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Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry operations suspended Thursday evening due ...

April 11, 2024 | Local News

The Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry operations have been suspended due to deteriorating weather conditions as of Thursday at 7:15 p.m., per an update from the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division. Ferry service will resume once weather conditions improve, however, N.C. Highway 12 on northern Ocracoke Island may be affected by oceanside flooding, as a coastal storm continues [...] Local News |  Full Article

New Buxton Civic Association outlines the work ahead to fix Buxton ...

April 11, 2024 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

Members of the new Buxton Civic Association (BCA) introduced themselves to the local community at a public meeting on Wednesday that became heated at times due to its focus on the growing environmental and public safety issues at Buxton Beach. Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent David Hallac attended the meeting alongside five BCA Board Members, [...] Local News |  Full Article

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

April 11, 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

Public invited to attend meeting to discuss updates to Outer Banks ...

April 10, 2024 | Local News

Dare County and Currituck County—along with each county’s incorporated communities—are currently in the process of updating the Outer Banks Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan in an effort to better protect people and property from the potential effects of natural and human-caused hazards. This plan update is required for all communities to maintain their eligibility to receive [...] Local News |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Oscar

April 9, 2024 | Community News Brief

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

Buxton Civic Association will host its first meeting on April 10 t ...

April 9, 2024 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

The recently established Buxton Civic Association (BCA) will host its first-ever public meeting on Wednesday, April 10, to discuss the evolving situation at Buxton Beach, as well as the next steps for facilitating action to clean up petroleum-contaminated soils, abandoned infrastructure, and other pollutants in the area. Wednesday’s meeting, (which will be held at the [...] Local News |  Full Article

Ocracoke-mainland ferry routes to begin full spring schedules on T ...

April 8, 2024 | Local News

The N.C. Ferry System’s Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke ferry routes will be adding additional crossings starting on Tuesday, April 9. As of April 9, the following schedules will be as follows: Cedar Island-Ocracoke:7:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. Ocracoke-Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m. Swan Quarter-Ocracoke:10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. Ocracoke-Swan Quarter:7 [...] Local News |  Full Article

CHSS Theater Program gets ready to launch its biggest production y ...

April 8, 2024 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

Since December 2023, the talented students at Cape Hatteras Secondary School (CHSS) have been working hard to launch one of their most ambitious theater productions yet. The upcoming production of “The Little Mermaid,” which is hitting the stage April 19-21, has a crew of approximately 100 students and volunteers working behind the scenes, perfecting every [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry operations suspended Thursday evening due ...

April 11, 2024 | Local News

The Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry operations have been suspended due to deteriorating weather conditions as of Thursday at 7:15 p.m., per an update from the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division. Ferry service will resume once weather conditions improve, however, N.C. Highway 12 on northern Ocracoke Island may be affected by oceanside flooding, as a coastal storm continues [...] Local News |  Full Article

New Buxton Civic Association outlines the work ahead to fix Buxton ...

April 11, 2024 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

Members of the new Buxton Civic Association (BCA) introduced themselves to the local community at a public meeting on Wednesday that became heated at times due to its focus on the growing environmental and public safety issues at Buxton Beach. Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent David Hallac attended the meeting alongside five BCA Board Members, [...] Local News |  Full Article

Public invited to attend meeting to discuss updates to Outer Banks ...

April 10, 2024 | Local News

Dare County and Currituck County—along with each county’s incorporated communities—are currently in the process of updating the Outer Banks Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan in an effort to better protect people and property from the potential effects of natural and human-caused hazards. This plan update is required for all communities to maintain their eligibility to receive [...] Local News |  Full Article

Buxton Civic Association will host its first meeting on April 10 t ...

April 9, 2024 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

The recently established Buxton Civic Association (BCA) will host its first-ever public meeting on Wednesday, April 10, to discuss the evolving situation at Buxton Beach, as well as the next steps for facilitating action to clean up petroleum-contaminated soils, abandoned infrastructure, and other pollutants in the area. Wednesday’s meeting, (which will be held at the [...] Local News |  Full Article

Ocracoke-mainland ferry routes to begin full spring schedules on T ...

April 8, 2024 | Local News

The N.C. Ferry System’s Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke ferry routes will be adding additional crossings starting on Tuesday, April 9. As of April 9, the following schedules will be as follows: Cedar Island-Ocracoke:7:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. Ocracoke-Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m. Swan Quarter-Ocracoke:10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. Ocracoke-Swan Quarter:7 [...] Local News |  Full Article

Hyde commissioners seek funding to address Ocracoke’s north end ...

