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2018 News and Business Briefs

February 23, 2018

Anglers Club Donates to the Hatteras Community Emergency Response Team

The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club presented a check for $500 to Larry Ogden of the Hatteras Island Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) at the Anglers Club’s February members meeting. CERT will use the contribution from the Anglers Club toward the purchase of equipment and other items for emergency response and communications during future emergency situations on Hatteras Island. CERT also trains volunteers in community disaster preparedness and response, such as fire safety and first aid. It also provides cleanup work after storms. The Anglers Club has donated almost $2,000 to the Hatteras Island CERT over the past few years.

Photo: Larry Griffin (left), president of the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, presents a check for $500 to Larry Ogden of the Hatteras Island Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) at the Anglers Club’s February members meeting.

February 22, 2018

Outer Banks Hospital and Medical Group Celebrates Black History

The Outer Banks Hospital and Medical Group along with community members enjoyed a celebration of black history on Tuesday, February 20 in the hospital’s lobby, with vocal performances by the Elizabeth City State University choir and a re-enactment by "Keeper James" (aka James Charlet) of the 1896 African American surfmen's daring rescue of the schooner E.S. Newman. Choir Director Dr. Walter R. Swan began the event with an a cappella rendition of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" followed by the full choir performing such well-known spirituals as "Poor Man Lazarus" and "I Shall Wear a Crown."

Keeper James had the audience's full attention as he told the amazing story of Captain Richard Etheridge, who was once a slave and became the first African American to lead a lifesaving station. Etheridge and his crew, known as the surfmen, together saved hundreds of lives from the tumultuous waters along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, including those involved in the wreck of the E.S. Newman.  Patricia Minnifield, OBH director of business services who organized the event, said, "I believe it's extremely important to continue to acknowledge the struggles and achievements of people like Richard Etheridge so that future generations understand American heritage and learn that persistence and attitude are the keys to success."

Most notably, February 20, 2018 was the same day that the new bridge connecting the Northern Outer Banks to Hatteras Island was dedicated and named “The Captain Richard Etheridge Bridge”.

Pictured: The Elizabeth City State University choir; Linda Molloy, OBX tour bus step-on guide; Dr. Walter R. Swan, ECSU Choir Director; Patricia Minnefield, Director of Patient Business Services at The Outer Banks Hospital; James Charlet, “Keeper James”.

February 19, 2018

Methodist Women at Fair Haven United Methodist Donate Supplies for Flu Season

The Methodist Women at Fair Haven United Methodist recently donated Tissues, Hand Soap and other sanitizing supplies to the Hatteras Elementary School. This year the school requested these supplies because of the increase in flu illnesses and they were extremely grateful to receive these supplies. Pictured are Janice Ogden, from the Methodist Woman UMC and Jenny Gray from the Hatteras Elementary School.

February 19, 2018

Outer Banks Ace Supports Coastal Gardening Festival

Outer Banks Ace Hardware is proud to support the Dare Master Gardner Volunteer Association during their upcoming Coastal Gardening Festival. The festival takes place on Saturday, May 19th in Kill Devil Hills at the Thomas A. Baum Center.

The Coastal Gardening Festival is an annual fundraiser and educational event sponsored by the Dare Master Gardener Volunteer Association (DMGVA). This popular event typically draws over 1,500 visitors each year. It is a fun, family event that is free for all ages. There are vendors, plant sales, kids’ activities and an all-day raffle.

Outer Banks Ace’s Kathy Seko said the following, “The festival is always a wonderful opportunity for Outer Banks Ace to support the Dare Master Gardener Volunteer Association. Planting the seeds of love for gardening is something our Outer Banks Ace family supports by partnering with our local Master Gardeners.”

The purpose of the DMGVA is to support the Extension Master Gardener program by providing no-cost horticultural education to the Dare County community.

Since 1950, Outer Banks Ace has been serving the community with 6 convenient locations; for more information visit
(Pictured is our Kitty Hawk Ace assistant manager, Stephanie, with Dare County Extension Master Gardner Volunteers Kaye Lyerly and Valerie Morell)

February 15, 2018

Outer Banks Ace Sponsors Dare County Schools’ Employees of the Year Dinner

Outer Banks Ace Hardware is proud to sponsor Dare County Schools’ celebration event for the district's classified employees of the year on Thursday, February 8 at Pamlico Jack's in Nags Head.

