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Dare County Chairman to Present State of the County 2020 on Hatter ...

January 23, 2020 | Community News Brief

In an effort to reach and engage with Hatteras Island citizens, Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robert L. “Bob” Woodard, Sr. will repeat the State of the County 2020 presentation on Monday, February 3 at Cape Hatteras Secondary School (CHSS). Chairman Woodard will deliver the State of the County presentation that originally took place [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Tuesday is the deadline to comment on upcoming shrimp management p ...

January 21, 2020 | Fishing | From The: OBX Today

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries public scoping closes on Tuesday, Jan. 21, for comments on potential management strategies for an upcoming amendment to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan. The amendment will examine management strategies to further reduce bycatch of nontarget species in the shrimp trawl fishery and potential changes to existing shrimp management strategies, [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Toby

January 21, 2020 | Community News Brief

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

New Life-Saving Equipment and Upgraded Technology for Dare County EMS

January 21, 2020 | Community News Brief

Dare County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) recently began implementing updated equipment and new life-saving devices into patient service. The upgraded equipment ensures the department’s continued ability to provide cutting edge medical care to Dare County residents and visitors. The Board of Commissioners provided funding for the equipment in the 2020 Capital Improvements Plan. A new [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Nearly 100 Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles Rescued After Recent Cold Spell

January 21, 2020 | Local News | By: Joy Crist | 1

  Nearly 100 cold-stunned sea turtles were found and transported to the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST) Rehabilitation Center at the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island, after two days of cold temperatures that led to approximately 89 sea turtles being rescued on Tuesday alone. The coordinated effort by local and northern Outer Banks volunteers, [...] Local News |  Full Article

Trash bins get emptied; islanders get updates on ferries, debris, ...

January 20, 2020 | Local News | By: Connie Leinbach | From The: Ocracoke Observer

A day after a story published about the overflowing trash bins at the Ocracoke Convenience Site, David’s Trash, with whom Hyde County has the trash hauling contract, arrived and switched out five bins. Dave Johnson, head site attendant, made the announcement Wednesday night at the Ocracoke Civic & Business Association civic affairs meeting in the Community Center. [...] Local News |  Full Article

A passionate ‘State of the County’ address

January 20, 2020 | Local News | By: Mark Jurkowitz | From The: Outer Banks Voice

“Good morning Dare County,” declared Dare County Board of Commissioners Chair Bob Woodard as he opened his State of the County 2020 presentation before a jam-packed breakfast-time crowd at Captain George’s Restaurant on Jan. 15. “Dare County, one hundred-fifty years old.” Woodard continued before turning his attention to the audience and quipping: “You don’t look [...] Local News |  Full Article

Winter Arrives on the Outer Banks with an Upcoming Week of Colder ...

January 20, 2020 | Local News

After a long warm spell that included three consecutive days of record-breaking high temperatures, it’s finally starting to feel like January on the Outer Banks, with below-average temperatures forecasted through midweek, per a recent update from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office. Monday began on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands with temperatures in the [...] Local News |  Full Article

How to help cold-stunned sea turtles

January 21, 2020 | Seashore News

By Jessica Green  | OBX Forever If you’ve ever walked along the beach of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, you may have been lucky enough to spot a sea turtle or a protected sea turtle nest. According to the park staff at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, loggerhead, green, leatherback, hawksbill (rare) and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles call the Outer Banks home, and from late spring through early fall (May to September), female sea turtles emerge from the ocean to lay their eggs in the sands of Outer Banks beaches, where they incubate until the time comes for them to hatch and return to the sea. When the temperatures suddenly plummet in the winter, however, the sea turtles’ lives can quickly become threatened. Every year, sea turtles swimming near Cape Hatteras experience “cold-stunning,” in which they become immobilized by a sudden drop in water temperature. According to the Nort [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

2020 Commercial Use Authorization applications open for Cape Hatte ...

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 [...] 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

Island History: The Unfathomable Tragedy and Mystery of the Wreck ...

