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  • Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station August Events...On Community News under Event Planner.
  • CHNS Announces Pack It In, Pack It Out Program with OBPA...On Beach Access and Park Issues.
  • New Drone Laws to Take Effect.....On Local News Page.
  • Dare County Emergency Management Launches New Emergency Notification System.....On Local News Page.
  • Island Living: The Perils of an Old Dog Learning New Tricks...On Island Features Page. 
  • Is the “Shelly Island” Sandbar Connecting to the Rest of Hatteras Island?...WITH VIDEO.....On Local News Page.
  • Cape Point Open, but High Tide Access is Iffy...On Beach Access and Park Issues.
  • Obituary - Lynne Grace Murray.....On Community News Page under Obituaries.
  • REPORTER'S BLOG: Is it time for Hatteras Island to welcome food trucks?....On Shooting the Breeze above.
  • Grant money available for transient recreational boating facilities....On Fishing Page.
  • Buxton Beach Nourishment Update.....On Local News Page.
  • Overnight Closures of Bonner Bridge July 24-25.....On Local News Page.
  • Cooper Vows to Lead Offshore Drilling Fight.....On Local News Page.
  • Weekly CHNS Update From Ranger Karol Jones...On Beach Access and Park Issues.
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore Weekly Resource Management Report...On Beach Access and Park Issues at the top of the page.
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore Weekly Table of Miles Open/Closed...On Beach Access and Park Issues at the top of the page.
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore Daily Ramp Status Report...On Beach Access and Park Issues at the top of the page
  • Highlights of the Dare County Board of Commissioners July 17 Meeting.....On Local News Page.
  • Swimming-Related Fatality Occurs Off Beach in Frisco.....On Local News Page.
  • U.S. Navy Disposes of an Unexploded Ordnance on Southern End of Hatteras Island.....On Local News Page.
  • Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Church Bazaar is set for July 26...On Community News under Event Planner.



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NEW....07.26.2017 10:15 am CHNS Announces Pack It In, Pack It Out Program with OBPA
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07.23.2017 1:40 pm Cape Point Open, but High Tide Access is Iffy
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07.21.2017 10:45 am Weekly CHNS Update From Ranger Karol Jones
NEW....07.20.2017 5:30 pm Cape Hatteras National Seashore Weekly Resource Management Report
NEW....07.20.2017 5:30 pm Cape Hatteras National Seashore Weekly Table of Miles Open/Closed
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Daily Ramp Status Report
Cape Point ORV-Only Corridor Removed 06.30.2017 3:50 pm
NPS and Dare County Urge Visitors to Use Caution When Attempting to Access New Sandbar 06.29.2017 11:00 am
Report: Parks, Nature Boost Coast’s Economy 06.07.2017 11:45 am
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Lighthouses from A to Z  05.15.2017 2:50 pm
Lighthouses to Open on April 21 04.07.2017 3:10 pm



