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2021 recreational flounder season announced

March 4, 2021 | Fishing

The 2021 recreational flounder season will open Aug. 16 and close Sept. 30 for internal and ocean waters of the state, as prescribed by Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan. Amendment 3 is currently underway and could impact the open season. When the season opens, the minimum size limit will be 15 [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Is the OBX housing boom cause for concern?

March 4, 2021 | Real Estate | By: Kipp Tabb | From The: Outer Banks Voice | 1

As home sales continue at unprecedented rates and housing inventories fall, the Outer Banks may be entering uncharted territory. According to the Outer Banks Association of Realtors, every community on the Outer Banks (with the exception of Colington and Ocracoke) saw double-digit gains over 2019 in the number of properties sold – with some of [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Dare County now accepting vaccine requests for essential workers

March 4, 2021 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

The Dare County Department of Health & Human Services announced on Thursday, March 4, that they will be accepting vaccine registration requests for folks in Group 3: Front-line Essential Workers. Dare County residents who want to make a request can do so via the online registration form at www.darenc.com/Register4Vaccine. Once submitted, a call center member [...] Local News |  Full Article

“Cotton candy cloud” produced by sounding rocket from NASA ...

March 4, 2021 | Local News | By: Kari Pugh | From The: OBX Today

A three-stage suborbital sounding rocket was launched Wednesday around sunset for the Department of Defense from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Virginia Eastern Shore, and produced a cloud that looked like cotton candy in the southeastern sky. The launch was designed to study ionization in space just beyond the reaches of Earth’s atmosphere. After [...] Local News |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week Tarantino

March 3, 2021 | Community News Brief

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA pet of the week, Tarantino, courtesy of their latest video produced by Dare County’s CURRENT TV. For more information on Tarantino, 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 now accepting vaccine requests for essential workers

March 4, 2021 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

The Dare County Department of Health & Human Services announced on Thursday, March 4, that they will be accepting vaccine registration requests for folks in Group 3: Front-line Essential Workers. Dare County residents who want to make a request can do so via the online registration form at www.darenc.com/Register4Vaccine. Once submitted, a call center member [...] Local News |  Full Article

“Cotton candy cloud” produced by sounding rocket from NASA ...

March 4, 2021 | Local News | By: Kari Pugh | From The: OBX Today

A three-stage suborbital sounding rocket was launched Wednesday around sunset for the Department of Defense from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Virginia Eastern Shore, and produced a cloud that looked like cotton candy in the southeastern sky. The launch was designed to study ionization in space just beyond the reaches of Earth’s atmosphere. After [...] Local News |  Full Article

UPDATE: Hurricane season still starts June 1; NHC to issue daily f ...

March 2, 2021 | Local News | By: Sam Walker

From our friends at OBX Today The National Hurricane Center informed its partners and the media on Tuesday that starting May 15, they will begin issuing twice-daily regular tropical weather forecasts for the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and adjacent waters. Previously, the Tropical Weather Outlook for the Atlantic basin would be produced [...] Local News |  Full Article

N.C. to Receive Johnson & Johnson’s One-Shot COVID-19 Vacci ...

March 2, 2021 | Local News

North Carolina has another tested, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine to protect against virus-related hospitalization and death. The federal government authorized the distribution of Johnson & Johnson’s (Janssen) one-shot vaccine and more than 80,000 doses are expected to arrive in the state this week, beginning on Wednesday. “A third COVID-19 vaccine means North Carolina can [...] Local News |  Full Article

