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Sherrif’s alert on debt collection scam: Don’t believe it

Outer Banks Voice

The Dare County Sheriff’s Office has posted on alert to beware of any caller claiming to be a deputy collecting a debt.

Here’s what it says:

It has come to our understanding that the SCAM about jury duty/arrest warrants etc. has been surfacing once again. We do have court coming up where jurors may be needed. You may receive some mail, a phone call or even a visit by a Deputy if you do not show up to court as instructed.

WE WILL NOT call you and tell you to pay any amount of money over the phone. If someone calls you on our behalf and asks you to pay anything over the phone it is a SCAM.

Do not purchase any ‘Green Dot’ cards or other forms of payment to give to them. If you have any concerns about a call you received please give the Sheriff’s Office, your Local Police Department and/or the Clerk of Courts a call.

DO NOT call the number back they called you from or provided you. These individuals can be intimidating and forceful and may call you back numerous times. These SCAM ARTISTS are getting better at their craft and the phone number may look like it came from a Law Enforcement Facility or Clerk of Courts, 252 475 5200.

After they ask you for money to be provided over the phone, HANG UP call us use one of the following numbers.

Dare County Communications non-emergency number 252-473-3444
Dare County Sheriff’s Office – 252-475-5980

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Twice weekly residential trash collection resumes April 1 in KDH

Submitted Story

The Town of Kill Devil Hills will resume its twice-per-week residential refuse collections on Monday, April 1, 2019 through November 1, 2019:

• East side of US Highway 158: Mondays and Thursdays

• West side of US Highway 158: Tuesdays and Fridays

Please take advantage of the Town’s Recycle and Dry Trash Drop-Off Centers, located at 701 Bermuda Bay Boulevard, which are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Recycle Center services are available for anyone; however, the Dry Trash Drop-Off services are available to Town residents and property owners only and a permit is required. Obtain a permit at the Public Services office, 107 Town Hall Drive, or call 252-480-4080 for more information.

Additionally, Town residents can subscribe for curbside residential recycling service offered by Bay Disposal & Recycling, for a small fee. For more information, call 252-491-5105.

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Keith Stanley “Pappy” Swain of Wanchese, March 22

Submitted Story

Keith Stanley “Pappy” Swain, 56, of Wanchese, NC died Friday, March 22, 2019. Born in Atlantic City, NJ on May 12, 1962, he was the son of Marie Gilchrist and Donald Gary Swain.

A devoted grandfather, Keith worked as a commercial fisherman.

In addition to his parents, Keith is survived by his wife, Judith McFalls Swain; a daughter, Karrie; two sons, Michael and Derek; five grandchildren, Madison, Nicholas, Eli, Lilli, and Lexi; a sister, Donna and husband, Larry; and two nephews, Sean and Ryan.

A memorial service was held at 2:00 pm on Monday, March 25, 2019, at Bethany United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ken Mann officiating.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

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Big weather change will bring 50 mph gusts and high surf

Rob Morris

Clouds over the coast Monday night. (NOAA)

A big change in the weather overnight will lead to much lower temperatures, high winds and heavy surf on Tuesday.

A wind advisory posted by the National Weather Service through 6 p.m Wednesday calls for the possibility of gusts of up to 50 mph.

Winds will be from the north to northeast at 25 to 35 mph for next couple of days.

Temperatures will drop to the upper 40s on Tuesday after topping out at a little over 70 degrees on Monday.

Another advisory calls for heavy surf reaching 6 to 8 feet from Hatteras to Duck into Wednesday.

Stirring things up are a strong cold front and offshore low pressure that will eventually move out to sea, according to the Weather Service office in Newport/Morehead City.

Look for a slow warm-up and clearing skies into the week with highs heading into the 60s by the weekend.

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Ashley’s Espresso Parlour: A coffee lover’s emporium in KDH

Kip Tabb
Ashley Barnes and the roaster used to create the coffee for Ashley's Espresso Parlour.Photo Kip Tabb

Ashley Barnes and the roaster used to create the coffee for Ashley’s Espresso Parlour. (Kip Tabb)

Pouring caffeine-laced fuel on the Outer Banks espresso scene, Ashley’s Espresso Parlour has just opened its doors and java junkies should be rejoicing.

It’s in Kill Devil Hills, on Helga Street, but so close to Kitty Hawk that probably some people won’t know which town they’re in … not that it will matter.

What matters is what it feels like walking through the door, the service and the coffee. And Ashley’s Espresso Parlour gets it right on all counts.

The Parlour is the creation of Ashley and Eric Barnes.

Some artists paint, some find their creative outlet in writing, for Ashley’s coffee beans are her palette.

Her story began with a love of food.

“I have a degree in culinary arts,” she said, and that degree led her to roasting coffee and exploring what can be done with a small tropical bean.

“I’ve been roasting for about 20 years and fell in love with it,” she said.

She describes roasting coffee the way a chef might preparing a fine meal.

“I have my own style. I do a bunch of different things with roasting, different than the way I was taught,” she said. “Every roaster has their own techniques … I like to roast a little bit longer and a little bit slower.”

The result is coffee that is full-flavored with each single source, blend or roast being distincti … and worth trying.

It doesn’t matter how good the coffee is, though, if the feel of the cafe isn’t right. And as great as the coffee is, the ambiance of Ashley’s Espresso Parlour matches it.

“I just want a place where people can come and just relax,” Ashley said.

There is a very open, almost tropical feel to the shop, and that is by design. The couple are avid surfers and spent some time surfing in tropical waters. What they saw there influenced their design choices.

“We toured Central and South America. A lot that’s the feeling that we want,” Ashley said. “From traveling around, we wanted that feeling.”

There are a lot of little touches that go into the character of cafe. The artwork on the walls at the opening are by local artist Dawn Moraga, Red Dawn Designs, and the bright colors and tropical themes of many of her works match the feeling of Ashley’s Parlour perfectly.

In its previous life, the building was a swimsuit shop and the transformation is remarkable.

“People who have seen it before can’t believe what we’ve done with it,” Eric said.

One of the most distinctive features is the coffee bar. A curved wooden form, it seems to flow into the main seating area. The woodwork, and much of the look, and feel comes from Eric.

