A surprising number of Greater Jasper residents vacation in or have relatives in North Carolina; Frau and Dr. A-E moved here from the Old North State. Consider this another of occasional updates on what passes for news in North Carolina:

The Charlotte (NC) Observer tells this apparently real story of a super swimmer who just wanted to avoid arrest: “What started as a traffic stop ended as an ocean search in Surf City, N.C., after a suspect stopped by police jumped into the Atlantic and started swimming.

“Zachary Kingsbury, 20, was a good swimmer, too, because it took three hours before Surf City Police could find and arrest him, media outlets in eastern N.C. reported.

He was nearly a mile off shore when a police drone lost contact with him, police say.

The ordeal began at about 4:15 on a recent afternoon at a traffic stop on North Shore Drive, Surf City Police said.

“Officers reported they saw suspicious contraband on the passenger side of the vehicle. Kingsbury, who was driving, was asked to step out. Once out of the vehicle, he ‘fled the scene on foot, onto the beach, proceeding into the ocean,’ police said.

“A drone was deployed to keep track of Kingsbury’s progress in the ocean. However, the drone eventually ran out of battery power, news media reported.

“After 60 minutes of flight time, Kingsbury was over 4,000 feet offshore and visual contact was lost. At that point, the operation became a rescue operation,” said a statement from Surf City Police.

The search eventually grew to include Pender EMS, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Surf City Fire Department and the North Topsail Beach Police department, police said.

Finally, around 7:45 p.m., North Topsail Beach Police arrested Kingsbury at the Wicker Avenue beach access in North Topsail Beach.

“He is charged with resisting arrest, obstructing an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, and possession of marijuana of up to a half an ounce, jail records show.”

A-E wagers nobody will attempt to swim down- or upstream in the Canisteo River to avoid free room-and-board.

Before you move to coastal N.C., read this

As many as 20 North Carolina communities could be submerged by sea water in the next 15 years, according to a report on sea level rise in the Raleigh, N.C., News-Observer.

The study, “When Rising Seas Hit Home: Hard Choices Ahead for Hundreds of U.S. Coastal Communities,” analyzes three projected scenarios of when towns and cities along U.S. coasts can expect to see the ocean rise enough to disrupt daily life.

“The report was created by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit science advocacy group founded in 1969 by faculty and students of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The data in the report reflect three sea level rise scenarios: low, intermediate and high, based on predicted carbon emissions through the end of the century.

“Thirteen coastal communities in North Carolina will be more than 10 percent flooded at least 26 times per year by 2035 in the “intermediate” scenario, according to the report. That number increases to 20 communities by 2030 and 40 by 2060 in the “high” scenario.

“The potentially affected communities are virtually every settlement and crossroad on the Coastal Atlantic.”

Think Greater Jasper’ll ever have a building boom like this?

The Charlotte Observer reports “Charlotte’s not just going through a building boom. It’s also a demolition boom. Crews have been busy tearing down well-known structures across the city to make way for the wave of redevelopment that’s reshaping neighborhoods like uptown, NoDa, South End and Elizabeth, where building the new often means getting rid of the old.

The list of buildings that stood until recently – weeks ago, in many cases – is long.

When the author isn’t whistling Dixie, he’s the education reporter for The Evening Tribune.