (fake) employer now proceeds to request that you use A very specific “free” credit report service through what is usually a website that appears legitimate and of course ends up costing you money. Then from that, the scammer can collect all of your personal information, steal your identity and also have your credit report.

The catch to debt collection scammers is, they will even use debts that you actually owe such as student loans, or even a credit card debt making the demand to pay immediately highly believable since it is something you identify with.

A few things to recognize to identify if you’re dealing with a debt collection scam:

  • They ask you to pay right away. Be suspicious when a debt collector who suddenly seems to want to use an unusual amount of pressure, maybe even threats and other tactics to implement fear to get you to pay “today” and right away.
  •  They may be threatening to hit you with a lawsuit, or all of your wages will be garnished, property seized, arrest you, deportation, telling your employer, and even threaten public shaming. Credit Karma says those are signs that you are dealing with a debt collections scam.
  • Will ask you to pay via wire transfer, such as Western Union or Money Gram. No legitimate debt collectors will ask you to do this. Do NOT sent money by wire!
  • The debt collector is seeking a payment on a debt for a loan that you do not recognize.
  • They call claims to be from the IRS and use an automated recording to tell you to call another number than what shows on your caller ID in order to settle your debt “immediately” to avoid penalty.
  • The person on the call refuses to give you a mailing address or a phone number.
  •  The caller asks you personal financial or sensitive information such as to verify your Social Security number, birthday, as well as your address. In some calls they may even mention things like names of relatives, don’t fall for it. These things are easily accessible online through public databases such as WhitePages. A legitimate debt collector would already know all the details.
  • The caller may or may not use profanity. If the caller does use profanity, that is most likely a fake call. No matter how aggressive legitimate collectors may be, the FDCPA limits what debt collectors can do when they contact debtors.
  • They call you before 8 a.m. and/or after 9 p.m.

What to do if you suspect a call is from a fake debt collector?

  • Ask the “debt collector for his or her first and last name, what company they are calling from, a street address (with city and state) for that company, and a telephone number with an extension if applicable to call them back directly.
  • Consumers should tell the caller that you refuse to further discuss and debt until receiving a valid written notice. The FTC says these written notices MUST include the exact amount of debt, the name of the creditor you are in debt to, and a statement of your rights under the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
  • If the person on the line refuses to give you ALL of the aforementioned information, HANG UP! Do NOT pay them any money at all. Paying a fraudulent debt collector will only cost you more money, you’ll still owe the debt and the scammer will likely attempt another scam on you because you were a success.
  • Stop talking to the caller! If able to obtain the caller’s address, the FTC says write a letter demanding the caller stop contacting you, make a copy and keep it in your personal files. Doing this, by law, legitimate debt collectors must stop calling you once you ask them to in writing.

*The NCAG Josh Stein says this letter will not erase the debt and the legitimate creditors can still take legal action against you for the debt owed.

  • Do not give the caller any personal, sensitive or financial information. NEVER give nor confirm any personal information such as date of birth, social security number, bank account information, credit/debit card numbers, unless you are 100% certain who you are dealing with. “When in doubt, count it out.” Giving personally identifiable information puts consumers at risk of becoming victims of charges to credit cards, opening new card accounts, checking/savings accounts, writing “bad checks” even electronically, or taking out loans in your name.
  • Contact your creditor. Call the original creditor that the agency says they are calling on behalf of, if it is truly an attempt on behalf of the company you owe, they can verify. If it is not, you can make them aware of the call and details.
  • File a complaint report with the FTC and the state Attorney General’s office as well. A lot of states have individual sets of laws in addition to federal laws. Your states Attorney General’s office can assist in providing information on your rights per your states laws.

NC Residents can contact the NC Attorney General, Josh Steins Office toll-free at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM (1-877-566-7226) or online here.

Know your rights and know the boundaries of debt collectors by familiarizing with the FDCPA

A video from the FTC on debt collection scams:

If you feel you may have been a victim of identity theft, here are more information and options through the FTC.

To track scams through complaints with the Better Business Bureau’s tracker in your area, you can do so online here.

To file a formal complaint with the FTC, you can call the FTC’s Consumer Response Center at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or online here.

Down East Cyclists pedal to the metal this weekend on a 100KM trek

Down East Cyclist are hitting the pedals again this weekend on a 100KM trek through Onslow County this weekend. The cyclist will start their ride on Saturday morning, July 27, 2019 and want motorist to be aware in advance that more cyclist than normal will be on the roadways and to please take caution for the safety of all.

