Stories by Sandy Semans Ross | Outer Banks Voice

A community on the edge

The bank of Engelhard finally closes its doors The ground was too wet to plant Mattamuskeet onions, so devoted fans will go without this year. Covid-19 shut down schools, so parents are… Full story

May 25


Stumpy Point gets a checkpoint

Note: Several days ago, the author wrote a piece in the Voice asking for help protecting Stumpy Point from those barred from entering the county during the COVID-19 emergency. This is an… Full story

Apr 11


Help protect our first responders

It’s been a week since this wreck occurred and I’ve gotten angrier by the day. I posted the picture to Facebook and outlined how many responders were at the scene and what… Full story

Apr 6


November edition: News for and about commercial fishermen

Two new members of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission representing the commercial industry have been appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper ahead of the meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk that starts Wednesday. Full story

Nov 12


Commercial, charter communities are answering call for help

On the weekend, some who tried to get into the area with their trailered boats made it as far as New Bern, where they were put to work making water rescues. Others took in heavy equipment to help clean up and clear roads. Full story

Sep 20


Stumpy Point first responders, residents ready for Florence

Along with all her other hats, Sandy Semans Ross also wears the helmet of Fire Chief for the Stumpy Point Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. She reports that all pre-storm preparations are done and now the village waits for Florence's arrival. Full story

Sep 13


August edition: News for and about commercial fishermen

The quarterly meeting of the Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) convened last week in Raleigh with only one member representing the commercial fishing industry. That member, Mike Blanton, was sworn in before the meeting. Full story

Aug 21


Marine Fisheries panel in disarray ahead of quarterly meeting

Just as the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission convenes on Wednesday in Raleigh, there has been a complete turnover of the panel's commercial fishing representation with two members resigning Monday night. Full story

Aug 14


New shrimping rules slowly migrate through sea of bureaucracy

About 18 months later, the Division of Marine Fisheries has only produced a draft, which next needs the approval of the State Office of State Budget and Management. The OSBM can approve as-is or send it back for more work. Full story

Aug 3


Latest edition: News for and about commercial fishermen

Another small step has been taken toward rulemaking requested by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation that was first submitted to Marine Fisheries Commission in November 2016 and accepted by the MFC on Feb. 16, 2017.

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Jul 25


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Constitutional amendments to bring legislators back in the fall

Lawmakers were expected to leave Raleigh after adjusting the two-year budget. But Republican leaders kept them around until the end of June to propose Constitutional amendments and have set a lame duck session for November. Full story

Jul 9


Industrial-scale oyster farm bill left for dead in the House

The proposal that could have lead to a shift from a cottage industry to marine industrial operations owned by nonresident corporations appears to be a dead issue, after the state House did not act prior to Friday's self-imposed deadline. Full story

Jun 15