- Kari Pugh

‘Wicked Tuna’ mate dies following crash in MarylandThe 36-year-old, a crew member aboard “Foolish Pleasures” based in Ocean City, Md., called his wife to tell her he’d been cut-off and was in an accident. He later was found dead.

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Elizabeth Marie Estrada of Grandy, Dec. 14She was born on December 29, 1981 in Elizabeth City, NC to Emilio and Susan Estrada. Elizabeth battled kidney failure (ESRD) for many years. She was at peace with her decision to end the fight.

- Jeff Lewis

Birding on the OBX: December sightings and Christmas countsHere on the Outer Banks, we are lucky to live in an area with such great winter birding. From the songbirds in our backyards to the waterfowl in the wildlife refuges, we have ample opportunities to observe and enjoy a great variety of birds.

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Donis Creef Alexander of Manteo, Dec. 14Donis loved to laugh and smile, endeared by all who came in contact with her. Blessed to have a wonderful best friend and husband, Elwood “Shorty” Alexander, Donis was a loving mother and stepmother.

- Rob Morris

Rosie Hawthorne’s recipes: Say cheese for holiday entertainingCheese straws are part of the Southern experience. A staple in Southern entertaining, the cheese straw is mandatory at receptions, showers, and potlucks, and at Christmas time, the straw invariably finds its way into decorated tins for gift-giving. Most every Southerner’s grandmother had a recipe for cheese straws, usually handwritten on a 3- x 5-inch […]

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Gary Stephen Austin of Grandy, Dec. 15Gary Stephen Austin, 75, died Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. He was a retired Unit Sergeant with the NC Department of Corrections and the owner of Austin Boat Company.

- Kari Pugh

Romaine recall expands to cauliflower, other lettucesThe recall covers products harvested on Nov. 27 to Nov. 30 at Adams Bros. Farming and shipped to several states across the country, including North Carolina. The recall was done as a precaution.

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Frieda Gray French, native of Avon, Dec. 14Frieda Gray French, 82, of 100 Old Oak Drive, Elizabeth City, NC died Friday, December 14, 2018 at Waterbrooke Nursing Home. She was born October 5, 1936 in Avon, NC to the late Homer Styron Gray and Annie Gertrude Williams Gray

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Lorraine Cranton of Grandy, Dec. 14She retired after many years as owner and operator of Catalina by the Sea, was a member of Riddle Pentecostal Holiness Church and a much-loved mother and grandmother.

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Carlton Ward Garrish of Ocracoke, Dec. 14A native of Ocracoke, he was born June 18, 1931, to the late Ruby E. Austin Garrish and James D. Garrish. Ward retired from the state Department of Transportation. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend.

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