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Dare Commissioners to explore zoning amendment to expand ADUs

January 20, 2022 | Local News | By: Michelle Wagner | From The: Outer Banks Voice

During its Jan. 18 meeting, the Dare County Board of Commissioners gave the county’s planning staff the green light to begin crafting a zoning text amendment that would allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in more zoning districts of unincorporated Dare County than currently allowed. An ADU is a secondary, smaller dwelling either attached or detached [...] Local News |  Full Article

High Path Avian Influenza detected in wild bird in Hyde County

January 20, 2022 | Local News

A wild bird has tested positive for high path avian influenza in Hyde County, prompting reminders for commercial and hobby poultry growers to increase their biosecurity measures. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the positive detection to stakeholders yesterday, along with the announcement of a second [...] Local News |  Full Article

Dare County reports 978 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, per T ...

January 18, 2022 | Local News

Dare County released the following update for Tuesday, January 18, which provides details on recent Coronavirus cases, vaccine data, and more COVID-19 information. Dare County COVID-19 Case Update The number of new COVID-19 laboratory confirmed cases reported to Dare County DHHS and the percent of positive tests to total tests both increased significantly this past [...] Local News |  Full Article

Waterside Theatre at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site to receiv ...

January 18, 2022 | Seashore News

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site awarded a $236,000 contract to Irwin Seating (Grand Rapids, Mich.) on Dec. 30, 2021, to fabricate and install new seating in the park’s Waterside Theatre, home of “The Lost Colony” outdoor symphonic drama. Per the contract, Irwin Seating will fabricate approximately 1,600 outdoor theater seats with cupholders and install them [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

NC12 subcommittee cites Canal Zone and Ocracoke as top priorities

January 17, 2022 | Local News | By: Kipp Tabb | From The: Outer Banks Voice

After six months of meetings, a subcommittee of the NC12 Task Force has reached a consensus on what areas of the vulnerable road that connects Ocracoke and Hatteras with the northern Outer Banks should be the top priorities for keeping the transportation link open. At its Jan. 13 meeting, the subcommittee focused on five areas of concern: [...] Local News |  Full Article

Dare County Master Gardeners to Host Virtual Garden Series with Da ...

January 17, 2022 | Community News Brief

Are you interested in gardening? Here’s a way to make your winter blues go away. Start planning your spring garden now with the Library Garden Series presented by the North Carolina State Extension’s Dare County Master Gardeners in conjunction with the Dare County Library. This year’s programs will all be held virtually via Zoom, and all [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Dare Commissioners to explore zoning amendment to expand ADUs

January 20, 2022 | Local News | By: Michelle Wagner | From The: Outer Banks Voice

During its Jan. 18 meeting, the Dare County Board of Commissioners gave the county’s planning staff the green light to begin crafting a zoning text amendment that would allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in more zoning districts of unincorporated Dare County than currently allowed. An ADU is a secondary, smaller dwelling either attached or detached [...] Local News |  Full Article

High Path Avian Influenza detected in wild bird in Hyde County

January 20, 2022 | Local News

A wild bird has tested positive for high path avian influenza in Hyde County, prompting reminders for commercial and hobby poultry growers to increase their biosecurity measures. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the positive detection to stakeholders yesterday, along with the announcement of a second [...] Local News |  Full Article

Dare County reports 978 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, per T ...

January 18, 2022 | Local News

Dare County released the following update for Tuesday, January 18, which provides details on recent Coronavirus cases, vaccine data, and more COVID-19 information. Dare County COVID-19 Case Update The number of new COVID-19 laboratory confirmed cases reported to Dare County DHHS and the percent of positive tests to total tests both increased significantly this past [...] Local News |  Full Article

NC12 subcommittee cites Canal Zone and Ocracoke as top priorities

January 17, 2022 | Local News | By: Kipp Tabb | From The: Outer Banks Voice

After six months of meetings, a subcommittee of the NC12 Task Force has reached a consensus on what areas of the vulnerable road that connects Ocracoke and Hatteras with the northern Outer Banks should be the top priorities for keeping the transportation link open. At its Jan. 13 meeting, the subcommittee focused on five areas of concern: [...] Local News |  Full Article

Waterside Theatre at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site to receive new seating before 2022 performance season

January 18, 2022 | Seashore News

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site awarded a $236,000 contract to Irwin Seating (Grand Rapids, Mich.) on Dec. 30, 2021, to fabricate and install new seating in the park’s Waterside Theatre, home of “The Lost Colony” outdoor symphonic drama. Per the contract, Irwin Seating will fabricate approximately 1,600 outdoor theater seats with cupholders and install them by May 1, 2022. More than a dozen seats will be wheelchair accessible. “We thank the Roanoke Island Historical Association for their longstanding partnership and assistance with removing the old, weathered seats,” said David Hallac, superintendent, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina. “We are so pleased to provide new, high-quality seating for the tens of thousands of visitors that enjoy “The Lost Colony” performance each summer.” The last time the Waterside Theatre received a full replacement of seats occu [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Cape Lookout National Seashore Certified as International Dark Sky ...

