Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce announced Brown Properties the 2019 Small Business of the Year

The Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce, along with First
Citizens Bank and Duke Energy, named Brown Properties of North Carolina, Inc. the 2019
Small Business of the Year Friday morning.

JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce, along with First
Citizens Bank and Duke Energy, named Brown Properties of North Carolina, Inc. the 2019
Small Business of the Year Friday morning.

Jeb and Shawn Brown were recognized for their hard work and successes during breakfast at Onslow Memorial Hospital as part of the closing for National Small Business Week celebrations in Jacksonville.

Jeb Brown said the three things driving his family’s real estate business are his team,
customers and reputation. And reputation, he added plays a big part in what they do – with the company namesake coming from his own name. “Our product is ourselves,” Brown said.

Scott Riggs, commercial banker for First Citizens Bank, presented Jeb and Shawn Brown
with the award, and commended them for their work. Brown Properties was nominated for the award by Beth Purcell, who wrote Jeb and Shawn Brown make a difference in the community by using their time, talents and compassion to make a positive impact.
She was especially moved by their dedication during the disaster and recovery of Hurricane Florence last fall. “As property managers of more than 400 residential properties with Brown Properties, they worked tirelessly around the clock in the days and months after Hurricane Florence to meet the needs of employees, property owners and renters impacted by storm damages and relocations,” Purcell wrote. “They stayed in place during the storm, sending their two school-aged children to stay with relatives in Western North Carolina in order to focus on serving their property owners and renters.”

The Browns are not only dedicated to their business, but remain active as members of the Chamber of Commerce by supporting several events and serving on the Business Diversity Council, Jacksonville Onslow Leadership Council, Board of Directors and Small Business Council.

Jeb serves on the Onslow Memorial Hospital Foundation Board and is an active Rotarian.
Shawn serves on the board of the Jacksonville Friends of the Library. The Browns have
two children and are active supporters of the Parkwood and Northwoods Park PTA.
“In the office, in the field, or in the community, the owners of Brown Properties exhibit
initiative, creativity, all with a positive attitude and a smile,” Purcell wrote.

Small Business Week is made possible by First Citizens’ Bank, Duke Energy, Under
Construction Safety, Coastal Carolina Community College Small Business Center,
Jacksonville Country Club and Onslow Memorial Hospital.

For further information, please contact Kelsey via email at businessservices@jacksonvilleonline.org or call 910-939-7006.
For updates on Small Business Week and other events, please follow the JCOC Facebook
page.

 

Local marine drowned being caught in a rip current on Emerald Isle this weekend

Justin Hinds, age 28

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at approximately 4:23pm, Emerald Island PD, EMS & Fire responded to a 9-11 call at the 9100 block of the Emerald Island Beach Strand in reference to a reported swimmer in distress.

This swimmer was identified as a local Marine, 28-year-old Justin Hinds, stationed aboard Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC. Hinds is a native of Avondale, AZ.

Additionally, Hinds was a husband and father to two young boys. The flags indicated “moderate” (yellow flag) wave conditions and risks this week, as well as on the beach at the time of the incident.

Several beach goers and experienced surfers have said there are no life guards on duty at this time of year and the rip currents are more aggressive than anything they’ve seen on EI. Lifeguards don’t begin watch until around Mid-May. Swimmers and Beach goers are urged to use caution and take heed to the flag warning systems in place as precautionary measures.

Hinds was transported to Carteret Health center after being taken from the water by friends who were also on the beach at the time. He was pronounced dead by Carteret Health Center medical staff.

Telephone scams are on the rise in Onslow County

Onslow County Sheriffs Office issued a press release this morning warning citizens to be aware of an increase in reports of telephone scams.

During the last week of April 2019, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office has again received reports about a telephone SCAM that some Onslow County citizens have received. Sheriff Miller and his staff want to ensure that all citizens know about these SCAMs & ask citizens to “pass the word” to others. Be aware.

The incoming call could come from a different area code or even a local number that citizens don’t recognize. Many times, that number is “spoofed” and not in service. Sometimes, the incoming caller has a foreign accent, but not always. The caller may allege that the answering party owes the government a certain amount of money and that an arrest warrant will be issued unless the answering person pays that amount. Then, the caller will “offer” to collect the money by a telephonic credit card transaction and give a different telephone number for the answering party to call back.

