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Working Watermen Commission Takes on Timely Issues

March 21, 2019 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

The revitalized Dare County Commission for Working Watermen held their inaugural meeting on Wednesday, March 21, and tackled several pressing issues that are connected to the local fishing industry. The commission originally formed in 2008, but quietly ceased meeting in December of 2012 without formally disbanding. After public comments made by journalist and researcher Susan [...] Local News |  Full Article

Dare Board Paves the Way for Recovery Court

March 20, 2019 | Local News | By: Neel Keller | From The: Outer Banks Sentinel

New program prioritizes drug treatment over prison With its March 18 approval of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Dare County, 1st District Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Jerry Tillett and the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC), the Dare Commissioners took their final step toward starting a Recovery Court program in Dare [...] Local News |  Full Article

Photoshoot and Presentation Provide More Local Voices Against Offs ...

March 20, 2019 | Local News | By: Joy Crist | 1

A photoshoot and presentation aimed at garnering more local voices for the fight against offshore drilling and seismic testing was held in Hatteras village on Tuesday night, attracting roughly 40 community members who posed for the camera. The photoshoot is part of a years-long campaign orchestrated by Not the Answer NC, which showcases the faces [...] Local News |  Full Article

NPS Approves Plan for New Hunt Blind and Wildlife Viewing Platform

March 19, 2019 | Local News

The National Park Service (NPS) has approved a plan to construct a new accessible hunt blind and wildlife-viewing platform within an authorized Cape Hatteras National Seashore waterfowl hunting area on Bodie Island. Following preparation of an environmental assessment (EA) with public review, a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Floodplain Statement of Findings was [...] Local News |  Full Article

Robert B. Bates

March 18, 2019 | Obituaries

FRISCO — Mr. Robert B. Bates passed away suddenly Friday, March 15, 2019 in Frisco, NC. He was 92 and preceded in death recently by his wife, Doris. Robert was born in in Oklahoma. He was a retired Naval officer who served his country bravely in World War II. He also completed law school and [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Two Brief Power Outages Planned for Monday

March 22, 2019 | Local News

On Monday, March 25, Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) will require two planned outages while crews work to disconnect our transmission cables on the old Bonner Bridge so demolition can begin. Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands will be served by limited diesel generators during this time. The outage is slated for the following locations and times: [...] Local News |  Full Article

Working Watermen Commission Takes on Timely Issues

March 21, 2019 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

The revitalized Dare County Commission for Working Watermen held their inaugural meeting on Wednesday, March 21, and tackled several pressing issues that are connected to the local fishing industry. The commission originally formed in 2008, but quietly ceased meeting in December of 2012 without formally disbanding. After public comments made by journalist and researcher Susan [...] Local News |  Full Article

Dare Board Paves the Way for Recovery Court

March 20, 2019 | Local News | By: Neel Keller | From The: Outer Banks Sentinel

New program prioritizes drug treatment over prison With its March 18 approval of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Dare County, 1st District Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Jerry Tillett and the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC), the Dare Commissioners took their final step toward starting a Recovery Court program in Dare [...] Local News |  Full Article

Photoshoot and Presentation Provide More Local Voices Against Offs ...

March 20, 2019 | Local News | By: Joy Crist | 1

A photoshoot and presentation aimed at garnering more local voices for the fight against offshore drilling and seismic testing was held in Hatteras village on Tuesday night, attracting roughly 40 community members who posed for the camera. The photoshoot is part of a years-long campaign orchestrated by Not the Answer NC, which showcases the faces [...] Local News |  Full Article

NPS Approves Plan for New Hunt Blind and Wildlife Viewing Platform

March 19, 2019 | Local News

The National Park Service (NPS) has approved a plan to construct a new accessible hunt blind and wildlife-viewing platform within an authorized Cape Hatteras National Seashore waterfowl hunting area on Bodie Island. Following preparation of an environmental assessment (EA) with public review, a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Floodplain Statement of Findings was [...] Local News |  Full Article

National Seashore Updates for the Week of March 21

March 21, 2019 | 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. Updates and upcoming events for the week of March 21 include the following: Seashore Updates The Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses will open for climbing from April 19 through October 14. Opening day is a fee free day. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse made its epic “move of the century” journey in June and July 1999. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the move, park rangers will present daily interpretive lighthouse move programs beginning May 3 and continuing through October 14. Additional interpretive programming and a special anniversary event will be held between June 17 and July 9 (the same dates as the lighthouse move in 1999). More details to be announced soon. Full Moon Tours of the Cape Hatt [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Superintendent David Hallac Invites Community to Discuss an Overvi ...

