Stories by Catherine Kozak

Dredging project to finally free Elizabeth II

The Outer Banks Voice is co-publishing this story with the Coastal Review Online The flashy Elizabethan-style sailing vessel Elizabeth II will be sitting pretty at its dock in Manteo for…

Mar 19


Tugwell, Fry indicted in Manteo dredging case

Two former Town of Manteo officials have each been charged with a felony bribery offense related to an informal $50,000 agreement that was part of the 2017-2018 dredging project in…

Feb 14


OBX Anglers Club sinks tug, builds reef

Calm and clear, the morning of Monday Jan. 27 was a lovely day to sink a boat — and build a reef. Four years after the Outer Banks Anglers Club…

Jan 28


Auditor finds wrongdoing in Manteo dredge project

A long-awaited report from the Office of the State Auditor released Tuesday found that former Manteo Mayor Lee Tugwell, former Manteo Commissioner Hannon Fry and current Manteo Finance Officer Shannon…

Dec 17


Manteo officials discuss response to Auditor’s report

Manteo town officials met on Tuesday evening in an hour-long closed session to discuss the town’s response to a state auditor’s report that concludes its 18-month investigation of a $50,000…

Dec 14


On OBX, the enduring rituals of the big storm

Another storm is behind us. When Hurricane Dorian’s winds swept to our north late Friday afternoon, those who had stayed here emerged from our homes to look around, to exchange…

Sep 7


Why some choose to stay through scary storms

“Mandatory” and “evacuation” mean different things to different people during storms, and for a significant number of Outer Banks residents, those words are the cue to check emergency supplies, get…

Sep 4


Mirlo rescue centennial culminates with a wreath at sea

Dark storm clouds started rolling in shortly before 4:30 p.m on Aug. 16, the same time 100 years ago that a distress call was issued after the British tanker Mirlo exploded off the beach behind what was then Chicamacomico Coast Guard Station.

Aug 19


The Mirlo rescue 100 years ago, Aug. 16: Into the flaming sea

Led by keeper John Allen Midgett, known fondly as “Captain Johnny,” the lifesavers steered a 25-foot motor surfboat miles from shore, through tunnels of smoke and flames, between undulating sheets of fire and around jagged debris.

Aug 13


Surfmen trained hard before heroic Mirlo rescue 100 years ago

Led by Keeper John Allen Midgett, the surfmen plunged repeatedly into huge breakers and flaming seas to rescue the surviving sailors on the British oil tanker Mirlo, which had been full when it was hit by explosives from a German U-boat.

Jul 23


Nags Head to take stock after first summer season of recycling

Now that Nags Head’s new trash and curbside recycling program has gone through its first summer, a town committee will be looking to iron out a few wrinkles in the schedule and service.

Nov 29


Retro Wright Visitor Center getting back to its old self

After plans to replace the building were unexpectedly scuttled in 2002, and subsequent restoration funds never materialized, the visitor center will now finally be restored to its original condition -- orange trim, concrete and all.

Nov 14