Down East Cyclist are hitting the pedals again this weekend on a 100KM trek through Onslow County this weekend. The cyclist will start their ride on Saturday morning, July 27, 2019.

Cyclist Stephen D. Clark told The Onslow Beat, “I just want drivers to be aware of more cyclist than normal on the road and to please take care.” “We’re starting from downtown Jacksonville then going South on [HWY] 17 to Dawson Cabin Road.”

This is “just a community event to bring cyclists together and enjoy cycling safely.” said Stephen Clark when asked if the event was for a special cause.

DEC is a bicycle club invites the community to join in the fun of the, “Down East Cyclists Gran Fondo 2019!”  You can register online here.

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COST: The cost of registration is $15 Per Cyclist. You can register on site at the starting point but walk-up registration is cash and check only, you will be asked to sign an event waiver. Lunch will also be available for all registered riders.

 

WHERE: Location of the starting point is the Bicycle Gallery located at 711 New Bridge St., Jacksonville, NC 28540, Check-in starts at 7:00 AM, All Rides begin at 8:00 AM.

PARKING

Riders are encouraged to park in front of the Bicycle Gallery or in the rear parking lot behind the building but do not park in front of other businesses.

COURSE MAPS: The courses can be found on Strava and Gamin Connect. Cue sheets will also be available for any cyclists that want one.

If you are in need of immediate medical assistance, call 911.

AID STATIONS: There are two aid stations on the 100k course. Each station will provide water, Gatorade, gels, and snacks. Riders are encouraged to bring their own reusable bottles for nutrition/hydration.

Follow Down East Cycling on Facebook and the event page as well as on Instagram: @downeastcyclists for more information!

Riders are encouraged to share their ride day photos on Social Media with the hashtags #ridedowneast and #decgranfondo

 

 

 

 

Ocean City Jazz Festival Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

History, superb music and the beach come
together as the award-winning Ocean City Jazz Festival marks its 10th anniversary with
a bang. The slogan of the festival is “Jazz with a Higher Purpose” and the gala weekend
is slated for July 4-7, 2019.

The annual award-winning Ocean City Jazz Festival has music to whet the appetite and a destination that seals the deal.

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC, May 10, 2019 − History, superb music and the beach come
together as the award-winning Ocean City Jazz Festival marks its 10th anniversary with
a bang. The slogan of the festival is “Jazz with a Higher Purpose” and the gala weekend
is slated for July 4-7, 2019.

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Hosted by the nonprofit Ocean City Beach Citizens Council, the festival, boasts an
incredible lineup of talent that caters to both jazz purists and lovers of contemporary
jazz. This year’s artists include Jazmin Ghent, the John Brown Little Big Band, the Sax
Pack (featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Marcus Anderson), Selina Albright, the
Ocean City All-Star Band (featuring Cyrus Chestnut, Mark Whitfield, Derrick Gardner
and John Brown), Gail Jhonson, Adam Hawley (with special guest Kat Hawley featuring
Marcus Anderson) and the John Brown Quintet featuring Alvin Atkinson.

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The festival kicks off with a beer and wine tasting on July 4, from 5-7 p.m. followed by a
special evening of music featuring guitarist John Dillard. On July 5, 2019, Secretary of
the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resource, Susi Hamilton will
greet attendees as the festival celebrates the Come Hear NC music initiative.
This year, the festival has added a brunch and gospel concert on Sunday July 7 featuring Richard Dawkins and the John Brown Quintet with special guests Cyrus Chestnut and Tamisha Waden, and a nonprofit workshop facilitated by Saad& Shaw – Comprehensive Fund Development Services on Friday and Saturday mornings.

The festival began in 2009, when the Ocean City Community celebrated its 60th
anniversary with entertainment by a Fayetteville, N.C. jazz saxophonist and his
accompanist on the porch of the Community Center. All in attendance, both visitors and
residents, enjoyed the celebration, launching the annual Ocean City Jazz Festival as a vehicle to promote and celebrate the history of the Ocean City Community. Proceeds are used for community preservation; promotion of the history of the Ocean City Community and it significance to the State; to foster music education by underwriting jazz workshops; mentoring programs with master musicians for local students; and underwriting of festival costs.

