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  • EDITOR'S BLOG: We are not alone: Preservation vs. Recreation. On Shooting the Breeze above.
  • Hatteras UMW annual bazaar will be Nov. 1...On Community and Commentary Page under Event Planner.
  • Methodist Women's annual turkey dinner set for Nov. 4...On Community and Commentary Page under Event Planner.
  • New sandwich shop is open in Avon...On Community and Commentary Page under News and Business Briefs.
  • Special Coast Guard historic drill re-enactments at Chicamacomico...On Community and Commentary Page under Event Planner.
  • New research about pirate myths to be presented at Ocracoke Jamboree....On Local News Page.
  • UPDATE: Hatching nests will keep Cape Point closed to night driving for 1-2 more weeks...On Beach Access and Park Issues Page.
  • Commissioners are briefed on Dare Ebola preparedness...On Local News Page.
  • Court of Appeals grants another 30-day extension for rehearing of bridge lawsuit...On Local News Page.
  • An optimistic outlook for oyster season....on Fishing Page. 
  • Jeff Oden talks about the pressures on commercial fishermen on 'To the Point'...WITH AUDIO.  On the Fishing Page.
  • Outer Banks Angling: Catch them while you can...On Fishing Page.
  • Virginia couple charged in Hatteras Island break-in...On Community and Commentary Page under Crime Reports from Dare Sheriff’s Office.
  • The voter's guide to the Nov. 4 general election...On Local News Page.

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NEW....10.21.2014 5:35 pm UPDATE: Hatching nests will keep Cape Point closed to night driving for 1-2 more weeks
Turtle nest closes Cape Point to ORVs at night 10.14.2014 12:20 pm
Seashore's acting superintendent updates NCBBA members 10.07.2014 3:40 pm
Winds, seas have made ORV travel to Cape Point treacherous 09.25.2014 5:10 pm
Operation Beach Respect keeps the seashore clean 09.24.2014 3:00 pm
Night driving on ORV routes reopens on Sept. 15 09.11.2014 3:45 pm
Acting superintendent talks about seashore issues on 'To the Point' radio show...WITH AUDIO 09.08.2014 4:30 pm
Newly constructed ORV Ramp 25 to open on Sept. 11 09.03.2014 1:25 pm
Coastal Primer:  A closer look at critical habitat for loggerheads 09.02.2014 12:40 pm
Cape Point reopens to off-road vehicles 08.26.2014 11:50 am
It makes Turtle Sense:  Giving cell phones to turtles 08.21.2014 2:50 pm
Outer Banks not included in critical habitat for loggerheads 07.18.2014 4:30 pm
Unmanned aircraft to be prohibited in America’s national parks 06.23.2014 3:30 pm
Boyle rules against CHAPA in lawsuit to stop ORV rule 06.20.2014 6:30 pm
Who owns Bodie Island spit? 04.29.2014 5:00 pm
Circle of stones at old lighthouse site are being uncovered and prepared for a move 04.11.2014 2:15 pm
Park Service releases annual resource management reports for 2013 02.19.2014 1235 pm


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NEW....10.22.2014 2:30 pm New research about pirate myths to be presented at Ocracoke Jamboree
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10.21.2014 5:05 pm Commissioners are briefed on Dare Ebola preparedness
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10.21.2014 1:45 pm Court of Appeals grants another 30-day extension for rehearing of bridge lawsuit
7-mile bridge could be costly to CHEC customers 10.01.2014 3:20 pm
UPDATE: New concept includes 7-mile bridge into Pamlico Sound 09.15.2014 5:50 pm
UPDATE: DOT and SELC in 'discussions' about Bonner Bridge replacement 09.15.2014 4:45 pm
DOT temporarily suspends work on new Pea Island bridge 
NEW....10.20.2014 1:15 pm The voter's guide to the Nov. 4 general election
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ideo of shark feeding frenzy at Cape Lookout gets national attention 10.16.2014 10:45 am
Cancer Foundation Fun Run is a day of celebration....WITH SLIDE SHOW 10.13.2014 2:35 pm
Ocracoke travel trailer amendment on chopping block 10.07.2014 5:15 pm
Beth Midgett talks about replacing the Bonner Bridge on 'To the Point'...WITH AUDIO 10.07.2014 9:45 am
Dare commissioner Burrus charged with simple assault 10.06.2014 5:45 pm
Ocracoke's commissioner talks about marijuana, slot machines, ‘red neck IDs’ 10.03.2014 3:35 pm


