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Rebecca G. Gray

April 7, 2020 | Obituaries

August 31, 1930 – April 5, 2020 AVON — Rebecca G. Gray, 89, of Avon, NC entered into her final reward on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at her home. Rebecca was a lifelong homemaker and delighted in lovingly serving her family. She was known for her strong faith in God, and her gentle love. Rebecca [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Community Foundation Awards $37,680 in COVID-19 Rapid Response Gr ...

April 7, 2020 | Community News Brief

In its second round of COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants, the Outer Banks Community Foundation has announced $37,680 in emergency funding to nine local nonprofits, supporting their efforts to provide for the basic, urgent needs of Outer Bankers during the COVID-19 crisis. “As this pandemic deepens, our nonprofit partners are rising to overcome serious obstacles, and [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

All court proceedings statewide postponed until at least June 1

April 7, 2020 | Local News | By: Sam Walker | From The: OBX Today

All court proceedings statewide have been postponed until June 1, following an order by the state’s chief justice on Friday. “Judicial officials and court personnel statewide are going above and beyond to serve the public during this health emergency,” said Chief Justice Cheri Beasley. “My number one priority is to protect them and the public [...] Local News |  Full Article

All court proceedings statewide postponed until at least June 1

April 7, 2020 | Local News | By: Sam Walker | From The: OBX Today

All court proceedings statewide have been postponed until June 1, following an order by the state’s chief justice on Friday. “Judicial officials and court personnel statewide are going above and beyond to serve the public during this health emergency,” said Chief Justice Cheri Beasley. “My number one priority is to protect them and the public [...] Local News |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras National Seashore says beaches will remain open; visitors centers are closed

March 27, 2020 | Seashore News

To minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, consistent with federal, state, and local advisories, visitor centers at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) are temporarily closed. Park lands and beaches continue to be open for the purposes of activities described under Dare County's “Stay Home - Stay Healthy” declaration. Read more about the new county declaration, which goes into effect Saturday at 5 p.m., at https://islandfreepress.org/outer-banks-news/whats-allowed-under-dare-countys-new-stay-home-stay-healthy-declaration/. Visit http://go.nps.gov/beachaccess for the current status of Seashore beaches. Additional information: Off-road vehicle (ORV) permits can be purchased online at www.recreation.gov. The status of each ORV ramp and beach route can be found at http://go.nps.gov/beachaccess. Beachgoers should use caution in the ocean as no lifeguards are on duty at this time [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras National Seashore announces 2020 camping season dates

March 3, 2020 | Seashore News

The 2020 Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) camping season at the Cape Point, Frisco, and Ocracoke campgrounds will begin Friday, April 10 and end Monday, November 30. Thanks to a multi-year campground modernization project at Oregon Inlet Campground, the Seashore’s most popular campground stayed open all of last year. Read more about Oregon Inlet Campground’s [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras National Seashore in 2019: From devastating storms t ...

February 26, 2020 | Seashore News | By: Kari Pugh | From The: OBX Today

Despite a 35-day government shutdown, Hurricane Dorian, Tropical Storm Melissa and an unnamed but intense November nor’easter, Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitation set a 16-year high in 2019. It was, no doubt, a challenging end-of-the-decade for the National Park Service’s Outer Banks Group, which includes Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Wright Brothers National Memorial and [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

National Seashore Updates for Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands for th ...

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 [...] 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

Life in isolation, Hatteras-style

April 6, 2020 | Island Features | By: Rory Kelleher

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, all of America has been asked to stay home and socially distance themselves. Many islanders are making the best of this downtime by engaging in a myriad of activities. The Island Free Press asked islanders to submit photos and videos of themselves spending time with family, trying new projects, excercising, and maybe even getting a little stir crazy. This video is a compilation of those submissions, which includes drawing, gardening, kiteboarding, setting up for an island safari, excercising, just goofing off, and much more. This video shows that the Outer Banks has a special way of doing just about everything, and this time of quarantine is no different. A special thank you to all those who submitted! [...] 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: A closer look at the 2020 Tax Assessment Revaluations

March 16, 2020 | Real Estate | By: Tom Hranicka

As might be expected, the recent distribution of new tax assessment revaluations has raised question in the minds of property owners about the accuracy of the new assessments. One of the most frequently heard comments is, “This new assessment is too high. I could never sell my property for that amount.” At the risk of giving away the plot before the end of the story, the difference between the assessed value for tax purposes and what an owner might believe their property is worth may be a little like comparing apples and oranges. The numbers look like they should be the same, but there may be reasons why the values are different. The following discussion highlights some of the main issues in the different methods of valuation. Tax Assessment Values Assessed value is defined as the official appraised value of a property for ad valorem tax (property tax) purposes.  State law establish [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Hatteras Island Real Estate: Protecting your funds during a real ...

