Stories by Michelle Wagner

‘The Right Stuff’ at the Wright Memorial

Despite soaring summer temperatures, about 100 people gathered under a tent at the Wright Brothers National Memorial on the afternoon of July 20 to meet and chat with active NASA Astronaut Eric A. Boe during…

Jul 20


Manteo gains control of Shallowbag Bay

The North Carolina General Assembly unanimously passed legislation on July 11 that places Shallowbag Bay within the corporate limits of the Town of Manteo, giving the municipality the authority to adopt and enforce ordinances regulating…

Jul 17


From tragedy to legacy:
Wesley Belisle’s memory lives on through his foundation

The foundation’s mission includes spreading awareness about the dangers of the ocean; promoting literacy and education; providing school supplies and toys for underprivileged children; and enhancing parks and playgrounds.

Jul 11


Southern Shores party ordinance defeated

A proposed ordinance that would impose regulations on property owners in Southern Shores who want to throw large parties appears to be dead after it failed to gain the support of the majority on the Town Council

Jul 10


Nags Head wants NCDOT’s help with traffic hotspots

Commissioners unanimously voted to ask NCDOT to analyze the merits of a full traffic signal at Soundside Road and U.S. 158, as well as install a pedestrian signal and crosswalk to the existing signalized intersection at Epstein Drive and U.S. 158.

Jul 9


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