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Henry “Tony” Edens of Roanoke Island, Jan. 16

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Henry “Tony” Edens, 62, of Roanoke Island passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at home surrounded by his family.

Born May 15, 1956, he was the son of the late Henry O. Edens and Alice June Edens. He was a talented artist known for his seascapes.

Henry is survived by his wife of 30 years, Beth Edens; daughters, Kelly (Mike) and Caroline (Kyle); son, Henry Edens VI; and beloved dog, Tater.

His friends will remember him as the first man to walk on the moon in red high heels and the inventor of pineapple juice.

A celebration of life will be held at the family home on Monday, January 21, 2019, from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your preferred charity.

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

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Volunteers find cold-stunned sea turtles on Ocracoke

Ocracoke Observer

A cold-stunned Kemps Ridley sea turtle found on Ocracoke is in Hatteras before its transfer to the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Photo by Benjamin Downing

By Connie Leinbach

Ocracoke Observer

Pat Garber and an assistant gently lifted the Kemps Ridley turtle into the back of a truck for transport to the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

The turtle, a critically endangered species, had been stunned by the cold ocean waters and was beached at the end of Pintail Drive in the Oyster Creek area of Ocracoke Village.

This was a lucky one—one of two live turtles found in the last few weeks by several Ocracoke volunteers for the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST).

It didn’t look that way at first.

Garber said her friend, Barbara Adams, called and happened to mention that a dead turtle was at the end of her road. When Garber went to examine it, she found that the turtle was only in a coma-like state–where body systems slow down and eventually will stop unless the turtle gets expert care at the aquarium.<!– more –>

Garber, a former wildlife rehabilitator on Ocracoke, and her assistant recruited part-time islander Benjamin Downing in the ferry line to transport the turtle, now in a box, over to Hatteras where another NEST volunteer relayed it to the aquarium.

Later that day, Garber found a second live, green turtle along the Pamlico Sound. She said both turtles will be rehabilitated and cared for until the ocean waters become warm enough for them to be released back.

“The people at the aquarium said they were in good shape and should do well,” Garber said.

But most of the turtles the volunteers have found on Ocracoke recently have been dead, she said.

Sea turtles have migrated into the warm Gulf Stream, Garber said, but they may get sick, injured or stunned by cold water and float toward land all along the Outer Banks where NEST volunteers monitor them in the winter.

It’s all about the water temperature, which varies between Hatteras and Ocracoke. Hatteras waters are colder producing more stunned turtles. Ocracoke is warmer because the Gulf Stream laps up against the island before it meets the cold Labrador Current flowing down the Atlantic coast before the two currents collide off Cape Hatteras.

Another view of the cold-stunned Kemps Ridley turtle found on Ocracoke. Photo by Benjamin Downing

“Our waters are about 10 degrees warmer,” Garber said. “That’s probably why we’re not finding as many as in Hatteras.”

Ocracoke volunteers travel the beach and as much of the sound side as possible on days when they are alerted that the water temperature dips below 50 degrees. NEST’s Hatteras Island coordinator, Frank Welles, monitors the ocean temperatures and alerts the Ocracoke cohort via email.

If they find live turtles, they are placed in a box and driven to the South Dock (at the north end of Ocracoke) and placed on a ferry to Hatteras where Dare County NEST volunteers take over.

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Gusty winds, possible thunderstorms ushering in Arctic cold front

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Severe weather is possible Sunday into Monday for the Outer Banks. (NWS graphic)

Get ready for a deep freeze.

A strong Arctic cold front will push through eastern North Carolina beginning early Sunday morning, bringing strong winds, possible thunderstorms and plummeting temperatures.

Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms, and the potential for tornadoes, will be possible along the coast from 4-9 a.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City office says.

Gusty southwest winds are expected to develop overnight and may cause some inundation along low-lying areas near the Croatan and Roanoke sounds from Manteo to Ocracoke, the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City office reports.

Strong northwest winds, gusting 35 to 45 mph, will move in later in the day Sunday, and temperatures will nosedive.

Temperatures in the 20s, with wind chills between 5 and 15 degrees, are expected Monday morning, the weather service said.

