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Shirley Barnett Austin

January 17, 2020 | Obituaries

HATTERAS — Shirley Barnett Austin, 81, of Hatteras, NC died Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at Peak Resources – Outer Banks. Born in Toms River, NJ on March 25, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Edna and Jarvis Barnett. Shirley’s love for children could be seen as she and her husband were foster parents [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Another fundraiser success for Ocracoke School

January 16, 2020 | Community News Brief | From The: Ocracoke Observer

River City Rockin’ Blues band held a fundraising concert in October and on Saturday presented a check for $3,500 to Ocracoke School. RCRB founder Nannette Garrett organized the event in the Washington Civic Center. The day-long event consisted of performances by numerous musical artists, both local and regional, local food trucks, raffle door prizes, as well [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Midgett Realty sales team and Citizens Bank donate $7,200 to Hatte ...

January 15, 2020 | Business Briefs

Trisha Midgett and her team, (John Mills, Ashley King, Courtney Snearer and Michael Milteer), from the Rodanthe office of Midgett Realty and Drew Wright and his team, (Alex Wright, Betty Brickhouse and Deborah Beddingfield), from Citizens Bank in Southern Shores presented the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation (HICF) with a check for $7,200 that they collectively [...] Business Briefs |  Full Article

Body of one crewman recovered, another still missing from capsized ...

January 14, 2020 | Local News | By: Sam Walker | From The: OBX Today

The remains have been recovered of one of the crewmembers missing from a shrimp trawler that capsized in the Pamlico Sound last week. The body of Keyron “Breezy” Davis was recovered Friday morning. The Hyde County Sheriff’s Office told WCTI-TV his body was found using sidescan sonar. Along with the Sheriff’s Office, commercial fishing vessels and volunteer [...] Local News |  Full Article

Community Foundation Now Accepting 2020 Grant Applications

January 13, 2020 | Business Briefs

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications from nonprofits for its Community Enrichment Grants Program. Applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation’s web portal. The first deadline of the year is Friday, January 31. The Community Enrichment Grants Program is the Community Foundation’s largest and broadest funding opportunity. In 2019 the Community Foundation [...] Business Briefs |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Comet

January 13, 2020 | Community News Brief

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

Body of one crewman recovered, another still missing from capsized ...

January 14, 2020 | Local News | By: Sam Walker | From The: OBX Today

The remains have been recovered of one of the crewmembers missing from a shrimp trawler that capsized in the Pamlico Sound last week. The body of Keyron “Breezy” Davis was recovered Friday morning. The Hyde County Sheriff’s Office told WCTI-TV his body was found using sidescan sonar. Along with the Sheriff’s Office, commercial fishing vessels and volunteer [...] Local News |  Full Article

CERT recognizes community members who were instrumental in Dorian ...

January 12, 2020 | Local News | By: Sarah Gannon

The annual Hatteras Island Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) meeting was held on Thursday night, January 9, at the Avon Volunteer Fire Department. During the meeting, CERT formally recognized several members of their organization, as well as members from the community, for their efforts and donations before, during, and after Hurricane Dorian. Larry Ogden, CERT [...] Local News |  Full Article

Crews respond to brush fire on Pea Island near refuge visitor center

January 11, 2020 | Local News | By: Sam Walker | From The: OBX Today

  UPDATE: The fire that started just before 7 p.m. about 1/4 mile south of the Pea Island National Wildlife Visitor Center was declared extinguished at 8:23 p.m. A wind-fueled brush fire ignited Saturday night in Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on the oceanside of N.C. 12 near the refuge visitor center. Crews reported they [...] Local News |  Full Article

2020 Commercial Use Authorization applications open for Cape Hatteras National Seashore

December 12, 2019 | Seashore News

The National Park Service is pleased to announce that the 2020 Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) application process for Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial is now open. Authorized services include: Beach Equipment Services (Cape Hatteras) Beach Fire Services (Cape Hatteras) Guided Fishing Services (Cape Hatteras & new for Fort Raleigh!) Guided Horseback Tours (Cape Hatteras) Guided Waterfowl Hunting (Cape Hatteras) Interpretive and Educational Programs (Cape Hatteras, new for Fort Raleigh & Wright Brothers!) Non-Motorized Boat Tours (Cape Hatteras & new for Fort Raleigh!) Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Driving Tours (Cape Hatteras) Outdoor Fitness Classes (Cape Hatteras) Photography Instruction (Cape Hatteras, new for Fort Raleigh & Wright Brothers!) Road-Based Commercial Tours and Transportation (Cape Hatt [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

CHNS seeks public input on proposed improvements to Oregon Inlet M ...

