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Pay study recommends increases for at least 38 percent of county employees

At the Jan. 17 Board of Commissioners meeting, the final Classification and Compensation Study from outside contractor, Springsted, Inc., was presented to the commissioners by John Anzivino, senior vice president of the Richmond office.

The headline in the report is sure to get the attention of the county's workforce. Anzivino said the study effectively found that 38 percent of Dare County employees fell below the recommended minimum pay grade.    Read more

More dredging at Ocracoke ferry channel could interrupt service

The North Carolina Ferry System's Dredge Manteo will be headed back to Ocracoke Thursday, Jan. 19, to repair severe shoaling in the ferry channel near the South Dock Terminal. Dredging will likely begin Sunday, with service interruptions on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route possible beginning this weekend and into next week.  Read more

Water usage returns to normal on southern Hatteras

Dare County Utilities Director Ken Flatt said this week that water usage on southern Hatteras Island has returned to normal after several months of a mysterious higher-than-normal water demand after Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 9.
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Vendors are  not all that happy about paying fee for ferry

Vendors to Ocracoke have been purchasing passes to get into the priority loading lane for Ocracoke docks since Jan. 1, but they’re not all that happy about the $150 price tag per pass.
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Preliminary flood maps explained at packed Hatteras Island meeting

Roughly 50 members from the Hatteras Island community – which included Realtors, business owners, surveyors, local insurance companies, and other professionals – attended a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 12, all about the new preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (or FIRMs) that were introduced on June 30 of last year.

The meeting, which was held by N.C Emergency Management in conjunction with staff from the Dare County Planning Department, was structured to provide an overview of the procedures guiding the new FIRMs’ development, as well as to answer questions from the island community about how local residences and businesses would be affected.
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Sue Burgess to retire as Dare schools chief

In a move that seemed to surprise many, Sue Burgess, the powerful and longest-serving superintendent of the Dare County Schools, announced on Jan. 11 that she will retire at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year. 
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USFWS seeks information about alligator shooting on refuge

On Nov. 19 of last year, federal wildlife officers in Dare County began an investigation into a dead alligator that was recovered from the canal adjacent to Highway 64, approximately one mile east of Milltail Road in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

It was determined the alligator had been shot.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now asking for the public's help in identifying the person or persons who committed this criminal act.
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NCDOT awards contract for north Rodanthe design-build bridge

The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a design-build contract to construct a new bridge at Rodanthe. The winning design-build team is Flatiron Constructors, Inc., of Broomfield, Colo., who submitted a bid of $145,336,271.
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Federal highway agency approves north Rodanthe bridge

The Federal Highway Administration has issued a Record of Decision on the proposed "jug handle" bridge in north Rodanthe that will bypass the frequently overwashed S-curves and Mirlo Beach area.   
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MLK holiday trash collection is announced

The Dare County Sanitation Department has announced the schedule for the week beginning Monday, Jan. 16, the Martin Luther King holiday. 
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County, state closing in on interim solution to Hatteras Inlet shoaling

The long-sought interim solution to shoaling in Hatteras Inlet is close to happening, but members of the Dare County Waterways Commission are anxiously aware of the looming close of the window of opportunity.

An agreement between the county and the state is approaching approval, meaning that a persistent navigation problem will finally be addressed in the inlet’s Connecting Channel between the Ocracoke South Dock and the Inlet Gorge.
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FEMA extends registration deadline for Hurricane Matthew survivors

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the state of North Carolina’s request for a 14-day extension for Hurricane Matthew survivors to apply for federal disaster assistance.  The new deadline is Monday, Jan. 23.
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Wind, icy temps, and rain mark the first wave of winter storm

The winter storm forecast for this weekend began with late Friday night and early Saturday morning rain, followed with high winds and icy temperatures. The winds and Arctic temperatures are expected to continue into Sunday morning, causing minor water level rises on the Outer Banks soundside from Buxton to Ocracoke.  
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New governor names two cabinet secretaries

Gov. Roy Cooper named two leaders to his administration this week as he builds his team to lead North Carolina over the next four years.

To lead the Department of Environmental Quality, Cooper has selected Michael Regan, a leader in environmental advocacy with experience in working with energy and businesses. Cooper named Jim Trogdon, an engineer with decades of leadership in state government and the military, to lead the N.C. Department of Transportation. 
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FEMA extends housing help deadline, but crunch still coming

A Jan. 7 deadline for FEMA housing assistance for residents who were displaced during October’s Hurricane Matthew has been extended for a number of North Carolina counties, including Dare.

The roughly month-long extension adds a little extra breathing room for residents who are still in transition three months after Hurricane Matthew brought record-high soundside flooding to areas of southern Hatteras Island. However, there’s a larger problem on the horizon, which is poised to become a pressing issue in the weeks and months to come.
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Boswell resigns from Board of Commissioners to head to Raleigh

Republican Beverly Boswell resigned from the Dare County Board of Commissioners at yesterday's meeting as  she prepares to head to Raleigh to fill the North Carolina House District 6 seat vacated by Paul Tine of Kitty Hawk.

The Dare County Republican Party now has 30 days to recommend her replacement to the county commissioners after a process that will include accepting applications and conducting interviews, said Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard, one of six Republicans on the seven-member body. 
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Sportfishing boat collides with ferry in Hatteras Inlet

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, the sport fishing vessel Reel Deal collided with the North Carolina ferry M/V Stanford White in the Barney Slough area of Hatteras Inlet as the ferry was on a scheduled run between Hatteras and Ocracoke. 
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Concerns raised about management at Dare Social Services

In the tight-knit and unique community on Hatteras Island, a number of people say veteran social worker Jonna Midgette has been missed since her abrupt departure this summer from the county’s Division of Social Services (DSS).
“This girl knew every one of her people personally,” said new Dare County Commissioner Danny Couch, who represents Hatteras. “She was pretty much on call twenty-four seven…Her reputation down here, she was pretty much a superstar.”  
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Dare officials provide links to full economic report, presentation

Dare County has posted on its website the full economic development study that was presented to the Board of Commissioners at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 19. Also includes are the appendices and a Powerpoint of the presentation. To see them, go to  www.darenc.com/economicdevelopment.

Commissioners receive completed economic development study

In a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 19, the Dare County Board of Commissioners heard the final presentation of the year-long economic development study that was conducted by outside consultants from North Carolina State, Research Triangle International (RTI) and Economic Leadership LLC. 
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Dare County updates Bonner Bridge construction...WITH VIDEO

Dare County has released its latest video update on the Bonner Bridge replacement project. "The bridge's framework is steadily emerging," the video notes. 
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Concern is rising about drastic beach erosion in south Avon.....WITH VIDEO

Photos and videos of the Kinnakeet Shores area beach in Avon – a stretch of shoreline that extends from the Avon Pier south to roughly Ramp 38 – have been circulating on social media as startling erosion has surfaced in the past days and weeks. 
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