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Search for missing swimmer in Duck continues this afternonn

Rob Morris

Local rescue teams and the Coast Guard are searching for a swimmer who was reported missing in the surf this morning.

Duck Surf Rescue, Duck Fire and Police and Dare County EMS units were sent to the beach access at Acorn Oak Avenue at 7:43 a.m. after a call for a simmer in distress, according to a statement from the town.

An air a water search followed. Dare MedFlight provided initial aerial support for Duck Surf Rescue and Duck Fire Department swimmers.

The U.S. Coast Guard is now helping.

A high risk of rip currents and strong shore break were forecast by the National Weather Service today.

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Barbara Jean Morris of Kill Devil Hills, Sept. 20

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Barbara Jean Morris, 80, of Kill Devil Hills, NC passed away Thursday, September 20, 2018, at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, Elizabeth City, NC.

In 1938, she was born in Charles Town, WV. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Willie Smith; a son, Brad Dodd; and a daughter, Brenda Huff.

She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Gordon Morris; two sons, Glen Dodd and Donald Dodd; daughter, Linda Sheppard; brother, Bill Smith and wife, Joyce; a nephew, Mike Smith; and a niece, Kathy.

A loving mother of five, grandmother of fifteen, and great-grandmother of twenty-three. Known to feed anything and anyone, she enjoyed cooking, thrifting, cats, and most importantly her family and taking care of her husband, Gordie. Her infectious laugh and strength will be sorely missed.

A funeral will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, September 28, 2018, at Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo with the Rev. Teresa Holloway officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Outer Banks SPCA, PO Box 2477, Manteo, NC 27954.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.TwifordFH.com.

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Fourteen bands to take the stage at Mustang Rock & Roast

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Big Something will headline the Mustang Rock & Roast Saturday evening. (Photo courtesy of Big Something)

The Mustang Rock and Roast promises a memorable music and food experience, infused with North Carolina barbecue, oysters and 14 bands playing live music Oct. 13 to 14 at Mike Dianna’s Grill Room in Corolla.

Bands from all over the East Coast will bring indie, folk, jam, reggae, rock n’ roll, funk, jazz, blues, Southern rock, punk and pop music to two stages presented by Currituck Travel and Tourism.

“We are excited to be supporting such a great music event,” said Tameron Kugler, director of Currituck Travel and Tourism.

“Corolla and the rest of Currituck County offer amazing natural venues for live music and we want everyone to discover and enjoy the sights and sounds of our area,” Krugler added. “Mustang Rock & Roast should take things to the next level with a barbecue cook-off and oyster roast. It is definitely a can’t-miss event.”

The gates will open at noon Saturday with nine hours of nonstop live music by the Mustang Outreach Program student bands, Paleface, Dangermuffin, Groove Fetish, Naughty Professor and Jahman Brahman. From 2 until 5 p.m., event guests may also enjoy an authentic North Carolina oyster roast with all the fixings.

Saturday evening will be headlined by six-piece powerhouse Big Something, a group known for fusing rock, pop, and funk and taking listeners through a myriad of musical styles.

“We are really excited to play at Mustang Rock & Roast this fall,” said Nick MacDaniels, Big Something’s guitarist.

Sunday, gates open at 1 p.m. with eight hours of live music by Mojo Collins & Triple Vision, The Vegabonds, The Get Right Band, The Mike Dillon Band and Formula 5. Various local restaurants and chefs will be participating in a pork barbecue cook off from 2 until 5 p.m. Festival-goers can sample a variety of barbecue along with traditional pairings.

Pink Talking Fish will headline Sunday evening, creating a special experience for music lovers by combining Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish together into a hybrid tribute.

Sundogs in Corolla will host after-parties both evenings starting at 10:30 p.m. with the Dangermuffin Super Jam on Saturday and Funk You with special guests The Ramble on Sunday.

Mike Dianna’s Grill Room will be serving its outdoor cookout menu and selling beer, wine and cocktails throughout the weekend.

Mustang Rock & Roast two-day tickets are $50 in advance and $60 the day of the show. Single-day tickets (Saturday or Sunday) are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the show. The two-day and single-day tickets include live music, unlimited food from the oyster roast and/or barbecue cook-off, plus free access to the after parties at Sundogs. Children 12 and under are free.

A very limited number of advance-only VIP weekend tickets are available for $249. The VIP tickets will provide the ultimate guest experience with brunch and dinner curated by local celebrity chefs, access inside Mike Dianna’s Grill Room, three beverage tickets per day, a private bar, early access inside the venue, plus all the live music and food from the oyster roast and barbecue cook-off. VIP tickets also ensure priority access to the after parties at Sundogs.

A weekend shuttle pass is $20 and features service to all Corolla neighborhoods throughout the event.

Tickets to Mustang Rock & Roast are available now at Mustang Music Festival, Trio in Kitty Hawk and Mike Dianna’s Grill Room.

A portion of the event proceeds will go to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund and the Mustang Outreach Program. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund protects, conserves, and responsibly manages the herd of wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs roaming freely on the northernmost Currituck Outer Banks. The Mustang Outreach Program supplements the cultural arts programs in local schools with world-class music performances, residencies and mentoring programs.

Mark your calendars for this amazing weekend of delicious food and great music.

Supporters of the festival include Currituck Travel and Tourism, Outer Banks Upholstery, Shoreline OBX Vacation Rentals, Foothills Brewing, Outer Banks Distilling, Carolina Designs Realty, Butcher Block, The Backyard Glamper, The Tap Shack, Ignite Films, Three Dog Ink Media, Outer Banks Milepost, and Max Radio of the Carolinas.

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Philip “Phil” Baker of Duck, Sept. 9

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Philip “Phil” Baker, 80, of Duck, NC, died Sunday, September 9, 2018 in Richmond, Va.

Phil was born in McKeesport, PA and chose to enlist in the Navy and serve his country. He served on the USS Iowa BB-61 and had the opportunity to travel the world and develop a strong love for the sea. He was honorably discharged in 1963 and soon thereafter joined the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 68 in West Caldwell, NJ.

After living in Jersey City, NJ, he raised his family in Piscataway, NJ and took every opportunity to share his love of the water with his family through boating, water skiing or fishing. He volunteered as a baseball coach; he enjoyed working on cars and always had a few home improvement projects happening.

After a 30-plus year career, Phil’s love of the sea brought him to the Outer Banks for his retirement. Phil found the Outer Banks to be a paradise and referred to his home as, “My Sanctuary.” He enjoyed getting to know his neighbors, who soon developed into friends.