(Previous SCAMs have asked the answering party to purchase a gift card from a local vendor and pass the card number to the caller.)

Our national, state or local governments do NOT collect back taxes by calling citizens and asking for credit card numbers or gift cards by phone. If taxes are properly owed, notifications will be made by United States Mail.

Other SCAMS for citizens to be aware of:

  • A “Jury SCAM.” A false allegation that a citizen did not report for jury duty. (Call the court house jury coordinator directly for verification).
  • A relative in police custody needing bail money, or in a medical facility needing money. (Known as a “Sympathy SCAM”).
  • A “Sweepstakes or Contest or Lottery Win” SCAM. Asking for a “handling fee.” Fraud.
  • A “Data Mining SCAM” where an unknown or unverified party asks for personal or bank account information. “Phishing.”
  • A “Debt Consolidation Loan” offer that’s too good to be true. No free money.

Please protect yourself, your family, your property and even your friends & neighbors. Please be careful to VERIFY before you trust

NO GOVERNMENT AGENCY WILL ASK ANYONE TO PAY BY TELEPHONE USING A GIFT CARD OR PREPAID DEBIT CARD!

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.

Onslow County Administrative Professional of the year 2019 awarded to Denyse Lewis from the Jacksonville Country Club

Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce held a ceremony this morning at Marston Pavillion on Camp Lejeune, in celebration and honor of administrative professionals across Onslow County.

The Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber says, During the breakfast celebration there is a feature keynote speaker, recognition of all the nominees and announcement of the winner. This event supports the businesses of Onslow County and recognizes those individuals that contribute to the positive impact businesses have in our community.

Denyse Lewis was named Administrative Professional of the Year for 2019 this Tuesday morning. An employee of the Jacksonville Country Club for 20 years, Denyse was nominated by JCC Board of Directors President Jerry Allen and VP Pam Thomas. She was described as, “endearing, pleasant and supportive” in her nomination.

Photo Courtesy of The Jacksonville Onslow Chamber of Commerce

“I’m not here alone; I’m just very grateful for this,” Lewis said upon receiving the award.

Photo Courtesy of the Jacksonville Onslow Chamber

Lewis was one of 19 nominees and 230 attendees that took part in the Chamber’s Administrative Professionals’ Breakfast event.

Photo Courtesy of The Jacksonville Onslow Chamber

Congratulations Denyse and all of this year’s nominees! The Jacksonville Country Club is a member of the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce.

Congratulations to the rest of the nominees!

Jessica Anderson

Valerie D. Cox

Donna Crumpler

Lizbeth Deam

Jeremy Denny

Sarah Diaz

Michel Flores

Walter Flores

Jenna Friday

Jackie Jones

Marissa Ann McCloskey

Marcia McLaurin

Tonya Morton

Heather Norris

Christy Shupe

Latrisha “Trish” Spivey

Sara Walsh

Holly Worrell

The Chamber gives a huge thank you to Gold Sponsor, Sanders Ford.

Jacksonville senior found in waterway Sunday afternoon off Hwy 172 back gate bridge

On Sat. March 9, 2019, the Sheriff Office was dispatched to a report of a vehicle left parked on top of the 172 bridge near the back gate of Camp Lejeune around 7p.m. A check of the victims home revealed that he was missing and family members reported that he had been depressed. The vehicle was left unsecured with the keys and other personal items left in the seat.

The man was a Jacksonville local and age 65. His identity has not been released.

Contributor Photo, credit: Crystal Eahart

The Sheriff Office conducted a search of the area using the Sheriff’s Office drone, SABLE air unit from Wilmington Police and boats from the local VFD.  The search was discontinued around 11 p.m. and resumed after daylight the following day with boats from Turkey Creek VFD, Camp Lejeune FD, Bear Creek VFD and Marine Patrol.  The victim was located by one of the boat crews at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.  

He was located approximately one hundred feet from the bridge.

No foul play is suspected.

In other related reports locally, allegedly this was the second attempt. The mans body was allegedly carried by the current where eventually his body met and became tangled in a crab pot line or crab pot.


If you or someone you know are experiencing depression, suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harm to others, please call Mobile Crisis through Trillium Health.