This annual event recognizes individuals who exhibit dependability and dedication, produce an outstanding quality of work, and make unique contributions to the mission of Dare County Schools.

Outer Banks Ace’s Kathy Seko said the following, “It is an honor for Outer Banks Ace to be able to once again sponsor the Dare County Schools’ Employees of the Year Dinner. We [Outer Banks Ace] want to share in the celebration of the honorees that make a difference in our local education system.”

“Our Outer Banks Ace family places a priority on having a helpful heart and serving beyond expectations.  We recognize and appreciate the Dare County School employees who also share these qualities of ‘going beyond the call of duty’ to make a difference in our local youth,” said Seko.

Director of Human Resources, Dr. John Donlan, together with staff, organize the annual dinner which is attended by the Board of Education, school principals and department heads.  All are there to honor each employee's significant contribution to Dare County Schools' mission.

Since 1950, Outer Banks Ace has been serving the community with 6 convenient locations; for more information visit

(Pictured are John Donlan with Dare County Schools and Kathy Seko with Outer Banks Ace)

February 13, 2018

Tanger Outlets Nags Head Makes Donation To Fund For Local Women With Breast Cancer

Tanger Outlets Nags Head general manager Debbie Ferrell Moore presented the Outer Banks Relief Foundation with a check for $1,417 in support of the foundation’s Breast Cancer Fund.

“Money in this special fund can be used to help breast cancer patients meet their living expenses during treatment or it can fund things like lymph edema compression sleeves that may not be covered by insurance,” explains Debbie Ferrell Moore, general manager of Tanger Outlets Nags Head.

The Outer Banks Relief Foundation raises money locally to give to people who live or work on the Outer Banks and have financial burdens due to illness or tragedy.

“Although our foundation is here to help people with financial burdens from all types of medical crises, when a donor has a particular passion for helping folks with one type of illness, we can set that money aside for that purpose, as we have done in the case of our breast cancer fund,” says Patty McKenna, the foundation’s executive director.

Tanger Outlets Nags Head founded the Breast Cancer Fund at the Relief Foundation in 2012 and has donated more than $42,000 to it through its annual end-of-year giving. 

Women with breast cancer who live or work on the Outer Banks and are having financial difficulties are encouraged to contact the Outer Banks Relief Foundation at 252-261-2004.

Photo: Debbie Ferrell Moore (left), general manager of Tanger Outlets Nags Head, presents the Relief Foundation’s Patty McKenna with a check for $1,417 earmarked for financial relief for Outer Banks women with breast cancer.

February 13, 2018

Outer Banks Ace Sponsors Outer Banks Relief Foundation

Outer Banks Ace Hardware is proud to support the Outer Banks Relief Foundation (OBRF) during their annual giving campaign.

The OBRF raises local funds that are used to assist people living or working in our Outer Banks community who are burdened with financial difficulties because of a debilitating disease or illness, or a personal tragedy with themselves or a family member.

Outer Banks Ace’s Kathy Seko said the following, “It is an honor for Outer Banks Ace to be able to once again support the OBRF as we have in years past. Our Outer Banks Ace family places a priority on having a helpful heart and serving beyond expectations.  We recognize and appreciate the efforts of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors,” said Seko.

“We are committed to working together with all of our helping and outreach agencies and groups in our community, to minimize duplication of effort, and to maximize our limited resources by working together for the benefit of all our citizens and our Dare County community. We appreciate the help from amazing partners like Ace Hardware,” said Patty McKenna, Executive Director of the OBRF.

Since 1950, Outer Banks Ace has been serving the community with 6 convenient locations; for more information visit

(Pictured are Kathy Seko with Outer Banks Ace and Patty McKenna with Outer Banks Relief Foundation)

February 9, 2018

Capital City Four Wheelers Committed to “Giving Back”

Capital City Four Wheelers is a family-focused, four-wheel drive club based in the Richmond metropolitan area.  Among other activities, the Club conducts an annual salt water surf fishing tournament on the Outer Banks of Cape Hatteras, N.C., during the 3rd weekend of October.  In 2017, the Club held its 32nd annual tournament with over 600 entrants.  Our attendance has frequently managed to reach approximately 600 participants over the years. Contestants have hailed from New England to Florida and from as far west as Colorado. 