December 11, 2019 | Seashore News

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) is pleased to announce that they are working with their lessee at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, Oregon Inlet Marinas, LLC, to develop strategies to replace vulnerable structures and conduct site improvements at the marina. As such, members of the public are invited to provide input via https://parkplanning.nps.gov/oregon_inlet_fishingcenter by January 10, [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

National Seashore Updates for the Week of December 6

December 6, 2019 | 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 December 6 include the following: Seashore Updates A ribbon-cutting event for the new hunt blind/wildlife-viewing platform on [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Outer Banks’ three national parks threatened by climate change

December 4, 2019 | Seashore News | From The: OBX Today

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is one of ten sites featured in a new national report by The Cultural Landscape Foundation that was unveiled in late November. The “Landslide 2019: Living in Nature” report highlights ten cultural landscapes throughout the nation that are threatened by flooding, wildfires, regional drought and other effects of human-induced climate change. [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

New Bodie Island Hunt Blind and Wildlife-Viewing Platform Opens fo ...

November 21, 2019 | Seashore News

Visitors with limited mobility will be able to use the new Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) accessible hunt blind and wildlife-viewing platform to hunt waterfowl during authorized dates starting December 14. All Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) visitors can use the platform to participate in wildlife-viewing, educational, and photography opportunities during the hunting off-season, which is [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Rescued puffin gaining weight, eating well … obviously

January 16, 2020 | Island Features | By: Kari Pugh | From The: OBX Today

An Atlantic puffin found in the woods on Hatteras Island earlier this month is gaining weight and appears to be eating well. A recent video posted by his caretaker shows just how well his digestive system working. The small seabird is an unusual visitor to the Outer Banks, and even more unusual to be found in the woods instead of on the shore. The Virginia-North Carolina border marks the very southernmost point of their winter range, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Since the puffin found in Buxton wasn’t on the beach, “that tells me he didn’t float to shore and try to walk around,” said Lou Browning of Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation. The bird “has slight head wound … probably flying and got hit by a peregrine [falcon] and went down in the woods.”   [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Nonprofit Offers Help For Dorian Survivors

January 7, 2020 | Island Features | By: Kipp Tabb | From The: Coastal Review Online

Federal and state money to help Ocracoke and Hatteras recover from Hurricane Dorian has been slow getting here, but one Outer Banks nonprofit has been moving far more quickly than any government agency to provide relief where it can. Jeff Byard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery, [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Unusual visitor: Injured puffin being treated on the Outer Banks

January 6, 2020 | Island Features | By: Kari Pugh | From The: OBX Today

Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation has an unusual patient in its care — a puffin found in the woods in Buxton this weekend. The small seabird usually associated with more northern locales was found back on Rocky Rollinson Road over the weekend. Atlantic puffins are an unusual site around the Outer Banks, especially onshore. They generally [...] 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

Hazard Mitigation Grant Funds Available for Home Elevation on Ocracoke Island

January 15, 2020 | Real Estate

Hyde County has received notice of the availability of FEMA grant funds for the elevation  of homes in Hyde County under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Hurricane Dorian, DR-4465. The HMGP provides 100% funding to reduce or eliminate the risk of flood damage to buildings and structures. If your home is your primary residence, you agree to carry flood insurance after the elevation, and your home is structurally capable of elevating you may qualify. Flood insurance coverage prior to applying is not required to submit an application. Hyde County accepts common applications from property owners, for assistance in regards to housing needs, at any time. This common application supplies county staff with the information needed to match the needs of property owners with resources that may come available through state and federal grant opportunities when they become available, includi [...] 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

