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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

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

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 vacation-themed television channel OBXVacay launches o ...

November 23, 2022 | Local News | From The: WOBX | 1

OBXVacay, a new television channel featuring locally-produced programming about the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is now available nationally as a free app on the Roku and Amazon FireTV platforms. Currently, Roku and Amazon Fire TV-connected internet platforms represent nearly 70% of all the video streaming consumed in the US. Roku reported 63.1 million active [...] Local News |  Full Article

Coastal commission delays vote on clarified septic rules

November 23, 2022 | Local News | By: Jennifer Allen | From The: Coastal Review

The state Coastal Resources Commission, when it met earlier this month, put off until next year any decision on proposed new septic system rules for oceanfront structures, changes drafted in response to recent sewage spills from erosion-compromised homes on the Outer Banks. The commission met Nov. 10 in Beaufort and took the Division of Coastal [...] 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

Frisco-Buxton Pathway Committee gets closer to $95,000 goal; Upcoming holiday events could put them over the top

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

The Frisco-Buxton Pathway Committee has a longstanding goal to raise $95,000 for a new multi-use pathway by the end of 2022, and per a December 2 update, the Committee has steadily inched closer to this milestone in the past several weeks. “We have had some great donations, and I am beyond excited to announce we are currently at $71,266.77,” stated a social media update. “We are only $35,533.23 away from our goal. We really would love to be at $95,000.00 by December 31.” With the deficit becoming smaller and smaller, hopes are high that several holiday events at the Frisco Woods Campground will put the committee over the top. The 2nd Annual Hayrides with Santa event, which will be held December 3 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., will feature bounce houses, live music, food, and pictures with the big man himself, and is one of many festivals held over the past year to raise awareness [...] 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

Keeper James book signing event will be held at Island Convenience ...

November 21, 2022 | Community News Brief

Keeper James Charlet will be autographing and personalizing copies of his best-selling book, Shipwrecks of the Outer Banks: Dramatic Rescues and Fantastic Wrecks in the Graveyard of the Atlantic, Globe Pequot Press. Keeper James says, “My publishers choose this title. In spite of the ‘headline-Shipwrecks-print,’ the stories are much more about the dramatic rescues by [...] Community News Brief |  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

Naomi L. Sallinger

November 28, 2022 | Obituaries

RODANTHE — Naomi L. Sallinger died peacefully of natural causes in Nags Head on November 27, 2022, at the age of 87. Naomi was born in Nelson County VA. After graduating high school she relocated to Portsmouth, VA, and attended William and Mary College where she earned a business degree. Naomi married and had two [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Tammy Lee Heath Roughton

November 28, 2022 | Obituaries

June 11, 1958 – November 22, 2022 NAGS HEAD — Tammy Lee Heath Roughton, 64, of Nags Head, NC passed away peacefully after a long illness on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at Peak Resources – Outer Banks. Born in Parkersburg, WV on June 11, 1958, she was the daughter of the late Shyrlene Taylor and [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Michael Granderson Buckner

November 28, 2022 | Obituaries

November 8, 1956 – November 23, 2022 KITTY HAWK — Michael Granderson Buckner, 66, of Kitty Hawk, NC died Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Born in Warren County, NC on November 8, 1956, he was the son of the late Gussie Lewis Kimball Buckner and Roy Lee Buckner. From the age [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Wayne J. Strickland

November 28, 2022 | Obituaries

Wayne Joseph Strickland of Kitty Hawk, NC passed away on Monday, November 21, 2022, after a very tough year of fighting cancer. Wayne was born in Maryland on August 14, 1956 to Joseph and Ruth Strickland. He grew up in District Heights, MD, and graduated in 1974 from Bishop McNamara High School. It was during [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Twila Kay Weary Magruder

November 23, 2022 | Obituaries

November 5, 1938 – November 22, 2022 Kill Devil Hills, NC Twila Kay Weary Magruder, 84, of Kill Devil Hills, NC died Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at The Outer Banks Hospital. Born in Williamsport, PA on November 5, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Edna Gray Weary and Daniel Martin Weary. Twila was [...] Obituaries |  Full Article