He is survived by two sons Greg (Mandy) and Jason (Dee), grandchildren Skylar, Austen, David, Hannah and Lainey and his sister Diana D’Ippolito.

The family would like to share a special “Thank You” to all of his neighbors, family and friends who helped to support him during his illness and for all of the calls and comments of love and concern.

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Colleen Thi Le of Elizabeth City, Sept. 13

Rob Morris

Colleen Thi Le, 25, of Elizabeth City, NC died Thursday, September 13, 2018, at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.

A native of Pasquotank County, she was born December 2, 1992, to Robin O’Neal of Manns Harbor and the late Tan Van Le.

The best daughter anyone could ask for, Colleen was also a devoted mother. She was a loving sister, niece, cousin, friend and an animal lover. Colleen loved her family and friends unconditionally and accepted them as they were. She loved the beach and spending time with her family. Those who knew Colleen know what a caring and compassionate person she was. Honoring her generous wish, the gift of life was shared with many people in need through organ donation.

In addition to her mother, Colleen is survived by a daughter, Aleena Jade Honeycutt; a brother, Tanner Allen Le; an uncle, David O’Neal, Jr. (Thelma); four aunts, Doris Leach (Kevin), Hue Le (Steve Kelly), April Farence (Brent), and Trang Le (Robert White); along with numerous cousins, extended family, and friends.

Along with her father, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, David and Grace O’Neal and Sang Le and Phi Ly.

A celebration of life will be held at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo. Following the service, the family will receive friends and relatives for a reception at the Whole Ministry Center, Wanchese.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.TwifordFH.com.

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Storm damage in Dare County added up to around $502,000

Rob Morris

The biggest problem here was overwash on N.C. 12. (Shane Aaron, Island Free Press)

Hurricane Florence’s turn to the south left Dare County relatively unscathed, with minor damage adding up to $502,000.

A report by the county assessor showed that $440,000 of the damage was to houses, $60,000 to businesses and $2,500 to public property.

In Duck, 91 structures saw minor damage from wind, mostly to roofs. The estimated losses added up to $178,000.

Wind caused $140,000 in damage to 11 houses, two commercial buildings ad one government structure in Manteo.

While access was limited because of sand and water on N.C. 12, Hatteras Island alo experienced very little property damage. Eight oceanside houses in Rodanthe had $34,000 in damage from wind and water with one seeing $30,0000 for a total of $64,000.

Minor flooding of non-living areas in two oceanfront houses in Avon caused an estimated $15,000 in damage and in Buxton the cost of damage to one wind-damaged sign came in at $5,000.

About $100,000 in damage was reported in Nags Head, mostly to dune walkovers.

Other towns and communities on the Outer Banks and Dare mainland reported no losses.

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Video: Emergency Management director reflects on Florence

Sam Walker

Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson provides an overview of the recent brush with Hurricane Florence in Dare County, noting that the devastation along the rest of the N.C. coast could have just as easily been here.

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OBAR & OBHBA hosting a candidate forum next week


The 2018 General Election is just around the corner. To learn more about the candidates on the ballot, the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) and the Outer Banks Home Builders Association (OBHBA) invites the community to join them for a free Candidate Forum on September 26th. Space will be limited so the Associations ask that attendees RSVP to the OBAR office as soon as possible.

This event will take place within the ballroom at the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills, NC. The evening will begin with complimentary light hors d’oeuvres during which guests will have the opportunity to mingle with the local and state candidates (6:00PM-6:45PM). Following the meet and greet, the OBAR and OBHBA Legislative Chairs will lead the candidates in a two-hour forum (7:00PM-9:00PM).

Candidates in attendance will include Cole Phelps and Bob Steinburg for NC Senate District 1, Bobby Hanig and Tess Judge for NC House District 6, Jim Tobin and Rosemarie Doshier for Dare County Commissioner representing District 1, Anne Petera and Ervin Bateman for Dare County Commissioner representing District 2, and Rob Ross who is running unopposed for Dare County Commissioner representing District 5.

This event is open to all who are interested. Topics to be discussed include community housing, overcoming the unique challenges to our community, and development on the Outer Banks.

RSVP to obar@outerbanksrealtors.com or (252) 441-4036 before September 24, 2018.

For more information on the candidates, gathered by the OBAR & OBHBA Legislative Committees, visit the OBAR website to read the results of their OBAR & OBHBA Candidate Survey at http://outerbanksrealtors.com/2018-candidate-survey/.

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Commercial, charter communities are answering call for help

Sandy Semans Ross

The commercial fishing and charter boat communities in the north east part of the state are answering the call for help from hard-hit communities south of Dare, particularly Down East Carteret County.

On the weekend, some who tried to get into the area with their trailered boats made it as far as New Bern, where they were put to work making water rescues. Others took in heavy equipment to help clean up and clear roads.

Tuesday, led by Hatteras Island fisherman Paul Rosell, a group made the long trek to Davis in Down East Carteret County. They delivered supplies and took along equipment to help secure homes.

On Wednesday, Britton Shackleford, commercial fisherman, charter boat operator and Wicked Tuna Outer Banks personality, put out a call for others to join him to go Carteret County that day to clear trees around the homes of Capt. Sonny Davis and his family members. Davis is a member of North Carolina United Watermen. \\

More efforts are being planned and drop-off locations have been established from Elizabeth City to Hatteras Island. Please DON’T send clothes — the hard-hit areas aren’t staffed to hand them out and available space needs to be used for food and other supplies.

One of the most important needs to fill are plastic totes with lids so that victims have something secure to store what they can salvage. Flooded homes have to be emptied before any kind of clean-out can begin and they need and want to save what they can.

Commercial fisherman and ferry employee Dustin Wilkins has set up drop-off locations from Wanchese to Elizabeth City. He will pick up the items and take to Down East on Saturday.

Due to the many multiple efforts underway, we can’t include all the drop-off locations, but they are being widely circulated on Facebook.

If planning on making a monetary donation, the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum on Harkers Island has set up a relief fund to spend in the communities in eastern part of Carteret County; the Salvation Army has always responded quickly and appropriately to disasters in North Carolina; and The Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men (CHUMM) are planning for a Hurricane Florence Relief effort which will be conducted off of Hatteras Island.

CHUMM Team members/leaders are trained, certified and experienced assisting after hurricanes, floods and tornados.

To help sponsor one of the teams, mail a check to CHUMM, PO Box 1591, Buxton 27920. It’s important to designate “Hurricane Florence” or “Administrative Funds” on the Memo line. Without the designation, CHUMM may only use the donation on Hatteras Island.

