It’s hard to put into words what the lighthouse means to the islanders and visitors alike who come from all over to gaze at (and climb) this magnificent structure. As kids, we would climb it all the time, day and night, (it was open 24-7 until 1976). We were the unofficial tour guides to the weekly batch of tourists during summer months. When it came to our guardian, it was one of the things we did when we made new friends, taking them up while giving them a history lesson.
I remember the conflict when the topic of moving the lighthouse came up. A lot of different opinions arose, but there was one common agreement… we all loved it and we didn’t want to lose it. Were we going watch it tumble into the ocean? Collapsing into the surf would be a slow, agonizing end to our sentinel and would be a crushing blow to all. Were we going to see the same fate in an attempt to move it?
And how in the heck do you move something so big, heavy, and old across sand? Like most folks, I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since it was moved. As I went through my photos for this piece, so many memories flooded my mind, and it was difficult to narrow it down to tell the story. I decided to pull some of my favorites to share, leading up to the move, during and after.
I’m looking forward to the reunion to catch up and share the many stories and memories form that time, see ya there!
Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet is seeing an uptick in charter and recreational vessels violating the current Code of Federal Regulations safety zone in place for the demolition of the old Bonner Bridge. Vessels are cutting through the center span and other spans, not following the navigational buoy system, the Coast Guard says. These phased [...] Local News | Full Article
July 5, 1934 – July 12, 2019 BUXTON — Mildred Midgette Burrus, 85, of Buxton, NC died Friday, July 12, 2019, at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. A native of Buxton, she was born July 5, 1934, to the late Annie Brown Gray Midgett and Warren Robinson Midgett. A member of Lighthouse Assembly of God, Milly [...] Obituaries | Full Article
From The: Ocracoke Observer The North Carolina Department of Transportation will begin construction of a bulkhead at the north end ferry terminal, known as the South Dock, later this month. According to Tim Hass, spokesman for the N.C. Ferry Division, work is scheduled to begin July 22 on the emergency project to protect the South Dock [...] Local News | Full Article
A heat advisory remains in effect for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands due to a dangerous combination of heat and humidity, per a Monday morning update from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office. This combination of temperatures in the 90s and high humidity with dew points in the low to mid-70s will cause [...] Local News | Full Article
At approximately 3 a.m. on Thursday morning, July 11, crew members from the U.S. Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet responded to a disabled vessel with two people on board in the Pamlico Sound after their anchor line had failed. The crew from Station Oregon Inlet went to the site of the vessel and towed the [...] Local News | Full Article
February 24, 1937 – July 10, 2019 AVON — Christine Melvinia Scarborough Gray, 82, of Avon, NC died Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at Vidant Medical Center. A native of Hatteras Island, she was born February 24, 1937, to the late Leona Williams and Ignatious Scarborough. A member of St. John United Methodist Church, Christine was [...] Obituaries | Full Article
Wright Brothers National Memorial invites the public to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the First Lunar Landing through a series of special events from July 18-21. Wright Brothers National Memorial will be fee-free on July 20th, and open until 9:00 p.m. Special guest on July 20th will be active NASA Astronaut Eric A. Boe [...] Seashore News | Full Article
In a depressing way, Hatteras Recycle is a microcosm of the current crisis in the U.S. recycling industry, and the urgent need for people to rethink what they throw in recycling bins. Owners Beth and Peter Eady, who bought the business in January, are already confronting steep spikes in tipping fees they’re charged, forcing them [...] Local News | Full Article
The ongoing passenger-ferry saga has had its share of twists and turns. In March when the nearly completed Ocracoke Express failed inspections, few islanders expected service this summer. Thanks to some quick action by the General Assembly, the governor’s office, N.C. Department of Transportation and its Ferry Division, a leased boat was procured, and its [...] Local News | Full Article
“We need to not let up, we need to continue and we need to get stronger somehow,” said Mayor Bobby Owens as he tried to drive home a point about the difference between today and the first time he fought offshore drilling off the North Carolina coast. Owens was chair of the Dare County Board [...] Local News | Full Article
Per the FB19-011: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin, NOAA announced the limited opening of recreational and commercial seasons for red snapper in the South Atlantic Federal Waters, which includes coastal North Carolina. WHAT/WHEN: The recreational sector will open for harvest on the following days: July 12, 13, and 14, 2019 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) – The recreational season opens [...] Fishing | Full Article
Representatives from the National Weather Service (NWS) and Dare County came together on Tuesday evening to discuss hurricane preparation steps and online forecasting tools at a Hurricane Community Forum held in Buxton. The community forum, which attracted a solid crowd of roughly 40 attendees, was an opportunity for NWS to share hurricane information, as well [...] Local News | Full Article