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Dare County remains in the orange according to the NC COVID Alert ...

November 24, 2020 | Local News

Dare County released the following COVID-19 update for Tuesday, November 24, which details the county’s most recent active cases, testing efforts, and additional community information. Controlling the Spread Dare County remains in the orange according to the NC COVID Alert System. Orange indicates substantial community spread based on case counts, percent of tests that are positive [...] Local News |  Full Article

Virtual Rodanthe Bridge Project Update to be Held December 3

November 24, 2020 | Local News

State transportation officials are inviting local residents and other interested parties to a virtual information meeting Dec. 3 on the ongoing Rodanthe “Jug Handle” Bridge project. The bridge, which is currently under construction on the Outer Banks, is a long-term transportation solution for N.C. 12. The N.C. Department of Transportation is raising the highway onto a 2.4-mile [...] Local News |  Full Article

Blackbeard, Crew Were Pawns In Failed Coup

November 23, 2020 | Island Features | By: Kevin Duffus | From The: Coastal Review Online

Coastal Review Online is featuring the research, findings and commentary of author Kevin Duffus. Second of two parts — read Part 1 Popular culture’s embrace of the adventure and romance of piracy has hidden the true reasons for Blackbeard’s demise at Ocracoke. After many years of research and study, my analysis is that Blackbeard was merely [...] Island Features |  Full Article

16 new COVID-19 cases reported on Wednesday, bringing Dare County ...

November 25, 2020 | Local News

Dare County announced 16 new positive COVID-19 test results on Wednesday, November 25, bringing the total number of cases in the county since the pandemic began to 1,008. The 16 additional cases consist of 9 residents and 7 non-residents, and include the following: 1) non-resident, 25-49, female, transferred isolation 2) non-resident, 50-64, male, transferred isolation 3) [...] Local News |  Full Article

N.C. Board of Elections certifies results of historic 2020 election

November 25, 2020 | Local News | From The: OBX Today

The bipartisan State Board of Elections on Tuesday voted to certify nearly all contests in the 2020 general election, including the presidential contest. “Canvass” means the entire process of determining that the votes have been counted and tabulated correctly, culminating in the authentication of the official election results. The State Board canvasses the votes cast [...] Local News |  Full Article

Dare County remains in the orange according to the NC COVID Alert ...

November 24, 2020 | Local News

Dare County released the following COVID-19 update for Tuesday, November 24, which details the county’s most recent active cases, testing efforts, and additional community information. Controlling the Spread Dare County remains in the orange according to the NC COVID Alert System. Orange indicates substantial community spread based on case counts, percent of tests that are positive [...] Local News |  Full Article

Virtual Rodanthe Bridge Project Update to be Held December 3

November 24, 2020 | Local News

State transportation officials are inviting local residents and other interested parties to a virtual information meeting Dec. 3 on the ongoing Rodanthe “Jug Handle” Bridge project. The bridge, which is currently under construction on the Outer Banks, is a long-term transportation solution for N.C. 12. The N.C. Department of Transportation is raising the highway onto a 2.4-mile [...] Local News |  Full Article

Dare County provides Thanksgiving holiday guidelines in FridayR ...

November 20, 2020 | Local News

Dare County released the following COVID-19 update for Friday, November 20, which details the county’s most recent active cases, testing efforts, and additional community information. Thanksgiving Holiday Guidance The best way to reduce your risk of viral transmission is to limit travel during the holidays and limit physical contact with people who do not live in [...] Local News |  Full Article

Virtual Celebration Planned for Cape Hatteras Lighthouse’s 150th Anniversary

November 19, 2020 | Seashore News

Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Wright Brothers National Memorial will virtually commemorate three important anniversaries next month, which includes the 150th anniversary of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The special events will all be available to watch on social media and Dare County’s CURRENTtv. On December 16, 2020, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, in partnership with the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society and Outer Banks Forever, will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse’s first lighting. The world-famous lighthouse was first lit on December 16, 1870. The special event will begin around 4:50 p.m. with a livestream view of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, followed by a 20-30 minute video broadcast of speeches. The video will feature Superintendent David Hallac, local elected officials, historians, and more. This year also marks the 150th anniversary of Dare [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

U.S. Navy determines that object on Buxton beach is live military ...