The tournament’s origins can be traced back over 30 years to the kitchen of Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Jarvis, who own Dillon’s Corner in Buxton, N.C.  Several club members, who frequented Cape Hatteras, met with the Jarvis’ to discuss an idea to conduct a fishing tournament.  We wanted to develop a civic side to our Club to help with Richmond area projects, as well as benefitting the Outer Banks community and economy.  Ollie felt that the October tournament would be a great idea, as the fishing was usually good and (over 30 years ago) the Island was nearly a ghost town during that time of year.  He volunteered to get other merchants on board and encourage them to help by donating door prizes.  The CCFW annual tournament was born – right there in the Jarvis’ kitchen.

Since then, club members continue to organize the tournament throughout the year.  It starts with planning and initiation tasks early in March and culminates when the club meets in November to determine which charitable organizations will share in the proceeds.  During the January 2018 meeting, our Treasurer informed members that in the last 15 years alone, Capital City Four Wheelers has donated $79,831.45 to individuals, organizations and charitable groups.  Of this amount, $60,773.50 was donated to causes on Hatteras Island.  Those causes include the Cape Hatteras School, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, the Hatteras Ladies Fire Auxiliary, The Methodist’s Men’s Food Bank, OBPA, The Dare Food Service Association, The Fessenden Center, Hatteras Meals on Wheels, and the Hatteras Village Medical Center to name a few.  The remaining $19, 057.95 was distributed to causes in the Richmond metropolitan area, including several Christmas Mother Programs, Soldier’s Angels, Central Virginia Food Bank and Fisher House.  A few years ago, we conducted an informal survey among the anglers to determine the financial impact of the tournament on the island’s economy.  It was conservatively estimated that it generates $150,000 during the 24-hour tournament.  In addition, there are many families who extend their vacations, resulting in the generation of further revenue.

Through an on-going search for new members, we intend to remain a growing, active, civic-minded club assisting with efforts in our own community, while maintaining a continuing mission to serve as good civic partners to the Outer Banks community, as we enjoy the sun, fun and fishing to be found in its “backyard”.  Thank you, OBX community, for the wonderful support and memories of past tournaments and here’s to the next 30+ years!

If you are interested in contacting the President of C.C.F.W., you can reach him at: [email protected]

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February 5, 2018

Outer Banks Hospital Breaks Ground On New Radiation Therapy Center

The Outer Banks Hospital (The OBH) broke ground Monday, January 29 on construction of a state-of-the-art Radiation Therapy Center in Nags Head. The building is phase one of a plan to develop a single location for comprehensive cancer care in the Outer Banks community. 

Plunging temperatures and misting rain were unable to dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm during the groundbreaking ceremony. Attended by leadership and staff from The OBH and its partners Vidant Health and Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, as well as from the Town of Nags Head, and Dare County, a common theme emerged during opening remarks that underscored the value of keeping high-quality healthcare local. Chairman of the Dare County Commissioners, Bob Woodard, remarked, “The Outer Banks Hospital is certainly stepping up to the plate and providing the needed services to our community. I can’t thank you enough for that.”

Pictured left to right: Robin Hearne, director, Cancer Services, The OBH; Amy Montgomery, senior administrator, operations, The OBH; Rob Ross, Dare County commissioner; Bob Woodard, chairman, Dare County Commissioners; Wally Overman, Dare County commissioner, Ronnie Sloan, president, The OBH; Steve Rodriquez, board chair, The OBH, and board member, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare; Ben Cahoon, mayor, Town of Nags Head; Dr. Charles Shelton, radiation oncologist, The OBH; and Tess Judge, board member, The OBH, and chair, The OBH Development Council.​

January 26, 2018

Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Makes Donations to Island Groups

In 2017 the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club continued its tradition of making charitable donations to Hatteras Island community groups. A total of $9,922 was given to 15 non-profit organizations, plus the club awarded $11,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors at the Cape Hatteras Secondary School for a combined total of $20,992 in contributions.

