|Woodard would accept board chairmanship, says TowneBank not a factor|
County Commissioner Bob Woodard, a Republican midway through his first
term, is widely predicted to be the next chairman of the board, which
is now under GOP control for the first time since the mid-1980s.
Woodard's employment with TowneBank insurance has raised speculations
about whether his employer would allow him to serve in light of
controversies with other employees holding public office in Virginia.
been very fortunate that both my former and current employers have been
very into supporting [its workers] giving back to the community,” said
Woodard. “I have discussed the possibility of serving as chairman with
my superiors, and they are fine with it. Read
|Cape Hatteras Motel owners file tort claim against NCDOT|
and Carol Dawson, owners of the Cape Hatteras Motel in north Buxton,
have filed a tort claim against the North Carolina Department of
Transportation that asks for $1 million in damages.
legal action was filed with the North Carolina Industrial Commission,
which is charged under the state's Tort Claims Act with acting as a
court to hear and determine claims filed against state agencies, such
as NCDOT. The $1 million in damages that the Dawsons are asking for is
the maximum amount available under the Tort Claims Act. Read
|Rumors of Bonner Bridge closure shot down, as negotiations continue|
North Carolina Department of Transportation says it has no plans to
shut down the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet after
Thanksgiving, despite a rumor last week that a post-holiday closure was
Meanwhile, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth
Circuit in Richmond, Va., has just granted its third 30-day extension
of the time for parties in the ongoing legal battle over replacing the
aging bridge to ask for a rehearing by the three-judge panel that
issued an opinion on Aug. 6 or by the entire Appeals Court.
The deadline is now Friday, Dec. 19. Read
|UPDATE: No cause for Outer Beaches fire has been identified yet|
County fire marshal Steve Kovacs said today that he and the Dare County
Sheriff's Office are still investigating the fire that extensively
damaged the main office of Outer Beaches Realty in Avon in the early
morning hours of last Tuesday, Nov. 18. Meanwhile, Outer Beaches
operations manager Bud Smock said the company has all essential services
back and running.
"We're up and running as well as we can be," Smock said today. "It's business as usual." Read
Outer Beaches Avon office extensively damaged by fire
Outer Beaches Realty main office on Highway 12 in Avon was extensively
damaged today by an early morning, three-alarm fire. Kenny Brite,
assistant chief of the Avon Volunteer Fire Department, said that the
fire was reported at 12:12 a.m. The report was that the back of the
building was on fire.
departments from Avon, Buxton, Hatteras, and Frisco responded, along
with the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, Dare County Emergency Medical
Services, the Sheriff's Office, Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative,
Dare County Water Department, and the county fire marshal. Read
|UPDATE: Lee Robinson General Store is back in business|
going to pick up and move on," Belinda Willis said resolutely this
morning, the day after a fire damaged the exterior of the business she
and her husband, Virgil, own in Hatteras village, Lee Robinson General
"Virgil and I are ready to open up," she said, adding that they could be back in business as early as Wednesday. Read
Fire damages Lee Robinson General Store....WITH SLIDE SHOW
A late afternoon fire today damaged Lee Robinson General Store in Hatteras village.
The fire was called in at 4:07 p.m. and appeared to be under control and mostly extinguished about 4:30.
store is owned by Belinda and Virgil Willis and is closed on
Sunday. The Willises were at their home next door to the business
when the fire broke out. Read
|UPDATE: Recount confirms Boswell win in Commissioner race|
recount of election ballots conducted by the Dare County Board of
Elections on Thursday, Nov. 20, has confirmed that Beverly Boswell will
serve as the Dare County Commissioner for District 2.
recount results revealed that Republican challenger Boswell received
6,286 votes, compared to 6,256 votes cast for incumbent Democrat Max
Dutton. Boswell picked up three votes in the recount, and Dutton lost
two, changing the margin to 30 votes in her favor.
swearing in ceremony for the candidates elected or re-elected to office
will be on Monday, Dec. 1, at 9 a.m. in the Dare County Board of
Commissioners meeting room.
UPDATE: Republicans take another commissioner seat in voting canvass
four Republican candidates for seats on the Dare County Board of
Commissioners made it a clean sweep this morning. The canvassing of the
votes from the Nov. 4 general election by the county Board of Elections
has reversed the results in a tightly contested race for Dare County
Commissioner in District 3 .