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The Festival has grown annually in attendance and features nationally recognized jazz
artists making it a perfect summer venue and destination. A variety of ticket packages
are available for the festival, with shuttles running from Jacksonville and Wilmington. A
full event travel package is also being offered. In January, the festival won “Best Sponsorship Package” in the state from the North Carolina Association of Festivals and Events.

For tickets, and additional information visit http://www.oceancityjazzfest.com.

About the Historic Ocean City Community
After World War II, Edgar Yow, an enterprising white Wilmington attorney and former
mayor purchased six miles of beach property on Topsail Island. As mayor, Yow was
acquainted with many members of the black community and realized that in the Jim
Crow era there was a need for beachfront recreational opportunities for African Americans.

Yow, call upon Dr. Samuel Gray and later Wade Chestnut and his siblings Betram,
Robert and Louise Chestnut. Gray and the Chestnuts purchased several tracts of land
from Yow and formed an inter-racial corporation, Ocean City Developers. Ocean City
Beach was established in 1949 and is the first community in the state that African
Americans could purchase oceanfront property.

Performance from the Ocean City Jazz Festival Website:

Independence Day Celebrations kick off today in the Coastal Region: Where to go and how to be safe

Independence Day is only one day away and celebrations begin here in the Coastal Region today! Where to go, when to go and how to be safe? Open it to read it. Be safe and have a joyous time with friends and family!

We are one day away from America’s biggest holiday, celebration preparations and locations are being determined if they haven’t been by now by our coastal citizens. Just in case you are one of those who is undecided, The Onslow Beat has put together a list of options for you to choose from in celebrating, spending time with your family and friends.

Independence Day falls on a Thursday this year, which usually gives for a long weekend for most military and some government offices.

Independence Day happenings through all 767 miles of Onslow County.  Before we get into the excitement, “Safety first!”

With the approach of the July 4th weekend, Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller asks all citizens to join him in making this Fourth of July holiday period a happy and enjoyable one for all.

Traditionally during the July 4th holiday, our highways experience one of the highest traffic flows of the year. The Sheriff reminds all residents to follow these safety tips:

• Always shift your attention every few seconds, constantly scanning the road ahead and behind you. Never blankly stare ahead nor fix your gaze on one point on the road.

• When passing an automobile, always glance at the ground beside the front wheel of the car you intend to pass. You will know instantly if the car is about to veer – giving you an extra few seconds to respond.

• You should pull out into the opposite lane of traffic when passing while you are still well behind the car in front. This should give you some time and space to build up speed and will enable you to pull back into your own lane should the need arise. Never cut abruptly out of your lane into the opposite lane when passing.

• Always signal your intentions with your brake lights, turn signals, horn and/or headlights so that other drivers will see you well before you change course.

• Drivers should always “aim high” in steering. That is, you should glance frequently at points well ahead of you. Not only will this help your steering, but it will also help you check the position of vehicles in front of you as well as on-coming ones.

• Never follow too close. Remember that, as your speed increases, it takes you substantially longer to stop. Also remember that it’s good to have an extra cushion of space in front of you if you’re being tail-gated, on a slippery road, or in low visibility conditions.

“Lastly, I would remind all motorists to practice the Golden Rule when driving. Be courteous and tolerant of other drivers. Please don’t get angry with bad drivers or reckless ones – just get out of their way,” Sheriff Miller said in closing, “Let’s make this summer a safe one on the roads in Onslow County.”

WATER SAFETY:

  • If no lifeguard is on duty, do not let children swim unless they are accompanied by a responsible adult who knows lifesaving techniques and first aid.
  • Post CPR instructions and directions to call 9-11 or your local emergency number in the pool area.
  • Look around the pool area to be certain lifesaving devices are readily available for emergency use.
  • Be sure covers are installed on all drains of swimming pools and wading pools. The suction created by the pool’s circulating pumps can be very dangerous unless it is reduced by covers.
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first. Go to the edge of the pool and scan the entire pool, bottom and surface, as well as the surrounding pool area.
  •  To reduce the risk of eye, ear, nose or throat infection from contaminated water, swim only in poos in which water quality is properly maintained. The water should appear crystal clear, be continuously circulated and be maintained a t a level that allows free overflow into the gutter or skimmer. There should not be a strong odor of ammonia or chlorine.
  • Take frequent breaks (about once an hour) where everyone gets out of the water, drinks water, reapplies water resistant sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) and rests.

