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Lynette Ballance Waller

December 5, 2022 | Obituaries

July 11, 1955 – November 28, 2022 OCRACOKE — Lynette Ballance Waller, 67, of Ocracoke, NC died Monday, November 28, 2022, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Plymouth, NC. Born in Portsmouth, VA on July 11, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Amber Hardison and Elisha Everett Ballance. Lynette earned her bachelor’s degree [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Dare County Tourism Board’s revenue and expenses will be explain ...

December 3, 2022 | Business Briefs

On Thursday, December 8, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., representatives of the Dare County Tourism Board and Outer Banks Visitors Bureau will make presentations and answer questions at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building at 23646 N.C. Highway 12 in Rodanthe. This is the first in a series of wintertime informational meetings hosted by the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Civic [...] Business Briefs |  Full Article

Outer Banks Forever raises $24,500 for ‘Pathways to Your Nat ...

December 2, 2022 | Seashore News

Outer Banks Forever, the official nonprofit partner of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial, in partnership with REAL Watersports and Carolina Brewery, is thrilled to announce that $24,500 was raised for “Pathways to Your National Parks” on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29! In just 24 hours, Outer Banks [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Hatteras Island Community Strings will host a Winter Recital and C ...

December 2, 2022 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

Hatteras Island Community Strings will host a Winter Recital on December 3 at 2:00 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend this fundraising event at the Cape Hatteras Secondary School (CHSS) auditorium. The recital will feature the twenty-seven students who are receiving free music lessons at St. John United Methodist Church (UMC) with musician [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Sheriff’s Blotter November 2022

December 1, 2022 | Crime Reports

November 3, 2022 Breaking and Entering and Larceny. 46000 block of Old Lighthouse Road, Buxton. Household items reported stolen from a residence. Under investigation. November 7, 2022 Larceny of Firearm. 900 block of Bernice Ave, Roanoke Island. Handgun reported stolen from a residence. November 8, 2022 Larceny. 47000 block of Buxton Back Road, Buxton. Larceny [...] Crime Reports |  Full Article

Island Real Estate: New mortgage limits announced for 2023

December 1, 2022 | Real Estate | By: Stephen Smith

Homebuyers are getting some relief in 2023, thanks to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) raising the conforming loan limits substantially. Commonly referred to as “conventional” loans, these are mortgages that are backed by one of two government agencies, (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), and this typically allows for a smoother loan process and lower [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men share 2022 achievements in a ...

December 1, 2022 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

The Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men (CHUMM) recently detailed the organization’s achievements during its 44th year of operation in a “Year in Review” update sent to members, friends, and supporters. Per the announcement, highlights from the past 12 months include the following: Emergency Financial and Food Assistance: CHUMM helped many families with food, rent, utilities, medical [...] Local News |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men share 2022 achievements in a ...

December 1, 2022 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

The Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men (CHUMM) recently detailed the organization’s achievements during its 44th year of operation in a “Year in Review” update sent to members, friends, and supporters. Per the announcement, highlights from the past 12 months include the following: Emergency Financial and Food Assistance: CHUMM helped many families with food, rent, utilities, medical [...] Local News |  Full Article

N.C. State to present disaster recovery information hub findings D ...

November 30, 2022 | Local News | From The: Ocracoke Observer

This past spring, researchers from N.C. State University’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management gathered insight from Ocracoke community members related to developing a virtual information hub for disaster recovery efforts. This virtual information hub could help Ocracoke and other coastal communities better respond to future disasters and crises such as hurricanes and pandemics. [...] Local News |  Full Article

BOEM identifies 6 new areas for Mid-Atlantic wind energy; two are ...

