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Suicide, overdose rates among Dare health concerns

December 9, 2019 | Local News | By: Michelle Wagner | From The: Outer Banks Voice

2019 assessment reflects some economic worries Some aspects of life in Dare County get glowing reviews in a survey reported in the county’s 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment, an analysis conducted in counties across the state every three years to determine potential gaps that may require attention and resources. Indeed, a solid 72% of those [...] Local News |  Full Article

Study Eyes Onshore Risks of Offshore Drilling

December 6, 2019 | Local News | By: Trista Talton | From The: Coastal Review Online

Drilling for oil off the North Carolina coast would pose a substantial threat to the environment onshore, according to a newly released study by an environmental research group. Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center’s Offshore Drilling, Onshore Damage delves into a series of possible adverse impacts offshore drilling would have on land well beyond [...] Local News |  Full Article

Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational surpasses $140,323 in donations ...

December 6, 2019 | Business Briefs

On December 3, REAL Watersports CoFounder Trip Forman presented the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund Board of Directors with a check for the money raised during the 2019 Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational. This year’s HIYEF donation was given in recognition of Mary Helen Goodloe-Murphy, a tireless community advocate. REAL chose to make this year’s donation [...] Business Briefs |  Full Article

Coast Guard seeks input from commercial and recreational mariners

December 5, 2019 | Fishing

The Coast Guard is seeking input from commercial and recreational mariners for an assessment of navigation requirements in the vicinity of Shackleford Banks and Harker’s Island, North Carolina. This Coast Guard Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study focuses on multiple waterways in the area between Beaufort Inlet and Core Sound, depicted on NOAA Chart 11545 [...] Fishing |  Full Article

REMINDER: Division of Marine Fisheries to Hold Scoping Meeting on ...

December 5, 2019 | Fishing

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is seeking input from the public on potential management strategies for an upcoming amendment to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan. Fishermen and other stakeholders are encouraged to provide input by either attending one of three scoping meetings or providing written comments. The Wilmington meeting has been scheduled since the [...] Fishing |  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

Suicide, overdose rates among Dare health concerns

December 9, 2019 | Local News | By: Michelle Wagner | From The: Outer Banks Voice

2019 assessment reflects some economic worries Some aspects of life in Dare County get glowing reviews in a survey reported in the county’s 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment, an analysis conducted in counties across the state every three years to determine potential gaps that may require attention and resources. Indeed, a solid 72% of those [...] Local News |  Full Article

Study Eyes Onshore Risks of Offshore Drilling

December 6, 2019 | Local News | By: Trista Talton | From The: Coastal Review Online

Drilling for oil off the North Carolina coast would pose a substantial threat to the environment onshore, according to a newly released study by an environmental research group. Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center’s Offshore Drilling, Onshore Damage delves into a series of possible adverse impacts offshore drilling would have on land well beyond [...] Local News |  Full Article

Ocracoke Island Reopens to Visitors

December 2, 2019 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

Nearly three months after a mandatory evacuation order was issued on September 4, (two days before Dorian made landfall on Cape Hatteras), Ocracoke Island reopened to visitors on Monday morning. The decision to reopen stemmed from a Hyde County Board of Commissioners vote on November 20, which adopted the Ocracoke Control Group’s recommendation to reopen [...] Local News |  Full Article

Pole Road Project to Improve Electric Service to Ocracoke Island Begins in January 2020

December 9, 2019 | Seashore News

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore has issued a Special Use Permit to Tideland Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) for a project that will improve the reliability of electric service to Ocracoke Island by replacing an overhead pole line with an underground cable along Pole Road in Hatteras, North Carolina.  The project is expected to begin in January 2020. The overhead pole line, which runs 1.75 miles along Seashore property near the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum to the south end of Hatteras Island, is being replaced with an underground cable because the erosion at the south end of the island and washouts along Pole Road have increased enough in recent years that the integrity and reliability of the overhead line are at risk. The power line is the sole source of electricity to the 1,385 electrical customers on Ocracoke Island. The route along Pole Road was chosen for the undergrou [...] 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: A Tale of Two Midgetts – Coast Guard Cutters, That Is!

December 10, 2019 | Island Features | By: James D. Charlet

This is a tale of two Midgetts; or rather, two U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) cutters that made headlines this year with their introduction to, (or retirement from), official service. The first Coast Guard Cutter named “Midgett” was built in 1971, WHEC-726, making her 48-years-old last April. Due to age, she is scheduled for decommissioning sometime in March of 2020. Meanwhile, a new cutter was built and commissioned by the Coast Guard on August 24, 2019 – but also named Midgett, WMSL-757. Thus, to avoid confusion, the original Midgett (WHEC-726) was renamed the John Midgett. After March, there will once again only be one USCGC Midgett. When built, USCGC John Midgett (WHEC-726), was the twelfth and latest of the United States Coast Guard's fleet of 378 ft. (115 m) high-endurance cutters. With her crew of 24 officers and 160 enlisted men and women, she is homeported in Seattle, Washington [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Hatteras village revitalizes an old tradition with Christmas Tree ...

December 4, 2019 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

Dozens of Hatteras community members braved the chilly weather on Tuesday night to revitalize a decades-old tradition, and to celebrate first official lighting of the Hatteras Village Christmas Tree in recent memory. The lighting of the tree in the village center by the Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) is a piece of heritage that’s almost [...] 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

What’s my home worth?

