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Hatteras Village Waterfowl Festival returns Feb. 24-25; Tickets st ...

January 31, 2023 | Island Features

After a two-year hiatus, the Hatteras Village Waterfowl Festival (HVWF) will land on Hatteras Island once again on February 24-25, 2023. The festival will kick off Friday evening with the delicious Fin, Feather, and Bourbon event. Small plates featuring seafood and waterfowl, presented with exquisite artistry, will be accompanied by select bourbons, wines, and beer. [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Essential housing, I-87, economic tier restructuring among top loc ...

January 31, 2023 | Local News | By: Sam Walker | From The: WOBX

Northeastern North Carolina’s delegation at the N.C. General Assembly met with leaders of four counties to discuss priorities for this legislative session at a forum on January 18 hosted by the Currituck Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Twiddy and Company. The forum came one week before work began in earnest in the 2023-24 legislative [...] Local News |  Full Article

April Rose Gray Rimmer

January 30, 2023 | Obituaries

April 1, 1955 – January 29, 2023 AVON –April Rose Gray Rimmer, 67, of Avon, NC died Sunday, January 29, 2023, at her home. A native of Buxton, she was born April 1, 1955, to the late Barbara Joan Gray and Theodore Boyd Gray. April was preceded in death by her son, Wesley Boyd Rimmer. To [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

N.C. Ferry Division receives $1.3 million federal grant to improve ...

January 30, 2023 | Local News

The North Carolina Ferry Division has received a $1.3 million grant to improve conditions in the paint facility at the North Carolina State Shipyard in Manns Harbor. The grant, from the U.S. Federal Transit Adminis​tration’s Ferry Service for Rural Communities Program, provides capital, planning, and operating assistance to ferry services that serve rural communities. “The [...] Local News |  Full Article

Miss Katie arrives in Hatteras village for her first Hatteras Inle ...

January 27, 2023 | Fishing | By: Joy Crist

Dare County’s own dredge, the Miss Katie, arrived in Hatteras village on Thursday, January 26, in order to conduct a maintenance dredging event in Hatteras Inlet’s Connector Channel over the next few days. “The dredge is there, and it’s supposed to start working this morning,” said Dare County Waterways Commission Chairman Steve “Creature” Coulter. “We [...] Fishing |  Full Article

New, longer turn lanes under construction at Bodie Island Lighthou ...

January 27, 2023 | Local News | By: Sam Walker | From The: WOBX

  Improvements to an intersection along N.C. 12 on Bodie Island are underway to add longer and new turn lanes, with crews scheduled to pave the Coquina Beach/Bodie Island Lighthouse Road intersection over the weekend. Crews from Barnhill Construction have been been working since late fall on adding a northbound right turn lane into Coquina [...] Local News |  Full Article

N.C. Ferry Division receives $1.3 million federal grant to improve ...

January 30, 2023 | Local News

The North Carolina Ferry Division has received a $1.3 million grant to improve conditions in the paint facility at the North Carolina State Shipyard in Manns Harbor. The grant, from the U.S. Federal Transit Adminis​tration’s Ferry Service for Rural Communities Program, provides capital, planning, and operating assistance to ferry services that serve rural communities. “The [...] Local News |  Full Article

New N.C. education program to advance shoreline protection is underway

January 28, 2023 | Local News | From The: Coastal Review

A collaborative effort to protect North Carolina shorelines is underway. North Carolina Sea Grant, East Carolina University, and Carteret Community College are working together to develop a framework for coastal protection design and siting, as well as living shoreline training courses and a certification program, Sea Grant announced Thursday, January 25. The National Oceanic and [...] Local News |  Full Article

New, longer turn lanes under construction at Bodie Island Lighthou ...

January 27, 2023 | Local News | By: Sam Walker | From The: WOBX

  Improvements to an intersection along N.C. 12 on Bodie Island are underway to add longer and new turn lanes, with crews scheduled to pave the Coquina Beach/Bodie Island Lighthouse Road intersection over the weekend. Crews from Barnhill Construction have been been working since late fall on adding a northbound right turn lane into Coquina [...] Local News |  Full Article

Barbara “Barb” Shimpach

January 27, 2023 | Local News

RODANTHE — Barbara “Barb” Shimpach, 79, of Rodanthe, passed away unexpectedly from natural causes at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City on January 24, 2023. Barbara was born in November 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. In her early twenties, she married James “Jim” Shimpach. They moved to Huntington, West Virginia, where she was a homemaker [...] Local News |  Full Article

Our number one priority is workforce housing

January 26, 2023 | Local News | By: Mark Jurkowitz | From The: Outer Banks Voice

In wide-ranging State of the County, Woodard criticizes “naysayers” battling local housing projects In a roughly one-hour State of the County presentation, Dare County Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard alternated between exhortations and congratulations. But he seemed at his most passionate when talking about the county’s frustrating quest to generate several hundred units of essential and [...] Local News |  Full Article

Hatteras Islanders provide insight for the Visitors Bureau’s Lon ...

