Mirlo Rescue Celebrates 100th Anniversary...WITH SLIDE SHOW

Sometimes it takes an event like the 100th anniversary of the Mirlo rescue to appreciate just how steely and true-hearted the Rodanthe Midgetts’ were who served at the Chicamacomico Coast Guard Station.
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Award-winning Documentary About Durham Teens’ Visit to Ocracoke to Premiere Tuesday Night

In early August 2016, the Durham VOICE, a community newspaper written by teens, and Partners for Youth Opportunity, the nonprofit that runs the newspaper, teamed with the Ocracoke Observer to bring the teen writers to this Outer Banks island for a working weekend.
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Mirlo 100th Anniversary Celebration Kicks off with Cedar Shake Art Exhibit

The Chicamacomico Historical Association and Dare County Arts Council is co-hosting an art exhibit at the DCAC Gallery in Manteo throughout the month of August to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the famous 1918 Mirlo rescue. 
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Night Sky:  August Looks good for Perseids Meteor Shower

The Perseids meteor shower will peak the night of August 12-13.  There are a number of reasons the Perseids are considered the best meteor shower of the year.  Read more





WWI U-Boat Campaign Centennial Event Set

The centennial of the World War I U-Boat Campaign off North Carolina’s Coast is to be commemorated with the opening of a new exhibit and a symposium Friday, Aug. 10, at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. 
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Mirlo Rescue Surfboat Renovations Complete

With the exception of some rope work which will be done in-house, the renovations to the famed Mirlo rescue surfboat conducted by conservators from the National Park Service (NPS) are complete.

The team of conservators worked on-site at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station last week, completing a number of projects to make the surfboat shine.
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Four Generations of John Allen Midgett Jr. Descendants Pay a Visit to New Hatteras Exhibit

Four generations of the descendants of Captain John Allen Midgett Jr., Keeper of the Chicamacomico Station during the famed Mirlo rescue, visited the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras on Friday to get a sneak peek at a new exhibit honoring this local legend.
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Time Travelling in Rodanthe – Discovering Hatteras Island’s Own Outdoor Drama

The Lost Colony in Manteo may get a lot of attention when it comes to live educational entertainment on the Outer Banks, but Hatteras Island has its own historic outdoor drama that has been a weekly event since first launching in the 1990s. 
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Dilapidated Structures of Ocracoke’s Island Inn Demolished as Restoration Project Moves Forward...WITH VIDEO

On Monday, July 16, one of the initial phases of the restoration of the old Island Inn on Ocracoke began with a bang as construction crews demolished a large and dilapidated section of the once-sprawling structure.
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The Spread of the Invasive Common Reed, and What’s Being Done

Take a drive along N.C. Highway 12 in the summertime, and it’s not unusual to spot tall and feathery stalks on both sides of the road swaying with the breeze. On the oceanside, these unmistakable plants that poke out above the sand dunes are the familiar sea oats that line the beaches, but on the soundside, these similar spindly plants are something else entirely. 
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Local Teacher Bringing Street Art to the Hatteras Village Scene...WITH SLIDE SHOW

Visitors and locals cruising by Nedo, Lee Robinson, and other familiar landmarks in Hatteras village may have done a double-take in recent weeks, as a series of colorful murals have seemingly popped up overnight at different locales throughout the community.  
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A Search for Answers in Rare Whale’s Death

It was a beautiful spring day, two days before the opening of the Ocracoke Fishing Tournament.


Lisa Loos, who had driven with her husband from their home in Winston-Salem for the tournament, was fishing  on the beach when she saw something in the surf.
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Blackbeard’s Pirate Life Uncovered at Special Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Exhibit

July 2 marks the opening day of a special exhibit at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum that ties in nicely with the upcoming 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s demise in the fall of 2018. 
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New Book Uncovers a New Voice from the Mirlo Rescue

When writer Kevin Duffus was asked to create a pamphlet or booklet on the 2018 rescue of the Mirlo to coincide with the upcoming centennial celebration, he didn’t initially know that his research would lead to a book. 
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Night Sky Highlights: In July, all eyes turn towards Mars!

