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The Blue Envelope Program comes to Dare County

July 22, 2024 | Community News Brief

  In partnership with Dare County and local law enforcement agencies, Outer Banks Health is bringing the Blue Envelope Program to our community. The program is designed to provide a communication awareness tool for law enforcement when interacting with community members diagnosed with conditions or disabilities like autism spectrum disorder, dementia, and anxiety. The blue [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Service Interrupted at NCDMV Offices

July 19, 2024 | Community News Brief

A global outage has interrupted N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles business services including but not limited to driver license offices and license plate agencies throughout North Carolina, NCDMV reported today. The outage occurred when a software update by CrowdStrike apparently failed. NCDMV will attempt to reach out to customers to reschedule appointments. NCDMV operates 115 driver license offices [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Susan Austin

July 18, 2024 | Obituaries

Susan Austin, a classic Outer Banks beauty, aged 86, passed away on July 16, 2024. Born and raised in Ocracoke to parents Sommers and Etta Spencer, she was a beloved mother, wife, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Susan was born on March 1, 1938, in Ocracoke, where she [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Plans are in the works for new restroom facilities at Old Lighthou ...

July 18, 2024 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

Multiple agencies are coming together to install new and permanent restroom facilities with outdoor showers at Old Lighthouse Beach in Buxton, one of the most popular beach accesses on Hatteras Island. Jessica Barnes of Outer Banks Forever, the official nonprofit partner of the Outer Banks’ national parks, outlined the upcoming project at the Dare County [...] Local News |  Full Article

Sherriann Sarsfield, Chief Operator for Rodanthe water plant, name ...

July 17, 2024 | Community News Brief

Sherriann Sarsfield, who serves as chief water treatment plant operator for the Dare County Water Department at the Joseph “Mac” Midgett Reverse Osmosis Water Plant in Rodanthe, has been named Dare County Employee of the Month for July 2024. The prestigious award was presented to Sarsfield by Dare County Public Utility Director William Nash during the Dare [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Plans are in the works for new restroom facilities at Old Lighthou ...

July 18, 2024 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

Multiple agencies are coming together to install new and permanent restroom facilities with outdoor showers at Old Lighthouse Beach in Buxton, one of the most popular beach accesses on Hatteras Island. Jessica Barnes of Outer Banks Forever, the official nonprofit partner of the Outer Banks’ national parks, outlined the upcoming project at the Dare County [...] Local News |  Full Article

Dare commissioners approve moving up Buxton, Avon beach nourishmen ...

July 17, 2024 | Local News | By: Sam Walker | 1

From SamWalkerOBXNews.com With erosion occurring more rapidly than expected off Buxton, the Dare County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to shift the next beach renourishment project to 2026. Buxton’s stretch of beach took a beating this past fall and winter from offshore hurricanes and repeated nor’easters, including one of the worst incidents of erosion since [...] Local News |  Full Article

Board of Commissioners ban balloon releases in unincorporated Dare ...

July 16, 2024 | Local News | By: Joy Crist | 1

At a Public Hearing that coincided with the Dare County Board of Commissioners’ monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 16, the Board unanimously approved a ban on balloon releases in unincorporated areas of the county, which includes Hatteras Island, Roanoke Island outside the Town of Manteo, Colington, Martin’s Point, and the Dare County mainland. The details of [...] Local News |  Full Article

Dare commissioners to vote on moving up Buxton, Avon beach widenin ...

July 14, 2024 | Local News | By: Sam Walker | 2

From SamWalkerOBXNews.com With erosion occurring more rapidly than expected off Buxton, the Dare County Board of Commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday to shift the next beach renourishment project to 2026. Buxton’s stretch of beach took a beating this past fall and winter for offshore hurricanes and repeated nor’easters, including one of the worst incidents of [...] Local News |  Full Article

South Carolina man dies in kayaking incident near ORV Ramp 43 in Buxton

July 20, 2024 | Seashore News

A 72-year-old man from Florence, South Carolina, died on Saturday morning, July 20, as a result of an incident that occurred while kayaking. The kayaker launched from the beach near Cape Hatteras National Seashore's Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Ramp 43, located east of the Cape Point Campground near Buxton, North Carolina. Bystanders reported seeing the kayak capsize while attempting to ride a wave approximately 50 yards from the beach. They swam out to help pull the man from the kayak and brought him to the beach. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation efforts were initiated; however, they were unsuccessful. Several agencies and partners assisted with the incident including the Dare County Emergency Medical Service and Sheriff’s Office, Hatteras Island Ocean Rescue, and Cape Hatteras National Seashore Rangers. Because the fatality occurred while kayaking, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commi [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Exterior paint removal will begin soon as Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ...

