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2008-10-12 09:00:13

By CATHERINE KOZAK By Catherine Kozak The Virginian-Pilot A data collection system, youth fishing programs and text messaging king mackerel fishing reports are among the projects that have been recommended for funding by revenue from saltwater fishing licenses. O f 19 proposals, the North Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License Advisory Committee agreed last week that 12 qualified for a grant. "This is the first time that we actually had projects that came through the public...

2008-09-28 12:00:26

By CATHERINE KOZAK By Catherine Kozak The Virginian-Pilot kill devil hills At the same time the opening scenes from "Nights in Rodanthe" filled the big screen Wednesday, water was racing into the road from the sea at the place where parts of the movie were shot. Ticket-holders traveling from Hatteras Island who wanted to attend the private screening at the R/C Kill Devil Hills Movies 10 had to leave the island early, before the high tide came over the highway at Mirlo Beach. And...

2008-09-11 09:00:41

By CATHERINE KOZAK By Catherine Kozak The Virginian-Pilot Dominion North Carolina Power is seeking approval from the state Utilities Commission to increase customer rates by an average of 17.7 percent to cover the sharp spike in energy costs. The proposed increase is a fuel-rate adjustment that would result in no profit to Dominion, spokesman Chuck Penn said. "The lion's share of the rate is your base rate," he said. "The fuel rate is a smaller share." For a typical residential...

2008-09-07 21:00:11

By CATHERINE KOZAK, JEFF HAMPTON, KRISTIN DAVIS AND LAUREN KING By Catherine Kozak, Jeff Hampton, Kristin Davis and Lauren King The Virginian-Pilot Tropical Storm Hanna paid a quick visit to the Outer Banks and checked out before noon Saturday, leaving a stiff breeze and rough surf behind. With the storm's center carving through inland counties, the worst weather delivered to the coast was a blast of heavy rain during the morning. It cleared out within about 30 minutes. Later in...

2008-09-04 09:00:22

By CATHERINE KOZAK By Catherine Kozak The Virginian-Pilot Despite tensions, mistrust and sometimes spitting anger since their first meeting this year, members of a group negotiating a Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach driving plan say they want to stay at the table. An assessment by the National Park Service released Wednesday reveals that members of the off-road-vehicle negotiated rulemaking committee overwhelmingly support continuing efforts to create a long- term ORV...

2008-09-04 09:00:22

By CATHERINE KOZAK By Catherine Kozak The Virginian-Pilot Despite an undercurrent of tension, mistrust and sometimes spitting anger since their first meeting this year, members of a group negotiating a Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach driving plan say they want to stay at the table. An assessment by the National Park Service released Wednesday reveals that members of the off-road-vehicle negotiated rulemaking committee overwhelmingly support continuing efforts to create a long-...

2008-08-24 09:00:22

By CATHERINE KOZAK By Catherine Kozak The Virginian-Pilot Just as the long-awaited final environmental impact statement is about to be released, another glitch may have developed in the planning process to replace the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge . If the state wants to keep the terminal groin - or jetty - built in 1989 to protect the bridge, it's going to have to request a new or amended permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That raises the question of whether it will require...

2008-08-21 09:00:48

By CATHERINE KOZAK By Catherine Kozak The Virginian-Pilot Outer Bank s residents soon will be treated to close-ups of movie stars Richard Gere and Diane Lane frolicking on their beach, zipping down their road and snuggling at their pier. An invitation-only showing of "Nights in Rodanthe," the silver screen version of Nicholas Sparks' bestselling tear-jerker , has been scheduled for Sept. 24 at the R/C Kill Devil Hills Movies 10. That's just two days after the premiere in New York...

2008-08-17 21:00:27

By CATHERINE KOZAK By Catherine Kozak The Virginian-Pilot Funds have been secured for a public marina and waterfront conservation area in Manns Harbor, making the proposed project more likely to become reality. Approval of a $1.3 million grant last week from the state Clean Water Management Trust Fund clears the way for the state property office to make an offer on 13.45 acres at the end of the William B. Umstead Memorial Bridge in Manns Harbor, said Lee Wrenn, special projects...

2008-08-08 09:01:00

By CATHERINE KOZAK By Catherine Kozak The Virginian-Pilot While summer's steamy weather has encouraged a record number of sea turtle eggs to hatch in Cape Hatteras National Seashore this year, the bird nesting season is winding down. Beach areas that had been completely or partially closed to protect shorebirds are starting to reopen to off-road vehicles and pedestrians. On Wednesday, just as South Point, a popular Ocracoke Island beach for fishing, was about to be reopened,...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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