On July 27, Mars will be as close to the dun as it ever gets - that’s called the perihelic opposition. Four nights later on July 31, Mars will be the closest it’s been to earth in 15 years, a mere 37 million miles! If you happen to have a spaceship handy, this would be a good time to travel to the red planet. You would really save on gas.
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Ocean Center’s Summertime Programs for 2018: Experiential Learning for All Ages

Whether old or young, visitor or year-round resident, Hatteras Island is full of opportunities to learn new things. As one of the most unique barrier islands located off the coast of the continental U.S., Hatteras Island is a powerful example of how environmental factors can greatly and daily affect the lives of both humans and non-humans living on the island.
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Mirlo Rescue Surfboat Renovations Resuming to Finish in Time for 100th Anniversary

The National Park Service (NPS) crew working on the renovations of the original surfboat that was used in the historic 1918 rescue of the British Tanker Mirlo are heading back to Rodanthe to work on site, and to restore the vessel in time for the centennial celebration. 
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Last German U-boat Captain Reinhard Hardegen Dies at Age 105

The last surviving World War II German U-boat captain who left a dark mark along the Outer Banks during the Battle of the Atlantic has passed away at the age of 105.

Captain Reinhard Hardegen first arrived in East Coast waters shortly after the United States entered the war as part of a German mission, code-named Paukenschlag (Drumbeat), to attack oil tankers and freighters along the Eastern Seaboard before they could head to Europe. He took command of the U-123 in May of 1941, and was chosen for Drumbeat after a successful attack on ships off the coast of West Africa. 
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Local Coast Guard Crew Members Sign Up For Salute To Life Bone Marrow Registry

The village of Hatteras is a tight-knit Outer Banks community. The type that when bad news hits, it affects everyone.

When one of the members of the community, Coast Guard Auxiliarist, friend and mentor to the crews at local Coast Guard stations, was diagnosed with cancer, it was hard for everyone to digest. 
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Farmers Market Season Begins Tuesday, and It’s Shaping up to be Bigger than Ever

On Tuesday, June 12, the Hatteras Island Farmers Market will kick off its 2018 season with potentially more vendors - and attendees - than ever before.
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Shipwreck Exploration to be Livestreamed

The exploration of an unidentified shipwreck 40 miles off the coast of Hatteras Island will be broadcast live June 25 with viewing at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. 
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Preparations for the Mirlo Rescue 100th Anniversary Celebration are Heating Up

August 16,, 2018, will be an iconic day on Hatteras Island, as it marks the 100th anniversary of the rescue of the British tanker Mirlo, which is easily one of the most famous rescues in local history.  
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Islanders Show Appreciation for Veterans through Cape Hatteras Wounded Warrior Vacation Program

On the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, the aroma of good Carolina barbecue drifted from Indian Town along Highway 12, drawing Hatteras Islanders together to remember with respect the men and women of the military who have stood tall to defend America’s freedom and values.  Many of them have fallen.  Many others, the nation’s wounded warriors, bear the scars of war for all their lives.
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Ocracoke Express Ferry Expected This Fall

Shortages of qualified marine welders and American-made aluminum has delayed initial plans for a mid-summer launch of the Ocracoke Express, the state’s first high-speed passenger ferry. But that doesn’t mean that Outer Bankers won’t possibly be taking a few spins on the new vessel and tram service this year. 
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Discovering North Carolina’s Most Remote B&B – a Trip to the Frying Pan Tower...WITH SLIDE SHOW

On May 26, 2018 I took the approximate 350 mile journey from Hatteras Island to the Frying Pan Shoals Tower. I left my house and drove 5.5 hours to Southport, N.C. When I arrived at High Tide Helicopters, I was a bit nervous and questioning my own sanity as I was about to ride in a helicopter for the first time to be dropped off approximately 35 miles offshore on the Frying Pan Shoals Light Tower. 
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Get your Groove, Grub and Art on at the Rock the Cape Festival

Local artists, musicians, chefs, Veterans, students, and art galleries will all be celebrated with style on Memorial Day weekend when the 6th Annual Rock The Cape Festival returns to Hatteras Island.
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To the Moon and Back - A Unique Moonbounce Expedition Sets up Shop in Avon

It was mid-May when residents in Avon noticed a slight change in their view of the Pamlico Sound.

