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2018 News and Business Briefs

October 15, 2018

Mosquito Dunks Available to Hyde County Residents

The Hyde County Health Department currently has Mosquito Dunks®, a floating sustained-release larvicide for long-term control of mosquito larvae, for people who have standing water in their yards. Dunks will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, and are free.  They are available at the Hyde County Health Department and the Ocracoke Garden Center during normal business hours until the supply is gone.




October 8, 2018

DCAC Invites Local Groups to Share Events on OBX Veterans Week Directory

For the sixth consecutive year, Dare County Arts Council and The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau are joining forces to publish the OBX Veterans Week calendar, an online directory of events, ceremonies and special offers for veterans and their families in November.  The directory is part of OBX Veterans Week, a community-wide event that showcases the many ways that the Outer Banks supports its veterans, both visiting and year-round residents.

Marsha Brown of the Dare County Veterans Advisory Council is coordinating the effort to publish the directory.  All civic organizations and businesses offering special events, offers or discounts to veterans are encouraged to contact Marsha at [email protected] or (252) 202-3007.  Participating partners are encouraged to submit their information by Oct. 19.

Sponsorship proceeds from OBX Veterans Week fund the 6th Annual Outer Banks Veterans Writing Workshop, which is returning to the Dare County November 10 and 11, 2018.  The two-day workshop, which will be held at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese, is free for veterans, active-duty military and their family members.

Modeled after the DC-based Veterans Writing Project, a non-profit foundation that teaches veterans to express their military experiences through literature, the goal of the Outer Banks Veterans Writing Project is to teach veteran writers the art of writing. 

For more information about the Veterans Writing Workshop, visit DareArts.org/veterans or call 252 473 5558.

This project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. This project is also supported in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.





September 26, 2018

Fair Haven United Methodist Women Makes School Supply Donation to Elementary School

On September 20, 2018, the Fair Haven United Methodist Women's group donated numerous school supplies to the Cape Hatteras Elementary School. They donated notebooks, pencils, backpacks, crayons, etc. to the school, which is something they do each year. This year, Miss Carli and Miss Karen's Pre-K class accepted the donated supplies.

Pictured in the back row are Jenny Gray (School Receptionist), Sherry Couch (School Principal), Janice Ogden and Jackie Wenberg (Methodist Women)












September 24, 2018

NC 12 Realty Welcomes Elaine "Shugg" Whitaker and Sarah Collier to the Team


Realtors®, Elaine “Shugg” Whitaker and Sarah Collier have joined NC 12 Realty as two of the company’s new sales agents. Elaine, along with her husband, Capt. Rom Whitaker, has been raising a family and making friends on Hatteras Island for 31 years. After retiring from the Dare County School System, Elaine is eager to get started on her second career. She is excited to share her extensive knowledge of the area and is committed to providing her clients with a trustworthy, honest, and common-sense approach to real estate.

Sarah has relocated with her husband, Jayson, and their son to Hatteras Island from Charlottesville, VA.  Sarah brings seven years of real estate experience to the team. She enjoys all things house related including building, home design, and helping her clients buy and sell real estate. Sarah is excited to help visitors and fellow island transplants find their dream beach home!

Just before celebrating her three-year anniversary as NC 12 Realty’s Office Manager, Erin Thomas Trant obtained her real estate license as well.  Carla Reynolds said, “Erin has been a tremendous asset to our company, who has helped us grow to be eight Realtors® strong.  Trafton and I know that Elaine and Sarah will be perfect additions to a really great group of agents that we are proud to work with.”

NC 12 Realty specializes exclusively in real estate sales on Hatteras Island.  You are invited to stop by the office located in Buxton at the Osprey Shopping Center and welcome Shugg and Sarah to the team. Shugg can be reached at [email protected] and Sarah can be reached at [email protected] To learn more, call 252-995-6212 or visit www.NC12Realty.com. 



September 21, 2018

Methodist Men ask for Help with Hurricane Florence Relief in Affected Areas

Per a recent announcement, the Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men (CHUMM) are planning for a Hurricane Florence relief effort which will be conducted off of Hatteras Island.

Representatives of the CHUMM's Emergency Response Team (ERT) met on Wednesday afternoon to plan on gathering resources and forming teams to react when the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) requests assistance.

“Hatteras Island is often on the receiving end of such aid and could still be this year. It’s time to give back,” read an online statement by the Hatteras Island Community Emergency Response Team. “This response is not a knee-jerk reaction. Team members/leaders have training, certification and, most of all, extensive experience assisting after hurricanes, floods and tornados.”

There are two ways the public can help with the Hurricane Florence relief effort.

1. If you are able, you can join one of the CHUMM ERTs. You can be added to a call list where you would be given more information and an opportunity to participate. Call the Volunteer Coordinator Dave Kelmer at 252-986-2719 or email at [email protected].

2. Help sponsor one of the teams. Please either leave a check in the offering plate or mail it to CHUMM, P.O. Box 1591, Buxton 27920.

NOTE: It’s important to designate "Hurricane Florence" or “Administrative Funds” on the Memo line. Without the designation, CHUMM may only utilize the donation on Hatteras Island.

If you provide CHUMM with contact information, you will receive a tax receipt as well as their heart-felt thanks.





August 28, 2018


2018 Key Taylor Awarded to St. John Methodist Chuch in Avon

Each year the Key Taylor Award is given to a rural congregation that has committed to mission and service. They must pay their apportionments, support Advance giving, and demonstrate a commitment to ministerial growth.

This year’s recipient is St. John UMC located in Avon, NC on the Outer Banks. Some of their many servant ministries include housing and feeding mission teams responding to disasters. As part of their calling to “Feed My Sheep,” they host a weekly community meal during the winter months when most of the tourists are off the islands, and income for many of their neighbors is hard to come by. All are welcome at the table, and they also deliver meals to homebound residents. The church also has a Tiny Food Pantry located in front of the building that contains non-perishable items and is accessible 24/7, 365 days a year.  They collect and distribute school supplies, AND they have a bicycle service station!

