Stories by Rob Morris

Outer Banks Mom: Wanda’s Monster and Manteo memories

A morning off with my kids in the Summer is a very rare occurrence, but when it does happen, we always try to make the most of the time. This week we headed to Roanoke Island to check out Wanda’s Monster and made a full morning of it in Manteo. Full story

Jul 3

Simon Paul Aycock Jr., formerly of Southern Shores, June 27

Paul was an avid fisherman and was known by the fishing skills he had. He was also known as the “Fish Whisperer.” To all his friends: Paul loved you very much, and we hope you loved him too. Full story

Jun 30

Two fires early Sunday damage houses in Southern Shores

The first fire in the 100 block of High Dune Loop apparently started with a barbecue grill next to the house and caused considerable damage, according to Sgt. Eric Brinkley with the Southern Shores Police Department. It was reported at 2:25 a.m. Full story

Jun 30

SPCA board appoints interim animal shelter manager

The Outer Banks SPCA Board of Directors has appointed Chrissea Rothrock interim manager of the Dare County Animal Shelter. Earlier this month, the SPCA announced that John Graves was no longer the director of the organization. Full story

Jun 25

Outer Banks Mom: Free adventures await

So, other than the beach, what is there to do on the Outer Banks? I’ve been asked this question a hundred times and the truth is, there are so many options, you’re sure to find amazing places to explore. Full story

Jun 16

Update: Pipe leak shifts beach work away from south end

ontractor Great Lakes has moved the dredge Ellis Island, which was working in that area, north to pump sand onto the beach along with the Liberty Island near Milepost 12.5. Full story

Jun 13

Property owners challenge Currituck’s use of tourism tax money

A lawsuit filed by property owners on the Currituck Outer Banks contends that the county has misspent $60 million in occupancy tax proceeds since 2004 on projects and services that did little or nothing to promote or expand tourism. Full story

Jun 11

Ohio man, 53, dies after being pulled from surf in Buxton

A 53-year-old visitor from Bellbrook, Ohio was declared dead Monday after family members pulled him from the surf about a mile north of the old Cape Hatteras lighthouse site in Buxton. Full story

Jun 10

Beach construction this week: Look for work near two piers

The Ellis Island is delivering sand just south of Outer Banks Fishing Pier in South Nags Head. Over the next five to six days, construction will progress about 500 feet south to tie into the beach that has already been nourished Full story

Jun 8

Marriott scheduled to open this month in Kill Devil Hills

Marriott's Towneplace Suites, the first new hotel in Kill Devil Hills in 30 years, will open this month. Stretching between U.S. 158 and N.C. 12, the hotel will offer 151 suites aimed at travelers planning extended stays. Full story

Jun 5

New Buxton beach plan will start earlier, rehab jetties

In addition to pumping 1 million cubic yards of sand from offshore borrow pits, the lifespan of the reconstructed beach could be extended by fixing three groins, or jetties, that were installed by the Navy in 1970. Full story

Jun 4

Duck seeks to address access questions after noisy arrest

Over the years, courts have upheld the right of the public to use the dry sand beach from the duneline to the water. But getting to the beach is another matter in areas like Duck and Southern Shores unless you own or rent a house. Full story

Jun 3