Please don't forget island families in need during this holiday...Consider contributing to the island's Food Pantry, the CHEC Christmas Toy Drive, or Hands of Love's Sparkle Bag project...See details on Christmas on the Islands Page...Sign up for weekly e-mail alerts at the bottom of the Front Page....

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  • Dare County deputies' quick response nets four arrests. On Community News and Commentary Page under Crime Reports from Dare Sheriff’s Office.
  • Insurance Commissioner denies companies' request for homeowners' rate increase....On Real Estate and Business Page.
  • EDITOR'S BLOG: ORV legislation is very significant for access advocates...On Shooting the Breeze above.
  • Carteret County residents get an earful from Dare at Cape Lookout hearing
  • Old Christmas celebration is Jan. 3 in Rodanthe....WITH SLIDE SHOW...On Christmas on the Islands Page.
  • Coast Guard proposes new regulation at Oregon Inlet, but won't restrict boat traffic for now...On Local News Page.
  • NCDOT crews are busy moving sand on Pea Island...On Local News Page.
  • Dare County sets holiday trash collection schedule...On Local News Page.
  • Outer Banks Angling: 'Tis the season...On Fishing Page.
  • NCDOT gets fourth time extension, no end in sight to negotiations...On Local News Page.
  • Weekend coastal low not looking quite as strong...On Local News Page.
  • UPDATE: NCDOT says it's not responsible for damage at Buxton motel...On Local News Page.
  • Ocracoke's annual oyster roast is an all-you-can-eat treat...On Christmas on the Islands Page.
  • Ocracoke is aglow with Christmas lights....WITH SLIDE SHOW...On Christmas on the Islands Page.
  • Summerfield pleads guilty, sentenced to 30 years...On Local News Page.
  • Hatteras Village Christmas Parade: An All-American Treat...WITH SLIDE SHOW...On Christmas On The Islands Page. 

Hatteras And Ocracoke Holiday Features And Events

NEW....12.18.2014 4:10 pm Old Christmas celebration is Jan. 3 in Rodanthe....WITH SLIDE SHOW
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12.16.2014 4:00 pm Ocracoke's annual oyster roast is an all-you-can-eat treat
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12.16.2014 1:30 pm Ocracoke is aglow with Christmas lights....WITH SLIDE SHOW
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12.15.2014 10:00 pm Hatteras Village Christmas Parade: An All-American Treat...WITH SLIDE SHOW
CHEC's annual Christmas Toy Drive is now underway 12.04.2014 9:45 am
Cancer Foundations plans New Year's Eve dance 12.02.2014 5:30 pm
Your help is needed to fill Sparkle Bags for island children 11.28.2014 12:40 pm
Letters to Santa return to Ocracoke after 50 years 11.26.2014 5:10 pm
Christmas events planned for Ocracoke 11.25.2014 10:00 am
A guide to dining out during the holidays 11.18.2014 10:20 am
Thanksgiving on the Islands: An ode to meat and football 11.18.2014 8:30 am
Oyster Dressing: A coastal tradition for the holidays 11.12.2014 11:25 am
Hatteras Island Food Drive is now underway 11.03.2014 1:10 pm


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NEW....12.13.2014 9:15 am Carteret County residents get an earful from Dare at Cape Lookout hearing
UPDATE: Senate passes defense bill that includes changes to seashore's ORV plan 12.12.2014 7:10 pm
Red knot’s status elevated, raising specter of more restrictions 12.11.2014 4:40 pm
UPDATE: House passes defense bill that includes changes to seashore ORV Plan 12.04.2014 5:45 pm
U.S. House, Senate poised to pass bill that would change seashore's ORV plan 12.04.2014 6:15 am
UPDATE: Cape Point now open for night driving  11.25.2014 2:25 pm
UPDATE: Cape Point could open to night driving next week 11.20.2014 5:05 pm
Park Service names new superintendent of Cape Hatteras National Seashore 11.13.2014 5:20 pm
UPDATE:  Turtle nest still not hatched, Point remains closed to night driving 11.12.2014 3:45 pm
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ark Service wants public comments on proposed fee increases 11.11.2014 11:10 am
UPDATE: Cape Point remains closed to night driving 11.03.2014 3:20 pm
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eashore's seasonal ORV routes reopen Nov. 1 10.28.2014 3:30 pm
Night driving on ORV routes reopens on Sept. 15 09.11.2014 3:45 pm
Acting superintendent talks about seashore issues on 'To the Point' radio show...WITH AUDIO 09.08.2014 4:30 pm
Newly constructed ORV Ramp 25 to open on Sept. 11 09.03.2014 1:25 pm
It makes Turtle Sense:  Giving cell phones to turtles 08.21.2014 2:50 pm
Boyle rules against CHAPA in lawsuit to stop ORV rule 06.20.2014 6:30 pm
Who owns Bodie Island spit? 04.29.2014 5:00 pm
Circle of stones at old lighthouse site are being uncovered and prepared for a move 04.11.2014 2:15 pm
Park Service releases annual resource management reports for 2013 02.19.2014 1235 pm