April 7, 2024 | Local News | By: Connie Leinbach

From Ocracoke Observer The Hyde County commissioners have asked federal and state authorities to take immediate action to ensure sustainable access to and from Ocracoke. The commissioners at their Wednesday night meeting approved a resolution seeking immediate help with repairing and shoring up NC 12 at the north end, for money to dredge and continue [...] Local News |  Full Article

Seasonal ORV routes in front of villages close on April 15

April 13, 2024 | Seashore News

Seasonal off-road vehicle (ORV) routes in front of Hatteras Island villages and the Ocracoke Campground become pedestrian-only starting on Monday, April 15. These routes, which run parallel to the towns of Hatteras, Frisco, Avon, and the Tri-villages, open to ORVs annually in the winter months when the visitor population is low, and close from April until October. ORV access will reopen in front of the villages on October 15, 2024. Beachgoers can check on updates to current beach access via the Cape Hatteras National Seashore website at https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/conditions.htm. [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

REMINDER: Cape Hatteras National Seashore will host public meeting ...

March 27, 2024 | Seashore News

On Wednesday, March 27, from 6-7 p.m., the public is invited to receive updates on the status of petroleum contamination and hazardous infrastructure remediation at Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s (CHNS) Buxton Beach Access. The public meeting will occur at the Fessenden Center, which is located at 46830 N.C. Highway 12 in Buxton, North Carolina. Following [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Demolition phase begins for extensive Ocracoke Light Station resto ...

March 4, 2024 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist

Selected demolition has begun at the Ocracoke Light Station’s Double Keeper’s Quarter as a preliminary step in eventually raising the building to protect it from future soundside flooding. “Stoops to porches and other entrances have started to be removed,” stated the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) in a recent update. “Interesting finds during the removal [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Island History: A spotlight on stories from the Outer Banks’ Life-Saving Service

April 11, 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 up to the official October celebration of the United States Life-Saving Stations' 150th anniversary in the state. The following is the next of these Life-Saving Station feature articles to honor the #LegacyofLifeSaving, written by Jen Carlson for CLSS. A Thankful Heart – a historic rescue by the Caffey’s Inlet Life-Saving Station in Duck Near midnight on November 30, 1885, a patrolman from the Caffey’s Inlet station discovered a vessel stranded about a quarter of a mile northeast of the station. The night was so dark and stormy that [...] Island Features |  Full Article

CHSS Theater Program gets ready to launch its biggest production y ...

April 8, 2024 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

Since December 2023, the talented students at Cape Hatteras Secondary School (CHSS) have been working hard to launch one of their most ambitious theater productions yet. The upcoming production of “The Little Mermaid,” which is hitting the stage April 19-21, has a crew of approximately 100 students and volunteers working behind the scenes, perfecting every [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will reopen on May 20 after a yea ...

April 4, 2024 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

After a years-long renovation project, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Village will reopen to the public on May 20, 2024, per a recent online announcement. “We can’t wait to welcome you into our new space, which includes a completely redesigned lobby and gallery with state-of-the-art features and interactive elements that bring our [...] Island Features |  Full Article

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

April 4, 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

Anti-regulation sentiment may be fueling insurance crisis

April 8, 2024 | Real Estate | By: Catherine Kozak

First of a two-part series by Catherine Kozak, Coastal Review When Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey met last month in Manteo for a brief overview and Q&A with community members worried about property insurance issues, he stressed that his office had limited power over building code changes and insurance company business decisions in North Carolina that have unnerved homeowners. First of all, he said, billion-dollar losses from storms, wildfires, floods and other disasters are worldwide challenges. But the property insurance industry in the U.S., where population numbers and real estate values are often highest in the highest-risk areas, is approaching its own survival crisis. “It’s a very hard market right now across the United States,” Causey said. “Companies just don’t want to write homeowners policies.” Confronted with looming policy price hikes and feeling powerles [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

State offering free flood insurance online conferences this year

March 28, 2024 | Real Estate | By: Sam Walker

From SamalkerOBXNews.com Five online conferences will be held between April and October to provide vital information regarding the need for flood insurance in North Carolina. The 2024 conferences will be similar to the ones offered in 2022 through WebEx, and will be free of charge to the public, insurance agents, adjusters, real estate agents, engineers, [...] 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

