The Blended Roots of a Historic Hatteras Island Christmas

The history of Christmas on Hatteras Island is as rich and diverse as the history of the residents on the island themselves. European Elizabethan Christmas traditions were introduced to Hatteras not that long after the Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano discovered the tiny island and its friendly inhabitants, the Hatterask, Coree, and Croatoan Native Americans […]

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More than 40 Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles Rescued on Friday Morning After Temperatures Drop

More than 40 cold-stunned sea turtles were found and transported to the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST) Rehabilitation Center on Friday morning after Pamlico Sound temperatures throughout Hatteras Island significantly dropped overnight. The coordinated effort by local and northern Outer Banks volunteers is a regular endeavor during the winter months, when the occasional freeze […]

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The Steamer Ariosto, and the ‘Entirely Needless’ Christmas Eve Tragedy on Ocracoke Island

This is a story about a huge disaster that could have easily been averted. It is a story with negatives and positives. It is a story of a captain’s confusions, the terror of panic, and the avoidable loss of thirty human lives. Unhappily, it was on Christmas Eve. Ironically, it took place in a year […]

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Larry Dean Whitt

June 8, 1943 – December 19, 2019 BURLINGTON — Larry Dean Whitt of Burlington, NC, formerly of Manteo, NC, went to his heavenly home on December 19, 2019, at Alamance County Regional Hospital after battling courageously with a long illness. Born in Guilford County, NC on June 8, 1943, he was the son of the […]

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Recreational bluefish limit will be slashed to just 3-per-day starting in 2020

The number of bluefish recreational anglers can keep per day along the entire Atlantic coast will be significantly cut in 2020 after projections that total catches will exceed an annual harvest limit set by regulators. Last week, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council recommended and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved a three-bluefish daily limit […]

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Filing deadline looms for filing 2020 elections; still no takers for Ocracoke commissioner

With the candidate filing deadline for the 2020 general election approaching, which is this Friday at noon, only one candidate has filed for the three county commissioner elections. Two of the incumbents, Tom Pahl (Ocracoke) vice chair and Earl Pugh Jr, chair (Lake Landing) have announced that they will not seek reelection. The third, Benjamin […]

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Bernard Flowers Austin, Sr.

February 7, 1937 – December 17, 2019 MANTEO — Bernard Flowers Austin, Sr., 82, of Manteo, NC went to his Heavenly Home on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.  He was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on February 7, 1937, to Eyrie Peele and Leslie Davis Austin, Sr.  Although born in Virginia, he was proud to tell everyone […]

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