“I could visualize how this would work. Feel like how things would flow just looking at it. I guess I have a little bit of an artistic mind and this is my expression here. I did all the woodwork, all the trim work,” he said.

Ashley’s vision of a place to just come and relax seems to have been realized.

“He built my dream,” she said.

This is a very family-friendly establishment. It’s open enough that kids can move around without bumping into tables; there’s a ukulele on the wall that anyone can try to play; and the bar is a great place to have a conversation with a friend.

“It’s the alcohol-free bar,” Eric said. “We really just want it to be friendly to everyone.”

Ultimately, though, it is the coffee that determines how customers think of a coffee shop, and there are some touches that indicate true coffee lovers run the place.

Siphon coffee, almost looking like a science experiment. Photo Kip Tabb

Siphon coffee, almost looking like a science experiment. (Kip Tabb)

A regular cup of coffee is wonderful. The beans are always freshly roasted and that makes a huge difference.

Their espresso drinks are a reminder of why the simple act of forcing steam through coffee grounds is loved the world over. Espresso is strong, but it should always be full-flavored and never bitter. Rather, it should be the concentrated essence of the bean that was used to make that particular cup of coffee.

A very nice touch, Ashley puts an extra shot of espresso in lattes and cappuccinos. That truly elevates the combination of steamed milk and coffee.

The Coffee Parlour is also the place to go to get siphon coffee.

The process originated in Germany in the 1830s, and was popular for some time. It is now enjoying a resurgence.

The process is reminiscent of a science experiment. There is coffee in the top chamber, water in the bottom chamber and a siphon in between. The bottom chamber is heated and as it is heated the water is forced up the siphon into the grounds. Heat is taken off the bottom chamber and as the it cools, gravity and air pressure cause the coffee to seep back into the bottom chamber through a filter.

Science is wonderful, but the important point is that it makes a great cup of coffee.

Ashley’s Coffee Parlour is open seven days a week 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“In the coffee business, I’ve learned, you if you close you break up somebody’s routine,” Eric explained.

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Lawmakers taking another look at shelfish farming rules

Coastal Review Online

Legislators at the helm of key House and Senate committees say they will try again to reach a broad agreement on the path forward for the state’s mariculture industry.

A bill that would have established a new leasing program and new rules to encourage mariculture in state waters failed in the final days of last year’s session of the North Carolina General Assembly over concerns that it could close off too much of the coast to other uses.

Last year’s bill, championed by former Sen. Bill Cook of Beaufort County, initially envisioned of up to 2,000 acres that were designed to draw large-scale operations. As negotiations wore on, the size of the leases was reduced, and a final compromise plan capped the total leases at 200.

But opposition to the bill wasn’t limited to the size of the leases, and the compromise broke down over concerns about how quickly leases would proliferate, as well as the permitting process itself.

In the interim, the legislature turned to work underway at the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill on a broader study of the state’s oyster programs and the economic and policy challenges to expansion.

The collaboratory’s report, which included a strategic plan for growing the shellfish industry over the next 10 years, took an in-depth look at the goals the state was setting and the strategy for obtaining them.

It  found that, given the conflicts with multiple uses of public trust waters, large-scale operations such as those in Virginia and Louisiana would not work in North Carolina. Researchers turned to a strategy based on keeping the sizes of leased areas smaller and concentrating on increasing productivity.

The new bill in draft form includes potentially controversial moratoriums on shellfish leasing on the southern coast. It would also allow permitted shellfish nursery operators to, under certain times and conditions, transplant seed oysters and seed clams from areas where harvesting is otherwise prohibited or restricted.

Speaking Tuesday at the annual North Carolina Oyster Summit in Raleigh, Rep. Pat McElraft, R-Carteret, and Sen. Norm Sanderson, R-Pamlico, said they plan to introduce new legislation that addresses concerns from a variety of groups about the size and extent of the leasing program.

“Yes, we saw with the last shellfish bill that there were lots of conflicts,” McElraft told summit attendees. “There were conflicts from the tourism industry, from the boating industry. There were conflicts coming from the duck hunters. There were conflicts from commercial and recreational fishermen.”

McElraft said other coastal states had the same conflicts when they began to address shellfish issues and had to address them. North Carolina is no different, she said.

“We do not want a fight between our shellfish growers and our tourism industry and others. We want everybody to support the shellfish industry,” she said.

McElraft said the new bill had been sent to stakeholders in draft form and that there were already suggestions for changes.

She said the new bill would include Shellfish Enterprise Areas, or SEAs, to establish areas that would be optimal for shellfish growers and don’t present conflicts with other users. Those areas would be set up and “ready to go” for shellfish growers.

Other areas, where there could be conflicts, would go through a stricter permitting process that would provide for public comment and feedback from other users.

Sanderson acknowledged the headwinds encountered last year and the difficulty of working on a solution, but said he was committed to making new legislation happen.

“The reason I am willing to go after this again is because of its potential for North Carolina,” Sanderson said. The benefits, he said, would ripple through the economy beyond just improving opportunities for shellfish growers.

But he warned that this is a key session for the shellfish industry. If a bill doesn’t move this year, he said, it would likely be two years before another one could be considered.

Sanderson said he was optimistic that a bill can be drafted to resolve the conflicts. Anytime you can get commercial and recreational fishermen together on a piece of legislation “you’ve done something remarkable,” he said.

The new bill, he said, is heading in the right direction, based on initial feedback.

“I think this year is going to be different,” Sanderson said. The new bill, he said, is needed to help lay the necessary groundwork to guide the growth of the industry.

“After that, this industry can grow at a pace where it just doesn’t overwhelm everybody and gets out of control from the very start.”

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Mano al Hermano: Working together to support Latino families

Submitted Story

In 2011, Mano al Hermano was created as a spin-off from the Interfaith Community Outreach to specifically reach Spanish-speakers.

Since then, Mano al Hermano has evolved into an organization with three programs unique to the Outer Banks: Family Literacy Program (FLP), Roanoke Island Community Garden (RICG), and Community Education and Outreach Program.

