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Long-delayed Ocracoke passenger ferry gets underway

May 19, 2022 | Local News | By: Catherine Kozak | From The: Coastal Review

In a bit of serendipity, the North Carolina Ferry Division celebrated its 75th anniversary Monday morning by christening its modern new vessel, the Ocracoke Express, the first and only passenger ferry in the system. “It’s been a long time coming,” North Carolina Secretary of Transportation Eric Boyette said to a small gathering under the shaded terminal [...] Local News |  Full Article

‘The impacts of tourism are both positive and negative’

May 19, 2022 | Local News | By: Mark Jurkowitz | From The: Outer Banks Voice | 1

Lee Nettles on plans to manage OBX’s exploding visitor business According to its Executive Director Lee Nettles, the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is embarking on a number of initiatives at this moment. One of them, “Careers Beyond the Counter,” is designed to encourage local students to pursue rewarding vocations in the tourism industry. On June [...] Local News |  Full Article

Frisco Bathhouse reopens after completing renovation project

May 18, 2022 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist

On Wednesday morning, May 18, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore reopened Frisco Beach Access to the public after contractor T.D. McGhee Co. from Wilmington, N.C., finished an extensive renovation project that initially launched in late 2021. The Frisco Bathhouse is located just south of Frisco village, and is one of the most popular oceanside beach accesses [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Bateman, Sanderson, Cruden, Moreland win primaries

May 18, 2022 | Local News | By: Mark Jurkowitz | From The: Outer Banks Voice

Gaskins to face Murphy in 3rd Congressional District contest Incumbent Dare County Commissioner Ervin Bateman will return for another term while the county’s current state senator, Bob Steinburg, was defeated in a redrawn district in the May 17 Republican primary election. At the same time, two Dare County Republicans were defeated a three-way race to become [...] Local News |  Full Article

After houses collapse, contractors, volunteers, and NPS clean mile ...

May 17, 2022 | Seashore News

After last week’s collapse of two unoccupied houses in Rodanthe, N.C., significant debris removal efforts are underway. Owners of the collapsed homes have contracted debris removal activities. Additionally, numerous volunteers and National Park Service employees, joined together to clean many miles of beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore). Due to the extensive amounts of [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Bland, McAvoy and Moreland compete in Republican primary for Distr ...

May 17, 2022 | Local News | By: Mark Jurkowitz | From The: Outer Banks Voice

There are three candidates in Republican primary race for a District 1 District Court Judge’s seat. They are Jennifer Bland, who has held the post since last September after being appointed by Governor Roy Cooper; Kill Devil Hills attorney and Town Commissioner Bernard (B.J.) McAvoy; and Hertford attorney and District 1 Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey [...] Local News |  Full Article

Long-delayed Ocracoke passenger ferry gets underway

May 19, 2022 | Local News | By: Catherine Kozak | From The: Coastal Review

In a bit of serendipity, the North Carolina Ferry Division celebrated its 75th anniversary Monday morning by christening its modern new vessel, the Ocracoke Express, the first and only passenger ferry in the system. “It’s been a long time coming,” North Carolina Secretary of Transportation Eric Boyette said to a small gathering under the shaded terminal [...] Local News |  Full Article

‘The impacts of tourism are both positive and negative’

May 19, 2022 | Local News | By: Mark Jurkowitz | From The: Outer Banks Voice | 1

Lee Nettles on plans to manage OBX’s exploding visitor business According to its Executive Director Lee Nettles, the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is embarking on a number of initiatives at this moment. One of them, “Careers Beyond the Counter,” is designed to encourage local students to pursue rewarding vocations in the tourism industry. On June [...] Local News |  Full Article

Bateman, Sanderson, Cruden, Moreland win primaries

May 18, 2022 | Local News | By: Mark Jurkowitz | From The: Outer Banks Voice

Gaskins to face Murphy in 3rd Congressional District contest Incumbent Dare County Commissioner Ervin Bateman will return for another term while the county’s current state senator, Bob Steinburg, was defeated in a redrawn district in the May 17 Republican primary election. At the same time, two Dare County Republicans were defeated a three-way race to become [...] Local News |  Full Article

Bland, McAvoy and Moreland compete in Republican primary for Distr ...

May 17, 2022 | Local News | By: Mark Jurkowitz | From The: Outer Banks Voice

There are three candidates in Republican primary race for a District 1 District Court Judge’s seat. They are Jennifer Bland, who has held the post since last September after being appointed by Governor Roy Cooper; Kill Devil Hills attorney and Town Commissioner Bernard (B.J.) McAvoy; and Hertford attorney and District 1 Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey [...] Local News |  Full Article

Four GOP candidates challenge Murphy in 3rd Congressional District ...

