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Past articles by Jeff:

Corolla’s wild stallions fight over territority — in full view of summer beach crowds

Wild stallions challenge each other using different tactics, including psychological warfare. → Read More

Historic Hatteras lighthouse getting a face-lift, inside and out

Covered in protective clothing and enduring the summer heat, crews are scraping off paint by hand on the brick surface. The project could take up to three years. → Read More

Got milkweed? Embattled monarch butterflies are a star attraction at Roanoke Island’s Elizabethan Gardens.

Elizabethan Gardens created the butterfly center two years ago to educate the public on the plight of monarchs and on milkweed, the plant the monarch caterpillar feeds on exclusively. The insect's population has fallen by 80 percent in the last 20 years. → Read More

N.C. 12 is being threatened by storms and erosion. A new task force is working to protect it.

Bridges, beach widening, bigger dunes and moving the road are among the most likely options. → Read More

Hunters kill record number of bears in North Carolina where they’re expanding in numbers and girth

Hunters harvested 3,748 bears in 2020, more than 200 over the previous record set in 2018. → Read More

Man found shot to death lying in the grass in Elizabeth City

The 21-year-old man had been shot several times. → Read More

Popular Plymouth bear festival goes live again after pandemic year

The festival drew about 30,000 people two years ago. → Read More

Activists to hold rallies for Andrew Brown in Elizabeth City and 6 of North Carolina’s largest cities

The rallies will begin a 5 p.m. Tuesday. Marchers have taken to the streets daily at 5 p.m. in Elizabeth City since Brown's shooting death April 21. → Read More

Virginia man found dead near tip of Hatteras Island

A visitor reported seeing the body at 9:30 p.m. in the water at the end of Pole Road, south of Hatteras Village, according to a release from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. → Read More

Virginia Beach and Outer Banks gearing up for busy Memorial Day weekend

With many coronavirus restrictions lifted, this Memorial Day weekend is shaping up to be a busy one for Virginia and North Carolina's resort beach towns and businesses are eager to greet the crowds. → Read More

Outer Banks vacationers: Don’t leave your guns behind

Someone left a loaded pistol in a Kill Devil Hills vacation home last week. The responding officer said it was the third gun recovered from a beach rental that week. → Read More

N.C. civil rights leaders want federal investigation into sheriff, district attorney over Andrew Brown shooting

Civil rights leaders will send a delegation to Washington, D.C., to deliver a letter to the U.S. Attorney General asking for an investigation into the district attorney's office and sheriff's office. → Read More

Virginia Beach teen who died in Outer Banks bridge accident identified

The rear axle on the 1982 Jeep collapsed, causing the rear tire to fall off. → Read More

1 dead after Jeep flips, catches fire on Wright Memorial Bridge

It was not known why the Jeep flipped over on the bridge. → Read More

Historic Ocracoke Lighthouse could be moved: ‘The writing is on the wall’

The 198-year-old lighthouse is the second oldest in the nation still operating. → Read More

Bramble, Billie, Ringo and Raymond: How Corolla wild horses get their names

Every one of the 103 wild horses has a number, but about 10 have been able to elude being named so far. → Read More

Andrew Brown family not satisfied after viewing about 20 more minutes of body-cam video

The Andrew Brown family on Tuesday viewed longer segments of five videos taken as deputies shoot him trying to leave his home while they served a search warrant. → Read More

Pasquotank board wants N.C. General Assembly to change body-cam release law in wake of Andrew Brown killing

The Pasquotank County commissioners unanimously passed a resolution Thursday calling for the state General Assembly to change the law so that local law enforcement can release body-cam videos. → Read More

Prosecutor says Andrew Brown ‘made contact’ with deputies with his car before they opened fire

Attorneys for Andrew Brown's family did not mention that Brown hit deputies with his vehicle before being shot. It's unclear whether they saw that portion of the incident. → Read More

Andrew Brown protest in Elizabeth City carries on hours past 8 p.m. curfew, ends with handful of arrests

A protest at the intersection of Elizabeth Street and Water Street carried on nearly three hours past an 8 p.m. curfew imposed in the wake of Andrew Brown Jr.’s killing by Pasquotank sheriff’s deputies and ended with about six demonstrators arrested. → Read More