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Free Community Concert in Buxton featuring N.C. Symphony Ensembles ...

February 27, 2024 | Community News Brief

The Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series, in collaboration with the North Carolina Symphony, is thrilled to announce a free Community Concert. This special event will feature performances by the Symphony’s String Quartet and Wind Quintet. Scheduled for Monday, March 4, at 7:00 p.m., the concert will take place in the auditorium at Cape Hatteras [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Dare County Tourism Board Special Committee holds first long-range ...

February 27, 2024 | Local News

The Dare County Tourism Board Special Committee held its first meeting on February 7 at the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau administrative offices in Manteo. The Committee, which consists of 22 community members representing a varied mix of Dare County stakeholder groups including education, healthcare, infrastructure, lodging, National Park Service, non-profit organizations, restaurants, and ­residents and [...] Local News |  Full Article

Outer Banks Chamber to host 2024 Outer Banks Regional Economic Summit

February 26, 2024 | Community News Brief

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce will host its 2024 Outer Banks Regional Economic Summit on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills at 8:00 a.m. This year’s event will feature panelists: Christopher Chung, CEO (Economic Development Partnership of NC); Lynn Minges, President & CEO (NC Restaurant & Lodging Association); [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras Secondary School shines at North Carolina Science Ol ...

February 26, 2024 | Community News Brief

Dare County Schools is proud to announce the outstanding success of Cape Hatteras Secondary School (CHSS) students and staff at the North Carolina Science Olympiad Regional Tournament held on Feb. 17 at East Carolina University. CHSS teams showcased their exceptional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) talents, earning them high rankings within their respective divisions. [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Fourth annual Hatteras Village Waterfowl Festival is the biggest o ...

February 26, 2024 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

The Hatteras Village Waterfowl Festival returned to Hatteras Island on Feb 23-24, and the fourth annual event was more popular than ever, per organizers and attendees. “This year’s festival was the biggest one yet,” said event manager Karla Jarvis. “Our vendor slots were filled weeks ago, and we had our biggest crowds ever. When you [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Large Item Pickup for unincorporated areas of Dare County begins M ...

February 26, 2024 | Local News

The Dare County Public Works Department has announced that large item pickup for the unincorporated areas of Dare County will begin on Monday, March 18, 2024, and run continuously for approximately 12-15 days. The large item pickup will be performed by a private contractor, Southern Disaster Recovery, and there will be a strict one-pass-only enforced due to budgetary and [...] Local News |  Full Article

Dare Arts announces Artist Support Grant recipients, which include ...

February 25, 2024 | Island Features

Six North Carolina artists were recently awarded Artist Support Grants that were made possible through a partnership between the North Carolina Arts Council, Pocosin Arts, Arts of the Pamlico, Dare Arts, Ocracoke Alive, Pettigrew Regional Libraries, and Martin County Arts Council. A panel of artists, art professionals, and experts in various disciplines selected the six [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Dare County Tourism Board Special Committee holds first long-range ...

February 27, 2024 | Local News

The Dare County Tourism Board Special Committee held its first meeting on February 7 at the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau administrative offices in Manteo. The Committee, which consists of 22 community members representing a varied mix of Dare County stakeholder groups including education, healthcare, infrastructure, lodging, National Park Service, non-profit organizations, restaurants, and ­residents and [...] Local News |  Full Article

Large Item Pickup for unincorporated areas of Dare County begins M ...

February 26, 2024 | Local News

The Dare County Public Works Department has announced that large item pickup for the unincorporated areas of Dare County will begin on Monday, March 18, 2024, and run continuously for approximately 12-15 days. The large item pickup will be performed by a private contractor, Southern Disaster Recovery, and there will be a strict one-pass-only enforced due to budgetary and [...] Local News |  Full Article

Ocean overwash reported on Ocracoke; High Surf Advisory in effect ...

