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2008-08-07 12:00:46

By RYAN HUTCHINS By Ryan Hutchins The Virginian-Pilot The fire that raged through more than 40,000 acres of North Carolina forest and farm land - and sent smoke into Hampton Roads - appears to be nearly extinguished. A multi agency fire-fighting force that had totaled nearly 600 had been reduced to 93 by Wednesday. The fire has burned for more than two months in and around the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. "After the weekend, there should be less than 20 people assigned to...

2008-08-01 09:00:53

By RYAN HUTCHINS By Ryan Hutchins The Virginian-Pilot At least half of Dare County's schools made adequate yearly progress under No Child Left Behind testing, according to preliminary results released last week. The district also said this week that it has the fourth-highest on-time graduation rate in the state. Manteo Elementary School, which receives federal Title I funding, did not meet the testing requirements for the second year in a row and will be sanctioned . The...

2008-07-31 09:00:47

By RYAN HUTCHINS By Ryan Hutchins The Virginian-Pilot Officials have begun scaling back efforts to extinguish a wildfire that continues to smolder 50 miles west of the Outer Banks. "We're identifying people and equipment we don't need anymore," incident spokesman Roger Miller said by phone Wednesday. There are now 217 people assigned to control the blaze, down from about 250 last week. Miller said there hadn't been surface burning for several days and that some workers were...

2008-07-25 09:01:08

By RYAN HUTCHINS By Ryan Hutchins The Virginian-Pilot More than half of the public schools in Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties failed to make adequate yearly progress under No Child Left Behind testing, according to preliminary results released this week. For some schools that receive federal Title I funding, it will mean continued sanctions, such as giving students the option of attending another school or offering additional tutoring. The results...

2008-07-20 09:00:24

By RYAN HUTCHINS By Ryan Hutchins The Virginian-Pilot The Nags Head Board of Commissioners decided Friday not to pursue a potential project with the Army Corps of Engineers that would have put sand dredged from Oregon Inlet on town beaches. "The decision was already made by the Corps of Engineers that the sand would go to Pea Island," Commissioner Doug Remaley said. The board was going to consider sending a letter to the corps expressing interest in the possible project, which...

2008-07-18 09:00:41

By RYAN HUTCHINS By Ryan Hutchins The Virginian-Pilot Nags Head Efforts to widen Nags Head beaches have failed over the years at the federal, county and local levels, but another idea goes on the table today. The Board of Commissioners will meet to decide whether the town should send a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers expressing interest in a project that might provide sand through a nearby dredging initiative. "The sand would be pumped up from Oregon Inlet and onto Nags Head...

2008-07-17 09:00:36

By RYAN HUTCHINS By Ryan Hutchins The Virginian-Pilot A team from the Florida Division of Forestry took over operations this week at the wildfire burning at the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. "In the past, North Carolina has come down to assist Florida with our fires, and we thought we'd return the favor," said Nigel Baker, spokesman for the new team, which will work a 14-day rotation. It's providing relief to teams from the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources that...

2008-07-10 09:00:42

By RYAN HUTCHINS By Ryan Hutchins The Virginian-Pilot Rainfall, cloud cover and higher relative humidity have stopped much of the surface burning around the North Carolina wildfire, but the blaze continues to eat away at the soil beneath the surface. "We don't have to be worried about the fire escaping anymore," incident spokesman Bruce MacDonald said in a phone interview Wednesday. It's been a welcome relief for firefighters, who have been able to put a greater emphasis on...

2008-06-19 09:01:08

By RYAN HUTCHINS By Ryan Hutchins The Virginian-Pilot Nags Head Cancer patients on the Outer Banks have gained two more programs that organizers hope will make life a little bit easier. A twice-monthly specialty clinic will bring physicians on rotation from University of North Carolina Health Care to Dare County. The clinic and a patient "navigator" program that will start soon are pilot projects that could one day be found in out-of-reach communities around the state . "We're...


Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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