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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

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

Donna Creef to retire as Dare Planning Director

January 13, 2022 | Local News | By: Michelle Wagner | From The: Outer Banks Voice

Had worked in county planning since 1988 After more than three decades helping to shape the course of development in unincorporated Dare County, Donna Creef will retire from her post as the Dare County Planning Director on Jan. 31. Creef’s career with Dare County began in 1988, shortly after she graduated from East Carolina University. [...] Local News |  Full Article

What’s on the line? It’s a bird, it’s a plane — it’s a s ...

January 12, 2022 | Fishing | By: Robert Michelson | From The: Coastal Review Online

The sea robin is one weird-looking fish. They have some of the largest pectoral fins of any bottom dweller I have ever seen in the Atlantic. When fully extended, they look like a single-engine Cessna’s wing, except underwater and on the bottom. These fish also have adapted pectoral fin rays just below their gills that [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Dare County reports 799 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, per T ...

January 11, 2022 | Local News

Dare County released the following update for Tuesday, January 11, 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 week. [...] Local News |  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/

Donna Creef to retire as Dare Planning Director

January 13, 2022 | Local News | By: Michelle Wagner | From The: Outer Banks Voice

Had worked in county planning since 1988 After more than three decades helping to shape the course of development in unincorporated Dare County, Donna Creef will retire from her post as the Dare County Planning Director on Jan. 31. Creef’s career with Dare County began in 1988, shortly after she graduated from East Carolina University. [...] Local News |  Full Article

Dare County reports 799 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, per T ...

January 11, 2022 | Local News

Dare County released the following update for Tuesday, January 11, 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 week. [...] Local News |  Full Article

Soundside flooding reported on Friday morning

January 7, 2022 | Business Briefs | By: Joy Crist

Minor to moderate soundside flooding was reported on Friday morning in several locations along Hatteras Island, including Hatteras, Frisco and the Tri-villages, per multiple reports. N.C. Highway 12 had standing water in these locations, but was open and passable throughout Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands. “Deputies on Hatteras Island report water on the roadway in Salvo [...] Business Briefs |  Full Article

Bridge will bypass Pea Island, but refuge access to remain

January 6, 2022 | Local News | By: Kipp Tabb | From The: Coastal Review Online

Sometime soon, possibly before spring, the 2.4-mile “jug handle” bridge bypassing the troubled S-curves just north of Rodanthe will open to traffic, and after it does, folks will still be able to access the national wildlife refuge here. The bridge, with a projected 100-year lifespan, is seen as the only practical solution to maintaining the [...] Local News |  Full Article

Mariners urged to use caution near Oregon Inlet boat ramps and marina during upcoming dredging project

January 14, 2022 | Seashore News

Cape Hatteras National Seashore recently issued a special use permit to the U.S. Coast Guard to perform intermittent dredging activities near the Oregon Inlet public boat ramps and marina. Mariners planning to use these areas should use caution while dredging work is being performed. “This is an important project to improve safe navigation for all boaters including our partners with the U.S. Coast Guard,” stated National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac. “Mariners should use caution when departing and arriving in the Motts Creek area, including Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Oregon Inlet boat ramps, Fishing Center and kayak launch.” There are no plans to close any of the five public boat ramps or the marina. [...] 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

National Park Service announces programs and hours of operation fo ...

November 22, 2021 | Seashore News

The majority of National Park Service (NPS) facilities on the Outer Banks are open during Thanksgiving week, per a recent update from the NPS in its Cape Chronicle Newsletter. Hours and programs at popular park facilities, (including facilities within the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and the Wright Brothers Memorial), are [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Night Sky: The Quadrantids meteor shower, the Pleiades star cluster, and other highlights for January

December 30, 2021 | Island Features | By: Gerry Lebing

January is a great month for the Pleiades and the Orion Nebula On just about any clear night in January, the Pleiades will be visible in the eastern skies about an hour after sundown. M45, the Pleiades, is probably my favorite star cluster. With a visual magnitude of +1.1, it's very easy to spot with the naked eye. Most people can see five stars with the naked eye, and on very clear, still nights, you might spot six or seven, but some people have seen as many as 14! The cluster contains more than 800 stars. Of course, you need binoculars or a telescope to spot that many. The cluster is about 410 light years away from us. After you finish looking at the Pleiades, let your eyes drift down about 30° towards the eastern horizon. You should be able to see the constellation Orion. If you look at the second star in Orion's sword, you might be able to see it looks a bit smudged! That smudge mar [...] 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

Saltwater Fishing Tournament extends 2021 application deadline

January 14, 2022 | Fishing

Anglers who want to commemorate that big saltwater fishing catch in 2021 have a couple of extra weeks this year to apply for a citation from the N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament. The Division of Marine Fisheries has extended the application deadline for 2021 citations to Jan. 31, 2022 from the normal deadline of Jan. 15. A citation is an 8.5- by 11-inch certificate, suitable for framing, that has details of the catch and features an illustration of the species caught. The division issues Saltwater Fishing Tournament Citations for exceptional catches of 35 species commonly caught in North Carolina coastal waters. Anglers who wish to apply for a citation for a harvested fish will need to have had the fish weighed at a certified weigh station. The list of participating weigh stations and additional information about the program can be found at NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament. Anglers who w [...] Fishing |  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/

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

Nancy Lee Hurlburt

January 10, 2022 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS — Nancy Lee Hurlburt left this world on January 7, 2022. She was a mighty warrior in her brave fight against Multiple Myeloma cancer. Nancy was born December 27, 1943, in Orange, NJ to Elizabeth Dorcas Edwards and Wilbur Franklyn Hurlburt Jr. Nancy’s mother passed away when she was in grade school [...] Obituaries |  Full Article