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Guest Column:  Hunter and Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Recalls Mistakes in the Marsh

I was shivering in a marsh one drenched December dusk with only a bruised ego for company. But my pride was giving way to a growing fear about my predicament.

The pelting rain and occasional taunt from a duck's beating wings were all I could hear over my chattering teeth. 
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Student Guest Column:  Surf’s Up: New Surf Team forms at CHSS

The Outer Banks is known as one of the top surfing destinations on the East Coast, so it may be surprising that this is the first year that Cape Hatteras Secondary School has had a surf team.

35 students have already joined the surf club this year, which includes 25 high school and 10 middle school participants.
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Guest Column: CHSS Says Thank You to Veterans

On Wednesday, November 8, the school gathered in the gymnasium to celebrate and honor both active duty and retired members of our military. The event included the Hatteras Island Coast Guard Station's color guard, as well as a video naming and honoring CHSS graduates currently serving in the armed forces. In addition, guest speaker, retired US Army member, Carl Reiber, gave a touching speech thanking all of the veterans who were present that day. Mr. Reiber has been awarded many different medals, including 4 Bronze Stars, and 13 Air Medals. 
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Playing Like a Team

The varsity volleyball players at Cape Hatteras Secondary School are certainly getting used to saying the phrase “We won!”
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Where’s the Football Team?

Friday nights are football nights in little ol’ Hatteras. With a large turnout, the football field is the place to be before greeting the long awaited weekend. Today however, the field lies dormant-- with no markings to indicate yards, and even the benches have taken a step into the background opposite to their usual spot.
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Guest Column | Blackbeard Memorial Service: The Genisis of Ocracoke’s Pirate Jamboree

Ten years ago, on the morning of the 22nd of November 2007, I stood alone on the sandy beach of Ocracoke Island’s Springer’s Point with my camera gear to take photos for my yet-to-be-published book, The Last Days of Blackbeard the Pirate

That day I pondered that, Blackbeard and the men who died there in the Battle of Ocracoke in 1718 ought to be remembered, they ought to be honored for giving history something worth preserving. Twenty-three mariners were killed that day, including 11 Royal Navy sailors. On that quiet morning in 2007, I resolved that in forthcoming years I would not stand there alone. It was then that an idea was born that would take on a life of its own. 
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