December 15, 2021 | Seashore News

The National Park Service (NPS) and the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) proudly announce Cape Lookout National Seashore has been certified as an International Dark Sky Park. This certification recognizes the exceptional quality of the night skies of the park and the opportunities it provides for astronomy-based experiences for park visitors. Cape Lookout National Seashore [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

In Buxton, there’s a new mural in town

January 19, 2022 | Island Features | By: Kristin Hissong

A funky, new mural was just completed in Buxton, at the newly renovated Swell Gallery, which was once part of the old Falcon Motel. The Swell Gallery occupies the first part of the old motel, and the new mural was commissioned by April Trueblood, the gallery owner. April was in Newport News one day, on a supply run, when she noticed a mural on The Contemporary Arts building. She fell in love right away, and contacted the artist, Andrew Samuel Harrison, and convinced him to come to Buxton and place his artistic stamp on our island. She designated the wall that faces south, which shares the parking lot with adjacent Uncle Eddy’s. It took roughly two days to complete the mural, and the project wrapped up just before the January winter storm. Andrew says has always been an artist. He says that when he was growing up, his older brother was a very good illustrator, and Andrew would compare [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Gypsy moth infestation spreads along Outer Banks; treatments set f ...

December 22, 2021 | Island Features | By: Sam Walker | From The: OBX Today

More gypsy moths has been found in more locations along the Outer Banks, with the state planning to treat the affected areas in late spring of 2022. The invasive species feeds on the leaves of more than 300 species of trees and shrubs, predominantly oaks and hardwoods. When areas become heavily infested, trees may be [...] Island Features |  Full Article

A StoryWalk installed along Robbie’s Way nature trail

December 21, 2021 | Island Features | From The: Ocracoke Observer

As an extension of its programming, Ocracoke Library has opened a StoryWalk at Robbie’s Way along Silver Lake Drive. The Robbie’s Way StoryWalk project combines early literacy learning and family engagement with a short walking trail to a special, tucked-away place on Ocracoke’s sound side. Robbie’s Way is a 15-foot-wide access from Silver Lake Drive [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Student study finds Buxton Woods a healthy, valued reserve

December 17, 2021 | Island Features | By: Kipp Tabb | From The: Coastal Review Online

Buxton Woods is alive and well. That is one of the conclusions of a study of the state coastal reserve and dedicated nature preserve conducted by University of North Carolina Chapel Hill undergraduate students and presented Dec. 2 to the Hatteras Island community at the Fessenden Center. The students, participating in the Coastal Studies Institute’s [...] Island Features |  Full Article

First designated kayak launch opens at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

August 23, 2021 | Watersports

The first-ever designated kayak launch within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore opened on Monday, August 23, thanks to funding provided by the official nonprofit partner of the Outer Banks’ national parks, Outer Banks Forever. Located at the south end of the Oregon Inlet Marina, the new Oregon Inlet Kayak Launch officially made its debut to the public at a ribbon-cutting ceremony [...] Watersports |  Full Article

Hatteras Sailing launches invitational sailing team

June 16, 2021 | Watersports | By: Meg Phillips

Coaches create invitational sailing team for Hatteras Island Youth The Hatteras Sailing Organization together with its coaches agreed to launch an invitational sailing team. The Hatteras Sailing Organization is made up of local sailors, parents, and community leaders committed to investing time and resources in growing the sport of sailing on Hatteras and also training up a [...] Watersports |  Full Article

2021 End of Year Real Estate Statistics

January 13, 2022 | Real Estate

Real estate numbers are finally in for 2021, and they were once again record-breaking!  Congratulations REALTORS® on over $2 billion in sales in 2021! That is 45% higher than year-end 2020. Overall, 643 more properties sold in 2021. Inventory is the lowest it has been in MLS history with residential down to 311 units. That is a 44% decrease from 2020. Residential days on market dropped drastically from an average of 110 in 2020 to 52 in 2021. Kill Devil Hills had the lowest days on market with an average of 26 days. The median sales price for residential units was up $66,552 to $625,000 from year-end 2020 which is a 16% increase. Corolla had the highest residential median sales price of all towns at $725,450. It also had the largest increase in residential median price in 2021 of $165,450 compared to 2020 which was a 30% increase year to date. Residential year-to-date sales were up 9% [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Occupancy, meals collections continue to smash records

December 22, 2021 | Real Estate | From The: Outer Banks Voice

(Dare County Tourism Board) The monthly Dare County Tourism Board recap of occupancy and food collections is getting to be something of a broken record. And the recently released October data were no exception. As Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Executive Director Lee Nettles points out during the recap, the October 2021 numbers mark the 17th straight [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Outer Banks homeowner insurance policy rates going up 9.9 percent ...

