N.C. GOP looking to future after pair of milestones

11th May 2015
RALEIGH, N.C. It's hard for North Carolina Republicans to say they haven't gloated even a little over milestones for two major pieces of legislation they passed in 2013. It's also easy for some GOP leaders to feel confident about their next round of policies.

N.C. tests passenger ferry to fix Ocracoke tourism drop

11th May 2015
Long lines to board vehicle ferries and fewer visitors to Ocracoke are hurting tourism on this strip of land accessible only by air or water. But officials are hoping a passenger-only boat can turn that around.

About 280 U.S. Marines headed to Central America

10th May 2015
About 280 U.S. Marines will be sent to Central America any day now.

Corolla Surf Report 5/10/15 update: 3:00 PM

10th May 2015

3:00 PM update: Ana got down graded to a tropical storm…. here is what it looks like at 3:00 PM

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IRS - Insurance Review Service

10th May 2015


I am celebrating my 47th year in the insurance business, here in the Elizabeth City area and Dare County..I have met many wonderful people in my travels, both locals and transplants, like myself. I have always striven to do the best counseling and planning for my customers, and in doing so , I have done what I always wanted to do–Be honest, be truthful and be myself...
I give thanks to my LORD and to the area folks for their kind acceptance of an ex- Yankee from Jersey..Each month I am going to give some insurance advice, mostly from what I have learned
Over the years.. I have been known as the “INSURANCE DOCTOR”, since the mid 70's, when I have an article in the DAILY ADVANCE trying to teach people how to understand insurance lingo and how to pick a good agent and company from frauds.. Here is my tip of the month!!

Buying insurance just because it is 15% cheaper or so easy to get, just go on the internet and get a free quote and BINGO, I am covered,, HURRAH. I am so smart, who needs stupid agents!!!

The problem is you buy insurance to be protected from the big problem that might come along, a death to protect your family, a car accident that is your fault, a house fire or other problems..
By cutting back on your cost ,you are losing valuable coverage that you wish you had when you need it. A good local agent can always help you find the best plan for you without stripping down to the barest amounts of coverage. We agents are EXPERTS in what we do, not some web site or some agent on the phone across country. PROPER INSURANCE PLANNING can not solve a problem in 5 minutes, or POOF, here is a solution that is the same for everyone..

Insurance is the foundation for all financial planning.. It is the “what if” that pays for life’s financial problems.. NOT THE GOVERNMENT.. You are responsible for your own financial welfare. Work with an agent that has proven they can do the work, not just talk the talk. Agents who have credentials after their name, like CLU, or CHFC or CPCU, are like doctors/s with MD after their name or an accountant has CPA.. These agents hold themselves to a higher standard. For more info, call me at 202 5983 or check my website at

N.C. 12 in Kitty Hawk reopened after storm damage

10th May 2015
KITTY HAWK N.C. 12 has reopened after it was damaged during a nor'easter last weekend, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Waves from the nor'easter had washed away 500 feet of dune and sand from under N.C. 12 at the end of Kitty Hawk Road, and part of the northbound lane later collapsed. Crews repaired the damage and repaved the road.

Birds and buggies may soon share N.C. seashore

10th May 2015
BUXTON, N.C. A pair of amorous oystercatchers prevented beach buggies from reaching the fishing hot spot of Cape Point last month. By next month, love birds and eager anglers could be sharing the turf in a way that satisfies both groups.

Coast Guard medevacs man on cruise ship off N.C.

10th May 2015
The Coast Guard on Saturday rescued an ailing man from a cruise ship 70 miles south of Cape Hatteras, according to a news release.

Tropical Storm Ana moves toward the Carolinas

10th May 2015
MIAMI   Beachgoers were warned away, emergency officials kept a watchful eye and at least one graduation ceremony was forced indoors as Tropical Storm Ana plodded toward the Carolinas on Saturday in an early heaping of rough weather weeks ahead of the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

After repairs from storm, N.C. 12 reopens in Kitty Hawk

10th May 2015
KITTY HAWK, N.C. The section of N.C. 12 that was closed after a nor'easter damaged it last weekend has reopened.

Groups: N.C. agency violating voter registration law

10th May 2015
RALEIGH, N.C. North Carolina’s health agency is violating part of the federal “motor voter” law requiring voter registration help for low-income residents, a coalition of groups said Friday, adding that they’ll sue the state unless changes are made.

Photo Gallery Part 1: “May Swell” – Bob Hovey

10th May 2015

Spring in the Outer Banks is a welcoming season that usually starts off with a rumble during “Bike Week”. However, this year, the ocean decided to make more noise with a solid swell event. This was an event that was on the radar – days in advance. As always, much hype was tossed around on all the social media channels ...

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Corolla Surf Report 5/9/2015

10th May 2015

Some good news but also we still have choppy surface conditions. The on-shore wind is chopping on the surface and wave height is only knee to thigh high. The Good News: the on-shore wind has bumped water temps up to 63 degrees Fahrenheit. I would call today a decent practice day. Board of choice could be a fat fish w/thickness. ...

