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Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week Rachel

January 25, 2021 | Community News Brief

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

Shoreline Cleanups Planned for Feb. 6

January 25, 2021 | Community News Brief | From The: Coastal Review Online

The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s northeast office is looking for extra hands from 9-11:30 a.m. Feb. 6 to help with debris cleanups of estuarine shoreline and roadsides. There will be cleanups in Wanchese, Nags Head and Rodanthe. Trash bags, gloves and other cleanup materials will be provided. Participants will be required to wear a mask [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Alice Rebecca (Midgette) Mastros

January 22, 2021 | Obituaries

Alice Rebecca (Midgette) Mastros, of Virginia Beach, Va. passed away peacefully on January 18, 2021.  Rebecca was born on January 6, 1944, to John Evans Midgette (deceased) and Blanche Burrus Farrow Midgette (deceased) of Buxton, North Carolina. Her sister Amelita L. Midgette (deceased) of Buxton NC. and a brother Ronald E. Midgette of Springfield, VA. [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Outer Banks Forever Receives New Capacity Building Grant from Nati ...

January 22, 2021 | Seashore News

Outer Banks Forever, the local nonprofit partner of your Outer Banks national parks — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site — is pleased to announce it has been selected as one of 36 national park partner organizations to receive a Strong Parks, Strong Communities capacity building grant [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

NCDOT and NCDHHS to Help Fund Transit Rides to and from COVID-19 V ...

January 22, 2021 | Community News Brief

Today, the NC Department of Transportation and the NC Department of Health and Human Services announced that approximately $2.5 million in Coronavirus Relief Funding is being distributed to local transit agenciesOpen PDF across the state to help pay for rides for individuals who need transportation assistance to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. “Every North Carolinian has a spot [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Recycling on Hatteras Island: Where Our Recycled Materials Land On ...

January 27, 2021 | Local News | By: Jill Lettieri

This is part 2 of a multi-part series of articles that explores the intricacies of recycling on Hatteras Island, from the initial drop off at the transfer station in Buxton, to the final transition into new materials. To read part 1 of this series, see https://islandfreepress.org/hatteras-island-features/recycling-on-hatteras-island-diy-at-the-buxton-transfer-station-and-recycling-center/. Every day, Americans use 60 million plastic water bottles, [...] Local News |  Full Article

Dare schools and COA staff, Outer Banks first responders get their ...

January 25, 2021 | Local News | By: Sam Walker | From The: OBX Today

Dare County teachers and staff in the public schools and at College of The Albemarle, along with members of local law enforcement and first responder agencies, began getting their first of two COVID-19 vaccinations at a clinic on Saturday at First Flight High School. According to Dare County Schools Superintendent John Farrlley, Vidant Health provided 1,100 [...] Local News |  Full Article

Waterways Commission Tackles the Growing Crisis of Dredge Material ...

January 23, 2021 | Local News | By: Catherine Kozak

Details about a comprehensive proposal laying out numerous options for disposal of dredge material occupied much of Wednesday’s meeting of the Dare County Waterways Commission, indicating that finding somewhere to put excess sand may be as challenging as finding ways to keep it from washing away. In a lengthy slide presentation on the proposed Dare [...] Local News |  Full Article

Critical or Substantial COVID-19 Spread Reported in 99 N.C. Counti ...

January 22, 2021 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

Per a recent update from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), the latest COVID-19 County Alert System shows that 99 North Carolina counties are now listed as red or orange. Eighty-six counties, including Dare or Hyde counties, are red with critical community spread, and 13 are orange with substantial community spread. Only one [...] Local News |  Full Article

Outer Banks Forever Receives New Capacity Building Grant from National Park Foundation

January 22, 2021 | Seashore News

Outer Banks Forever, the local nonprofit partner of your Outer Banks national parks — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site — is pleased to announce it has been selected as one of 36 national park partner organizations to receive a Strong Parks, Strong Communities capacity building grant from the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service. The Strong Parks, Strong Communities capacity building grant program helps address nonprofit park partner needs that have come to the forefront amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants will enable park partners across the country to expand their impact through work that includes new technology, website redesigns, creative visitor engagement, strategic plan development, fundraising campaigns, professional development and more. “This su [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Cape Point and Frisco Campgrounds will Open April 2; Whalebone Wel ...

