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Ground broken on memorial remembering 8 who died in Down East plane crash

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(Photos provided by Carteret County Public Schools)
Noah Styron, Kole McInnis, Jake Taylor, and Daily Shepherd.

Ground was broken on Saturday for a memorial for the eight people who died in a plane crash Down East just over a year ago.

Near the intersection of Highway 70 and Highway 12 in Cedar Island, the community is memorializing the eight people who lost their lives in a plane crash more than a year ago.

Killed in the crash on February 13, 2022 were pilot Ernest “Teen” Rawls, his adult son Jeffrey Rawls, Stephanie Fulcher, and high school students “Kole” McInnis, “Hunter” Parks, Noah Styron, “Daily” Shepard, and “Jake” Taylor.

More than $25,000 has been raised to help fund the monument.

The monument is expected to be completed on the two-year anniversary of the crash on Feb. 13, 2024.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.