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Community Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

February 24, 2020 | Community News Brief

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 22. The Community Foundation manages 55 different scholarship programs and expects to award about $173,000 to local students this year. Graduating high school seniors from Dare County, Currituck County, and Ocracoke are eligible [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Informational Meeting on Rodanthe Bridge Project Set for March 5

February 24, 2020 | Local News

State transportation officials are inviting people to an informational meeting March 5 on the Rodanthe “Jug Handle” Bridge project, which is under construction on the Outer Banks. The Rodanthe Bridge is a long-term transportation solution to severe storms that cause breaches on N.C. 12. The N.C. Department of Transportation is raising N.C. 12 onto a 2.4-mile bridge that extends [...] Local News |  Full Article

Community Foundation Honors TowneBank and Bob Muller, Announces Ne ...

February 24, 2020 | Community News Brief

The Outer Banks Community Foundation’s membership honored two Champions, elected five board members, and celebrated $1.4 million in grants and scholarships in 2019 at the organization’s Annual Meeting on February 20. The Community Foundation also announced a major new grants initiative at its meeting, the 2020 Vision Grants, which will be launched later in the [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

State to Review Small Mesh Gill Net Regulations

February 20, 2020 | Fishing

The Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality has directed the Division of Marine Fisheries to conduct a thorough review of the regulations governing the use of small mesh gill nets in North Carolina fisheries. After decades of actions by numerous Marine Fisheries Commissions (MFC), the department, the division and federal agencies, the regulations have [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Starry Nights Hatteras: Mars Explorer Mission Launches from Hatter ...

February 19, 2020 | Island Features | By: Sarah Gannon

The 5th annual Starry Nights returned to our wintery island on Saturday, February 15, at the Hatteras Village Community Building. This year, organizers were seeking volunteers of all ages to participate in astronaut training for the 2020 theme, “Mars Explorer Mission.” The event was sponsored by the Hatteras Village Civic Association, and spearheaded by Alana [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Beachcomber: Hunting for Treasure with Kristin Hissong…VIDEO

February 19, 2020 | Island Features | By: Rory Kelleher

Kristin Hissong is a North Carolina native and UNC Charlotte graduate, an Outer Banks resident of 15 years, and is a dedicated “professional beachcomber.” She has spent more 20,000 hours walking on and shorelines around the Eastern Seaboard, and has collected thousands upon thousands of items from the Atlantic Ocean. For the past five years, [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Gracie

February 18, 2020 | Community News Brief

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

Marc Basnight Bridge receives several 2020 Design Awards

February 18, 2020 | Local News | 2

The new Bonner Bridge replacement recently received several 2020 Design Awards from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s annual contest. Determined by a jury of architects, engineers, and precast concrete producers, judges review construction projects from all corners of North America with an eye on creative and innovative uses of precast concrete. For 2020, the Bonner Bridge [...] Local News |  Full Article

Ocracoke Recovery Update: NCDOT sandbag project begins…VIDEO

February 20, 2020 | Local News | By: Rory Kelleher

The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has startedthe process of adding sand and sandbags to portions of N.C. Highway 12 on Ocracoke Island to address the lingering effects from September’s Hurricane Dorian. The project is designed to protect four segments of the roadway damaged by Dorian and a subsequent storm in November. The project involves [...] Local News |  Full Article

Dare County Schools Closed on Friday, Feb. 21

February 20, 2020 | Local News

Due to the possibility of inclement weather, Dare County Schools will be canceled on Friday, February 21, for all staff and students, per an update from Digital Communications and Middle School Director, Keith Parker. Additionally, all after-school activities scheduled for today, Thursday, February 20, will also be canceled. The After School Enrichment Program will continue to [...] Local News |  Full Article

Marc Basnight Bridge receives several 2020 Design Awards

February 18, 2020 | Local News | 2

The new Bonner Bridge replacement recently received several 2020 Design Awards from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s annual contest. Determined by a jury of architects, engineers, and precast concrete producers, judges review construction projects from all corners of North America with an eye on creative and innovative uses of precast concrete. For 2020, the Bonner Bridge [...] Local News |  Full Article

National Seashore Updates for Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands for the Week of February 20

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 the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Schedule.  The first half of the Hammock Hills Nature Trail was recently reopened. The remaining half of the trail will reopen when the boardwalks are fully repaired.  Silver Lake/Visitor Center public restrooms have reopened.  Ocracoke Campground will reopen for the 2020 camping season on Friday, April 10. The campground kiosk was seriously damaged during Hurricane Dorian and will not be open by the beginning of the camping season. Camping reservations can be made at [...] 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

Superintendent David Hallac invites community to discuss an overvi ...

