Stories by Catherine Kozak | Outer Banks Voice

‘She made sure Hatteras was at the table’

Remembering fishing advocate and writer Susan West By Cate Kozak | Outer Banks Voice Susan West, a long-time advocate for the Hatteras Island fishing community and a writer who helped foster improved communications and respect between regulators and fishermen, died on Nov. 10 at age 73. Full story

Nov 14

Effort to change Manteo mascots moves forward

After petition, item on BOE agenda for next week This story is co-published with the Coastal Review Online. When the Clyde A. Erwin High School in Buncombe County was under national media… Full story

Sep 2

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 at least… Full story

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 Doughs Creek.… Full story

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 set in… Full story

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 Twiddy each… Full story

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 verbal agreement… Full story

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 notes with… Full story

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 food and… Full story

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. Full story

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. Full story

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. Full story

Jul 23