January 25, 2023 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

Roughly 30 Hatteras Islanders attended a Tuesday meeting hosted by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau (OBVB) that aimed to gather feedback and insight for an upcoming Long-Range Tourism Management Plan. The plan, (which is in the stakeholder engagement phase), will help guide future tourism-related growth and development in Dare County for years to come. The [...] Local News |  Full Article

Severe thunderstorms, high winds possible starting Wednesday afternoon

January 25, 2023 | Local News

High winds and severe thunderstorms are possible along the Outer Banks ahead of a strong cold front, per a Wednesday morning update from the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City office. Severe Thunderstorms Scattered and severe thunderstorms are possible starting Wednesday evening until around midnight, and the primary threat from the storms will be damaging wind [...] Local News |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras National Seashore personnel collected 733 balloons off the beach in 2022

February 1, 2023 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) personnel who patrol the Bodie Island, Hatteras Island, and Ocracoke Island beaches collected a total of 733 balloons along the shoreline in 2022, which included 300 balloons that were picked up in the months of May and June alone. CHNS biological technicians and other staff regularly pick up trash while working on the beaches, but collecting and tallying balloons specifically is a somewhat new endeavor, per Michelle Tongue, Deputy Chief of Resource Management and Science for the NPS Outer Banks Group. “The actual tracking [of balloons] has only been going on several years,” said Tongue. “Our staff really just goes out and does their normal job, and if they encounter these balloons in the process of doing that, they’ll pick them up and then save them to count.” Balloons are singled out for an annual tally because they are so wide-ranging [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Outer Banks Forever announces 2023 projects; Invites public to tak ...

January 22, 2023 | Seashore News

Outer Banks Forever, the official nonprofit partner of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, recently shared their upcoming 2023 projects and events, and invited folks to provide feedback on the organization via a communications survey, in a January update. The survey is focused on Outer Banks Forever’s communications with the public, which include monthly e-newsletters, blog [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

National Park Service announces opportunities to bid on several fe ...

January 10, 2023 | Seashore News

The National Park Service has several government contracts for businesses to bid on at Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Businesses interested in bidding on federal government contracts must do so through the System for Award Management (SAM) at www.sam.gov. Contract Opportunities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Contract Name: Recreational Vehicle (RV) Sites [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Lookout Lighthouse ferry dock closed due to storm damage

January 4, 2023 | Seashore News | From The: Coastal Review

The ferry dock at Cape Lookout Lighthouse sustained substantial damage during the most recent winter storm and will be closed to the public until repairs are complete. Until that time, park visitors should not use the dock for any purpose, Cape Lookout National Seashore officials said Tuesday. Because the dock closure prevents ferry services from [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Beachgoers advised to be on the lookout for cold-stunned sea turtles

December 22, 2022 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist | 1

As the temperatures on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands drop in the winter months, cold-stunned sea turtles begin to make an appearance along the soundside beaches. The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island recently reported that five cold-stunned Kemp’s ridley sea turtles and 22 green sea turtles were found on December 20 on Hatteras Island, bringing the [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Night Sky: The Green Comet, and more highlights for February

February 1, 2023 | Island Features | By: Gerry Lebing

The Green Comet I was lucky enough to get a very good evening of astrophotography on January 24. As a result, I got this image of comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF). Both the color and shape of this comet are rather unusual. Most comets are predominantly yellow-bodied, with a blue tail. This comet is green! That's caused by the presence of diatomic carbon in the head of the comet. Diatomic carbon does not normally exist on earth because our atmospheric temperature is too low. It can exist in special instances that yield extremely high temperatures, like a lightning bolt or the head of a comet that's just returning from a close trip to the sun. The second interesting thing about this comet is it has an extra tail that points in the wrong direction. On the top side of the comet, you can see two tails. The long skinny one is formed by ionized gas. The shorter, greenish tail is formed by dust being blow [...] Island Features |  Full Article

N.C. reaches settlement on rental property insurance rate increase

January 31, 2023 | Real Estate | By: Sam Walker | From The: WOBX

  State Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has announced a settlement has been reached with insurance companies that will allow rates to increase an average statewide of 9.9 percent for rental properties starting in June. Last August, the North Carolina Rate Bureau requested a statewide average 42.6 percent rate hike for dwelling policies spread over two years. “I am happy to announce that North Carolina homeowners will save more than $104 million a year in premium payments compared to what the Rate Bureau had requested,” Commissioner Causey said in a statement released Tuesday. “I am also pleased that the Department of Insurance has avoided a lengthy administrative legal battle which could have cost consumers time and money.” “While any increase in insurance rates is not welcome news, I am glad that Commissioner Causey was able to negotiate rate increases that are more r [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Online searches of Avon as a vacation destination for summer 2023 ...

