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Cool Things Happening at the School

Friday 02 June 2017 at 10:33 pm

The school year at Cape Hatteras Secondary School (CHSS) may be winding down, with graduation and summer vacation just around the corner, but it’s ending with quite a bit of exciting news.

Let’s start with the story of Elizabeth Muller, who in recent days, has been better known as “Speller 185” at the national Scripps Spelling Bee.

In case you haven’t heard of it, (or it’s been years and years since you’ve actually thought about spelling bees), the Scripps event is the Superbowl of Spelling Bees, and roughly 11 million young wordsmiths from all around the world compete for a chance to get into the big game. It’s held in Washington, DC, and the finals are televised in the states on ESPN.

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Why Hatteras and Ocracoke Island is the Perfect Destination for Memorial Day – Especially in 2017

Saturday 27 May 2017 at 01:11 am


Chock it up to spending too much time at the office and not enough time on the beach, but it slipped my mind that it was the start of Memorial Day weekend until I ventured out onto N.C. Highway 12. The steady line of southbound cars is already pouring into the island, the number of American flags flying over beach houses has gone up, and the familiar hallmarks of the holiday – like the annual Friends of Felines Yard Sale in Avon – can be spotted throughout the villages. Yes, the main reason why Memorial Day is such a busy time on the islands – and is the unofficial kick-off to summer – is because of the beach. For most folks, it marks the first weekend of the year where we brave the ocean waters sans wetsuits, and when we can load up our coolers, our fishing racks, and our trucks, and head out to the sand for a well-deserved day off. But if you think about it, outside of the enticing and always-calling local beaches, Hatteras and Ocracoke islands are actually the ideal place for this holiday, which was created to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. After all, our region has surprisingly deep ties to major American wars and conflicts throughout the centuries, and has been the breeding ground of heroes for generations.

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A Look at The New Tethering Ordinance for Dogs

Friday 19 May 2017 at 8:38 pm


In an effort to safeguard humane treatment for animals, Commissioners approved an ordinance that establishes regulations for the tethering of dogs in the unincorporated areas of Dare County at the recent Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting on May 15.

The ordinance, which was presented to the BOC by Commissioner Ross, essentially makes it unlawful for a dog to be restrained or tethered for more than three hours in a 24-hour period.

“This ordinance came out of a citizen complaint about an animal that was on a short tether and that appeared to be un-kept,” said County Manager Bobby Outten at the meeting. “The SPCA has been on top of it, and Commissioner Ross has taken an interest because I think that the citizen contacted him directly, and so this is what we brought before you to consider and to discuss.”

“A concerned citizen did approach me about a situation where a dog appeared to be in a distressed or a less-than-adequate situation,” said Commissioner Ross. “I pursued it and followed up with County Manager Outten, and he has been extremely instrumental, as has Donna Creef [Planning Director], in drafting this ordinance as an attempt to remedy a situation with appropriate ordinance and enforcement capabilities…”

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