Topsail Island NC

Topsail Island, NC: A 26 mile long barrier island which consists of 3 towns – North Topsail Beach, Surf City and Topsail Beach. Topsail Island has a rich history including testing of US Navy ramjet missiles as Operation Bumblebee.

January Resolution Yields Desired Result: NC Insurance Commissioner Says No Rate Hike

January Resolution Yields Desired Result: NC Insurance Commissioner Says No Rate Hike

JACKSONVILLE, NC Dec. 19, 2014 – During the Jan. 22 Onslow County Board of Commissioners meeting the commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution opposing a request by the N.C. Rate Bureau to hike statewide homeowner insurance rates. Today Onslow County residents learned with the rest of the state that the Board’s efforts yielded desired results. Onslow County Board of Commissioners Chairman Barbara Ikner said, “The board is ecstatic that endeavors to show this rate hike is unjustified were rewarded. We pushed hard to communicate the opinion of the members and our citizens and we are extremely pleased that Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin agreed with us when making his ruling.” In part, the resolution signed on Jan. 22 stated: “Now, therefore, be […]

NC Marine Debris Symposium News: Fall 2014
By November 17, 2014 Read More →

NC Marine Debris Symposium News: Fall 2014

Marine debris is a problem that continues to grow.  Our waterways and oceans are constantly polluted with a wide variety of marine debris ranging from polystyrene trays and plastic bags to derelict fishing equipment and abandoned boats. Marine life, such as several Fish species, Whales, Sharks, Sea Turtles, and Birds have been known to ingest marine debris or become entangled in marine debris, which may lead to injury, intestinal blockage, and death.  Marine debris is an Eastern North Carolina concern not only because of the threats to our native wildlife, our ecosystem and our own health, but it also washes up on beaches and shorelines degrading the environment, and effecting our local economy and tourism. Local cooperation and regional partnership is needed to create public awareness while developing ways to […]

The Historical Society of Topsail Island 9th annual Jingle Bell Ball

The Historical Society of Topsail Island 9th annual Jingle Bell Ball

Get your tickets to The Premiere Event on Topsail Island!! The 9th annual Jingle Bell Ball An evening of Dinner, Dancing and Cocktails to Benefit The Historical Society of Topsail Island Saturday, December 6, 2014 6:30 in the evening The Topsail Island Assembly Building Dressy attire, please Cash Bar Individual tickets $45.00 call Michael Nelson 910-547-8312 Reserved Sponsor Tables seats $80.00 each contact: Marcia Hamilton 910-358-1298 kmhamilton-1@charter.net Call today—Seating is limited and will sell out Tickets will be available at the November 13th HSTI luncheon.

Coastinista:  Your Daily Cup of Coastal Conservation (Tangled Up in the Blue)
By October 31, 2014 Read More →

Coastinista: Your Daily Cup of Coastal Conservation (Tangled Up in the Blue)

A few years ago, as seen in these photos, I was doing a beach cleanup at the South end of Topsail Island and came across this Common Loon that was hooked, tangled, and emaciated. I was able to grab him, remove the hook and line, but he was still in bad shape.  I took him to Possumwood Acres Wildlife Rehab in Hubert where he recovered and was released. This is not all that uncommon and happens from time-to-time when surf and pier fishing. This summer, while attending the Southeastern Marine Debris Consortium Workshop in Charleston, I got a text message from a friend, who was pier fishing, with a photo of a Loggerhead Sea Turtle entangled in his line. I […]

Surf City steps out with Gun Safety Camps for kids

Surf City steps out with Gun Safety Camps for kids

SURF CITY, NC July 22, 2014 – Surf City Parks & Recreation is taking aim with two Gun Safety Camps for youths ages 9-14, with activities taking place within 15 hour course based at the Surf City Community Center. The camp dates are July 28 to August 1 and August 11 – 15. The camp beginning July 28 will run from 1 pm – 4 pm and the camp starting August 11 will run from 9 am to 12 Noon. The camps are being offered in cooperation with community partner Surf City Guns & Ammo, local law enforcement personnel and certified NRA instructors, Rachelle and Jeff Trout.  Specific visits from local law enforcement agencies and Pender County Sheriff’s Department are […]

