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  • Joaquin headed out to sea, but coastal flooding still a threat ... On Local News Page
  • Joaquin looking less threatening to Outer Banks, but is still a dangerous storm...On Local News Page
  • Weather-watching continues through another week.... Local News Page
  • Ocracoke highway reopens, ferry running as conditions improve...On Local News Page....WITH VIDEO
  • Update on Cape Hatteras National Seashore Beach Driving Access...On Local News Page.
  • ARCHIVED STORY OF THE WEEK: Shipwreck salvaging is a time-honored tradition on Hatteras and Ocracoke.  Under Archives at the bottom.
  • Judge says NC Bar proceeding unconstitutional On Local News page.
  • Legislators finally call it a day  On Local News Page.
  • Joaquin now a hurricane, potential path edges closer to OBX ..On Local News Page.
  • Dare County plans large-item pickup for October ..On Local News Page.
  • El Niņo and Hurricanes...On Island Features Page.
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore Facilities Remain Open, Beach Driving Access Limited...On Local News Page.
  • Annual Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree is Oct. 30-Nov. 1.  On Community News and Commentary page under Event Planner.
  • Residents of tri-villages get first look at proposed zoning maps...On Local News Page.
  • Ocracoke highway reopens, ferry running as conditions improve.......WITH VIDEO. On Local News Page
  • NEW EDITOR'S BLOG:  Enough, already, on gasoline prices!...On Shooting the Breeze above.
  • Coast Guard enforcing regulated navigation area at Oregon Inlet...On Local News Page.
  • Public has chance to weigh in on Buxton Beach restoration plan...On Local News Page.

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NEW....09.23.2015 1:00 pm UPDATED: NPS lists ramps that are open to night driving
Seashore superintendent is guest on radio show....WITH AUDIO  09.21.2015 2:00 pm
UPDATE: NPS clarifies night-driving near turtle nests 09.16.2015 5:45 pm
ORV routes reopen to night driving Sept. 15 09.14.2015 3:45 pm
Park Service issues record of decision on Bonner Bridge 09.14.2015 4:00 pm
Park Service's fall programs run from Sept. 8 - Oct. 12 09.03.2015 11:30 am
Ramp 32, parking lot, footpath on Hatteras Island to open Sept. 4 08.31.2015 4:45 pm
Cape Point Campground will stay open through Thanksgiving 08.31.2015 4:20 pm
Cape Point will reopen to vehicles on Sunday, Aug. 30 08.28.2015 3:30 pm
Pump station repairs will close some areas at Pea Island 08.25.2015 4:50 pm
Seashore breaks record for sea turtle nesting 08.05.2015 3:00 pm
Piping plover fledging plummets, sea turtle nests skyrocket 07.27.2015 5:15 pm
Park Service offers sea turtle nest excavation programs 07.06.2015 3:40 pm

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NEW....10.02.2015 8:30 pm  Joaquin headed out to sea, but coastal flooding still a threat
NEW....10.01.2015 8:30 pm  Joaquin looking less threatening to Outer Banks, but is still a dangerous storm
NEW....09.30.2015 6:50 pm  Weather-watching continues through another week
09.30.2015 5:30 pm Update on Cape Hatteras National Seashore Beach Driving Access
09.30.2015 2:10 pm Judge says NC Bar proceeding unconstitutional
09.30.2015 1:45 pm Legislators finally call it a day
09.30.2015 9:15 am Joaquin now a hurricane, potential path edges closer to OBX
09.29.2015 11:00 am Dare County plans large-item pickup for October
NEW....09.28.2015 11:15 am Residents of tri-villages get first look at proposed zoning maps
NEW....09.25.2015 1:00 pm Coast Guard enforcing regulated navigation area at Oregon Inlet
09.25.2015 11:40 am Public has chance to weigh in on Buxton Beach restoration plan
'Super blood moon' will give skywatchers a rare show...WITH VIDEO 09.24.2015 5:20 pm
Finding solutions to Hatteras Inlet shoaling moving at snail's pace 09.24.2015 2:20 pm
Coast Guard suspends search for missing Avon spearfisherman 09.22.2015 11:45 am
Day at the Docks is full of food, fun, festivities....WITH SLIDE SHOW 09.21.2015 5:20 pm
Ferry Division extends Hatteras-Ocracoke summer route until Oct. 6  09.21.2015 4:25 pm
UPDATE:  Sea turtle carcass recovered near Frisco Pier 09.18.2015 4:30 pm
UPDATED: Officials still seeking turtle injured by man with spear-gun 09.18.2015 1:30 pm
tate agency sets meeting on 'severe' gypsy moth infestation in Buxton Woods...WITH SLIDE SHOW 09.15.2015 2:15 pm
40 firefighters remember the fallen with Memorial Lighthouse Climb...WITH SLIDE SHOW 09.12.2015 12:15 pm

