Stories by Michelle Wagner

A modest bequest blossomed into an enduring tradition

The small lump of money didn’t last long, but it didn’t have to. From it an idea was born among parishioners that has blossomed into a community-wide effort to feed the hungry and foster fellowship every week of the year.

Jan 29


Colington couple coaches a Special Olympics comeback

Seeing the interactions again and again between coaches and athletes, it’s not hard to understand why the J.E. and Kathleen Morgan have helped turn around a program that was, just three year ago, in dire straits.

Dec 27


First Flight High’s Blaiz Rodman returns after crash

The standout runner and basketball player at First Flight High School was seriously injured in a crash on U.S. 158 in Harbinger last June. Rodman returned to the court for the first time Tuesday in the Nighthawks loss to Northeastern.

Dec 13


Zonko trains for life’s mission: Helping a veteran with PTSD

It will be Zonko’s mission to calm his owner when he needs it, and to provide “reality checks” when he suffers from hallucinations. He is being trained by two Dare County Schools teachers, and he sometimes joins fourth graders in class.

Dec 9


Dowdy Park takes shape as it heads for May grand opening

More than two-thirds of the installation of the 2- to 5-year-old and 5- to 12-year-old playground areas is complete. The event plaza, pavilion superstructure and general site grading are also nearly done,

Nov 28


Marriott would be first new KDH hotel in 30 years

First Flight Hotel LLC has submitted a site plan for a 152-bedroom TownePlace Suites on the west side of N.C. 12 at milepost 8.5. The Marriott hotel would be built on the property once home to the Ebb Tide Motel.

Nov 9


Old gas station finally razed to make way for 7-Eleven

Town commissioners approved the project in August of 2015, but a dewatering project and associated permitting requirements held up the project nearly a full year. It was originally expected to be open by this past summer.

Nov 4


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Father William Stickle, civil rights leader, dies at 92

Described by many as a courageous and kindhearted leader who didn’t hesitate to challenge authority, he will be most remembered for his gentle and warm spirit, his devotion to God and church family and his unwavering compassion and humanity.

Oct 7


No-wake zones considered for Manteo – on downtown streets

New signs may soon be going up in downtown Manteo that designate “No Wake” zones, but don’t look for them along the waterfront docks. Look for them on flood-prone streets.

Oct 4


Filmmaker challenges women’s surfing stereotypes

Dayla Soul has spent most of her life living by the coast and looking for the next big swell. But what she found while surfing Ocean Beach, Calif. for the past two decades was that the true story of women’s surfing needed to be told.

Sep 15


Kitty Hawk says no to putting rehab center in old beach motel

After more than an hour of public comment Tuesday night, the Kitty Hawk Town Council rejected a zoning change that would have allowed allow therapeutic residential treatment facilities in the town’s Beach Hotel district.

Sep 8


Airbnb, other short-term rentals stay under the radar

The Duck Planning Board will consider next week how, if at all, the town should regulate residences being advertised on popular online marketplaces that rent rooms and sections of homes on a daily basis.

Sep 5