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Buxton Beach Nourishment Update - February 2, 2018

As of Wednesday, February 21, about 93% of the total sand for the project had been placed on the beach. The hopper dredge Magdalen resumed pumping on Wednesday afternoon following delays caused by rough seas and a broken wire at the connection of the float hose.
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Local Efforts are Leading to New Substance Abuse and Mental Health Center in Hatteras Village

There’s an old saying that “it takes a village,” but sometimes a strong individual can get the ball rolling to make a big mark on the community.

Plans are in the works to install a new substance abuse and mental health services center in the former medical building in Hatteras village, and many of the parties involved credit the development of the fast-moving plans to a Hatteras local, Wendy Stowe Sisler.  Read more

Bringing the Heat: Lady Canes Move on to 3rd Round of State Playoffs

The halls of Cape Hatteras Secondary School echoed with anticipation last night as the Lady Canes prepared to take on the Tigers of Creswell High School.
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Teamwork and Talent: CHSS Varsity Girls’ Basketball Team Qualifies for States

It is no secret that because Hatteras Island is so far off the map geographically, Cape Hatteras Secondary School often struggles to excel athletically. Though, from time to time, teams may have success in the conference, going beyond is often a rarity. While CHSS has produced many talented athletes and teams over the years, few have been quite as successful as this year’s girls’ varsity basketball team.
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Highlights from the February 22 BOC Meeting

The Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) covered a wide range of Hatteras Island-related issues at their February 22 meeting in Manteo.  Read more

New Pea Island Bridge Officially Named the “Captain Richard Etheridge Bridge” at Tuesday Afternoon Dedication

The former patchwork bridge that extended across a small section of Pea Island never had an esteemed name.

Built in a hurry after 2011’s Hurricane Irene cut an inlet where a portion of N.C. Highway 12 used to be, the bridge was technically known as the Pea Island Internment Bridge, and was affectionately referred to as the “Lego Bridge” or “Tinker Toy Bridge” by locals and visitors who got used to the rickety ride at 25 mph speeds.  Read more

Officials: Passenger Ferry Will Boost Tourism

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is touting its first passenger-only ferry, a high-speed, aluminum-hull catamaran being built here, as a way to provide a higher level of service to coastal travelers and boost tourism on the state’s Outer Banks. 
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Hyde Sees Costs Rise in Passenger Ferry Plan

As North Carolina’s first high-speed passenger ferry is coming together nicely at the shipbuilder’s shop, plans are still evolving for transporting people once they land.

The Ocracoke Express is targeted to be in the water by mid-summer, supplementing service on the state Department of Transportation Ferry Division’s busiest vehicular ferry route between Ocracoke and Hatteras islands. But Hyde County is struggling with the cost of free tram service for passengers disembarking at Silver Lake harbor in Ocracoke Village.
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Dare County Waterways Commission Make Imminent Plans for “Crunch Time” Dredging

Members of the Dare County Waterways Commission made imminent plans at their February 12 meeting to speed up dredging in Hatteras Inlet in order to accomplish as much as possible before the March 31 deadline.
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Outer Banks Community Names Daniel Pullen 2018 People's Choice Artist

After tallying over 200 nominations, Dare County Arts Council announces that Daniel Pullen has been selected as the 2018 People’s Choice artist. 
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Tess Judge Announces Run for N.C. House Democratic Nomination

On Monday morning, Kitty Hawk resident Tess Judge (D) announced that she is seeking her party’s nomination for the North Carolina General Assembly representing N.C. House District 6 – which covers Currituck, Dare, Hyde and Pamlico counties. 
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Filing Opens for 2018 Election Season in Dare and Hyde Counties

On Monday, February 12, the local 2018 Election Season begins in earnest as filing opens in Dare and Hyde counties for a wide array of positions.
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Boswell Announces Plan to Seek Re-election

On February 10, North Carolina State Representative Beverly G. Boswell (R-Dare) formally announced her plan to seek re-election to the North Carolina General Assembly representing N.C. House District 6 which covers Currituck, Dare, Hyde and Pamlico counties.
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Local Groups and Organizations “Rally” to Oppose Offshore Drilling in North Carolina

The recent federal government proposal to open up the North Carolina coastline to oil / gas exploration and seismic testing has generated waves on both a local and statewide level, with many organizations stepping up to ensure that coastal residents are represented in the ultimate decision.  
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Cooper Warns Zinke of Lawsuit Over Drilling

The federal government and Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration remain on course for a legal battle over the push to open the East Coast to offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling.  Read more

Local Officials Join Governor to Voice Opposition to Offshore Drilling in Meeting with Secretary Zinke