Any person may receive crisis and emergency services in eastern North Carolina for mental health, substance abuse, and intellectual/developmental disabilities issues. Regardless of where you live, work or go to school, you can call our toll-free 24-Hour Access to Care line 1.877.685.2415 at any time. A trained person answering the phone will connect you with services to address your situation.

You can also reach the National Suicide Hotline 24/7 by phone at:

“There may be a wait time to connect. To speak to a counselor now, please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

or text chat: Lifeline Chat

Salty Sistas give back beyond their food truck in the first week

We often see new businesses open and come with a community motivated pitch of supporting those who support them, giving back to the community and all the bells and whistles but we never see the fruits of their labor as marketed. Well, Salty Sistas food truck has put their money where their mouth is, well technically, other mouths are. Their first big weekend at The Crooked Lotus last weekend was a hit and they’ve “tithed” ten percent of their earnings back into the CHEW Program in the community at Dixon Elementary.

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The Onslow Beat Digital Reporter, Melissa Oakley asked one Salty Sista Jeanette Rivera, “what motivated you, ladies, to implement community service into your business? Aren’t you concerned about profiting before grand-opening to grow and maybe implement some services at the peak of tourism season?” Rivera responded,

I really wanted the community to see that we are not just about making money. We are two women with a passion and a love for cooking. But it is just as important to us to give back In any of the communities we are working and we want to be able to give back. Our first soft opening we said that we would take a portion of the profits and give to the chew program at Dixon Elementary. We are women of our word. This is what it’s about, supporting locals, following our dreams and still helping those in need!

Be sure you’re keeping up with these two phenomenal women and their menus coming up on the food truck at Salty Sistas. 

grand opening salty sistas

Here’s a sneak peek at what they’ve been up to testing out new recipes, cultivated from scratch and pure culinary delight!

Lobster Chowder

Digital Reporter, Melissa Oakley also had the opportunity to be a food critic for Salty Sistas testing the lobster roll (3oz), the lobster hushpuppies and the lobster poutine. Lobster roll comes with a choice of butter or mayo, can be served warm or cold, side of coleslaw and a bag of chips. The lobster hushpuppies are served fresh, fried, golden perfection with a side of special sauce, “Cajun Happiness” sauce that the ladies just wouldn’t give up the recipe for. There was also attempt to get the ladies kids, spouses and the employees to spill it without any success. If you try the sauce or have tried the sauce, you will understand why the recipe needs to be released, It’s absolutely delicious and paired perfectly with the flavors in the batter of the hushpuppies and the chunks of lobster. They could literally sell bottles of the sauce it is so delicious! “Cajun Happiness” is a perfect name for this sauce as it is truly, “c’est si bon!”.

Lobster rolls with mayo
Example of rotating menu and prices

 

DIX Crisis Center is holding on-site interviews and job fair today and tomorrow after last weeks ceremony

This past Friday, a monumental shift of opportunities opened when the DIX Crisis Intervention Center doors opened the 16-bed facility for the public to tour the facility as well as a beautiful ribbon cutting ceremony with many of our local, regional and state leaders present.

 

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Photographs by Bonnie Roman/The Onslow Beat

 

With one in four adults and 10% of children in the US estimated to suffer from a mental health crisis this year. The WHO (World Health Organization) suggests that mental disorders are far more common than common diseases like cancer and heart disease.

A 2013 report from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that 9.6M adults have serious mental health illnesses. These major mental health issues include but are not limited to major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), panic disorder, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and borderline personality disorder. A combination of treatment is typically required to help lead citizens to a healthier mental state and lifestyle which may require in-patient treatment whether short-term or long-term. Additionally, mental health treatment plans generally require medication(s), therapy and peer support participation.

The DIX Crisis Intervention Center is an innovative alternative, cultivating a more dynamic care option that eliminates strain on our counties first responders, law enforcement and paramedics overall with the “No Wrong Door” policy. Whereas in the past, those in a mental health crisis would be transported to the nearest Emergency Department for drop-offs and law enforcement would be required to remain with the person until the admission process was completed which could be hours. During those hours, there are fewer officers patrolling the streets and responding to calls of crime and violence. If a person is in need of care and exhibits symptoms of substance abuse and/or mental illness, and is not in an urgent need of medical intervention, First Responders can take them directly to the DIX center and by-pass the lengthy admission process of emergency room care. The average stay is 1-4 days with medication, group therapy and individual services including peer support.

