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Outer Banks Folk Prep for the Unknown

March 27, 2020 | Local News | By: Catherine Kozak | From The: Coastal Review Online

On the Outer Banks, daily life feels almost like the familiar suspension of normality in preparing for a storm: Everyone and everything is hyper-focused on stocking supplies and staying safe. But unlike the adrenaline-fueled anxiety of hurricane readiness, anticipating the impact of looming disease is just endless churning of anxiety. No one knows what to [...] Local News |  Full Article

North Carolina Receives Federal Disaster Declaration for COVID-19

March 26, 2020 | Local News

The White House granted Governor Roy Cooper’s request late Wednesday for a federal disaster declaration for the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic in North Carolina. The declaration provides Public Assistance to all 100 North Carolina counties, allowing local governments, state agencies and eligible non-profits to be reimbursed for costs involved in responding to the outbreak of the [...] Local News |  Full Article

Marine Fisheries Commission reopens application period for advisor ...

March 26, 2020 | Fishing

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has reopened the application period for its two regional committees. In this extended period, the commission is chiefly seeking more applicants to fill the commercial fishing seats on the committees. The two committees – Northern Regional Advisory Committee and the Southern Regional Advisory Committee – are comprised of commercial and [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Oregon Inlet boat ramp, parking lot closed for a fresh coat of asphalt

March 26, 2020 | Local News | From The: OBX Today

The Federal Highway Administration has been repaving the Oregon Inlet boat ramp parking lot this week as part of its pavement preservation project at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. “As long as the weather cooperates and asphalt deliveries are consistent, they anticipate finishing this portion of the project by end of day this Friday,” said National [...] Local News |  Full Article

Governor Cooper issues a Statewide Stay-at-Home Order Starting Mon ...

March 27, 2020 | Local News | By: Joy Crist | 6

Governor Roy Cooper issued a statewide Stay at Home Executive Order at a Friday afternoon briefing from the state’s Coronavirus Task Force. The order follows Dare County’s “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” declaration, which was also issued on Friday afternoon. For any discrepancies between the two orders, the more restrictive version of the guidelines applies. The [...] Local News |  Full Article

Outer Banks Folk Prep for the Unknown

March 27, 2020 | Local News | By: Catherine Kozak | From The: Coastal Review Online

On the Outer Banks, daily life feels almost like the familiar suspension of normality in preparing for a storm: Everyone and everything is hyper-focused on stocking supplies and staying safe. But unlike the adrenaline-fueled anxiety of hurricane readiness, anticipating the impact of looming disease is just endless churning of anxiety. No one knows what to [...] Local News |  Full Article

North Carolina Receives Federal Disaster Declaration for COVID-19

March 26, 2020 | Local News

The White House granted Governor Roy Cooper’s request late Wednesday for a federal disaster declaration for the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic in North Carolina. The declaration provides Public Assistance to all 100 North Carolina counties, allowing local governments, state agencies and eligible non-profits to be reimbursed for costs involved in responding to the outbreak of the [...] Local News |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras National Seashore says beaches will remain open; visitors centers are closed

March 27, 2020 | Seashore News

To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, consistent with federal, state, and local advisories, visitor centers at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) are temporarily closed. Park lands and beaches continue to be open for the purposes of activities described under Dare County's “Stay Home - Stay Healthy” declaration. Read more about the new county declaration, which goes into effect Saturday at 5 p.m., at https://islandfreepress.org/outer-banks-news/whats-allowed-under-dare-countys-new-stay-home-stay-healthy-declaration/. Visit http://go.nps.gov/beachaccess for the current status of Seashore beaches. Additional information: Off-road vehicle (ORV) permits can be purchased online at www.recreation.gov. The status of each ORV ramp and beach route can be found at http://go.nps.gov/beachaccess. Beachgoers should use caution in the ocean as no lifeguards are on duty at this time [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras National Seashore announces 2020 camping season dates

March 3, 2020 | Seashore News

The 2020 Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) camping season at the Cape Point, Frisco, and Ocracoke campgrounds will begin Friday, April 10 and end Monday, November 30. Thanks to a multi-year campground modernization project at Oregon Inlet Campground, the Seashore’s most popular campground stayed open all of last year. Read more about Oregon Inlet Campground’s [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras National Seashore in 2019: From devastating storms t ...