February 10, 2020 | 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 2019 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

Dorian-related debris stored in the National Seashore set to be go ...

February 6, 2020 | Seashore News | By: Peter Vankevich | From The: Ocracoke Observer

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent Dave Hallac praised Hyde County and their contractors on the progress removing the demolition debris from the Ocracoke Beach Access parking lot (lifeguard beach). The Seashore also on Tuesday released its 2019 visitor statistics posted below. “I am very impressed with their progress, especially in light of the myriad efforts [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras National Seashore receives 2.6 million visits for fi ...

February 4, 2020 | Seashore News

Last year, Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) received 2.6 million recreational visits for the first time since 2003. Since 2015, the Seashore has experienced a yearly increase in visitation compared to the previous year. 2019 visitation was 0.60% higher than visitation in 2018. Recreation Visits by Year: 2019: 2,606,632 2018: 2,591,056 2017: 2,433,703 2016: 2,411,711 [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Lifeline Outreach OBX embarks on new goal to establish a Women’s Crisis Center, while continually helping islanders in need

February 21, 2020 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

The Lifeline Outreach OBX Center in Salvo has grown by leaps and bounds since it first began in a storage closet at the Lifeboat Community Church in 2006. Now housed within its own building, complete with a thrift store, separate food pantry, and even a personal greeter in the form of Charlie the cat, organizer and administrator Rev. Wade Weigel says that the center continues to aim for even higher aspirations in the year ahead. “Essentially, our goal for 2020 is to purchase this building, to expand our capabilities and services dramatically,” says Weigel. “We want to do a whole lot more, and specifically, we’d like to establish a crisis center for women and single mothers.” Weigel volunteers at the Outer Banks Hotline Crisis and Interventional and Prevention Center in his limited free time, which helps domestic abuse and sexual assault victims throughout the Outer Banks. But [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Aquarium’s STAR Center reopens to public after mass sea turtle s ...

February 11, 2020 | Island Features | By: Kari Pugh | From The: OBX Today

The STAR Center sea turtle hospital at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island reopened to visitors Monday, weeks after a mass stranding of cold-stunned sea turtles overflowed the facility. There are now 88 sea turtle patients in the center’s care. In mid-January, more than 100 sea turtles were found cold-stunned on the Outer Banks [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Browning cautions on lead poisoned eagles

February 11, 2020 | Island Features | By: Michelle Wagner | From The: Outer Banks Voice

A bald eagle remains in critical condition after being rescued in Camden County on Feb. 9 by Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation’s Lou Browning. Suffering from lead poisoning as well as dehydration and malnutrition, Browning said the raptor has little chance of survival, but is currently being treated in an ICU chamber at his Hatteras Island [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Chicamacomico Banks Fire & Rescue collects more than four dum ...

February 6, 2020 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist | 2

Chicamacomico Banks Fire & Rescue volunteers conducted a recent beach clean-up along a stretch of Rodanthe shoreline that was cluttered with leftover debris from late fall storms. Working over the course of several days, the team of volunteers filled up a total of four dumpsters, and had to utilize an additional 40-yard container provided by [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Hatteras Island Oyster Roast in Pictures: A Chilly but Festive She ...

February 3, 2020 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

As estimated 500 locals and visitors headed to the edge of Oden’s Dock in Hatteras village on Saturday afternoon to take part in a shell-ebration that has been going strong for seven years. The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s annual Hatteras Island Oyster Roast has become one of the most highly anticipated events of the traditionally [...] 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: 2020 State of the Market Report

January 27, 2020 | Real Estate | By: Tom Hranicka

At the beginning of each year, I like to look back on the results from the previous year and attempt to see if they can give us some insights into the state of the real estate market as we move forward. To understand where we are on the spectrum of progress with respect to the island’s real estate market, I believe the picture is often clearer when we look back to see where we have been. Some of those who have studied the real estate market on the Outer Banks over a long period of time have said that their experience suggests that the market seems to run in 10-year cycles. Hatteras Island appears to follow this same pattern. The residential real estate market on Hatteras Island first entered its most recent downturn in June of 2005. Home prices declined dramatically over the subsequent four years and then remained basically flat until 2015 when we started to see some signs of improveme [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Dare officials concerned about FEMA flood maps

January 10, 2020 | Real Estate | By: Michelle Wagner | From The: Outer Banks Voice

Thousands of properties removed from flood zone Sweeping changes to the FEMA’s revised 2020 flood maps will mean a 41 percent decrease in the number of unincorporated Dare County properties included in the flood zone. And the widespread re-classifications, county officials worry, could tempt some property owners to prematurely drop their flood insurance policies when [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Celebrate GIS Day with Look Back Map

