Mark Jurkowitz Outer Banks Sentinel

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New podcast re-examines 1997 murder of Denise Johnson

Delia D’Ambra was four years old when her family moved to Roanoke Island in 1997. That happened to be the same year that 33-year-old Denise Johnson was brutally murdered in her Kill Devil Hills home.

      Twenty-one years later, the Johnson killing remains a haunting and frustrating mystery that has gone unsolved for two decades. And D’Ambra, now a television news reporter in Fort Myers, Florida, is re-examining the case, hoping her work will generate new leads, new evidence and a renewed commitment to solve a murder that stunned and shook the insular Outer Banks community.

What you should know about hurricane forecasts

Decision comes after new citizens’ group launched petition drive

After hearing from a dozen residents and receiving a petition with more than 500 signatures at its Sept. 5 meeting, the Manteo Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to approve televising its meetings as well as the meetings of the Manteo Planning Board and the Preservation and Architectural Review Committee.

An overview of the key local races this November

The conventional wisdom is that no one really pays attention to fall elections until Labor Day arrives and the tourists leave. And with the Nov. 6 balloting only two months away, the local campaigns are certain to heat up.

Move comes amid controversy over Steinburg agreement

In the wake of questions, controversy and division on the board itself, the Currituck County Commissioners voted to change how the county awards some contracts at its Aug. 20 meeting — mandating that the commissioners will decide whether to approve contracts to elected officials who represent the county.

Decision comes amid growing activism on the issue

Dan Lewis, President of the Outer Banks Restaurant Association, says one catalyst for the growing effort to eliminate plastic, non-biodegradable straws was a viral video made a few years ago showing a sea turtle having a straw extracted from its nostril — a graphic reminder of what plastics can do to marine life.

In this scenic town, passion meets pugnacity

As far as anyone can recall, last week’s censure of Southern Shores Town Council Member Gary McDonald by three of his council colleagues marked the first time in Dare County that such a punitive measure — even one with no actual penalties — has been taken against someone on a local council or board.

      Perhaps it’s no surprise that the public display of hard feelings happened in a town known for its particularly passionate, pugnacious and sometimes personal brand of politics — something that sets it apart from other Dare County municipalities.

Legislative candidates spar over when and where to meet

It likely isn‘t one of the top issues for voters, but there’s one subject already exposing a significant divide among local candidates for the N.C. legislature this year — the matter of candidate debates.

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Just to clear up any confusion on the issue, Outer Banks Sentinel Editor Neel Keller, who reported on the governor’s meeting with

the pastors and took the photograph in question, made it clear to the attendees he was there to cover the event as a journalist. That

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