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Community News
The Event Planner...UPDATED 09.28.2015
News and Business Briefs
...UPDATED 08.10.2015
Church Listings ...UPDATED 
Crime Reports from Dare Sheriff’s Office ...UPDATED 08.19.2015
Free Classified Ads ...UPDATED 09.25.2015
Obituaries ...UPDATED  09.21.2015

Commentary & Guest Columns
Commentary: The regressive tax hike for low-income families snuck into the budget  09.24.2015 11:20 am 
Commentary:  Another round of stigmatizing grades for low-income schools 09.09.2015 6:10 pm
Commentary: CCA is all about catching fish for fun, not food 07.07.2015 11:30 am

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NEW....09.29.2015 10:15 am El Niņo and Hurricanes
A sure sign of fall on the coast 09.23.2015 6:25 pm
Battling the prescription drug epidemic in Dare County 09.17.2015 1:15 pm
The Night Sky: Rare 'supermoon' total eclipse will be Sept. 27 09.01.2015 5:10 pm
Our Coast’s Food: Brunswick Stew 08.27.2015 3:45 pm
Ocracoke's Street names: Who are Nubbin, Ikey D, and the Poker Players? 08.25.2015 4:30 pm
10 bands are set for Hatterasity, a bluegrass block party, on Oct. 8-11 08.25.2015 9:00 am
Island Living: The lessons learned with age 08.11.2015 3:50 pm
Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station is topic of radio show...WITH AUDIO 08.03.2015 2:30 pm

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Makeup of state fisheries board invites political intrigue 09.23.2015 12:00 pm
Fish respond to warming ocean 09.15.2015 3:15 pm
Battle for control of North Carolina seafood is complicated 09.14.2015 2:45 pm
Outer Banks Angling: That’s a wrap 09.10.2015 2:20 pm
South Carolina man catches new North Carolina state record jolthead porgy 09.08.2015 3:00 pm
Battle brewing over flounder limits based on disputed study 08.28.2015 4:25 pm
Marine Fisheries Commission delays vote on southern flounder proposals 08.25.2015 3:25 pm
Outer Banks Angling:  Fishing is solid as summer winds down 08.21.2015 1:35 pm
The sassy women  of 'Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks" call Hatteras home....WITH VIDEO 07.22.2015 2:20 pm
Commercial fishing harvest increases, recreational harvest decreases in 2014 05.19.2015 12:30 pm
Coast Guard releases boating safety app 05.19.2015 9:00 am
The very best guide to charter fishing on the islands….WITH SLIDE SHOW

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OBX tourism survives the 'summer of the shark' 09.03.2015 4:00 pm
Dare's second quarter 2015 Cost-of-Living Index is 108 percent 08.31.2015 3:20 pm
Hatteras Island Real Estate: Trends in vacation and investment properties 08.31.2015 2:00 pm
Consumers confused by flood insurance surcharge 08.27.2015 3:30 pm
Complex process delays floodplain maps again 08.18.2015 10:50 am

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Something old, something new, something green
Island Living: Getting married Hatteras-style 
Wedding planners advise Island brides to have a weather plan
Tying the knot for Hatteras bridal couples is a labor of love for local minister
Destination wedding basics: 12 must-read destination wedding tips 
Island Weddings:  Planning a ceremony at the beach

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Featured article of the week from our Arc
‘NIGHTS IN RODANTHE’:  A stormy debut for the much-anticipated film...WITH SLIDE SHOW, STORM VIDEO, AND MOVIE TRAILER (Originally posted Sept. 26, 2008)
Hurricane Isabel divides the island, but unites the community (Originally posted August 2, 2013)
Waterspout Surprises Buxton Residents And Visitors (Originally posted August 25, 2008)
Plastic bag ban will expand to all businesses on the Outer Banks on Oct. 1 (Originally posted September 14, 2010)

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