May 17, 2022 | Local News | By: Mark Jurkowitz | From The: Outer Banks Voice

Four candidates are challenging incumbent Third District Congressman Greg Murphy in the Republican primary to be held on March 17 Aside from Murphy, of Greenville, the candidates include Tony Cowden of Harrells; Eric Earhart of Eure; Brian Friend of Wilmington; and George Papastrat of Richlands. They are running for what has been considered a safe [...] Local News |  Full Article

First sea turtle nest of the 2022 season found on Ocracoke Island

May 20, 2022 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist

The first sea turtle nest of the 2022 season was found on Ocracoke Island on Friday morning, May 20, per an update from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS). The crawl pattern indicated to CHNS biologists that the nest came from a Loggerhead sea turtle, and the nest has been marked off to protect it until the sea turtle eggs hatch in approximately two months. Last year, the first sea turtle nest of the season was also found on Ocracoke Island on May 14, 2021. This timeframe is similar to 2020, when the first sea turtle nest was discovered in Buxton. Both 2020 and 2021 nests also stemmed from loggerhead sea turtles. The Outer Banks serves as seasonal breeding grounds for endangered sea turtles, and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore has had several record-breaking years in the past decade when it comes to the annual number of recorded sea turtle nests. Sea turtle nests laid by lo [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Frisco Bathhouse reopens after completing renovation project

May 18, 2022 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist

On Wednesday morning, May 18, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore reopened Frisco Beach Access to the public after contractor T.D. McGhee Co. from Wilmington, N.C., finished an extensive renovation project that initially launched in late 2021. The Frisco Bathhouse is located just south of Frisco village, and is one of the most popular oceanside beach accesses [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

After houses collapse, contractors, volunteers, and NPS clean mile ...

May 17, 2022 | Seashore News

After last week’s collapse of two unoccupied houses in Rodanthe, N.C., significant debris removal efforts are underway. Owners of the collapsed homes have contracted debris removal activities. Additionally, numerous volunteers and National Park Service employees, joined together to clean many miles of beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore). Due to the extensive amounts of [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Avon Pier opens, and other National Seashore updates for the week ...

May 5, 2022 | Seashore News

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) announced several recent updates and news items related to recreational activities and seashore conditions on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. News items and events related to the National Seashore for the week of May 5 include the following: Seashore Updates North Carolina Department of Transportation’s passenger ferry at Cape Hatteras [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Visitors urged to check rip current and beach condition forecasts ...

April 16, 2022 | Seashore News

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) urges visitors to check rip current and beach condition forecasts before heading to the beach. Beach Forecasts and Text Alerts The daily beach forecast by the National Weather Service (NWS), located at www.weather.gov/beach/mhx, includes rip current risk levels and information about other hazards at the beach. Outer Banks and Seashore [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Weekly Hatteras Village Community Fish Fry returning for 2022 on May 28

May 18, 2022 | Island Features

Organizers are gearing up for the 2022 season of the Hatteras Community Fish Fry, a weekly Hatteras village event that has been a local tradition since 1955. Once again, the Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department will be the seasonal home of the fish fry from Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day. Profits from the Fish Fry will again be shared equally among the following organizations: the Hatteras United Methodist Church, the Hatteras Village Volunteer Fire Department, the Hatteras Ladies Fire Auxiliary, and the Hatteras Village Civic Association. Prices for 2022 remain the same as previous years, and are as follows: Large plate – $13.00. Includes 2 pieces of fish with 2 sides, hushpuppies & tea Small plate - $ 9.00. Includes 1 piece of fish with 2 smaller sides & tea Homemade dessert – Donation based The fish fry is held every Saturday from May 28 until September 3, from 5:00 p. [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Annual ‘Adopt A Sea Turtle Nest’ program underway

May 11, 2022 | Island Features | From The: Coastal Review

It’s sea turtle nesting season and Outer Banks Forever is offering a way to protect these critters through its annual Adopt a Sea Turtle Nest program at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. A tax-deductible donation of $100 or more will allow the donor to symbolically adopt an active sea turtle nest at the seashore during nesting season May through [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Monitor expedition set as marine sanctuary system turns 50

May 10, 2022 | Island Features | By: Catherine Kozak | From The: Coastal Review

This year is the 50th anniversary of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Sanctuary Systems, an occasion that by definition makes the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary extra special because it was the very first one. The problem is that most Americans may be thinking: “What’s a marine sanctuary system?” And even if the [...] Island Features |  Full Article

OBAR Releases April Real Estate Statistical Report

May 12, 2022 | Real Estate

The Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® has released April's real estate statistical report. There was an increase in total volume sold which means that the market is still HOT!  April saw a 4% increase in total volume sold which equates to an increase in $32 million when compared to this time last year.  Not surprisingly, total inventory is down to 767 units which is a 24% decrease compared to April of 2021.  That is a difference of 245 units.  Residential units available are also down to 322 which is 66 units lower than April 2021. However, a silver lining is April's residential units reflect an increase of 56 units when compared to March 2022. Residential median price is up 23% when compared to this time last year equaling $560,000, which is an increase of $105,050.  Residential days on market is also down drastically from 77 days to 38 days.  Kitty Hawk continues to have the [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® holds first membership meeti ...