The Onslow Beat reached out to two mothers the county has witnessed fight back against addiction, support mental health and recovery options for both issues and on the ground advocating through an organization known as Sneads Ferry’s H.O.P.E (Heroin.Opiate.Prevention.Education), Mrs. Vanessa Sapp and Mrs. Cindy Patane. Patane was on a cruise and unable to respond for an interview. Sapp and Patane both lost their sons to overdose in 2016.  Digital Reporter, Melissa Oakley asked Sapp, “How do you feel about the DIX center opening in our county?” Sapp responded, “Losing Wes continues to be the most difficult experience of my life. Almost immediately, I knew something needed to be done to prevent other parents from such a tragedy. And that is why, along with Cindy Patane, I stood up and spoke out… and three years later, we continue this fight! Our boys did not die in vain, this detox/crisis center is just one of many confirmations. I am so very grateful to all those who joined the fight to make a difference! There is no doubt that this detox/crisis center is needed in our community! Literally, this morning, as the ribbon cutting was underway, I was helping connect a person in need of services outside our county, because there was not a local option. When a person reaches out for help, that person needs help right then and there; not later in the afternoon, not tomorrow… NOW! A crisis center will increase access to treatment for the “now” need! While this is a great first step, 3-7 days only provides a pause and a window of opportunity to make the next connection. We must immediately start working on the next step, long term treatment options, to include both intense outpatient treatment and inpatient treatment. Keep fighting! Together, we can and will save more lives!” -Vanessa Sapp

Sapp has also been vocal about how mental health and substance abuse oftentimes go hand in hand in the past. Her son Wes had begun to struggle with anxiety and insomnia, began treatment for those issues and soon after experimenting with marijuana and abusing the prescription medication began. Vanessa and her husband Jason Sapp are advocates through North Carolina Parents Coalition for C.H.A.N.G.E and you can read more of Wes’s story on the site as well as how to volunteer and obtain support.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health issue, the center is better equipped to address the needs than the emergency room since the focus of the center is solely on the mental health and substance abuse detox and recovery. Mental Health providers are able to better address concerns more quickly, and the basic needs will be attended to in an environment that is conducive to safety and comfort for those suffering a mental health and/or substance abuse crisis.

Mental health and substance use disorders affect people from all walks of life and all age groups. These illnesses are common, recurrent, and often serious, but they are treatable and many people do recover. Mental disorders involve changes in thinking, mood, and/or behavior. These disorders can affect how we relate to others and make choices. Reaching a level that can be formally diagnosed often depends on a reduction in a person’s ability to function as a result of the disorder. For example:

  • Serious mental illness is defined by someone over 18 having (within the past year) a diagnosable mental, behavior, or emotional disorder that causes serious functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
  • For people under the age of 18, the term “Serious Emotional Disturbance” refers to a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder in the past year, which resulted in functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits the child’s role or functioning in family, school, or community activities.
  • Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home. –SAMHSA

 

DIX Crisis Intervention Center will be conducting open interviews today and tomorrow, Feb. 20th & 21st, 2019 at the Jacksonville, NC facility to fill multiple OPEN positions. There are morning sessions from 9am-12pm and afternoon sessions from 1pm-4pm on both days, Wednesday and Thursday. They are looking to hire candidates on the spot. You can also fill out applications online and view job descriptions at https://riinternational.com/careers

Positions available:

  • Registered Nurses
  • LPNs
  • Registered Nurse Manager
  • Shift SupervisorsPeer Support Specialists
  • Peer Support Specialists
  • Discharge Coordinator
  • Milieu Specialists

RI Crisis Health Recovery Consultants offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, group life, employee matched 401k, paid holidays, and PTO program. You can reach the human resources department for any questions at phone number: 602-636-4463

 

PHIL LAW ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR NC-3 CONGRESSIONAL SEAT

In a press release issued Monday evening after anticipation from supporters in the community, Phil Law formally announced on his campaign page on the social media network, Facebook that he was in fact going to be a candidate in the 3rd district congressional race.

This comes in light of Rep. Walter B. Jones being absent from duties since Sept. 2018 with an undisclosed illness and potential retirement from office.

