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Home-grown tomatoes, the essence of summer

We Southerners take our tomatoes seriously. Very seriously. For us, the perfect tomato is still warm from the sun since it was just picked out of the garden at noon.



Bonner Bridge lawsuit: Don’t believe everything you read

If you've read that a federal court "overturned" the lawsuit brought by environmental groups against state and federal agencies over their plan to replace the aging Bridge, don't believe it.

Aug 19


Made-for-TV feud is fun, but tuna rivalry’s the real deal

Thursday's preview of Wicked Tuna: North Vs. South was probably the first time a bitter feud over fisheries quotas has been transformed into swaggering entertainment.

Aug 16

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Old beach market offers contemporary surprises

At the heart of Cahoon’s Market on the Beach Road in Nags Head is Dorothy Cahoon, known as “Miss Dot” to legions of locals and long-time visitors who frequent her store. Miss Dot is 91.

Aug 13


OBX doctor creates a natural, skin-friendly sunscreen

BanxBlock is the creation of Dr. Jeff Pokorny of Carolina Coastal and Outer Banks Plastic Surgery. Pokorny is a board certified plastic surgeon with 11 years of experience.

Aug 12

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Joint enforcement: Back-door politics from unlikely party

It comes as quite a surprise that a Republican governor and a GOP-controlled House of Representatives invited the federal government to conduct joint operations within North Carolina’s state waters,.

Aug 11


Small Ocean Center taps an expansive natural theater

Looking across the marsh behind the Hatteras Island Ocean Center, the vista is remote and beautiful. We’re standing on a dock that is the only public kayak and stand-up paddle board put-in site in Hatteras Village, Eric Kaplan, the center’s founder, notes. The dock is on Little Ditch Creek, about a 15-minute paddle from the Read More...

Aug 10

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Divers surface to distill spirits that defy convention

On first glance, this simple and rustic location might appear to be an average, run-of-the-mill distilling operation to the uninformed visitor. But Blue Ridge Distilling and its one-of-kind whiskey defy all expectations.

Aug 7


Cadre of young professionals preps for future leadership

After some brainstorming, the Chamber launched the Young Professionals Network soon after Brown took over the Chamber’s top spot last year. According to Brown, the Outer Banks Young Professionals has three primary goals.

Aug 6

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Bluesman to hold benefit for stepson after lung transplant

Mojo Collins and his band are staging a benefit Saturday for Keith "Scooter" Raynor, who underwent a double lung transplant nine months ago. Raynor is Collins' stepson.

Jul 29


Dominion turns on renewable microgrid in Kitty Hawk

The same wind that will provide energy steadily blew Friday in Kitty Hawk as dozens of dignitaries and Dominion North Carolina Power officials gathered to dedicate the company’s first renewable power grid.

Jul 27


Fundraiser set for young woman seriously hurt in accident

With no income coming in and the medical bills steadily adding up, Mckayla's family and friends decided to put a benefit together for her and her family to help with medical bills, travel money and other expenses.

Jul 27