Cold storage available
Wanchese Fish has offered freezer space in Suffolk for those needing to save their frozen inventory. Evans Seafood also is offering to store frozen items at its facility in Washington.

Economic damage estimated needed
The North Carolina Fisheries Association needs hurricane damage estimates for the commercial fishing sector of the state.

Estimates of damages to fish houses, boats, lost gear, homes, vehicles or anything else connected to commercial fishing are needed when asking for help from various levels of government.

Because of damages sustained to areas where NCFA employees live, all information is requested to be sent to Jerry Shill at 252-361-3015 or email to jerryschill@ncfish.org.

Lost income is not needed at this point.

Meetings cancelled
Hurricane Florence has prompted cancellations of all Marine Fisheries Commission meetings this week, including:
Sept. 20 public hearing in Wilmington on William S. Burrell and Salty Roots, LLC proposed shellfish leases in Myrtle Grove Sound; and Sept. 26 public hearing in Wilmington on Michael Connolly proposed shellfish lease in Myrtle Grove Sound.

DMF office openings
Division of Marine Fisheries office in Morehead City and Wilmington are closed. Morehead City is closed through Wednesday; Wilmington to be determined. Conditions at the Washington office are being assessed and it may reopen tomorrow if possible.

Offices are open Elizabeth City and Manteo.

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Dorothy Ann Royston of Nags Head, Sept. 11

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Dorothy Ann Royston, 83, of Nags Head, NC died Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at her home.

Born in Jersey City, NJ on February 9, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Anna Simone and Francis Miskell. Dorothy worked as a teller in the banking industry.

Dorothy is survived by two daughters, Sally A. Brown (Donald, Sr.) and Dorinda Britt; four grandchildren, Kelli Brown, Donald Brown, Jr. (Hillarie), Sheri Britt and Amie Britt; four great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Caitlyn, Evie, and Eli; and a sister, Frances Woldanski.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Maybin; and her second husband, Paul Royston.

A private family service was held in Tennessee.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.TwifordFH.com.

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N.C. 12 on Ocracoke damaged; timeline for repairs unknown

Rob Morris

Road crews clearing N.C. 12 on Sunday. (NCDOT)

Access to Ocracoke Island by way of the Hatteras ferry route will be delayed indefinitely after road crews found damage to N.C. 12 from surf and surge generated by Hurricane Florence.

Meanwhile, N.C. Department of Transportation crews are continuing to restore the protective dunes flattened by the storm.

The pavement was damaged on a section from the Pony Pen to the ferry dock on the north end of the island, according to an NCDOT statement Thursday.

“NCDOT crews are working to clear sand from the pavement and build a protective berm,” the statement said. “A contract is expected to be awarded in the next few days for work to restore the protective dunes and repair damage to the pavement. A timeline for completing that work on Ocracoke Island has not yet been determined.”

Crews have finished clearing croads of debris elsewhere elsewhere in NCDOT’s Division 1, which includes the Outer Banks and 14 counties in northeastern North Carolina.

“Tidal flooding has subsided in most of the divisions, although some areas of standing water may remain in low lying secondary routes in Hyde, Tyrrell, Chowan, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Camden, Currituck and Dare counties,” the statement said.

The only access to the island now is on the Swan Quarter ferry route. The terminal is on the Hyde County mainland off of U.S. 264. Visitors will allowed back on the island starting Friday.

The Governor’s Office has activated the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund for donations to support North Carolina’s response to Hurricane Florence. To donate, visit governor.nc.gov or text FLORENCE to 20222.

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Coastal Review Online from Down East: ‘We have work to do’

Coastal Review Online

As Carteret County struggles to get back to normal Coastal Review Online has been trying to post a report on conditions. Wednesday was their first opportunity to publish. This report is from Editor Mark Hibbs.

A man looks toward the Newport River bridge over old U.S. 70 in Newport as it rises above its banks early Saturday. (Mark Hibbs)

NEWPORT — Power has been restored to more and more homes and businesses each day since Florence moved on, mobile phones work in some places some of the time, but Internet service has proved elusive until now.

Florence left a large swath of damage, but residents here have begun putting the pieces back together. It’s going to take a while. Each day, we hear about more who lost everything. The extent of the destruction is just becoming clear for those of us left isolated by the storm.

Like most lifelong coastal North Carolina residents, I’ve lived through many hurricanes. But unlike some, this is the first disaster I’ve experienced firsthand. For days, news and information have been courtesy of a barely web-connected radio station or two, leaving us essentially cut off from the rest of the world. That’s just how it felt.

Saturday morning, the Newport River rose above the bridges and into neighborhoods, leaving Newport temporarily isolated from the rest of Carteret County. Much of the Down East community, we’d heard, was underwater and things weren’t much better to the west, especially in New Bern.

What we’ve heard most has been the obnoxious but welcome roar of generators that for days have kept folks going with some level of comfort – charging mostly useless mobile phones and preserving what little food remains in refrigerators.

Conversations, both in person and by phone, are best had a few yards away from the din. Gas stations began making scarce supplies available Sunday, but lines were long and at first and $30 was each customer’s limit. Gas has become more easily available as power is gradually restored across the area.

Recovery began at daybreak Friday, even as Florence continued to thrash the coast. Sunrise revealed broken or toppled trees had penetrated homes, mangled trucks and cars and stretched or snapped power lines every so many doors up and down each street.

Near the Newport River, floodwaters had trapped some on the highway who apparently abandoned their vehicles and found safety, and reached the doorknobs or higher in homes. Many homes were lost entirely.

Phone calls only occasionally connect. In Newport, connections are sometimes better if you walk out to the street and pace back and forth until you find a sweet spot. Sending text messages has been like throwing electronic darts that lack feathers. Few reach their targets. Receiving them sometimes happens in spurts, like around midnight when you’ve finally managed to drift off despite the uncomfortably muggy stillness and then your phone starts dinging like a pinball machine. Internet and email? Forget about it. Hence the missed publication schedule for Coastal Review Online.

During the storm, mobile phones became a chorus of emergency warnings directing us to “check local media” for details on tornadoes, flash floods and other calamities.

But at the height of the storm, much of the local media were like Coastal Review Online and much of the public, off the grid. This is a big flaw in the public warning system, one that should be addressed before the next storm. Details should accompany alerts. Referrals are not so helpful.

What appears to have worked was the early-warning sounded in the days before Florence arrived.

Forecasters warned of relentless rainfall, dangerous storm surge and flooding at levels most coastal residents had never seen — and even the old-timers were unlikely to have experienced — and wind speed estimates that prompted visions of exploding structures and airborne roofs.