Pastor Gina Miller reports, “Of course not all hunger is bad, because this church hungers for God and in doing so they are filled with the Holy Spirit!” Many thanks to the people at St. John UMC for witnessing to God’s generosity!














August 24, 2018

Ocracoke Health Center and Engelhard Medical Center Receive National Grant Award

During National Health Center Week, August 12 - 18, 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $125 million in Quality Improvement grant awards to 1,352 community health centers across all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), health centers will use these funds to continue to improve quality, efficiency, and the effectiveness of healthcare delivery in the communities they serve.

The Ocracoke Health Center and Engelhard Medical Center received a Quality Improvement Award (QIA) in the amount of $52,867 in the categories of Clinical Quality Improvement, Enhancing Access to Care, Advancing Health Information Technology, and Achieving PCMH (Patient Centered Medical Home) Recognition.“

The staff and providers at both of our clinics are committed to our mission of providing quality, affordable and community - based health care,” said Cheryl Ballance, CEO. “It is this everyday effort that is being recognized with these awards. Without provider and staff commitment and the support of our Board of Directors, we would not be able to be where we are today. It’s our goal to continue to provide quality health care as well as a patient - centered medical home for our communities."



August 8, 2018

Outer Banks Association of REALTORS Hosting Monthly Photography Contest for Locals

The Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) would like to see what the locals are photographing while embracing the beautiful area we love and live in.  OBAR will be holding a monthly photo contest starting this month and ending in December 2018.

Prizes include:
  • 1st Place: $100 Visa gift card
  • 2nd Place: $50 Visa gift card
  • Honorable mention: Bragging rights
All winners will be featured in a press release, membership mailer, and in the OBAR Flyer—our quarterly newsletter.  In addition, all winners will have their photographs displayed at the office of the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS®.

This contest is limited to anyone living in the OBX that is 18 years and older.  Only photos from the Outer Banks will be accepted, but the sky is the limit for the subject matter (must be suitable for viewers of all ages). Photo submissions should be submitted via email to [email protected] and should include name, address, & phone number. Good luck and get those cameras ready!





August 3, 2018

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative Ranks High in National Survey
 
At the beginning of the year, CHEC participated in the National Survey on the Cooperative Difference. Over 17,500 members from 83 cooperatives in 20 states were contacted to complete the survey. 250 CHEC members were included in that number and the results of the survey have provided CHEC with great market research about their unique membership. The results of the survey have also helped CHEC measure how their members rank their performance in terms to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ASCI) score.  Members ranked CHEC as one of the top utilities out of the 83 surveyed cooperatives.  CHEC’s ACSI score from the survey was 87, six points higher than the national benchmark and 12 points over the utility industry standard of 75.
 
CHEC’s high score directly reflects on the dedication to excellence put forth by our employees. It is both rewarding and inspiring to know that our service and hard work is appreciated by the membership. Thank you to our members who took the time to answer the survey questions. The results have given us valuable insight about areas in which we can improve and member expectations going forward. 
 
“CHEC’s high score directly reflects on the dedication to excellence put forth by our employees,” said Laura Ertle, Director of Public Relations for Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative. “It is both rewarding and inspiring to know that our service and hard work is appreciated by the membership. Thank you to our members who took the time to answer the survey questions. The results have given us valuable insight about areas in which we can improve and member expectations going forward.”





August 2, 2018

Bright Ideas Early Bird Deadline Set for Aug. 15

What’s your Bright Idea? Apply early for the chance to win extra cash.

Attention, Hatteras Island teachers! Do you have an idea for a creative learning project geared toward giving your students a new way to learn? Apply for a Bright Ideas grant!

Educators who submit a grant application by the early bird deadline of Aug. 15 are entered to win one of five $100 gift cards. CHEC is awarding $3,000 this year to educators with creative ideas to bring hands-on learning to students in K-12 classrooms. The final deadline to apply is Sept. 19, but it could pay to apply early. For more information or to start your application, go to NCBrightIdeas.com.










August 2, 2018

CHEC Gives Grant to Yellow House Ministry of Hatteras Island

In July, CHEC presented the Yellow House Ministry of Hatteras Island (YHM) with a donation of $1,000, which was matched with an additional $1,000 from CoBank, a national cooperative bank that serves rural areas.

This donation was made possible through CoBank’s “Sharing Success” charitable contribution program, which celebrates the vital role that cooperatives play in individual communities across the country. 

YHM provides outreach to young people and families and supports programs that benefit the lives of those affected by substance abuse.  The organization’s goal is to help those in need, in a safe and healthy environment, turning oppression into opportunity for those suffering from addiction on Hatteras Island.

Concern for community is a long-standing cooperative principle.  CHEC is happy to join CoBank in support of such a worthy cause, as the cooperative works to provide value to members and support to the communities on Hatteras Island.

Pictured: YHM board members Lois Miller (left) and Rita Doerr (right) with CHEC general manager Susan Flythe (middle)







July 27, 2018

Hatteras Community Volunteer Receives Pelican Awards

The North Carolina Coastal Federation will recognize Lynne Foster, Hatteras community and federation volunteer, at its 2018 Pelican Awards on July 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City.

The federation’s annual awards event is held to recognize the exceptional people, community associations, businesses, and government agencies that make standout contributions to protecting and restoring the North Carolina coastal environment over the past year.

“These award winners exemplify how we all must work together to protect and restore our beautiful and productive coast,” said Todd Miller, federation executive director.  “These folks practice what they preach when it comes to good stewardship of our coast.”

Lynne Foster, who is an active community volunteer in the Hatteras area, will receive her award for “Enthusiastic and Inspiring Leadership and Commitment to the North Carolina Coast.”

After Hurricane Irene affected Hatteras Village in 2003, Foster organized the first “Day at the Docks” to celebrate the spirit of Hatteras and coastal heritage. Foster also worked to secure community support for a living shoreline project installed by the federation that helps to protect Hatteras Harbor.