The Family Literacy Program (FLP) is Mano al Hermano’s home-based tutoring program, as well as its largest, most recognizable one. The FLP aims to improve a broad range of competencies related to literacy — reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

The FLP has 44 volunteer tutors who make weekly visits to their students, usually for a minimum of one hour. Each session includes helping students with homework and school projects, modeling good work habits, and building literacy skills.

Since most tutoring sessions take place in the family’s home, tutors also help bridge the gap between home and school, helping Spanish-speaking parents by supporting and encouraging involvement in their children’s education.

As of summer 2018 there were many changes at Mano al Hermano, which left staff vacancies, one being the FLP Coordinator.

Pictured left to right: Maureen King, Susan Pfaff, Barbara Hardy, and Francene Kelly.

Last fall, four retired teachers, all tutors for Mano al Hermano, volunteered to take over the leadership role for the FLP.

The FLP Administrative Team has worked together to rebuild and reorganize the program with new energy.

Children & Youth Partnership has generously given Mano al Hermano use of their building for office and meeting space. CYP has also become the home of the FLP’s growing library of books and educational materials that can be borrowed by tutors to use at their tutoring sessions.

The team is delighted about the 57 students currently being served.

With a wait list of 26 students and only 44 tutors, there is a great need for additional volunteers!

If you’re looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity to help Latino children and their families in Dare County, please contact Maureen King at: flpmahobx@gmail.com

Learn more about Mano al Hermano: www.manoalhermano.org

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Rosie Hawthorne’s recipes: Got shrimp? Here’s what to do

Rosie Hawthorne

Living where we do, we always have shrimp on hand — usually at least 20 pounds frozen at any time, so a shrimp meal is only a thaw away.

Today, I have three shrimp dishes for you with distinct flavor profiles: one, Asian-inspired sweet and sour, another, homemade barbecue, and the third, coconut fried.

The first is a one-dish shrimp stir fry has assorted vegetables dressed in a hot and sour sauce. It’s terrific just on its own, but you’re welcome to serve it on a bed of rice or noodles. And those assorted vegetables can be anything you want. I happen to like multi-colored bell peppers and snow peas. The toasted peanuts make for a nice crunchy touch.

Hot and Sour Sauce
3 TB sugar
3 TB distilled white vinegar
1 TB white wine
1 TB Asian chili garlic sauce
1 TB ketchup
2 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp soy sauce
In small saucepan, whisk all ingredients. Heat to simmer.

Shrimp marinade:
1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and de-tracted
(Yes, I say de-tracted, not de-veined. That’s the digestive tract that runs down the back, not a vein.)
1 TB vegetable oil
1 TB grated fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
Combine all ingredients and let sit for 30 minutes.

Stir fry:
1 TB vegetable oil
8 oz. snow peas, trimmed, strings removed
1 cup diced bell pepper, red, orange, and yellow for the pretty
1/2 cup sliced celery
handful or so of peanuts, toasted

Heat oil in large skillet over high heat until just smoking. Add snow peas, peppers, celery, and peanuts, stirring for about 2 minutes. Transfer to bowl.
1 TB vegetable oil
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, sliced

Heat oil over medium high heat until just smoking. Add garlic and shallot, stirring, about 30 seconds. Add shrimp mixture and reduce heat to medium low, stirring, about 1 minute.

Add hot and sour sauce to skillet and cook until sauce is thickened, about 1 minute. Return vegetables to skillet, stir until heated through, and serve.

As always when cooking shrimp, please do not overcook. You want them just curled and opaque.

My second dish is lightly fried shrimp with vegetables napped with a homemade barbecue sauce, all served on a bed of rice. Frying shrimp, done correctly, really brings out the shrimp flavor. And my barbecue sauce is light enough to perfectly complement the shrimp.

Fried Shrimp
1 lb. shrimp, peeled and de-tracted
1cup diagonally sliced celery
1 cup chopped onion

For the breading:
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup cornstarch
1 tsp Cajun seasoning
1 tsp cayenne powder
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients.
Add shrimp and toss to coat evenly and lightly.

For the BBQ sauce:
1/2 cup ketchup
2 TB brown sugar
2 TB cider vinegar
2 TB Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Mr. Stubbs hickory smoke
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat to simmer.

In large skillet, pour in a tablespoon or so of peanut oil to film the surface. Heat over medium high. Add breaded shrimp and cook about 1 minute. Drain on paper towels. Swipe out pan with paper towels to clean and add in another tablespoon of peanut oil. Over medium-high heat, add in celery and onion. Cook for a minute, then return shrimp, stirring to combine. Serve on a bed of rice. Pour a little barbecue sauce over top and sprinkle on some fresh parsley.

This coconut fried shrimp just might be my favorite shrimp preparation of all. Save your biggest and best shrimp for this.

If frying scares you, here are a few helpful tips:

  • I always use peanut oil for frying. It has a higher smoke point than other oils and it has a neutral taste. Oils begin to decompose at their smoke points, creating unpleasant smelling compounds.
  • Keep your oil temperature high (370°-375°) and consistent. High temperatures cook the outside quickly. Low temperatures allow the oil to seep into the food, making it greasy.
  • Never crowd the pan. Crowding lowers the oil temperature.
  • Don’t skimp on the oil. I use about 3 inches of oil in an 8-inch diameter heavy duty deep pan.
  • Buy an instant read laser thermometer and take the worry out of frying. They’re fairly inexpensive and worth every penny.

Coconut Fried Shrimp
Peel and de-tract shrimp, leaving the tails on for easier handling. Butterfly the shrimp if desired.

Wet batter
½ cup flour
½ cup cornstarch
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp Togarashi seasoning (optional)
¾ + cup beer
Mix dry ingredients, then stir in enough beer until batter is well-combined, smooth, and the consistency of pancake batter.

FYI, togarashi seasoning is a spice blend of red chili powder, black and white sesame seeds, nori (seaweed), poppy seeds, and orange and lemon zest. It’s available from Amazon, but you could substitute with your own blend.

Hold shrimp by tails and dip each shrimp in batter, letting excess drip off..

Coconut mixture
2 parts sweetened coconut flakes
1 part panko bread crumbs

Combine flakes and crumbs. Place mixture in a covered container, add a few battered shrimp at a time, and shake well to coat.