January 14, 2021 | Seashore News

Per a recent update from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS), the Cape Point and Frisco campgrounds will open for the 2021 camping season on Friday, April 2nd. They will remain open until Monday, November 29, 2021. Reservations and campsite payments can only be made online at www.recreation.gov. Oregon Inlet and Ocracoke campgrounds are currently open, [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Virtual Celebration of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse begins at 4:45 ...

December 16, 2020 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist

At 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, (in partnership with the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society and Outer Banks Forever), will host a virtual celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on the Seashore’s Facebook page and Dare County’s CURRENTtv. The program will begin with a video of the historic light’s illumination, [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Demolition of Several Historic Structures Planned at Cape Lookout ...

December 4, 2020 | Seashore News

For centuries, the natural-barrier islands that make up Cape Lookout National Seashore (North Core Banks, South Core Banks, and Shackleford Banks) has acted as a ‘shield’ for the mainland against ocean surges, and high-water events that are associated to Hurricanes, Nor’easters, and other weather-related phenomena. Of course, the park is also rich with human history [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Details Announced for the 150th Anniversary of the Cape Hatteras L ...

December 3, 2020 | Seashore News

On December 16 at 4:45 p.m., Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore), in partnership with the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society and Outer Banks Forever, will celebrate the 150th anniversaries of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Dare County via a special online video on the Seashore’s Facebook page and Dare County’s CURRENTtv. The special 25-minute online video, shown on the 150th anniversary of the first [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Sea Turtle Rescue Group’s Virtual Auction Set

January 27, 2021 | Island Features | From The: Coastal Review Online

Network for Endangered Sea Turtles, or N.E.S.T., is holding an online silent auction fundraiser this year instead of its annual in-person event typically held every spring. The Valentine’s virtual auction that begins Friday and ends Feb. 6 will features a variety of pieces, from restaurant gift certificates to unique fashion finds. Items only be available for pickup will be marked. The auction items can be viewed online now. “The winter months bring cold-stunned sea turtles to our shores, and funds raised support our volunteer efforts to rescue, transport, and support the rehabilitation efforts at the STAR Center,” according to organizers. Donations support N.E.S.T. activities including sea turtle nest protection, data collection, stranding response/rescue, rehabilitation, and public education. For more information on N.E.S.T.’s mission and activities, or to learn how you can [...] Island Features |  Full Article

January 31 Marks the 100th Anniversary of the Infamous “Ghost Sh ...

January 18, 2021 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

January 31, 2021, marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most notorious shipwrecks along the Outer Banks, and the famed “Ghost Ship” of Cape Hatteras, the Carroll A. Deering. The wreck, which occurred just off of Cape Point, has resulted in countless articles, books, and unanswered questions, as researchers continue to try to discover [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Hatteras Island Real Estate: Hatteras Island 2020 Year-End Market Review

December 17, 2020 | Real Estate | By: Tom Hranicka

As we approach the end of 2020, I think we would all agree that this has been an unusual year to say the least. We saw the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic start in January followed by the closing of Dare County to visitors from March 15 to May 16, accompanied by a series of stay at home orders. Then, to everyone’s surprise, the real estate market on Hatteras Island exploded to record-setting levels once the county reopened. As the following chart shows, properties under contract surged well over 400 percent between mid-May and late August. This unprecedented increase was enhanced by mortgage interest rates falling below 3.0 percent. The pace of sales remains strong going into the New Year. The recent decline in the number of properties under contract is, in part, due to the closing of previous pending sales, as well as some decrease in the overall level of market activity as the traditi [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Week after election, homeowners insurance companies request 25 per ...