Phil Law is an Onslow county businessman and Marine corps combat veteran, he will formally announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination in North Carolina’s Third Congressional District Tuesday evening at the Onslow County GOP Executive Committee meeting at the Golden Corral in Jacksonville.

Law will stress the need to combat illegal immigration, address the ever-increasing federal debt effects on a stagnant eastern North Carolina economy and the need for health care reform. In addition, he will focus remarks on the need for the country to rally behind president Trump in the current battle over border security.

“President Trump is fighting for us every day and needs our support which I will stress each day on the campaign trail. We cannot allow radical Democratic officials to nullify the vote of the people through phony impeachment charges. If this is to become president Trump’s Alamo then I stand with him to the very end — win or lose,” Law said Monday evening.

Law and his wife, Erin, have three children. He makes his home in Jacksonville, NC.

CONTACT: 910-238-2417

UPDATE: FNS benefits to end in February if shutdown continues PREVIOUS: DHHS Monitoring funds…

UPDATE:

Because of the federal shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue February’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits by Sunday, Jan. 20. Benefits would normally be available to families between the 3rd and 21st of February.

“We are working closely with county departments of social services and our federal partners to ensure participants and retailers have little to no interruption of FNS services due to the shutdown,” said Tara Myers, NCDHHS Deputy Secretary for Human Services.

FNS is a federal food assistance program that provides low-income families with funds to purchase food needed for a nutritional, adequate diet. Once February’s FNS funds are distributed, they will be available for use. However, participants should be aware that since there will be no FNS benefits issued in the month of February, they should plan accordingly.

Despite the federal shutdown, DHHS projects to have sufficient funds through February, not only for FNS, but also for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC). However, if the federal shutdown continues, funding for these services could run out after February.

For more information on FNS, go to www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/low-income-services/food-nutrition-services-food-stamps or contact your local county DSS office.

Spanish Version: Debido al paro del Gobierno Federal los Beneficios de Servicios de Alimentos y Nutrición se expedirán anticipadamente

Continue reading “UPDATE: FNS benefits to end in February if shutdown continues PREVIOUS: DHHS Monitoring funds…”

Onslow county sheriff’s office seeks publics help identifying vehicle involved in theft

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office

Investigative Services

717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540

(910) 455-3113

RELEASE DATE: 12/14/2018

NEWS RELEASE

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help identifying a vehicle involved in a theft.

On the morning of December 8th, a light-colored GM truck was involved with the theft of a 16’ Sumter trailer loaded with building supplies from a residence parked on Ivybridge Drive in Hubert.

Anyone with information on the truck pictured below, or the theft, please contact Detective J. Marshburn at 910-989-4014 or email at jonathan_marshburn@onslowcountync.gov, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018019671 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.

Sheriff’s office seeks help finding missing and possibly endangered Onslow County Woman #TorrieRohling #UPDATED #FoundSafe

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office

Investigative Services

717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540

(910) 989-4055 or (910) 989-4070

RELEASE DATE: 12/21/2018

MISSING PERSONS UPDATE

Torrie Rohling has been located out of state, spoken with local law enforcement officials, and no longer considered missing and endangered.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all of those who called in tips and shared the earlier post.


Onslow County Sheriff’s Office

Investigative Services

717 Court Street ∙Jacksonville, NC 28540

(910) 989-4055 or (910) 989-4070

RELEASE DATE: 12/18/2018

NEWS RELEASE

Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help locating a missing person who may possibly be endangered.

On December 17, 2018, deputies responded to a residence on Investment Lane in Richlands for a report of a missing adult. Torrie L. Rohling was reported missing by family members who last had contact with her December 15th around 2:00 pm.

Torrie is a 39-year-old white female, 5’8 in height, thin build, with close-shaved brown hair. She has facial piercings and tattoos on her upper body. It is not known what she was last seen wearing, or her method of travel.

Anyone with information about Torrie’s whereabouts are asked to contact Onslow County Communications Center at 910-455-9119, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Please refer to case 2018020053 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.

Attempted hit and run leaves Jacksonville High School student in critical condition

UPDATED STORY: Tasia D. White arrested in the hit and run incident outside of Jacksonville High today.