Deep fry shrimp in peanut oil (370° – 375°) about 1 minute, until golden brown. Drain on a rack and serve with assorted dipping sauces.

Orange Marmalade Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup orange marmalade
juice of 1 lime
1 TB soy sauce
1 TB rice vinegar
1 TB brown sugar
2 tsp coarse stone ground mustard
2 tsp horseradish
1 TB Thai chili sauce
1 tsp cayenne flakes
2 TB chopped red onion
1 TB chopped fresh cilantro (parsley if you’re not a cilantro fan)
Mix all together.

Dipping Sauce
Mayonnaise
Sriracha sauce
Start with ¼ cup mayo and mix in sriracha sauce by teaspoons, taste-testing until you find the balance you like.

Soy Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tsp Asian sweet chili sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1-inch cube ginger, juiced with some minced pulp
1 TB rice vinegar
1 TB brown sugar
2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
Mix all ingredients together, stirring until sugar is dissolved, and sprinkle chopped parsley or cilantro and sliced scallions over top.

Enjoy!

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Cape Hatteras Seashore bucks national trend with record year

Island Free Press

Visits to National Park System sites across the country were down in 2018 versus 2017, but the Cape Hatteras National Seashore was one of the notable exceptions of the park system’s 418 units, with the highest recorded visitation since 2003.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) recorded 157,353 more visitors in 2018 over 2017, with a total of 2,591,056 visitors reported in 2018.

Across the board, the National Park System received more 318 million recreational visits in 2018, which was a 12.67 million decrease (or 3.8%) from 2017. Even so, 2018 was the third highest year for recreation visits throughout the country, behind 2016 and 2017.

CHNS also ranked #43 in terms of visitation out of all NPS system sites, with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park coming in first, second and third place, respectively.

Cape Hatteras NS was also the third most visited National Seashore out of 10 designated sites, behind Gulf Islands NS in Florida, (which recorded 4,229,968 visits), and Cape Cod NS in Massachusetts, (which recorded 3,926,462 visits for the year.)

“I am happy that America’s first national seashore reached a level of visitation in 2018 that has not been seen in 15 years — a clear indication that Americans love the special places and resources that the National Park Service works hard to protect,” stated National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac. “Cape Hatteras National Seashore staff look forward to welcoming many more recreational visitors in 2019.”

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Park Service looking for help finding source of wild fire

Rob Morris

(National Park Service)

Fire crews from Buxton and Frisco helped National Park Service rangers put out a wildfire Friday that broke out in back-dune vegetation just north of Ramp 58.

The fire in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore covered about an acre, according to the Park Service.

“We appreciate the professional support from our local volunteer fire departments in extinguishing
the fire to reduce the risk to other areas of the Seashore and the surrounding community,” Seashore Superintendent David Hallac said.

An investigation is under way. Please contact the National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch
(ISB) or the Dare County Community Crime Line if you have information that could help
investigators, or if you may have observed unusual activity in this area.

National Park Service ISB Tip Line
● CALL or TEXT the ISB Tip Line at 888-653-0009
● ONLINE at www.nps.gov/isb and click “Submit a Tip”
● EMAIL nps_isb@nps.gov
Dare County Community Crime Line
● Visit the Crime Line website at darecommunitycrimeline.org
● Call 252-473-3111 or 800-745-2746

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Marie Louise (Patton) Pastor, March 18

Submitted Story

Elizabeth City — Marie Louise (Patton) Pastor, born February 13, 1927, passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of Monday, March 18, 2019 in a skilled nursing facility where she had resided since 2012.

Born in Tazewell County, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Ballard C. and Ethel M. Patton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, James G. Stegman; sisters Johnnie Agnes Patton, Edna Patton Maggard and brothers Robert C. Patton and Charles J. Patton.

She was widowed in May of 1989, when she lost her beloved husband, Massey R. Pastor, with whom she had lived for many years, first in Baltimore, MD and then in Elizabeth City, NC, where he had retired due to health problems.

Marie was a small business owner and a real estate agent and kept herself busy with these pursuits in NC. After her husband’s passing, she eventually moved back to Pounding Mill, VA, in part to help care for her sister, Edna. However, in 2008, at the urging of her devoted son and daughter, survivors Robert K. Stegman and Phyllis Stegman Berkey (husband William), Marie moved back to MD where she lived in Edgewood, until her health required supervised living, which was arranged for in Elizabeth City, NC by her stepdaughters Maxine I. Rossman and Victoria P. Long, who continued to oversee her long-term care and provision.

She is also survived by two sisters Pauline E. Patton German (widow of Buck) of Arnold, MD and Lorraine Patton Robinson (husband Dean) of Marion, VA; and sister-in-law Pearl Patton (widow of Charles) and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Details of a memorial service being planned by her family will be released when received. Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

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Charlotte Hood Alexander of Kill Devil Hills, March 19

Submitted Story

Charlotte Hood Alexander, 77 of Kill Devil Hills passed away March 19, 2019 in Nags Head surrounded by her family and friends. She was the daughter of the late James Garland Hood and Charlotte Hood.

Charlotte was born in Richmond, VA and attended St. Catherine’s High School and Mary Washington College where she earned a degree in art. While in Richmond, she operated Charlotte’s Gift Shop. She also enjoyed assisting Alzheimer’s patients at Grace Jefferson Assisted Living.

Charlotte moved to the Outer Banks in 1989 where she met the love of her life, Jerry, where they loved to fish and enjoyed the beach. Charlotte and Jerry operated Alexanders pottery for many years. Charlotte, also known as “The Turtle Lady”, was a devoted and respected volunteer for N.E.S.T for 17 years.

Charlotte is survived by her husband, Jerry Alexander of Kill Devil Hills, NC; her two sons, Sanford Miles Boutchyard (Lynda) of Mechanicsville, VA and Michael Craig Boutchyard of Richmond, VA; sister-in-law, Debbie; brother-in-law, Keith; three special friends, Roberta, Bonnie and Teresa; and a host of nieces, nephews and close friends as she commonly referred to as “Sweet Pea”.

A Celebration of Life will be held 1pm, Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the Gallop Funeral Chapel in Nags Head, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Charlotte’s name may be made to N.E.S.T., PO Box 1073, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949.

Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

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Gary Lee Holmes of Buxton, March 18

Submitted Story

Gary Lee Holmes, 73, of Buxton, NC died Monday, March 18, 2019, at his home. Born in St. Louis, MO on November 29, 1945, he was the son of the late Mary Madge Collins and William Hubert Holmes.

Having served his country honorably, Gary was a veteran of the United States Navy. He then began his career as a lighting agent for Pilipuf and Grist. Gary continued serving his community as a scout leader and a baseball coach for Parks and Recreation.

Gary is survived by his wife, Laurel Smithson Holmes; two daughters, Melissa Holmes LaPlant (Bryan) of Cape Girardeau, FL and Kathryn Lynn Holmes (Thomas Aydlette) of Edenton, NC; one son, James J. Holmes (Marsha) of Buxton, NC; one granddaughter, Allison Hope Holmes; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Buxton United Methodist Church. A celebration of Gary’s life will follow the service at Pangea Tavern in Avon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.

Twiford Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

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Raymond Neal Moore of Frisco, March 16

Submitted Story

Raymond Neal Moore, 91, of Frisco, NC died Saturday, March 16, 2019, at his home. Born in Union County, AR on December 2, 1927, he was the son of the late Minnie Mae Roark and Raymond John Moore.

Neal served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Business from the University of Arkansas, he worked for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. He retired from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In his retirement years, Neal enjoyed golfing at Duck Woods Country Club. He was a longtime volunteer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Patricia Jamison Moore.

In keeping with Neal’s wishes, there will be no service at this time.

Twiford Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

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Madeline Mary MacDonald Payment of Grandy, March 19

Submitted Story

Madeline Mary MacDonald Payment, 81 of 103 Seahawk Court, Grandy, NC died Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at her residence. She was born December 27, 1939 in St. Ignace, MI to the late Norman Joseph MacDonald and Dorothy Marie Litzner MacDonald and was the widow of Merlin “Bunny” Henry Payment.

She was a Library Assistant for the Currituck County School System and a member of Sharon United Methodist Church and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

She is survived by three daughters, Shelley Kannan (Ravi) of Atlanta, GA, Bonny Payment Blanchard of Aydlett, NC, and Ginger MacDonald (Fred) of Atlanta, GA; a son, Michael H. Payment (Judy) of Grandy, NC; a sister, Dottie Fantini; three brothers, Louis MacDonald (Marla) and Charles MacDonald (Collen) all of Sault Ste. Marie, MI, and Gerry MacDonald (Beverly) of Virginia Beach, VA; six grandchildren, Chloe Kannan (Nick Kilstein), Chelsey Stevens (Andy), Zac Kannan, Sarah Anne Markert, Heather Payment Scott (Clinton), and Nicole Miller (Travis); eight great grandchildren, Weslee Michael, Trent Michael, Clinton Scott, III, Evelyn Marie Scott, Lucy Miller, Harrison Miller, Madeline Renee MacDonald, and Lillian Greta MacDonald; and a dear friend, Anna Evans; they loved to travel and were shopping buddies.

She was loved by everybody with her warmth and smile and she loved her “Bunny.” She was pre-deceased by a son, Norman Urban Payment; and a grandson, Adam Weslee Markert.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Sharon United Methodist Church with the Rev. Susie Fitch-Slater officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, 930-B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834. Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Payment family. You may express condolences to the family by visiting www.TwifordFH.com.

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Historical interpreter Clay Jenkinson to perform next week

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Be mesmerized by Clay Jenkinson, America’s foremost historical interpreter, as he brings to life three famous characters in different performances March 25 to 27.

Jenkinson’s return to the Bryan Cultural Series will mark the eighth full season of outstanding performances.

To kick off this season’s performance trio, he will bring Meriwether Lewis to life in performance at 7:30 Monday, March 25, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Kitty Hawk.

“Lewis was my first Chautauqua character,” according to Clay. “He’s fascinating on so many fronts. When he was keeping his journal, he was easily the most interesting writer of the expedition, by magnitudes.

“He regarded himself as the Enlightenment’s personal emissary in the American West. His relationship with Clark is complex, nuanced, and ultimately tragic. His attitude towards American Indians is essential for any understanding of that vexed subject in American history.”

Locals will not want to miss his interpretation of “Sir Walter Raleigh.” Raleigh will come to life during Jenkinson’s second performance on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sound Stage at The Lost Colony in Manteo.

“My Raleigh speaks from the Tower of London, where he was imprisoned from 1603-1616 for treason by King James I,” says Clay. “It’s difficult to discern just what his crimes were from our perspective, but he was a great favorite of Queen Elizabeth and he made it clear when she died on March 24, 1603, that he would prefer the throne not be cast away on a Scotsman who was the son of the late Mary Queen of Scotts.”

Jenkinson concluding performance will present  Shakespeare, the Magic Words to the Outer Banks on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 at the First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills.

A Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Jenkinson explained, “Although I somehow slipped through the back door and became an amateur historian, my great love has always been Elizabethan and Jacobean literature. This program gives me the opportunity to explore Shakespeare’s genius at the prime of my life as a public humanities scholar.”

Jenkinson will appear in character to offer observations on issues, current and past. Jenkinson’s public performances take the form of lengthy monologues followed by Q & A sessions, while portraying the character (in costume) featured for that performance.

At the end of his performances, he steps out of character and answers questions as himself.

“We are fortunate to have this incredibly talented American humanities scholar and historical interpreter return to the Outer Banks and provide us these unique glimpses into the past,” said John H. Tucker, Jr., chairman of the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series Board. “You won’t want to miss these once in a lifetime opportunities.”

Jenkinson first came to the Outer Banks in April 2013 for the second performance of the Bryan Cultural Series, depicting Thomas Jefferson. His popularity warrante an invitation back the following fall, during which he debuted his depiction of Sir Walter Raleigh.

His presentations of Thomas Jefferson have become the national model for scholars interpreting historical figures in the Chautauqua format.

In a notable performance at the White House in April 1994, Jenkinson appeared as Thomas Jefferson. The audience included President Clinton and distinguished guests and took place on the 250th anniversary of the third president’s birth. This was the first public program in the humanities featured in a White House event.

