|New research about pirate myths to be presented at Ocracoke Jamboree|
research by author-historian Kevin Duffus has revealed that the
positive identity of an African-American member of Blackbeard’s crew
provides evidence about the infamous pirate’s identity and origin.
to popular myth, Caesar, who was one of six African-American slaves in
Blackbeard’s crew, survived well beyond the rest of the crew, said
Duffus, author of “The Last Days of Black Beard the Pirate,” which
sifts through the myths and facts about this mariner who is arguably
the most famous pirate ever.
will present two talks about his recent findings during the Second
Annual Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree on Ocracoke on Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. Read
|Commissioners Are Briefed On Dare Ebola Preparedness|
Dare County Board of Commissioners was briefed at its meeting last
evening on local preparedness for Ebola by Dr. Sheila Davies, the
county's public health director.
told the board that preparations at the state and local level for a
possible case of Ebola began in July and are continuing to be honed and
refined as new guidelines are issued by the Center for Disease Control.
The state, she said, has been "very active" in assessing community needs and preparedness. Read
|Court of Appeals grants another 30-day extension for rehearing of bridge lawsuit|
continue out of public view between the North Carolina Department of
Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration and the Southern
Environmental Law Center, on behalf of its clients, to settle a long
legal battle over the state agency's plan to replace the aging Bonner
Bridge over Oregon Inlet.
As promised, neither side in the
debate about replacing the bridge has commented on the confidential
maneuvering that's going on in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, nor has either
given any hint of how long it might take to either reach an agreement
or announce an impasse.
However, it's interesting to note that
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va., has
granted another 30-day extension of the time for parties in the lawsuit
to ask for a rehearing by the three-judge panel that issued an opinion
on Aug. 6 or by the entire Appeals Court. Read
7-mile bridge could be costly to CHEC customers
7-mile bridge that is on the table as the North Carolina Department of
Transportation and the Southern Environmental Law Center
negotiate an agreement to end legal action over the replacement of the
Bonner Bridge would be costly to Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative
members on Hatteras Island. Read
UPDATE: New concept includes 7-mile bridge into Pamlico Sound
new concept being considered by the North Carolina Department of
Transportation would include a 7-mile bridge into the Pamlico
Sound that would run from just north of Pea Island Inlet --at the dike
at the southern pond on the refuge -- down to northern Rodanthe.
announced yesterday that it is in discussions with the Southern
Environmental Law Center and its clients in the legal impasse over the
replacement of the Bonner Bridge and the solutions for the hotspots
along Highway 12.
The new concept is outlined in a PowerPoint
presentation that DOT gave last week when the department met with the
Highway 12 merger team, comprised of state and federal resource and
regulatory agencies, to brief members on the status of the project and
solicit feedback. Read
UPDATE: DOT and SELC in 'discussions' about Bonner Bridge replacement
North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Southern
Environmental Law Center, representing Defenders of Wildlife and the
National Wildlife Refuge Association, are currently in active,
confidential discussions regarding replacing the aging Herbert C.
Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet with a new parallel bridge while
continuing to develop a long-term solution to the transportation
challenges along the stretch of Highway 12 south of the bridge to
DOT temporarily suspends work on new Pea Island bridge
North Carolina Department of Transportation is temporarily suspending
work on the Pea Island bridge construction on Highway 12. Read
|The voter's guide to the Nov. 4 general election|
overarching court battles and unceasing political advertising that may
have created some cynicism this election season, Dare County voters
have an unusually full slate of contests to inspire a trip to the
all local offices on the ballot have opponents, from the county
commission to the clerk of Superior Court to the county Sheriff to the
District Attorney. Only three local judge seats and two partisan
offices are unopposed.
Hyde County, however, the only contested local race is for Sheriff in
which Democrat Carl (Guire) Cahoon is being challenged by Larry D.
Weston, who is unaffiliated. Read
|Video of shark feeding frenzy at Cape Lookout gets national attention|
YouTube video of a shark feeding frenzy at Cape Lookout National
Seashore, just south of Cape Hatteras, has gone viral on national and
social media this week.
video was shot by angler Donnie Griggs, while he was on retreat with
some other leaders of One Harbor Church, which is located in nearby
Morehead City, N.C. The men wrote in the text with the video that
they were out fishing for the evening's dinner when they came across
more than 100 sharks attacking a school of bluefish.
incident was filmed last Thursday, Oct. 9, and has been shared on local
television stations all the way to Indiana, a USA Today blog, ABC
Nightly News, and a whole myriad of other blogs and social media sites.
|Cancer Foundation Fun Run is a day of celebration....WITH SLIDE SHOW|
The 11th Annual Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation Fun Run was held on Saturday, and the survivors won.
across the finish line for the men was Keith Gray at a little more than
18 minutes. Evan O’Connell came in at a little over 20 minutes to pace the
women. They were the runners who took home the first-place trophies,
but the winners were the women resplendent in pink who had survived
breast cancer and were celebrating life. Read
|Ocracoke travel trailer amendment on chopping block |
Ocracoke Advisory Planning Board voted at its September meeting to
recommend removing the travel trailer section of the Ocracoke
Development Ordinance (ODO) on the premise that it duplicates FEMA and
other governmental rules.
trailers as housing on Ocracoke have been controversial for the last
few years. In 2011, the Planning Board while Darlene Styron was
county commissioner began looking at regulating campers as their use
increased by island employers needing summer housing for their
|Beth Midgett Talks About Replacing The Bonner Bridge On To The Point'...WITH AUDIO|
Midgett, who has been chairwoman of the Dare County Citizens' Committee
to Replace the Bonner Bridge since it was established in 2006, was the
guest on Sunday, Oct. 5, on the new Radio Hatteras interview show, "To
the show, she discussed the 25-year effort of the North Carolina
Department of Transportation to replace the aging bridge that is the
only highway link between Hatteras and the mainland. Read
|Dare commissioner Burrus charged with simple assault|
County Commissioner Allen Burrus of Hatteras village has been charged
with simple assault, a misdemeanor, and ordered to appear in Dare
County District Court on Friday, Nov. 14.
charges stem from an incident in which an employee, John Paul Pehrson,
20, says Burrus "grabbed him around the neck with both hands and pushed
him into the wall" at the Red & White Supermarket -- which Burrus
owns -- on Wednesday, Oct. 1, shortly before the store closed at 9 p.m.