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Service Interrupted at NCDMV Offices

July 19, 2024 | Community News Brief

A global outage has interrupted N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles business services including but not limited to driver license offices and license plate agencies throughout North Carolina, NCDMV reported today. The outage occurred when a software update by CrowdStrike apparently failed. NCDMV will attempt to reach out to customers to reschedule appointments. NCDMV operates 115 driver license offices [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Susan Austin

July 18, 2024 | Obituaries

Susan Austin, a classic Outer Banks beauty, aged 86, passed away on July 16, 2024. Born and raised in Ocracoke to parents Sommers and Etta Spencer, she was a beloved mother, wife, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Susan was born on March 1, 1938, in Ocracoke, where she [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Sherriann Sarsfield, Chief Operator for Rodanthe water plant, name ...

July 17, 2024 | Community News Brief

Sherriann Sarsfield, who serves as chief water treatment plant operator for the Dare County Water Department at the Joseph “Mac” Midgett Reverse Osmosis Water Plant in Rodanthe, has been named Dare County Employee of the Month for July 2024. The prestigious award was presented to Sarsfield by Dare County Public Utility Director William Nash during the Dare [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Dare commissioners approve moving up Buxton, Avon beach nourishmen ...

July 17, 2024 | Local News | By: Sam Walker | 1

From SamWalkerOBXNews.com With erosion occurring more rapidly than expected off Buxton, the Dare County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to shift the next beach renourishment project to 2026. Buxton’s stretch of beach took a beating this past fall and winter from offshore hurricanes and repeated nor’easters, including one of the worst incidents of erosion since [...] Local News |  Full Article

Board of Commissioners ban balloon releases in unincorporated Dare ...

July 16, 2024 | Local News | By: Joy Crist | 1

At a Public Hearing that coincided with the Dare County Board of Commissioners’ monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 16, the Board unanimously approved a ban on balloon releases in unincorporated areas of the county, which includes Hatteras Island, Roanoke Island outside the Town of Manteo, Colington, Martin’s Point, and the Dare County mainland. The details of [...] Local News |  Full Article

Nola Estelle Martin Gray

July 16, 2024 | Obituaries

HATTERAS — Nola Estelle Martin Gray/ne Nola Estelle Fletcher, born in New London, Connecticut, and a long-time resident of Hatteras Village, passed away on July 2, 2024, at the age of 97. She spent her youth in Groton, CT, and later years in Norwich, CT. Nola was born on June 10, 1927. She was predeceased [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

First-ever guided tours of Little Kinnakeet provide an inside look ...

July 16, 2024 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

The summer of 2024 marks the first time that the public can explore the inner workings of the Little Kinnakeet Life-Saving Station, thanks to the launch of weekly Friday tours that are part of a year-long 150th anniversary celebration. In 1874, the first seven Life-Saving Stations (LSS) were constructed along the North Carolina coastline, from Currituck [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Dare County Library announces new Online Learning Platform for Adults

July 15, 2024 | Community News Brief

The Dare County Library has announced that it now offers patrons access to a new online learning platform called “Gale Presents: Udemy,” which is designed to help adults improve work-related skills and develop personal interests through thousands of on-demand courses across 75 categories in business, technology, design and personal development. Gale, a global provider of research and [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Plans are in the works for new restroom facilities at Old Lighthou ...

July 18, 2024 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

Multiple agencies are coming together to install new and permanent restroom facilities with outdoor showers at Old Lighthouse Beach in Buxton, one of the most popular beach accesses on Hatteras Island. Jessica Barnes of Outer Banks Forever, the official nonprofit partner of the Outer Banks’ national parks, outlined the upcoming project at the Dare County [...] Local News |  Full Article

Dare commissioners approve moving up Buxton, Avon beach nourishmen ...

July 17, 2024 | Local News | By: Sam Walker | 1

From SamWalkerOBXNews.com With erosion occurring more rapidly than expected off Buxton, the Dare County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to shift the next beach renourishment project to 2026. Buxton’s stretch of beach took a beating this past fall and winter from offshore hurricanes and repeated nor’easters, including one of the worst incidents of erosion since [...] Local News |  Full Article

Board of Commissioners ban balloon releases in unincorporated Dare ...

July 16, 2024 | Local News | By: Joy Crist | 1

At a Public Hearing that coincided with the Dare County Board of Commissioners’ monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 16, the Board unanimously approved a ban on balloon releases in unincorporated areas of the county, which includes Hatteras Island, Roanoke Island outside the Town of Manteo, Colington, Martin’s Point, and the Dare County mainland. The details of [...] Local News |  Full Article

Dare commissioners to vote on moving up Buxton, Avon beach widenin ...

