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We are grateful

Thursday 24 November 2016 at 10:58 am

Thanksgiving is here much too soon for me.

There has been a nip in the air this week, but how could it be Thanksgiving already when it seems that only yesterday it was hot and  humid and the islands were filled with tourists?

The past three months have just flown by in my mind --  a blur of divisive political ads and weather maps.

And now it's Thanksgiving.

For many of us on southern Hatteras and Ocracoke, it's a tough holiday.  Too many families are dealing with the damage and destruction of their homes from the back-to-back tropical systems, Hermine on Labor Day weekend and Matthew on Oct. 9.

Some families were still cleaning up the damage from Hermine's storm surge when Matthew came through with record flooding in some areas.

For these families and business owners, the end of this year has been devastating, brightened only by the terrific community spirit that you can count on when disaster or tragedy come calling on Hatteras and Ocracoke.

I think it's safe to say that anyone who needed help got it -- sometime they asked, but mostly they didn't have to -- scores of their friends and neighbors just showed up to help out.

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Remembering a good man

Friday 11 November 2016 at 5:28 pm

Long-time Dare County Commissioner Warren Judge died on Saturday, Nov. 5, just days after he was rushed to Sentara Heart Hospital in Norfolk and just days before an election in which he might have been elected to the N.C. House of Representatives District 6 seat.

He wasn't, although his wife, Tess, who shared his passion for service and community, was asked by the District 6 Democratic Executive Committee to accept his votes and to serve should he be elected on Nov. 8 and she had agreed that she would.

That didn't happen -- but more about that later.

I would like to add my voice to all of those who have paid tribute to Judge in the days since his death.

He and his wife lived in Dare County for almost 30 years, and Warren, a Democrat, had served on the Dare County Tourism Board and Airport Authority before he was elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2000. He was chairman of the board for 11 years, from shortly after his election until December 2014 when Republicans won control of the board in the November general election.

During the years he served Dare County, Warren served on countless boards and commissions and spent countless hours helping the folks in Dare County -- rich and poor. He really was a man for all the people.

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NPS wants more comments on seashore flooding issue

Friday 04 November 2016 at 5:49 pm

The National Park Service had two scoping meetings in October -- one in Manteo and one in Buxton -- to get feedback and ideas from the public on the issue of flooding in the Buxton and Frisco areas of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The meetings came in the middle of a public comment period on the flooding issue that began on Sept. 21 and ends today.

The meetings, held just 10 days after Hurricane Matthew battered southern Hatteras and Ocracoke with high winds and a destructive storm surge, were lightly attended.  Only about a dozen members of the public attended the Buxton meeting.

The comments have also been light, to say the least.

Seashore superintendent David Hallac said today that a grand total of two people had commented on the park planning website as of mid-afternoon.

Therefore, he said, because of Hurricane Matthew, the Park Service is going to extend the comment period for another two weeks.

It's clear that a lot more park users are interested in this issue than attended the meetings or made comment, perhaps because much of the island has been preoccupied with hurricane recovery.

Hallac said the Park Service will issue a news release by Monday, officially reopening the comment period. Since the decision to reopen it was made just today and the comment period ended today, some people might have trouble making comments over the weekend.

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