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NEW....07.25.2017 4:25 pm New Drone Laws to Take Effect
NEW....07.25.2017 1:30 pm
Dare County Emergency Management Launches New Emergency Notification System
NEW....07.24.2017 3:10 pm
 Is the “Shelly Island” Sandbar Connecting to the Rest of Hatteras Island? ...WITH VIDEO
NEW....07.21.2017 1:45 pm
Buxton Beach Nourishment Update
NEW....07.21.2017 12:20 pm
Overnight Closures of Bonner Bridge July 24-25
NEW....07.21.2017 11:40 am
Cooper Vows to Lead Offshore Drilling Fight
NEW....07.20.2017 1:30 pm
Highlights of the Dare County Board of Commissioners July 17 Meeting
NEW....07.19.2017 6:30 pm
Swimming-Related Fatality Occurs Off Beach in Frisco
NEW....07.19.2017 6:05 pm
U.S. Navy Disposes of an Unexploded Ordnance on Southern End of Hatteras Island
New Building Permit Fees Effective September 1 07.18.2017 4:05 pm
Revised Policies for Rodanthe Recycling Center Take Effect August 1 07.18.2017 1:15 pm
Cape Point and Shelly Island Reopen After Military Device is Removed 07.14.2017 6:15 pm
Shelly Island Evacuated Due to Discovery of Unidentified Military Device 07.14.2017 12:10 pm
Battle for the Atlantic: Offshore drilling foes gear up for another fight 07.13.2017 12:00 pm
Four Rescued in Pamlico Sound off of Avon 07.13.2017 9:30 am
Ocracoke restaurants, stores will begin earlier Sunday alcohol sales this weekend 07.12.2017 6:00 pm
Request Approved for Improvements to Support a NCDOT Hatteras-Ocracoke Passenger Ferry 07.11.2017 4:30 pm
Contract Awarded for Construction of State's First Passenger Ferry 06.02.2017 11:50 am
Good Morning America Lands on the New Island....WITH TIME-LAPSE SLIDE SHOW  07.06.2017 2:15 pm
Passage of New Bill Paves the Way Towards Hatteras Village Multi-Use Pathways 07.03.2017 4:15 pm
Bag Ban Inching Closer to Being Repealed 06.28.2017 1:00 pm
Fire Destroys Remains of Former Down Under Restaurant...WITH VIDEO AND SLIDE SHOW  06.28.2017 10:45 am
New Island off of Cape Point Creating a National Stir 06.26.2017 4:15 pm
Ocracoke Lands a #3 Spot on the 2017 “Best Beaches” List



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Community News
The Event Planner...UPDATED 07.26.2017
News and Business Briefs ...UPDATED 07.11.2017
Church Listings
Crime Reports from Dare Sheriff’s Office...UPDATED 07.03.2017
Free Classified Ads ...UPDATED 07.14.2017
Obituaries ...UPDATED 07.22.2017

Commentary & Guest Columns
Local officials frustrated by new state rep 03.21.2017 5:00 pm


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NEW....07.25.2017 10:25 am  Island Living: The Perils of an Old Dog Learning New Tricks
Ocracoke will have a ringside seat to see almost all of a total solar eclipse Aug. 21  07.17.2017 8:45 am  
Purple Martins Return to Roost 07.12.2017 11:50 am
Surfing Scientists Develop Wave Forecast Tool 07.12.2017 10:00 am
After Lightning Strike, Funds are Needed to Restore the Midgett House at the Chicamacomico Historic Site 07.07.2017 5:30 pm
Numbers crunch: OBX license plates are out of space 07.07.2017 4:35 pm
Getting Crafty on Hatteras Island 07.06.2017 5:50 pm
Island Watersports: A Primer on Finding the Best Surf Spots 07.05.2017 12:15 pm
Night Sky: Saturn, Venus, Venus and Other Highlights for July 2017  06.30.2017 8:00 am
H2OBX makes a splash on opening day 06.23.2017 4:15 pm
Island son James Barrie Gaskill: 1943-2017 06.23.2017 2:15 pm
Island Living: Unenforceable Beach Crimes and the Guilty Parties Who Commit Them 06.22.2017 2:45 pm
Discovering the Fish with a Ranger Program 06.20.2017 1:00 pm
Thousands of Bees Relocated From Their Surf Shop Residence to a New Home....WITH SLIDE SHOW 06.19.2017 4:30 pm
2017 Avon Farmers Market Opens With Biggest Array of Vendors Yet 06.13.2017 4:50 pm
Hatteras Island To Host 5th Annual Rock The Cape  05.31.2017 3:35 pm
70th Anniversary of NC Ferry System Celebrated This Summer 05.31.2017 2:55 pm
Researchers Reveal OBX Shipwreck Stories 05.30.2017 1:00 pm 
“Little Pink Houses of Hope” Pops Up on Hatteras Island 05.23.2017 5:20 pm
Beach manners -- a matter of etiquette and the law 05.22.2017 5:00 pm
Wienermobile Takes a Trip to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands 05.17.2017 6:00 pm
The Story Behind those Orange Boxes on the Island 05.15.2017 12:45 pm 
Island Cooking:  Creating New Flavors with Carrots  05.08.2017 4:00 pm
Our Coast: Honoring British Allies of WWII 05.08.2017 10:10 am
New Entertainment Complex in Rodanthe Coming Together for a Summer Grand Opening 04.28.2017 4:10 pm
Hatterasity Returns with a Bang in May, after Hurricane Matthew Cancellation  04.06.2017 1:15 pm
Wondering how much Hatteras Inlet has changed? Just take a look at Google Earth  04.17.2017 2:30 pm
Wait… Is it Summer Already?  04.12.2017 1:00 pm
Island Cooking: Breaking Bread with Irene  04.11.2017 3:00 pm
New “Fixtation” is Stationed Outside St. John United Methodist Church in Avon 04.07.2017 10:40 am
Island Living:  How the “Rules of Beachcombing” can Carry Over into Everyday Life 04.04.2017 12:45 pm
The Lost Colony turns 80 03.30.2017 4:10 pm
Blue Mind Global Book Club Culminates with Local Event 03.27.2017 12:30 pm
Pipeline Could Pose Threat to Coastal Region 03.24.2017 4:15 pm
Outer Banks Earns the Number #1 Spot in Southern Living Magazine 03.22.2017 11:50 am


