|Commissioners Are Briefed On Dare Ebola Preparedness|
Dare County Board of Commissioners was briefed at its meeting last
evening on local preparedness for Ebola by Dr. Sheila Davies, the
county's public health director.
told the board that preparations at the state and local level for a
possible case of Ebola began in July and are continuing to be honed and
refined as new guidelines are issued by the Center for Disease Control.
The state, she said, has been "very active" in assessing community needs and preparedness. Read
|Court of Appeals grants another 30-day extension for rehearing of bridge lawsuit|
continue out of public view between the North Carolina Department of
Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration and the Southern
Environmental Law Center, on behalf of its clients, to settle a long
legal battle over the state agency's plan to replace the aging Bonner
Bridge over Oregon Inlet.
As promised, neither side in the
debate about replacing the bridge has commented on the confidential
maneuvering that's going on in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, nor has either
given any hint of how long it might take to either reach an agreement
or announce an impasse.
However, it's interesting to note that
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va., has
granted another 30-day extension of the time for parties in the lawsuit
to ask for a rehearing by the three-judge panel that issued an opinion
on Aug. 6 or by the entire Appeals Court. Read
7-mile bridge could be costly to CHEC customers
7-mile bridge that is on the table as the North Carolina Department of
Transportation and the Southern Environmental Law Center
negotiate an agreement to end legal action over the replacement of the
Bonner Bridge would be costly to Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative
members on Hatteras Island. Read
UPDATE: New concept includes 7-mile bridge into Pamlico Sound
new concept being considered by the North Carolina Department of
Transportation would include a 7-mile bridge into the Pamlico
Sound that would run from just north of Pea Island Inlet --at the dike
at the southern pond on the refuge -- down to northern Rodanthe.
announced yesterday that it is in discussions with the Southern
Environmental Law Center and its clients in the legal impasse over the
replacement of the Bonner Bridge and the solutions for the hotspots
along Highway 12.
The new concept is outlined in a PowerPoint
presentation that DOT gave last week when the department met with the
Highway 12 merger team, comprised of state and federal resource and
regulatory agencies, to brief members on the status of the project and
solicit feedback. Read
UPDATE: DOT and SELC in 'discussions' about Bonner Bridge replacement
North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Southern
Environmental Law Center, representing Defenders of Wildlife and the
National Wildlife Refuge Association, are currently in active,
confidential discussions regarding replacing the aging Herbert C.
Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet with a new parallel bridge while
continuing to develop a long-term solution to the transportation
challenges along the stretch of Highway 12 south of the bridge to
DOT temporarily suspends work on new Pea Island bridge
North Carolina Department of Transportation is temporarily suspending
work on the Pea Island bridge construction on Highway 12. Read
|The voter's guide to the Nov. 4 general election|
overarching court battles and unceasing political advertising that may
have created some cynicism this election season, Dare County voters
have an unusually full slate of contests to inspire a trip to the
all local offices on the ballot have opponents, from the county
commission to the clerk of Superior Court to the county Sheriff to the
District Attorney. Only three local judge seats and two partisan
offices are unopposed.
Hyde County, however, the only contested local race is for Sheriff in
which Democrat Carl (Guire) Cahoon is being challenged by Larry D.
Weston, who is unaffiliated. Read
|Video of shark feeding frenzy at Cape Lookout gets national attention|
YouTube video of a shark feeding frenzy at Cape Lookout National
Seashore, just south of Cape Hatteras, has gone viral on national and
social media this week.
video was shot by angler Donnie Griggs, while he was on retreat with
some other leaders of One Harbor Church, which is located in nearby
Morehead City, N.C. The men wrote in the text with the video that
they were out fishing for the evening's dinner when they came across
more than 100 sharks attacking a school of bluefish.
incident was filmed last Thursday, Oct. 9, and has been shared on local
television stations all the way to Indiana, a USA Today blog, ABC
Nightly News, and a whole myriad of other blogs and social media sites.
|Gonzalo expected to become major hurricane but stay far offshore|
seventh named tropical storm of the season, Gonzalo, became a hurricane
overnight and is forecast to become a major hurricane -- perhaps a
Category 4 -- as it heads northwest in the open Atlantic.
afternoon at 5 p.m., the hurricane winds were 115 mph and the storm was
moving northwest at 13 mph. Strengthening is still expected as
Gonzalo turns more to the north and eventually northeast. On this
course, it will stay far offshore of the East Coast and could threaten
Bermuda later in the week. Read
|Cancer Foundation Fun Run is a day of celebration....WITH SLIDE SHOW|
The 11th Annual Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation Fun Run was held on Saturday, and the survivors won.
across the finish line for the men was Keith Gray at a little more than
18 minutes. Evan O’Connell came in at a little over 20 minutes to pace the
women. They were the runners who took home the first-place trophies,
but the winners were the women resplendent in pink who had survived
breast cancer and were celebrating life. Read
|Ocracoke travel trailer amendment on chopping block |
Ocracoke Advisory Planning Board voted at its September meeting to
recommend removing the travel trailer section of the Ocracoke
Development Ordinance (ODO) on the premise that it duplicates FEMA and
other governmental rules.
trailers as housing on Ocracoke have been controversial for the last
few years. In 2011, the Planning Board while Darlene Styron was
county commissioner began looking at regulating campers as their use
increased by island employers needing summer housing for their
|Outer Banks Seafood Festival is Oct. 18 in Nags Head|
of the tastiest events on the Outer Banks, the Outer Banks Seafood
Festival sponsored by TowneBank and Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, is
coming up shortly. The third annual festival will be on Saturday, Oct.