Almost overnight, a small collection of skinny antennas suddenly hovered over the other rooftops, creating a strange aesthetic that looked out of place in the residential neighborhood, but which might have looked at home on the grounds of a radio station. 
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Lee Robinson General Store Celebrates 70th Anniversary

The Lee Robinson General Store in Hatteras village will be celebrating 70 years of business this fall, a feat not easily achieved in such an isolated fishing village, and which owners attribute to hard work, innovation, and giving back to the community.
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Hundreds Enjoy Ocracoke’s First Waterfowl Festival

An unbelievable amount of talent was on display at the first annual Ocracoke Waterfowl Festival April 21.  
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Blackbeard, Mirlo Rescue Commemorated in Upcoming Summer Exhibits

2018 is a unique year on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, as there are several landmark events in local history that are reaching some impressive milestones this summer and fall. 
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Annual Ceremonies to Honor WWII British Sailors to be Held on May 10 and May 11

On the anniversary of the sinking of two allied ships, two ceremonies are held to honor the sixty-three foreign sailors who gave their lives during World War II, while protecting the coast of the United States.
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Night Sky:  Meteor Showers, Double Galaxies, and more Night Sky Highlights for May

April yielded some great views of double galazies!

The large spiral galaxy in the upper left is Messier 100; the smaller galaxy in the lower right is NGC 4312.   Messier 100 was discovered in 1781, but it wasn’t until 1850 that its spiral structure could be seen with the use of a six foot reflector telescope. 
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Portsmouth Island Comes Alive for 2018 Homecoming...WITH SLIDE SHOW

On a sunny and breezy Saturday, a crowd of hundreds cooled off under a shaded tent in front of the Portsmouth Island Methodist Church as history professor and grandson of Dot Salter Willis, David Quinn, shared his grandmother’s thoughts on life in Portsmouth village.
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Dozens of Coast Guard Personnel Come Together to Uncover the Heroes of the Past...WITH SLIDE SHOW

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) personnel from Elizabeth City to Hatteras Inlet came together in the tri-villages on Thursday to clean and uncover the gravesites of generations of lifesaving heroes.

The crew of roughly 65 personnel represented all ranks and a total of seven units, and their goal was to clear out and honor a collection of sites in Rodanthe where former Coast Guard and Life-Saving Service Station members – the predecessor of the USCG - were laid to rest.
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Juvenile Bull Shark Population Growing In Western Regions Of Pamlico Sound

The juvenile bull shark population is on the rise in the western regions of the Pamlico Sound, per a recent study that utilized combined data and studies from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, East Carolina University and Simon Fraser University. 
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Ocracoke’s first Waterfowl Festival set for April 21

Ocracoke’s first Waterfowl Festival on April 21 in the school gym will celebrate renowned island carver Dave O’Neal. 
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Surprise Visitor Makes A Spring Appearance North Of Avon

Beach-goers were surprised on Wednesday to encounter an unusual beach bum just off of Ramp 27 – a seal that had found a high and dry stretch of sand close to the dune line. 
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Kinnakeet Home:  Gardening Island Style

There is something about the month of April that makes even a non-gardener want to grow something, to see life sprout up from the winter-scorched earth.  The sandy soil of Hatteras Island doesn’t seem to naturally grow anything but prickly pears and briars, but historically, people kept gardens and grew much of their own produce. 
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Rock The Cape Festival Returning to Hatteras Island For 6th Year