“My neighborhood includes marshes, creeks, the Pamlico Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Since I came to Hatteras I have come, with the help of Coastal Federation staff, to value them and their significance to our community,” said Foster. “I am pleased to learn that my contributions to our coastal environment and way of life are worthy of the cause. I am honored to be recognized by the Coastal Federation for my efforts. The Pelican Award is very meaningful to me.”

Foster has worked to gain community support for federation projects, including its annual Hatteras Island Oyster Roast, which was attended by nearly 400 people in February, and actively advocates for coastal heritage and the environment.

The awards event and evening celebration is made possible by several community sponsors, including lead sponsor Wells Fargo. Visit nccoast.org/celebrate or call 252-393-8185 for a complete listing and more information on the Pelican Awards.




July 20, 2018


Community Conservation Assistance Program Seeking Applicants

Dare Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking applicants for the Community Conservation Assistance Program.

The Dare Soil and Water Conservation District is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for public and private landowners interested in implementing best management practices (BMPs) to decrease stormwater runoff and protect water quality. The Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP) is a voluntary, incentive-based program designed to improve water quality through the installation of various best management practices on urban, suburban and rural lands not directly involved with agriculture production. BMPs include options such as pet waste receptacles, cisterns, rain gardens, permeable pavement, grassed swales, and shoreline protection practices. Stormwater runoff is the #1 pollutant of our coastal waters. Installation of BMPs reduces this pollutant from entering our sounds and ocean. Interested landowners may apply to their local soil and water conservation district for financial and technical assistance for the installation of BMPs to protect water quality. Applications are ranked based on local water quality priorities and, if eligible, a conservation plan is prepared. Landowners may receive financial assistance of up to 75 percent of the pre-established average cost of the BMP. DEADLINE for applications: August 17 COB 5 p.m. Find more information and application: http://www.darenc.com/soilandwater For application assistance or questions, please contact Ann Daisey at the Dare Soil and Water Conservation District office 252-475-5628.



July 5, 2018

Virginia Dare Night Baby Auditions held at The Lost Colony

The 81st Anniversary Season of The Lost Colony commemorates the 431st birthday of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New World to colonist Eleanor Dare on August 18, 1587. The Lost Colony continues its long celebrated tradition of using real babies during the August 18 performance. Being a “Dare Baby” is a coveted role in the community that many local citizens have had the opportunity of being a part of. For Virginia Dare Night only, the prop baby, swaddled in blankets, is replaced with these special guests. Virginia Dare Night is generously sponsored by First National Bank.

To be considered for the honor of appearing on stage, all babies must attend an audition meeting on Saturday, July 21 at 10 a.m. in The Lost Colony Building located by the Elizabethan Gardens within Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Members of the cast and administrative staff will be on hand to assist in the screening process. The casting is open to all cheerful boys and girls that are less than 15 pounds.  All Virginia Dare babies must be available for several hours on the evening of August 18 for pre-show preparation and for The Lost Colony performance. All selected Virginia Dare babies will be introduced from the stage prior to the performance at 7:45 p.m.

In addition to the Virginia Dare Night performance, The Lost Colony and National Park Service will join forces in a special Virginia Dare Faire on the grounds of the Fort Raleigh National Park Site on Saturday, August 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Also sponsored by First National Bank, all aspects of the Faire will be free to the public and families are encouraged to attend.  Fun activities for children led by The Lost Colony company members and National Park Service employees will be both educational and entertaining. For further family entertainment, attend the performance of The Lost Colony that evening starting at 7:45 p.m. More information is available on the website at thelostcolony.org or by calling the Ticket Office at (252) 473-6000.  The Lost Colony runs nightly through August 22, except Sundays.












July 3, 2018


Community Foundation Expands Nonprofit Grants Program

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has announced a significant expansion of its flagship grants program.

Effective immediately, the Community Foundation will now award grants to include nonprofit staff wages as part of its Community Enrichment Grants Program. This is in addition to its traditional focus on funding tangible items, one-time costs, capacity-building endeavors, program scholarships, and capital assets and improvements.

“This is exciting news for Outer Banks nonprofits,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s executive director, “because it will help fill such a huge funding need for our local charitable sector.”

The Community Enrichment Grants Program is the Community Foundation’s largest and broadest funding opportunity. Last year the Community Foundation awarded over $225,000 in Community Enrichment Grants to 35 local nonprofits.

Community Enrichment Grants are offered on a competitive basis for any kind of charitable project that benefits Dare County, Ocracoke, and/or the Currituck beaches. Areas of interest include arts and culture, animal welfare, children and youth, education, the environment, disaster relief and prevention, health and wellness, historic interpretation and preservation, and other human services.

In the past, Community Enrichment Grants have supported local charities by funding tangible items or one-time project costs. In 2017, for example, the Community Foundation sponsored playground equipment for the safehouse at Outer Banks Hotline, new vehicles for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund to care for the historic equine herd, new/additional parking spaces for visitors to the Nags Head Woods Nature Preserve, and restoration of the 1911 Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station.

“While tremendously impactful, grants for supplies, assets, and delimited services do not always cover a nonprofit’s greatest need,” said Ms. Costa. “Many nonprofits also need professional staff to do critical work — yet funds to pay staff are often the hardest dollars to raise. Now, thanks to our generous donors, the Community Foundation’s grant funding has grown, and we are able to offer grants that include program staff wages, as well as other hard costs.”

The Community Foundation is anticipating high demand for staff funding. Grant applications will be competitively evaluated against several criteria, with priority given to projects that involve or benefit a broad segment of the community, provide an innovative approach to addressing area needs, attract additional funding from other sources, promote an organization’s financial sustainability, and/or promote collaboration and efficiencies amongst multiple entities. New programs are prioritized, as well as established programs that are filling a gap and/or meeting a vital, urgent need.

Most of all, the Community Foundation will assess applications based on community impact.

“We ask all applicants to tell us, in as much detail as possible, how the project will benefit the Outer Banks — who will be served, how many people, and how the project will make a difference,” said Ms. Costa. “The strongest applications will connect the staff support to specific, positive outcomes.”