November 13, 2020 | Real Estate | By: Sam Walker | From The: OBX Today

Homeowners insurance rates along the Outer Banks and throughout northeastern North Carolina could increase by 25 percent next summer under a proposal submitted by the industry to state regulators. The request was announced exactly one week after state Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey won a second term over former commissioner Wayne Goodwin. Causey, a Republican, announced [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

OBX home sales boom in midst of pandemic

September 30, 2020 | Real Estate | By: Kipp Tabb | From The: Outer Banks Voice

The Outer Banks real estate market is hot. It’s part of a national trend, but what is happening locally goes beyond the strong national trend. What realtors with experience in the Outer Banks market and longtime observers of local conditions are seeing exceeds anything they have seen before. “It’s been absolutely nuts,” said Jeff Scott, [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Paint a Happy Outer Banks Inspired Home Office

September 23, 2020 | Sponsored | Ace Hardware

Westlake Ace Hardware now carries Benjamin Moore premium paints in its 138 stores nationwide. Since 1883, Benjamin Moore has remained a top premier paint brand for do-it-yourselfers and professionals alike, offering customers high quality and more than 3,500 premium color options. As part of the partnership with Benjamin Moore, Ace Hardware is now the largest independent hardware retailer [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Initiative Results in 140M More Oysters in NC

January 15, 2021 | Fishing | From The: Coastal Review Online

The North Carolina Coastal Federation and partners nearly tripled their goal to restore 50 million oysters in coastal waters. Through its 50 Million Oyster Initiative to build acres of new oyster reef and support at least 50 million oysters, there are now 140 million oysters on 43 acres of newly created oyster reefs in coastal North Carolina. Oyster sanctuaries are areas dedicated to oyster repopulation that are open to fishing but not harvest. The adult oysters in the sanctuary will produce spat, or oyster larvae, that drift and attach to other oyster reefs. The initiative launched in Pamlico Sound in 2017, where the federation, state Division of Marine Fisheries and partners created the 40-acre Swan Island Oyster Sanctuary. The Division of Marine Fisheries monitored the sanctuary that was completed in 2019. They found that oyster densities are as high as 2,000 oysters per 10.76 sq [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week Rachel

January 25, 2021 | Community News Brief

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

Shoreline Cleanups Planned for Feb. 6

January 25, 2021 | Community News Brief | From The: Coastal Review Online

The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s northeast office is looking for extra hands from 9-11:30 a.m. Feb. 6 to help with debris cleanups of estuarine shoreline and roadsides. There will be cleanups in Wanchese, Nags Head and Rodanthe. Trash bags, gloves and other cleanup materials will be provided. Participants will be required to wear a mask [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Alice Rebecca (Midgette) Mastros

January 22, 2021 | Obituaries

Alice Rebecca (Midgette) Mastros, of Virginia Beach, Va. passed away peacefully on January 18, 2021.  Rebecca was born on January 6, 1944, to John Evans Midgette (deceased) and Blanche Burrus Farrow Midgette (deceased) of Buxton, North Carolina. Her sister Amelita L. Midgette (deceased) of Buxton NC. and a brother Ronald E. Midgette of Springfield, VA. [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Martha Ann Midgett Beasley

January 21, 2021 | Obituaries

WANCHESE — On January 19, 2021, Martha Ann Midgett Beasley, 75, of Wanchese, NC passed away in Norfolk, VA.  Marty, as she was best known, was born October 18, 1945, to the late George Lewis and Beatrice Midgett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers; Sheldon, Claude, Jackson and [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Michael Ralph Epping

January 20, 2021 | Obituaries

HATTERAS — Michael Ralph Epping, 65 of Hatteras, NC and Charlevoix, MI, formerly of Oklahoma City, went to be with our Lord, Jesus Christ on Friday, January 8, 2021. He was born in Levico, Italy to Otto and Christine Epping of Augsburg, Germany.  He traveled the world with his parents doing museum collecting, living in [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Nicholas Wolosuk

January 20, 2021 | Obituaries

Nicholas Wolosuk, Jr., 69, entered into his heavenly home on Monday, January 18, 2021 with his beloved Pippie by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicolas and Agnes Wolosuk. Nick is survived by his wife, Linda Glenn Wolosuk; daughters, Audrey Rose, Kara Kilgore and Tracie Aldridge (Jason); sons, David Sirles and [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

David Earl Rogers

January 19, 2021 | Obituaries

MANTEO — Retired United States Air Force Master Sergeant, David Earl Rogers, of Manteo, passed away January 16, 2021 at the Outer Banks Hospital. David was born in Easley, South Carolina July 1, 1936 to Edith and Earl Rogers. He was an avid fan of the Clemson University football team and the Yankees baseball team. [...] Obituaries |  Full Article