18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine, at the soundside Outer Banks
Event Site in Nags Head. Read
|Beth Midgett Talks About Replacing The Bonner Bridge On To The Point'...WITH AUDIO|
Midgett, who has been chairwoman of the Dare County Citizens' Committee
to Replace the Bonner Bridge since it was established in 2006, was the
guest on Sunday, Oct. 5, on the new Radio Hatteras interview show, "To
the show, she discussed the 25-year effort of the North Carolina
Department of Transportation to replace the aging bridge that is the
only highway link between Hatteras and the mainland. Read
|Dare commissioner Burrus charged with simple assault|
County Commissioner Allen Burrus of Hatteras village has been charged
with simple assault, a misdemeanor, and ordered to appear in Dare
County District Court on Friday, Nov. 14.
charges stem from an incident in which an employee, John Paul Pehrson,
20, says Burrus "grabbed him around the neck with both hands and pushed
him into the wall" at the Red & White Supermarket -- which Burrus
owns -- on Wednesday, Oct. 1, shortly before the store closed at 9 p.m.
|Ocean Overwash Is Problem Again At Temporary Bridge, North Buxton|
Saturday's high tide, about 5 p.m., traffic was down to one lane on
Highway 12 south of the temporary bridge at Pea Island Inlet as
ocean overwash flowed across both lanes of the road.
was also slowing down at the Cape Hatteras Motel on the northern edge
of Buxton, where water covered both lanes of the highway and was
pouring into the parking lot. Read
|Ocracoke's commissioner talks about marijuana, slot machines, ‘red neck IDs’|
of marijuana, gambling on ferry boats, and other offbeat items have
appeared on several of the Hyde County commissioners’ agendas this year
for discussion at the request of Ocracoke Commissioner John
76, has yet to talk at a commissioners’ meeting about some of
these ideas but did so in a recent interview. Read
|Proposals Aimed At Extending Window For Dredging And Nourishment|
public will have a chance to comment on a series of proposals aimed to
change the way inlets are managed, such as extending the time "window"
for dredging and beach renourishment into turtle and bird nesting
|Candidates for Commissioner make their case at Voice forum |
four races for open seats on the Dare County Board for Commissioners
are contested in this year's election. The eight candidates pitched for
votes and answered questions in a forum held by The Outer Banks Voice
and Max Media of the Carolinas on Monday, Sept. 22. Click here to watch the video of the forum.
|Second round of heavy rain has Hatteras, Ocracoke under water|
second round of torrential rain in five days has Hatteras and Ocracoke
islands under water -- up to a foot or more in places on roadways,
prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for the
area until 8 p.m. this evening. The heaviest rainfall was overnight and
into this morning when 2.25 inches was measured at Billy Mitchell
airport in Frisco. Read
UPDATE: More heavy rain and gusty winds forecast for midweek
as the big "puddles" -- if you want to call them that -- continue to
cover the roads and challenge drivers, the National Weather Service is
forecasting a good possibility of more heavy rain and some gusty
northeast winds and high seas for midweek.
According to the
National Weather Service in Newport, the combination of building high
pressure from the north and a low pressure trough stalled off the North
Carolina coast will bring a period of unsettled weather, beginning late
tomorrow and lasting through the end of the week. Read
Coastal low dumps up to 5.25 inches of rain on Hatteras
low pressure system that formed off the southeast coast late on Friday
sent extremely heavy rainfall onto Hatteras Island, especially the
southern part of the island, on Saturday, Sept. 20, as it headed
to the National Weather Service office in Newport, N.C., unofficial
totals by trained observers for the 24 hours ending at 7 a.m. this
morning were 5.35 inches in Hatteras village and 3.32 in Salvo, where
the rain started later in the day and was not as heavy.
Tony Tata, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of
Transportation, made a brief appearance at the Day at the Docks
|Governor, Tata unveil 25-year vision for transportation|
Pat McCrory and Transportation Secretary Tony Tata unveiled the
Governor’s 25-year vision for transportation in North Carolina last
week with a cross-state tour that includes stops in Wilmington,
Greenville, Winston-Salem and Asheville to detail the challenges faced
by and solutions proposed for each of the state’s four major regions --
coastal, eastern, central and western, as well as comprehensive
solutions for the whole state. Read
|Sheriff's office now has technology to catch the perps quicker|
onsite fingerprint reading machine and database at the Dare County
Sheriff’s Office has the potential to help decrease the frequency of
breaking and entering crimes that plague the Outer Banks in the winter.
shortening the time for analysis of prints from months to days, the
technology provides an especially useful tool to track down repeat
offenders and connect suspects to numerous break-ins, said Sheriff J.D.