The apparent weakening that followed initial reports gave some hope for the typical, less destructive reality that followed the alarming forecasts of countless previous hurricanes. But Florence wasn’t like previous storms.

Making landfall as a Category 1, Florence didn’t really “weaken.” The storm instead shifted into low gear, grinding to a near halt to slowly pummel the barrier islands along Onslow Bay, drenching nearly all of eastern North Carolina with driving and persistent rains and forcing a massive wall of water into inland communities along sounds and rivers.

Following the storm, curfews were enacted or extended to deter criminal or just plain stupid activities. But storm-related incidents appear to have been few and mostly unrelated to bad behavior, despite a fistfight in a local grocery store parking lot Sunday morning.

Mostly there have been examples of shining humanity.

Large convoys of bucket trucks operated by local line crews and volunteers from distant towns arrived to help restore desperately needed power as quickly as possible. Fire crews from all over the state brought their various types of apparatus to assist. The National Guard showed up, letting anyone in doubt know this really is serious.

Nonprofit groups, loosely affiliated volunteers and others arrived quickly and provided meals, shelter, cleanup help and comfort to those in need. Neighbors combined what they had on hand and fed one another.

People with chainsaws headed out in the early light and continued in wind-driven rain Friday clearing the streets around Newport of fallen trees. Entire crews, some with heavy equipment, went door-to-door to help those with trees on their homes or blocking their driveways. Neighbors helping neighbors, it was going on almost everywhere you looked.

Florence was not quite the same as any of the historic storms we remember, but it was what many had warned: the storm of a lifetime. That’s an assessment that relies only on what we’d seen in the past. Science says we’ll continue to see more like Florence, more often.

We have work to do.

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Mojo Collins at his best — ‘New Glatitude’

Kip Tabb

Mojo Collins loves the blues, and he plays it as well as anyone. Not just anyone on the Outer Banks, but anyone. He really is that good.

In a career spanning more than 55 years, though, he’s picked up a lot of influences, and in New Glatitude, his latest recording, it all comes together.

“It’s the marriage of cajun zydeco to North Carolina folk jazzy blues and rock. So you have two different cultures come together,” he said describing his most recent CD.

Recorded in New Orleans, the CD takes full advantage of some outstanding studio musicians and the result is a sound completely unlike any other recording he has made.

“I actually got to record that with Louisiana musicians that actually play in Storyville, that play in New Orleans, that play in Mardi Gras. It captured that essence of that culture and that sound that they get in there,” Collins said.

There is so much good music on this CD that it’s difficult to call any one track out. From the first notes of the title track, New Glatitude, it is apparent that Mojo is creating something special.

“I got a brand new glatitude,” he sings. “I’m feeling almost brand new…”

The guitar work is crisp and confident with the saxophone of Pat Breaux framing the melody and Mojo’s guitar lead creating the sense of joy that music can bring.

The Cajun influence really seems to come together in, Cajun Funk, an instrumental piece with a distinctly jazzy feel, with some great sax work and a driving drum beat from Frank Kincel. The song has layers of great music happening and it also highlights just how good Collins is on guitar.

What really seems to make New Glatitude stand out, though, is how Collins builds on his blues roots, creating sounds that are true to that tradition yet take on their own distinctive sound.

There are a number of tracks that have a sound reminiscent of swing-era music, combining a very bluesy feel with a standup bass and jazz chords.

Love Has Made a Man out of Me highlights Collins on acoustic guitar and his vocals which strong  strong with a perfect touch for the music.

As much as the music creates the feel of the song, the words seem to blend flawlessly with the arrangement.

Love has made a man out of me,
Took my heart and set my soul free,
Got no worries
Life is a breeze
Lord she shone love down on me…”

By his own reckoning, Collins has written a few hundred songs over the years and with that background, he’s gotten pretty good at turning a phrase, and that skill crops up again and again.

Blue Eyes Crying, the last track on the CD, is an memorable cross between blues and swing. It’s a love song, but what makes the lyrics stand out is how it touches on Collins’ roots in the blues and the swing feeling of the song.

When I’ve done you wrong and
It turns into a blues song
And those blue eyes start to cry…

The CD also highlights Collins musical versatility. He is known—at least on the Outer Banks—for how good he is on guitar, but guitar is just one of many instruments he plays.

For a number of years, when he was trying to make it in San Francisco, he played keyboards as much as guitar, and that skill comes to the fore Living in the Spirit.

Over the years, Collins has become a man of deep faith and the song is a testimony to that faith. The song is unlike any other on the recording, relying on heavy full organ chords with saxophone playing counterpoint to the melody. The result is a choral, church-like feel to the music.

Watching Collins when he’s performing, his guitar work can seem so effortless that how good he really is can be lost. If there was ever any doubt how good he is, listen to Raynor Shine, written for his grandson Bo Raynor, who is beginning his journey in the pro surfing ranks.

An instrumental piece, it features Bo’s grandfather on acoustic guitar. Beautiful, wistful, perhaps lyrical, the song evokes the beauty of the ocean and waves.

The CD has 13 tracks and the inevitable question is, “Is there a favorite?”

Subjective and perhaps dangerous since everyone is going to have their own opinion. But as a personal favorite Bob Bob She Bob stood out because of how brilliantly and seamlessly Collins merges styles of music.

There is a bit of the 1950s doo-wop sound — just think of the title to understand that. But then he takes that combination blues/swing sound that he has been using throughout the CD to create a song that is at once completely familiar yet truly unique.

A number of the tunes have been sitting around gathering dust for some time, Collins mentioned while discussing the CD.

“Some of these songs were written in my 30s and I just never recorded them,” he said. “For one reason or the other they just slipped through the cracks.”

Collins is now 74 and recovering from a May heart attack, New Glatitude is the best CD he has recorded in some time. It may even be his best, something he reflected on in discussing the recording.

“I was so elated that I was able to get this done. I’m not saying it’s going to be a last, but if it is it’s not a bad epitaph,” he said.

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A different frame of mind: The Mojo Collins story

Kip Tabb

After a summer away from performing, Mojo Collins will be back on stage Sept. 29 at the Tap Shack in Duck. (Kip Tabb)

Mojo Collins hasn’t been seem much around the Outer Banks this summer. Not by choice, but by  necessity. He had a heart attack while performing at the Tap Shack in Duck over Memorial Day weekend and has not had the strength to play a set for the past three months.

“Until you have one, a heart attack that is, you really don’t know the true experience of wanting to live and get better. It does zap you … and put you in a different frame of mind,” he said.