Local officials are advising residents to take precautions against frozen water lines by turning off outdoor faucets, opening  kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to let warm air flow in, and considering letting cold water drip from faucets to prevent freezing.

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Laurel Anne “LA” Darden promoted to branch manager

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First Bank is pleased to announce that Laurel Anne (LA) Darden has been promoted as branch manager at the bank’s Kill Devil Hills location.

“We are thrilled to promote LA to branch manager of our Kill Devil Hills branch,” says First Bank Senior Vice President, Kenny Marshall.

“She has been an incredible addition to the Outer Banks team since she started with us as a personal banker in 2017, and we are excited about the opportunities that this leadership role will afford her.”

Originally from Chesapeake, VA, Darden is a 2013 graduate of Hickory High School in Chesapeake, VA. She now resides in Nags Head with her fiancée, Matt Hart. She is also a 2017 graduate of Virginia Tech, earning a bachelor’s degree in business management.

The Kill Devil Hills branch is located at 2007 S. Croatan Hwy. in Kill Devil Hills.

For more information about the bank, please visit https://localfirstbank.com.

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Despite vandalism, Cape Hatteras National Seashore remains open

Kari Pugh

Cape Hatteras lighthouse. (Kari Pugh)

For now, Cape Hatteras National Seashore will remain open to the public as the federal government shutdown continues, despite instances of vandalism and bad behavior while staff is short.

The Outer Banks Preservation Association this week published a plea to the public, saying access to the seashore’s beaches and recreation areas is at risk due to messes being left behind.

During the shutdown, visitors to Cape Hatteras National Seashore have torn up signs, left human waste outside bathroom areas and driven through vehicle-free zones doing donuts in the sand, the OBPA said.

The association, along with groups like the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association and the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, have been stewards for the seashore, and missionaries in making sure the public has access to the 70 miles of barrier islands it encompasses. More than 2.4 million people visit Cape Hatteras each year.

“It’s never been easy or inexpensive and has consumed thousands of hours of research, legal argument, and reasoning with the government,” the OBPA said in a Facebook post. “The last thing we need is for some bad apples to undo all of our work.”

In an email Friday, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac said he can’t speculate about “the potential for future closures at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.”

But, he said, all area of the seashore remain open and there are no plans to close them.

On Jan. 12, park officials reopened restrooms at Whalebone Junction, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and next to the Ocracoke Visitor Center, using revenue generated by recreation fees collected before the government shutdown in late December.

A small maintenance crew was brought back to do the work, and remove trash from trash cans at several visitor areas at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial.

What’s happened at Cape Hatteras isn’t unique. National parks across the country have faced similar issues with trash and property destruction, including some protected trees being cut down at California’s Joshua Tree National Park.

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Robin Caroline Hubbard Roderer of Nags Head, Jan. 14

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Robin Caroline Hubbard Roderer, 61, of Nags Head, NC died Monday, January 14, 2019, at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 12:30 pm until 2:30 pm on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Twiford Funeral Home Colony Chapel in Manteo. A reception will follow at Chilli Peppers Coastal Grill in Kill Devil Hills beginning at 3:00 pm.

I am Robin Hubbard Roderer’s only biological child, but my mom was a mother to many and a friend to all. She was a loving wife, beloved sister, favorite aunt, perfect day caregiver, and a person who made even the neediest children feel secure and important.

Because of my mom, our house was a haven, filled with family and friends. Through the years, numerous kids who worked in the family restaurant adjoining our house lived upstairs. It seemed like we had a rotating door, and all were welcome.

To me, she was simply the world’s best mom and my best friend. I was attached to her hip until I started kindergarten, and when I did, she followed me to school. She volunteered to help with every school party, field trip, play, recital, softball game and any other project that needed parental help. People probably thought she was part of the school staff.

I will miss hearing her sing to me, her creative, funny little notes and cuddling with her on the couch. She showed me the meaning of unconditional love.

Those who knew my mom knew that another one of her attributes was unlimited patience. My dad is a unique character who likes attention, and my mom was quietly devoted to him. Mom and Dad met when she was 19 and Dad said he was in love at first sight. F

For 43 years they were constant companions, whether in a trailer in Wanchese, a fishing boat in the Keys, running the best rib joint on the East coast, or renovating and opening a low country restaurant in South Carolina.