In a meeting with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today on offshore drilling and seismic testing, Governor Cooper underscored North Carolina’s opposition to both. Cooper was joined by elected officials and stakeholders from coastal North Carolina, including Dare County Commissioner Chairman Bob Woodard, and stressed the threats both offshore drilling and seismic testing pose to North Carolina’s coastal economies and tourism industry.
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Alligator River Bridge on U.S. 64 to Close for Repairs March 14-21

Beginning Wednesday, March 14, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will close the Alligator River Bridge between Tyrrell and Dare counties for one week. The closure will allow crews to complete major renovation work on the bridge’s swing-span drawbridge.
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Bonner Bridge Update: Bonner Bridge Closer to Connecting as Lego Bridge is Dismantled

Crews at the northern end of the Bonner Bridge project are steadily making their way south to meet the work underway of what will be the bridge’s new navigation zone, per the latest update on the Bonner Bridge project.
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UPDATE:  Pumps Back on at Ocracoke Station For Credit Purchases Only

After a week of being off, the gas pumps at the Ocracoke Station were turned back on Friday evening for credit card purchases at the pump only.
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Gasoline on Ocracoke available at Anchorage Marina

Ocracoke islanders are not totally without access to gasoline while the gasoline pumps are off at Ocracoke Station. Those wanting to fill up their vehicles can purchase gasoline at the Anchorage Marina. 
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Gasoline at Ocracoke Station Temporarily Unavailable

Ocracoke islanders wanting to fill up at Ocracoke’s only gas station may have to wait until Tuesday to do so unless they go off island.

The pumps at the Ocracoke Station were shut off Friday for nonpayment of the bill, said Hyde County Manager Bill Rich.
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Coast Guard Frees, Dewaters Entangled Fishing Vessel Near Oregon Inlet

The Coast Guard responded to a vessel taking on water near Oregon Inlet Thursday.

The crew aboard the 50-foot commercial fishing vessel Big Tahuna called watchstanders in the Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington via VHF-FM channel 16 at about 3:50 p.m., indicating they were taking on water just inside Bonner Bridge. 
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Governor Pushes for Hearings and Longer Comment Period on Drilling Plan

Governor Roy Cooper urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to grant a 60-day extension on public comments on offshore drilling and seismic testing off of North Carolina’s coast. In the letter to Sec. Zinke, Governor Cooper also urged the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to hold additional public hearings on the North Carolina coast in Kill Devil Hills, Morehead City, and Wilmington.
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CHSS Girls Basketball Team Eyes Conference And State Championships

As Morgan Fairbanks takes a break from practice inside Cape Hatteras Secondary School’s modest gym, she talks basketball with fellow team captains Caroline Gray and Savannah Scarborough. 
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Coast Guard Enforces Safety Zone for Herbert C. Bonner Bridge Construction in Oregon Inlet

The Coast Guard is intermittently enforcing a temporary safety zone on the navigable waters of Oregon Inlet to ensure public safety during the Herbert C. Bonner bridge construction from Jan. 29 to March 24.

While activated, the safety zone will restrict vessel traffic in the vicinity of the bridge, which will be under construction. 
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Coast Guard Recovers Stranded Boaters Near Nags Head

Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet safely recovered three people on Monday after their jet boat ran aground on a small island between Wanchese and Bodie Island. 
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Heavy Rain Leads to Flash Flood Watch for Eastern N.C.

A Flash Flood Watch was issued on Sunday evening for all counties in Eastern North Carolina, due to heavy rain that is expected to continue through Monday morning and afternoon. 
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Ferry Division Reports Progress on Hatteras-Ocracoke Passenger Ferry

In Swansboro, the beginnings of a ferry’s keel are being assembled. In Hatteras and Ocracoke, crews are preparing to break ground on new parking additions and visitor facilities. And in Manteo, Outer Banks businesspeople and NCDOT officials are laying the groundwork for brand new passenger ferry service on the Outer Banks to begin this summer. 
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Coast Guard Assists Fishing Boat Taking on Water Near Hatteras Inlet

The Coast Guard assisted a fishing vessel taking on water in Pamlico Sound near Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina, this morning.

Watchstanders at Sector North Carolina's Command Center received notification via VHF-FM channel 16 that the 32-foot fishing boat Fishunter was taking on water with two people aboard in Barney Slough, approximately 1 mile from the mouth of Hatteras Inlet. 
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Boswell Sued by Kitty Hawk Resident

Opening a new chapter in the controversy over the repeal of the Outer Banks’ plastic bag ban, a Kitty Hawk resident has filed suit in Wake County Superior Court to compel State Representative Beverly Boswell to release records of her correspondence related to that legislation.

