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All Hatteras and Ocracoke ferry operations suspended due to weather

September 30, 2022 | Local News

All ferry operations for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands have been suspended as of Friday at 8:00 a.m., per an update from the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division. Ferry service will resume once weather conditions improve. The impacted ferry routes include the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry, the Ocracoke-Cedar Island ferry, and the Ocracoke-Swan Quarter ferry. As of [...] Local News |  Full Article

Tropical Storm Warning and Storm Surge Watch issued for the Outer ...

September 29, 2022 | Local News

The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Warning and a Storm Surge Watch for Dare County due to expected impacts from Tropical Storm Ian. A Tropical Storm Warning indicates that tropical storm conditions—including winds over 39 mph—are possible within 36 hours. A Storm Surge Watch indicates that life-threatening inundation is possible somewhere within [...] Local News |  Full Article

Coastal Flood Advisory, Wind Advisory, High Surf Advisory issued f ...

September 29, 2022 | Local News

Multiple additional advisories have been issued for the Outer Banks ahead of this weekend’s stormy weather, including a Coastal Flood Advisory, Wind Advisory, High Surf Advisory, and Gale Warning, per a Thursday morning update from the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City office. As Hurricane Ian tracks through the southeast United States, the storm will interact [...] Local News |  Full Article

All Hatteras and Ocracoke ferry operations suspended due to weather

September 30, 2022 | Local News

All ferry operations for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands have been suspended as of Friday at 8:00 a.m., per an update from the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division. Ferry service will resume once weather conditions improve. The impacted ferry routes include the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry, the Ocracoke-Cedar Island ferry, and the Ocracoke-Swan Quarter ferry. As of [...] Local News |  Full Article

Tropical Storm Warning and Storm Surge Watch issued for the Outer ...

September 29, 2022 | Local News

The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Warning and a Storm Surge Watch for Dare County due to expected impacts from Tropical Storm Ian. A Tropical Storm Warning indicates that tropical storm conditions—including winds over 39 mph—are possible within 36 hours. A Storm Surge Watch indicates that life-threatening inundation is possible somewhere within [...] Local News |  Full Article

Coastal Flood Advisory, Wind Advisory, High Surf Advisory issued f ...

September 29, 2022 | Local News

Multiple additional advisories have been issued for the Outer Banks ahead of this weekend’s stormy weather, including a Coastal Flood Advisory, Wind Advisory, High Surf Advisory, and Gale Warning, per a Thursday morning update from the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City office. As Hurricane Ian tracks through the southeast United States, the storm will interact [...] Local News |  Full Article

Dare County will have a remote learning day on Friday, Sept. 30, d ...

September 28, 2022 | Local News

Dare County district and local school officials announced on Wednesday that all Dare County Schools will have a remote instructional day on Friday, September 30, due to concerns about possible impacts from Hurricane Ian. All schools will have a normal instructional day on Thursday, September 29, and teachers will communicate remote instruction expectations with students [...] Local News |  Full Article

Sailing vessel grounds near north end of Oregon Inlet

September 30, 2022 | Seashore News

An unoccupied 30-foot catamaran named the Katalyst grounded yesterday afternoon near the north end of Oregon Inlet. Prior to the grounding at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, multiple passengers were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard. The National Park Service is consulting with the U.S. Coast Guard and working with the owner to have the vessel removed from the beach. Visitors should avoid the area until the sailing vessel is removed in the coming days. [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Night Sky: Orionid Meteor Shower, Veil Nebula, and More Highlights for October

September 30, 2022 | Island Features | By: Gerry Lebing

What's behind the Veil? Thousands of years ago, there was a massive super-nova explosion in the constellation, Cygnus. The remnants of that explosion formed a nebula called the Cygnus Loop. It looks like this: Cygnus Loop is about 120 light years across and has a magnitude of +5. It is believed to be about 20,000 light years away from us. The Cygnus Loop is also called the Veil Nebula. The left-most filament of the Veil is commonly known as the Eastern Veil, the central part is the Central Veil and, the right most part is the Western Veil. The Veil was first recorded by William Herschel in 1784. Both the Eastern and Western Veil deserve a closer look, so here they are:   What to look for in October's night skies. Saturn, Jupiter and Mars are still featured in our night skies. Saturn and Jupiter are both visible as soon as the skies get dark, but Mars does not rise until about 10:30 [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Island History: The 137-year anniversary of the wreck of the Schoo ...

September 22, 2022 | Island Features | By: James D. “Keeper James” Charlet

The wreck of the schooner Ada F. Whitney, which occurred on September 22, 1885, was a very difficult but somewhat routine event for the life-savers during a somewhat difficult time in America. In the year of this wreck, 1885, America had 38 states – yet to become would be the states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Lighthouse builder Dexter Stetson laid sturdy foundations

September 20, 2022 | Island Features | By: Kipp Tabb | From The: Coastal Review

The three lighthouses north of Ocracoke on the Outer Banks, Cape Hatteras, Bodie Island and Currituck Beach, built between 1869 and 1875, have withstood hurricanes, nor’easters and the harsh coastal environment, although the Hatteras light was moved landward in 1999 to spare it from the encroaching Atlantic. The trio all share design features that were [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Island Real Estate: Hatteras Island home sales and trends as of September 2022