Volunteers for the non-profit Anglers Club work year-round to raise money through various activities, including Bingo nights on designated Wednesdays at the club, its annual indoor yard sale, and its invitational team surf fishing tournament each November that is billed as one of the largest in the world.

Since 2012, the Anglers Club has donated approximately $113,000 to island non-profits. This includes $45,400 in scholarships.

Organizations benefitting from the club’s 2017 donations are the United Methodist Men’s Food Pantry, $5,386; Hatteras Island Meals, $1,886; Cape Hatteras Secondary School Band and DECA, $550; the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation and the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, each $500;. Chicamacomico Historical Association, $200; and $100 each to the six island fire stations, the Chicamacomico Rescue Squad, Radio Hatteras, and the North Carolina Lions Club VIP Fishing Tournament.

The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club welcomes new members and volunteers. To join, download the member application from the club’s Web site, or call 252-995-4253.

January 26, 2018

Surf or Sound Realty Honors 15-year Employees

Surf or Sound Realty, Hatteras Island’s Premier Vacation home rental company, acknowledged two valued team members who have been with the company since 2002; Darlin’ Lisa Brooks-Hill and Ann Wood. Lisa and Ann were recognized for their service and contributions to Surf or Sound Realty at the company’s Christmas party at Owen’s Restaurant in Nags Head, NC in December.

“Our company has come a long way in the past 15 years and so much of it has to do with the hard work and enthusiasm of our dedicated team, many of whom have been with us for more than 10 years,” said Melvin Stone, President and CFO.

Darlin’ Lisa Brooks-Hill started in Reservations in 2002 when online booking for vacation rentals was in its infancy. She likes to share how she didn’t know what a mouse was when she started. Over the years she has helped match thousands of families with the perfect Hatteras Island vacation home and as Lead Reservationist she finds countless ways to motivate and brighten the days of the entire Reservations team.

“Even in stressful times, Lisa always has a way of bringing a smile to peoples’ faces. She really connects with our guests and homeowners making them feel like longtime friends. In fact, many of them have become just that,” explained Ann Wood, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Ms. Wood, the second member of the team recognized for reaching her 15 year milestone, began with Surf or Sound Realty as Marketing Director in 2002.

“Ann is the voice of this company. She has a way of bringing out the best in our managers and staff and her knowledge and expertise in the marketing of our homes is second to none,” said Stone.

Now celebrating their 40th anniversary year, Surf or Sound Realty manages over 430 Premier Vacation Homes on Hatteras Island. Representing the largest inventory of oceanfront homes on the island, the company offers a variety of vacation rentals; from quaint soundside cottages to amenity-filled oceanfront estates in all seven of the island’s charming villages. Commonly referred to as Cape Hatteras, Hatteras Island is located on the southern portion of the Outer Banks of North Carolina just south of Nags Head. To find the perfect vacation rental, visit their website at

January 24, 2018

Two Seats Open for CHEC Board of Director Elections

The Committee on Nominations is considering qualified candidates for two seats on the CHEC Board of Directors. The board seats for District 2 – Frisco and District at Large will be elected in 2018. The incumbent directors, Tami Thompson and Elvin Hooper have indicated their interest in seeking re-election.   

Any member of Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative, who is interested and qualified and would like consideration as a nominee for the board of directors, should submit his or her name and resume to the Committee on Nominations by the deadline of 5:00pm Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Any 50 or more members of CHEC, acting together, may make additional nominations in writing by petition. Nominee(s) by petition must be listed in compliance with the By-Laws and the petition delivered to CHEC by Thursday, March 1, 2018. Qualifying nominees by petition will be included on the ballot for election.

Additional information is available from Susan Flythe, General Manager, at (252) 995-5616 ext. 224 or [email protected].

January 23, 2018

Surf or Sound Realty Announces Addition of New Sales Agent

Surf or Sound Realty is excited to announce the addition of new sales agent, Jonathan Waddill. Joining the company as Senior Broker, Jonathan comes to Surf or Sound Realty with seven years of Hatteras Island real estate experience.