“Doug” Doughtie. Read
|Hatteras commissioner talks about bridge issue on radio show...WITH AUDIO|
Burrus, vice-chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners and
Hatteras Island representative on the board, was the guest Sunday,
Sept.21, on the new Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the Point."
who also is the owner of the Burrus Red & White supermarket in
Hatteras village, talked about a variety of issues that affect island
residents, off-island property owners, and visitors. Read
|Day at the Docks draws a big crowd despite the downpours...WITH SLIDE SHOW|
Island's watermen are known for their hardiness and their
perseverance. They go to sea to catch fish in all kinds of
weather -- hot or cold, windy or calm, rain or shine.
so it seemed rather appropriate that this year, after several years of
fair weather, the planners of Day at the Docks, the annual celebration
of Hatteras watermen -- and the visitors to that event -- had to battle
the elements on Saturday, Sept. 20.
And they did it just as well as the commercial and recreational men and women who fish for a living have. Read
|Beach nourishment completed at S-curves and north Rodanthe...WITH SLIDE SHOW|
placement was completed earlier this week on a project to protect a
stretch of Highway12 in the area of the “S-curves” north and Mirlo
Beach in north Rodanthe.
with Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC of Oak Brook, Ill. have
completed dredging and placing approximately 1.7 million cubic yards of
sand in the location. Read
|Ferry Division sets fall schedule on Hatteras-Ocracoke route|
the shorter days, cooler air, and passing of peak tourist season on the
coast, the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division
will be switching to a fall schedule on its popular Hatteras-Ocracoke
route on Tuesday, Sept. 23.
change will take the route from its summertime peak of 36 departures
from both sides each day down to 30. The fall schedule will run through
Nov. 10. On Nov. 11, the Hatteras Inlet route will adopt a winter
schedule with 18 departures from both sides each day. Read
|Trial will be Feb. 2 for man accused in 2012 murder on Hatteras|
trial date for the Ohio man accused of killing his former girlfriend
while visiting Hatteras Island two years ago was announced Monday in
Dare County Superior Court.
Summerfield, 29, of Ashland, is charged with first-degree murder in the
stabbing and strangling death of Lynn Jackenheimer, whose body was
found in the grass off a Frisco cul-de-sac on July 14, 2012. He pleaded
not guilty, and his trial is scheduled for Feb. 2. Read
First responders honor fallen brethren with 9-11 Lighthouse Climb...WITH SLIDE SHOW
exactly 8:46 yesterday morning, 30 firefighters and several other first
responders started their second annual Memorial Stair Climb of the Cape
Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton.
start time, of course, was the hour on Sept. 11, 2001, that American
Airlines Flight 11 plowed into the North Tower of the World Trade
Center in New York City. The local first responders were still
climbing the 257 stairs to the top of the lighthouse at 9:03, the time
that United Airlines Flight 175 hit the South Tower. Read
|Work to resume Sept. 15 on westbound Wright Memorial Bridge|
next week, traffic crossing the Currituck Sound on U.S. 158 will once
again be reduced to one lane in each direction through May 2015. Crews
with the N.C. Department of Transportation and G.A. & F.C. Wagman
Inc. of York, Pa., will close the westbound Wright Memorial Bridge at
the Currituck and Dare county line and shift traffic onto the U.S. 158
East bridge in a two-lane, two-way pattern with eastbound traffic.
|Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum completion is pushed back again|
of the exhibit design for the seemingly always almost-finished
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is continuing to be pushed back, with
a final plan likely another year out.
have revamped the plan to reflect a more engaging content,” said Joseph
Schwarzer, the museum’s executive director. “I think we’ve identified
the broad overall needs.” Read
|It's now official: Alternate Hatteras ferry channel is permanent |
U.S. Coast Guard hosted a "symbolic" ribbon-cutting yesterday afternoon
to establish Barney Slough as the permanent alternate channel to carry
ferries and other boat traffic between Hatteras and Ocracoke.
event at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum was billed as a "media
availability," and about six reporters attended, along with a large
contingent of Coast Guardsmen, several officials from the North
Carolina Department of Transportation and the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, three Dare County commissioners, assistants from the offices
of North Carolina U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan, and 30 or so
members of the public from Ocracoke and Hatteras. Read
|Residents not happy about two years for Buxton beach restoration|
25 community members came to Cape Hatteras Secondary School last night
to hear Dare County and its consultants explain the planned beach
restoration project for Buxton and to ask questions.
the meeting ended, it was clear that many residents are still not happy
that the completion date is at least two years away. And county
officials made it clear that they could not put sand on the beach
more quickly and still meet regulatory requirements. Read
|Appeals Court affirms in part and reverses in part lower court ruling on Bonner Bridge|
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va., today
affirmed in part and reversed in part a lower court's decision on the
North Carolina Department of Transportation's plan to replace the aging
Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet. Read