Nonprofits can apply now to the newly expanded Community Enrichment Grants Program. Applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation’s website: www.obcf.org. The next deadline is Friday, July 27, 2018, and the last deadline of the year is Friday, October 26.

The Community Foundation is offering a special grant-writing clinic for local nonprofits that want to learn more about the program expansion. The informative workshop will be held on Thursday, July 12 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute in Skyco on Roanoke Island. Nonprofits are asked to register for the workshop in advance at www.obcf.org. The website also includes extensive information about the expanded grants criteria, grant payment requirements, and other important details.

“If your organization has hesitated in the past to apply for a grant, we invite you to read our new criteria on our website, attend our workshop on July 12, and call our staff to discuss your needs. Your projects may now be a perfect fit for our grants program,” said Ms. Costa.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a public charity that connects people who care with causes that matter. The Community Foundation manages $17 million in 175 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards grants to local nonprofits, administers 50 scholarship programs, and provides tailored services to help donors pursue their charitable interests. Since its inception in 1982, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students.

Photo Caption: The Outer Banks Community Foundation has significantly expanded its grants program to include nonprofit staff wages. For more details, see www.obcf.org. From left to right, the staff and board include: back row: Clark Twiddy, Greg Honeycutt, Chris Seawell, John Tucker, Ray White, Scott Brown, Bruce Austin; front row: Lorelei Costa, Leslie Reed, Nancy Caviness, Teresa Osborne, Lynda Hester, Nancy Sugg, Jane Webster, Shirley Hamblet. Photograph by Biff Jennings, Shooters at the Beach.




July 2, 2018

Outer Banks Ace Sponsors 15th Annual Carolina Boat Builders Tournament

Outer Banks Ace Hardware is a proud sponsor of the 15th annual Carolina Boat Builders Tournament on July 25-28, 2018.

The Dare County Boat Builders Foundations hosts this annual family friendly sport fishing tournament to raise funds for scholarships and local educational programs in an effort to inspire life-long learning and appreciation for the skilled craftsmen in the trade of boat building.

Outer Banks Ace’s, Kathy Seko, said the following, “We are thrilled to sponsor the 15th annual Carolina Boat Builders Tournament. Outer Banks Ace enjoys sponsoring events where the monies raised return to support local programs & scholarships for our youth.”

“We’ve been a partner in helping our local boat builders and watermen for many, many years; Outer Banks Ace appreciates our local boat building industry and the role they have played in our community’s past, present and future on the Outer Banks,” said Seko.

Outer Banks Ace serves the community with 6 convenient locations; for more information visit www.OuterBanksAce.com.

The Dare County Boat Builders Foundation (DCBBF) is a non-profit, 501C3 organization dedicated to preserving Dare County’s boat building heritage by actively supporting the students and families within its community.

 
(From left to right: DCBBF Board Members Susan Harmon-Scott, Brian White, Jason Waughtel, Bubba Brizendine and Bobby Harrell with Outer Banks Ace’s Kathy Seko)




June 29, 2018

Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet Crew Holds Change of Command Ceremony in Hatteras

Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer James Pond relieved Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher Wright as officer in charge of Station Hatteras Inlet during a change of command ceremony in Hatteras Friday morning.

Capt. Bion Stewart, commander of Sector North Carolina, presided over the ceremony.

Wright is retiring after a 25-year career encompassing tours at several surf stations including Station Morro Bay, California, Station Depoe Bay, Oregon, Station Barnegat Light, New Jersey, and Station Noyo River in Fort Bragg, California. His final tour marked his second time serving as Station Hatteras Inlet’s officer in charge.

Pond most recently served as the officer in charge of Station Indian River Inlet in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. In addition to serving at multiple surf stations for 13 of his 22 years in the Coast Guard, he has served aboard Cutter Boutwell in Alameda, California, and at Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor in Silverdale, Washington.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition and formal ritual that marks the transfer of total responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another.

Photo:  Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher Wright, officer in charge of Station Hatteras Inlet in Hatteras, North Carolina, delivers departing remarks during the station’s change-of-command ceremony, June 29, 2018. Senior Chief Petty Officer James Pond relieved Wright, who is retiring after 25 years of Coast Guard service. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Habel/Released)





June 21, 2018

Dare County Finance Department Receives 27th Consecutive Achievement for Excellence Award

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was awarded to Dare County by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report. The award was accepted on behalf of Dare County by Finance Director, David Clawson at the June 18, 2018 Board of Commissioners meeting. Assistant Finance Director, Sally Defosse, is primarily responsible for preparing and compiling the comprehensive annual financial report and accepted a certificate of Financial Reporting Achievement at the same meeting.

Dare County has received the Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting award every year since 1991, making this year’s award the 27th consecutive award for Dare County.

“The comprehensive annual financial report provides valuable insight into financial operations in Dare County, especially the management discussion and analysis that includes long-term planning, financial planning, and major initiatives. Our staff does a great job reporting the County’s financial results in an easy to read and well organized report,” said Finance Director David Clawson.

According to the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States, the Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The comprehensive annual financial report was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the financial report.






June 14, 2018

Chamber Adopts Two Resolutions to Support the Community

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce adopted the following resolutions on June 11, 2018.

Resolution Opposing North Carolina House Bill 1063 that would Change the Definition of Commercial Fishing and Resolution Asking the General Assembly to Fund the Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund.

Both resolutions are available at www.outerbankschamber.com/main/legislative-comments/




June 6, 2018

Island Cycles Celebrates 25 Years in Business

Island Cycles is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018, which is quite a feat considering their humble roots that included a 550 square foot store space, and a total of five bikes for sale.

In the quarter century since starting operations, Owners John and Jill Lettieri have expanded the store to include beach gear rentals, watersports equipment, and of course, bikes – more than 100 of them these days.

The store began a few years after John moved to Hatteras Island roughly 30 years ago. Employed in a few different jobs around the island, Island Cycles started with a casual conversation. “Someone told me that they needed to get their bike fixed, and that they had to go to Nags Head, and I said ‘I’ll fix it for you,’” says John. “And then it just snowballed from there.”

