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Coast Guard medevacs man 150 miles off Cape Hatteras...WITH VIDEO

The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a cruise ship off the North Carolina coast Tuesday.

Watchstanders in the 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth received notification from the 915-foot Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas at about 4:40 p.m., that a 70-year-old male passenger was experiencing pains in his abdomen. 
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Matthew Removed from Atlantic Storm Names List

2016 was the last year that we’ll see a Hurricane Matthew.

The name Matthew, along with the name Otto, has been retired by the World Meteorological Organization’s Region IV Hurricane Committee, of which NOAA's National Hurricane Center is a member. 
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Coast Guard medevacs man near Hatteras Inlet

Coast Guard medevaced an injured 19-year-old man near Hatteras Thursday.


Watchstanders at Station Hatteras Inlet received notification Thursday morning that a crew member aboard the 75-foot fishing vessel Little Jesse had suffered injuries to his shoulder and arm.
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Lycett Named Social Services Director for Dare County

Chuck Lycett has been named Dare County’s new Social Services Director, according to Health and Human Services Director Jay Burrus. 
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UPDATE: Whale washes ashore south of Avon

As of Monday afternoon, the juvenile humpback whale had washed back into the ocean, so no necropsy is planned at this time.

Whale washes ashore south of Avon


A deceased juvenile humpback whale washed up on a Hatteras Island beach on Friday, March 17, at about 2:00 p.m.

The whale measured approximately 29’ ft. long, and washed ashore a mile south of Ramp 38, in between the towns of Avon and Buxton. 
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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to be Held for New Regional Emergency Communications Center

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Monday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m. for the brand new Regional Emergency Communications Center (RECC), which will serve Dare, Hyde and Tyrrell counties, and which will double as the Dare County Emergency Operations Center. 
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Dredge work awaits signed Hatteras Inlet agreement

The final agreement everybody on the Dare County Waterways Commission has been waiting months for may, or may not, allow dredging in Hatteras Inlet to begin this month. In fact, the memorandum of agreement between the state, the county and the Corps has seemed stuck on its own kind of bureaucratic shoal.  
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St. Baldrick’s Day Celebrations Kicks off with Sunday Shave-a-thon

St. Baldrick’s Day celebrated its 11th year on Hatteras Island at the Avon Fire Station on Sunday afternoon, March 12.

The annual event, which is affectionately referred to by a number of local area men as their “annual haircut,” raises awareness and money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation - a volunteer-driven charity that funds childhood cancer research grants. 
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Discrepancy in CRFL Funding Highlighted at Board of Commissioners Meeting

At the Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting on March 6, the Hon. J. Richard Parker (Retired), a Roanoke Island resident for 37 years, outlined a funding issue for the upcoming Oregon Inlet Artificial Reef.

Parker is serving as chairman of Oregon Inlet Artificial Reef Committee, a division of the Outer Banks Anglers Club, and the committee is seeking to fund the construction of a new artificial reef in the Oregon Inlet area.  Read more



Board of Commissioners Tackles a Full Agenda at March Meeting

The Dare County Board of Commissioners tackled a number of issues and heard a wide range of updates and presentations during an hours-long meeting on March 6, 2017.

Roughly 20 items were on the packed meeting agenda, which included an updated report on the preliminary flood maps, an update from the National Park Service, and a proposal from the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce for a new economic development initiative. 
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Upcoming Buxton Beach Nourishment Project Outlined in Detail at Public Meeting

Roughly 70 attendees - which included National Park Service (NPS) personnel, property management company representatives, and Buxton business owners and homeowners – attended a public meeting on March 7 that outlined the upcoming Buxton Beach nourishment project. 
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Tribute to Irene Nolan featured on Radio Hatteras...WITH AUDIO

A tribute to the life and influence of Island Free Press editor and co-founder Irene Nolan was broadcasted on Radio Hatteras on Sunday, March 5th, during the time slot of her regular “To The Point” radio show. 
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A Tribute to Irene from Island Free Press Photographer and Friend, Donnie Bowers

Like many of our readers, friends and family, I was shocked and saddened by the passing of Irene Nolen. I have had the honor and pleasure of working with Irene since 1999. We met during the lighthouse move when she was the editor of the Island Breeze. 
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Remembering Irene, the voice of Hatteras Island


Irene Nolan, the dedicated co-founder and editor of The Island Free Press, covered the news on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands as thoroughly and as professionally as if it were a big-city newspaper.  It was never just her job; it was her mission and her passion.

Nolan died Friday, March 3, at a Norfolk hospital, with her family at her bedside. She was 70.  
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Legislators Eye Beach Sand Funding, Rules

Coastal legislators are skeptical that the legislature will OK a permanent funding source for beach re-nourishment as proposed in a recent update to the state’s Beach and Inlet Management Plan.

Meanwhile, a package of regulatory rewrites that failed during the 2016 session has new life, but the same old name. 
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Dare County plans large item household pickup for April

The Dare County Sanitation Department will be conducting a large household pick-up for residential customers only. No commercial business debris will be picked up. Read more





Citing health issues, Corprew resigns as DSS director

Dare County Division of Social Services (DSS) Director Melanie Corprew, who had been at the agency since 2010 and had served in its top slot for about three years, has announced that she will resign that post effective March 24. 
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Occupancy Tax Board further discusses village tram proposal

Following a working session of the Ocracoke Occupancy Tax Board meeting Wednesday about Hyde County’s request for operating money for a village tram in conjunction with passenger ferry service in 2018, county officials will schedule some community meetings in March about this proposal. 
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Acting Ferry Division director urges islanders to support passenger ferry and the Dredge Report

Acting Ferry Division Director Jed Dixon said Monday he thinks the advent of passenger ferry service in 2018 will be a shot in the arm to Ocracoke’s economy.

“There are no boats hidden out there; that’s all we have,” Dixon said during the monthly meeting Feb. 13 organized by Hyde County with Ferry Division officials. “This is something I really think is going to help you guys.”  
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Updates on Upcoming Inlet Dredging Presented at Waterways Commission Meeting

The Dare County Waterways Commission met on February 13 at the Fessenden Center in Buxton to review updates on the steps required for the upcoming dredging project for Hatteras Inlet. 
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New Video Released on Bonner Bridge Progress

Dare County released a video on February 3rd that outlined the progress of the Bonner Bridge replacement project to date. 
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Rodanthe Bridge Lawsuit Raises Concerns About Bonner Project

It is unclear whether a recent lawsuit challenging construction of the “jug-handle” bridge in Rodanthe could potentially delay replacement of the Bonner Bridge.  
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Challenge filed in federal court to block Rodanthe bridge


A group of Hatteras Island property owners and residents have filed suit in federal court in an effort to block the N.C. Department of Transportation’s plan to build a 2.4 mile long bridge over the Pamlico Sound to bypass northern Rodanthe. 

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