English archaeologist says all 'lost colonists' came to Hatteras Island -- but did they?

After concluding his most recent dig on Hatteras Island in March, English archaeologist Mark Horton has declared that the Roanoke colonists did not disappear after 1587 -- all 100 or so of them went to the chiefdom of Croatoan to live with the friendly Croatan Indians at what is today Buxton.

In claiming to have solved the oldest colonial American mystery – the fate of the so-called “Lost Colony” – Horton, with the University of Bristol, also dismissed years of speculation from other archaeologists and historians who have hypothesized that friendly or not, the Indians could not or would not feed the entire colony.
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A gift of life from one Ocracoke islander to another

Fletcher O’Neal was shocked when his work colleague Emilie Burrus Mason offered to donate one of her kidneys so that he could live. The two islanders underwent transplant surgery March 8 in Norfolk General Hospital, and both are recovering nicely.

They are not related, and other than working together for the NCDOT Ferry Division in the Ocracoke office did not have much contact prior to this momentous decision. Emilie, 33, was honored at the April 4 Hyde County commissioners monthly meeting. 
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Launching the Outer Banks Scenic Byway

Do you know that the stretch of Highway 12 from Bodie Island all the way to Ocracoke Island and beyond is a part of a National Scenic Byway? And that it’s one of only 150 stretches of road in the country to be granted this designation?

If your answer is "no," don’t feel too badly – you’re not alone, by a long shot.

But the National Scenic Byway designation is a project that’s been in the works for well over a decade, and it’s about to grab attention along the islands in a major way.
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Dare clinic provides free basic health care to the uninsured....WITH AUDIO

The nonprofit Community Care Clinic of Dare, which provides free basic health care to Dare County residents who are uninsured or can't otherwise afford it was the topic of the Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the Point," on Sunday, April 3.

The show's three guests who discussed how the clinic operates and who is eligible included Rick Gray, the executive director, and two Hatteras islanders who work at the clinic in Frisco.  They are Dr. Jamie Fountain of Outer Banks Family Medicine in Avon, a volunteer, and registered nurse Pam Donahue.  
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The Night Sky: Tracking the planets and a meteor shower in April

April will start with Jupiter (magnitude -2.6) well above the eastern horizon at sunset.  You should be able to spot it just after sundown. If you view it with a pair of binoculars or a telescope, you should be able to see its bands. On a good night, you might spot several of its larger moons.  Jupiter will be visible for most of the night, setting in the west just before dawn.
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Weather Service citizen science program needs Outer Banks volunteers

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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Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Expansion: The controversy continues

On Thursday, Feb. 11, a chilly meeting room within the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum was packed with island locals and staff from NOAA who were all there to discuss the possible expansion of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.

The gathering was one of five public meetings held all along the North Carolina coast designed to answer questions and gather public input, and like many government meetings held on the island soil, the gathering – and the expansion proposal itself – was not without its fair share of controversy. 
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