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Rodanthe Surf Report 5/9/2015

10th May 2015

Have a 2-4′ SE swell this morning but onshore winds are keeping conditions kind of sloppy, expect waist-maybe stomach high mush thru the day today.

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Corolla Surf Report 5/10/2015

10th May 2015

Ana is having some effect on wave size but not as much as I was expecting. Wave height is around waist to chest on the faces. Swell direction is ESE creating primarily right on the North beaches. The wind is also out of the SE but only blowing at 16 to 18 mph. NOTE: I WILL REPORT ON A “PER ...

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Corolla Surf Report 5/8/2015

8th May 2015

The wind is still out of the ENE blowing at 15 mph plus. This means that surface conditions are choppy but there are some rights to be surfed. The sections only stay open for an about 3 seconds. Here is the good news: the on-shore wind has bumped water temps up to 59 degrees Fahrenheit. Wave height is stomach to ...

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Rodanthe Surf Report 5/8/2015

8th May 2015

3-5′ ESE wind swell today with choppy surf in the waist-stomach high range. Onshore winds are forecasted throughout the day keeping surface conditions messy.

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Potato Festival

7th May 2015

Good Times and Plenty of ‘taters to be Had at the
NC Potato Festival, May 15-17 in Elizabeth City, N.C.

(Elizabeth City, N.C., May 7, 2015) – Celebrating one of northeast North Carolina’s largest crops, the N.C. Potato Festival, May 15-17 in Elizabeth City, N.C., is a spud-tacular good time, from the rip-roaring Midway rides to live music, tasty foods and the “Little Miss Tater Tot” pageant.
            Presented by Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc., this year’s festival celebrates the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Coast Guard’s presence in Elizabeth City, as well as the city’s designation as a “Coast Guard City.” Event planners are featuring a rescue swimmer as the festival’s mascot, tours of the CGC KENNEBEC and a U.S. Coast Guard 7.5k Fun Run/Walk, May 16 at 8 a.m. at Charles Creek Park.
Over the festival weekend, visitors can view the results of a U.S. Coast Guard-themed art contest at the Museum of the Albemarle (on display through May 29). The exhibit features works by Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County public school students, and winners will be announced and prizes presented on May 16 at 12 p.m. on the festival’s Mariners’ Wharf stage.

Don’t forget the ‘taters!
According to the N.C. Potato Association, headquartered in Elizabeth City, North Carolina potato growers produce approximately 16,000 acres of potatoes, grown mostly in the fertile soils surrounding the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds. The festival, now in its 14th year, began as a celebration of the favored local crop and the farmers who grow them.
That means you’ll find plenty of spuds at the event. In addition to nibbling on home-cooked fries, festival-goers can sample the results of the "Anything But Fries" restaurant cook-off, watch the National Potato Peeling Contest competitors peel through bushels of spuds, cheer on the "Little Miss Tater Tot Pageant" contestants and shop and dine among arts, crafts and food vendors lining the Main Street thoroughfare.
Musical headliners include Out ‘N the Cold, Friday at 8:30 p.m.; Apache Relay, Saturday at 5:15 p.m.; and The Breakfast Club, an 80s tribute band, for the Saturday night street dance at 8 p.m. 
For first-time festival attendees, long-time volunteer Cindy Williams recommends checking out the potato peeling competition May 16 at 10 a.m. and watching the U.S. Coast Guard search-and-rescue demonstration that afternoon at 1 p.m. on the Pasquotank River. New this year, and fun for the kids, are a petting zoo and camel rides.
“This is truly a family-friendly event,” said Williams. “I’ve had residents tell me they have family members living out of the area who plan their trips back to Elizabeth City over the festival weekend. It’s a really good time!” 
The kick-off party is the evening of May 15, and festival runs May 16 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and May 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and Perry Auto Group are the premier festival sponsors. For more information and a complete lineup of live entertainment check the festival’s Facebook page or visit

Elizabeth City is the “Harbor of Hospitality®
Elizabeth City is located in northeastern North Carolina on the Intracoastal Waterway, halfway between Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks. Known as the “Harbor of Hospitality,” the city has six National Register Historic Districts and is home to the Museum of the Albemarle, The Center at Arts of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City State University Planetarium, Port Discover Hands-on Science Center and one of the largest U.S. Coast Guard air stations in the Continental United States. Nature-based travelers are drawn to the area’s proximity to the Dismal Swamp and the abundance of outdoor recreational offerings. For additional information, call Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-866-ECity-4U (1-866-324-8948) or

Corolla Surf Shop 5/7/2015

7th May 2015

The story today is a wind switch. Wind direction is out of the East and swell direction is East-southeast. Wave height is only knee cap to thigh high on the peak. Surface conditions are semi-choppy. Good news: water temps have jumped up to 54-55 degrees Fahrenheit: NOTE: WE HAVE A WIDE RANGE OF USED SURFBOARDS FOR SELL! GARY, COROLLA SURF ...

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