July 2, 2024 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist

Six months into an extensive restoration project, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse already looks like a different structure, thanks to a tower of scaffolding that was erected around the lighthouse in the spring. Now, residents and visitors can expect another major change in the lighthouse’s appearance, as the exterior paint is scheduled to be removed in [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras National Seashore reminds visitors of local firework ...

June 29, 2024 | Seashore News

Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitors should leave fireworks at home and attend permitted fireworks shows on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) reminds visitors and adjacent homeowners that it is illegal to detonate fireworks, or have fireworks in your possession, on all land managed by the National Park Service, including all beaches [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

First-ever Labor Day Lighthouse 5K at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is coming Sept. 2

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

A brand new 5K race is launching in the shadow of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse this Labor Day, September 2, and the inaugural event will give participants an up-close look at the ongoing restoration project while supporting a number of Hatteras Island charities. The new-in-2023 Barrier Island Group (B.I.G.), in cooperation with the National Park Service, will be hosting the 5K run or walk through the newly-designed Cape Hatteras Lighthouse grounds and surrounding park and pathway, with stunning views of the scaffolded lighthouse along the way. “Have you seen the LABOR being done on the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse?” stated B.I.G organizers in an announcement about the event. “If not, here’s your chance to get a firsthand look at the work being done on the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States - an iconic symbol of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.” “The first 200 registr [...] Island Features |  Full Article

First-ever guided tours of Little Kinnakeet provide an inside look ...

July 16, 2024 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

The summer of 2024 marks the first time that the public can explore the inner workings of the Little Kinnakeet Life-Saving Station, thanks to the launch of weekly Friday tours that are part of a year-long 150th anniversary celebration. In 1874, the first seven Life-Saving Stations (LSS) were constructed along the North Carolina coastline, from Currituck [...] Island Features |  Full Article

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

July 10, 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 [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Check out Hatteras Island’s three weekly markets during the ...

July 7, 2024 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

Visitors and residents who love discovering Hatteras Island’s talented artists have three opportunities every week to experience what the local arts scene is all about. With the summertime return of the Tri Villages Market, Avon Farmers Market, and Old Trent Market, the island is brimming with shopping activity Tuesdays through Thursdays until Labor Day Weekend, [...] Island Features |  Full Article

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

July 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 up to the official October [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Flood history questions added to real estate disclosure form

July 20, 2024 | Real Estate | By: Catherine Kozak | 1

From CoastalReview.org Sometimes it’s a puzzle why people don’t ask more questions, such as, “Has the river that’s down your road ever flooded your house, the house I’m thinking of buying?” The maxim “buyer beware” is wise advice no matter where a house is situated, but it’s good to have rules in place to cover homebuyers’ backs for the things they overlook or wrongly assume. As of July 1, prospective real estate buyers in North Carolina must now be provided the required North Carolina Real Estate Commission residential disclosure form by the seller that for the first time includes questions related to a property’s flood risk. The change in the form was requested in a petition for rulemaking filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center in December 2022 on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council, or NRDC, the North Carolina Justice Center, MDC Inc., the N [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

New study finds paths to more effective short-term rental regulations

June 25, 2024 | Real Estate

Rent Responsibly and the College of Charleston have released the 2024 State of the Short-Term Rental (STR) Industry Report, the largest study of its kind exploring the STR industry and the local STR regulatory landscape across the US. Researchers surveyed more than 5,000 STR owners and property managers about their properties, operations, technology, marketing, regulations, [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Causey settles again with insurance companies, another rental home ...