When he is on stage, Mojo is always impeccably dressed, his white hair and mustache perfectly groomed. He usually wears a Hawaiian shirt and a Panama hat, especially if he’s outdoors.

He’s getting closer to getting back on stage. His strength coming back. He is making plans for an occasional solo performance or a show with his local band Triple Vision.

“We do have a show booked with Triple Vision. September 29 at the Tap Shack. I’m feeling better and I will be ready to roll for that one,” he said.

It’s the first time in 16 years that Mojo hasn’t been performing. That was the year — 2002 —  that he had an operation on his neck to remove bone spurs that made his fingers numb. Before that … it’s been a long time.

He grew up in Raleigh and learned to play from his father, who was a musician.

“They called him Wild Bill. He played with Homer Briarhopper and the Dixie Dudes and Jim Thornton, both of whom had TV shows in Raleigh and Durham,” Mojo said.

Homer Briarhopper & his Dixies Dudes doing live radio at WNAO show “Wild Bill” Collins second from left.

Homer Briarhopper & his Dixies Dudes doing live radio at WNAO show “Wild Bill” Collins second from left.

“Jim Thornton had the Saturday Night Country Style on WTVD in Durham. That’s where I did my first show when I was nine years old. Sang a song. You and Me Together by Kitty Wales. My dad was over there smiling at me,” he recalled.

It was the beginning of a long career playing guitar and occasionally keyboards, a career that took him to the West Coast and back to the East Coast a couple of times and along the way he got to play or jam with or meet a who’s who of the history of rock and roll.

In the mid-1960s he was in the Air Force, stationed at a now closed SAC base in Glasgow, Montana. That was when he teamed up with a couple of guys on the base and started playing gigs in their off time.

“It was called Mojo’s Mark 4,” he said. “They were mostly funk and jazz musicians. It was really strange. None of them knew what the blues was. I had been turned on to Muddy Waters before I got there and I started singing those songs in the band and they started calling me the Mojo Man and that’s where the name came from.”

After the Air Force, he headed back to North Carolina, hoping to catch on with a beach music band. He didn’t. “I guess I was too blues for them,” he explained. Then a friend from Montana called and said he was putting together a group. A couple of groups later, most of the personnel became Initial Shock.

The group was touring the Midwest when they sent their road crew to San Francisco to check out the music scene.

“Well, a couple of weeks later they came back with every drug known to man. I had never done drugs before that,” Mojo said.

It was 1967 and Initial Shock headed off to San Francisco just in time for the summer of love. Mojo doesn’t use drugs now, but at that time, they were very much a part of the culture.

Initial Shock was getting noticed. The band was on tour on the East Coast when promoter Billy Graham brought the group back to San Francisco to open for Janis Joplin for her first show at the Fillmore.

According to Mojo, it was Janis Joplin who requested the band.

“She taught me to sing it like it was the last time you ever did it,” he said. “I just never understood how she could shoot up and go out and act like nothing was going on,” he added.

Initial Shock broke up in 1969 and it was a low point.

“I was on the street without anything. Not even a guitar because all the equipment was confiscated because someone had it in their name,” he said.

But it also led to the closest brush with fame and success he had.

The original Sawbuck. Mojo Collins, top left; (LtoR) Chuck Ruff, Bill Church, Star Donaldso, Ronnie Montrose.

The original Sawbuck. Mojo Collins, top left; (LtoR) Chuck Ruff, Bill Church, Star Donaldso, Ronnie Montrose.

“I was walking down Market Street one day. This friend of mine … Roy Murray, he lives in Kitty Hawk now … He was in a band signed at the Fillmore called Naked Lunch. And he said, ‘Man what’s going on.’ And I said I’m trying to find a quarter for a cup of coffee and a smoke.’ He put me up for awhile and we said,’ Man you got to go down to the Fillmore and audition for them.’ He lent me an acoustic guitar and I auditioned for them and they hired me on the spot to write songs for them.”

He did that for six months — giving him the first regular payday he had had in some time, and it also led to the group Sawbuck.

“Ronnie Montrose was the lead guitar, Starr Donaldson second guitarist. Bill Church bass player, the drummer was Chuck Ruff,” Mojo said.

Mojo handled vocals, a lot of the song writing and rhythm guitar. Every member of the band went on to play with other first name acts to be a headliner on their own.

For a number of reasons, although the band had a strong following, it broke up.

“I came close,” he said.

About the time Sawbuck broke up, Wild Bill had a heart attack and Mojo came home and spent  two weeks in Raleigh. When he got back to San Francisco, he realized he couldn’t stay there.

“Everybody was shooting (drugs). And I said if I stay out here, I won’t make it home,” he said.

The next trip to Raleigh sealed his fate. He ran into a girl he had known in high school .

“I met Bonnie in Raleigh,” Mojo said. “We’ve been together 45 years.”

She was working at the Galleon Escalade dressing windows in Nags Head. She asked him if he wanted to go and other than some time in Wilmington, the couple has lived on the Outer Banks since that time.

Mojo never did hit the big payday that many of the people he knew from his days of the summer of love; certainly nothing like the Grateful Dead or Jefferson Airplane—groups he jammed with and opened for a couple of times in San Francisco. Or Lynyrd Skynyrd, who he opened for in 1971 or 1972. But it was always about the music and being on stage, performing for people.

“It’s never really been about the money. I don’t gauge my life on money. If I had million dollars I would probably just donate it maybe to the church or help somebody with it.,” he said.

Mojo Collins – A Partial List of Awards and Achievments
Check out our review of New Glatitude, Mojo's most recent CD.

Check out our review of New Glatitude, Mojo’s most recent CD.

1985 FIRST PLACE – Blues & Jazz competition; PRESERVATION JAZZ COMPANY, Raleigh, NC

1988 TOP TWENTY – Louisiana Songwriters competition

1997-1999 voted best R&B “band” in Wilmington, NC

1999-2000 Received a NC ARTS COUNCIL FELLOWSHIP in Music for SONGWRITING

2006 “Wammie” Best “Solo Artist”; Beat Magazine Wilmington, N.C

2006 “Wammie” Best Local Performer & the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD; Beat Magazine Wilmington, N.C.

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Video: Beachgoers, surfers enjoy near perfect OBX afternoon

Sam Walker

Beachgoers were enjoying near perfect weather on Wednesday, as a cold front that moved through last night has brought an onshore breeze and cooler temperatures.

While water temperatures are hovering around the low 80s, there is a moderate risk of rip currents along the Outer Banks. Only experienced surf swimmers should be in the ocean.

