|UPDATE: Frisco man charged in gravestone case|
April 10, Dare Sheriff’s Investigator Doug Oberbeck charged the suspect
in the defacing of gravestones from a Frisco grave site.
with defacing a grave site, a misdemeanor, was Leland Eyre Haller Jr.,
59, of Frisco. He was charged on a criminal summons to appear in court
in lieu of being arrested.
The very old gravestones were
discovered broken in a dumpster at the Frisco Bathhouse on Highway 12
on March 21. With the help of local genealogists and other sleuths,
Oberbeck was able to determine that the two gravestones were originally
located in a small graveyard near Morris Lane, also in Frisco.
to a catalog of Dare County cemeteries, the stones belonged to Robert
B. Basnett (1831-1896) and Ulethe C. Fulcher (1872-1901), who was
apparently his daughter.
“The Dare County Sheriff’s Office wishes to
thank the Hatteras Island residents and others that were instrumental
in determining the original location of the gravestones,” according to
a news release from the office.
Progress made in case of gravestones found in Frisco dumpster
Doug Oberbeck reports that the Dare County Sheriff’s Office is making
progress in solving the case of very old broken gravestones that were
found on Friday, March 21, in a dumpster at the Frisco Bathhouse. Read
Sheriff’s Office seeks information on century-old discarded gravestones
Dare County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in finding
information on pieces of very old gravestones that were found discarded
in the dumpster at the Frisco Bathhouse. The report came in Friday,
Doug Oberbeck said that office needs information on who may have
discarded the stones, whom the stones belonged to, and where the graves
might have been located. Read
|UPDATE: Corps of Engineers says Oregon Inlet too shallow for dredging|
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, today, announced its
side-cast dredge Merritt is unable to open Oregon Inlet at the
navigation span of the Bonner Bridge. Even with favorable wind and
tides, the Merritt cannot break through the two-foot depth with a pilot
As sand rushes into Oregon Inlet, a deadline looms
legislative task force is hurrying to meet a May 1 deadline for a
report on the potential state takeover of Oregon Inlet and adjacent
land on the Outer Banks in Dare County. Meanwhile, the inlet is again
showing how cantankerous and unruly it can be to whoever wants to try
and corral it. Read
|Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry switches to modified spring schedule on April 15|
North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division will be
switching to a modified spring schedule on its Hatteras-Ocracoke route
Tuesday, April 15, adding four scheduled daily departures from both
sides while adding unscheduled shuttle service to alleviate backups
when they occur.
operations on the original ferry route continue in Hatteras Inlet, so
the ferry will still be operating on the longer "alternate" route that
takes approximately 55 minutes each way. However, the added trips are
expected to greatly reduce congestion as visitors return to the Outer
Banks for the 2014 season. Read
|No easy answers yet for maintaining inlets|
Carolina lawmakers will not receive a completed final report on the
Coastal Resources Commission’s Inlet management study by year’s end.
are not going to know everything by final report time,” CRC Chairman
Frank Gorham said last week following the last of a series of public
meetings held to discuss inlet issues. “We have a lot to do, and I
don’t have a problem telling the General Assembly or the governor we’re
40 percent to half of the report will actually be complete and ready
for submission by the Dec. 31 deadline, he said. Read
|Dancing, dining, and gaming to benefit Hatteras cancer patients….WITH SLIDE SHOW|
than 150 guests danced, dined, and played the gaming tables at the
Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation’s annual Spring Dance on Saturday
night, April 5, at the Hatteras Village Civic Center.
they raised more than $4,000 to help island cancer patients pay for
treatment and medications not covered by insurance. Read
|Voter registration deadline is Friday, April 11, for May 6 primary election|
2013, the North Carolina General Assembly passed VIVA, the Voter
Information Verification Act. As a result of VIVA, same-day voter
registration is no longer available.
order to vote in the upcoming May 6 primary election, Dare and Hyde
county residents must register to vote by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 11.