When John started Island Cycles in a small corner of the Dairy Queen plaza, he had just five bikes which sold out soon after they hit the market. “I started selling them as fast as I could get them in, and we had a handful of accessories for sale too,” he says. “So I thought ‘I guess I need five more bikes,’ and it kept growing from there.”

In fact, a good chunk of their expanding businesses has always been based on needs and requests. Jill, who moved to the island 14 years ago, notes that their kayak rentals came to fruition in a similar way. “People would come in and ask ‘Do you rent kayaks?’ and I thought, well, we have kayaks at home, so we brought them in,” she says. “It really was a snowball effect more than planning [how to grow] the business. In 25 years, everything changes, and we were trying to supply what the locals and visitors needed.”

While the list of equipment for rent and for sale has certainly grown over the years, there are some things that remain the same. John has been the local and longtime vacationer’s “go-to guy” for bike repairs, and that reputation remains perfectly intact.

“The nice thing is that John knows so much about bikes,” says Jill. “I’ve seen him pull parts out of corners and bins, put them together, and easily make [a repair.]”

Because of this reputation, the Lettieris have customers both locally and from across the country who have been longstanding clients for decades. “There are some people who only want us to work on their bike, even though they are coming from far away,” says Jill. “You get used to someone repairing your bike, I think, just like a hairstylist – you just get used to someone doing it the right way.”

And Island Cycles is also growing into a family affair. Son Joey has already started helping his dad with repair projects, and already seems to have the knack for putting things back together. “It’s definitely a family operation – without a doubt,” says Jill.

The Lettieris are thinking about marking the 25th anniversary come fall in some fashion, but for now, with the visitor season in full swing, they’re hard at working doing what they always do – fulfilling a need for the island, and providing supplies and repairs without a trip up the beach.

“We’re always trying to look out for the community and help out where we can,” says Jill. “That’s how we started, and we have so many people who have been coming to us for years, and who we remember seeing [every summer]… we’re still here, and we still look forward to seeing everyone.”





May 15 ,2018
  

Outer Banks Community Foundation Announces New Emeritus Directors

Loretta Michael and Scott Leggat are the Outer Banks Community Foundation’s most recently elected Emeritus Directors. Both served on the Community Foundation’s board of directors for six years, from 2012 through 2017, with Mr. Leggat serving as chair of the grants committee, and Ms. Michael as secretary of the organization.Outer Banks Chamber Honors Four Women of the Outer Banks.
















May 15 ,2018


The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce and Elite Insurance (Title Sponsor) celebrated Women of the Outer Banks at a luncheon event and dessert auction on Friday, May 12, which included local Hatteras Island resident Mary Helen Goodloe-Murphy.

Four local Outer Banks Women were honored at the event:

Mary Helen Goodloe-Murphy - well-known Coastland Times reporter who has served as a volunteer firefighter with the Chicamacomico Banks Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad; established the Hotline Thrift Store in Rodanthe; followed the Cape Hatteras Secondary Hurricanes; founded the Rodanthe Recycling Center; and helped secure national designation for the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway.

Tameron Kugler - Tourism Director for Currituck County who oversees the daily operations of the Currituck County Travel & Tourism Department and its professional staff. Tameron, along with her husband, also owns Coastal Carolina Water, a local distributor of Le Bleu. Tameron is a member of the Wild Goose Rotary Club of Currituck, the NC Travel Association Industry, the Currituck and Outer Banks Chambers of Commerce, the Currituck Economic Development Board, Currituck Colored School, Whalehead Club and Green Wing Teal program for Ducks Unlimited.

Lorelei Costa - Executive Director of the Outer Banks Community who has increased the number of endowment funds by 65% and brought the overall endowment of the organization from under $10 million to over $17 million. Lorelei is a member of the Community Leadership Council of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and serves as a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the Southern Shores Fire Department.

Dorothy Hester -  Public Information Officer, Dare County who has played an integral role in connecting local government to the community and has been a proponent for transparency. In the words of Bobby Outten, Dare County Manager “Dorothy is the face of Dare County. Dorothy was a key player in the launch of Outer Banks Catch and NC Catch, a statewide non-profit initiative to strengthen the North Carolina seafood economy through promotion and education. Dorothy served on the Outer Banks Community Foundation.

Luncheon attendees had the pleasure to hear from Dr. L. Michelle McPherson of Currituck County, named 2018 Visionary Women in Medicine from Eastern Virginia Medial School.

A dessert auction featured items from Owen’s Restaurant, Black Pelican Restaurant, The Salt Box Café, Argyle’s Restaurant, Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café, The Dune’s Restaurant, Kill Devil Grill, Outer Banks Brewing Station, Outer Banks Frozen Yogurt, Sam & Omie’s, Pastry Chef Rebecca Miller, Pastry Chef Clay Richardson, and Pastry Chef Deborah Karfs. Thanks to auctioneerist Lisa Brickhouse Davis, owner of LBD Voiceworks and local celebrity DJ with Max Radio. 

Additional sponsors include: Peak Resources, Outer Banks Dermatology, Carolina Designs Realty, Phoenix Restoration, Atlantic Realty, Paul Mann Custom Boats, Friends of the Elizabeth II, Publix Super Markets, Southern Shores Realty Creations, Anderson Florist OBX, The Christmas Shoppe & General Store, AcoustEvents OBX, and Anne Snape Photography.

Caption: From left to right standing: Tameron Kugler (Tourism Director, Currituck County), Mary Helen Goodloe-Murphy (Reporter, The Coastland Times), Jackie Chunn (Owner, Elite Insurance), Bob Peele (Chairman of the Board, Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce)
Seated: Dorothy Hester (Public Information Officer, Dare County) and Lorelei Costa (Executive Director, Outer Banks Community Foundation)




May 10, 2018

CHSS Students Win at State Science Olympiad Competition

The Cape Hatteras Secondary Science Olympiad team competed at the State Science Olympiad Competition at NC State University on Saturday, April 21, 2018. At the state level students compete again 50+ teams from across the state.