March 2, 2020 | Real Estate | By: Tom Hranicka

Each year, real estate agents are required to take eight hours of continuing education classes in order to maintain their active broker licenses. The first four hours usually focus on topics that the North Carolina Real Estate Commission considers currently important. The second half of the training offers information on elective subjects. This year, one [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Outer Banks property owners shocked by tax revaluation, but expert ...

February 28, 2020 | Real Estate | By: Kari Pugh | From The: OBX Today

Many Dare County property owners got a shock when they received their seven-year tax revaluations this week. Property assessments for some went up as much as 80 and 90 percent, sparking worries about what coming real estate tax bills might look like. The alarm, local real estate experts say, is unwarranted. At least right now. [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Seafood Available, Buyers Are Not: COVID-19

April 3, 2020 | Fishing | By: Catherine Kozak | From The: Coastal Review Online

Even under the current shutdown of the economy, North Carolina consumers still can find fresh or fresh-frozen fish in supermarkets. That belies the enormous financial hit facing the commercial and recreational fishing industries in a state that counts fishing as one of its most valuable resources. “We do have retail markets all across the state that are open and selling,” said Glenn Skinner, executive director of the North Carolina Fisheries Association. But only 20% of domestic seafood is sold through retail outlets, he said. The remaining 80% is sold through restaurants. Most restaurant service, except for delivery and pickup orders, has been closed in North Carolina — as well as most other states — since last month to prevent spread of COVID-19. That leaves fishers struggling to find markets for fresh fish they’ve caught, Skinner told Coastal Review Online Tuesday. Dependi [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Community Foundation Awards $37,680 in COVID-19 Rapid Response Gr ...

April 7, 2020 | Community News Brief

In its second round of COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants, the Outer Banks Community Foundation has announced $37,680 in emergency funding to nine local nonprofits, supporting their efforts to provide for the basic, urgent needs of Outer Bankers during the COVID-19 crisis. “As this pandemic deepens, our nonprofit partners are rising to overcome serious obstacles, and [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Rudder

March 31, 2020 | Community News Brief

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

Rebecca G. Gray

April 7, 2020 | Obituaries

August 31, 1930 – April 5, 2020 AVON — Rebecca G. Gray, 89, of Avon, NC entered into her final reward on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at her home. Rebecca was a lifelong homemaker and delighted in lovingly serving her family. She was known for her strong faith in God, and her gentle love. Rebecca [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Loretta Lee Midgett O’Neal

April 3, 2020 | Obituaries

August 30, 1931 – April 3, 2020 BUXTON — Loretta Lee Midgett O’Neal, 88, of Buxton, NC went to her heavenly home Friday, April 3, 2020. A native of Buxton, she was born August 30, 1931 to the late Linda Casey and Edmond D. Midgett. Loretta was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Franklin D. Burroughs

March 31, 2020 | Obituaries

HATTERAS — Franklin Danford “Dan” Burroughs, 86, passed away peacefully in his home in Hatteras on March 27, 2020, surrounded by family. Dan was born in Charlotte, NC, on January 15, 1934. He grew up in Charlotte and spent summers at his grandmother’s boarding house in Scotland Neck.  At 14, he became an Eagle Scout [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Sharon Elizabeth Siskind

March 31, 2020 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS — Sharon Elizabeth Siskind, 69, of Kill Devil Hills, NC passed away at home on March 29, 2020 after a brief illness. Sharon is survived by her husband, Richard; siblings, Barbara, Scott and Bill; and beloved Walker Hound, Willow. Thanks are extended to the staff of Dare County Home Health and Hospice [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Richard A Wood III

March 31, 2020 | Obituaries

Coach Richard Wood passed away on March 10, 2020 in Louisville, KY. Born February 21, 1947 in New Orleans to Richard and Alma Wood. Richard graduated from St Bernard High School and University of Southern Mississippi with a BA in History where he also played football and ran track. He graduated with a Master’s Degree [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Leota “Lee” Garrett Slagle

March 30, 2020 | Obituaries

FRISCO — Leota “Lee” Garrett Slagle, 82, of Frisco NC, passed away on March 24, 2020 at Peak Resources with family by her side. Lee was born October 13, 1937 in Clifton Forge, VA. She attended high school in Covington, Virginia and went on to obtain her Nursing Degree from C&O Hospital Nursing School. Lee [...] Obituaries |  Full Article