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Local merchant Bronwyn Thornton feels new energy at Central Square Shopping Center, the pastel-colored buildings on the west side of Route 158 in Nags Head and one of the Outer Banks’ most visible outlets.

At the age of 13, Averi Valdivieso was so full of life she laid out a detailed picture of her future: She wanted to be a professional chef and live in England. She also wanted to marry a ginger-haired man with a British accent.

How do you top a new business’ fantastic first year of offering great coffee and delicious ice cream in a welcoming, family environment? For the gang at Higher Grounds Coffee & Ice Cream Company on Colington Island, you just add a dash of Christmas.

Visitors to the Outer Banks have the opportunity to interface with some of what we residents refer to as “locals.” Most of the interactions are with folks in the “service industries.” Restaurants may be the most prevalent locations where those interactions take place. From servers to chefs t…

This sweet girl has been at the Outer Banks SPCA since July 17 — and she'd love to spend the holidays and the rest of her life with a family of her own. She is a mixed-breed and just under four years old.If you throw her a few tennis balls, she'll be your best friend forever.

When Rose Thompson attended a professional baseball game in 2013, she couldn’t have known how one pitch would change her life. And almost snatch it from her.