July 14, 2024 | Local News | By: Sam Walker | 2

From SamWalkerOBXNews.com With erosion occurring more rapidly than expected off Buxton, the Dare County Board of Commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday to shift the next beach renourishment project to 2026. Buxton’s stretch of beach took a beating this past fall and winter for offshore hurricanes and repeated nor’easters, including one of the worst incidents of [...] Local News |  Full Article

Exterior paint removal will begin soon as Cape Hatteras Lighthouse restoration continues

July 2, 2024 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist

Six months into an extensive restoration project, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse already looks like a different structure, thanks to a tower of scaffolding that was erected around the lighthouse in the spring. Now, residents and visitors can expect another major change in the lighthouse's appearance, as the exterior paint is scheduled to be removed in the not-so-distant future. “That part [of the project] will start in the next couple of weeks, and it should all be removed by early August,” said Lindsey Gravel, Site Quality Control Manager for the project’s contractor, Stone and Lime Historic Restoration Services. While the upcoming paint removal will likely be one of the most visible aspects of the 18-month project, behind the scenes, work continues to tackle the many details of restoring a weather-worn lighthouse to its original 1870 condition. May and June were highly active pha [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras National Seashore reminds visitors of local firework ...

June 29, 2024 | Seashore News

Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitors should leave fireworks at home and attend permitted fireworks shows on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) reminds visitors and adjacent homeowners that it is illegal to detonate fireworks, or have fireworks in your possession, on all land managed by the National Park Service, including all beaches [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

New Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Pathway expected to open in late summ ...

June 4, 2024 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist

The first 1.25-mile-long phase of the new Cape Hatteras Lighthouse pathway is expected to be open to the public by late summer or early fall, 2024. “The Buxton multi-use pathway project is approximately 40% complete,” said Mike Barber, Public Affairs Specialist for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS). “There is approximately 3,500 linear feet of [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Road to Shake Hatteras Pop-Up Bazaar will be held on Monday, July 22; Shake Hatteras Music Festival returns on August 12

July 19, 2024 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

Join the Tri-Villages communities of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo for a fun-filled Pop-Up Bazaar on Monday, July 22, that will serve as the warm-up act for the annual Shake Hatteras Music Festival on August 12. Monday’s Pop-Up Bazaar will feature a vendor market with some of the finest arts, crafts, and local goodies that the Outer Banks has to offer. The event will also have a number of charity-driven activities, including a dunking booth, (sponsored by Beach Pharmacy), to benefit the KOA Care Camps, and a 50/50 raffle to support the first responders of the Chicamacomico Banks Water Rescue Team. There will also be a kite demo and exhibition by Reider Decker of Hatteras Island Sail Shop. Delicious food and drinks will be available by nearby Tina’s Poolside Cafe at the KOA, and there will also be music and tunes throughout the afternoon by the Outer Banks’ own DJ Papa Squat. The Pop- [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Island History: A spotlight on stories from the Outer Banks’ Lif ...

July 10, 2024 | Island Features | By: Jen Carlson

The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station (CLSS) is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, as one of the seven original Life-Saving Stations to be built in North Carolina in 1874. As such, the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station and Historic Site in Rodanthe will be sharing stories about the seven 1874 Outer Banks stations in the months ahead, leading up to the official October [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Check out Hatteras Island’s three weekly markets during the ...

July 7, 2024 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

Visitors and residents who love discovering Hatteras Island’s talented artists have three opportunities every week to experience what the local arts scene is all about. With the summertime return of the Tri Villages Market, Avon Farmers Market, and Old Trent Market, the island is brimming with shopping activity Tuesdays through Thursdays until Labor Day Weekend, [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Island History: A spotlight on stories from the Outer Banks’ Lif ...

July 4, 2024 | Island Features | By: Jen Carlson

The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station (CLSS) is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, as one of the seven original Life-Saving Stations to be built in North Carolina in 1874. As such, the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station and Historic Site in Rodanthe will be sharing stories about the seven 1874 Outer Banks stations in the months ahead, leading up to the official October [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Outer Banks home prices near quarterly record, total inventory bouncing back

July 19, 2024 | Real Estate | By: Sam Walker

From SamWalkerOBXNews.com Median sales prices for homes on the Outer Banks neared record highs in the second quarter of 2024, while total inventory for the first half of the year is recovering. According to the latest MLS report from the Outer Banks Association of Realtors, the residential median sales price for the months of April, May and June was $585,000. That's just shy of the all-time record set in the fourth quarter of 2023 of $600,000, and is the eighth quarter since the start of 2020 that the media sale price has topped $500,000. Total residential transactions in quarter two totaled 485, a 10% drop from Q2 2023 (539) and a 39% from Q2 2022 (747). The number of single family detached dwellings sold was down 34% from last year, with 294 sold over the second quarter 2024 compared to 444 in 2023. There were 646 sold in the same period of 2022. Quarter two condo sales declined by 18 [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

New study finds paths to more effective short-term rental regulations

June 25, 2024 | Real Estate

Rent Responsibly and the College of Charleston have released the 2024 State of the Short-Term Rental (STR) Industry Report, the largest study of its kind exploring the STR industry and the local STR regulatory landscape across the US. Researchers surveyed more than 5,000 STR owners and property managers about their properties, operations, technology, marketing, regulations, [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Causey settles again with insurance companies, another rental home ...