‘Ocean Pursuit’ shipwreck removal remains high priority, seashore says

March 5, 2021 | Seashore News | By: Kari Pugh | From The: OBX Today

It’s been a year since the “Ocean Pursuit,” a commercial scallop boat, wrecked in Oregon Inlet. The 73-foot-long steel-hull ship ran into shallow water along the northern edge of the navigation channel on March 1, 2020 and the crew had to be airlifted to safety by U.S. Coast Guard helicopter. Since then, the Ocean Pursuit has become a local attraction as it slowly sinks deeper and deeper into the beach about a half-mile south of Cape Hatteras National Seashore Ramp 4 on what’s known as the Bodie Island Spit. (If you’re going looking for the wreck, park in the Ramp 4 lot just north of the Marc Basnight Bridge and walk about a half-mile south on the beach). In the days after the vessel ran aground, its owners told the Coast Guard and National Park Service they were working on a plan to remove it. One year later, nothing has been done. “Cape Hatteras National Seashore repeatedly [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

CHNS, Fort Raleigh & Wright Brothers Memorial Implement Feder ...

February 2, 2021 | Seashore News

To protect the health of those who live, work, and visit national parks and National Park Service (NPS) facilities, and in support of President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing, the NPS is immediately implementing a mask requirement for employees, visitors, partners, and contractors. At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Outer Banks Forever Receives New Capacity Building Grant from Nati ...

January 22, 2021 | Seashore News

Outer Banks Forever, the local nonprofit partner of your Outer Banks national parks — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site — is pleased to announce it has been selected as one of 36 national park partner organizations to receive a Strong Parks, Strong Communities capacity building grant [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Night Sky: Galaxy Quests 2021

March 1, 2021 | Island Features | By: Gerry Lebing

The eastern skies of February offered some great views of galaxy clusters. The Leo Triplet is one of my favorites: The two galaxies on the right part of the image are M66 on the bottom and M65 above it. M66 has a visual magnitude of +8.91, making it the brightest of the three galaxies. It's about 37 million light-years from us. M65 is 42 million light-years away, and has a visual magnitude of +9.16. Both M65 and M66 were discovered by Charles Messier in 1780. The third galaxy to the upper left of the image is NGC 3628. It's often called the Hamburger Galaxy. It has a visual magnitude of +10.1 and is about 35 million light-years away from us. We see M65 and M66 from above, so it's easier to appreciate that they are spiral galaxies. NGC3628 is also a spiral galaxy but, we see it from the side and there's a dark band of dust that hides a large part of the galaxy, making it fainter than its [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Hatteras Island Volunteers Rescue 120-Pound Loggerhead Sea Turtle

February 5, 2021 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

A struggling and cold-stunned 120-pound loggerhead sea turtle was transported to the STAR Center in Manteo after a physically-demanding endeavor that required a harness, a roughly half-mile trek, and a lot of manpower from a makeshift team of volunteers. Frank Welles, the Hatteras Island Coordinator for the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST), spotted the [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Is the OBX housing boom cause for concern?

March 4, 2021 | Real Estate | By: Kipp Tabb | From The: Outer Banks Voice | 1

As home sales continue at unprecedented rates and housing inventories fall, the Outer Banks may be entering uncharted territory. According to the Outer Banks Association of Realtors, every community on the Outer Banks (with the exception of Colington and Ocracoke) saw double-digit gains over 2019 in the number of properties sold – with some of these transactions removing rental properties from the market as new owners move in themselves. Property management companies always lose some homes from their inventory for a number of reasons, but the trend is particularly pronounced this year. The bigger question is whether this boom portends a significant and long-term decrease in rental properties and what the implications could be for the financial health of the area’s public and private sectors. Among those who can attest to the current shift from rental to owner-occupied housing are co [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Week after election, homeowners insurance companies request 25 per ...