Reports began to come into The Onslow Beat around 7:15am this morning with much emotion about a Jacksonville High School student being struck by a vehicle in or about the crosswalk on Henderson Dr. this morning and the vehicle left the scene. One citizen who was in the area this morning said, “it looked really bad….life flight landed on the field and took him.”  Parents have been concerned about the safety of this crosswalk for a long time. Their concerns aren’t because students don’t use the flashing signage to alert drivers they’re crossing, but because drivers have been observed passing through the lanes while the lights are flashing and students crossing.

Jacksonville Police Department issued a press release this morning with information on this traffic incident that occurred at 6:50AM this morning on Henderson Drive in the vicinity of Jacksonville High School. One student pedestrian was struck by a vehicle that left the scene. Officers quickly located the vehicle and apprehended the driver. Charges are pending.

“The pedestrian has been transported for medical treatment,” said Deputy Chief Ashely Weaver. “We are in the preliminary stages of this investigation and are unable to release additional information at this time.”

Police Chief Mike Yaniero urges drivers to use caution in school zones as they remain a place where drivers should be on alert each school day. “The improved pedestrian crossing has resulted in greater safety for the students, but drivers have a responsibility to obey the law for the crossing,” said Chief Yaniero. As is customary, a review will be made of the crossing.

There’s been no information released on the identity of the student at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer William Hollis, JPD Traffic Division, at 910-938-6435 or whollis@jacksonvillenc.gov or citizens, may call Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273 with information.

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

Hard hitting performers at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, four Marine veteran, songwriters will be sharing their songs and the stories behind them at Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern. It is open to the public with free admission, 18 years-old and up. This is an awesome opportunity to see some amazing, established and rising talent .

A big part of this night is the back story of the key players.

Nick Nichols is a retired Marine veteran of 25 years. After retiring Nick became the owner of Nick’s Blacksheep Tavern. Nick has become one of the most prominent facilitators of the music scene in Eastern, NC. Although, music is a major part of what Nick searches out on his weekend rides through the area, Nick has established a community of artist, venue owners, fans of life, and people looking for a guaranteed great time. Nick is far more than just a promoter. He has given back to the area that he calls home, organizing multiple events throughout the years benefiting the people, the area, and the life of Coastal Carolina. Nick has gathered four songwriters who have been connected via military service.

Nick Nichols

Mike Corrado, an active duty Marine and Iraq veteran has been a well known name in Eastern, NC for quite a while. From the heights of national radio airplay to performing with Toby Kieth at the Country Music Awards, Mike continues to perform, amaze and support the local area, performing recently for support efforts from Hurricane Florence. Mike has released several albums, videos, all to which have received national attention.

Mike Corrado

Anderson Elswick, an active duty Marine and veteran of Freedom Sentinel, is a fast rising voice in country music. With a traditional, soulful sound, and a social media presence that has garnered over 150 thousand views, Anderson has earned the opportunities to open for David Allan Coe and Shenandoah, as well as playing in the famous Talladega Raceway infield. A Kentucky man raised with a sense of community, Anderson has recently performed locally in support of Hurricane Florence relief efforts. Anderson has just released an acoustic EP, The Big Rock Sessions.

Anderson Elswick

JP Guhns is an active duty Marine and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan . Although in the first year of attacking a life long dream, JP has worked his way to being a finalist in the 2017 USAA Mission: Music competition, opening for Pat Cooper, and sharing his original music in cities like New Orleans and Nashville. JP performed at this years Oktoberfest and continues to play locally with his band. JP is set to release his first EP, in the spring of 2019, through Grunt Tunes Records.

JP Guhns

Matt Bowlin, is a Marine veteran and one of Eastern Carolina’s own. Known throughout the area for his music, his art, and his bigger then life personality, what can’t be left out is his support for the local scene and community. Matt has committed his life to sharing with people a positive energy through acting, writing and performing . A former TV actor , Matt can be found at any moment fundraising for a local school, picking a tune for a friendly crowd , or infusing a vibe into a piece of art. Matt has released several songs on all social media platforms.

Matt Bowlin

Sometimes things just fall in place, and the opportunity to see four gifted songwriters, with a mile long list of life moments, perform under one roof, is one of those times you shouldn’t miss.