November 13, 2019 | Real Estate

In celebration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day on Wednesday, November 13, the Dare County Department of Information Technologies GIS Division has developed a Look Back Map. The map provides users with the opportunity to explore and visually compare the changing landscape of Dare County of 1996 to 2019. GIS is a scientific framework for [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

2018 a strong, successful year for U.S. fishermen and seafood sector

February 24, 2020 | Fishing

In 2018, U.S. fishermen landed 9.4 billion pounds of fish valued at $5.6 billion at ports around the nation—consistently high figures on par with recent years, which bring economic benefits up and down the seafood supply chain, according to an annual report released today by NOAA Fisheries. According to the Fisheries of the United States report, which is compiled by NOAA using data and analysis not immediately available at the same end of a fishing year, U.S. highest value species groups in 2018 included lobster ($684 million), crabs ($645 million), salmon ($598 million), scallops ($541 million), and shrimp ($496 million). Dutch Harbor in Alaska, and New Bedford in Massachusetts, continue to dominate the list of top ports driven by landings of pollock for Alaska (the nation’s largest commercial fishery) and top-valued sea scallops in Massachusetts. "America's fishermen and seafood in [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Community Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications

February 24, 2020 | Community News Brief

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 22. The Community Foundation manages 55 different scholarship programs and expects to award about $173,000 to local students this year. Graduating high school seniors from Dare County, Currituck County, and Ocracoke are eligible [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Community Foundation Honors TowneBank and Bob Muller, Announces Ne ...

February 24, 2020 | Community News Brief

The Outer Banks Community Foundation’s membership honored two Champions, elected five board members, and celebrated $1.4 million in grants and scholarships in 2019 at the organization’s Annual Meeting on February 20. The Community Foundation also announced a major new grants initiative at its meeting, the 2020 Vision Grants, which will be launched later in the [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Gracie

February 18, 2020 | Community News Brief

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA pet of the week, Gracie, courtesy of their latest video produced by Dare County’s CURRENT TV. For more information on Gracie, 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 Schools Teacher and Principal of the year…VIDEO

February 17, 2020 | Community News Brief | By: Sam Walker | From The: OBX Today

The 2020 Dare County Schools teacher and principal of the year both come from Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies. Art Teacher Justin Paxton was selected to serve as this year’s District Teacher of the Year. Paxton’s community mural art project has inspired many students, teachers, and business leaders to get involved in the [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Michael Patrick Nolan

February 19, 2020 | Obituaries

March 26, 1956 – February 18, 2020 Michael Patrick Nolan, 63, of Manteo, NC died Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at his home. Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

Alba Marie DiFabio DelVacchio

February 13, 2020 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS — Alba Marie DiFabio DelVacchio, 97, of Kill Devil Hills, NC died Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, NC. Born in Philadelphia, PA on January 7, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Cecelia Filippone and Pierino DiFabio. An avid reader, Alba enjoyed playing bridge, working on several [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Vernon James Gilbert

February 13, 2020 | Obituaries

March 30, 1962 – February 9, 2020 WANCHESE — Vernon James Gilbert, 57, of Wanchese, NC passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at his home. He was a successful boat builder and business owner of Blue Devil Boatworks, LLC. Born in Virginia Beach, VA on March 30, 1962, he was the son of Mary [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Zeblin Vance Midgett

February 13, 2020 | Obituaries

CPO Zeblin Vance Midgett, USN, Retired, 92, of Virginia Beach, VA, formerly of Kill Devil Hills, NC, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. Born in Manteo, NC on December 17, 1927, he was the son of the late Ruth Partridge Midgett and Mahlon Midgett. A veteran of the Korean [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Joyce Councill Price

February 13, 2020 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS — Joyce Councill “Ciccy” Price, 83, a long-time resident of Colington Harbor, Kill Devil Hills, died peacefully on Sunday, February 9, 2020 after a brief illness.  Born and raised in Southampton County, VA, Joyce was the daughter of Janey Turner and Lawrence Wester Councill. While a nurse at Our Community Hospital in [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Arlene Donahue Williams

February 10, 2020 | Obituaries

AVON — Arlene Janet Donahue Williams, 93, died Saturday, February 8, 2020, peacefully at home with family at her side. Arlene was the daughter of Errold and Hilda Donahue of Bethel, ME.  She was born December 22, 1926 in Albany, ME.  She graduated from Gould Academy and was the mother of eight children and homemaker.  [...] Obituaries |  Full Article