New Grant Program Accepting Applications to Help Businesses and Nonprofits Hurt by COVID-19

Businesses and nonprofit organizations in North Carolina that have experienced interruption due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic could qualify for up to $250,000 from a new state grant program, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The Department of Commerce is now accepting applications for the Job Retention Grant Program (JRG) through the agency’s website. “The Job Retention […]

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Marine Fisheries to issue NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament citations for flounder; Recreational flounder season starts Sunday

The Division of Marine Fisheries will issue North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Tournament citations for flounder catches that weigh 5 pounds or more during the recreational flounder season, which begins Sunday. Anglers who wish to apply for a flounder citation will need to use a new, online form. The fish must still be weighed at one […]

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Ocracoke mourns Thurston the cat, ‘keeper of the light’

Thurston the cat, keeper of the Ocracoke Lighthouse, passed away this week after an illness. The gray and white lighthouse greeter was close to 20 years old. “It is with great sadness that we said goodbye to our dear lighthouse kitty, Thurston, last evening,” Ocracats, a group dedicated to the care of the island’s feral […]

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Red, White and Blue Freedom Surf Fishing Tournament will be held in October of 2020

Though a number of upcoming fishing tournaments around the Outer Banks have been canceled or postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Frank & Fran’s Fisherman’s Friend in Avon recently announced that they will be hosting a Red, White and Blue Freedom Tournament this fall, from October 22 through 24. Registration for the tournament opened on […]

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Laurie Ann Basnight Perry

March 19, 1963 – August 12, 2020 MANTEO — Laurie Ann Perry, 57, of Manteo, NC crossed over to her eternal home on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. She was born on March 19, 1963, graduated from Manteo High School and attended classes at Brevard College. She completed her CNA 2 certification from COA. Her most […]

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Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Peggy

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA pet of the week, Peggy, courtesy of their latest video produced by Dare County’s CURRENT TV. For more information on Peggy, and the many other Outer Banks pets currently up for adoption, visit the Outer Banks SPCA website at, or their Facebook page at