Mom also helped Dad through years of medical challenges. Last year, the roles reversed, and he supported her through her illness. My parents kept their wedding vows, loving each other “in sickness and in health, and ‘til death do us part.”

Mom was raised in Grandy and was the daughter of the late Russell Norman Hubbard and Dorothy Pearl Hubbard, and the sister of the late Alisa Vaughan.

She is survived by her husband Robert Roderer, me (Sharon Roderer), her sister, Sylvia Norris, nephews Luke, Kent, Russell and Rob, her niece Christen, and their families, and many very dear friends.

Mom and I loved Winnie the Pooh, so it seems appropriate that I end with a Pooh Bear quote. “How lucky I am to have had something that makes it so hard to say goodbye.”

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

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Robert Norman Pokelwaldt of Southern Shores, Jan. 14

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Robert Norman Pokelwaldt of Southern Shores, NC passed away peacefully on January 14, 2019. He was born in North Tonawanda, New York on August 11, 1936, to Norman and Charlotte Pokelwaldt. He had a successful business career and enjoyed work as much as play.

Robert is survived by his wife of 58 years, Laurie. He also leaves behind a son and daughter, a beloved brother and sister, and five amazing grandchildren. He has numerous nieces and nephews whom he adored.

He will be remembered for his incredible generosity, his love of adventure, and his ability to light up a room.

A Christian funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church in Kitty Hawk, NC, with Deacon Al Hallatt officiating. A reception will follow at Duck Woods Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in his memory to the Buffalo State University scholarship program, the Outer Banks Community Foundation, or the Outer Banks Relief Foundation.

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

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Ina Faye Reid of Avon, Jan 8

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Ina Faye Reid of Avon, NC, daughter of Hilton and Lula Powell Clark, passed away peacefully at Peak Resources- Outer Banks, Nags Head, North Carolina on January 8, 2019. She is predeceased by her parents, four brothers and one sister. She is survived by her long-time companion Cecil Stanley Williams, Jr.

Faye was born in Chincoteague, Accomack County, Virginia, on May 16, 1934, and would never forget her beloved island and all her relatives and school friends. She was a home keeper and a true Chincoteaguer.

Artist at heart painting many scenes of her beloved eastern shore and Chesapeake Bay with wildfowl in flight as well as a great impression of the many cartoon characters she knew of including Little Henry and Dennis the Menace. She was a joy to be around with a contagious smile and laugh. She will be missed by those of us that knew her.

A private ceremony will be held at a later date with interment in the Clara Ann Williams Family Cemetery, North End Road, Avon, North Carolina. Death is not the end, nor does it destroy bonds that you forge in your life.

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

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Crews respond to two-alarm fire at Whitecap Linen in Manteo

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No one was injured in a Friday morning fire at the Whitecap Linen Building in Manteo. (Photo by Sissy Campbell)

Authorities are investigating a Friday morning fire at the unoccupied Whitecap Linen building in Manteo.

Crews were called to the two-alarm fire about 5:30 a.m. by a passerby. Sissy Campbell said she was out for an early-morning walk when she saw and smelled smoke coming from the building.

Village Realty’s Bob Oakes, founder and chairman of Whitecap Linen, said firefighters did a great job containing the blaze. There “was relatively little damage, thankfully,” he said.

Oakes started the business on Main Street in Manteo to offer linen and laundry services for the Outer Banks vacation industry. The company quickly outgrew the Manteo location and has since moved to Columbia.

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Two firefighters injured after deck collapses in Waves

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Two firefighters from the Chicamacomico Banks Fire Department were injured after a deck collapsed in Waves on Thursday morning.

The firefighters and Dare County EMS personnel were assisting a resident on Sea Isle Hills Drive in Waves, and the resident and three members of the fire department were standing on the deck when it collapsed.

The two firefighters were admitted to The Outer Banks Hospital, Steven Kovacs, Dare County Fire Marshal, said.

“They have been released from the hospital,” said Kovacs. “We are fortunate that everyone is now home.”

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Multi-instrumentalist, award-winner Molly Tuttle to perform

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Discover why audiences are enthralled by this virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award-winning songwriter.