In 1988, Jenkinson received recognition for his groundbreaking work when he was one of the first five citizens to receive the prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Awards for Excellence, presented by President George H. W. Bush.

An American humanities scholar, author, and educator, Jenkinson currently serves as the director of the Dakota Institute, where he co-hosts public radio’s “The Thomas Jefferson Hour.” Jenkinson has visited with audiences as a public scholar of Jefferson’s ideas and views in thousands of programs throughout the United States. Additionally, he creates documentaries, films, symposiums, and literary projects.

Tickets for each performance are $15 in advance and are available at bryanculturalseries.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the following locations: Gray’s Department Store, 3860 N. Croatan Hwy., Kitty Hawk; Sea Green Gallery, 2404 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head; Duck’s Cottage Downtown Books, 105 Sir Walter Raleigh St., Manteo; and Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books, 1240 Duck Rd., Duck.

Free tickets are available for all Dare County School students, faculty, and staff.

For more information check PeachJar, email tickets@bryanculturalseries.org, or call or text (252) 564-9767.

The Bryan Cultural Series is a non-profit organization formed in 2012. The board of directors is composed of nine community leaders dedicated to offering a series of high quality cultural events. These events will include a variety of visual, literary, and performing arts. The board strives to glean from talent that has attained regional, as well as national recognition, to maintain a high standard.

Substantial support for this annual cultural offering of events is provided by Village Realty, Dominion North Carolina Power, Towne Bank of Currituck, Hilton Garden Inn of Kitty Hawk, Ramada Plaza Hotel of Kill Devil Hills, and Vidant Heath Services.

For more information about these events visit bryanculturalseries.org.

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Bill clears the way for new COA campus on Roanoke Island

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The Russell Twiford building. (COA)

Legislation on its way to the governor for his signature will clear the way for College of The Albemarle to use state bond money to help pay for new campus facilities  in Manteo.

Dare County’s Capital Improvements Plan calls for tearing down the old Russell Twiford campus building and for new construction costing $7.5 million. State bond money will cover $1.5 million. Demolition will cost an additional $1 million.

Planning is scheduled to start this year, with construction in 2020 and 2021.

Under the legislation, Dare County would lease the new facilities to COA for at least 30 years.

“This is a great day for Dare County and College of The Albemarle,” said state Rep. Bobby Hanig. “This facility is going to bring economic growth and help create job ready programs and increase the dual enrollment at our high schools. It will also give the students the ability to go from high school to an associates degree at one campus.”

Bond money for COA had excluded Dare under 2017 legislation from then-Rep. Beverly Boswell, who subseqently submitted amended legistation to include the county. The original bill gave only Currituck permission to use ConnectNC Bond funds to build an emergency services program facility for COA.

The latest legislation gives COA teh flexibility to use bond proceeds for the Manteo project.

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Prep for beach re-nourishment in Nags Head to start soon

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The orginal project was finished in August, 2011. (Voice)

Contractors will begin deploying equipment any day now and re-nourishment of the beach in Nags Head is expected to start by the end of April.

Town officials met with Nags Head’s beach nourishment dredging contractor, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, on March 14, for a pre-construction meeting, according to a statement from the town.

Great Lakes representatives said they plan to start mobilizing equipment before the end of the March and hope to begin construction in mid- to late-April. Two of the company’s hopper dredges, the Ellis Island and Liberty Island, will work the project.

The Ellis Island, the first dredge on site, will start working in the vicinity of Mile Post 20, and after progressing south to the end of the project area near Mile Post 21, the vessel will then move north.

The Liberty Island will begin working in early to mid-May. Great Lakes expects the dredge to begin working in the north end of the project area, around Mile Post 11 and will proceed south to eventually meet with the Ellis Island.

Great Lakes representatives said that they expect construction to take 90 to 120 days, depending on weather and continued equipment operation.

Please keep in mind this is a very preliminary schedule and is likely to change.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has notified the town that it will pay $16 million of the $42.7 million cost to cover sand losses attributed to Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

But Nags Head will have to borrow the money upfront until FEMA provides a reimbursement after the project is finished.

The town’s Board of Commissioners has approved two bond issues, one for the FEMA reimbursement amount and another for $11.38 million.

Local property owners will pay back the second loan over five years with an addition 2 cents per $100 of value, which they have been paying since 2011. Owners along the oceanfront pay an additional 17.5 cents.

Original plans were to get started last spring. But the board delayed the project after bids came in well over the $34 million budget for pumping sand onto the beach.

Great Lakes Dock and Dredge, which handled the 2011 nourishment project for Nags Head and last year’s work from Duck to Kill Devil Hills, was the low bidder for the new Nags Head project with their proposal of $36,644,500.

Bringing the total to $42.7 million are engineering costs, a contingency fund, ocean outfall work, turtle monitoring, beach profile monitoring, sand fencing and other fees.

Besides the bond money, $9.57 million will come from the Dare County Beach Nourishment Fund and $5.4 million from the town’s capital reserve fund.

About 4 million cubic yards of sand will be pumped by dredges from offshore borrow areas. Bulldozers on the beach will spread the sand around and the ocean will do the rest. Up to half the visible sand will slide into the nearshore to create a protective slope, according to coastal engineers.

A survey shortly after Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 indicated that the shoreline had lost a third of the sand — 1.43 million cubic yards — from the original project.

Town officials asked FEMA to reimburse Nags Head for the cost of restoring the beach to the contour recorded in a June 2016 survey, when about 90 percent of the sand remained in the system.

FEMA considers the beach and nearshore out to a 19-foot depth.

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Currituck commissioner censured by fellow board members

Dee Langston

Owen Etheridge

The Currituck County Board of Commissioners took the unusual step of censuring one of its members during its regular meeting Monday night.

The board voted 5-2 to approve a resolution censuring Commissioner Owen Etheridge for his vote in favor of lifting the county’s moratorium on solar farms. That 4-3 vote took place during the board’s Jan. 22 meeting.

“He should not have voted,” Commissioner Kitty Etheridge said Tuesday. “If he’d recused himself, we wouldn’t be going through this,” she added. “It’s that simple.”