If you are registering through the mail, voter registration must be
postmarked no later than Friday, April 11. Read
|Former Chowan County Commissioner named Ferry Division director|
North Carolina Department of Transportation today named Ed Goodwin to
lead the North Carolina Ferry Division as its new director.
to a Ferry Division news release, “Goodwin has a long history of
leadership in both civilian and military positions that will be vital
as the division redoubles its efforts to develop new strategies,
operate more efficiently and better serve customers.” Read
|Hatteras village welcomes a new medical provider|
Only four months after its grand reopening in November 2013, the Hatteras Village Medical Center closed its doors once again.
This time, however, it is only temporary.
were suspended for the first week of April to accommodate the center’s
transition between primary care providers and will resume on Monday,
April 7, under the direction of Gail Covington, a nurse practitioner
from Ocracoke. Read
Changes coming to health care facilities on Hatteras and Ocracoke
the Hatteras Village Medical Center and the Ocracoke Health Center will
see some changes in operations this spring. The Hatteras center will
see a change in the health care provider, and the Ocracoke center will
have expanded hours, but will no longer have an after-hours, on-call
|USFWS amended compatibility determination for emergency beach nourishment is now available|
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released an amendment to the
S-Curves Beach Nourishment Compatibility Determination for one-time
nourishment at the S-curves on Highway 12 in the Peal Island National
it refuge manager Mike Bryant has found the project “compatible” with
uses of the refuge with certain conditions, just as he did last
November with original compatibility determination. Read
|Pea Island bridge construction will close New Inlet boat ramp and day-use area parking|
part of construction of the permanent Highway 12 bridge over the inlet
created on Pea Island by Hurricane Irene, the N.C. Department of
Transportation has coordinated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
to use the New Inlet boat ramp/sound access parking area and Pea Island
day-use beach access parking area as staging locations for equipment
and materials during the project.
areas are located approximately one half-mile and one quarter-mile
south of the temporary bridge and will be closed to the public for the
duration of the project beginning Tuesday, March 18. Read
|Shavees at St. Baldrick’s event raise almost $2,000 for childhood cancer research…WITH SLIDE SHOW|
first glance, the crowd gathered at the Avon Fire Station on Saturday,
March 15, appeared to be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day a bit early, but
something was missing amidst the green T-shirts, accessories, and tasty
treats -- namely, hair.
event was, in fact, the eighth annual Kinnakeet St. Baldrick’s Day
fundraiser, which raises money for childhood cancer research by shaving
the heads of participants. Read
|Ocracoke wins another round in ferry toll fight|
Island has won round three in the ferry toll fight. The Regional
Planning Organization (RPO) of Division 1, which is overseen by the
Albemarle Commission and which includes Hyde and Dare counties, did not
vote on the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s request to
enact tolls on the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry. Read
Residents and officials speak against ferry tolls at Ocracoke and Hatteras
and mainland Hyde residents who attended a hearing last night on the
N.C. Department of Transportation’s plan to toll the Hatteras-Ocracoke
ferry were overwhelmingly against putting a toll on their only free
access to their homes.
toll on the Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry would devastate our local economy,”
said Chip Stevens, owner of Blackbeard’s Lodge, who made a PowerPoint
presentation on the unique qualities of Ocracoke.
150 people attended the Ocracoke hearing and a smaller, but equally
opposed to tolls, crowd attended last week’s meeting in Hatteras. Read
|Honoring Wayne Teeter, a true Ocracoke icon|
old-timers believe that when an Ocracoker was going to die, the
island’s roosters would crow repeatedly in mournful tones. On Sunday
morning, March 9, the roosters along O’Neal Drive crowed non-stop, even
as the news arrived that Wayne Teeter, a man who was “as Ocracoke as
you could get,” had just passed.
Wayne Teeter was,
according to his friend Jerry Midgett, “a true Ocracoker, who didn’t
put on airs. What you saw was what you got.” Read
|Citizen Science Program needs your help observing the weather|
Do you ever wonder how much rainfall you received from a recent thunderstorm? How about snowfall during a winter storm?