Molly Tuttle will be the fourth performance of the 36th season of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts.

Her performance will be Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m., and all programs are  held at First Flight High School.

“Come enjoy this young performer who ‘is an unbelievably virtuosic bluegrass guitar player with a whole lot of style and panache plus, a very generous and humble stage presence,’ according to the American Songwriter Magazine,” said David Connaughton, president of the Outer Banks Forum.

Initially performing on stage when she was 11, Tuttle recorded her first album at 13 titled “The Old Apple Tree.”

A multi-instrumentalist with a distinctive voice, she has appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.”

A Berklee College of Music graduate, Molly won first place in the prestigious annual Songwriting Competition at Merlefest.

She has graced the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and was awarded a Momentum Award in the instrumentalist category from the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2016.

In August 2017, Molly was nominated by the IBMA in three categories: Guitar Player of the Year, Female Vocalist and Emerging Artist. She won Guitar Player of the Year and signed with Compass Records.

In the words of Paul Zollo of American Songwriter Magazine, this rising singer/songwriter/ guitarist “sings with the gentle authority of Gillian Welch, yet plays astoundingly fleet flat-picking guitar like Chet Atkins on overdrive.”

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Waterways Commission hears update on new Outer Banks dredge

The Voice

The new vessel is expected to be a hopper dredge similar to the Army Corps of Engineers’ workhorses Currituck and Murden, both of which have often worked Oregon Inlet, and to a lesser degree, Hatteras Inlet.
See the full story at the Outer Banks Free Press »

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Winter Carnival, free entry food drive set for N.C. Aquarium

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NCARI photo

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is offering two events in January to give everyone a chance to get out and the aquarium.

On Saturday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Winter Carnival will spotlight how animals adapt to the cold while celebrating the fun of winter.

Aquarium Educators will lead activities and games in Neptune’s Theater and the Schooling Spot that let children experience adventures like frolicking in the “Snow Corner,” burrowing in a play tunnel, show off skills in “Slip and Slide Hockey” and compete in a winter clothes race.

The Winter Carnival at the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island is included with regular admission.

Then on Monday, Jan. 21, the aquarium offers free admission all day in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This is one of two free days offered at the aquarium each year.

Visitors are invited to bring non-perishable food items to contribute to the Ton Of Love Food Drive happening through Valentine’s Day at the aquarium.

This annual effort supports the Roanoke Island Food Pantry, which is restocking its shelves following the holiday season.

Food donations are not required to enjoy the free day, but do provide a great way to feel good and help others.

For more information, visit ncaquariums.com/roanoke-island.

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Weed out those winter blues and plan your spring garden

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 Are you interested in gardening and need a cure for those winter blues?

Start planning your spring garden now with the Library Garden Series presented by NC State Extension’s Dare County Master Gardeners at the Dare County Library in Kill Devil Hills and at the Fessenden Center in Buxton.

All programs at the Kill Devil Hills Library will take place Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and all programs at the Fessenden Center, on Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

Presentations will last approximately one hour and participants may choose to attend one or all of the programs that are of interest to them.

We hope you will kick off 2019 by joining us for fresh, unprecedented programs, as well as some of our most popular topics from years past.

Plants That Survive and Thrive on the Outer Banks: New Selections, will highlight plants that Master Gardeners have found to survive and thrive through all the challenges Outer Banks weather gives them. Plants highlighted are Gaillardia, Okra, Verbena, Narcissus, Viburnum, Fatsia, Yaupon Holly & Crape Myrtle. This program will be presented on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 11:00 a.m. at the Kill Devil Hills Library.

Xeriscaping will teach you how to change the way you garden by learning how to use less water, grouping plants with similar needs together, mulching, and reducing lawn areas. Join us for Xeriscaping on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Fessenden Center in Buxton at 1 p.m. or on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the Kill Devil Hills Library at 11 a.m.

Flowers come and go, but foliage plants provide long-lasting color throughout the seasons. Learn more about using foliage plants in your landscape in an original program, Color Without Flowers: Foliage Takes the Stage. This program will be presented at the Kill Devil Hills Library on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m.

