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Leon Richard Scarborough, Sr.

February 14, 2019 | Obituaries

HATTERAS — Leon Richard Scarborough, Sr., 82, passed peacefully after a battle with cancer, in his home in Hendersonville, NC on February 7, 2019 — 3 weeks before his 83rd birthday. Born and raised in Hatteras, NC, he was the son of the late Fulton and Wilma Scarborough. He proudly served in the United States [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Guest Column: Why We Stay

February 13, 2019 | Guest Column | By: Gail McNutt

People, especially our families, ask us why we stay living here on Hatteras Island, especially as we age. They see hurricanes, medical inconveniences and all those stairs! “Is it your love of the ocean?” they ask. Well, yes, but it is really the love, internal warmth and compassion shown to us, by you, this community. As the latest hurricane strengthened and my husband was away, my daughter Kelsey and I spent two days securing our house and boat. We evacuated with our dog, cat and snake. After that, I did suggest to Alan that we should consider moving. “How can we?” he said. “We haven’t paid back the community for all they did for us. We have to stay!” He was so right and here is why.

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

The Bonner Bridge Replacement Timeline: A Look at the Many Obstacl ...

February 11, 2019 | Hatteras Features | By: Joy Crist

The Bonner Bridge replacement project is an endeavor that has spanned decades. With the current Bonner Bridge passing its 30-year lifespan in 1993, the road to reach a new bridge was crowded with red tape, lawsuits, and unexpected obstacles during the building process – which included runaway barges and an island-wide power outage. Take a [...] Hatteras Features |  Full Article

Dare Requests to Dredge Inlet Year-Round

February 6, 2019 | Local News | From The: Coastal Review Online

The Army Corps of Engineers’ Wilmington District is accepting comments until March 6 on Dare County’s application to dredge year-round the federal project within Oregon Inlet and associated connecting channels. The 2,500-acre project near Nags Head includes the waters between the southern tip of Bodie Island and the northern portion of Pea Island, the ocean [...] Local News |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Sees Highest Visitation Since 2003

February 7, 2019 | Seashore News

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) recorded a 5.7 percent increase in total recreational visits in 2018 compared to 2017. Last year’s visitation (2,572,297) made it the busiest year at the Seashore since 2003. Monthly Recreational Visits Calendar Year 2018 January: 60,934 February: 76,818 March: 179,199 April: 175,377 May: 248,423 June: 389,722 July: 405,038 August: 387,698 September: 250,105 October: 201,269 November: 135,634 December: 62,080 See Figure 1 for a yearly comparison of recreational visits to the Seashore. Visitation estimates are collected by counting southbound vehicles just north of the Bonner Bridge and using a multiplier to estimate the total number of passengers heading south. Those estimates are added to the number of passengers going to Ocracoke Island from Cedar Island and Swan Quarter. The Seashore offers a variety of recreational activities, including b [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

NPS Takes Stock of Violations in National Seashore After Governmen ...

February 5, 2019 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist | 1

Representatives from the National Park Service conducted a thorough examination of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) after the end of the 35-day government shutdown to identify cases of vandalism, violations, and other instances of misuse of the National Seashore’s facilities. During the government shutdown, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) had 7-10 staff members [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

CHNS Seeks Volunteers for Large Beach Cleanup in Frisco After Ship ...

February 4, 2019 | Seashore News | 1

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is seeking volunteers who would like to help National Park Service staff clear a large debris field that was left this morning by the Big John shrimp trawler wreckage. The beach cleanup will take place tomorrow, February 5, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Individuals interested in volunteering should meet National Park Service [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Public Comment Period Extended on New Hunt Blind and Wildlife View ...

February 4, 2019 | Seashore News

Cape Hatteras National Seashore has extended the public comment period to review the Environmental Assessment (EA) on constructing a new accessible hunting blind and wildlife viewing platform on Bodie Island in Nags Head, North Carolina. The comment period was extended because the National Park Service Planning, Environmental, and Public Comment (PEPC) website was unavailable to [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

National Seashore Facilities Reopen as NPS Employees Head Back to Work

January 26, 2019 | Seashore News

With the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial resumed regular operations today. “I wish to thank the local Outer Banks community for offering assistance to federal employees during the lapse in appropriations,” said National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Vandalism and Violations Reported at CHNS During Government Shutdown

January 18, 2019 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist | 4

As the federal government shutdown affects the cleanliness and responsible use of National Parks throughout the country, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) is apparently not immune to spates of vandalism or park violations. A January 17 social media post by the Outer Banks Preservation Society (OBPA) outlined some of these recent violations, and called [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

New Gym in Avon Opens for Business

February 14, 2019 | Hatteras Features | By: Joy Crist

The new Raise the Bar fitness center and gym in Avon is open for business, although an official grand opening as well as 24/7 hours of operation is on the horizon, per owner Seth Foutz. Foutz, a 20+ year chef and island resident, was one of the local members affected by the closure of the Spa Koru gym at the end of 2018, but after a little mentoring from Spa Koru owner Joe Thompson, he quickly set a plan in motion to open a new gym less than a half mile away from the former one. Raise the Bar is located at the Kinnakeet Corner complex at the edge of Avon Village, and the 2,700 square foot space features high-impact floors, new walls, and a variety of equipment throughout the spacious interior. Currently, the gym is open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., but Foutz will soon be installing a 24-hour keyless access system that will allow members to work out on their own schedule. “Working in the [...] Hatteras Features |  Full Article

