Stories by Rob Morris

Publix supermarket ready to join the Outer Banks grocery war

The hours will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. year-round. Publix becomes the fourth large grocery chain to locate on the beach, with a fifth planned soon in Nags Head.

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Publix supermarket ready to enter the Outer Banks grocery war

The hours will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and there is no plan yet to change hours, as some of the local stores do, during the tourist season. Publix becomes the fourth large grocery chain to locate on the beach, with a fifth planned soon.

19 hrs


That smoke you smell in Nags Head is from a controlled burn

A prescribed burn on Roanoke Island sent smoke across the sounds toward Jockey's Ridge Wednesday. The burns are conducted to get rid of flammable underbrush and promote new growth of plant life.

Feb 21


Peter J. DeMasi, FFHS retiree, Feb. 9

He retired from First Flight High School where he enjoyed working with the staff. He loved supporting the students in their sports activities. Pete was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Feb 12


Chocolate and more auction, just in time for Valentines Day

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Outer Banks will host its annual Chocolate and More Auction from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.

Feb 9


Garnett Lee “Patty” Cooper Ripleyn of Grandy, Feb. 6

She was a member of Church of Jesus Christ in Roanoke Rapids, NC. She enjoyed spending time with her family, flower gardening, bird watching, and reading. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 9.

Feb 7


Barbara Ann Quick, Feb. 3

Barbara was widely known for her expertise in cake decorating. She was a "master" decorator. She owned the Cake Decorators School and Supplies business for many years in the Meriden, CT area.

Feb 7


Tommie Davis Daniels of Wanchese, Jan. 31

A United States Army veteran, Tommie served his country honorably for 9 years and 10 months. He was also a recipient of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award.

Feb 1


Charlie Floyd Fisher Jr. of Kill Devil Hills, Jan. 23

Charlie Floyd Fisher Jr. , 68 died Jan. 23 in Norfolk Sentara Hospital after suffering a massive stroke. He liked to fish, metal detect, and spend time with his family and his loyal canine companion, Elvis.

Jan 29


Jones joins Dare County in push for offshore oil hearing here

U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones has thrown his support behind a Dare County request from for a local public hearing on a proposal to open most of the eastern seaboard to offshore exploration for oil and natural gas.

Jan 26


KDH offers assurances about timing, quality of Bay Drive path

In a recap of work on the $1.3 million project, Town Clerk Mary Quidley addressed questions about how long it's taking, why work was stopped over the holidays and the bumpy surface that has been put down so far.

Jan 25


Gates sheriff removed after indictment on multiple charges

Sheriff Randy Hathaway, 47, has been charged with obtaining property by false pretense, failure to discharge duties and one count of obstruction of justice, an SBI statement said.

Jan 22