Gardening tools can be expensive. However, there are tips and tricks to learn how to care for your garden tools and methods for keeping them in good working condition. The program, Garden Tool Sharpening will provide this money saving information on Tuesday, March 12 at the Fessenden Center in Buxton at 1 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 13 at the Kill Devil Hills Library at 11 a.m.

The 2019 gardening series will wrap up with yet another novel program, DIY Irrigation for Container Gardening. Daily watering of containers can be a chore, nonetheless, this program will present how to assemble a simple, efficient drip system from hardware store pieces for less than $100. DIY Irrigation for Container Gardening will be presented on Wednesday, March 27 at 11 a.m. at the Kill Devil Hills Library

All presentations are courtesy of the NC State Extension’s Dare County Master Gardeners
Speaker’s Bureau and are made possible in part by a grant from the Outer Banks Community Foundation. All programs are free and open to the public and reservations are not required.

For more information, please call the Dare County Library in Kill Devil Hills at 441-4331, the Hatteras Library at 986-2385, or stop by the Kill Devil Hills Library, Hatteras Library or Fessenden Center to pick up a program brochure.

The presentation schedule and more about the Dare County Master Gardener program may be accessed on Dare County’s NC State Extension website at https://dare.ces.ncsu.edu/events/.

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Jewish Community of the Outer Banks plans Shabbat service

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The Jewish Community of the Outer Banks will hold its monthly Shabbat service on Saturday, January 19th at 10 AM at the UUCOB building at the corner of Herbert Perry and Kitty Hawks roads in Kitty Hawk.

This week’s portion is the story of the Exodus from Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea.

Three youTube videos on the portion can be found on www.bimbam.com (Parsha Beshalach).

For more information, please call 255-1866 or visit us on www.jcobx.com.

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Woodard updates ‘State of Dare County’ at morning gathering

Sam Walker

The move to Capt. Geroge’s drew a much larger crowd. (Sam Walker)

Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard presented his annual State of the County address before a packed house on Wednesday, discussing the county’s accomplishments over 2018 and goals for the new year.

“Ever since I’ve been chair, I felt it was very important to do annual stewardship reports,” Woodard said following the breakfast co-hosted by the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce at Captain George’s in Kill Devil Hills.

The chairman previously presented the report during a regular commissioners meeting, narrating the report accompanied by a Powerpoint slideshow prepared by the county’s public information staff. But attendance was usually very sparse.

“This venue brought in over 200 people so that we could get the word out to a broader group,” Woodard said.

Roaming the room with a wireless microphone and interacting personally with a number of attendees, Woodard brought life to an otherwise mundane topic with humor, poignancy and emotion during the nearly hour-long presentation.

He praised the work over the past year of his fellow board members, county staffers, officials from the state and federal level, and members of grassroots groups for making Dare County “the greatest county in North Carolina because we have a vibrant, caring community.”

“While we live in paradise, we will still have challenges in 2019.”

Woodard touted success stories of 2018 from the state approving construction of a dredge in a public/private partnership to keep Oregon and Hatteras inlets open, completion of the beach nourishment projects along Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Rodanthe, and the continuing effort to battle against offshore oil and gas drilling.

Other topics that Woodard noted were the county’s efforts battling the opioid crisis, dealing with stormwater flooding on Roanoke Island and overwash flooding in Avon, addressing the housing crunch and expanding economic development, cleaning up after Tropical Storm Michael and even the approval of allowing golf carts on roads in more areas.

And he pointed out Dare has one of the best financial ratings of any county in the state for its size, due to fiscally responsible decisions.

Woodard listed 2019 priorities that include moving forward on capital projects such as a new animal shelter, improved facilities for the county’s Department of Health and Human Services, and revamping College of the Albemarle.

While speaking about COA, Woodard invited dual-enrolled high school student Fathom Daniels to speak about the program’s benefits that includes an essentially-free education.

Daniels attends both Manteo High School and the community college at the same time and will finish with an associates degree in science this May after just three semesters. She will be attending N.C. State University in the fall to study genetics.

Woodard said they are committed to constructing new facilities on Roanoke Island for COA, which will allow for expanded opportunities for the future of Dare County that’s affordable.

Woodard wrapped up by paraphrasing a quote from Mother Theresa during her acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize, and fought back tears in summing up his feelings about Dare County and its people.