Culinary art will join the visual and performing arts at Dare County Arts Council’s sixth annual Rock The Cape Festival, which will return to Hatteras Island Memorial Day weekend.
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Deserted Island Village to Come Alive Again

These days, the hush blanketing historic Portsmouth Village is only disturbed by the rustle of a critter in the marsh, the squawk of birds and the footsteps of an occasional summertime visitor.  
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5th Annual Graveyard of the Atlantic Underwater Heritage Symposium Set for April 7

Early spring is the beginning of diving season on the Outer Banks and also when the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum hosts its annual Underwater Heritage Symposium. The event is scheduled for April 7, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. 
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Shipwrecks Resurface All Along the Island after a Month of Nor’easters

A month of nor’easters can lead to great things when the weather clears, and throughout Hatteras Island, consistent northeast winds mean that shipwrecks which are often covered during the summer months are once again exposed. 
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Video Shows In-Depth Study of Pappy’s Lane Shipwreck in Oregon Inlet

Video footage shared by the Coastal Studies Institute and released by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) gives an inside look on the examination of the shipwreck that was recently identified in Oregon Inlet. 
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A Family Tradition of Giving

The Inez Daniels Austin Scholarship is one of the largest scholarships awarded to graduating seniors from Hatteras Island. A merit-based award, it is named after a devoted teacher who believed in the potential of education and community.

And Inez’s scholarship is growing; a surprise bequest from her daughter, Josephine Oden, who passed away in 2017, has just been added to the Inez Daniels Austin Scholarship Fund through the Outer Banks Community Foundation. 
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Operation Drum Roll: Ocracoke During WWII

In December 1941, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Adolph Hitler declared war on the United States. Not long afterward, German submarine Adm. Karl Doenitz put into action a plan to close off the transport of oil, lumber and other products crucial to U.S. military operations along the East Coast. The plan was called Paukenschlag, often translated as “Drumbeat” or “Drum Roll.” 
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Citizen Science Program Needs Your Help Observing the Weather

Do you ever wonder how much rainfall you received from a recent thunderstorm? How about snowfall during a winter storm? If so, an important volunteer weather observing program needs your help! The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network, or CoCoRaHS, is looking for new volunteers across North Carolina. The grassroots effort is part of a growing national network of home-based and amateur rain spotters with a goal of providing a high density precipitation network that will supplement existing observations. 
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Lady Canes Basketball: Seasons End, But a Team is Forever

The Lady Canes basketball team quickly rose to local fame after going undefeated for 25 games this season.
Though our Hatteras Lady Canes fell to the rivalling Lady Canes of Pamlico County to end their season, our conference champs progressed further in competition than any team from Cape Hatteras has in a long time.
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Kinnakeet Home: Nor’easter Winds

March came in like a lion on Hatteras Island in the form of a nor’easter that hit on us the front side with soundside flooding that wasn’t too bad, but on the back side with ocean overwash that was wickedly cruel to our shoreline.  
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Hatteras Shipwreck Surfaces Once Again

A locally famous but technically unknown shipwreck close to ORV Ramp 55 in Hatteras village has made another appearance after a week of rough seas and high winds.

The shipwreck, which is appropriately located just across the street from the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, comes and goes as it is unceremoniously covered with sand, and then revealed after long periods of strong northeast winds.
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New Painting Brings Surfmen’s History to Life

Two bearded men, both in blue U.S. Life-Saving Service uniforms, are standing next to one another on an empty beach in front of a boathouse. The white man holds an anchor with a rope, the black man holds an oar. Their expressions are serious; they’re working — together. 
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Night Sky: Blue Moons, Galaxies and More Night Sky Highlights for March

The last full moon we saw was on January 31, and it also happened to be the second full moon for the month making it a “Blue Moon!”  February had a Black Moon (no full moon) and March starts out with a full moon on the 1st, followed by a Blue Moon on the March 31.
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Lights Out for Hatteras: The 3rd Annual Starry Nights Event