September 15, 2022 | Real Estate | By: Stephen Smith

We have seen lots of changes in the market since the Federal Reserve started rapidly raising their funds rate earlier this year. The average 30-year mortgage has seen an increase from 3.41% in early January to 6.3% as of this writing. This has had a huge impact on sales volume, as buyers are more inclined to wait out the storm and hope for lower rates in the future before buying. How much of an impact do these rising rates have? If we take the YTD $620,000 median sales price for Hatteras Island properties and assume a 20% down standard loan, this is quite a difference on the principal+interest portion of a mortgage payment: If you bought at January 3rd rates, the principal+interest would be $2,202.42 per month. If you bought at today’s rates, the principal+interest would be $3,070.11 per month. That’s a difference of $867.69 per month! That’s how much buying power has evaporated o [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

OBAR Releases May Real Estate Statistical Report

June 17, 2022 | Real Estate | 4

The Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) has released their May 2022 real estate statistical report.  The report highlights year-to-date and month-to-month sale comparisons for residential, commercial, and lot/land properties included in OBAR’s Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The report shows 2022 year-to-date sales for all property in the MLS has declined slightly for the last [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Commercial flounder season reopening statewide on Oct. 9 for gigs and hook-and-line; trip limit established for pound nets in Southern Management Area

September 30, 2022 | Fishing

The commercial flounder season will reopen Oct. 9 for gigs and hook-and-line in internal coastal waters statewide. Additionally, a flounder trip limit is established for the Pound Net Southern Management Area. The commercial flounder season for gigs and hook-and-line in the Northern and Southern Management Areas reopens at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. The harvest season will close when the Total Allowable Landings for this sector is approached, or at 6 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, whichever occurs first. The Northern Management Area includes the upper portion of Core Sound and waters north to the Virginia State line. The Southern Management Area encompasses the lower portion of Core Sound and waters south to the South Carolina state line. The commercial flounder season closed on Sept. 22 for mobile gears in the Northern Management Area and on Sept. 21 for mobile gears in the Southern Management Ar [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Help a Dog’s Heart Program Launched by Coastal Humane Society a ...

September 27, 2022 | Community News Brief

The Coastal Humane Society is excited to announce a generous grant of $5000 has been awarded by the Outer Banks Community Foundation to subsidize our new program Help a Dog’s Heart.  This program will provide free heartworm testing at our 2022-2023 Vaccination Clinics and offer assistance with heartworm prevention medication and treatment. Heartworms are parasitic [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

NC’s Tourism Resource Assistance Center will visit Ocracoke ...

September 27, 2022 | Community News Brief

On October 13, tourism-related businesses in Hyde County – and surrounding counties – will have an opportunity to meet with Visit North Carolina staff to learn about the organization’s research, marketing, public relations, international tourism, sports, RetireNC and Outdoor NC programs, and other services. Visit North Carolina’s Tourism Resource Assistance Center (TRAC) will be held [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week Max

September 21, 2022 | Community News Brief

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

Mary McClease Conway

September 27, 2022 | Obituaries

MANTEO — Dare County native Mary McClease Conway surrendered her soul to God peacefully at her daughter’s home in Georgia September 22, 2022. She was 98 years loved on this earth and was the daughter of the late Cora and George McClease of Manteo, NC.  Mrs. Conway was also predeceased by her beloved husband, Linwood [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

David M. Copeland

September 27, 2022 | Obituaries

David M. Copeland passed away on September 24, 2022, in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. He was born on April 16, 1966, in Riverhead, New York. The family moved to Bedford, Virginia in 1974. David graduated from Liberty High School, where he was an avid tennis and soccer player. He worked at Chilli Peppers in [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Ernest (Rick) F. Kerber, Jr.

September 21, 2022 | Obituaries

August 5, 1946 – September 9, 2022 NAGS HEAD — On September 9, 2022, Ernest (Rick) F. Kerber, Jr., 76, of Nags Head, NC, passed away comfortably at his home with a full moon glowing over the Roanoke Sound. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Teresa; his loving, thoughtful, and compassionate [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Marc George Standley

September 21, 2022 | Obituaries

November 30, 1930 – August 3, 2022 KITTY HAWK — Marc George Standley of Kitty Hawk, NC was born in Antananarivo on the island of Madagascar to French and British parents. From there, he began a successful and adventurous life: He grew up with his siblings exploring that island before moving to London to attain [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Dina Sample Lane Etheridge

September 21, 2022 | Obituaries

March 2, 1946 – September 18, 2022 NAGS HEAD — Dina Sample Lane Etheridge, age 76, of Nags Head, North Carolina, passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2022, surrounded by her family, after a long battle with Dementia. Dina was born in Richmond, Virginia on March 2, 1946, to Roy Winfred Lane and Ina Brothers [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Loretta Lynn Gibbs Long

September 21, 2022 | Obituaries

July 15, 1981 – September 13, 2022 KILL DEVIL HILLS — Loretta Lynn Gibbs Long, 41, of Kill Devil Hills, NC died Tuesday, September 13, 2022. Born in Elizabeth City, NC on July 15, 1981, she was the daughter of Maude Midgett Gibbs and James Ray Gibbs. In addition to her parents, Loretta is survived [...] Obituaries |  Full Article