And even though the waves are a little choppy for their liking with the northeast breeze, the annual ESA Eastern’s surf competition is in full swing at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head.

For the most part, northeastern North Carolina escaped the wrath of Hurricane Florence.

Access to all of the Outer Banks has reopened, except for visitors to Ocracoke who will be allowed to return on Friday.

Dry weather is forecast headed into the first weekend of the fall, with daytime highs around 80 and overnight lows around 68.

A few afternoon showers and thunderstorms may pop-up late Sunday and early part of next week.

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Guy C. Lee, Kellogg’s, Max Radio, Voice team for Florence relief

Sam Walker

Emergency relief has been slow to places like Havelock. (WCTI)

Guy C. Lee Building Materials and Kellogg’s Building Supply are teaming up with The Outer Banks Voice and Max Radio of the Carolina’s stations to help in the relief effort for Hurricane Florence victims in Craven County.

Donations are being accepted through Friday, Sept. 28, at Guy C. Lee Building Materials, 4002 North Croatan Highway in Kitty Hawk, and Kellogg’s Building Supply locations at 300 East Atlantic Street in Kill Devil Hills, 1201 Duck Rd. in Duck and 917 Burnside Road in Manteo.

Requested items include blankets, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, baby supplies and non-perishable food items.

They will then be transported to Craven County Emergency Management’s receiving and distribution site in New Bern.

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Gauges indicate flooding in sounds, creeks may have peaked

Sam Walker

Water covers streets and yards in the Beechwood Shores neighborhood near Snowden in Currituck County. (Scott Baker)

Slow going on Colington Road Tuesday. (Rob Morris)

Flood gauges along the North Landing River and Currituck Sound show that the high water associated with Hurricane Florence during the past several days has reached a peak and is starting to drop.

But it may be several days before neighborhoods along the sounds, rivers, bays and creeks will see the water recede after it covered roads, entered homes and compromised septic systems from Moyock to Manteo on Sunday and Monday.

A NOAA flood gauge at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education in Corolla reached peak level of 2.86 feet above normal Monday evening. It was down to 2.45 feet Tuesday at 6 p.m.

At the Northwest River Bridge in Chesapeake, the peak of 2.69 feet was recorded Tuesday around 8 a.m., and had fallen to 2.56 feet at 6 p.m.

The gauge at the North Landing River Bridge reached a peak of 4.78 feet on Tuesday at 6 a.m., and had dropped slightly 12 hours later.

Observing the direction of the water moving through the Coinjock Cut of the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, which connects Currituck Sound and the North River, the flow appears to have started heading slowly south despite winds from the opposite direction.

Flood water in the Pamlico Sound from the southern rivers — the main culprit behind the minor flooding on this end of the coast — should start moving more easily out of inlets now that ocean waves have subsided.

A wind shift to the northeast Wednesday will increase surf levels but at the same time help move the water toward the inlets.

While some say the water intrusion into homes and businesses has been the worst they have seen, records indicate that the flooding associated with Hurricane Irene was much worse.

The North Landing River Bridge gauged peaked during that storm at 10.21 feet on August 29, 2011. The all-time record at the station was set on August 20, 1989 at 15.41 feet.

Currituck has placed high-clearance vehicles strategically throughout the county if they’re needed, said Emergency Management Director Mary Beth Mewns.

“People need to be very cautious when driving,” Mewns said. “Avoid water-covered roadways, especially in low riding vehicles.”

Residents on the Dare County mainland are reporting  yards full of water, and have parked vehicles along the shoulders of U.S. 64, which is the only high spot in East Lake.

Scott Small’s hand-painted sign on West Kitty Hawk Road hasn’t slowed down motorists. (Heather Beatty)

On the Outer Banks side of the sounds, water levels have risen and fallen with the lunar tide. High tide on Wednesday is roughly around 1 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Colington and Roanoke Island.

The tide gauge in the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center harbor peaked at 2.88 feet above normal Tuesday morning, and is predicted to inch down to 2.5 feet on Wednesday.

It is not unusual for the water to come up on the soundside after a tropical cyclone has crossed coastal North Carolina. Nevertheless, locals are concerned that it could get worse before it gets better.

Residents in Walnut Island in Grandy and on Bells Island in Currituck said the water had infiltrated the ground levels of their homes, forcing them to leave for their neighbors’ houses on higher ground.

Some living in Walnut Island also said their aging sewer system was backing up into their tubs.

Mewns said residents who feel they’re in danger in their homes can call Currituck Department of Social Services with shelter requests at 252-232-3083.

“The winds will be changing direction tonight into tomorrow, which will bring some relief but (the weather service) reported the water will recede slowly,” Mewns said.

Water has covered a number of secondary roads in Colington, Kitty Hawk, Grandy, Waterlily, Currituck, Sligo and Moyock.

Currituck County Schools will be operating on a 2-hour delay at the high schools on Wednesday, as middle and elementary schools have a prescheduled teacher workday.

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Schools will open one hour late, and noted in their statement that water levels were also dropping there.

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Mark Edward White of Manteo, Sept. 17

Submitted Story

Mark Edward White of Manteo passed away unexpectedly at his home September 17, 2018. He was 53. Mark was born in Virginia Beach, VA NC. He was the son of the late Elswood and Rose White.

Mark spent his childhood years throughout Dare and Currituck counties. Always inquisitive, he loved tinkering and eventually started his own successful small engine repair company based in Manteo.

Besides engine work, Mark acquired several local properties which he developed and managed. A gentle spirit, Mark most enjoyed spending solitary time at home and spoiling his grandchildren, whom he adored.

Mark White is survived by his only child, Naomi Marie Draper, his son-in-law, Jonathan and his two grandchildren Hannah and Nathan, all of Manteo. Other survivors include his two brothers, David E. White (Shirley) of Utah; Michael T. White (Donna) of New Hampshire; one sister, Karen R. Walker (Joel) of Florida and many in-laws, extended family members, and loyal friends.

Mark’s funeral service will be private. Friends may pay their respects at the committal ceremony and burial, which will be held at Roanoke Island Memorial Gardens in Manteo Friday September 21, 2018 at 2 pm.

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

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State of emergency ends; swimming restrictions lifted

Outer Banks Voice

From Dare County Emergency Management:
As of 10:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, September 18, swimming restrictions along Dare County beaches are no longer in effect. The restrictions were put in place September 10 with the state of emergency as a result of dangerous surf conditions and strong rip currents due to Hurricane Florence.