November 29, 2022 | Local News | By: Kipp Tabb | From The: Outer Banks Voice

With its newly released report, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has dramatically increased the potential for wind energy from Delaware to Cape Hatteras. The six new areas to be considered are included in a Nov. 14 draft report titled Development of the Central Atlantic Wind Energy Areas. The draft concludes that in those areas, [...] Local News |  Full Article

Outer Banks Forever raises $24,500 for ‘Pathways to Your National Parks’ on Giving Tuesday

December 2, 2022 | Seashore News

Outer Banks Forever, the official nonprofit partner of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial, in partnership with REAL Watersports and Carolina Brewery, is thrilled to announce that $24,500 was raised for "Pathways to Your National Parks" on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29! In just 24 hours, Outer Banks Forever donors raised $14,500 in response to its "$10K Challenge for Cape Hatteras." With a $10,000 match from REAL Watersports and Carolina Brewery, that total grew to $24,500. "We are so grateful for to each of you who supported our '$10k Challenge for Cape Hatteras' this Giving Tuesday," Jessica Barnes, Director of Outer Banks Forever, said in a statement. "With your generous support, we are very close to helping the National Park Service fill the gap in funding they need to make this project a reality." "Pathways to Your [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

National Park Service approves plan to repair Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

November 29, 2022 | Seashore News

On Monday, Nov. 28, National Park Service (NPS) South Atlantic-Gulf Regional Director Mark Foust signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Repair and Landscape Improvement Project environmental assessment (EA) at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The purpose of the project includes the following: (1) rehabilitate the interior and restore the [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Outer Banks Forever partners with REAL Watersports, Carolina Brewe ...

November 28, 2022 | Seashore News

Outer Banks Forever, the official nonprofit partner of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial, has partnered with REAL Watersports and Carolina Brewery for a $10,000 Giving Tuesday matching challenge on November 29th. Giving Tuesday began in 2012 and has expanded to become a global day of giving [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Cape Point, Frisco campgrounds close on Monday; Ocracoke and Orego ...

November 27, 2022 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist

Two of Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s (CHNS) campgrounds – Cape Point Campground and Frisco Campground – will close for the season on Monday, November 28, however, the National Seashore’s other two campgrounds at Oregon Inlet and Ocracoke will continue to stay open year-round. The Ocracoke Campground, which has 136 sites, used to also close after [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras National Seashore reports more than 2.6 million visi ...

November 19, 2022 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist

With 230,135 visitors recorded in October, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) is on track to have another busy year in 2022, with total visitation close to record-breaking 2021. Per statistics from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, CHNS recorded 2,633,001 visitors for the first ten months of the year, or from January 1 through October [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

The Outer Banks community celebrates a milestone at Bodie Island L ...

November 15, 2022 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist

A celebration of the Bodie Island Lighthouse’s 150th anniversary drew a huge crowd on Saturday, November 12, with an estimated 200 attendees heading to the Outer Banks landmark to mark the occasion. Though the original event, (scheduled for October), was postponed due to inclement weather, the delay did not dwindle the enthusiasm, as evidenced by [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

First-ever Shuck Hatteras Festival announces music line-up for December 17 event

December 5, 2022 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

The first-ever Shuck Hatteras Festival is coming to the Tri-villages on December 16-17, and organizers for the event recently shared the official music line-up for the shellebration, in addition to updates on the festival’s sponsors and activities The festivities kick off on Friday, December 16, at the Cape Hatteras/Outer Banks KOA Resort with live music by local band The Yacht Dogs, and local delicacies by Cousin's Oysters, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The activity heats up on Saturday, December 17, starting at 1:00 p.m. with a Merry Muse Market featuring local art vendors, which is open all day long. An Oyster Cook-Off Challenge will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., followed by an all-you-can-eat Oyster Roast at 4:00 p.m. Bands performing throughout the afternoon and evening include Dr. Bacon, Hot Sauce 252, Crypterror Lives, Anchor Blazer, Howell & Caswell, Brian Surratt Music, A [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Island Real Estate: New mortgage limits announced for 2023

December 1, 2022 | Real Estate | By: Stephen Smith

Homebuyers are getting some relief in 2023, thanks to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) raising the conforming loan limits substantially. Commonly referred to as “conventional” loans, these are mortgages that are backed by one of two government agencies, (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), and this typically allows for a smoother loan process and lower mortgage rates on loans that can be securitized. The loan limit on these mortgages in 2022 was $647,200, but for 2023 this limit will be raised to $726,200. This is a significant raise of $79,000 - for reference, in 2021, the conforming loan limit was only $548,250. What does this mean for homebuyers? Well, on Hatteras Island we just saw a recent high for median sales price of $621,250. (See the Outer Banks Association of Realtors report here). The numbers referenced in the first paragraph are actual loan amounts, so you can finance [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

UPDATED: State Insurance Commissioner objects to rate increase for ...