Marine Fisheries accepting credit cards in time for FY 2025 license presales

April 3, 2024 | Fishing

Fishermen purchasing or renewing fishing licenses or vessel registrations at Division of Marine Fisheries offices can now use their credit cards for payment. The Division of Marine Fisheries’ license offices will accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express for in-person payments. The cardholder must present the card and a photo ID at the time of the transaction. Credit card payments cannot be taken through the mail or over the phone. This new service comes in time for fiscal year 2024-2025 license presales, which begin April 15. All fiscal year 2024 commercial fishing, seafood dealer and for-hire licenses and permits expire on June 30, 2024. The 2025 licenses and permits will become effective on July 1, 2024. The Division of Marine Fisheries is mailing license renewal packets to the commercial and for-hire license holders who renewed their license through mail last year. Lic [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Oscar

April 9, 2024 | Community News Brief

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

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Nadja

April 2, 2024 | Community News Brief

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

Summer 2024 Parks & Recreation program registration now open

April 2, 2024 | Community News Brief

Registration is now open for a summer of fun-filled programs, camps and activities specifically tailored for children and teens of all ages throughout Dare County! From fishing tournaments, surf school, kayak camp and an assortment of sports to various arts and crafts activities, cooking, gardening, nature exploration, dance and more, the Dare County Parks & [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week Parker

March 27, 2024 | Community News Brief

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

Cape Hatteras Elementary School’s March Storm Report

March 25, 2024 | Community News Brief

The Cape Hatteras Elementary School (CHEM) publishes a monthly newsletter for students, parents, supporters, and friends called The Storm Report, which is a nod to the school’s mascot, the Cape Hatteras Tropical Storms. From upcoming special events to recent initiatives in art, technology, music, media, and more, the newsletter is a round-up of everything there [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Outer Banks Community Foundation Celebrates Champion Bobby Owens ...

March 19, 2024 | Community News Brief

The Outer Banks Community Foundation hosted civic leaders, nonprofit professionals, and donors at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head for its annual meeting on March 12. The annual meeting began with a heartfelt tribute to the Outer Banks Community Foundation’s co-founder Ray White, who passed away in February. Community Foundation Director Noel Preston acknowledged Ray White’s [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Morjorie Lorraine Williams

April 9, 2024 | Obituaries

March 31, 1940 – April 5, 2024 KITTY HAWK — Morjorie Lorraine “Margie” Williams, loving matriarch, devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend, peacefully passed away at the age of 84 on April 5, 2024, at her home in Kitty Hawk, NC. Margie was born on March 31, 1940, in Norfolk County, VA. Margie’s life [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Michael Kent Smith

April 9, 2024 | Obituaries

February 24, 1945 – April 4, 2024 KITTY HAWK — Michael Kent Smith, 79, of Kitty Hawk, NC, passed away unexpectedly with his entire family by his side on April 4, 2024. Michael was born in Norfolk, VA, on February 24, 1945, to Clifford and Lillian Smith and had a sister, Sandra, and a brother, [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

James Ludlow “Jim” Goes

April 9, 2024 | Obituaries

April 15, 1931 – April 2, 2024 KITTY HAWK — James Ludlow “Jim” Goes, 92, of Kitty Hawk, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2024, in Virginia Beach, surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born on April 15, 1931 in Far Hills, NJ to the late Louis Lynn Goes and Beatrice Adele Ludlow Goes. [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Anthony Wayne Beasley

April 9, 2024 | Obituaries

March 1, 1962 – April 7, 2024 WANCHESE — Anthony Wayne Beasley, 62, passed away on April 7, 2024, in Wanchese at his parents’ home. Tony was born on March 1, 1962, in Norfolk, VA. He was the son of Betty Kay Daniels Beasley and John Buchanan Beasley. He was a military brat and lived [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Sharon Seger Fiegel

April 5, 2024 | Obituaries

February 15, 1949 – April 3, 2024 MANTEO — Sharon Seger Fiegel, age 75, of Manteo, NC (formerly of Lockport, NY and born and raised free-range in Grampian, PA) passed away in her sleep on April 3, 2024. Sharon was the youngest of 6 siblings, born to Louella Mahlon and Burton Seger of Grampian, PA. [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Mary Kathleen Feeney

April 4, 2024 | Obituaries

November 16, 1935 – April 1, 2024 Mary Kathleen Feeney of Kill Devil Hills passed away peacefully on April 1, 2024, at the age of 88. A devoted wife and mother, Mary is survived by James, her loving husband of 68 years; daughters Jane, Karen (Ed), Nancy (Tim), Mary (John), Maggie (Lauron), and Kellie (Travis); [...] Obituaries |  Full Article