Before heading to the beach, beach goers are advised to check beach condition reports from the National Weather Service at https://www.weather.gov/beach/mhx. Never swim alone. If in doubt, don’t go out. If red flags are flying, swimming is prohibited, for your safety and the safety of ocean rescue staff. Although flags may be posted on sunny warm days with blue skies, it means the water conditions are not safe to swim in.

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Higher than expected water floods some roads, delays schools

Sam Walker

Hand-painted sign on West Kitty Hawk Road. (Heather Beatty)

What was originally termed “nuisance flooding” is well past that in the minds of some Currituck and Dare county residents, as water from the sounds and creeks has spilled over roads, yards and even entered a few homes in the past 24 hours.

The steady rise of water from Moyock to Manteo that began  late Saturday has startled many, although it has not reached the record proportions of Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Hurricane Matthew nearly two years ago.

The National Weather Service said as recently as Monday afternoon that water levels would be rising as winds shifted to a more southerly direction and the massive flooding to the south caused by Hurricane Florence would start flowing into the Pamlico Sound.

But the weather office in Wakefield, Va. refrained from issuing more than a Coastal Flood Statement north of the Albemarle Sound that merely mentions the potential for higher than normal water levels.

The Newport/Morehead City office posted a Coastal Flood Advisory for mainland Dare and Hyde counties predicting water of 1 to 2 feet above ground level.

Dare County Schools north of Oregon Inlet are closed for students on Tuesday, while Currituck County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay because of the water covering a number of secondary roads.

Camden, Elizabeth City-Pasquotank and Perquimans schools are also delaying their start times Tuesday because of flooding along the coastal rivers in their counties that has closed several roads.

It is not unusual for the water to come up on the soundside after a tropical cyclone has crossed coastal North Carolina. Nevertheless, locals are concerned that it could get worse before it gets better.

Residents in Walnut Island in Grandy and on Bells Island in Currituck said the water had infiltrated the ground levels of their homes, forcing them to leave for their neighbors’ houses on higher ground.

Some living in Walnut Island also said their aging sewer system was backing up into their tubs.

Water has covered a number of secondary roads in Colington, Kitty Hawk, Grandy, Waterlily, Currituck, Sligo and Moyock.

A 2- to 3-knot current has been flowing to the east through the Coinjock Cut of the Intracoastal Waterway since the weekend, even as winds were blowing in the opposite direction.

Now that the winds are out of the southwest, that current had picked up more speed Monday evening. The canal connecting the North River with the Currituck Sound is at one of the highest levels seen in recent memory.

E-mail requests for more information on the situation from Currituck officials had not been answered as of late Monday.

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Florence evacuation and re-entry dominate Dare BOC meeting

Russ Lay

N.C. 12 on Hatteras Island last week. (Brett Barley)

Monday’s Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting, the first since the mandatory evacuation and subsequent re-entry caused by Hurricane Florence, stood in marked contrast to post-storm meetings in the past.

Often, attending a meeting after an evacuation was akin to the experience of a spectator at the ancient Roman Coliseum where the lions preyed on human opponents.

Invariably, no matter what course of action county officials took, a queue of angry people lined up during public comments to accuse the decisionmakers of evacuating residents and visitors too early or too late.

Re-entry wasn’t much better as the same angry folks reasoned that residents and tourists were kept out too long, and in the case of visitors in the aftermath of damaging storms, allowed back in too early.

But Monday night’s meeting served as a good indicator that most Dare County residents, property owners and business interests seemed to be satisfied with the decisions of the Dare County Control Group.

The sole speaker during public comments addressing the hurricane. Carolyn Self, representing the Greater Albemarle Area of the American Red Cross, praised Drew Pearson, the county’s Emergency Management Director, for reaching out to the Red Cross to station supplies, cots, and other materials in advance of the storm.

Board Chairman Bob Woodard opened the meeting with a lengthy review of the actions taken by the Control Group leading up to the evacuation orders and ending with the return of visitors to all of Dare on Sunday.

Woodard revealed information not previously known to the public and helped put into perspective why the Control Group took the actions they did relative to both the evacuation and re-entry.

The Control Group is comprised of the Dare County manager, the chair of the county Board of Commissioners, the mayors of the six Dare municipalities, the sheriff and the Emergency Management Director.

Woodard indicated that the group met several times before and during the potential arrival of Florence. He emphasized two major points: The decisions of the group relied heavily on information and advice provided by the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center. Right up until Friday, the NWS was advising Dare County the threat of a direct hit was real, and that storm surge in several hotspots from Kitty Hawk to Pea Island, Rodanthe, Avon, Buxton, and Hatteras were almost a certainty.

The NWS was also predicting epic rains that would far exceed those of Hurricane Matthew as well as winds never before experienced along the Outer Banks in modern times.

Even if the storm made landfall to our south, the NWS told the group that Dare was likely to be in the storm’s northeast quadrant, where the wind speeds are highest and last longer.

There was also a growing sense by mid-week that wherever the storm made landfall, it would move so slowly as to cause even more damage by pounding the coast for two or more days.

Woodard said the NWS provided 20 to 30-minute updates via phone to the Control Group, and that the interaction between the two entities was well-coordinated and revolved around the facts as the NWS saw them at the time.

Even as late as Friday, when the storm track turned south, Woodard said the NWS was still unwilling to lift the hurricane warning for Dare. In addition, the weather service was maintaining its expectation of a severe storm surge on Hatteras and as far north at Kitty Hawk, damaging winds across the entire county and soundside flooding.

The NWS also warned of tornados.

Even as the decision was made to allow re-entry later Friday while the hurricane and tornado warnings were still in effect, the Control Group had to wait for wave action to settle down before NCDOT engineers would declare the aging Bonner Bridge safe for traffic.

That clearance did not come until late Friday afternoon, and NCDOT officials told the group on Thursday they’d need 24 to 26 hours to clear and assess roads on Hatteras where overwash had occurred.

The threat of a direct hit was so real, Alan Moran, the county’s NCDOT representative arranged for 27 pieces of heavy equipment to be placed on Hatteras Island to repair roads and rebuild dunes. Dare EMS stationed ambulances in villages along the island likely to be cut off by closed roads.

All of this information stood in stark contrast to the situation many of us were experiencing by Thursday and Friday when the winds were light, the surf was mostly contained east of the dune line and only a smattering of tropical rain downpours rolled through.

Woodard and the other commissioners pointed to the devastation to communities where the storm did make landfall and noted that if the storm had followed the more northerly route in the projected “cone,” what happened there would have happened here and the evacuation would have saved lives.

Woodard also heaped praise on several people, including Pearson, county Public Information Officer Dorothy Hester and Sheriff Doug Doughtie and National Park Service Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallic for aid on Hatteras Island and at the Bonner Bridge during its closure and phased re-entry.