Hatteras Island is fortunate to have one of the clearest skies in the country, perfect for viewing some of the most amazing wonders of the universe. These world class nighttime views are not only suitable for stargazing, however, but for encouraging flourishing wildlife populations. Despite having some of the darkest skies on the East Coast, there is still more that can be done to eliminate light pollution in our community. The third annual Starry Nights event not only brought attention to the issue of light pollution, but sought to educate the group which will be left to deal with its effects: children.
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Kinnakeet Home: Avon Harbor

When my grandfather, Ignatious “I.G.” Scarborough, was no longer able to drive, I liked to pick him up and take him wherever he needed to go. Every time he got in my car, he would tell me to go round by the harbor so he could see what was going on.  The harbor was the hub of the village. I assumed he would live forever but he passed away at the age of 96. I wonder what he would think if he saw the harbor now.
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Our Coast’s People: Chester Lynn

On the shelf of the china cabinet in Chester Lynn’s antique shop are three pewter plates that once belonged to Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard the pirate. 
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Oysters Rockefeller Has Carolina Cousins

The inspiration for the famous American dish Oysters Rockefeller had nothing to do with oysters or billionaire oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller and certainly not with North Carolina foodways, except that the dish is so enduring many chefs along the state’s shore serve a version of their own. 
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The Smithsonian Features Ocracoke’s Blackbeard 300th Anniversary

Ocracoke Island gets on a lot of lists, and now it has landed on a Smithsonian Institution top-ten destination list of world anniversaries worth traveling for this year. 
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Our Coast’s History: A WWII Outer Banks Spy

World War II was hell, and those who remember it are few. However, some local folks still recall the horror of corpses washing ashore, deafening firebombs in the sea, mangled ship parts and sticky oil a-muck on the beach — and the paranoia of bad men stealing wartime secrets in Outer Bankers’ backyards. 
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Plenty of Galaxies and More Night Sky Highlights for February 2017

Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn are all visible in the early morning hours for all of February.  Jupiter will start the month rising at 1:20 a.m.  It will be followed an hour later by Mars. Saturn will be the late riser of the three appearing on the Eastern horizon at about 4:42 a.m. 
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The Outer Banks’ Original Life Preservers Come to Cape Hatteras Elementary

The Outer Banks, and especially Hatteras Island, is well known for its long history of ships and shipwrecks. Lesser known, however, is the history of Richard Etheridge and his all-black crew who not only performed one of the greatest rescues in the history of Hatteras Island, but whose story is also a testament to the cooperation between black and white surfmen at a time in America’s history when this was rare.
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Outer Banks Birding: Owls Are Awesome, Misunderstood

Owls, those phantom creatures of the night.

Their eerie calls raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Their flight is dead silent and the strikes on their prey are swift and lethal. Mysterious for sure, and considered evil by many – the stuff that legends are made of. 
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Ocracoke Island Decoy Carvers Guild Officially Formed

Ocracoke has a long, rich tradition of decoy carving and now more people will learn about it. The first organizational meeting of the newly formed Ocracoke Island Decoy Carvers Guild met last Wednesday evening (Jan. 10) at the Community Center. The Ocracoke Foundation sponsors this nonprofit organization. 
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Kinnakeet Home: “Route 101” and Early Transportation to Hatteras Island

I have many memories of traveling from my childhood home in Virginia to my grandparents’ homes in Avon.

My earliest is of waiting in line for the ferry that took cars over Oregon Inlet before the bridge was built.  Later memories include catching a ride with Basil Hooper, Sr. and his family.  Basil was from Avon as well, and would go home as often as he could get away.  On every trip, as soon as we crossed the VA/NC border, he would pull the car over and get out of the car so he could breathe that good North Carolina air.
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BOEM Releases Plan for Offshore Drilling

Despite strong opposition from East Coast governors, several dozen lawmakers and the Defense Department, the Department of the Interior Thursday released its proposed five-year draft plan to open up most U.S. outer continental-shelf waters, including off the North Carolina coast and some protected areas, to oil and gas exploration and drilling. 
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