February 26, 2020 | Seashore News | By: Kari Pugh | From The: OBX Today

Despite a 35-day government shutdown, Hurricane Dorian, Tropical Storm Melissa and an unnamed but intense November nor’easter, Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitation set a 16-year high in 2019. It was, no doubt, a challenging end-of-the-decade for the National Park Service’s Outer Banks Group, which includes Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Wright Brothers National Memorial and [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

National Seashore Updates for Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands for th ...

February 20, 2020 | 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 February 20 include the following: Ocracoke Updates Ocracoke Island reopened to visitors in early December 2019. View [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Scott Babinowich hired as the Chief of Interpretation, Education & ...

February 14, 2020 | Seashore News

Scott Babinowich was recently selected for the position of Chief of Interpretation, Education and Visitors Services at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial (Outer Banks Group). He served in an acting role as the Chief of Interpretation, Education, and Visitor Services for six months last year. Scott [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras Elementary School Teacher Parade in Photos

March 28, 2020 | Island Features

On Friday afternoon, Cape Hatteras Elementary School personnel launched their first ever CHES Teacher Parade to a wave of cheers and support from the island community. Escorted by the Dare County Sheriff’s Department, and starting in Rodanthe, the parade featured a line of CHES teachers waving from the safety of their vehicles. The parade was greeted by smiling students and community members all along the route, which extended from the Tri-villages to Hatteras village. The cheers continued throughout the afternoon, with location updates posted on social media, giving all students and friends a chance to show their appreciation and have a quick connection with CHES while still maintaining distance. [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Hatteras Island Attractions Offering Close-to-Home Educational Res ...

March 24, 2020 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

Outer Banks fans now have the ability to add a little local flavor to their newly established at-home classrooms, thanks to a wealth of online materials, resources, videos, and activities that are popping up online. Though temporarily closed to in-person visitors, Hatteras Island’s landmarks, historic sites, and parks have been hard at work creating unique [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation Celebrates 20 Years with Upcomin ...

March 12, 2020 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

UPDATE:   The health and well-being of our community is extremely important to us with the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.  As you are aware, everybody has been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health issue for the past several weeks.  This week, the Center for Disease Control labeled the COVID-19 virus a pandemic.  In addition, North Carolina [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Ray Gray Classic Draws Big Crowds and Big Support for Surf Club WI ...

April 29, 2019 | Watersports | By: Sarah Rich

The Cape Hatteras Secondary School Surf Club was out in full force at the first annual Ray Gray Classic at the old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Site on Sunday, and the inaugural event attracted a big crowd of spectators and surfers. The club’s teacher-sponsor, secondary school teacher Clayton Tiderman, formulated the event after multiple requests from [...] Watersports |  Full Article

Hatteras Island Real Estate: A closer look at the 2020 Tax Assessment Revaluations

March 16, 2020 | Real Estate | By: Tom Hranicka

As might be expected, the recent distribution of new tax assessment revaluations has raised question in the minds of property owners about the accuracy of the new assessments. One of the most frequently heard comments is, “This new assessment is too high. I could never sell my property for that amount.” At the risk of giving away the plot before the end of the story, the difference between the assessed value for tax purposes and what an owner might believe their property is worth may be a little like comparing apples and oranges. The numbers look like they should be the same, but there may be reasons why the values are different. The following discussion highlights some of the main issues in the different methods of valuation. Tax Assessment Values Assessed value is defined as the official appraised value of a property for ad valorem tax (property tax) purposes.  State law establish [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Hatteras Island Real Estate: Protecting your funds during a real ...

March 2, 2020 | Real Estate | By: Tom Hranicka

Each year, real estate agents are required to take eight hours of continuing education classes in order to maintain their active broker licenses. The first four hours usually focus on topics that the North Carolina Real Estate Commission considers currently important. The second half of the training offers information on elective subjects. This year, one [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Outer Banks property owners shocked by tax revaluation, but expert ...