BEACH SAFETY:

  • Swim in a supervised, marked area with a lifeguard present, and swim with others. Never swim alone.
  • If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Once you are free of the rip current and then head toward shore.
  • Watch out for the “dangerous too’s”- too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.
  • Look for water that is reasonably clear and free of floating materials and odors. Avoid swimming at beaches where there are large populations of ducks, geese or gulls. The waste produced by these birds causes high bacteria levels in the water.
  • Look for movement in the water; it helps keep the water clean. Do not swim in stagnant or still water.
  • Do not swim at any beach right after a heavy rain. Runoff following a heavy rain may result in a high bacteria level.
  • When diving at a beach, exercise extreme caution. Beach water is not as clear as water in a pool, so underwater obstructions may not be visible.
  • Avoid having beach water in your mouth or nose.

Sheriff Miller states, “Following these precautions will help the children and citizens of Onslow County stay safe and healthy this holiday weekend and throughout the summer.”

 

CELEBRATIONS: 

Town of Surf City kicks off Independence Day on July 3rd

Wednesday (Independence Eve) July 3, 2019 kicks off the celebrations in Surf City, NC in Sound side Park under the new high rise bridge.

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Ocean City Jazz Fest Kicks Off on July 4th

July 4-7 beginning at 5pm. Celebrating its tenth year, the Ocean City Jazz Festival is held in historic Ocean City in North Topsail Beach. Gates open at 4pm. Advance ticket prices are $50-$60 for one day or $160 for all three days. Tickets at the gate increase by $5. Event details here. 

Surf City Pier Kids Fishing Tournament on July 4th

The Surf City Pier opens for a free day of fishing for youngsters age 16 and under in a fun, educational and safe environment. Pre-registration is REQURIED for this event.  Call 910-328-3521 for more details.

36th ANNUAL ONSLOW COUNTY FREEDOM FESTIVAL, JACKSONVILLE, NC

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HOLLY RIDGE LIBERTY FESTIVAL, JULY 4

Enjoy firework festivities twice! One on Topsail Island, July 3 at Soundside Park and two, at Holly Ridge Liberty Festival, July 4, on the mainland!    Facebook Page Event Information.

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BASE FEST CAMP LEJEUNE

From the MCCS website, this years event is closed to the public and only open to DoD cardholders and their guests.

Who Can Attend

Open to DoD Identification Cardholders and their guests only. The event will not be open to the general public, meaning base access will not be provided to unsponsored guests for the event.

Inclement Weather

In case of inclement weather on July 4, the event, including the fireworks, will be canceled and will not be rescheduled.

 

 

REMEMBER while you are out celebrating and enjoying the festivities, be alert and aware of your surroundings. In the event of a crime, citizens can help our public servants reach justice swiftly by sharing information.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Lane closures on Hwy 17 in Holly Ridge this week

HRPD urges motorists to prepare for lane closures this week along HWY 17 & 50 Corridor this week.

(HOLLY RIDGE, NC)- Holly Ridge Police Department urges motorists to prepare and proceed traveling with caution due to lane closures this week. The closures will occur at different times along N.C. Hwy 17 & 50 Corridors due to the Public Works Department cleaning the curbs, each side of the median and gutters on the highway.

Holly Ridge PD says, “Please be sure to reduce your speed and give the Public Works Department space as they work to keep the Town looking great!”

 

 

 

 

 

Humphrey Farm is turning up the excitement for Independence Day weekend

Humphrey Farm and Emerald Owl Productions are partnered up for an Independence Day Celebration that will light up your holiday weekend with a splash, foam, food, family fun and lights!

Two Crystal Coast businesses are joining forces to bring professional entertainment to the local area on Saturday, July 6th.

Humphrey Farm in Hubert, NC, is partnering with Emerald Owl Productions from Emerald Isle, NC to host a wonderfully unique experience that is not only fun but interactive for people of all ages.

In the past year, the local entertainment company has taken the laser and light glow party brand from the east to west coast, UNC-Chapel Hill, as far north as Pittsburgh, PA and even to Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. They will be providing the entertainment on the 4th of July in Ocracoke, NC.

Cathy Lassiter, Principal of Rosewood Middle School in Goldsboro, NC describes her experience with this party, “It’s like a nightclub I can take my kids, my grandmother, and my best friend to all at the same time… and we’d all have a blast together!”
Admission to this event is $7.00 per person and includes:

  • Laser Light Glow Party, Professional Lasers, UV Lighting & Sound
  • Music from Today’s hits & All Decades
  • Interactive Games & Activities
  • Foam Party
  • Entrance to Humphrey Farm- Complete with Beer Barn, Food Trucks, and other
  • Market Vendors on site.
  • Opportunity to enter a “Splash Zone” including being sprayed with water, glow in the dark paint, glow in the dark foam & slime.

