Family is especially important for Chris Medlin, owner of East Coast Sports in Surf City, who comes from a long line of coastal business owners, dating back to the late 1940s.
Lighthouse builder Dexter Stetson laid sturdy foundations
The construction supervisor employed his structural solution to problems encountered when building the Hatteras light in later projects at Bodie Island and Currituck Beach.
‘Forest bathing’ or hiking a trail can make you feel better
Studies show that soaking up the forest environment reduces stress and promotes nervous system healing.
Beaufort County’s history, natural areas add to its lure
A centerpiece of the Inner Banks, Beaufort County features a state park and several smaller parks to complement its colonial heritage.
Friends to celebrate 45 years of Mountains-to-Sea Trail
The 1,175-mile trail that connects the Smokey Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge in the Outer Banks is celebrating 45 years.
‘Hey, I’m here’: Genealogist says family isn’t a ‘lost tribe’
Marvin Tupper Jones, whose Albemarle family history predates the Lost Colony, says he’s living proof that his Chowanoke ancestors didn’t just disappear from the historical record.
Story of flight on Mars has parallels to Wrights’ challenges
A replica of the Ingenuity Mars helicopter recently took flight at the national memorial in recognition of National Aviation Day and the Wright brothers’ ingenuity.
A coastal reporter remembers the late Sen. Marc Basnight
Journalist Catherine Kozak recalls her years covering the late Sen. Marc Basnight and his approach to politics, his impact on the Outer Banks and his passion for the coastal environment.
Lighthouse restoration needs exceed $8 million available
Officials say the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, completed in 1859, needs extensive work before it can safely be reopened to the public, but the rehabilitation could cost millions more than available funding.
Fishing is all about family for coastal guide Capt. Rick
Capt. Rick Patterson tried competitive bass fishing but later turned his focus and his passion toward saltwater angling and helping people, especially young folks, catch a big one for the first time.
Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City set to mark 82nd year
The Coast Guard’s largest aviation facility, Air Station Elizabeth City has grown from 249 to 800 acres, and from 60 to 2,000 personnel and employees since being commissioned Aug. 15, 1940.
Small sparrow’s plight in focus for grant recipient Allie Best
Allie Best, a graduate student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, is one of two recently named recipients of the North Carolina Space Grant and North Carolina Sea Grant, a fellowship awarded to students whose research explores challenging coastal problems.
Dare County has played key roles in NC history, tourism
In our continuing series on coastal county history, the county named for the first English child born in the New World still draws people from around the world.
Ranger-guided paddles encourage ecosystem appreciation
Away from the bustling summer crowds, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s new “Kayak with a Ranger” program allows participants to get close to and appreciate nature during guided paddles of the salt marshes and waters of Pamlico Sound.
Hammocks Beach State Park interns share love of nature
Rachel Hoag, Destini Hudson, Kylee Johnson, Sarah Kinicki, Sydney Machion and Megan Rozier have been living and working in tough summer conditions, but they all say the experience is worth it.
More visitors mean more maintenance on eastern NC trails
As county, state and federal parks are seeing more visitors and more frequent extreme weather, trail maintenance needs are increasing.