Volunteers Find Cold-Stunned Turtles on Ocracoke

January 21, 2019 | Hatteras Features | By: Connie Leinbach | From The: Ocracoke Observer

Pat Garber and an assistant gently lifted the Kemps Ridley turtle into the back of a truck for transport to the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The turtle, a critically endangered species, had been stunned by the cold ocean waters and was beached at the [...] Hatteras Features |  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, owners of the Hatteras Island Plaza shopping center, which is seeking to make use of the new zoning amendments to construct three three‐bedroom structures behind the shopping center for employee housing. Each structure will have 1,200 square feet of conditioned space or less, and the applicant will have 24 months to secure the needed building permits. The zoning changes were approved by the Dare Commissioners in October as part of an urgent effort to encourage more reasonably priced worker housing. Pushed by the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Hatteras Island Real Estate: A Profile Of Development On Hatteras ...

November 26, 2018 | Real Estate | By: Tom Hranicka

In the course of meeting many prospective buyers and sellers over the years, my real estate colleagues and I are asked a wide range of questions. Two of the more recent inquiries were – “When did significant amounts of residential development occur on the island?” and “How built-out is Hatteras Island?” These conversations often develop [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Island Fishing: February Fishing Report

February 15, 2019 | Fishing | By: Captain David Wilson

The news says that there are winter storm advisories, and everyone is bracing for yet another “event.” Well, no offense, but this morning I had to decide whether to wear shorts or not. I went with sweat pants, but that’s only because I didn’t want to blind anybody! We have had a handful of chilly days, but this winter has really been quite mild. Of course, they always say, “If you don’t like the weather, wait an hour.” These words hold especially true for the Outer Banks; with the impact the surrounding water has on our weather. Bluefin tuna fishing is in full swing, with charters having lots of action on these giant fish. I’ve had anglers that hit the gym for months to prepare their bodies for the grueling fight. Technology in fishing tackle has come so far that catching a 500 pound fish on a reel no bigger than your palm is possible now. Still, seeing someone in the ch [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Guest Column: Why We Stay

February 13, 2019 | Guest Column | By: Gail McNutt

People, especially our families, ask us why we stay living here on Hatteras Island, especially as we age. They see hurricanes, medical inconveniences and all those stairs! “Is it your love of the ocean?” they ask. Well, yes, but it is really the love, internal warmth and compassion shown to us, by you, this community. As the latest hurricane strengthened and my husband was away, my daughter Kelsey and I spent two days securing our house and boat. We evacuated with our dog, cat and snake. After that, I did suggest to Alan that we should consider moving. “How can we?” he said. “We haven’t paid back the community for all they did for us. We have to stay!” He was so right and here is why.

Methodist Men Honored for 41 Years of Service to Hatteras Community

February 8, 2019 | News and Business Briefs | By: Neel Keller | From The: Outer Banks Sentinel

At its Feb. 4 meeting, the Dare Board of Commissioners honored the volunteers of the Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men for 41 years of service to the community on Hatteras Island, during which they have provided 19,000 meals and $2 million in assistance to people in need. Board Chairman Bob Woodard read a Certificate of [...] Community News |  Full Article

Obituaries

Leon Richard Scarborough, Sr.

February 14, 2019 | Obituaries

HATTERAS — Leon Richard Scarborough, Sr., 82, passed peacefully after a battle with cancer, in his home in Hendersonville, NC on February 7, 2019 — 3 weeks before his 83rd birthday. Born and raised in Hatteras, NC, he was the son of the late Fulton and Wilma Scarborough. He proudly served in the United States [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Sherry Wilson Midgette

February 13, 2019 | Obituaries

GARNER – Sherry Wilson Midgette, 69, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019 at Garner United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the funeral at the church. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, February 18, 2019 in Montlawn Memorial Park, Raleigh.

Dennis Paul Mabe

February 13, 2019 | Obituaries

NAGS HEAD --  went peacefully into the Lord’s arms on Monday, February 4, 2019.  Born on October 30, 1927 in Walnut Cove, NC, Dennis was 91.  He was predeceased by his father, Charlie Mabe, his mother, Pearlie Stephens Mabe, his sister, Mozelle Mabe Walker and brother, William Mabe.  He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Botts Mabe, his daughter, Paula Gay Mabe Johnson, his son-in-law, Larry Johnson, his stepsons, Robert Michael Greenwood and Steven Russell Greenwood, his granddaughter, Claire Taylor Johnson and grandsons, Robert Michael Greenwood, Jr. and Kyle Connor Greenwood, his sister, Lucille Mabe Harris, and brother, Charlie Mabe, Jr., many nieces and nephews and friends.

Arnold Gwyndlon Tolson, Jr.

February 12, 2019 | Obituaries

SKINNERSVILLE — Arnold G. Tolson, Jr. transitioned to be with The Lord February 6, 2019 at his Skinnersville, NC home after a lengthy illness. He was the son of the late Arnold and Inez Tolson Sr. of Manteo, NC. Arnold was 76. Arnold was raised in Manteo, NC where he developed into an expert waterman. [...] Obituaries |  Full Article