March 9, 2022 | Real Estate | From The: OBX Today

The Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) held their first membership meeting of the year on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant in Kill Devil Hills. The keynote speakers were Dare County Manager Bobby Outten and Dare County Public Information Officer Dorothy Hester. Both presented information on the 2022 county-wide beach nourishment [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

NOAA Fisheries Announces Limited Openings of Recreational and Commercial Red Snapper Seasons in South Atlantic Federal Waters

May 20, 2022 | Fishing

What/When: Each year, NOAA Fisheries announces the season opening dates for red snapper in federal waters of the South Atlantic, in addition to the recreational season length.  For the 2022 season: The recreational sector will open for harvest on the following 2 days: July 8 and 9, 2022 (Friday and Saturday) – The recreational season opens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 8, 2022, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 10, 2022. The commercial sector will open for harvest at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 11, 2022, and will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2023, unless the commercial annual catch limit is met or projected to be met before this date. If the commercial sector closes before 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2023, NOAA Fisheries will announce it in the Federal Register and publish another Fishery Bulletin. During the Limited Open Seasons: The t [...] Fishing |  Full Article

College of The Albemarle Holds 19th Annual Medical Assisting Pinning

May 19, 2022 | Community News Brief

College of The Albemarle (COA) celebrated four Medical Assisting graduates in a pinning ceremony held Monday, May 9, 2022, in the Performing Arts Center at COA – Elizabeth City. During the ceremony, the graduates received their pins, participated in a candle lighting ceremony and recited the Medical Assisting Creed. The graduates completed 840 hours total [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

NC Senate incumbents Steinburg and Sanderson face off in District ...

May 17, 2022 | Community News Brief | By: Mark Jurkowitz | From The: Outer Banks Voice

Two incumbent North Carolina State Senators, Bob Steinburg and Norman Sanderson, are competing in the Republican primary for the reconfigured District 1 State Senate seat that includes Dare County and contains constituents from both of their current districts. Steinburg, an Edenton resident, is the current District 1 senator, as well as a retired businessman and [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pets of the Week Kanga and Roo

May 17, 2022 | Community News Brief

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

Dare County Public Works Trash Collection Cancellations for Wednes ...

May 10, 2022 | Community News Brief

Due to the continuing adverse weather conditions, road closures and flooding, Dare County Public Works will not conduct commercial or residential trash collection on Hatteras Island on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Weather permitting, commercial and residential trash collection will be completed on Thursday, May 12, 2022.  NOTE: If any additional schedule changes are necessary, updates [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week Princess

May 9, 2022 | Community News Brief

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

Hampton Ross Wolfe III

May 17, 2022 | Obituaries

September 5, 1956 – May 8, 2022 KILL DEVIL HILLS — Hampton Ross Wolfe III, 65, of Kill Devil Hills, NC died Sunday, May 8, 2022, at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. Born in Portsmouth, VA on September 5, 1956, he was the son of the late Florence and Hampton Wolfe, Jr. Having served his country [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Herbert Leon Holleman

May 17, 2022 | Obituaries

MANTEO — Herbert Leon Holleman, 73, of Manteo, NC died Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. Born in Durham, NC on December 3, 1948, he was the son of the late Catherine M. Williams and Herbert Holleman. Leon devoted his life to education. He began his career as a middle and high [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Susan Renee Belvin

May 17, 2022 | Obituaries

COLINGTON — Susan Renee Belvin, 60, transitioned from this world naturally at her Colington home May 14, 2022.  She was predeceased by her husband Rick Belvin, and by her daughter, Destiney Akers- both formerly of Colington. Renee, as she was best known, was born and raised in Portsmouth, VA although she considered Colington home since [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Richard Taylor Gillespie

May 17, 2022 | Obituaries

KITTY HAWK — Richard T. Gillespie passed away in Nags Head, NC early in the morning of May 16, 2022.  He was the son of the late Samuel and S. Viola Gillespie and brother of the late Robert Gillespie.  Richard was born May 28,1930 in York, PA. Richard is survived by his wife of 71 [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Ashley Lynn Taylor

May 13, 2022 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS — Ashley Lynn Taylor left his earthly body on May 11, 2022. Ashley was born on August 24, 1965, and was raised in Newport News, VA. He later moved to Kill Devil Hills, NC to raise a family of his own. Ashley had a passion for surfing and was always drawn to [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Theresa Rogers

May 12, 2022 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS — On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022, Theresa Rogers joined her daughter, Shawna Hartley; mother, Claire Taylor; father, Billy Taylor; and brother, William Taylor in Heaven. She leaves behind her sons, which she loved so much, Michael Rogers (Erin) and Robert Haire; her sisters, Patricia Taylor Parker (Gene), Lynn Taylor and Pamela Collier [...] Obituaries |  Full Article