Contributing credits: JP Guhns

Bringing the budget back with Brandless

With the holiday season upon us, many are looking for ways to squeeze more juice from the lemon and by lemon I mean wallet. I’ve discovered an online grocery shopping store that has items at $3 each and best of all, ORGANIC! Check it out.

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays drawing near, most families are readjusting budgets and planning financially for the holiday cheer or a getaway from the “bah humbug” people in your life.

This holds merit especially when we have many people who are not yet recovered from Hurricane Florence and willing to try cutting corners to spare the wallet while still purchasing necessary goods for daily life. There are even some special cases like myself where income and jobs lost altogether or temporarily until damages are rectified meanwhile having a lifestyle that requires more.

So, I have been on a search for ways to cut the costs of necessary items but not cut the items. (Totally not unrealistic! I’m a big binder hauling, super couponing Mama just getting her mojo back!) Anyway, no big binder needed so don’t run away! Keep reading.

I will utilize online shopping needs when it works out better than the cost of fuel in my lovely SUVs fuel, time, energy and schedule efforts to purchase “land based.” Oh, and I get to avoid humans in crowded stores during FLU season. #Winning

I’m a Groupon lover! Groupon for cheap getaways, baecation (hip lingo for quick getaway with your someone special aka babe or formally known as “bae”…. Not so endearing to technical measure but anyway.), concert tickets, supplements, massages, restaurant deals, and etcetera.

Recently on Groupon I have stumbled upon a really affordable, trend worthy product site called Brandless and of course there was a super amazing Groupon deal! $20 purchase for TWO Groupon vouchers that are valued for $40 worth of product each.

What does Brandless have? Gluten free, vegan friendly, organic snacks and foods with a good majority priced at $3! Yes, just $3! Hold on, there’s more to save your moolah! They have household cleaners, body and hygiene products, cosmetic goods, and household items. FREE shipping if you are a member of B.More and that’s $36 annual membership cost or $5 flat shipping fee for all orders. Can’t beat it! I’m not a member just yet but something qualified my order for free shipping! I think it’s because it’s an order over $40.

But seriously, I’m excited to get our first shipment and I will update with photos once arrived. If you want to check it out for yourself, get started BRANDLESS. For the Groupon offer to go with: $20 for $40 Towards Everyday Essentials at Brandless. I managed to puchase 14 items for $20.50 with this offer.  Items ordered range from scented foaming hand soap, toilet tissue (2ply-6ct), sour gummy worms, sea salt popcorn, organic coconut oil (10oz), body scrub, bath gel and a variety of household cleaners.

ALERT: Phone scams in Onslow

RELEASE DATE:

NOVEMBER 1, 2018

NEWS RELEASE

FROM SHERIFF HANS MILLER:

During the last week of October 2018, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office has received reports about a telephone SCAM that some Onslow County citizens have received. Sheriff Miller & his staff want to ensure that all citizens know about these SCAMs & ask citizens to “pass the word” to others. Be aware.

The incoming call could come from a different area code or even a local number that citizens don’t recognize. Many times, that number is “spoofed” and not in service. Sometimes, the incoming caller has a foreign accent, but not always. The caller may allege that the answering party owes the government a certain amount of money and that an arrest warrant will be issued unless the answering person pays that amount. Then, the caller will “offer” to collect the money by a telephonic credit card transaction and give a different telephone number for the answering party to call back.

(Previous SCAMs have asked the answering party to purchase a gift card from a local vendor and pass the card number to the caller. A prior news release was made).

Our national, state or local governments do NOT collect back taxes by calling citizens and asking for credit card numbers or gift cards by phone. If taxes are properly owed, notifications will be made by United States Mail.

Other SCAMS for citizens to be aware of:
A “Jury SCAM.” A false allegation that a citizen did not report for jury duty. (Call the court house jury coordinator directly for verification).
A relative in police custody needing bail money, or in a medical facility needing money. (Known as a “Sympathy SCAM”).
A “Sweepstakes or Contest or Lottery Win” SCAM. Asking for a “handling fee.” Fraud.
A “Data Mining SCAM” where an unknown or unverified party asks for personal or bank account information. “Phishing.”
A “Debt Consolidation Loan” offer that’s too good to be true. No free money.

Please protect yourself, your family, your property and even your friends & neighbors. Please be careful to VERIFY before you trust.

FOR the people, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office. Serving with Honor & Integrity.”

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.