You will get DRENCHED in the Splash Zone!

There are also family packages available for a discounted rate.

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Photo Courtesy of Emerald Owl Productions

Barbara Humphrey-Garrett, manager of Humphrey Farm, alongside Michael Meyer, Emerald Owl Productions Director said the idea came to them when they realized there would be no Independence Day Celebration in Swansboro this year. With the high overhead of professional production, the event must sell 400 advanced tickets so grab yours now through a secure online purchase through http://www.humphreyfarmnc.com or at the farm. In the event the baseline of ticket sales is not met to move forward, tickets purchased will be refunded.

Meeting the demand for ticket sales should not be an issue; it is undoubtedly worth every cent and honestly a very fair price.

THE ONSLOW BEAT EXPERIENCE
The Onslow Beat went out to Humphrey Farm for Emerald Isle Productions first debut event on the farm last Saturday, and it was a full family affair that was enjoyed by all. This was an event I took my husband and kids to get a full effect to convey the feedback from them to the public. We all know children are brutally honest with matters of satisfaction.

Our son, age 7, we had to tell him to eat and get hydrated beyond what water he’d gulped down likely in the splash zone area. Gross, I know, but he’s “all boy.” He didn’t want to leave and told us on the drive home, “that was a blast. I wish we could go to that farm every weekend!”

Our daughter, age 11, and not a huge water fan, really enjoyed herself as well. She was between the foam pit and the splash pad for water play, just as all of the other kids. She said the foam was the best and she hoped at that point, next time they’d do slime as mentioned over the loudspeakers. Then she came for a mega Jenga game and demanded mom play with her. There are games set up around the yard of the farm under open covered barns with tables. (View the video below)

My husband and I ended up feeling like we had a little date night with childcare on site. We played a game under the covered area, took a stroll around the yard together, and checked out the vendors. We further went on to enjoy a bite to eat and back to the picnic table area to talk and enjoy the mere fact that at that moment we had sheer peace in parenting, winning with a date night we didn’t even expect since the idea was solely to take the kids for their enjoyment and I could work. Can you say, “WINNING!”?

There is corn-hole set up for kids and adults, horseshoes and more games for good competitive fun with family and friends. There was a mega connect four game that a young toddler was playing with an older sibling. Music of all genres filled the air, new school and old school from the DJ. Some farm-goers took the crowd on with karaoke performances between selections.

There was BBQ sold on site from Sm’Oaked BBQ, serving beef brisket, pork spare ribs with coleslaw and beans as sides, packed in with a slice of bread to go with. Now let me tell you all, I generally don’t like most BBQ in any restaurant or on any food truck, I’m just not impressed usually. However, let me tell you, this was the most tender brisket I have had from a vendor here in the eastern North Carolina region, a perfect smoked flavor, and seasonings, highly impressive. On the other hand of it, I wasn’t a fan of the sides, and that’s only me being me- a native Western NC Girl through and through. Generally, I am not too fond of any BBQ vendors side items; they’re often store-bought, lack the touch of southern seasoning to take you anywhere near granny’s house in your mind. They offer sauces and salt and pepper packets on the side in plastic ware so you can apply yourself. I still give them 4/5 stars just for the brisket, excellent pricing, generous portions, and a great customer service experience.


Around the farm, there’s a variety of market shops to patronize, fresh goods, vegetables, Amish bread, crafts, free wine tastings and of course wine to purchase if you like. There was the best strawberry lemonade I’ve tasted in all of Onslow County perfectly blended, not too sour, not too sweet and I could taste the berries. Seriously, there should be an award for that.

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Photo Courtesy of Humphrey Farm

Oh my heavens, the funnel cakes! I’ll let you look and judge for yourself. There’s plenty of landscape to run the pounds off on if you overindulge.

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You cannot go wrong with a visit to Humphrey Farm whether its with friends, alone, with colleagues or with family.

Get out there and explore Onslow and Eastern NC, Humphrey Farm is a great place to start, and you don’t even have to pay for parking!