January 10, 2020 | Island Features | By: James D. Charlet

The schooner Robert H. Stevenson has almost been lost to the historic records. She was only three years old when she disappeared forever on the infamous Diamond Shoals. Very little makes sense about the wreck and ensuing non-rescue, and there remains a hugely significant amount of a mystery surrounding the whole affair. The Services From [...] 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

2019 was a pretty good year for real estate

January 22, 2020 | Real Estate

The Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® Multiple Listing Services Director Dan Sutherland has released the 2019 Year End Multiple Listing Services (MLS) Statistical Report for the 2019 year. Overall it appears that real estate had a good year in the OBX. Sales have been steadily climbing since 2008. In 2019, Total Property Sales increased 8% with residential up 8%, lots not recording a loss, and commercial dramatically up by 57%. Under Contract listings declined significantly in December, but still show an increase of 8% for 2019. This is due to November's record breaking 247 sales reported. Also in 2019, overall inventory declined 5% and according to Sutherland, "Indicates that the OBX is still considered a 'sellers market', unlike many other counties." Colington and Mainland Currituck tied for the highest increase in residential units sold at 23% (152 in Colington and 206 in Currituc [...] 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

Tuesday is the deadline to comment on upcoming shrimp management plan changes

January 21, 2020 | Fishing | From The: OBX Today

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries public scoping closes on Tuesday, Jan. 21, for comments on potential management strategies for an upcoming amendment to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan. The amendment will examine management strategies to further reduce bycatch of nontarget species in the shrimp trawl fishery and potential changes to existing shrimp management strategies, according to DMF. Written comments can be submitted through an online form accessed through the DMF Shrimp Amendment Information Page or by mail to: Shrimp Amendment 2 Scoping Comments, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557. Comments should be posted online or postmarked by 5 p.m. Jan. 21. The division will not accept comments submitted by email. A scoping document further outlining the potential management strategies on the Shrimp Amendment Information Page. Scoping is the first stage of the amendment proces [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Dare County Chairman to Present State of the County 2020 on Hatter ...

January 23, 2020 | Community News Brief

In an effort to reach and engage with Hatteras Island citizens, Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robert L. “Bob” Woodard, Sr. will repeat the State of the County 2020 presentation on Monday, February 3 at Cape Hatteras Secondary School (CHSS). Chairman Woodard will deliver the State of the County presentation that originally took place [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Toby

January 21, 2020 | Community News Brief

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

New Life-Saving Equipment and Upgraded Technology for Dare County EMS

January 21, 2020 | Community News Brief

Dare County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) recently began implementing updated equipment and new life-saving devices into patient service. The upgraded equipment ensures the department’s continued ability to provide cutting edge medical care to Dare County residents and visitors. The Board of Commissioners provided funding for the equipment in the 2020 Capital Improvements Plan. A new [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Robert Walter McCrory

January 23, 2020 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS — Robert “Bob” Walter McCrory, of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina passed away peacefully at his home on January 21, 2020. Bob was born August 31, 1946 in Warsaw, Indiana. He served honorably in the US Army as a helicopter crew chief during the Vietnam War and received many commendations and medals [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Mary Helen Kolkmeyer Burk

January 23, 2020 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS — Mary Helen (Kolkmeyer) Burk, beloved wife of Robert “Bob” Burk, age 72, passed peacefully in her sleep at her home in Kill Devil Hills, NC this past Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Born in Brooklyn, NY on December 15, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Eleanor Fay Kolkmeyer and William [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

James William Hollenbach

January 20, 2020 | Obituaries

MANTEO — James “Jim” William Hollenbach, 53, peacefully passed away January 18, 2020 surrounded by loving family in his home in Manteo, NC.  Jim was born June 11, 1966 in Shenandoah, PA. Jim is preceded in death by his parents William and Charlotte (Hiney) Hollenbach; two brothers Kenneth Hollenbach and William Hollenbach Jr; and paternal [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

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