February 22, 2024 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

Ocean overwash was reported on northern Ocracoke Island following Thursday’s approximate 6:00 a.m. high tide. Minor ocean overwash was also reported in north Buxton and Pea Island. N.C. Highway 12 is open throughout Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, and the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry is running as scheduled. A High Surf Advisory has been issued for the Outer [...] Local News |  Full Article

Ocracoke Express passenger ferry will begin service on May 23; Re ...

February 20, 2024 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

The Ocracoke Express passenger ferry between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands will begin service for the 2024 season on May 23, and online reservations will be available starting on February 23. The passenger ferry, which is now in its sixth season, transports passengers via a 70-minute trip between Hatteras Village and Silver Lake Harbor in Ocracoke Village, where [...] Local News |  Full Article

CHNS launches new web page on Buxton Beach’s history and current environmental issues

February 25, 2024 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) has added a new web page to its site that covers the past and present of Buxton Beach, and the approximately 400-yard stretch of shoreline that has remained closed to the public since September 2023 due to ongoing environmental concerns. The Buxton web page covers the deep-rooted military history of the roughly 50-acre site, beginning in 1956 when CHNS issued a special use permit for the construction and operation of Naval Facility (NAVFAC) Cape Hatteras, just north of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The page also chronicles the past efforts of the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to address petroleum contamination and other issues at the site beginning in 1998. In 2004, over 4,000 tons of petroleum-contaminated soil (PCS) were excavated and removed from the site, but groundwater monitoring and bioremediation continued due to detections of petrol [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Wright Brothers Monument to receive condition assessment from Feb. 5-8

February 1, 2024 | Seashore News

Contractors from Quinn Evans and Terracon will conduct investigative work from Feb. 5-8 on the Wright Brothers Monument to assess the monument’s condition. The assessment will inform the development of a Wright Brothers National Memorial project to address water intrusion and general maintenance needs for the 91-year-old structure. The Wright Brothers Monument is a 60-foot-tall granite monument that sits atop Big Kill Devil [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Construction work begins at Ocracoke Light Station; limited visito ...

January 29, 2024 | Seashore News

Construction work is proceeding for a $3.6 million project to raise and make repairs to the Double Keepers’ Quarters (DKQ) and other structures at Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Ocracoke Light Station. Terra Site Constructors LLC has been contracted to complete the project. During the 12-month project, access to the boardwalk and lighthouse will mainly remain open, though there will be temporary [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Work begins in earnest for Cape Hatteras Lighthouse restoration pr ...

January 29, 2024 | Seashore News

On Monday, January 22, workers from Thorpe Landscapes of Wilmington, North Carolina, began to erect fencing and prepare the grounds surrounding the Cape Hatteras Light Station as an initial first step for the imminent $19.2 million restoration of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Stone and Lime Historic Restoration Services of North Brookfield, Massachusetts, was chosen to [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

More than 100 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued during recent cold ...

January 23, 2024 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist | 2

More than 100 cold-stunned sea turtles were rescued from Bodie Island to Ocracoke during a recent cold spell that lingered from January 18 through January 22, per an update from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Most of the turtles were collected and transported to the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center at the North Carolina [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

With temperatures dropping this weekend, beachgoers should be on t ...

January 17, 2024 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist

As the temperatures on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands drop in the winter months, cold-stunned sea turtles begin to make an appearance along the soundside beaches. As cold-blooded reptiles, a sea turtle’s body temperature closely matches that of their environment. When water temperatures dip under 50 degrees Fahrenheit for multiple days, these turtles become lethargic, float [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras National Seashore personnel collected 1,786 balloons ...