February 28, 2019 | Seashore News

  National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac invites the public to visit with staff on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, where he will review visitation patterns and park activities during 2018 at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial. Meeting locations and dates are as follows: [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announces 2019 Camping Season Dates

February 27, 2019 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist

The 2019 Cape Hatteras National Seashore camping season at the Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco, and Ocracoke campgrounds will begin on Friday, April 12. Water and electric services are available at 23 camping sites at Oregon Inlet Campground. All campgrounds accommodate tents, trailers, and motorhomes up to 35 feet. Each campground also provides restrooms, potable [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Bald is Beautiful at Annual St. Baldrick’s Fundraising Event

March 24, 2019 | Hatteras Features | By: Joy Crist

Photos by Don Bowers The annual St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser and shave-a-thon was a banner event in its 13th year in Avon, raising $6,866 in donations for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation – a volunteer-driven charity that funds childhood cancer research grants. Held for the second year in a row at Turner’s High Moon Bar in Avon, this year’s Saturday afternoon shave-fest attracted waves of hairy attendees who bravely went under the razor to garner much-needed donations, and to make 2019’s St. Baldrick’s one of the most successful - and financially rewarding – in recent memory. The Turner’s High Moon Bar locale ensured that shavees could enjoy a little liquid courage before heading to the colorful stage, where four volunteer barbers were waiting: Denise Gaskins of Hair by the Sea, Tabitha Rose of Zen Therapy, Chloe Sapecki, and Sarah Allander of Salon Jobell, who was marki [...] Hatteras Features |  Full Article

Volunteers Needed for Statewide Spring Litter Sweep

March 6, 2019 | Hatteras Features

The N.C. Department of Transportation needs volunteers to help clean up trash along roads during the Adopt-A-Highway Spring Litter Sweep from April 13-27. Each April and September, NCDOT calls on volunteers from across North Carolina to help remove litter from roadsides. Volunteers from local businesses, schools, non-profits, churches and community groups play an important role in keeping [...] Hatteras Features |  Full Article

Night Sky: The Rosette Nebula and Star Cluster, and Other Highlig ...

February 28, 2019 | Hatteras Features | By: Gerry Lebing

  The first thing you might notice about the Rosette Nebula / star cluster is it has a lot of National Galactic Catalog (NGC) numbers associated with it. That’s due to different parts of this object being “discovered” by five different astronomers. The star cluster (visual magnitude +5) was discovered around 1690 by John Flamsteed, [...] Hatteras Features |  Full Article

Outer Banks Hot Tub Maintenance Must-Do’s to Get the Season Started

March 22, 2019 | Sponsored | Ace Hardware

Having a working hot tub at your vacation rental is a selling point. If it isn’t working properly when your guests arrive, this could result in bad reviews or even refunds. As a remote homeowner, knowing the right questions to ask of your Outer Banks hot tub or pool maintenance company is critical. Outer Banks Ace Pools and Spas is the largest hot tub and spa dealer on the Outer Banks. We’ve teamed up with their knowledgeable hot tub experts to put together this article. Debbie Martin, who spent more than a decade as the maintenance manager for Outer Beaches Realty, and who is now part of the team at Outer Banks Ace hardware in Avon says, “The key is happy guests and avoiding refunds. You must have a knowledgeable pool/spa service company managing your equipment. A company that employs service technicians that can properly balance the chemicals to ensure the longevity of your equi [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Sounding an Alarm on Homeowner’s Insurance

February 20, 2019 | Real Estate | By: Michelle Wagner | From The: Outer Banks Sentinel | 1

OBAR’s Willo Kelly rallies opposition to proposed 30% increase Homeowners on the barrier island portions of Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties could face as much as a 30% hike in their insurance rates under a North Carolina Rate Bureau filing, Outer Banks Association of Realtors Chief Executive Officer Willo Kelly warned an audience of about [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Avon Project Part of Worker Housing Push