May 31, 2024 | Real Estate | By: Sam Walker

From SamWalkerOBXNews.com North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has reached a settlement with companies that insure rental homes, which means rates for some coverage will be jumping again for a second straight year. The Republican who is running for a third term this fall announced late Thursday he had reached an agreement with the North [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

New recreational, commercial harvest reporting requirements delayed to Dec. 1, 2025

July 12, 2024 | Fishing

New harvest reporting requirements for recreational and commercial fisheries have been delayed by one year and will now become effective on Dec. 1, 2025. The N.C. General Assembly recently passed Session Law 2024-45, which, in part, amends legislation from last fall that would have implemented the harvest reporting requirements on Dec. 1, 2024. This extension will allow the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) to engage with stakeholders, not only to inform them about the requirements, but also to ensure that the reporting process and tool(s) are robust and user-friendly. The legislation from last fall requires that any person who recreationally harvests Red Drum, flounder, Spotted Seatrout (speckled trout), Striped Bass and Weakfish (gray trout) must report that harvest to the DMF. This requi [...] Fishing |  Full Article

The Blue Envelope Program comes to Dare County

July 22, 2024 | Community News Brief

  In partnership with Dare County and local law enforcement agencies, Outer Banks Health is bringing the Blue Envelope Program to our community. The program is designed to provide a communication awareness tool for law enforcement when interacting with community members diagnosed with conditions or disabilities like autism spectrum disorder, dementia, and anxiety. The blue [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Service Interrupted at NCDMV Offices

July 19, 2024 | Community News Brief

A global outage has interrupted N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles business services including but not limited to driver license offices and license plate agencies throughout North Carolina, NCDMV reported today. The outage occurred when a software update by CrowdStrike apparently failed. NCDMV will attempt to reach out to customers to reschedule appointments. NCDMV operates 115 driver license offices [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Sherriann Sarsfield, Chief Operator for Rodanthe water plant, name ...

July 17, 2024 | Community News Brief

Sherriann Sarsfield, who serves as chief water treatment plant operator for the Dare County Water Department at the Joseph “Mac” Midgett Reverse Osmosis Water Plant in Rodanthe, has been named Dare County Employee of the Month for July 2024. The prestigious award was presented to Sarsfield by Dare County Public Utility Director William Nash during the Dare [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Philip Scott Harvey

July 22, 2024 | Obituaries

November 3, 1951 – July 15, 2024 KILL DEVIL HILLS — Philip Scott Harvey passed away peacefully at home on Monday, July 15, 2024. Philip was born in Greenville, NC on November 3, 1951, to George Philip and Mary Scott Harvey. He is survived by his wife Susan, their daughter Virginia “Ginger” Rountree and husband [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

James Murray “Swivel” Cox

July 19, 2024 | Obituaries

January 24, 1964 – July 18, 2024 WANCHESE — James Murray Cox, 60, of Wanchese, NC, affectionately known as “Swivel,” passed away on July 18, 2024. He was born on January 24, 1964, in Norfolk, VA, to the late MaryAnn Burbage and James Henderson Cox. James dedicated his career as a licensed refrigeration mechanic, retiring [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Susan Austin

July 18, 2024 | Obituaries

Susan Austin, a classic Outer Banks beauty, aged 86, passed away on July 16, 2024. Born and raised in Ocracoke to parents Sommers and Etta Spencer, she was a beloved mother, wife, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Susan was born on March 1, 1938, in Ocracoke, where she [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Timothy M. Muldoon

July 18, 2024 | Obituaries

NAGS HEAD — Timothy Michael Muldoon, of Nags Head, NC, passed away May 9, 2024. He was born in Chicago, IL on July 20th, 1967, the son of Thomas and Agnes Muldoon. He left Chicago at the age of nine, until he settled in the Town of Red Hook and became a Paramedic, among other [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Nola Estelle Martin Gray

July 16, 2024 | Obituaries

HATTERAS — Nola Estelle Martin Gray/ne Nola Estelle Fletcher, born in New London, Connecticut, and a long-time resident of Hatteras Village, passed away on July 2, 2024, at the age of 97. She spent her youth in Groton, CT, and later years in Norwich, CT. Nola was born on June 10, 1927. She was predeceased [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Joseph Andrew Rogers

July 16, 2024 | Obituaries

Joseph Andrew Rogers, affectionately known as Andy, passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2024, at Chesapeake Regional Healthcare. Born on August 13, 1965, to Roland and Maxine Rogers, Andy was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Andy is survived by his devoted wife, Kristi Lilley Rogers, and his two sons, Hunter (Corey) and [...] Obituaries |  Full Article