Dutton said in a telephone call
early this afternoon that he intended to ask for a recount. The
deadline for him to make the request in writing to the Board of
Elections is Monday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m. Read
UPDATE: Dare and Hyde election results by precinct
Dare and Hyde county election results are now available broken down by precinct.
Click here for Dare County results for all races by precinct.
Click here for Hyde County results for all races by precinct.
Republicans sweep Dare County
Republican candidates for all races had a good night in Dare County.
all of the precincts counted, Republicans swept the county -- with just
two exceptions, both incumbents. N.C. Rep. Paul Tine, beat his
opponent, Mattie Lawson, with 52 percent of the vote to her 48, and
District 2 Commissioner Max Dutton squeaked by his challenger, Beverly
Gwyn Boswell, with just 60 votes.
And, with all of the GOP victories, The Dare County Board of Commissioners turned Republican. Read
Democrats buck the statewide trend in Hyde County
opposed to Dare County and many other locations in the state,
Democratic candidates in the 2014 mid-term general election did quite
well in Hyde County.
only Republican who won the voters' approval at the top of the ballot
was incumbent U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, who was running for his 11th term
from the Third Congressional District. Jones beat Democrat Marshall
Adame by a margin of 70-30 percent. Read
|House-moving day on Ocracoke....WITH SLIDE SHOW|
It’s moving day on Ocracoke. House-moving day, that is.
and Becky Gallaher this year were given a historic home along Creek
Road with the proviso that they’d move it to another island location.
they prepared the house by dismantling an older section of it, the move
began early on Wednesday morning after Bray’s House Moving of Camden
rolled it onto the trailer bed, Aaron said. Read
|Going Public: Rodanthe beach access nears completion|
no public beach access and cars parked randomly along the side of the
road, summer in the tri-villages of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo can be a
traffic ordeal as visitors try to find their way to some of the best
beaches on the Outer Banks.
the planned completion of the Dare County’s beach access project in
Rodanthe by the end of the year, parking on the north end of the area
should improve, although the Rodanthe access remains the only public
beach access among the three towns. Read
|Ferry crew is honored for its heroism|
North Carolina ferry crew was honored on Monday with the Governor's
Award for Excellence in Safety and Heroism for the September 2013
rescue of two people in rough seas off of Ocracoke Island. The crew
received the award in an afternoon ceremony at the North Carolina
Museum of History in Raleigh. Read
|NCDOT says privatizing some road work will improve service on Hatteras, Ocracoke|
effort to look at ways to privatize some state road maintenance and
improvements was announced this month by the state Department of
Transportation just a week after an invitation for bids was published
seeking contractors to do maintenance work on Highway 12 on Hatteras
and Ocracoke islands.
the two are not directly related, said Sterling Baker, NCDOT division
maintenance engineer. Baker said that private contractors would be able
to combine a number of tasks in one contract and help replace manpower
on the islands lost from budget tightening. Read
|UPDATE: Elevating Highway 12 at temporary Pea Island bridge is underway|
North Carolina Department of Transportation started a project this
morning -- Monday, Nov. 11 -- designed to reduce the possibility
of overwash and standing water on Highway 12 just north and south
of the temporary bridge on Pea Island.
project, which involves raising and leveling the elevation of the road,
is scheduled to be complete by the end of the month, weather
DOT plans to raise road at temporary bridge and build a berm
North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to raise the roadbed
on Highway 12 both north and south of the temporary bridge on Pea
Island to help with continual ocean overwash in the area and continues
to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to build a berm on the
oceanside of the south approach. Read
|New Inlet sound access on Pea Island Refuge reopens to public|
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently reopened the public access
to the Pamlico Sound at New Inlet in the Pea Island National Wildlife
access has been closed since last winter when the North Carolina
Department of Transportation began construction of a permanent bridge
at the inlet cut by Hurricane Irene in the area in 2011. Read
|Cape Hatteras students honor island veterans...WITH SLIDE SHOW|
Hatteras Secondary School students honored Hatteras Island's veterans
of the U.S. Armed Forces today with a special breakfast and assembly at
the school. More than 40 island veterans, along with family members,
attended the Veterans Day event. Read
|Hatteras-Ocracoke route switches to winter schedule|
has come to the Outer Banks, and with it comes the switchover to the
winter schedule on the North Carolina Ferry System's Hatteras-Ocracoke
route. The schedule switch will take place Tuesday, Nov. 11, with
hourly departures for most of the day between 4:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m.
every day. Read