February 13, 2019 | Real Estate | By: Neel Keller | From The: Outer Banks Sentinel | 1

But other projects may depend on new legislation The Dare County Commissioners took a step forward in their efforts to encourage new year-round housing developments with a Feb. 4 approval of a site plan and conditional use permit application for construction of a cluster home development in Avon. The application was submitted by OT Enterprises, [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Critics Say N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Emergency Meeting Could Set Troubling Precedent

March 20, 2019 | Fishing | By: Joy Crist

On Wednesday, March 13, the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission (NC MFC) held an Emergency Meeting in Kinston, N.C. to discuss directing the Division of Marine Fisheries Director, Steve Murphey, to issue a proclamation restricting the use of gill nets in the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers. The meeting stemmed from a similar request made by the MFC at their February 2019 business meeting, and after reviewing that initial request, Director Murphey chose not to issue the proclamation. However, a statute is in place that authorizes the commission to consider “directing” - or forcing the hand of - the fisheries director to issue a proclamation, regardless of refusal, which the commission approved at the emergency meeting in a 5-4 vote. The emergency meeting motion, (which mirrored the originally declined February motion), entails implementing a year-round closure upstream of the Bayview- [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Guest Column: Remembering John Hunter

March 13, 2019 | Guest Column

The Outer Banks lost a friend and icon this past weekend. John Hunter passed away Saturday at his home on Raymond Ave. in Kill Devil Hills. John has been on the Outer Banks since the 1970s, and was a real estate appraiser, sailor, aspiring writer and actor, a lover of music, food and good friends. He will be missed.

Community Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications; $170,000 ...

March 13, 2019 | Community News

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications on its website: www.obcf.org. The application deadline is 11:59 pm, Sunday, March 31. The Community Foundation manages 50 different scholarship programs and expects to award about $170,000 to local students this year. Graduating high school seniors from Dare County, Currituck County, and Ocracoke are eligible to [...] Community News |  Full Article

OBITUARIES

Charlotte Hood Alexander

March 21, 2019 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS – Charlotte Hood Alexander, 77, passed away March 19, 2019 in Nags Head surrounded by her family and friends. She was the daughter of the late James Garland Hood and Charlotte Hood. Charlotte was born in Richmond, VA and attended St. Catherine’s High School and Mary Washington College where she earned a [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Robert B. Bates

March 18, 2019 | Obituaries

FRISCO — Mr. Robert B. Bates passed away suddenly Friday, March 15, 2019 in Frisco, NC. He was 92 and preceded in death recently by his wife, Doris. Robert was born in in Oklahoma. He was a retired Naval officer who served his country bravely in World War II. He also completed law school and [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Carol Robertson Bulluck

March 15, 2019 | Obituaries | By: Sarah Allman

KILL DEVIL HILLS — Carol Robertson Bulluck, 73, of Kill Devil Hills, NC died Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at The Outer Banks Hospital. Born in Tampa, FL on October 12, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Frances Kennon and Victor F. Robertson. A member of Outer Banks Baptist Church and Gideons International, Carol [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Darrell Keith Gibbs

March 11, 2019 | Obituaries

WANCHESE — Capt. Darrell Keith Gibbs, a lifelong commercial fisherman, passed away at his home in Wanchese, NC on Saturday March 9, 2019. He was 60. In addition to his parents, Roy Gilbert and Matilda Ann Gibbs, he was preceded in death by his wife, Debi Dile Gibbs in 2014. Capt. Gibbs is survived by [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Mitchell Dale Miles

March 11, 2019 | Obituaries

NAGS HEAD -- Mitchell Dale Miles, 59, of Nags Head, NC died Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. Born in Norfolk, VA on May 12, 1959, he was the son of the late Wanda Lee Lance and Terry Edward Miles (Virginia Miles).

John Richard Hunter

March 11, 2019 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS — John Richard Hunter, age 70, finished his race of life March 9, 2019 at his home in Kill Devil Hills, NC. John was bon September 23, 1948 to the late James A. and Elizabeth Stroud Hunter in Rock Hill, SC. John was a graduate of Rock Hill High School Class of [...] Obituaries |  Full Article