Stories by Rob Morris

Rosie Hawthorne’s recipes: Say cheese for holiday entertaining

Cheese straws are part of the Southern experience. A staple in Southern entertaining, the cheese straw is mandatory at receptions, showers, and potlucks, and at Christmas time, the straw invariably finds its way into decorated tins for gift-giving. Most every Southerner’s grandmother had a recipe for cheese straws, usually handwritten on a 3- x 5-inch […]


Kim Blankenburg is named Nags Head’s employee of the year

The award, named after Police Sgt. Earl Murray, who died in the line of duty in May 2009, recognizes employees who have shown excellence in attitude toward the public and co-workers, performance, quality of work and attendance.

Dec 7

Sandra Sue Sisler Morrison of Kill Devil Hills, Dec. 1

Forever the entrepreneur, she was co-owner of Earthworks for many years. Also, her love for the Outer Banks and people prompted her to open Sandy Beach Tours and Scoot-Hers, which brought her much joy.

Dec 5

Kimberly A. Parker of Colington, Dec. 2

Locally, Kim plied many trades and in her spare time loved fishing and walking the beach. She was proud of her membership in the Kill Devil Hills Eagles Club #4506 which allowed her to continue serving her community.

Dec 4

Local leaders protest federal approval of seismic testing

Last week, the National Marine Fisheries Service gave its go-ahead for seismic surveys for oil and natural gas in the Atlantic, approving five companies for incidental harassment of marine mammals.

Dec 3

Both lanes clear heading east on Wright Bridge this week

Travelers will find two open lines heading east this week on the Wright Memorial Bridge, which is among the projects where work has been suspended during the busy Thanksgiving stretch.

Nov 21

Building and four vehicles destroyed by fire in Columbia

Sheriff Darryl Liverman was first to respond to a call to the Regional 911 Center at 2:06 p.m. and saw smoke pouring from the east end of the building on U.S. 64 just east of Columbia.

Nov 19

Fire guts charter boat in Wanchese; no one hurt

Charred and melted cushions were piled on the dock after the fire, surrounded by foam and water used to put it out. A window on the right side of the boat, Fishin Fannatic, was broken out. Fire and smoke left black streaks on part of the exterior.

Nov 1

Election 2018: State Constitutional amendments explained

The North Carolina Republican Party has endorsed the amendments. Gov. Roy Cooper, five former governors, environmental groups, commercial fishermen and labor groups are among those opposing them.

Oct 31

Outer Banks Children’s Museum closes its doors after 8-year run

Eight years after starting in a modest Kitty Hawk storefront, the Outer Banks Children's Museum is shutting down. Founder Alyssa Hannon said that the museum will be closed "for an undertermined period of time."

Oct 29

Ronnie Lee Beacham of Kill Devil Hills, Oct. 20

A retired firefighter with the Kill Devil Hills Fire Department, Ronnie was also a licensed North Carolina general contractor for more than 35 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #521 AF & AM.

Oct 28

Election 2018: The Candidates for N.C. Senate District 1

Democrat D. Cole Phelps and Republican Bob Steinburg are seeking election to be the new senator from the First District, which is the largest in North Carolina, covering 11 northeastern counties.

Oct 26