Peyton Cabral and Ansley Thompson placed 8th in the Road Scholar event at the state competition. “Placing 8th out of 50+ teams is a great feat! I am so proud of the hard work Peyton and Ansley put in. Hearing our name called at the state competition was awesome,” stated coach Jessica Polk. The Road Scholar event is a sit down test where students use their map reading skills (road maps, topographic, and satellite images) to go on a fictitious journey that is written out for them, and answer questions along the way.

Each year CHSS receives a generous grant from the Hatteras Island Youth Education Foundation to support their team. HIYEF provides funds that purchase practice and building materials for the students. Jessica Polk shares her gratitude for HIYEF, “we would not be able to have Science Olympiad without HIYEF. A lot of our success is because of the grant we receive from them. We are so grateful.”





May 1, 2018


HVFD Holds First Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting

On Thursday, April 26 the Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department's new board of directors held their first quarterly meeting under the new bylaws which were sent in place in March.

Attorney Chris Sewell was instrumental in making sure they well legal and binding.

Board members and when their terms expire are as follows:
  • Chairman Bill Ballance - April 2019
  • Vice Chairman Charlie Barnett - April 2021
  • Secretary/Treasurer Cathy Parsons  - April 2020
  • Ernie Foster - April 2019
  • Darrin Callahan - April 2020

Voting board members also include:
  • Chief  - Jeremy Hicks
  • Assistant Chief - Todd Ballance
An annual meeting will be held in April of each year to vote for directors whose terms are expiring that year. All Hatteras Village residents are invited to attend but only permanent residents will be allowed to vote for board members.

The board looks forward to working closely with the HVFD to make sure they have all the tools necessary to protect life and property when a call goes out.

Click Here to View Bylaws






April 26, 2018

Outer Banks Chamber Launches “OBXMADE” Program

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce announces the launch of OBXMADE North Carolina for locally crafted products. OBXMADE is meant for all who create, build or produce – from entrepreneurs to chefs to brew masters and everyone in between. Being licensed as an OBXMADE vendor allows consumers to easily recognize locally produced products.

The pride that is required remains the same at all levels and should be recognized. OBXMADE celebrates this spirit while looking to grow it in the next generation of workforce, entrepreneurs and dreamers through outreach, recognition and branding our unique and special area.

Whether the product is big or small, handmade or mass produced, OBXMADE rewards the ingenuity, passion, talent and time that goes into each one. The pride the Outer Banks region takes in its local roots is strong; take part in celebrating and continuing the tradition that is OBXMADE.

How Does It Work?

OBXMADE is the only Outer Banks based recognition program for locally crafted products. Acceptance in the OBXMADE program is made by application to, and acceptance by, the OBXMADE Advisory Board. The OBXMADE Advisory Board is an independent review board established with the sole purpose of reviewing OBXMADE application on a quarterly basis.

As a baseline, only legal businesses headquarter in the region defined as the Outer Banks making one or more physical products will be considered. From there a points system will be uses to evaluate a range of criteria including; 1) sourcing of materials, 2) product finishing processes, 2) product design and development, 4) product assembly, 5) business has at least one (1) full-time local employee.

Recognition is subject to annual renewal and is valid for a period of one year (12 months) from the official date of recognition being awarded.

Contact Karen Brown at [email protected] for more information. The application is available at www.outerbankschamber.com


(The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for business on North Carolina's Outer Banks. A regional organization, the Outer Banks Chamber serves Dare County, Currituck County and Ocracoke Island. There are currently more than 1065 members.)


April 26, 2018

Centennial Commemoration of the Mirlo Rescue Boosted by Midgett Realty Donation

Midgett Realty is supporting the week-long commemoration of the centennial of the Mirlo Rescue, Aug. 13-17, 2018, at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station in Rodanthe.

The realty firm recently donated $5,000 to the Chicamacomico Historical Association, which is organizing events surrounding the centennial anniversary Aug. 16.

Making the Midgett Realty donation were Tim Midgett and Susie Midgett Austin.

"We are so grateful for Midgett Realty’s support,” said Association Treasurer Ralph Buxton, “This is our first major donation toward this important heritage event.”

Tim Midgett reached out to other Hatteras Island businesses with a challenge to join Midgett Realty in supporting this Hatteras Island and Dare County heritage event by making a donation to the Chicamacomico Historical Association.  In addition to the support for the Mirlo Centennial Commemoration, Midgett Realty has committed an additional $5,000 to the Association for 2019.

The weeklong commemoration features art shows, special museum exhibits, a dinner for descendants of Chicamacomico’s life-savers and a full day of activities on Aug. 16. Chicamacomico Life Saving Station was built in 1874, the first of seven stations on Hatteras Island and 27 on the North Carolina coast. The historic site and museum is open from Easter to Thanksgiving and conducts the famous “Beach Apparatus Drill” from Memorial Day to Labor Day on Thursdays at 2 p.m.

The Mirlo was a fully loaded British Oil Tanker torpedoed on Aug. 16, 1918 off the coast of Rodanthe. In spite of 15-foot waves and an ocean in flames, the crew of Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station launched surfboat #1046 and rescued 42 of 51 British Seamen in one of the most daring rescues in the annals of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Call the station at (252) 987-1552 or visit the website, Chicamacomico.org or Facebook page for further information about programs or ways to support the historic site and museum.


Photo:  Midgett Realty's Tim Midgett and Susie Midgett Austin (center) present a check for $5,000 to Chicamacomico Historical Association President John Griffin (left) and Treasurer Ralph Buxton (right) to help support the Mirlo Centennial Commemoration Aug. 13-17, 2018



April 5, 2018

Lineman Appreciation Day is April 9

As April arrives, it brings with it the showers that produce spring flowers. It also heralds the beginning of a potentially stormy season that can inherently include power outages. While CHEC strives to provide reliable electricity to Hatteras Island, there are times when Mother Nature has other plans. Most of us can ride out a storm from the comfort and convenience of our homes. However, there is a group of professionals that spring into action when the weather takes a turn for the worst.  On April 9, Lineman Appreciation Day, we are celebrating those individuals.