The chairman related how Dare EMS aided in the evacuation of patients and residents from the Peak skilled nursing facility in Nags Head making several trips to take transporting them as far away as Oxford and Goldsboro.

Steve House praised the SPCA for evacuating all animals safely from the flood-prone facility near the airport, finding shelters and foster homes for each.

Finally, Woodard praised law enforcement for noticing the Saturday morning backlog at the Wright Memorial Bridge when one lane was open and quickly calling up enough manpower to open two re-entry lanes, which cleared the backlog within an hour.

During the commissioner comments at the end of the meeting, each elected official lauded the Control Group and also praised the evacuation and re-entry as one of the most orderly in memory.

County Manager Bobby Outten summed the sentiment up by reminding those in attendance that the Control Group all have families and friends here that are affected by their decisions, and with that in mind, and taking in the damage and losses elsewhere, the group made the right choices with the information they had.

The rest of the agenda, which was mostly housekeeping items, moved forward quickly and the meeting adjourned less than two hours after it was called to order.

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Non-resident owners can return to Ocracoke, visitors on Friday

Outer Banks Voice

Highway crews work on N.C. 12 Sunday. (N.C. Division of Aviation)

Damage to N.C. 12, the only highway on Ocracoke, has left just one way to get to and from the island — by ferry from Swan Quarter on the Hyde County mainland.

North Carolina Department of Transportation crews have been working to clear and repair the highway, which was damaged by waves forced through the dunes by Hurricane Florence.

The damage means that the Hatteras Island Ferry Terminal on the north end of the island is out of commission. The Cedar Island docks across the Pamlico Sound have not yet been assessed, according to a statement from Hyde County.

Only those with passes are allowed on the ferry. Passes generally cover permanent residents, essential personnel and people delivering supplies.

Hyde County Commissioners announced non-resident property owners can return on Tuesday, and visitors will allowed back on the island starting Friday.

Dare County, including Hatteras Island, is open and accessible. Under a continuing state of emergency, however, no one is allowed in the water.

Access to Ocracoke is the main problem caused by last week’s storm. The Ocracoke Observer reports that the island otherwise saw no serious damage.

Who will be allowed on the ferry

  • Red passes, emergency personnel
  • Yellow passes, essential island personnel
  • Vendors
  • Green passes, permanent residents
  • White Passes – Non-Resident Property Owners

Vendor priority list

  • Emergency personnel and equipment
  • NCDOT highway and power company personnel and equipment
  • Sanitation personnel and equipment
  • Mail and parcel delivery
  • Commodities and fuel vendors

Tuesday’s ferry schedule

  • Swan Quarter departures:7:30 am, 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 3:30 pm, and 4:30 pm
  • Ocracoke departures: 7:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm, and 6:30 pm
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High water means another day off for students north of Oregon Inlet

Sam Walker

The high water levels on some roads has led Dare County School leaders to call off classes on Tuesday for the schools located north of Oregon Inlet.

Teachers and staff at the Kitty Hawk, First Flight, Nags Head and Manteo schools will have an optional workday.

Cape Hatteras Schools will operate on normal schedules Tuesday, their first day back since closing last week when the evacuation orders went in place ahead of Hurricane Florence.

Currituck, Camden and Elizabeth City-Pasquotank schools will be operating on a 2-hour delay on Tuesday, also due to high water standing on some roads in their counties.

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Outer Banks residents collecting, delivering supplies Down East

Sam Walker

Ocracokers have already donated their own emergency supplies to their neighbors across the Pamlico. (Tina Robinson)

Several groups of Outer Banks residents have already started collecting and delivering relief items for transport to their colleagues and families that live in Down East Carteret County, which took the brunt of Hurricane Florence but has received little attention in its aftermath.

Residents of Ocracoke Island have been collecting items and have already made several trips by private boat across the Pamlico Sound to Cedar Island.

Dustin Wilkins of Elizabeth City and Curtis Austin of Currituck took off down U.S. 17 Thursday night with their boats, but were only able to make it to New Bern where they helped rescue residents from flood waters.

They returned home over the weekend and have now set-up has drop-off locations for items at Village Hardware in Wanchese, Bateman Farms in Weeksville, Albemarle School in Elizabeth city and Twiford Law Firm offices in Moyock and Elizabeth City.

For those outside the area that would like to donate to efforts, an Amazon Wish List has been created by the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island.

One of the most requested items so far is plastic totes for storage of personal belongings to protect them during clean-up efforts.

Additional items and collection points will be added as they become available.

  • Air Fresheners
  • Broom and mops
  • Bleach
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Household cleaners
  • Clothes pins
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Heavy duty trash bags
  • Disinfectant dish soap
  • Damp-rid
  • Clorox wipes
  • Latex and work gloves
  • N-95 masks
  • Scouring pads
  • Sponges
  • Towels
  • Five-gallon buckets
  • Fans
  • Hammers
  • Ratchet straps
  • 4-prong L plugs
  • Gas cans
  • Gas gift cards
  • Batteries
  • Tar paper
  • Stainless roofing tacks
  • Extension cords
  • Flash lights
  • Batteries
  • Paper Plates
  • Bottled water
  • Paper towels
  • Canned food
  • Matches
  • Charcoal
  • Insect repellent
  • Can openers
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal wipes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • First aid supplies
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers/Pull-ups
  • Baby formula
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William “Bill” Sherman Pinner of Manns Harbor, Sept. 15

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William “Bill” Sherman Pinner, 92, of Manns Harbor, NC died Saturday, September 15, 2018, at the Gates House.

A native of Dare County, he was born in Buffalo City on June 19, 1926, to the late Evalina Duvall Pinner and William S. Pinner.

Bill served his country honorably with the United States Army. In 1987, he retired from civil service duties in the facilities maintenance division at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. He was also a member of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church.

Bill is survived by his wife, Aleta Craddock Pinner; a daughter, Bett Pinner Beasley of Manns Harbor; two sons, William R. Pinner (Marie) of Raleigh and James Kevin Pinner of Manns Harbor; two grandchildren, Nicki Kobielnik (Todd) and Ashley Marie Pinner (Kris); and four great-grandchildren, Bradley, Faith, Aveline, and Cameron.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, three brothers, and a son-in-law, Jim Beasley.

A funeral will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo with the Rev. Jerald Craddock and the Rev. Charles Daly officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service. Private burial will take place at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, PO Box 95, Manns Harbor, NC 27953.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.TwifordFH.com.

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