January 27, 2023 | Real Estate | By: Sam Walker | From The: WOBX | 1

The Hatteras Island village of Avon has seen one of the highest increases in online searches in the world as a 2023 summer vacation destination. According to a new report from HomeToGo, the marketplace with the world’s largest selection of vacation rentals, its 2023 Spring/Summer Travel Trends reveals which trends are heating up and how travelers are [...] Real Estate |  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

Miss Katie arrives in Hatteras village for her first Hatteras Inlet dredging event

January 27, 2023 | Fishing | By: Joy Crist

Dare County’s own dredge, the Miss Katie, arrived in Hatteras village on Thursday, January 26, in order to conduct a maintenance dredging event in Hatteras Inlet's Connector Channel over the next few days. “The dredge is there, and it’s supposed to start working this morning,” said Dare County Waterways Commission Chairman Steve “Creature” Coulter. “We asked for 7 to 10 days, but we're not sure how long it will dredge – it looks like they will have good wind and weather for 5 to 6 days, though.” The Connector Channel is currently navigable for mariners, with depths in the 7-8 ft. range, and it’s hopeful that this dredging event will keep it that way in the months to come. “We’re not having any problem with the Connector Channel, we just need to widen it, deepen, it, and get it ready for the summer so we don’t have a problem,” said Coulter. “Hopefully, we’ [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Samaritan’s Purse thanks the Hatteras Island community for a ...

January 25, 2023 | Community News Brief

Generosity throughout contributed to a successful shoebox gift collection season at drop-off locations for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child. Across the U.S., the project collected over 9.3 million shoebox gifts in 2022. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2022, the ministry is now sending nearly 10.6 million shoebox gifts to children [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week Russia

January 24, 2023 | Community News Brief

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

Phyllis Marie Daley Lints

January 30, 2023 | Obituaries

March 4, 1965 – January 26, 2023 MANTEO — Phyllis Marie Daley Lints, 57, of Manteo, NC died Thursday, January 26, 2023, at ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville, NC. Phyllis formerly worked at Mcdonald’s and Subway in Manteo. She is survived by her boyfriend, Terry Douglas; and her daughter, Ashley Daley. A memorial service [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

April Rose Gray Rimmer

January 30, 2023 | Obituaries

April 1, 1955 – January 29, 2023 AVON –April Rose Gray Rimmer, 67, of Avon, NC died Sunday, January 29, 2023, at her home. A native of Buxton, she was born April 1, 1955, to the late Barbara Joan Gray and Theodore Boyd Gray. April was preceded in death by her son, Wesley Boyd Rimmer. To [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Irma Scarborough Forbes

January 27, 2023 | Obituaries

March 21, 1953 – January 23, 2023 WANCHESE — Irma Scarborough Forbes, 69, of Wanchese, NC, passed away peacefully at her home on the evening of January 23, 2023, surrounded by her family. Irma was born on March 21, 1953, to Marvin Edward Scarborough of Wanchese, and Nora Meekins Scarborough, previously of Hatteras, NC. She [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Juanita Faye Burke

January 27, 2023 | Obituaries

April 8, 1940 – January 25, 2023 MANTEO — Juanita Faye Burke, 82, of Manteo, NC died Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at her home. Born in Jamestown, TN on April 8, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Elsie Jane Wright and Marvin A. Smith. Juanita attended school at God’s Bible College in Cincinnati, [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Gordon Murray Pinckney

January 26, 2023 | Obituaries

Gordon Murray Pinckney, age 68, a beloved husband, brother, and friend, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. Gordon is survived by Patricia (Bertron) Pinckney, devoted wife for nearly 40 years. Also survived by brother Michael F. Pinckney; nephews Devin M. and Collin R. (and wife Lisa) Pinckney; sister Anne Hensel; Joanne (Bertron) Mooney and [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Courtland H. Grimm, Jr.

January 25, 2023 | Obituaries

February 10, 1946 – January 22, 2023 AVON — Courtland H. Grimm, Jr. (Courty) passed peacefully in his sleep on January 22, 2023.   He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jane, their two loved sons, Courtland David (wife Stacey) and Edward Blake Grimm and one loved grandson, Courtland Jacob Grimm. Born February 10, [...] Obituaries |  Full Article