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NEW....07.21.2017 3:45 pm  Grant money available for transient recreational boating facilities
33-Inch Dolphin Reeled in at Avon Pier  
06.23.2017 4:45 pm
State urges fishermen to learn the difference between king mackerel and Spanish mackerel  06.15.2017 3:10 pm
Anglers may receive a survey from the Division of Marine Fisheries  06.09.2017 1:40 pm
Commercial fishermen reminded to renew their licenses 06.07.2017 3:00 pm
Coastal recreational fishermen hooked fewer fish in 2016 05.26.2017 11:00 am
Shrimp catches and sales soared, but overall commercial landings lower in 2016 05.26.2017 10:15 am
Outer Banks Chamber Adopts Resolution Opposing NC House Bill 867 05.16.2017 2:20 pm
New bluefish release category added to N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament 05.12.2017 3:20 pm
New marine fisheries rules take effect May 1 04.26.2017 1:30 pm
New recreational cobia regulations take effect May 1 
04.10.2017 3:30 pm
Outer Banks Angling: Spring is upon us 04.03.2017 1:34 am
Sens. Cook, Sanderson File Resolution for Revisions to Federal Shellfish Regs 03.24.2017 11:00 am
Study: Seismic Testing Disrupts Fish Behavior 02.23.2017 3:00 pm
The very best guide to charter fishing on the islands….WITH SLIDE SHOW


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Hatteras Island Real Estate: The Value Of Pre-Inspections 06.29.2017 1:30 pm
“New” Farm Market in Buxton has Deep Local Roots 05.26.2017 12:15 pm
New Hatteras Island Shop has a Very Familiar Location 05.11.2017 6:20 pm
Hatteras Island Real Estate: Change On Hatteras Island 05.10.2017  4:45 pm
Dare County Awarded Increase in CRS Ranking 04.17.2017 3:00 pm
Hatteras Island Real Estate:  The case for a real estate market recovery  03.28.2017 10:00 am
Hatteras Island Real Estate: 2016 Real Estate Market Summary 02.02.2017 10:30 am
Outer Banks clinic in Avon will cease Saturday hours 01.20.2017 4:40 pm
Hatteras Island Real Estate:  Winter is a good time to market your home 12.29.2016 3:00 pm
Hatteras Island Real Estate:  Perplexing market data 11.28.2016 4:15 pm
Business group calls for Atlantic seismic ban
Hurricane Recovery: Stories behind the effort to get back to business 11.14.2016 4:00 pm
H2OBX Waterpark set to open next year in Currituck 10.27.2016 3:00 pm
Hatteras Island Real Estate: Due Diligence in Contracts 10.25.2016 2:30 pm
New flood maps may conflict with state rules 10.20.2016 12:00 pm 
Hatteras Island Real Estate:  Frequently Asked Questions 07.26.2016 9:15 am


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Local Couple Gets Married with the Longest Walk – or Rather Run – Down the Aisle 05.01.2017 11:45 am 
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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