Stories by Kari Pugh

Community support overflows for Walker family after son’s death

Jonathan Walker was killed Friday evening in a two-car accident on U.S. 158 in Currituck County near the Grave Digger monster truck shop, just a few miles from home. He fell asleep at the wheel on his way home from work.

Feb 10


Manteo board endorses naming Inlet bridge for Marc Basnight

Manteo officials weighed in with a Jan. 16 vote to name for the bridge Basnight, a Manteo native who served 26 years in the state Senate before resigning in 2011 for health reasons.

Jan 26


Fire damages unoccupied house near links in Nags Head

A fire Thursday damaged an unoccupied home near Nags Head Golf Links. It appears an electrical malfunction caused a fire on the exterior of the building and it then moved to the building's interior.

Jan 25


Wind, high surf advisories issued ahead of cold front Thursday

Heavy downpours are possible later tonight ahead of a strong cold front, with gusts of up to 45 mph possible, the weather service said. Strong winds will likely lead to high surf conditions from Cape Hatteras south late Thursday.

Jan 23


Coast Guard assists boat run aground near Oregon Inlet station

"This environment can be challenging during the night and in times of reduced visibility, so we were happy to provide assistance to those in need," the Coast Guard said in a Facebook post.

Jan 22


UPDATE: Was there really an earthquake off Virginia Beach?

Tuesday’s magnitude 4.6 earthquake off the Virginia coast may not have been a true temblor at all. There are no fault lines or tectonic plates near the quake’s epicenter, recorded at 6:30 p.m. 162 miles east of Virginia Beach.

Jan 16


All Saints ‘After Dark’ returns with classes to light up the mind

Now in its 10th year, the annual "After Dark" series at All Saints Episcopal Church launches Jan. 28 with 78 classes taught by local professionals for local residents, all for a good cause.

Jan 16


Better Beaches OBX seeking help moving old Christmas trees

Boy Scout Troop 117 as well as many local residents have given the group more than 150 trees so far. Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar and the Islander Motel will continue collecting them through January.

Jan 11


Free meals, food pantry hours offered for Coast Guard families

Some local churches and businesses are stepping up to help out local Coast Guard families and other federal workers going unpaid due to the federal government shutdown.

Jan 14


Cape Hatteras National Seashore restores basic visitor services

While a few restrooms and trash services will be reopened and restored, other services are not available during the federal government shutdown, including visitor centers, ranger talks and other programs.

Jan 12


Wild horse caretakers on watch for ‘swamp cancer’ among herd

The Corolla Wild Horse Fund is taking precautions to prevent the deadly “swamp cancer” that claimed the lives of six horses on Virginia’s Chincoteague Island. The fungus can be found in standing water.

Jan 10


Manteo selects Asheville official as its new town manager

James E. Ayers, currently general services director for the city of Asheville, will join Manteo in mid-February, following formal appointment and approval of terms of employment.

Jan 9