A Pirate’s Exile: Tarheel Escapades
By June 24, 2014 Read More →

A Pirate’s Exile: Tarheel Escapades

San Pedro, CA, June, 23, 2014-I don’t like to fly. Something about the entire process just makes me want to scream out loud about how crazy we all must be in order to pack ourselves into what amounts to a pile of metal and hurl ourselves into the air. Despite my misgivings about defying gravity, I made the decision to buy a round trip ticket to NC from Denver after talking it out with several of my friends. I needed to downsize my bags and my guitar needed to be put in a closet after sustaining some road wear. I packed the things I wanted to leave, along with the essentials and flew to Jacksonville, where my friend Steve and […]

Pet Adoption Event: Adopt-a-Cat Month

Pet Adoption Event: Adopt-a-Cat Month

JACKSONVILLE, NC June 13, 2014 – Onslow County Animal Services is celebrating the American Humane Association’s national Adopt-A-Cat Month this June. Spring and summer typically bring a surge of cats to the nation’s shelters. Onslow County Animal Shelter is no exception. Special discount cat adoption fees: All cats and kittens are $50 each. Adult cats one year or older are $5 each every Friday and Saturday during June. The adoption fee includes a rabies vaccination, Fel-O-Guard® 3 vaccine, and a spay/neuter certificate unless already spayed/neutered. Don’t miss out on this special event. Your support is crucial to helping the county reduce the stray pet population and the associated challenges. Citizens can also visit Onslow County Animal Services at 244 Georgetown […]

Summer Safety Tips for Pets

Summer Safety Tips for Pets

JACKSONVILLE, NC June 13, 2014 — Pets have a more difficult time keeping cool when temperatures soar. Onslow County Animal Services urges citizens to be mindful of the heat and keep pets cool to protect them from heat related illness and injury. Never leave pets in the car. On an 85 F degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows slightly open can reach 120 degrees within 30 minutes. The following tips can save lives: Never leave a pet in a car when you travel or run errands. On very hot days, limit exercising your pet to early morning or evening hours. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn a pet’s paws. Pets with light-colored noses or fur […]

Surf City Spin-A-Thon to benefit Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

Surf City Spin-A-Thon to benefit Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

SURF CITY, NC June 10, 2014 – Just a few bikes remain for Surf City Parks & Recreation Spin-A-Thon for the local Multiple Sclerosis Foundation to be held, Monday, June 16 at the Surf City Community Center. The Spin-A-Thon is divided into two segments: 8:30 am to 12 Noon and 4 to 7 pm with various instructors from the Surf City Spinning program handling this special event. Those who participate (at least 30 minute segments) can make a donation of their choice. A minimum $10 donation enters a raffle for an oceanfront beach house weekend and $25 – another raffle for a full week. Only 8 bikes are available for the Spin-A-Thon for all time segments and participants may sign […]

Topsail Area Kiwanis ’14 Tournament Team Registration Forms Available

Topsail Area Kiwanis ’14 Tournament Team Registration Forms Available

SURF CITY, NC March 18, 2014 – The Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island Area is accepting team registrations for its 2014 golf tournament scheduled for Saturday, May 3th at North Shore Country Club in Sneads Ferry.  North Shore Country Club is acknowledged as one of the premiere golf venues in the coastal Carolinas. 2014 – Kiwanis Golf Tournament Registration Form Registration forms may be obtained from any Topsail Kiwanis Club member, at the North Shore Country Club Pro Shop, or by contacting tournament chair Rick Benton at 910-604-3835 or via e-mail at rickbenton56@gmail.com. Tee time on May 3rd is 8:30 a.m., and the format will be Captain’s Choice.  The entry fee is $300 for each team of four.  Mulligans may […]

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