January 11, 2024 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) personnel who patrol the Bodie Island, Hatteras Island, and Ocracoke Island beaches collected a total of 1,786 balloons along the shoreline in 2023. CHNS biological technicians and other staff regularly pick up trash while working on the beaches, but collecting and tallying balloons specifically is a somewhat new endeavor that [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

The 500-year Anniversary of Verrazzano’s landfall on the Carolina Coast

February 28, 2024 | Island Features | By: Kevin Duffus

Five centuries ago, on March 7, 1524, La Dauphine, a 100-ton, three-masted caravel from Dieppe, France, cautiously crept westward toward the North American continent, constantly probing the turquoise depths by soundings. A week earlier, the trans-Atlantic expedition of a single vessel sponsored by the French king, Francis I, encountered the Gulf Stream where its crew of 50 men observed sudden changes of the sea state: a difference in water color, an abundance of fish and sea birds, and the thick fog formed when late-winter’s prevailing northeast winds blanket the warm water flowing from the tropics. The most discerning Gallic noses aboard soon after sniffed a “salubrious” sweet aroma of cypress, bayberry, and earthy peat, delivered by a shifting of the wind. To the west, the blue sky appeared tinged with a mystifying mustard color from billowing clouds of pine pollen. On the water [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Dare Arts announces Artist Support Grant recipients, which include ...

February 25, 2024 | Island Features

Six North Carolina artists were recently awarded Artist Support Grants that were made possible through a partnership between the North Carolina Arts Council, Pocosin Arts, Arts of the Pamlico, Dare Arts, Ocracoke Alive, Pettigrew Regional Libraries, and Martin County Arts Council. A panel of artists, art professionals, and experts in various disciplines selected the six [...] Island Features |  Full Article

An interview with “Keeper James” Charlet on Oregon Inl ...

February 24, 2024 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

James D. “Keeper James” Charlet is an authority on the US Life-Saving Service on North Carolina’s iconic Outer Banks. He contributes to local and national media, (including the Island Free Press), and hosts Keeper James Presentations TM which is a series of live programs presented by historians, historical interpreters, and performers. Charlet is also a dedicated advocate [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Island History: A spotlight on stories from the Outer Banks’ Lif ...

February 22, 2024 | Island Features | By: Jen Carlson

The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station (CLSS) is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, as one of the seven original Life-Saving Stations to be built in North Carolina in 1874. As such, the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station and Historic Site in Rodanthe will be sharing stories about the seven 1874 Outer Banks stations in the months ahead, leading [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Hatteras Village Waterfowl Festival announces schedule of events f ...

February 21, 2024 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

Celebrating its fourth year in 2024, the Hatteras Village Waterfowl Festival (HVWF) is returning to Hatteras Island on Friday and Saturday, February 23-24, and organizers recently shared the schedule of events for Saturday, which features activities at varying locations around Hatteras Village. The festival will kick off Friday evening with the delicious Fin, Feather, and Bourbon [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Friday is the last day for public comments on proposed homeowners insurance rate increase of up to 45.1% for the OBX

February 1, 2024 | Real Estate

Earlier in January, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced that the North Carolina Rate Bureau (NCRB) filed a rate filing with the North Carolina Department of Insurance asking for an average statewide increase in homeowners’ insurance rates of 42.2%, with Dare and Hyde Counties facing as high as 45.1% for beach areas and 33.9% for other inland areas. A public comment period, which ends Friday, Feb. 2, is required by law to give the public time to address the proposed rate increase. There are two ways to provide comments: Emailed public comments should be sent by Feb. 2 to: 2024Homeowners@ncdoi.gov. Written public comments must be received by Kimberly W. Pearce, Paralegal III, by Feb. 2 and addressed to 1201 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1201. All public comments will be shared with the North Carolina Rate Bureau.  If Department of Insurance officials do not agree wi [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Dare County expresses strong opposition to proposed homeowners ins ...

January 20, 2024 | Real Estate

The North Carolina Rate Bureau has filed a request with the North Carolina Department of Insurance that proposes to increase homeowners insurance rates statewide by an average of 42.2 percent effective August 1, 2024. If approved by the North Carolina Department of Insurance, homeowners insurance rates in Dare County would increase by 45.1 percent for properties [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Insurance companies ask for hike on OBX homeowners’ insurance po ...