The local ban on plastic bags was officially repealed on Oct. 4 when the North Carolina General Assembly overrode Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of a bill that included the repeal. Despite vocal opposition from Dare County, its municipalities and the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, Boswell and State Sen. Bill Cook were staunch supporters of the repeal measure. 
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Vidant Bans Children from Visiting Patients at Area Hospitals

The ban includes The Outer Banks Hospital.

Children have been temporarily banned from visiting patients at Vidant’s hospitals in the region, in response to the high number of flu cases this season. 
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Report Examines the Potential Savings of Increasing Ferry Fares and Reducing Off-Season Trips

A study directed by the legislature’s Program Evaluation Division and released Monday says the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division could save $1.5 million by reducing off-season crossings and raise $1.7 million though fare hikes without harming year-round residents and businesses. 
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Changes in the Works This Year at Community Square

The Ocracoke Foundation plans to repave the Community Square parking lot this winter with completion expected before Easter.

Scott Bradley, Foundation president, said the project is possible thanks in part to a grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation, Rocky Mount. 
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Anne Petera to seek GOP nomination for Dare BOC

Anne Petera has announced her intention to seek an At-Large seat on the Dare County Board of Commissioners, setting up an April Republican primary election against Hatteras Island resident Ed Danko.

The seat is currently held by Republican Jack Shea, who has not announced whether he will seek another term.  Read more

Islanders Wake Up to Icy Winter Wonderland...WITH SLIDE SHOW

Though the forecasted winter weather was a little late arriving to the Outer Banks, it certainly made an impact to the local landscape, as islanders woke up on Thursday morning to a blanket of snow. 
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1-3 Inches of Snow Headed to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands

Up to three inches of snow is now forecast for the islands, per the Wednesday afternoon update from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office.
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Waterways Commission Considers the Future of Permitting, Dredge Disposal at January Meeting

Taking advantage of a lull in crisis mode, members of the Dare County Waterways Commission spent Tuesday’s quiet winter night planning proactive steps to stay ahead of issues looming this year in Hatteras Inlet.  
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Avon Resident Ed Danko Announces Candidacy for Dare County Commissioner

On January 11, Republican Ed Danko announced his candidacy for the November 2018 election for the at-large seat of Dare County Commissioner.

If elected, it would be the first time in recent memory that the Board of Commissioners would have two representatives from Hatteras Island.  
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Cape Point Enjoys an Unusual Weekend Visitor

On Saturday afternoon, local beachcombers along Cape Point reported seeing a newcomer to the scene – a resting seal that was enjoying the beach, (and presumably, not the shelling and the fishing.)

The seal made an appearance at around 4 p.m. on Saturday, but had disappeared by the end of the weekend. However, visitors who were lucky enough to be nearby and who had a great zoom lens were able to capture a couple photos before the unexpected visitor moved along.
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UPDATE:  One Fatality in Accident on N.C. Highway 12 in Avon

A major two-vehicle accident on N.C. Highway 12 in south Avon was reported late Friday morning, January 12.
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Dare County BOC Year in Review

The Dare County Board of Commissioners had a highly active year in 2017, tackling a number of issues that affected Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks.

From Beach Nourishment projects to plastic bag bans, salary studies to new facilities, here’s an overview of the topics, resolutions, and developments that stood out in a very busy year.
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Islands Thaw and Return to Normal After Record Winter Storm

Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands still had patches of ice and snow roughly a week after a winter storm slammed the Eastern Seaboard, bringing record cold temperatures and a deep freeze. 
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Dare County Sanitation Department Conducting Residential Large Household Pick-Up

The Dare County Sanitation Department will be conducting a large item household pickup for residential customers only. No commercial business debris will be picked up. Please do not interfere with county employees picking up large items. Materials must be at curbside no later than 6 a.m. on the date of collection. There will not be a second day pickup.  Read more

Islanders Ring in the New Year with Icy Temps and a Little Snow

Islanders were treated to an unexpected visitor on New Year’s Eve – a dusting of snow.

Light flurries began at around 9 p.m. for most of the island on Sunday night, and continued into Monday morning with minimal accumulation on the ground. As of Monday morning, N.C. Highway 12 was traversable, with no accumulating ice or snow on the road.
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Spans of Bonner Bridge Moving Closer to Eventual Connection

Per the latest video update from the NCDOT, crews at the Bonner Bridge project are getting closer to working on the southern and northern inclines that will eventually connect the in-process segments of the new bridge.

At the northern end of the Bonner Bridge project, having completed 25 spans stretching for .75 miles, crews are steadily making their way south to meet with the work already underway of what will be the bridge’s northern incline. 
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