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2008-08-31 12:00:21

By Anthony McCartney Associated Press CALADESI ISLAND, Fla. -- Kaylee Sturm sat in the low surf, the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico lapping around her. The University of Tampa senior had never been to this barrier island north of Clearwater, but she and her mom were immediately impressed. "I like that it's natural," Sturm said, adding that she preferred it to other Gulf Coast beaches. "The water's just more beautiful here." It's an assessment that Stephen P. Leatherman would agree...

2008-08-28 09:00:47

The Virginian-Pilot Bodie Island Spit at Oregon Inlet reopened on Wednesday to off- road vehicles, just in time for the Labor Day weekend. The area, one of the most popular ORV fishing spots in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, has been closed to beach drivers and pedestrians for much of the summer to protect nesting shorebirds as required in a legal agreement. The ocean shoreline is open from Ramp 4 south for 2.1 miles to Oregon Inlet and from Ramp 4 north for 2.1 miles, according to...

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...

2008-08-08 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,...

2008-07-11 06:00:24

By CATHERINE KOZAK Beaches at Oregon Inlet, Cape Point and Ocracoke Island, N.C., are expected to be quieter than usual this July Fourth weekend - the first time they've been closed to off-road vehicles through the night. Access on foot or vehicle also is limited or nearly nonexistent at other times in those areas. But off-road vehicle access to some areas - in particular on the Pole Road at Hatteras Inlet - has recently improved. "That's great," said Dan Willard, manager at Red Drum...

2006-08-31 18:27:17

Corrects location of Howard's Pub in fifth paragraph to Ocracoke Island from Hatteras Island. By Gene Cherry RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Ernesto dumped heavy rain on North and South Carolina as it closed in on the U.S. East Coast near hurricane strength on Thursday, and forecasters warned it could trigger life-threatening floods and tornadoes. Ernesto, which sloshed through Florida Wednesday after briefly becoming the Atlantic storm season's first hurricane...

2005-09-11 17:45:15

By Gene Cherry SALVO, N.C. (Reuters) - Hurricane Ophelia parked off the coast of the southeastern United States on Sunday and could hit North Carolina later in the week, forecasters said. The center of Ophelia, the first hurricane to threaten the United States since Katrina devastated the Louisiana-Mississippi coast two weeks ago, was about 255 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT). It had top sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph), down from 85 mph (136...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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