February 28, 2020 | Real Estate | By: Kari Pugh | From The: OBX Today

Many Dare County property owners got a shock when they received their seven-year tax revaluations this week. Property assessments for some went up as much as 80 and 90 percent, sparking worries about what coming real estate tax bills might look like. The alarm, local real estate experts say, is unwarranted. At least right now. [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Division of Marine Fisheries offices closed to the public; fishing license sales continue by phone and mail

March 26, 2020 | Fishing

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries offices are closed to the public until further notice, based on the current guidance to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. During this time, division offices are operating with limited personnel, but staff will continue to transact fishing license sales, to the extent possible, over the phone or by mail. Members of the public who have questions should call one of the following numbers: Morehead City - 252-726-7021 Elizabeth City - 252-264-3911 Manteo - 252-473-1233 Washington - 252-975-3716 Wilmington - 910-796-7215 Those with questions regarding fishing licenses also may email License@ncdenr.gov. To facilitate efficient license transactions, with limited person-to-person interaction, members of the public are urged to download and complete the appropriate commercial fishing license application at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/commercial-fishi [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Community Foundation Awards $56,050 in Covid-19 Rapid Response Gr ...

March 20, 2020 | Community News Brief

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has announced $56,050 in COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants to eight local nonprofits, supporting their efforts to provide for the basic, urgent needs of Outer Bankers during the COVID-19 emergency. “The Coronavirus has created an unprecedented crisis for our community,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s executive director, “but our nonprofits, [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Community Foundation Awards $67,400 in Community Enrichment Grants

March 20, 2020 | Community News Brief

The Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded $67,400 in Community Enrichment Grants on March 13, supporting arts, children, animals, historic preservation, people battling cancer, and more. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, local nonprofits have funding for projects that will positively impact residents and visitors across the Outer Banks. The Chicamacomico Historical Association was awarded [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Community Foundation Announces COVID-19 Grants

March 17, 2020 | Community News Brief

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has announced several actions to support the Outer Banks through the Coronaviris crisis. Specifically, the Community Foundation has initiated a COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants Program, including its first grant to provide home internet access to every student in the Dare County School System. The Community Foundation has also extended its [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Lynne M. Serfling

March 27, 2020 | Obituaries

KITTY HAWK — Lynne M. Serfling passed away in Elizabeth City, NC March 26, 2020.  Lynne was born in Camden, NJ on May 10, 1947.  She attended school at St. Cecilia’s in Pennsauken through the eighth grade, when she withdrew due to vision problems. Over the next 30 years, Lynne gradually lost all of her [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Leighann Danaher

March 26, 2020 | Obituaries

SOUTHERN SHORES – Leighann Danaher, 61, of Southern Shores, NC died March 25, 2020.  She is survived by her husband, Michael of the Southern Shores, NC residence; her three children; seven grandchildren and other relatives. In accordance to Leigh’s wishes, no services are planned. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a charity of [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Ronald Henry Leasburg

March 25, 2020 | Obituaries

MANTEO — Ronald Henry Leasburg, 87, passed away on March 25, 2020 in Elizabeth City, NC. Ron was born in March 16, 1933 in Clarksburg, WV. He was the son of the late Henry and Catherine Leasburg. He was also predeceased by his siblings, Russel, Kenneth and Edward Leasburg. Ron served his country proudly in [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Ruth Estelle Bowser Lewis

March 23, 2020 | Obituaries

MANTEO — Ruth Estelle Bowser Lewis, 81, of Manteo, N.C. passed away on March 18, 2020 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital surrounded by her family. Ruth was born on October 26th, 1938 to Hazel Pearl Scarborough (deceased) and Lloyd Meekins Sr. (deceased) in Manteo, North Carolina.  She had two siblings Lloyd Meekins Jr. (deceased) and [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Etta Frances Hooper Parrott

March 20, 2020 | Obituaries

KITTY HAWK — Etta Frances Hooper Parrott, age 93, passed away after a long illness at Peak Resources-Outer Banks. Mrs. Parrott was born on April 10, 1926 in Elizabeth City, NC to the late Elroy Jones Hooper and Nancy Taylor Meekins Hooper. She was the widow of Commander Carl Leonard Parrott, USCG Retired. She is [...] Obituaries |  Full Article