 

 

 

 

 

Off the pews and into the sun: Worship services this summer on NTB

(SNEADS FERRY, NC)-

Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church is taking church outside this summer hosting three worship services at Beach Access #2 in North Topsail Beach. Pastor Bill Young extends a warm welcome to all near and far for a relaxed church service to Worship On The Beach with music and a sermon.

  • Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 8am
  • Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 8am
  • Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 8am

“All are welcome! We hope our vacationers will join us as well as our part-time and full-time residents!”

These scheduled beach service days are shine only and will be canceled if it rains and stay up to date with the SFPC Facebook Page for any updates or changes.

  • Consider bringing your favorite beach chair, blanket and some coffee as we worship on our beautiful beach on Topsail Island. Service will last approximately 30 minutes.
  • Onslow County Beach Access #2 in North Topsail Beach offers bathrooms and is handicap accessible. Unfortunately it is still under renovation from Hurricane Florence, so the ramp leads up to the deck overseeing the beach, however the ramp down to the beach has not been repaired yet.
Photo Courtesy of SFPC Website

Editors note: SFPC has a great congregation and not only are they good in the church, the individuals I’ve encountered from the church through the community have always been pleasant and welcoming. They show the love of God and humanity off the pews and on the street. Since Pastor Young has been preaching there, I have only heard greatness in the community. The members I’ve talked to rave about their church and the family dynamic of the church where they really have each other’s back so to speak. So if you’re looking for a church home, place of worship or simply enjoy church on the beach, I believe SFPC is a great place to go. For families, they have excellent programs and bible study for kids and teens.

For more information about Sneads Ferry Presbyterian check out their website. Contact Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church with any questions: 910-327-0166 or email: sfpcsecretary@yahoo.com.

North Topsail Beach faces a tax increase in continued hurricane relief

NTB faces a tax rate increase to $.41 from $.34 cents as a result of the devastation lingering from Hurricane Florence. The proposed budget inside and copies available at NTB Town Hall.

North Topsail Beach issued a press release statement on Tuesday informing the public of a necessary tax increase after the damages of hurricane Florence continue to wreak havoc on the budget.

The North Topsail Beach Board of Aldermen and Staff have worked diligently on the 2019-2020 Budget Ordinance. As a result of the budget workshops, work of staff and other input, the Proposed 2019-2020 Budget Ordinance is ready. This Budget Ordinance has an increase to the tax rate and items in which the board wants the public to be made aware of.

The proposed budget ordinance includes contingencies for continued repairs to damages caused by Hurricane Florence. It also includes a new Capital Reserve Fund to set aside funds for future capital needs throughout Town.

The town said following Florence that damage to the dunes amounted to approximately $15.5 million dollars. During the winter, work was done towards rebuilding the dunes and many berms are now barriers where dunes were before Florence. The north end of NTB also faced additional erosion concerns in the aftermath where the sandbag barriers pose means of protection.

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Photos following Hurricane Florence 2018 by The Onslow Beat on NTB
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NTB beaten after Florence. Photo Cred. The Onslow Beat
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Photo Cred: The Onslow Beat

The new proposed tax rate is to be set at $.41 whereas the current rate is 34.35 cents per $100 valuation.

As an example of the difference: For a property valuation of $300,000, the total increase results in an additional $199.50 per year.

The Board has set the public hearing and any member of the public will be allowed to speak concerning the budget ordinance. The hearing will be June 20, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Sneads Ferry Library.

“The North Topsail Beach Board of Aldermen remain resolute in their commitment to rebuild the Town after the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence. They are even more committed in making sure the Town will be prepared for future projects through strong fiscal policy.”, stated the town of NTB.

The TOWN OF NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH BUDGET ORDINANCE FISCAL YEAR 2019-2020 

URGENT: Burn ban issued for 18 ENC counties including Onslow and surrounding areas

RALEIGH – Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled all burning permits for the following counties in Eastern North Carolina: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Dare, Duplin, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Tyrrell and Washington.

The burning ban went into effect at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019, and will remain in effect until further notice. The N.C. Forest Service will continue to monitor conditions.

Under North Carolina law, the ban prohibits all open burning in the affected counties, regardless of whether a permit was issued. The issuance of any new permits has also been suspended until the ban is lifted. Violating the burn ban incurs a $100 fine plus $180 court costs. The person responsible for setting a fire may be liable for reimbursing the N.C. Forest Service for any expenses related to extinguishing it.