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NEW....12.18.2014 3:00 pm Coast Guard proposes new regulation at Oregon Inlet, but won't restrict boat traffic for now
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12.18.2014 3:00 pm NCDOT crews are busy moving sand on Pea Island
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12.17.2014 4:10 pm  Dare County sets holiday trash collection schedule
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12.17.2014 10:30 am NCDOT gets fourth time extension, no end in sight to negotiations
Rumors of Bonner Bridge closure shot down, as negotiations continue 11.25.2014 10:40 am
NEW....12.16.2014 4:45 pm Weekend coastal low not looking quite as strong
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12.16.2014 4:30 pm UPDATE: NCDOT says it's not responsible for damage at Buxton motel
Cape Hatteras Motel owners file tort claim against NCDOT 11.25.2014 5:00 pm
NEW....12.15.2014 6:20 pm Summerfield pleads guilty, sentenced to 30 years
Ocracoke's first gay wedding was ‘historical and hysterical’ 12.11.2014 5:15 pm
Unattended boats cause problems in Ocracoke harbor 12.11.2014 4:45 pm
UPDATE: Coastal storm still walloping Hatteras but highway stays open...WITH SLIDE SHOW 12.09.2014 6:30 pm
UPDATE: Coastal storm slams Hatteras, taking down communications...WITH SLIDE SHOW 12.08.2014 9:30 pm
Coastal storm will bring nasty weather Sunday into Tuesday 12.06.2014 6:00 pm
Mid-Currituck bridge back on table in the state's 10-year transportation plan 12.04.2014 6:40 pm
UPDATE: Woodard, Overman elected to board leadership positions 12.01.2014 4:00 pm
Woodard would accept board chairmanship, says TowneBank not a factor 11.28.2014 4:00 pm
Atlantic hurricane season stays quiet as predicted 12.01.2014 1:15 pm
UPDATE: No cause for Outer Beaches fire has been identified yet 11.24.2014 6:30 pm
Outer Beaches Avon office extensively damaged by fire 11.18.2014 3:40 pm
UPDATE:  Lee Robinson General Store is back in business 11.24.2014 4:25 pm
Fire damages Lee Robinson General Store....WITH SLIDE SHOW 11.23.2014 5:50 pm
House-moving day on Ocracoke....WITH SLIDE SHOW  11.19.2014 4:30 pm
Going Public: Rodanthe beach access nears completion 11.19.2014 1:50 pm
Ferry crew is honored for its heroism 11.19.2014 12:50 pm
NCDOT says privatizing some road work will improve service on Hatteras, Ocracoke 11.18.2014 5:30 pm
New Inlet sound access on Pea Island Refuge reopens to public 11.10.2014 9:00 am
UPDATE: Elevating Highway 12 at temporary Pea Island bridge is underway 11.10.2014 2:45 pm
DOT plans to raise road at temporary bridge and build a berm 11.03.2014 5:00 pm
Cape Hatteras students honor island veterans...WITH SLIDE SHOW 11.06.2014 4:20 pm
Hatteras-Ocracoke route switches to winter schedule 11.06.2014 3:30 pm