Waddill was raised in a family with strong roots in the real estate industry and saw first-hand the difference a reputable agent could make in the lives of those around him. Originally from Chester, Virginia, Jonathan spent long summers at his family’s Nags Head beach cottage, developing a love for the Outer Banks that would stay with him. In 2002 Jonathan obtained a Real Estate license at the early age of 18 while simultaneously working on an Architectural Engineering degree at John Tyler College in Chester, Virginia. While it was always his dream to one day return to the Outer Banks, his real estate career began just south of Wilmington, North Carolina in 2006. After years of gaining knowledge and experience in the industry, Jonathan decided it was time to pursue his dream, and moved to the Outer Banks in 2011.

Jonathan takes pride in every aspect of the real estate transaction and dedicates himself to personally seeing each client through the entire sales process. Whether you are a first time home-buyer, a seasoned investor, or anywhere in between, you will experience the same professional level of care and diligence Jonathan offers each and every prospective client.

“With the Hatteras Island real estate market trending upward we are thrilled to be bringing on yet another seasoned sales agent to our exceptional team.  Jonathan has a track record of success, brings a unique skillset to the table and shares in our commitment to provide top-notch service to our clientele…we are very proud to have him aboard,” said Rob Petty, Director of Business Development & Real Estate Sales for Surf or Sound Realty.

This year Surf or Sound Realty celebrates 40 years in the business of selling premier homes on Hatteras Island – from oceanfront to soundfront in all seven of the island’s charming villages. Commonly referred to as Cape Hatteras, Hatteras Island is located on the southern portion of the Outer Banks of North Carolina just south of Nags Head. They have two convenient offices in Avon and Salvo each with agents on duty to assist you with your real estate needs.

January 19, 2018

Surf or Sound Realty Celebrates 40 Years in Business

Surf or Sound Realty kicks off their 40th Anniversary year this January with the launch of an advertising campaign about family vacation traditions. In the span of the last 40 years, families have gathered annually along Hatteras Island’s shores for their vacations and this year Surf or Sound Realty will be sharing those stories.

The laid-back beach lifestyle of Hatteras Island hasn’t changed in all the years. It’s still an environment that is tranquil, slow-paced, family-oriented and steeped in tradition and history.

“We hear it all the time. From the un-crowded beaches to the family-owned shops and restaurants, the authentic experience our guests have vacationing on Hatteras Island is one that’s hard to find these days. The fact that we can offer a premier vacation home experience in our remote location on the beaches of America’s first National Seashore is pretty special” said Ann Wood, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Surf or Sound Realty.

That doesn’t mean that progress has passed the island by. Rental homes have seen change with the addition of modern amenities and luxurious conveniences. Visitors who have gathered on the island for years have rented increasingly larger vacation homes to accommodate their growing families. New generations now carry on vacation traditions but with amenities their grandparents couldn’t have imagined, like home theater rooms with stadium seating, private swimming pools with kiddie pools and swim-up bars, and outdoor entertainment areas with tiki bars.

Advances to technology have made an impact on the business as well. Booking a home once meant calling a reservation agent who “booked” guest reservations by logging them in an actual book. Now vacation homes can be reserved on with just a few clicks at any time of day or night.

Now in their 40th year, Surf or Sound Realty represents over 430 premier vacation homes on Hatteras Island. With the largest inventory of oceanfront homes on the island, the company offers a variety of vacation rentals in all seven of the island’s charming villages; from quaint soundside cottages to sprawling amenity-filled oceanfront estates. Commonly referred to as Cape Hatteras, Hatteras Island is located on the southern portion of the Outer Banks of North Carolina just south of Nags Head. To find the perfect vacation rental, visit their website at

January 11, 2018

Hyde County Commissioners Extend Property Tax Deadline

Due to the closing of county offices during last weeks winter storm, the Hyde County Board of Commissioners voted to extend the deadline to pay your property tax bills. Payments must be received in the tax office or postmarked by close of business Friday, January 12, 2018 to avoid any late fee interest being assessed to the bill. The tax office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Hyde County Government Center, 30 Oyster Creek Rd. in Swan Quarter.

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