December 7, 2021 | Real Estate | By: Sam Walker | From The: OBX Today

Homeowners insurance rates on the Outer Banks and in northeastern North Carolina will be going up by 9.9 percent on new and renewed polices starting in June 2022, while the insurance industry has agreed to not submit any new requests until at least 2024. State Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced on November 23 the N.C. [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

OBAR Leadership Elected During Annual Meeting

November 17, 2021 | Real Estate

The Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) elected their 2022 Board of Directors at their Annual Meeting.  OBAR’s 2022 Board of Directors is: President: Doug Brindley, Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales President-Elect:  Natalie Painter, Coastal NC Realty Group Immediate Past President: Lori Brooks, Coastal NC Realty Group Treasurer: Heather Cater, Coast Realty Secretary: Jennifer Wilson, [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Reminder: Fisheries ask public to report cold stunned trout

January 20, 2022 | Fishing

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries wants to remind the public to report any cold-stunned spotted seatrout they may see in North Carolina coastal waters. During the winter, spotted seatrout move to relatively shallow creeks and rivers, where they can be vulnerable to cold stun events. Cold stun events have the potential to occur when there is a sudden drop in temperature or during prolonged periods of cold weather, making fish so sluggish that they can be harvested by hand. Many fish that are stunned die from the cold or fall prey to birds and other predators. Studies suggest that cold stun events can have a significant negative impact on spotted seatrout populations. No cold stun events have been reported so far this season, but if there are concerning weather conditions in the upcoming weeks as described above then a cold stun event could occur in coastal rivers and creeks. Spotted s [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Dare County Master Gardeners to Host Virtual Garden Series with Da ...

January 17, 2022 | Community News Brief

Are you interested in gardening? Here’s a way to make your winter blues go away. Start planning your spring garden now with the Library Garden Series presented by the North Carolina State Extension’s Dare County Master Gardeners in conjunction with the Dare County Library. This year’s programs will all be held virtually via Zoom, and all [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Dare County Receives Wishlist Gifts & Monetary Donations to B ...

January 14, 2022 | Community News Brief

2021 marked the 18th year that Pirate’s Cove Realty and the Pirate’s Cove Homeowners Association have come together to generously provide wishlist gifts as well as a monetary donation for local foster children throughout the Dare County community. In 2021 alone, the two Pirate’s Cove organizations provided gifts for 13 children and donated $3,500 in [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

CHEC ranks #1 in nationside cooperative survey

January 14, 2022 | Community News Brief

CHEC recently participated in the National Survey on the Cooperative Difference, commissioned by Touchstone Energy®. Over 15,000 members of 60 electric cooperatives from across the country were contacted to complete the survey this year. This annual exploration into members’ opinions about the “cooperative difference” as well as core performance attributes and emerging industry trends, provide [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Dare County Chairman to Present Virtual State of the County 2022 o ...

January 11, 2022 | Community News Brief

Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robert L. “Bob” Woodard Sr. will deliver the annual State of the County presentation at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. The event will be held virtually and livestreamed on Dare County’s YouTube channel, www.YouTube.com/DareCounty. During his presentation, Woodard will provide a detailed look back at the wide [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week Philip

January 11, 2022 | Community News Brief

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA pet of the week, Philip, courtesy of their latest video produced by Dare County’s CURRENT TV. For more information on Philip, 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/

Catherine Inez “Cat” Glass

January 18, 2022 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS — Catherine Inez “Cat” Glass was born July 19, 1965, in Baltimore, Maryland. She died peacefully in her sleep at home in Kill Devil Hills, NC January 15, 2022. As a young girl, growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, Cat had aspirations to be a veterinarian.  That evolved from her extreme love of [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Dorothy Theresa Whittaker

January 14, 2022 | Obituaries

12/27/1929 – 1/11/2022 HATTERAS — Dorothy passed away at home with her family on January 11, 2022. She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Howard C. Whittaker.  Also predeceased by her father and mother, Alfonsus and Emma Wholahan, brothers Raymond and John, sisters Ella Miller and Emma Vandergrift. She is survived by her [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Campbell Carrington (Cam) Sellers

January 14, 2022 | Obituaries

August 23, 1929 – January 12, 2022 MANTEO — Campbell Carrington (Cam) Sellers, aged 92 years, of Manteo, North Carolina, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. Born August 23, 1929, in Stamford, Connecticut, Cam is the son and only child of John Hawley and Madeleine (Carrington) Ingalls, Jr. [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Ryker Patrick Clark

January 13, 2022 | Obituaries

Ryker Patrick Clark, 17, of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina was tragically taken from us too early. He was born on January 11, 2004 and is survived by, Parents Carolyn Hall Clark of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, and Patrick Clark of Melbourne, Florida. Ryker had a huge heart, generous spirit, and a tremendous sense [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Sally Collier Hardie

January 11, 2022 | Obituaries

SOUTHERN SHORES — Sally Collier Hardie, 92, passed away in Nags Head after a brief illness, January 8, 2022. She and her late husband, John were popular, 30-year residents of Southern Shores. Born May 7, 1929, in the Terre Haute, Indiana area, Sally was raised in Niles, Ohio. She graduated from Bowling Green State University [...] Obituaries |  Full Article