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A homecoming for a warrior…WITH SLIDE SHOW

Friday 19 October 2012 at 5:06 pm

Last week, one of Hatteras Island’s own returned from a seven-month deployment as a machine gunner with Dog Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines in Afghanistan.

He is Marine Cpl. William Colin Barnett, 21, son of Charlie and Donna Barnett of Hatteras village and Denise and Michael Ziegler of Easton, Md.

Though he spent much of his youth in Easton with his mother and stepfather, Colin’s roots on Hatteras run deep and he is back here to see friends and family as often as he can be.

His grandparents are Lorraine Howard Burrus and the late Dale Burrus of Hatteras and Irene Barnett Basnett and Wayne Basnett of Frisco.

And his brother, who couldn’t attend the reunion, is Brett Barnett of Hatteras village, who is an EMT with Dare County Emergency Medical Services.

Colin returned to his base, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif., last Saturday, Oct. 13.

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Romney and Ryan are for open beaches? Really?

Thursday 11 October 2012 at 4:06 pm

In the villages of Frisco and Buxton on Hatteras Island, some curious campaign signs have been erected in the past few weeks.

They are big signs with “Romney/ Ryan” in big red and blue letters on a white background.  

In fact, the signs are so large, they probably violate the Dare County sign ordinance, which prohibits campaign signs with more than 6 square feet of display area or that stand more than 6 feet tall – at the highest point.

Along with “Romney/ Ryan” is a patriotic-sounding slogan, such as “Romney and Ryan…..Born in America.”

The person who put up these signs obviously supports Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and of course, that part of it is perfectly fine and legal, part of the Democratic process.

However, the most offensive of these signs says, “Romney and Ryan…for open beaches.”

Now, I understand that there are reasons why folks support Mitt Romney for President, but open beach access should not be one of them.

And, in fact, it’s unfortunate that one of the most important issues facing Hatteras right now – access to the beaches of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore – is being turned into a politically charged, partisan issue.

It never has been and is not now.

Jordan Tomberlin of Hatteras village, a writer for The Island Free Press, recently posted on her Facebook page that she found the signs “troublesome”

“Even if Romney and/or Ryan could--by some stretch of the imagination and legislative process--overturn the final ORV rule for Cape Hatteras National Seashore,” Tomberlin writes, “there is simply no indication that either of them actually would.”

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We will likely pay more in property taxes next year – but how much more?

Friday 05 October 2012 at 5:22 pm

The 2012 election season is in full swing now, with signs supporting candidates popping up in yards and along the highway. Political ads are proliferating in newspapers.

Next week is the first of the forums for candidates for the Dare County Board of Commissioners to answer voters’ questions.

The eight candidates vying for commissioner seats from four districts will appear at a debate, sponsored by the Outer Banks Voice and Max Radio of the Carolinas, on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills.

Later in the month, the League of Women voters will sponsor two candidate forums for county commissioner candidates. The first will be Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Nags Head commissioners room, 5401 S. Croatan Highway. The second one will be on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Avon Volunteer Fire Department.

The candidates for the board are:  District 1:  Republican Richard Johnson, Democrat Alfred Jackson, and write-in candidate Sandy Semans Ross;  District 2: Democrat Robert Muller and Republican Robert Woodard; District 3: Democrat Warren Judge;  District 4:  Democrat Allen Burrus and unaffiliated candidate Kevin Conner.

You might want to mark your calendar now to attend one or more of these events because we face an issue next year that will affect our pocketbooks and about which there has not been a lot of discussion so far.

Your property is being revalued by the Dare County, and you will be notified after Jan. 1 what the new value of your property is. The Board of Commissioners will be setting a new property tax rate next spring that will be effective July 1.

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