Under state law, a county commissioner may not vote on a zoning map or text amendment where “the outcome is reasonably likely to have a direct, substantial and readily identifiable financial impact on the member,” County Attorney Ike McRee reiterated several times during Monday’s meeting.

According to the resolution to censure Owen Etheridge, it was reasonably likely that he stood to benefit from the decision to lift the moratorium, as he and family members own property that a solar array company is interested in leasing.

Board members began considering the censure during recent ethics training classes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Government, Commissioner Bob White said.

While board members were in Chapel Hill attending the classes, they learned that 10 days after the moratorium was lifted, the county’s planning board received a pre-application request from Sun Energy, proposing a solar energy farm on land in Shawboro owned by Owen Etheridge and others.

“It just popped out at us, that there was a very serious, real issue here,” White said. “It’s incumbent on ourselves to come clean.”

“The optics are terrible,” he added.

Board members looked to McRee for guidance, but the final decision to vote on a resolution to censure Owen Etheridge came from the board.

“It’s pretty terrible to have to do that,” White said, adding that he’d lost sleep over the decision. The resolution has no teeth, he added, but is a public rebuke.

Commissioner Kitty Etheridge made the motion to approve the resolution to censure Owen Etheridge during Monday’s meeting. Owen Etheridge and fellow board member Kevin McCord voted against it.

During the Jan. 22 meeting, when lifting the moratorium was approved, the county attorney was asked to review the parameters that would allow a commissioner to be excused from voting.

McRee went over the laws relating to zoning matters, and said each commissioner needed to decide if a disclosure was necessary, and the board would determine if a member should be excluded from voting.

Mary Etheridge said her family had been contacted by a solar company years ago, but the family had no interest in leasing any land.

Owen Etheridge said his family has had discussions with solar companies about opportunities, but nothing was concrete. Those conversations were held in 2015, he said.

Neither Etheridge asked to be excused from voting. The two are related by marriage. Kitty Etheridge does not have a financial interest in the property.

Currituck County banned new solar farms in January 2017 to give county officials time to revise the unified development ordinance before giving the go-ahead to new solar energy facilities.

Although commissioners OK’d lifting the ban Jan. 22 of this year, further amendments were made to the ordinance regarding size limits, landscaping and decommissioning plans.

The board voted March 4 to approve the revisions, essentially voting again on the ordinance. Without the second vote, the Jan. 22 vote might have been declared invalid.

Etheridge objected to the censure during Monday’s meeting.

“I voted on that ordinance not to directly benefit me or my family, but to benefit Currituck County,” he said. He pointed out that during a public hearing prior to the board’s vote in January, people from all over Currituck spoke out in favor of the ordinance.

“If doing what is right for this county invokes something like this going forward, I’m afraid it’s going to open a Pandora’s box,” he said.

“I look at it this way — if the county manager comes to us with a 3 cent tax increase and I vote against it, because it will raise my taxes, is that a conflict of interest?” he said.

“I voted for this because it’s countywide.”

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N.C. 12 in Frisco to be closed for pipe replacements March 24

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The N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of N.C. Highway 12 in Frisco from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 24 to replace two cross pipes under the road.

The closure will take place between Delmer Willis Road and Sunset Strip in Frisco. A marked detour route along the beach will be available for four-wheel drive traffic only between National Park Service ramps 48 and 49.

Motorists using the detour are advised to follow the marked route and obey posted speed limits. There is no detour route available for vehicles without four-wheel drive.

The work will be performed as scheduled unless a major weather event occurs.

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

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The Soundside Event Site’s next decade: What’s in store?

Russ Lay

The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is one of the biggest events on the site.

It’s hard to believe that almost a decade has passed since the Dare County Tourism Board and the Town of Nags Head joined forces to purchase properties that are now known as the Soundside Event Site.

And as the project closes in on its eighth year of operation, the Tourism Board is starting to think about how the site will be used in its second decade.

To help assess the options, the board has contracted with an outside firm to conduct an economic impact and feasibility study to recommend the best use of the property as well as other options.

In an interview with The Outer Banks Voice, Wally Overman, who is chairing the Tourism Board in 2019, and Lee Nettles, executive director of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, explained the process the group will employ to help them decide what the site should be used for over the next 10 years.

Nettles opened the discussion with a brief overview of the Event Site’s history.

In 2012 the board hired the engineering and consulting firm Heery to recommend the best use of the newly acquired property. The firm’s recommendation to the board determined the site’s best option was to develop the property as a conference center with an adjoining hotel.

Nettles noted the board at that time did not feel the community was behind the concept.

However, the property had just been used for the first ever Outer Banks Seafood Festival, and given the success of that event, the board voted to develop the land as an open-air site with no permanent structures.

Since that time, the Event Site has hosted concerts, the Outer Banks Seafood Fest, craft beer festivals, food truck rodeos, gatherings of Jeep and other car enthusiasts and the OBX Brewtag competition.

The site has also hosted two carnivals in the off-season.

At the same time, the board agreed that the event site would be a 10-year project and the use of the venue would be re-evaluated at the end of its first decade.

2019 will mark the Soundside Event Site’s eighth full year of operation, and Nettles felt it was time to ask the current board to give him some direction on “where we are at and what do we want to do over the long term. Do we want it to remain an event site or do something else with the property?”

He said the board had purchased the South Beach restaurant property, which can be used for 60-80 parking spaces, and is in negotiations to acquire the Dairy Queen property adjacent to site, which can provide another 60 parking spaces.

Nettles said he also told the board that other properties might become available for purchase in the future. Mindful of the 2012 rejection of the recommended use, he asked board members if they were open to a new study, and if so, were if they also open to consideration of the study’s recommendation, even if it came to the same conclusion as the prior one by Heery.

Nettles wanted to take the board’s temperature because, if they were opposed to consideration of any other alternatives, a new study may not be necessary and the need to add more land would also be greatly reduced.

Overman and Nettles both said that much had changed in Dare County since the 2012 study was released.

“Construction costs have increased, the local economy is completely different, and new elements, such as Airbnb and changing attitudes and preferences among travelers are evident. We now have seven years of experience running an event site, so it just seems to make sense to revisit and perhaps reset our long-term vision no matter what use the board decides to endorse for the next ten years,” Nettles said.