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Community News
The Event Planner...UPDATED 12.09.2014
News and Business Briefs
...UPDATED 11.11.2014
Church Listings ...UPDATED 07.24.2014
Crime Reports from Dare Sheriff’s Office ...UPDATED 12.20.2014
Free Classified Ads ...UPDATED 12.15.2014
Obituaries ...UPDATED 12.16.2014

Commentary & Guest Columns
Free speech: Christians occupy the full political spectrum 12.01.2014 4:10 pm
You didn't ask for it, but here's free advice for the new board 11.07.2014 2:30 pm
Second opinion on Nags Head nourishment would shore up public confidence 10.15.2014  11:35 am
Guest Column: Evacuation Vacation 08.18.2014 3:00 pm
Guest Column: Houston, we have a problem! 08.11.2014 3:15 pm


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Saving cold-stunned sea turtles is topic of "To the Point" radio show....WITH AUDIO 12.12.2014 11:00 am
Rare group of American white pelicans is wintering on Pea Island
12.02.2014 5:15 pm
Hatteras Community Emergency Response Team is topic of radio show...WITH AUDIO 11.18.2014 11:00 am
Archaeologists to investigate possible site of Civil War fort this week 11.17.2014 4:30 pm
Earl O'Neal continues to chronicle Ocracoke's history 11.11.2014 12:50 pm
Author-historian Kevin Duffus talks about lighthouses and pirates on 'To the Point'...WITH AUDIO 11.05.2014 12:50 pm
The day that East met West in Hatteras village....WITH SLIDE SHOW AND VIDEO 11.05.2014 10:20 am
Hatteras Island's out-of-this-world tourist attraction 10.29.2014 4:50 pm
Old oil test well at Hatteras lighthouse draws state's attention 10.09.2014 3:30 pm
What's all the noise over Seismic Survey? 09.16.2014 3:25 pm
Island Living: Guilty Pleasures 08.05.2014 5:00 pm
In his first novel, local author brings a bygone era to life 07.16.2014 2:50 pm
Hatteras native turns her childhood memories into a series of books for young and old 02.05.2014 2:15 pm


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NEW....12.17.2014 11:30 am Outer Banks Angling: 'Tis the season
Dispute leaves Oregon Inlet Fishing Center lease up in the air
11.25.2014 1:40 pm
Outer Banks Angling: Deep Freeze 11.21.2014 9:50 am
Weather And Fish Cooperated In 57th Annual Anglers Club Tournament...WITH SLIDE SHOW 11.10.2014 2:10 pm
Outer Banks Angling: The drum keeps on beating...WITH VIDEO 11.06.2014 4:45 pm
State certifies new skipjack tuna record caught south of Hatteras Inlet 11.03.2014 3:00 pm
52-inch red drum takes first in annual NCBBA tournament...WITH SLIDE SHOW 10.27.2014 3:30 pm
An optimistic outlook for oyster season 10.21.2014 11:00 am
Jeff Oden talks about the pressures on commercial fishermen on 'To the Point' 10.20.2014 5:10 pm
Outer Banks Angling: Catch them while you can 10.20.2014 4:35 pm
Lawsuit would force agencies to manage recreational turtle bycatch 08.06.2014 10:50 am
2013 commercial and recreational fish and shellfish harvests released 05.20.2014 1:45 pm
The very best guide to charter fishing on the islands….WITH SLIDE SHOW 04.21.2011 12:10 pm


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NEW....12.19.2014 2:30 pm Insurance Commissioner denies companies' request for homeowners' rate increase
Hatteras Island Real Estate:  A statistical profile of the island
11.20.2014 4:35 pm
Hatteras Island Real Estate: Assessed values vs. selling prices 10.03.2014 1:55 pm
Hatteras Island Real Estate: Property management 09.04.2014 3:45 pm
Hatteras Island Real Estate:  The rising sea level debate 07.28.2014 4:00 pm


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Something old, something new, something green 
Island Living: Getting married Hatteras-style 
Wedding planners advise Island brides to have a weather plan
Tying the knot for Hatteras bridal couples is a labor of love for local minister
Destination wedding basics: 12 must-read destination wedding tips 
Island Weddings:  Planning a ceremony at the beach


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