November 21, 2019 | Real Estate | By: Mark Jurkowitz | From The: Outer Banks Voice

With revaluation, Dare property owners will soon find out Sometime in February, the owners of nearly 44,000 Dare County properties will receive notices telling them, hopefully as accurately as possible, what the market value of their properties are as of Jan. 1, 2020. Right now, public interest in the county’s first the first property revaluation since 2013 isn’t exactly boiling over. A scheduled public hearing on the issue at the Nov. 18 Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting drew exactly zero speakers. But once commercial and residential property owners receive those notices of their new values, which impact their ad valorem taxes and factor into real estate sale prices, interest is likely to rise. There will be some complaints as well. Dare County Tax Assessor Greta Skeen says her department usually projects that about 10 percent of property owners will challenge their apprais [...] 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

Coast Guard seeks input from commercial and recreational mariners

December 5, 2019 | Fishing

The Coast Guard is seeking input from commercial and recreational mariners for an assessment of navigation requirements in the vicinity of Shackleford Banks and Harker's Island, North Carolina. This Coast Guard Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study focuses on multiple waterways in the area between Beaufort Inlet and Core Sound, depicted on NOAA Chart 11545 above and listed below: Marshallberg Westmouth Bay Brooks Bay Harkers Island West North River Ward Creek Harkers Island East Back Sound Barden Inlet Lookout Bight Lenoxville Point Shackleford Slough Middle Marshes Individual mariners and interested maritime industry representatives can provide input until January 10, 2020. The stakeholder survey is available in both PDF and Word versions and can be found in the "attachments" box located on our Homeport page by clicking here. In addition to stakeholder input, the stud [...] Fishing |  Full Article

CHEC Brings Electric Vehicle Charging to Avon

December 9, 2019 | Business Briefs

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) has partnered with North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, its power supplier and state association, to install an electric vehicle charging station at the Avon Pier parking lot on Hatteras Island. Part of an expanding statewide cooperative charging network, the DC Fast Charge station is now available for public charging. “Hatteras Island [...] Business Briefs |  Full Article

Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational surpasses $140,323 in donations ...

December 6, 2019 | Business Briefs

On December 3, REAL Watersports CoFounder Trip Forman presented the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund Board of Directors with a check for the money raised during the 2019 Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational. This year’s HIYEF donation was given in recognition of Mary Helen Goodloe-Murphy, a tireless community advocate. REAL chose to make this year’s donation [...] Business Briefs |  Full Article

Dare County Sheriff’s Office K9 Sorbi to get donation of body armor

December 4, 2019 | Community News Brief

Dare County Sheriff’s Office K9 Sorbi will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Sorbi’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Ike, Vancouver, WA Police Department”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks. Vested Interest [...] Business Briefs |  Full Article

$2,100 Raised for Cancer Foundation at Fessenden Center’s Fit-a-Thon

December 2, 2019 | Business Briefs

The Fessenden Center raised $2,100 for the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation at its recent 3rd Annual Fit-a-Thon which is an event that combines exercise classes, healthy foods, and raffles with a very worthy local cause. The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation (HICF) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization which provides support for cancer patients and their families [...] Business Briefs |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Emmett

November 26, 2019 | Community News Brief

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

Christopher Glenn Campbell

December 10, 2019 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS – Christopher Glenn Campbell, 68, died at his Kill Devil Hills, NC home Monday December 9, 2019. Chris was born July 24, 1951 and grew up in Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania. His death was preceded by the passing of his parents Glenn and Phyllis Campbell of New Bern, NC and his brother, Scott [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Samuel William Pledger

December 9, 2019 | Obituaries

MANTEO — Samuel William Pledger, age 76, of Manteo, NC went to his Heavenly Home on Thursday, December 5, 2019. Born on December 2, 1943 in Portsmouth VA, he was the son of Floyd Richard Pledger and Edna Ruth Gaskins Pledger. He is survived by his wife Rita Lewark-Pledger of the home.  Also left to [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Raymond Thomas Groske

December 9, 2019 | Obituaries

SOUTHERN SHORES — Raymond Thomas Groske, 75, of Southern Shores, NC died Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. Twiford Funeral Home, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

Dottie Ann Whited Erwin

December 9, 2019 | Obituaries

October 20, 1934 – December 6, 2019 KITTY HAWK — On October 20, 1934 in Waverly, West Virginia, Dottie Ann Whited was born. She later moved to Nitro, graduated from high school and traveled to Washington, DC to work for the FBI. In 1956, she dated Ensign Charles H. Erwin who was attending Navy Air [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Lawrence William Metscher

December 6, 2019 | Obituaries

February 8, 1957 – November 8, 2019 NAGS HEAD — Lawrence William Metscher, 62, of Nags Head, NC died Friday, November 8, 2019, at The Outer Banks Hospital. Twiford Funeral Home, Outer Banks is assisting with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

Ellinor Kastner Nick

December 5, 2019 | Obituaries

WANCHESE — Ellinor Kastner Nick, 94, of Wanchese, NC died Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Born in Dayton, Ohio on January 10, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Esther Amelia Schneble and Adolph J. Kastner. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert White Nick. A United States [...] Obituaries |  Full Article