Posts in Category: News

Emerald Isle Woods Park Now ReOpened Following High Winds Last Week 

Please note that the Emerald Isle Woods Park has now reopened to the public following high winds last week.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, February 7, 2020 11:58:00 AM Categories: News

EI Police Chief Issues Press Release - Havelock Man Arraigned On Charges Of Murder And Arson 


Emerald Isle, NC February 6, 2020: A Havelock man charged in the fatal shooting and fire that left Carl Eugene Jones, Jr. dead inside a residence in Emerald Isle on January 9, 2020 appeared in a North Carolina Court for the first time today to answer to charges of murder and 1st Degree Arson. Emerald Isle Police report that they have been working continuously with the District Attorney and state and local agencies in both North Carolina and Texas to extradite Patrick Keith-Reich Whitley since his surrender to the U.S. Marshal Service in Corpus Christi, Texas on January 19, 2020. Mr. Whitley arrived back in North Carolina late Tuesday afternoon escorted by Emerald Isle detectives.

The following facts regarding this case are being released:

  • Mr. Whitley and the victim knew each other and had known each other for over a year.
  • On the night of the shooting, Mr. Whitley asked the victim to come to the home under the pretext of paying Mr. Jones money he owed him for work.
  • Mr. Whitley had animus toward Mr. Jones for reasons that we are not willing to disclose at this time.
  • Mr. Whitley has admitted to shooting the victim and then setting the house on fire to hide the fact that he had killed Mr. Jones.

Chief Tony Reese stated “I am confident in the conclusions reached as a result of this investigation and I am extremely proud of the hard work and collaboration of the agencies involved. Mr. Whitley’s appearance in court today is one more step in the process of bringing justice for the victim and his family as a result of this senseless act.  My thoughts this morning are with Mr. Jones’ family and my prayers go out to his parents and his three young children who are left to deal with this tragedy.” 

No further information is being released at this time.


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, February 6, 2020 11:53:00 AM Categories: News

911 Delay Affecting Emerald Isle - Resolved 


UPDATE - It is being reported by the telephone company that the issue that affected 911 call delivery in Emerald Isle has been resolved.

Brandy Osborne
Communications Director
Carteret County Emergency Communications

Carteret County Emergency Services has been made aware of a 911 issue that is currently affecting Emerald Isle.  When calling 911, residents and visitors of Emerald Isle may experience a period of silence before the call is connected to the 911 center.  The local telephone company is aware of the issue and is working to make repairs.

Should you call 911 and your call not be connected within 30 seconds, please contact Carteret Emergency Communications on their administrative line: 252-726-1911.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, February 3, 2020 4:31:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Jr. Lifeguard Program - Sign Up Now! 

The Junior Lifeguard Program is open to Youth ages 9-17, the Emerald Isle Junior Lifeguard Program teaches Ocean Safety and valuable lifesaving skills. The program runs Monday thru Thursday at the Eastern Regional beach access.

2020 Summer Schedule –  9am to 1pm

July 13-16------------ Age 9-12

July 20-23---------- Age 13-17

Sign-up can be completed at the Emerald Isle Parks & Recreations Center. Registration forms and waiver can be here.

Please provide copy of birth certificate and sports physical with each child.

Payment due at time of registration, "Emerald Isle Fire Department"

Space is limited!

Questions please contact Emerald Isle Fire Department at 252-354-2445.

Print Flyer

Print Information Sheet

Print Registration Form

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, February 3, 2020 10:17:00 AM Categories: News

Warning – Social Security Phone Scams 

Emerald Isle citizens have reported receiving scam phone calls from imposters claiming to be from the Social Security Administration.  View the following video shared by the Social Security Administration advising that you hang up the phone if you receive this type of call.  Social Security employees will never threaten you for information or money, or demand an immediate payment.  Don’t be fooled! 




Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, January 31, 2020 9:07:00 AM Categories: News

Town Saddened at Passing of Longtime Resident and Acclaimed Model Ship Builder Glenn Darst 

The Town of Emerald Isle is sad to report the recent passing of longtime resident and acclaimed model ship builder Mr. Glenn Darst.  His works shall remain cherished in our local Maritime and Coast Guard museums and at the Emerald Isle Administration Building where the ship he built and donated to the Town of Emerald Isle in 2016 named "Miss Emerald Isle" remains on display for our citizens and visitors to enjoy.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Wednesday, January 29, 2020 1:20:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Police Department Receives Generator Donation from Lowe’s 


EMERALD ISLE, N.C.- Thanks to a donation from Lowe’s, the Town of Emerald Isle announces plans to install a new propane powered 60kwh backup generator that will provide emergency power to the Emerald Isle Police Department (EIPD) and adjoining municipal offices. 

During Hurricane Dorian in Sept. 2019, the EIPD experienced operational issues with its aged emergency generator. Staff immediately began researching solutions to replace the damaged units. 

The donated generator from Lowe’s will provide emergency power to Emerald Isle Police personnel and thus protect the citizens, businesses and guests of Emerald Isle for years to come.  

“The Town of Emerald Isle is beyond grateful to Lowe’s for the contribution of a new Generac Generator,” stated Matt Zapp, Emerald Isle Town Manager. “We wish to thank our local Cape Carteret Lowe’s store management team and Lowe’s regional partners for making the generator a reality. The Town plans to use an approved Lowe’s installer and licensed electrician to complete the project.”  

It is estimated that the Town of Emerald Isle will invest approximately $10,000 to install the new generator and replace an aged 500-gallon propane tank with a new and larger unit.

For additional information about the Town of Emerald Isle, visit or call 252-354-3424. To learn more about Lowe’s, click on or visit your nearest store



Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, January 23, 2020 12:11:00 PM Categories: News

Power Outage in areas of Emerald Isle 

There are currently parts of Emerald Isle without power.  If you are affected please check the Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative Outage Map - for further information or you may call them at (252) 247-3107. 

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Thursday, January 23, 2020 10:11:00 AM Categories: News

Tillis & Burr Announce $321 Million in Funding to Continue Disaster Relief Efforts 


Critical Projects at Surf City/North Topsail Beach and Carteret County Will Receive Funding


Monday, January 13, 2020


Daniel Keylin (Tillis)

Caitlin Carroll (Burr)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) announced the Army Corps of Engineers will award an additional $281 million to Surf City/North Topsail Beach and Carteret County, N.C. for storm damage reduction projects as the communities continue to recover from Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. The news follows Thursday’s announcement that the Corps has allocated $39.6 million for a long-awaited Princeville, N.C. flood mitigation project, bringing the total investment in North Carolina to $321 million.

Federal Funding Awards For North Carolina:

  • North Topsail Beach: $237 million
  • Carteret County (Bogues Banks): $44.5 million
  • Princeville: $39.6 million 

Senators Tillis and Burr led efforts to secure the additional funding on behalf of North Carolina. The Senators pushed for funding by sending a letter with Congressman Rouzer on June 25, 2019, urging the Army Corps of Engineers to consider the Surf City/North Topsail Beach project that was awarded.

Senator Tillis also sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget in July urging consideration of North Carolina when awarding disaster relief funds in the aftermath of Hurricanes Matthew and Florence, as well as sending a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers urging them to consider the Carteret County project that was awarded.

“This award to help North Topsail Beach and Carteret County with flood and storm damage projects has been a top priority of mine and I have worked tirelessly with Senator Burr to secure funding to help these communities recover and be better prepared for future storms,” said Senator Tillis. “Both of these areas sustained lasting damage and I am proud to have led the efforts with Senator Burr and Congressman Rouzer to get the funding they deserve. I want to thank the Trump Administration for hearing our concerns and making these projects a priority, and I will continue to work until North Carolina’s communities that have been damaged get the relief they need.”

“Each storm that hits North Carolina takes a toll on our beaches and river basins,” said Senator Burr. “After the historic damage inflicted by recent hurricanes, it was clear that more preventive measures needed to be taken to better protect our coastal communities. This additional $281.5 million allocation will do just that. I applaud the Corps of Engineers for investing more than $321 million in North Carolina so we can reduce the impact of future storms.”


Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, January 13, 2020 3:55:00 PM Categories: News

Emerald Isle Police Investigate Fatal Shooting 


View Press Release Issued by the Emerald Isle Police Department on January 10, 2020 at 9am.

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Friday, January 10, 2020 9:49:00 AM Categories: News
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