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2008-10-06 09:00:24

By JEFF HAMPTON By Jeff Hampton The Virginian-Pilot Gatesville, N.C. State wildlife biologist Tommy Hughes stopped suddenly on the old logging road and pointed to a three-toed impression in the sand. "There's a wild turkey track right there," Hughes told the small group around him. Close by were deer tracks. He's seen bobcat, bear, bald eagles and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker here in this 6,500-acre tract added to the Chowan Swamp Game Land. The Nature Conservancy's...

2008-10-05 09:00:10

By JEFF HAMPTON By Jeff Hampton The Virginian-Pilot Gatesville State wildlife biologist Tommy Hughes stopped suddenly on the old logging road and pointed to a three-toed impression in the sand. "There's a wild turkey track right there," Hughes told the small group around him. Close by were deer tracks. He's seen bobcat, bear, bald eagles and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker here in this 6,500-acre tract added to the Chowan Swamp Game Land. "It's wildlife rich here," he...

2008-10-02 09:00:09

By JEFF HAMPTON By Jeff Hampton The Virginian-Pilot Elizabeth City A combination of new babies, new college students, new retirees and more inmates padded Pasquotank County's population this decade. Meanwhile, the local student population has fallen, easing the urgency for a new elementary school, according to the latest numbers, released by the county last week. When the general population climbs and student numbers decline, that typically means more retirees are moving to the...

2008-09-25 09:00:30

By JEFF HAMPTON By Jeff Hampton The Virginian-Pilot swan beach Plans have resurfaced for a commercial development, including a 50-room inn, on the northern Currituck Outer Banks where wild horses roam. Residents in Currituck's four-wheel drive area have begun mustering opposition, as they did four years ago, when the project was withdrawn. Developer Gerald Friedman of Norfolk wants the Currituck County Board of Commissioners to amend the development ordinance to allow "off road...

2008-09-24 09:00:26

By JEFF HAMPTON By Jeff Hampton The Virginian-Pilot A coastal storm is expected today to produce high winds and water , which could cause some flooding in northeastern North Carolina and Hampton Roads. The storm could send ocean overwash onto parts of N.C. 12 on Hatteras Island, especially between 2 and 6 p.m. during high tide, said Sandy Sanderson, who heads Dare County Emergency Management. The National Weather Service reported that high pressure over New England will combine...

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...

2008-08-29 09:00:37

By JEFF HAMPTON By Jeff Hampton The Virginian-Pilot camden, N.C. Building even a first phase of an earth-friendly business park not far from the Chesapeake border could cost more than $4 0 million, and it could struggle to attract investors, a new study says. About 30 people gathered at Camden County Middle School on Thursday to hear a report on the feasibility of a "green" park based on the study by the Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel...

2008-08-27 09:01:10

By JEFF HAMPTON By Jeff Hampton The Virginian-Pilot ELIZABETH CITY The body of a 21-year-old farm worker who drowned was found in a sand mining pit in Pasquotank County late Monday, said Sheriff Randy Cartwright. The victim's name has not been released pending notification of relatives in Mexico, he said. The man was last seen Sunday swimming in a pool of water formed in one of many sand mining pits just off Pitts Chapel Road in southern Pasquotank County. The approximately...

2008-08-17 12:00:19

By JEFF HAMPTON By Jeff Hampton The Virginian-Pilot currituck A proposal for a new streamlined permitting process, along with improved staff cooperation, could get developments approved more quickly in Currituck County, which has had a reputation as a tough place to do business. Currituck County plans to simplify the project review process, including a reduction from four public meetings to two. Also, county staff could handle more of the administrative work that developers do now,...

2008-07-31 12:00:38

By Jeff Hampton, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 31--COROLLA -- Currituck County may pump water to a soundside pond to help relieve chronic flooding in Corolla's Whalehead Beach community. County and state officials have repeatedly debated how best to remedy environmental messes created by flooding. Located near the Currituck Sound, the county owns property along parts of the pond, said county manager Dan Scanlon. Other sections are owned by Food Lion or fall within the Corolla...


Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'