November 13, 2020 | Real Estate | By: Sam Walker | From The: OBX Today

Homeowners insurance rates along the Outer Banks and throughout northeastern North Carolina could increase by 25 percent next summer under a proposal submitted by the industry to state regulators. The request was announced exactly one week after state Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey won a second term over former commissioner Wayne Goodwin. Causey, a Republican, announced [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

OBX home sales boom in midst of pandemic

September 30, 2020 | Real Estate | By: Kipp Tabb | From The: Outer Banks Voice

The Outer Banks real estate market is hot. It’s part of a national trend, but what is happening locally goes beyond the strong national trend. What realtors with experience in the Outer Banks market and longtime observers of local conditions are seeing exceeds anything they have seen before. “It’s been absolutely nuts,” said Jeff Scott, [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras National Seashore seeks public input on plan for improvements at Oregon Inlet Marina

March 5, 2021 | Fishing

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore invites public review and comment on a Site Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) for improvements at Oregon Inlet Marina (also known as Oregon Inlet Fishing Center). Oregon Inlet Marina is located on the shoreline facing Pamlico sound and just north of the Oregon Inlet and Basnight Bridge. The 11-acre marina premises include a 60-slip marina, seven buildings, parking, and a fueling system. Oregon Inlet Fishing Center is managed by Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, LLC under a 20-year lease with the National Park Service (2018-2038). Oregon Inlet Fishing Center provides marina slip rentals for charter fishing boats, headboats and tour boats; booking services for charter fishing and other boats; retail sales; and food and beverage sales. The marina lessee is also authorized to provide non-motorized watercraft rentals (such as kayaks and canoes); special e [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week Tarantino

March 3, 2021 | Community News Brief

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

Volunteers Needed for Statewide Litter Sweep

March 3, 2021 | Community News Brief

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 10-24. Each April and September, NCDOT asks volunteers to help remove litter from roadsides. Volunteers from local businesses, schools, non-profits, churches, municipalities, law enforcement and community groups play an important role in keeping [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Branson Gray Everette

March 5, 2021 | Obituaries

January 23, 1996 – February 16, 2021 KILL DEVIL HILLS — Branson Gray Everette, beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend, passed away unexpectedly and accidentally on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at his home in Kill Devil Hills, NC. Gray was born in Wilmington, NC, to Jennifer Breaux and Stephen Everette. Gray moved to the [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Jeffrey Glenn Beasley

March 3, 2021 | Obituaries

MANTEO — Jeffrey Glenn Beasley of Manteo, NC died in Elizabeth City on February 25, 2021. Jeff, 55, was the son of the now deceased, Ida Mae and Allen Beasley of Colington, NC. Jeff was born in Pasquotank County, NC and leaves his loving wife of ten years, Constance K. Beasley of Manteo; one brother, [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Anitra M. Price

February 25, 2021 | Obituaries

AVON — Anitra M. Price of Avon died February 23, 2021 in Ahoskie, NC. She was 72. Her husband Ronnie Price preceded her in death in 2015. Mrs. Price leaves behind one sister, and her brother-in-law, Danny Price of Avon and other relatives. Mrs. Price’s plans for cremation will be honored and there are no [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Gwendolyn Hopkins Heath

February 24, 2021 | Obituaries

September 8, 1932 – February 23, 2021 MANTEO — Gwendolyn Hopkins Heath, 88, of Manteo, NC died Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Born in Winston Salem, NC on September 8, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Lora Ella Spencer Hopkins and Ambrose “Pete” Hopkins, Jr. For 40 years, Gwendolyn was the owner and operator [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Joseph R. Morgan

February 24, 2021 | Obituaries

Joseph R. Morgan, a long-time resident of Kill Devil Hills, passed away on Sunday February 21, 2021 from complications with bladder cancer. He was born in Hazelton, PA and soon after his family moved to Washington, D.C.  Joe attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University) to study graphic [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Thomas McMahon

February 24, 2021 | Obituaries

Thomas Michael McMahon, 66, of Manteo, formally of Elizabeth City, passed away at home from natural causes on February 23, 2021 in Manteo, North Carolina. Thomas Michael McMahon also known as “Tommy Mac” or “T Mac” was born in Dayton, Ohio to late Violet Mae Padgett and John Brian McMahon on August 9, 1954. He [...] Obituaries |  Full Article