If so, a new volunteer weather observing program needs your help.
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network, or CoCoRaHS, is
looking for new volunteers across North Carolina. The grassroots effort
is part of a growing national network of home-based and amateur
rain-spotters with a goal of providing a high density precipitation
network that will supplement existing observations. Read
|Dare voters will have many choices in this year’s elections|
County voters will have lots of choices to make this election year, and
not just one time. Numerous contests are on the ballot for both primary
and general election races, from municipal to federal offices, and
races with competition outnumber those with no opposition.
The only competitive race in Hyde County is for county sheriff where two Democrats are facing off in the primary. Read
|Highway 12 in Frisco reopens to through traffic|
24 hours after it closed for the North Carolina Department of
Transportation to repair a culvert at Peter’s Ditch in Frisco, Highway
12 reopened to through traffic just after dark this evening.
had been planned, the highway was shut down at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb.
28, to start work on the culvert repair. DOT and the contractor had
until 6 a.m. Monday to complete the repair, but all involved hustled to
get equipment staged and the work done. Read
|Ocracoke-Cedar Island ferry free after a day stuck on sand|
early morning ferry boat to Cedar Island was freed late this afternoon
after spending all day stuck in sand in the ditch in Ocracoke since
shortly after it left the dock.
never seen one stuck there before,” said Wilson Garrish, an Ocracoke
native who braved the chilly and gust northeast winds this afternoon on
the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching property near the
entrance to Silver Lake to see the grounded boat M/V Carteret. “The
wind is just keeping her there.” Read
|Popular Hatteras Storytelling Festival returns May 2-4|
May, renowned writers, storytellers, and musicians from all across the
state will gather in Hatteras village to delight crowds with tales of
life, legacy, and lore as part of the second annual Hatteras
three-day event, scheduled for Friday through Sunday, May 2-4, this
year, is brimming with performances by both local and regional talent,
ample opportunity to indulge in the local cuisine and fresh seafood,
and, to top it all off, the boundless beauty of Hatteras Island. Read
|Sand woes: Emergency nourishment delayed again; ferry channel still being dredged|
too much sand in the Hatteras ferry channel and not enough on the beach
in Rodanthe, and state and federal officials are working on both ends
of Hatteras Island to address the issues.
emergency beach nourishment project near the S-curves in northern
Rodanthe is no longer considered an emergency by the federal
government, but after several glitches, the project is nearly back on
|Court of Appeals grants oral arguments in Bonner Bridge case|
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., today agreed to hear
oral arguments in a case that pits environmental groups against the N.C
Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration
over the plan to replace the aging Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet.
The oral arguments will tentatively be heard during the May 13-16 session of the court. Read
|It’s snowing on Hatteras and Ocracoke! WITH SLIDE SHOWS|
been snowing all day on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. It’s a
wet, heavy snow with big, fat flakes falling – and not too much wind,
so you can actually watch them fall.
the wind isn’t blowing the snow into drifts as it usually does out
here, leaving some areas bare and others with several feet. ...Read
|Commissioner says slot machines on ferries would raise more money than tolls|
County Commissioner John Fletcher of Ocracoke has a better idea for
raising revenue for the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry
Division. He said adding slot machines on the big ferries that
make the 2-plus hour Pamlico Sound crossing would bring in more money
than tolling. ...Read
|Hatteras and Ocracoke get little snow, only misery from winter storm…WITH SLIDE SHOW|
lovers on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands were disappointed by the slight
½- to 1-inch snowfall – much less than 8 inches or so that was forecast
a couple days ago. Instead of snow, we got only misery.
temperatures have been in the 20s all day. The roads are treacherous
for vehicles. Steps and walkways are icy and dangerous for even those
on foot. Schools are closed, but it’s so cold and there’s been so
little snow that few if any folks have been sledding. And the power has
been out on Ocracoke for much of the day. ...Read