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After 40 years of running a successful business, not only does Linda Porter keep finding new ways to serve her clients, she is passionate about helping those just starting their careers.

In 1933, Sam A. Twiford, Sr. — with help from his father, S.W. Twiford — opened the Twiford Funeral Home in a room above the Quinn Furniture Store in Elizabeth City.

Who would dare take on the task of compiling a visual history of Ocracoke? It’s a story that stretches back to the European settling of the Americas, through the age of piracy, shipwrecks, sea battles, killer storms, and, today, a vacation paradise. An epic saga by any standard.

Brenda Thacker appeared almost puzzled by the question, as if it needn’t be asked because the answer was obvious. Why is she passionate about helping those who struggle with addiction and substance abuse?

Chef Amanda Sprinkle, with her sweeping, sharp instinct for flavor, warm and sisterly disposition, and steady drive for hard work, is a quiet collision of femininity and grit.