A gray catbird surveys its snow-covered surroundings Saturday at the Currituck Banks National Estuarine Research Reserve north of Corolla. Photo: Kip Tabb
NC 12 subcommittee IDs five priority areas on Outer Banks
A subcommittee of the N.C. 12 Task Force has cited five areas of concern for the vulnerable roadway: Ocracoke, Sandy Bay between Frisco and Hatteras Village, Buxton, Avon and the canal zone around the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
Bridge will bypass Pea Island, but refuge access to remain
The new “jug handle” bridge bypassing the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is set to open early this year.
25-year-old Outer Banks Stamp Club seeks new members
Members of the Outer Banks Stamp Club, in their 60s, 70s and 80s, are trying to get the word out about their club, now in its 25th year.
Visitor center at Pea Island Refuge gets new lease on life
Federal officials were on hand Friday for a pandemic-delayed ribbon cutting at the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, which was elevated 5 feet and renovated, work that was completed in spring 2020.
Student study finds Buxton Woods a healthy, valued reserve
UNC students participating in a capstone study project at the Coastal Studies Institute found that the Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve is both apparently healthy and valued in various ways by Hatteras Island residents.
Researchers eye alternative energy to power state ferries
The North Carolina Ferry Division and university researchers are studying possible ways for alternative energy to power the state’s 21 ferries.
Highway marker unveiled
A state highway marker commemorating the first combat operations by African American troops from North Carolina in the state was unveiled Saturday at Elizabeth City’s Waterfront Park. Hundreds of enslaved North Carolinians were set free by Black soldiers during Gen. Edward Wild’s raid in December 1863. Photo: Kip Tabb
Black soldiers’ role in Civil War raid gets new recognition
A Civil War raid of Elizabeth City that led to liberation of hundreds of enslaved North Carolinians is set to be commemorated Saturday with the dedication of a new North Carolina highway historical marker.
Sanderlings take flight
Sanderlings take flight over the beach in Kitty Hawk. Although a familiar and common sight on beaches around the world, this migratory species’ numbers may be in serious decline in the Americas, with surveys showing as much as an 80% drop since the early 1970s, according to Audubon. Photo: Kip Tabb
Our Coast’s People: Dr. Ben Speller of Edenton
A retired NC Central professor and preservationist of African American history, Dr. Ben Speller of Edenton is a self-described collaborator who says that, despite the things that divide us, there’s more that we share in common than some may care to admit.
1913 storm thrashed ships, and a rescue led to accusations
The fourth Atlantic hurricane of the season this month 108 years ago resulted in a handful of ships lost or aground along the Outer Banks, including one daring rescue that led to allegations of piracy.
Manteo museum a snapshot of Pea Island Station History
The tiny Pea Island Cookhouse Museum in Manteo tells the bigger picture of the Pea Island Life-Saving Station, manned by an all-Black crew from the 1880s to 1940s.
Family researcher discovers Bertie County ancestor’s secret
John Bunch of Tampa, who spoke Saturday at the 10th Family History and Genealogical Fair at Hope Plantation, found answers in his research that confirmed what his relatives had long denied.
Marvin Jones’ Winton Triangle research a personal journey
Marvin Jones, Chowan Discovery Group executive director, has made it his life’s work to document the history of a northeastern North Carolina community of color.
New task force formed to tackle NC 12 ‘hot spots’
A new task force has been formed to address problem areas on N.C. 12, especially on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.