OBX Outer Banks NC

Entertainment, sports and recreation news and events for Outer Banks, North Carolina (OBX) including world famous venues: The Lost Colony, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Kitty Hawk (Wright Brothers flight) and the barrier islands around the Currituck Sound, Albemarle Sound, and Pamlico Sound.

State Board of Education considers ACT testing for all N.C. high schools

State Board of Education considers ACT testing for all N.C. high schools

College applicants generally take either the SAT or the ACT. All North Carolina students may one day take the ACT, if the State Board of Education pursues a current proposal. During a meeting of the State Board of Education in September, the possibility of free ACT testing for North Carolina high school juniors was discussed. Some believe all schools should be required to offer the ACT to all juniors with the costs being picked up by the state. While both exams are college admission tests, the SAT measures aptitude and problem solving ability; the ACT tests students on the curriculum students should have learned throughout their educational career. The ACT has up to five sections: English, mathematics, reading, science and […]

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Its Official!  The American Windsurfing Tour is On!

Its Official! The American Windsurfing Tour is On!

2011 will host the first US national wavesailing tour in over a decade! The American Windsurfing Tour will span coast to coast with stops in California, Oregon, Mexico, Hatteras, and Maui. The Tour will reintroduce North America to the global wavesailing scene, and provide an excellent venue for national and international participation. Of course, we are majorly stoked to feature Hatteras Wave Jam 2011 as stop 4 of the Tour and welcome the participation and Hatteras wavesailing exposure! Be there next year for the upcoming Tour!

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Start of a Cold Windy FUN Week on the OBX!

Start of a Cold Windy FUN Week on the OBX!

photographer:  Pete LeWando click any image to open gallery Today was Day One of an upcoming week of cold windy weather on the OBX!  NNW winds peaked in the upper 20s/low 30s calling the small stuff into the ocean.  I caught it at Old Lighthouse Beach along with Keith, Dano and Chad.  Surf ranged chest to head high with some bigger sets.  Large swell mountains rolled on the outside, and when they broke out there, it was like running ahead of a freight train!  Inside the current was ripping downwind from the groin at a velocity where it was near impossible to stand.  Typical Lighthouse!  Water felt great though hovering in the mid/upper 60s. I began the sesh with my inaugural […]

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BIG NE Wind and Surf

BIG NE Wind and Surf

The Hatteras Atlantic is now calming after a pounding over the past few days! Throughout most of last week, strong NNE winds blanketed the islands. Coupled with a strong low pressure system offshore, the swell rose considerably creating big surf including south side wrap across the islands! The swell began to hit last Thursday, and peaked Friday. The wave kite crew caught the epic conditions with some radical action captured! Check these out! (click image to open gallery) photo: Dimitri Maramenides, Epic Kites photo: Dimitri Maramenides, Epic Kites photo: Lane DuPont photo: Lane DuPont On the windsurfing side, Keith McCulloch reported solo session at the North End, Ocracoke on Friday and some big conditions. I caught it at South Beach, […]

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UNCG, COA offer college courses through high school

UNCG, COA offer college courses through high school

As colleges require advanced classes for students to participate in, many students exceed expectations by taking college level classes to gain admittance. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro allows students to take college level classes while they are still in high school. Students tend to take Advanced Placement classes to help prepare themselves for college and also to earn college credits while still in high school. “Two years ago we had a student receive 15 college credits by taking these classes,” distance learning facilitator Gloria Meads said. Since the program began, the number of students participating has increased each year. This year there are eight students enrolled already, with eight to 10 more expected this spring. Eight students were […]

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First Flight XC Finishes in Top 10 at State Championship

First Flight XC Finishes in Top 10 at State Championship

First Flight High School Cross Country  Coach Ronnie Hudgins had high hopes for his men’s team to finish in the top five at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A State Championship Meet Nov. 6 in Kernersville N.C. The men’s team finished 10th out of 16 teams with a total of 220 points, while the women’s team finished 15th out of 16 teams with a total of 353 points. There were about 129 runners in both events. “The competition was very tough this year, and we came up short of our goals,” Hudgins said. “But for the most part it was a successful season. Nearly everyone ran their fastest 5-kilometer race time by the end of the season, and a […]

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“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” opens Friday

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” opens Friday

StageKraft Productions will be performing “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in the First Flight High School auditorium this week.  The show opens Friday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. Performances are also scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 13  at 7 p.m., and Sunday,  Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. The cast and crew of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” pose before rehearsals last week. StageKraft Productions will perform the show three times this week. The price is $5 for students, children, and senior citizens and $7 for adults.

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James’ passion for learning earns her Teacher of the Year title

James’ passion for learning earns her Teacher of the Year title

When NASA launched the Challenger, it unknowingly launched the dream of Knapp Junior High School student Danielle James. On that day, James realized she could reach for the stars and that no obstacle could prevent her from becoming a science teacher. “I decided on that day I wanted to teach and make a difference and no disaster could stop my dream,” James said. Her dream led her to earn an Associate of Arts in General Education from the College of Albemarle and a B.S. in Biology from East Carolina University. “My greatest accomplishment in education was that I am the first in my family to graduate from college,” James said. “I understand the importance of receiving a good education in […]

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Think twice before your next text

Think twice before your next text

Last year 5,474 people were killed and another 448,000 were harmed from crashes that involved distracted driving in the United States alone, according to Governors Highway Safety Association.  On Aug. 23, junior Brittany North became part of these statistics. North had just gotten her license a few days before school started and was driving alone to work for the first time. On the way, the familiar ‘ding’ of a text message sounded from her phone, prompting her to grab her phone and look at it. “As I read the text message, I was slowly drifting off the road. When I looked up I swerved because I panicked, I then overcorrected,” North said. “I lost control of my car and ran […]

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Chinese visitors spend 4 days on Outer Banks, take in local attractions

Chinese visitors spend 4 days on Outer Banks, take in local attractions

Four years. 26 Chinese Partners, 33 American partners. One Global Partnership. Oct. 4 through Oct. 8 marked the second visit Wuxi, China students and teachers have made to the United States, continuing the China Partnership. The trip consisted of 14 students, each of whom stayed with a First Flight High School partner and his or her family, as well as two teachers who stayed with China Partnership adviser Jane Shipman. “[The Chinese partners] believe the Outer Banks may be one of the most beautiful places on earth,” Shipman said. “When we climbed Jockey’s Ridge and could see both the sound and the ocean they said ‘you could never be unhappy here.’ It reminded me that sometimes we don’t take advantage.” […]

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