Braving stormy weather and other challenging conditions, our linemen often must climb 30 or more feet in the air, carrying heaving equipment to restore power. Listed as one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S., linemen must perform detailed tasks next to high voltage power lines, often in the worst conditions, at any times of the day or night.

In addition to the highly visible tasks linemen perform, their job today goes far beyond climbing to the top of a pole to repair a wire. They are also information experts who can pinpoint an outage from miles away, map outages and troubleshoot problems. On Hatteras Island, CHEC linemen are responsible for keeping more than 325 miles of lines across the island working, in order to bring power to your home and our local community 24/7, regardless of the weather, holidays or personal considerations.

“We couldn’t carry out our mission without the daily dedication of our linemen,” said Susan Flythe, general manager and EVP of CHEC.  “They bring us through some of our darkest hours and are heroes in every sense of the word. We can’t thank them enough for all they do.”

Join us in thanking the hardworking men whose diligent efforts and skilled expertise keep the lights on for cooperative members.  During the month of April, if you see a lineman, please pause to say thank you to the person behind your power. Let them know you appreciate the hard work they do to keep the lights on, regardless of the conditions.




April 5, 2018

Freedmen, Surfmen Heroes™” Propelled by Community Foundation Grant

The Pea Island Preservation Society, Inc. (PIPSI), recently applied to the Outer Banks Community Foundation (OBCF) for their very first time and just had it awarded.  The $29,500 Community Enrichment Grant takes PIPSI’s new program, “Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes™” to a higher level. The PowerPoint and live presentation is the brainchild of Joan Collins.

Together with her cousin, Darrell Collins, of renowned fame as speaker and historian at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, and with the expert historic interpreters James Charlet and PIPSI member Linda Molloy, the team has been making local presentations.  The first was at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in February of 2017. A total of 15 has since been performed at the Aquarium as a special free program for Aquarium guests. Why there?  This property was once the homestead of Richard Etheridge, the hero of this story. He was the first African American Officer in Charge of a United States Life-Saving Service, the direct predecessor of today’s U. S. Coast Guard. His Pea Island Station was also the only all-black crew in the entire country. His family gravesite is still there and honored at the Aquarium Entrance with special wayside markers. Additionally, the program has since been presented in every Dare County elementary school.

This grant is truly for Community Enrichment. The Outer Banks Community Foundation said in its announcement of the award, “With this grant, the Pea Island Preservation Society will share the story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Life-Savers, illustrating positive messages of unity, diversity, and equal opportunity on the Outer Banks. The Pea Island Life-Savers was the all-black crew of surfmen best known for their courageous rescue of the E. S. Newman in 1896, when the heroic life-savers swam through a hurricane to retrieve the shipwrecked passengers one at a time. (The waves were too fierce for the surfboat.)” PIPSI is now more able to present this program to groups and organizations throughout the Outer Banks communities.

Joan adds, “Although the story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Life-Savers has gained attention over the years, many Dare County residents and businesses either have no knowledge of this history or only a vague sense about it.  The same holds true for visitors.  Our objective is to change this.  The generosity of the Outer Banks Community Foundation will play a key role in helping us make this important part of the history of the community broadly known to those who live and visit here.  The inspiring story of Etheridge and his crew is something that the community, state, and nation should be proud of and we look forward to being able to continue to share the important lessons that “Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes” continues to teach us today”.

Darrell Collins, president of the Society, said, “For the first time in Dare County local Black history is told to visitors to the Outer Banks and in every Dare County school. The grant recently awarded by the Outer Banks Community Foundation to the Pea Island Preservation Society will insure that the story of Richard Etheridge and his crew will forever be an inspiration for generations to come”.

Tonya Collins, Darrell’s wife, also faithfully attends every presentation and basically serves as the group’s Manager in addition to her role as Treasurer and website developer/designer. “History is always a very provocative tool and being a part of honoring and sharing the story of a group of our nation’s greatest contributors is very exciting and humbling at the same time…I extend my heartfelt thanks to the Outer Banks Community Foundation for its insight in recognizing our FSH program as a hidden gem worthy of exposure”.

“Freedman, Surfmen, Heroes™” program presenter, Linda Molloy says, “It’s always been an honor to help educate both locals and visitors alike to the powerful legacy of the men of the Pea Island Life-Saving Station. This remarkable story has not only been left to Dare County but also to the nation at large. The message of working together to save lives, which is key to the mission of PIPSI, is only made stronger by partnering with the Outer Banks Community Foundation through the awarding of this grant. We are so grateful to this amazing Foundation, whose history – much like the Life-Saving Service – of helping so many organizations in need has become a catalyst for helping them succeed.”

“We believe that everyone’s foundation is the community –  locally, regionally and nationally,” says James Charlet.

For more information about the society go to https://www.peaislandpreservationsociety.com/

Photo Caption: (L-R) Outer Banks Community Foundation Board Members were on hand at the Pea Island Live-Saving Service Station Cookhouse Museum to present a large check to Pea Island Preservation Society, Inc. Board Members Doug Stover, Joan Collins, Tonya Collins and Darrell Collins.  Behind them is the statue of Captain Richard Etheridge, the central figure in this inspiring story.


March 28, 2018

CHEC Accepting 2018-19 Bright Ideas Education Grant Application

CHEC is once again partnering with local educators to bring learning to life through the Bright Ideas education grant program. Starting April 1, educators can submit an application for Bright Ideas grants of up to $1,500 for innovative, hands-on classroom projects that would not otherwise be funded. Educators can learn more and apply online at www.ncbrightideas.com.

“The Bright Ideas grant program seeks to encourage teacher originality and student engagement by funding projects that take a creative approach to learning,” said Laura Ertle, director of public relations and marketing at CHEC. “CHEC is proud to be part of this long-standing effort to support both education and our local community.”

CHEC expects to award $3,000 in Bright Ideas grants this year to teachers on Hatteras Island. The grants are available to K-12 teachers for projects in any subject, and educators can apply individually or as a team and are encouraged to apply online.