“Every one of you in this room today is a drop in that ocean. Without each and every one of you, we would be empty and dry.”

Video of the full presentation by Woodard will be available soon.

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Dare Medflight pilot Mike Hill named Employee of the Year

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Mike Hill, Dare Medflight pilot with the Department of Emergency Medical Services, has been honored as the Dare County Employee of the Year for 2018.

Hill received recognition for his dedication to the community at the Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting Jan 7.

His career began with Dare County EMS in June 2012, when Hill was hired as a Pilot for Dare Medflight.

Prior to his career with Dare County, Hill retired with 24 years of service to the U.S. Army, where he flew Boeing AH-64 Apache combat helicopters.

Hill has 30 years of flight experience and 5,100 hours of flight time.

“Mike is an exemplary employee. The way he carries out his everyday duties, completes his daily assignments and his overall attitude towards his job is inspiring,” said a coworker during the nomination process.

It takes a dedicated staff of five pilots to keep Dare Medflight in service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In April, Hill was just embarking on a family vacation when he was asked to leave and return to Dare County to keep Dare Medflight in service. One pilot was out due to illness, another pilot was on vacation out of the country, and a third pilot suddenly became ill and could not fly.

Hill readily agreed and returned that night. If he had not returned, Dare Medflight would have been out of service for residents and visitors for several nights.

“Mike is a dedicated, loyal employee, but we would also like to thanks Mike’s wife, Rhonda, for supporting Mike and what he does and for supporting our agency by making that sacrifice and giving up your family vacation to serve others,” remarked Collins during the award demonstration.

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Amber Jolliff named hospital’s employee of the month

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Left to Right: Steve Rodriguez, The Outer Banks Hospital board chair; James Smith, Vidant Health police officer; Jolliff; Ronnie Sloan, president, The Outer Banks Hospital; Chuck Savage, Vidant Health police officer.

Switchboard operator Amber Jolliff is The Outer Banks Hospital’s December, 2018 Employee of the Month.

Originally from Virginia Beach, Jolliff joined the Outer Banks Hospital in September of 2015 as part of the Environmental Services team and transferred to PBX in March of this year.

Consistently going above and beyond in her role, Jolliff makes sure each caller is connected to the correct department or person. She has a full understanding of the importance of her position to the safety and security of the hospital.

Joliff is often the first encounter a person has with the hospital and she makes sure to greet everyone with a pleasant and helpful attitude. She has an excellent work ethic and often volunteers to cover any staff shortages. She is truly a team player and works with her team members to accommodate schedule changes when they arise.

Jolliff is loyal, dedicated, and is sure to always be punctual. She consistently exemplifies the core values of The Outer Banks Hospital.

Reacting to the news that she was chosen as the Employee of the Month, Jolliff said, “I am so blessed and honored to have received this recognition from my co-workers.” She continued, “The Outer Banks Hospital is my home away from home and I’m thankful each day to be a part of this team.”

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Gary Matthew Reynolds of Kitty Hawk, Jan. 12

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Gary Matthew Reynolds, 67, of Kitty Hawk, entered eternal life Saturday, January 12, 2019, surrounded by family.

Known as ‘Radical Rigger’ throughout the Music Industry, he passed from kidney failure but had been ill for several years with heart disease and had waited for a heart transplant that regrettably never came.

He was born on October 12th, 1951 to Mary Frances and Charles Elmer in Parkersburg, West Virginia, both of whom preceded him in death, as did his big brother David. Gary is survived by brothers Mark Reynolds, Christopher Hokemeyer, baby sister Patti Reynolds Morissette (Don), three sons, Zachary (Vanessa), Zane (Christen), and Max, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

A lifelong surfer and faithful supporter of the Eastern Surfing Association, as well as an avid fisherman, Gary was known for spinning great fishing tales. Gary spent his career working in the music industry and was known for his quick wit and practical jokes, as well as his teaching spirit and friendship.

A celebration of Gary’s life will be held later this year on the beach.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the American Heart Association at donatenow.heart.org. The family is especially grateful to Dare Hospice for their loving care of Gary and the guidance and compassion shown to us through his journey.

“We will always carry his memory in our hearts.”