October 13, 2022 | Real Estate | By: Sam Walker | From The: WOBX

State Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has announced he will oppose a request from insurance companies that cover rental and investment properties for a significant increase in premiums for dwelling policies on the Outer Banks and in northeastern North Carolina spread over the next two years. The N.C. Tribune reported Causey has set an April 17, 2023, [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

NOAA announces revised commercial, recreational allocations for summer flounder, scup, black sea bass

November 30, 2022 | Fishing | From The: WOBX

NOAA Fisheries approved changes to the commercial and recreational allocations for summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass. The previous commercial and recreational allocations for all three species were set in the mid-1990s based on historical proportions of landings (for summer flounder and black sea bass) or catch (for scup) from each sector. The Council and Board developed this amendment partly in response to recent changes in how recreational catch is estimated by the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), which resulted in a revised time series of recreational data going back to the 1980s. This created a mismatch between the data that were used to set the allocations and the data currently used in management for setting catch limits. In addition, some changes have been made to commercial catch data since the allocations were established. For all three species, these chan [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week Pawlee

November 29, 2022 | Community News Brief

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA pet of the week, Pawlee, courtesy of their latest video produced by Dare County’s CURRENT TV. For more information on Pawlee, and the many other Outer Banks pets currently up for adoption, visit the Outer Banks SPCA website at https://www.obxspca.org/, or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/obxspca/

Joint Human Trafficking Task Force Awarded to Outer Banks Hotline ...

November 23, 2022 | Community News Brief

Written and Submitted by Stephanie Baker, Associate Director, Outer Banks Hotline For the past two years, Outer Banks Hotline, Inc., Dare County’s local domestic abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking crisis intervention and prevention center, in partnership with the Dare County Sheriff’s Office have worked to provide community outreach, awareness and prosecution of human trafficking. [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Lynette Ballance Waller

December 5, 2022 | Obituaries

July 11, 1955 – November 28, 2022 OCRACOKE — Lynette Ballance Waller, 67, of Ocracoke, NC died Monday, November 28, 2022, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Plymouth, NC. Born in Portsmouth, VA on July 11, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Amber Hardison and Elisha Everett Ballance. Lynette earned her bachelor’s degree [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Thomas Andrew Stephenson

December 5, 2022 | Obituaries

Thomas Andrew Stephenson passed away unexpectedly at the age of 60 on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at his home in Nags Head, NC. Tom was born in Bryn Mawr, PA on March 5, 1962 to David and Margaret (Attenweiler) Stephenson. For over 28 years prior to retiring to his dream home on the Outer Banks [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Teresa Ruth Hawley

December 5, 2022 | Obituaries

April 3, 1930 – November 30, 2022 KITTY HAWK — Teresa Ruth Hawley, 92, of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina passed away peacefully with family by her side on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. Teresa was born in Burlington, Vermont on April 3, 1930, the youngest of four children, to Emil and Florence Moore.   She was a [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Susan Hope Eisel

December 5, 2022 | Obituaries

August 22, 1948 – November 9, 2022 KILL DEVIL HILLS — Susan Hope Eisel, 74, of Kill Devil Hills, NC died Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at ECU Health Medical Center. Born in Allegheny, PA on August 22, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Alberta Hope and Paul Joseph Roeschenthaler. Susan earned her bachelor’s [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Kizen Alexander Saunders

December 5, 2022 | Obituaries

Kizen Alexander Saunders life started on April 16, 1989. He passed on November 27, 2022 in Greensboro, NC. What can I say? He loved his fellow Aries people! He graduated Manteo High School and he loved his family. We all know that to experience Kizen’s presence was to experience music and love. His love for [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Paula Elizabeth Dunstan

November 29, 2022 | Obituaries

Paula Elizabeth Dunstan of Soundside Road, Nags Head was called home on November 26, 2022.  She was born in Norfolk, the youngest of four daughters, to The Reverend William G. Pulling and Margaret Hammond Pulling.  Paula retired from a successful career in the automotive business and then settled in Nags Head where she continued to [...] Obituaries |  Full Article