Overman also volunteered that the board had just added five new members and that no one on the current board was serving when the 2012 decisions were made.

“I feel many of them feel it is their responsibility as new members to listen to and be open to new ideas and recommendations and they feel this new study will help them perform their duties,” Overman said.

When asked if the board had expressed any preferred outcomes prior to the release of the study, which is expected in about eight weeks, Overman and Nettles both said that was not the case.

“The only sentiment the board expressed is that the study be conducted in an objective manner. In fact, when we met with Johnson Consulting (the company chosen by the board to conduct the study) they asked us ‘What do you [the board] want to see done with the site?’ My response was ‘That’s why we hired you! You help us determine what’s best’,” Overman said.

“There is absolutely no predisposition here for any desired or pre-determined outcome. We just want to see what option the study will recommend as well as other options it might identify.”

Before any decisions are made, a public hearing will be held, the study released and its recommendations and other options discussed by the Tourism Board, the county Board of Commissioners and in media and social media sites.

While we may not know today what use will be chosen for the Event Site over the next decade, one thing is certain: There will be no shortage of interested parties and differing opinions.

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Bodie, Cape Hatteras lighthouses open for climbing April 19

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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse during its move in 1999. (NPS)

The Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses will be open for climbing this year from Friday, April 19 through Monday, Oct. 14.

National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac invites the local Outer Banks community and park visitors to climb the lighthouses at no charge on opening day, April 19.

Free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and can only be obtained in person, that day, on site.

During the climbing season, ticket sales at each location begin daily at 9 a.m. with the last tickets sold at 4:30 p.m. For more information on regular climbing ticket prices, rules, and safety information, go to www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/lighthouseclimbs.htm.

Full Moon Tours

Full Moon Tours of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be offered on June 17, July 16, Aug. 15, and Sept. 14.

Tickets for the full moon climbs can be purchased at www.recreation.gov starting at 10:00 am three days prior to each tour date.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Move Anniversary

Over a remarkable 23-day period in 1999, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was moved 2,900 feet to help protect it from an encroaching Atlantic Ocean shoreline. The lighthouse has served as an aid to navigation since 1870.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the “move of the century,” Cape Hatteras National Seashore will present daily interpretive programs on the epic journey the lighthouse made in the summer of 1999.

Meet Seashore staff at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion at 10:30 am to hear the 20-minute program. The daily programs begin May 3 and continue through Oct. 14.

During the 23 days of the lighthouse move anniversary (June 17-July 9), additional interpretive programs and a special anniversary event will be held.

More details to be announced soon.

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Gary Lyndon Felder of Buxton, March 15

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Gary Lyndon Felder, 84, of Buxton, NC, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 15, 2019. He was in the care and company of his full-time caregiver, Natalie Swindell. Gary died of natural causes.

Gary is survived by his son, Brian Felder and wife Denise, and their three children: Mary Esther, John Wallace and Joseph Douglas all of Savannah, GA.

Born in 1934 in Watertown, NY, he was the son of Lorenz and Hulda Felder. He was a career Marine and everyone knew it, without having to ask. He was a Mustang, rising from the rank of enlisted to a commissioned officer. Gary entered the Marine Corps in 1954, retiring in 1974 with the rank of First Lieutenant. Throughout his life, he was a member and supporter of various Marine Corps organizations, including the Marine Corps League.

After the Marines, Gary had a successful career in United States Civil Service acting as a contracts and supply officer. He was a member and officer of the National Contract Managers Association.

After retirement, Gary moved to the Outer Banks to care for his ailing mother, Hulda Hodgson, a long-time resident of Buxton. After his mother’s passing, Gary remained and worked several odd jobs, before settling in at Hatteras Light Mini Storage as the manager. He was a member of Little Grove United Methodist Church.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, March 22, 2019, at Little Grove United Methodist Church in Frisco. In lieu of flowers, please give a remembrance to Dare Home Health and Hospice, PO Box 669, Manteo, NC 27954. Hospice nurses assisted Natalie with Gary’s care at the end of his life.

Twiford Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

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Bonnie Lee Hooper of Manns Harbor, March 16

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Bonnie Lee Hooper, 59, of Manns Harbor, passed away on Saturday morning, March 16, 2019 at home with her devoted husband and baby sister by her side.

Born on February 28, 1960 to the late Alma Gard Hooper and the late Horace Lee Hooper, Bonnie grew up on Roanoke Island with many close friends and a large extended family, riding horses and swimming in the sound.

She graduated from Manteo High School in 1978 and spent the next several years living in Colorado. When she returned home, she was the smiling face at the Hardee’s breakfast counter until they closed for good. She then worked for the Dare County Sheriff’s Department as a dedicated corrections officer until she retired.

Bonnie was an active member of Source Church and loved helping with the food pantry. She loved butterflies and plants and spent many hours outside, working in her yard.

Left to cherish her loving memory is her husband, David Padgett of Manns Harbor; brother, Jimmy Beals of Sycamore, GA; sisters, Connie Miss of Douglas, GA, and Merry Ann Liverman of Colington, NC; nieces and nephews, Aleesha King, Brandi Miss, Benjamin Miss, Timothy Miss, Melissa Miss, Josh Liverman, Lea Liverman and Hunter Liverman; great niece, Kalie Selby; her beloved poodle, Cody, and lifelong friend Mary Beth Dinger (Steve) of Englewood, Florida.

A Celebration of Life is being planned for May 11, 2019 at Source Church in Manteo. Time to be determined.

Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

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Pauline Virginia King of Kill Devil Hills, Feb. 20

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Pauline Virginia King, 91 of Kill Devil Hills passed away peacefully February 20, 2019 at Peak Resources in Nags Head, NC. Born in Frederick, MD Pauline was raised in the Washington, DC area. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert “Buck” King.

She leaves behind her daughter, Dale Nester and husband Leon Nester of Kill Devil Hills, NC; her son, Thomas King and wife, Gail King of Charlotte, NC; one sister, Betty Beckler and husband Ken Beckler of Fredericksburg, VA; seven grandsons; six great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

The family’s plans for a memorial service in Northern Virginia are pending at this time.

Condolences to the family may be expressed via the on-line register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

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