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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Magnitude 4.7 earthquake recorded off Virginia Beach

Kari Pugh

Map of the magnitude 4.7 earthquake off the Virginia coast Tuesday evening. (Courtesy USGS)

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude 4.7 earthquake in the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast Tuesday evening.

The quake occurred at 6:30 p.m. nearly due east of Virginia Beach, about 219 miles east southeast of Ocean City, Maryland.

A USGS “shake” map shows the earthquake was felt from Delaware through the Outer Banks, and as far west as Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.

No tsunami watches or warnings were issued for the coast following the quake.

Earthquakes along the East Coast aren’t as frequent as those west of the Rocky Mountains, but they are felt over a much wider geographic area, according to the USGS.

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Chorus rehearsals begin Tuesday for spring concert

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The Outer Banks Chorus has announced its Spring 2019 season with weekly rehearsals beginning Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church, 803 W. Kitty Hawk Road.

The 80+ member community chorus is directed by Kyle J. Cook and is accompanied by Cheryl Needham. The non-auditioned ensemble is made up of local singers ranging from high school students to adults.

The spring concerts, “Music of the Heartland,” will feature traditional and contemporary arrangements of American folk songs, spirituals, and sea shanties.

The concerts are tentatively scheduled for early May.

Interested singers are invited to contact Kyle Cook (kylejacobcook@icloud.com) or the Outer Banks Chorus Board President, Tom Scholl (tbsandras@charter.net).

Season dues are $40 per individual, $65 per married couple, and $20 per high school or college student. New members will be accepted through Jan. 29, 2019.

Visit the chorus on the web at www.obxchorus.org or “LIKE” the group on Facebook to stay up-to-date with important information and upcoming events.

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February food stamp benefits coming early due to shutdown

Outer Banks Voice

Due to the federal shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue February’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits by Sunday, Jan. 20.

Benefits would normally be available to families between the third and 21st of February. Once February’s FNS funds are distributed, they will be available for use. Participants should be aware that since there will be no additional FNS benefits issued in the month of February, they should plan accordingly.

“We are working closely with county departments of social services and our federal partners to ensure participants and retailers have little to no interruption of FNS services due to the shutdown,” said Tara Myers, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services deputy secretary.

FNS is a federal food assistance program that provides low-income families with funds to purchase food needed for a nutritional, adequate diet.

Despite the federal shutdown, state officials projects to have sufficient funds through February, not only for FNS, but also for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC). However, if the federal shutdown continues, funding for these services could run out after February.

For more information, contact Dare County Department of Health and Human Services Division of Social Services at 252-475-5500.

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Roamer, ambassador of Currituck’s wild mustangs, has died

Kari Pugh

Roamer on the beach. (Corolla Wild Horse Fund)

Roamer, a stallion who became an ambassador for the northern Outer Banks’ storied wild horses, died this weekend following complications from colic.

The stallion’s photo is featured on the Corolla Wild Horse Fund’s educational billboard erected along U.S. 158 in Coinjock last year. He was also a regular at the fund’s “Meet a Mustang” events, where he greeted thousands curious about Currituck’s Colonial Spanish horses.

The CWHF manages the herd of about 100 wild mustangs who roam the 4×4 beaches, and a rescue farm of about 17 horses.

Prior to his days as an ambassador, Roamer was a bit of a troublemaker. He “repeatedly swam around a fence that extends into the sound to make his way through busy neighborhoods and dangerous traffic on Route 12,” Currituck Travel and Tourism wrote.

His “roaming” ways eventually led to a life at the fund’s rescue farm, for his own protection. Roamer has lived there since.

This weekend, he was showing signs of colic and the herd’s vet was called.

“She and our staff did everything in their power to save Roamer, but he had a tear in his GI tract that led to sepsis,” the CWHF wrote in a Facebook post. “It was less than 24 hours after he first showed signs of colic that we made the difficult decision to let him go.”

Colic is a common ailment among the wild horses, and in fact is the subject of the billboard graced by Roamer’s photo.

“Admire Don’t Feed! Apples and Carrots Kill Wild Horses,” it reads.

The message is intended to educate people that wild horses cannot eat any food that is not from their natural habitat of beach grasses. The public is often unaware that their snacks are harmful and often cause painful colic and may result in death, according to a press release from the wild horse fund.

