Congressman Dr. Greg Murphy to host town hall in Onslow on Tuesday

N.C. 3rd District Congressman Dr. Greg Murphy will be in Jacksonville on Tuesday afternoon. The Onslow County Board of Commissioners will be attending a Town Hall Meeting with recently elected U.S. Congressman at 3:00 PM This event is open to the public.

(JACKSONVILLE, NC)- The recently elected Congressman Dr. Greg Murphy (R) was sworn into office just twelve days ago on Sept. 17, 2019 after nearly eight-months of ENC without representation in Washington. Since the former N.C. House Rep has transitioned from state leadership into a federal leader in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Congressman, he has returned to ENC a number of times, living up to his mission of being “available” to get to work for the people in the district.

Since being elected and sworn into office, he’s listened to a number of ENC concerns around the district head-on, from lack of swift hurricane relief, challenges that ENC farmers are facing, regulatory matters, the opioid epidemic as well as a the impacts of increased numbers in foster care.

Last week, on Sept. 24th Congressman Murphy was aboard Camp Lejeune with Defense Secretary Mark Esper who was touring and surveying damages that have lingered since Hurricane Florence.

Sept. 28th Murphy was in Kinston, in a round-table discussion with community stakeholders to address concerns and partner in creating solutions.

Congressman Murphy succeeded in four challenging elections in just 10 short months to fulfill the remainder of the term of the late Walter B. Jones Jr. with a vision of being an available and constituent-driven lawmaker.

The Onslow County Board of Commissioners will be attending a Town Hall Meeting with recently elected U.S. Congressman Dr. Greg Murphy on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Biagio’s located at 622 Court St. in Jacksonville.

A quorum of the Commissioners may attend this event; however, this is not a meeting of the Commissioners and no action will be taken. This Town Hall Meeting is open to the public. 


Please contact County Administration at 910-347-4717 for additional information.

Correction from original location has been made to the updated location.

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.

Sheriff Hans Miller warns citizens of phone and internet scams

Onslow Co. Sheriff Hans Miller warns citizens with urgency to be aware of phishing, spoofing, rebate, lottery scams and more.

Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller issued a statement Friday afternoon about the current dangers of scams that are being used to victimize adult citizens of all ages.
“Modern technology is here to stay. It helps us do many things, but it can and has also been abused by individuals with criminal intent.”, said Sheriff Miller.

The goal of Miller’s Statement is with hopes of protecting citizens from scam artist and cons. Miller stated, “I feel that it is necessary to inform our citizens of certain telephone or Internet and email scams.”

Sheriff Miller listed a few vital reminders of things citizens are urged to be aware of:

• The Social Security Administration does not advertise benefits on social media. The SSA does not use social media or telephone to inform that their account numbers are “frozen.” The SSA does not ask people for money by phone or social media.
• The Internal Revenue Service will never threaten citizens or ask for tax money or fines by telephone or social media.
• Neither the court system or the sheriff of any county issues warning letters or threats about any jury issues, or threats of any arrests by internet, email or by telephone. Neither the court system nor sheriffs will ask for money to take care of “fines.”

“When in doubt, ask the professionals, file a report.” said Sheriff Miller.
The sheriff urges citizens to please not get “phished”. Restrain from anyone encouraging you to buy gift cards, send any money for rebate winnings or any money transactions to people that you do not know or have a trusting relationship.

Sheriff Miller strongly encourages all citizens to understand that this is not how the government works. Additionally, Miller says, “PLEASE do not ever give your Social Security number or any other personal information to someone that you do not know and trust.”

The Onslow Beat will go more in depth of these scams that are victimizing many across the country. Stay tuned for a short series on them to be aware and information to protect yourself from falling victim.

Coming soon in a 3-part series: Phone Scams- Spoofing, Phishing and Military Romance Scams.

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!”