May 31, 2024 | Real Estate | By: Sam Walker

From SamWalkerOBXNews.com North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey has reached a settlement with companies that insure rental homes, which means rates for some coverage will be jumping again for a second straight year. The Republican who is running for a third term this fall announced late Thursday he had reached an agreement with the North [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

New recreational, commercial harvest reporting requirements delayed to Dec. 1, 2025

July 12, 2024 | Fishing

New harvest reporting requirements for recreational and commercial fisheries have been delayed by one year and will now become effective on Dec. 1, 2025. The N.C. General Assembly recently passed Session Law 2024-45, which, in part, amends legislation from last fall that would have implemented the harvest reporting requirements on Dec. 1, 2024. This extension will allow the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) to engage with stakeholders, not only to inform them about the requirements, but also to ensure that the reporting process and tool(s) are robust and user-friendly. The legislation from last fall requires that any person who recreationally harvests Red Drum, flounder, Spotted Seatrout (speckled trout), Striped Bass and Weakfish (gray trout) must report that harvest to the DMF. This requi [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Service Interrupted at NCDMV Offices

July 19, 2024 | Community News Brief

A global outage has interrupted N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles business services including but not limited to driver license offices and license plate agencies throughout North Carolina, NCDMV reported today. The outage occurred when a software update by CrowdStrike apparently failed. NCDMV will attempt to reach out to customers to reschedule appointments. NCDMV operates 115 driver license offices [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Sherriann Sarsfield, Chief Operator for Rodanthe water plant, name ...

July 17, 2024 | Community News Brief

Sherriann Sarsfield, who serves as chief water treatment plant operator for the Dare County Water Department at the Joseph “Mac” Midgett Reverse Osmosis Water Plant in Rodanthe, has been named Dare County Employee of the Month for July 2024. The prestigious award was presented to Sarsfield by Dare County Public Utility Director William Nash during the Dare [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

James Murray “Swivel” Cox

July 19, 2024 | Obituaries

January 24, 1964 – July 18, 2024 WANCHESE — James Murray Cox, 60, of Wanchese, NC, affectionately known as “Swivel,” passed away on July 18, 2024. He was born on January 24, 1964, in Norfolk, VA, to the late MaryAnn Burbage and James Henderson Cox. James dedicated his career as a licensed refrigeration mechanic, retiring [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Susan Austin

July 18, 2024 | Obituaries

Susan Austin, a classic Outer Banks beauty, aged 86, passed away on July 16, 2024. Born and raised in Ocracoke to parents Sommers and Etta Spencer, she was a beloved mother, wife, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Susan was born on March 1, 1938, in Ocracoke, where she [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Timothy M. Muldoon

July 18, 2024 | Obituaries

NAGS HEAD — Timothy Michael Muldoon, of Nags Head, NC, passed away May 9, 2024. He was born in Chicago, IL on July 20th, 1967, the son of Thomas and Agnes Muldoon. He left Chicago at the age of nine, until he settled in the Town of Red Hook and became a Paramedic, among other [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Nola Estelle Martin Gray

July 16, 2024 | Obituaries

HATTERAS — Nola Estelle Martin Gray/ne Nola Estelle Fletcher, born in New London, Connecticut, and a long-time resident of Hatteras Village, passed away on July 2, 2024, at the age of 97. She spent her youth in Groton, CT, and later years in Norwich, CT. Nola was born on June 10, 1927. She was predeceased [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Joseph Andrew Rogers

July 16, 2024 | Obituaries

Joseph Andrew Rogers, affectionately known as Andy, passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2024, at Chesapeake Regional Healthcare. Born on August 13, 1965, to Roland and Maxine Rogers, Andy was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Andy is survived by his devoted wife, Kristi Lilley Rogers, and his two sons, Hunter (Corey) and [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Susan Marable Pope

July 16, 2024 | Obituaries

October 17, 1948 – July 10, 2024 KITTY HAWK — Susan Marable Pope, age 75, passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on July 10, 2024. Susan was born on October 17, 1948, in Portsmouth, Virginia, to Alford Marable and Caroline Tuck. Susan is survived by her siblings, Leon Marable (Gail), June Milligan [...] Obituaries |  Full Article