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Community News
The Event Planner...UPDATED 10.23.2014
News and Business Briefs
...UPDATED 10.22.2014
Church Listings ...UPDATED 07.24.2014
Crime Reports from Dare Sheriff’s Office ...UPDATED 10.20.2014
Free Classified Ads ...UPDATED 10.24.2014
Obituaries ...UPDATED 10.17.2014

Commentary & Guest Columns
Second opinion on Nags Head nourishment would shore up public confidence 10.15.2014  11:35 am
Guest Column: Evacuation Vacation 08.18.2014 3:00 pm
Guest Column: Houston, we have a problem! 08.11.2014 3:15 pm



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Old oil test well at Hatteras lighthouse draws state's attention 10.09.2014 3:30 pm
Dream of community radio comes to Hatteras Island 09.17.2014 10:30 am
What's all the noise over Seismic Survey? 09.16.2014 3:25 pm
The state of the sharks 09.09.2014 12:15 pm
The Plight of the Monarchs 09.05.2014 3:00 pm
Coastal History: A new clue into the New World 08.29.2014 8:45 am
A storm gives up some unusual treasure from the sea 08.25.2014 10:00 am
Science aims to save lives with better rip current forecasting 08.21.2014 3:05 pm
'Wicked Tuna: North vs. South' really is quite wicked 08.15.2014 4:50 pm
Entrepreneurs out to prove that the drones are coming -- to help us...WITH SLIDE SHOW 08.07.2014 4:15 pm
Island Living: Guilty Pleasures 08.05.2014 5:00 pm
Honoring the Last 'Old Salt' of Ocracoke 08.05.2014 2:50 pm
In his first novel, local author brings a bygone era to life 07.16.2014 2:50 pm
Looking Back: Ocracoke’s Historic Community Square 07.15.2014 3:20 pm
Hatteras native turns her childhood memories into a series of books for young and old 02.05.2014 2:15 pm


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NEW....10.21.2014 11:00 am An optimistic outlook for oyster season
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10.20.2014 5:10 pm Jeff Oden talks about the pressures on commercial fishermen on 'To the Point'
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10.20.2014 4:35 pm Outer Banks Angling: Catch them while you can
NCBBA needs judges for red drum tourney
09.30.2014 4:55 pm
UPDATE:  It's time to register for NCBBA Red Drum Tournament 08.14.2014 12:00 pm
Marine Fisheries chairman Paul Rose dies suddenly 09.26.2014 1:30 pm
Outer Banks Angling: Autumn 09.25.2014 4:45 pm
Outer Banks Angling:  September brings signs of what's to come 09.03.2014 10:20 am
Outer Banks Angling:  The wicked North vs. the glorious South 08.21.2014 5:00 pm
Outer Banks Angling: Where has it gone? 08.07.2014 4:45 pm
Lawsuit would force agencies to manage recreational turtle bycatch 08.06.2014 10:50 am
Marine Fisheries certifies new state record African pompano 08.04.2014 1:30 pm
Outer Banks Angling: The summer doldrums 07.21.2014 3:30 pm
Outer Banks Angling: Summer time....WITH VIDEO 06.25.2014 5:45 pm
Outer Banks Angling: Almost there 06.04.2014 3:40 pm
2013 commercial and recreational fish and shellfish harvests released 05.20.2014 1:45 pm
Ridge Anglers of Kitty Hawk take first place in Ocracoke tournament…WITH SLIDE SHOW  05.05.2014 4:15 pm
The very best guide to charter fishing on the islands….WITH SLIDE SHOW 04.21.2011 12:10 pm


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Hatteras Island Real Estate: Assessed values vs. selling prices 10.03.2014 1:55 pm
Hatteras Island Real Estate: Property management 09.04.2014 3:45 pm
Hatteras Island Real Estate:  The rising sea level debate 07.28.2014 4:00 pm
Homeowners insurance rate hearing is rescheduled 07.18.2014 4:40 pm
Hatteras Island Real Estate: Answers to frequently asked questions 06.23.2014 10:45 am
Restoration Projects: A bang for the oyster buck 06.20.2014 10:50 am
Resort Realty acquires Hatteras Island vacation rental division of Colony Realty  05.13.2014 4:15 pm


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Island Living: Getting married Hatteras-style 
Wedding planners advise Island brides to have a weather plan
Tying the knot for Hatteras bridal couples is a labor of love for local minister
Destination wedding basics: 12 must-read destination wedding tips 
Island Weddings:  Planning a ceremony at the beach


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