Applications will be accepted April 1 through September 19. Teachers who submit their applications by the early bird deadline of Aug. 15 will be entered to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards.

To apply, teachers must include a budget; explain the implementation, goals, creative elements and evaluation of the project; and have approval from their school’s principal. Applications will be judged through a competitive evaluation process, with judges looking for projects that feature inventive and creative approaches to learning. Grant-writing tips can be found at www.ncbrightideas.com.

North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives have collectively pledged about $600,000 in Bright Ideas funding for the 2018-19 school year. Since 1994, educators statewide have received more than $11.5 million in Bright Ideas grant funding, and over 2.2 million North Carolina students have participated in approximately 11,000 Bright Ideas projects.





March 26, 2018

2018 Sandlot Tournament a Success with Great Weather, and Great Baseball

The 2018 Sandlot Tournament that took place on March 9 and 10 was a successful event that honored a beloved coach, and which raised funds for a worthy local cause, the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.

“Thank you to everyone that helped make the 2018 Sandlot Tournament a success,” said Keith Durham, Head Varsity Baseball Coach. “We had a weekend of great weather and great baseball.  This year's tournament was dedicated to the memory of Cleveland High School assistant coach John Jacobs.  Coach Jacobs dedicated his life to teaching and coaching young people.  He had been a fixture at the Sandlot Tournament the first two years and in 2017 in the midst of his battle with cancer, we named an award at the tournament in his honor.  Coach Jacobs passed away this past October and left behind a great legacy.  It is our intention to continue to honor his memory with the John Jacobs Award at the Sandlot Tournament.” 

“The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation was at the tournament raising money for their support of cancer victims on Hatteras Island.  We had a great cancer awareness event between games on Saturday where players and spectators got the chance to honor someone in their lives who is battling or has battled cancer.  We also collected 185 canned goods for the Cape Hatteras Food Pantry which will be delivered this week.”

“Congratulations to the Knights of Currituck County High School for taking home the Championship trophy this year.  The Knights won the deciding game 3 behind the pitching of Austin Pace and a 4th inning offensive explosion for 12 runs.” 

Total Game results are below.

Game 1
Cleveland 8
Cape Hatteras 0


Game 2
Currituck 13
Cape Hatteras 2


Game 3
Currituck 12
Cleveland 1


Below are the awards that were handed out at the tournament.

Tournament Champions - Currituck County
Most Valuable Player - Austin Pace - Currituck County
John Jacobs Memorial Award for Selflessness, Excellence, and Attitude - Colby Day - Cape Hatteras
 

All Tournament Team

Derek Whitehurst - Currituck
Cannon Pickell - Currituck
Will Langley - Currituck
Cole Bates - Currituck
Caleb Slawinski - Cleveland
Hunter Ward - Cleveland
Cameron Verrier - Cleveland
Shae O'Neal - Hatteras
Evan Cabral - Hatteras

We would like to thank all of the athletes, coaches, and fans for their contributions to the tournament.  We also want to thank all of their sponsors for their support of the Cape Hatteras baseball program and the Sandlot Tournament.  Sponsors are listed below.
 

Lighthouse View Motel
Meherrin Fertilizer
The Dancing Turtle Coffee Shop
Frank & Fran's Tackle Shop
Albatross Fleet Charter Fishing
Frisco Rod & Gun
Hatteras Harbor Marina
Oden's Dock
Reliance Charter Fishing
Red Drum Tackle Shop
Sonny's Restaurant
Teach's Lair Marina
Village Marina
Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation
Cape Hatteras Athletic Booster Club

  
Thank you once again, and we are already looking forward to next year's tournament.





March 12, 2018

Dare County Arts Council Announces A Call For Entry For 21st Mollie Fearing Memorial Show

The eclectic Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show will return to Dare County Arts Council for its 21st year on Sunday, May 6.

Dare County Arts Council is partnering with the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts to bring the theme of music to this year’s Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show.

“The Outer Banks Forum is excited about partnering in this art show for the first time,” said Eddie Cooke, President of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts.  “The Forum will be pleased to select its 2019 Playbill cover from this array of diverse artwork.”

The Outer Banks Forum’s Excellence Award recipient will receive a cash reward and their work will grace the cover of the 2018-19 Forum Playbill. The Playbill is distributed to 500 individuals and businesses throughout the Outer Banks.

“I am so thrilled to include the art of music in the Mollie Fearing Art Show for 2018,” said owner of Mollie A. Fearing & Associates and Mollie Fearing’s daughter Grizelle Fearing. “Music is an important element in life defining moments in time that you can relive upon hearing that first note.”

The show is held in memory of Mollie A. Fearing, one of the founders of Dare County Arts Council.

Artists wishing to participate in this year’s exhibition can find a prospectus online at DareArts.org/molliefearingshow and at the DCAC Gallery.

The Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show is open to Dare County Arts Council members and residents of Dare County age 18 and over.  All mediums, except video and projection, are welcome.

Sculptor and installation artist Gabrielle Graber will judge the show. She graduated with an MFA from NYSCC at Alfred University and is currently living in North Carolina as a resident artist at Pocosin Arts. Her practice is an ongoing investigation of being a body in the world where layers of experience and interactions collide into material form.

An opening reception will be held at the DCAC Gallery in Manteo on Sunday, May 6 from 2pm-4pm.

For more information about the 21st Annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show, please visit DareArts.org/molliefearingshow or call (252) 473-5558.

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts is a non-profit organization that brings an annual series of seven outstanding diverse concerts to the area and provides opportunities for youth to participate in the arts.  All of the performances are partially underwritten by community businesses.  

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.



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 www.OuterBanksAce.com.
 
(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 www.OuterBanksAce.com.

(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 www.OuterBanksAce.com.

(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]

Pictures may be found at:
http://www.davidaherron.com/ccfw2013fishingtournament/
Our Club Web Site:
http://capitalcityfourwheelersva.com/




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, www.CapeHatterasAnglersClub.org 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 www.surforsound.com




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 SurforSound.com 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 www.surforsound.com.



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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