Dare County Releases New Video About Property Insurance

November 1, 2019 | Real Estate

Dare County, in partnership with Current TV, has released a video, A Community Conversation About Property Insurance. Special guest Dr. Michelle Osborne, Chief Deputy Commissioner with the NC Department of Insurance (NCDOI), discussed different types of insurance coverage, issues with specific policies, policy recommendations for coastal areas, and proposed changes to the National Flood Insurance [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Columbia seafood company head gets year in prison for selling falsely-labeled crab meat

January 10, 2020 | Fishing | By: Sam Walker | From The: OBX Today

The owner of a Tyrrell County seafood processor has been sentenced to one year in federal prison after pleading guilty to selling millions of dollars in foreign crab meat that was labeled as local blue crab to major retailers. Phillip R. Carawan, owner, president and CEO of Capt. Neill’s Seafood Inc. in Columbia, admitted to telling workers to label more than 179,872 pounds of crab meat with a retail market value of $4,082,841 as locally-sourced. Between 2012 and June 2015, the company imported crab meat from South America and Asia, and then relabeled it as being from jumbo blue crabs as a “Product Of USA”. As part of his plea agreement, Carawan admitted that he and his company could not process sufficient quantities of domestic blue crab to meet customer demands. The crab meat was then sold to wholesale clubs such as Costco and Sam’s Club and other retailers. “Individuals and [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Another fundraiser success for Ocracoke School

January 16, 2020 | Community News Brief | From The: Ocracoke Observer

River City Rockin’ Blues band held a fundraising concert in October and on Saturday presented a check for $3,500 to Ocracoke School. RCRB founder Nannette Garrett organized the event in the Washington Civic Center. The day-long event consisted of performances by numerous musical artists, both local and regional, local food trucks, raffle door prizes, as well [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Comet

January 13, 2020 | Community News Brief

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

Shirley Barnett Austin

January 17, 2020 | Obituaries

HATTERAS — Shirley Barnett Austin, 81, of Hatteras, NC died Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at Peak Resources – Outer Banks. Born in Toms River, NJ on March 25, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Edna and Jarvis Barnett. Shirley’s love for children could be seen as she and her husband were foster parents [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

George Henry Alexander

January 13, 2020 | Obituaries

MANTEO — George Henry Alexander, 66, of Manteo, NC died Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. Born in Plymouth, NC on September 22, 1953, he was the son of the late Wanda Jean Jones and Elwood Preston “Shorty” Alexander. Better known as “Walking George”, he is survived by three siblings, Charles Alexander [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Ronald Vincent LeBude

January 10, 2020 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS — Ronald Vincent LeBude, 79, of Kill Devil Hills, NC died Thursday, January 9, 2020, at his home. Born in Philadelphia, PA on August 10, 1940, he was the son of the late Regina Elizabeth Schluppe LeBude and Jean Vincent LeBude. After 21-years of service to his country as a diver, “Frenchie” [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Barbara Jean Crawford

January 10, 2020 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS — Barbara Jean Crawford born in Braxton County, West Virginia in 1953, died at home in 2020.  She is survived by her loving husband, JD Crawford of Colington Harbour, daughter Jennifer Crawford, son-in-law Frank Tuccillo and baby granddaughter Josephine Tuccillo, all of Brooklyn, NY. Barbara was a loving and dedicated wife, mother [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Timothy Ira Sobotka

January 10, 2020 | Obituaries

WANCHESE — Timothy Ira Sobotka, 48, of Wanchese, NC died Thursday, January 9, 2020. Born in Riverhead, NY on October 1, 1971, he was the son of Frank John Sobotka and the late Phylis Irene Etheridge. Longline captain of his fishing vessel The Bluefin, Timmy was at peace when he was at sea. Big, beloved, [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Donna Elizabeth Magruder

January 10, 2020 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS — Donna Elizabeth Magruder, 75, originally of Arlington, VA, died January 9, 2020, at her Kill Devil Hills, NC home. Born February 21, 1944, in Washington, DC- she was the loving daughter of the late Donald R. Magruder and the late Frances E. (Betty) Magruder. Donna attended Washington & Lee High School in Arlington, [...] Obituaries |  Full Article