January 6, 2024 | Real Estate | By: Sam Walker

  From SamWalkerOBXNews.com Companies that underwrite homeowners’ insurance policies are seeking another massive rate hike in North Carolina, with coastal areas again taking the brunt of the proposal. “Rising insurance costs are a real concern and will add to the increasing inability of North Carolinians to realize the dream of home ownership,” said Outer Banks [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Marine Fisheries Commission votes for day-of-the-week closures to mullet fishery

February 22, 2024 | Fishing | By: Jack Danz

In a unanimous decision today, the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission voted to close striped mullet fishing on Saturday and Sunday from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 and on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 as its preferred fishery management for mullet during its quarterly business meeting today in New Bern. The MFC also voted to decrease the recreational daily bag limit on mullet from 200 fish to 100 fish, place a 400-fish maximum limit on vessels, and adopt adaptive framework, which will allow for additional season closures, day-of-the-week closures, trip limits, and gill net yardage and mesh size restrictions if current measures are not meeting the target. While members of the MFC were concerned that day-of-the-week closures would not bring 21.3 percent to 35.4 percent harvest reduction the Department of Marine Fisheries is targeting, the committee members needed a su [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Free Community Concert in Buxton featuring N.C. Symphony Ensembles ...

February 27, 2024 | Community News Brief

The Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series, in collaboration with the North Carolina Symphony, is thrilled to announce a free Community Concert. This special event will feature performances by the Symphony’s String Quartet and Wind Quintet. Scheduled for Monday, March 4, at 7:00 p.m., the concert will take place in the auditorium at Cape Hatteras [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Outer Banks Chamber to host 2024 Outer Banks Regional Economic Summit

February 26, 2024 | Community News Brief

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce will host its 2024 Outer Banks Regional Economic Summit on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills at 8:00 a.m. This year’s event will feature panelists: Christopher Chung, CEO (Economic Development Partnership of NC); Lynn Minges, President & CEO (NC Restaurant & Lodging Association); [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras Secondary School shines at North Carolina Science Ol ...

February 26, 2024 | Community News Brief

Dare County Schools is proud to announce the outstanding success of Cape Hatteras Secondary School (CHSS) students and staff at the North Carolina Science Olympiad Regional Tournament held on Feb. 17 at East Carolina University. CHSS teams showcased their exceptional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) talents, earning them high rankings within their respective divisions. [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Tracey Rae Hughes

February 26, 2024 | Obituaries

June 23, 1975 – February 19, 2024 MANTEO – Tracey Rae Hughes, 48, of Manteo, NC, passed away on February 19, 2024. Born on June 23, 1975, and growing up in Stumpy Point, NC, she was the daughter of Larry Hughes and the late Cheryl Jean Paschal. Tracey was a graduate of Manteo High School. [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Katharine Wiley Pearce

February 23, 2024 | Obituaries

July 26, 1931 – February 22, 2024 MANTEO — Katharine Wiley Pearce of Manteo, NC, passed away on February 22, 2024, at the age of 92. She was born on July 26, 1931, in Shawsville, MD, to the late Eva Schurr Wiley and Harold Nelson Wiley. The youngest of three girls living on a 120-acre [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Thomas Lee, Sr.

February 23, 2024 | Obituaries

Thomas Lee, Sr., known to most as Tommy Lee, or Chief Lee, passed away suddenly at the age of 82 on February 19, 2024. Tommy was born in Portsmouth, VA, on October 28, 1941, to the late James Edward Lee and Margaret Minter Lee. He was an only child. He was a graduate of Woodrow [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Allen Martin

February 23, 2024 | Obituaries

Daddy, Pops, Lanny, Grandaddy, Allen, and Baby were just a few of the names that family and friends called Allen Martin, whose love of life didn’t come to an end with his death. Allen passed away on February 17, 2024, at the age of 81, surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor his [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Charles Lee Wescott

February 23, 2024 | Obituaries

September 27, 1918 – February 21, 2024 WANCHESE — Charles Lee Wescott, a 105-year-old native of Wanchese, North Carolina, departed his Earthly home in Wanchese, North Carolina, on February 21, 2024, with his family at his side. Charles was born September 27, 1918, in Gum Neck, Tyrrell County, North Carolina, the eldest child born to [...] Obituaries |  Full Article