Describing Roamer’s death as “absolutely devastating for all of us,” the non-profit said the loss is great for the herd, as well.

“However, Roamer leaves behind his offspring on the beach and his legacy as an ambassador for his breed. We take comfort in knowing he will live on in those ways, but we are still grieving, and will be for a long time.”

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This year’s crab pot cleanup will deploy 78 watermen

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The project is in its sixth year. (Swell Productions)

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is set to begin its sixth year of the Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project this week, when 78 commercial watermen along the coast will set out into the sounds to collect lost crab pots.

The federation is partnering with North Carolina Marine Patrol for the project, which is funded by $100,000 from the North Carolina General Assembly.

Grant money from N.C. Sea Grant and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program started the cleanup in 2014, when it only took place in the northeastern North Carolina waters.

As of January 2017, the project has expanded statewide to all internal coastal waters thanks to continued funding from the General Assembly.

In 2018, over 2 million acres of waterways were canvassed to recover a total of 3,496 crab pots by 76 watermen along the coast.

Cleanups are timed with the annual closure, spanning Jan. 15 to Feb. 7, of internal coastal waters to all crab, eel, fish and shrimp pots, commonly called the “no-potting” period. Pots can become lost in many ways and get hung up or drift into channels creating hazards to boaters and wildlife.

This year, the federation received more than 60 applications from interested parties, and 39 crews have been selected to help with the on-water cleanup.

Combining the efforts of the commercial license holders and marine patrol officers have proven successful during the history of the project. The project improves fish habitat and water quality and supports the coastal economy. Once the pots are collected, they are recycled to the best extent possible.

“I’ve seen great success in the partnerships involved with this cleanup work over the past several years,” Chad Hemilright, a project participant from Kitty Hawk, said. “Being on the water nearly every day as a full-time commercial fisherman, it’s important to remove the lost pots and keep our waters clean and safe.”

Sara Hallas, coastal education coordinator for the federation and project leader, said she’s excited to clean up the waterways and create opportunities for work during this time of the year.

“We’re thankful to the General Assembly for their continued support, which is vital to the success of the project,” Hallas said. “This project also wouldn’t be possible without the support of community organizations and our commercial watermen and women, who have consistently expressed that helping with this project and protecting waterways is important to them.”

The boat crews will depart from the docks every morning at 8 a.m. and return at 2 p.m. once the project is under way, beginning around Jan. 17.

This project is part of the federation’s overall marine debris reduction campaign. The federation’s Wanchese office kicked off the campaign with a volunteer cleanup near the public boat ramp in Rodanthe on Jan. 12, where the federation partnered with Dare County.

For more information on the progress of the Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project over the past five years, visit nccoast.org/crabpotproject.

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Free meals, food pantry hours offered for Coast Guard families

Kari Pugh

Some local churches and businesses are stepping up to help out local Coast Guard families going unpaid due to the federal government shutdown.

Though the Coast Guard is a military branch, the agency falls under the Department of Homeland Security, which is not receiving funding as the funding lapse continues. More than 44,000 active-duty members are not receiving pay this week.

Max’s Pizza Company in Kitty Hawk is offering Coast Guard families one free cheese pizza per week “as long as this madness continues,” the restaurant said in a Facebook post.

“We hope at least one night a week they don’t have to worry about dinner.”

Max’s Pizza Company is at 3723 N. Croatan Highway in Kitty Hawk. See maxspizzaobx.com&raquo

Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church is offering free weekly community meals every Wednesday to Coast Guard, National Park Service and federal workers and their families.

The community meals begin at 5:45 p.m.

“Thank you for the work you do!” the church said in a Facebook post. “Let us come alongside of you at this time of government shut down. Hope to see you then!”

Kitty Hawk UMC is at 803 W. Kitty Hawk Road. See kittyhawkumc.org »

The Source Church food pantry is open to Coast Guard families and anyone affected by the shutdown, no prior authorization required.

The pantry will be open today (Monday, Jan. 14) from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We thank you for your service and would be honored to help you during this difficult time,” the church said on Facebook.

The pantry is on Budleigh Street in Manteo just past and across the street from town hall.

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