“The dry weather conditions these last few weeks, plus the potential for an increase in human-caused wildfires in the region, makes this ban on open burning necessary,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “During the month of May, there have been 355 wildfires statewide, covering 1,348 acres. This burn ban is a proactive step to protect lives and property by preventing human-caused wildfires.”

Local fire departments and law enforcement officers are assisting the N.C. Forest Service in enforcing the burn ban.

Yesterday Richlands VFD reported a burn barrel fire that got out of control.

Photo Courtesy: Richlands VFD

Answers to frequently asked questions

Q: What is open burning?

A: Open burning includes burning leaves, branches or other plant material. In all cases, burning trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics or other non-vegetative material is illegal.

Q: May I still use my grill or barbeque?

A: Yes, if no other local ordinances prohibit their use.

Q: How should I report a wildfire?

A: Call 911 to report a wildfire.

Q: My local fire marshal has also issued a burn ban for my county. What does this mean?

A: The burn ban issued by the N.C. Forest service does not apply to a fire within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. Local government agencies have jurisdiction over open burning within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. The N.C. Forest Service has advised county fire marshals of the burning ban and asked for their consideration of also implementing a burning ban. If a fire within a 100-foot area of a dwelling escapes containment, a North Carolina forest ranger may take reasonable steps to extinguish or control it. The person responsible for setting the fire may be liable for reimbursing the N.C. Forest Service for any expenses related to extinguishing it.

Q: Are there other instances which impact open burning?

A: Local ordinances and air quality regulations may impact open burning. For instance, outdoor burning is prohibited in areas covered by Code Orange or Code Red air quality forecasts. Learn more about air quality forecasts at: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/air-quality-outreach-education/air-quality-forecasts

Q: Can I have a campfire when I go camping?

A: Campfires would be considered open burning and are not exempt from the burn ban. Portable gas stoves or grills are alternate methods for cooking food while camping during a burn ban.

Q: What can I do to protect my house against the risk of wildfire?

A: Learn about wildfire risk assessments and preparedness and prevention plans on the N.C. Forest Service website.

Residents with questions regarding their specific county can contact their county ranger with the N.C. Forest Service or their county fire marshal’s office.

910-347-4270 Brian Kelly, Onslow Co. Fire Marshal.

910-324-3633 Ben Patterson, Onslow Co. Ranger.

TRAGIC: Swansboro by Sail Capt. victim of a drowning incident Thursday evening

Friday, May 24, 2019, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office issued a release in regards to a call at approximately 5:30pm on May 23, 2019 to assist with a drowning that occurred in Swansboro. The victim, a 55-year-old white male was recovered in the late afternoon in the intracoastal waterway near the Hwy 24 bridge in Swansboro.

Photo Credit: Swansboro by Sail

Preliminary investigation reveals that the drowning has been ruled accidental and that no foul play is suspected. Detectives of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office have met with officers from North Carolina Wildlife and shared our investigation.

The OCSO is not releasing or confirming the victim’s identity at this time.

Live and Local Radio Host, Raeford Brown reported via social media prior to the sheriffs office release:

A fatal boating mishap in Swansboro last night. An investigation is underway to determine what happened. Michael F. Dunleavy, 55, died when he either fell or was knocked overboard. He and a friend were aboard his 34 foot sailboat, “Fevre”, out for a short spin, when it’s believed a breeze caused the sailing vessel’s boom to hit Mr. Dunleavy, knocking him into the water. His wife was at a downtown restaurant, awaiting his return. Details are still sketchy.

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends.

-Raeford Brown

Swansboro by Sail confirmed the report from Radio Host, Raeford Brown with a post informing supporters and followers that the Captain had passed.

The communities prayers and condolences are with his wife, family, friends, frequent passengers and colleagues.

Mike Dunleavy, Captain of Swansboro by Sail

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

Man arrested on allegations of fraudulent business practice for incomplete hurricane repairs

On May 8, 2019 Onslow County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a citizen reporting that he had hired Matthew Dean Williams to do repair work on his residence after Hurricane Florence, but the work never was done.

The General Crimes Unit of the Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident and determined that Williams had committed the same acts on previous occasions and had other pending charges of the same type of case.

In this case the investigation revealed Williams, 58-years-old agreed to repair the victim’s residence on Graytown Road and only partially completed the work. Williams was arrested May 14, 2019 and charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretenses. Magistrates placed Williams under a $3,500 secured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective Curlee at 910-989-4074, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2019006863 when calling.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.