October 22, 2020 | Seashore News

8:00 a.m. Friday Update: Due to a nearby residential structural fire, the detonation of the buried unexploded ordnance in Buxton is delayed until later this morning or early this afternoon. A specific time likely won’t be established by EOD Detachment Norfolk from Naval Station Norfolk. After careful examination, a U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Potential unexploded ordnance discovered on Buxton beach; Surround ...

October 22, 2020 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist

  THURSDAY 8:00 P.M. UPDATE:  After careful examination, a U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit from Norfolk, Virginia, confirmed that the object discovered in Buxton this morning is a live military ordnance. The U.S. Navy EOD unit has placed the unexploded ordnance, described as a 100-pound aerial bomb from the World War II era, deep [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras National Seashore sees 42% increase in September vis ...

October 14, 2020 | Seashore News

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) experienced a 42% increase in recreational visitation* last month compared to September 2019. The 345,249 visits amounted to the 2nd-highest level of September visitation since the establishment of the Seashore in 1953. Top 5 Highest September Recreational Visits by Year 2002: 466,686 2020: 345,249 2000: 334,909 1997: 300,377 2015: 298,610 [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Black Friday, Island Style: Hatteras Island hosting several local markets for a stress-free shopping spree

November 26, 2020 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

Hatteras Islanders who prefer to skip the crowds and the stressful scene of a traditional Black Friday will have an opportunity to enjoy an island-style shopping spree this year, thanks to several planned markets that will be showcasing more than 60 local artists and vendors. The Avon Farmers Market, which is a favorite weekly event in the summer season, recently announced that it will be hosting its first-ever Black Friday market at its regular Avon locale, next to Pangea Tavern and the Koru Beach Club. So far, the one-day-only market has attracted roughly 30 vendors, (including familiar faces from the seasonal summertime market), and new vendors are welcome to apply for a spot via the market’s Facebook page, or by email at coastalfarmers@gmail.com. “In these challenging times, it’s really important to support our local artists,” said market organizer Susan Patzer Aliff. “Th [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Blackbeard’s Final Battle: Sorting Facts, Fiction

November 20, 2020 | Island Features | By: Kevin Duffus | From The: Coastal Review Online

First of two parts The Battle at Ocracoke between the notorious pirate Blackbeard and Royal Navy Lt. Robert Maynard is among the best-known events of North Carolina maritime history. It may also be one of its most inaccurately interpreted stories. One modern historian wrote that the battle was “one of the most pivotal naval engagements [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Dare County launches new Outer Banks Shipwrecks Map for GIS Day

November 17, 2020 | Island Features

In celebration of Geographic Information System (GIS) Day on Wednesday, November 18, the Dare County Department of Information Technologies GIS Division has developed a new Outer Banks Shipwrecks Map. This interactive map, which resembles a historic treasure map, gives users the opportunity to explore some of the estimated 3,000 shipwrecks in the Graveyard of the [...] Island Features |  Full Article

For 2020, Hatteras Village will host its first-ever Christmas “U ...

November 15, 2020 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

The Coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of a number of favorite Hatteras village events, however, there’s one decades-old tradition that will still go on this holiday season, with a few unique changes. This year, the 29th annual Hatteras Village Christmas Parade will be transformed into an “Unparade,” where the floats and festive displays [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Geological Survey Unveils Mobile Flood Tool

November 13, 2020 | Island Features | From The: Coastal Review Online

The U.S. Geological Survey has unveiled a new mobile tool that provides real-time information on water levels, weather and flood forecasts across the country, including North Carolina. The USGS National Water Dashboard, or NWD, can be used by forecasters and local emergency managers as they issue flood and evacuation warnings, verify safe evacuation routes and coordinate [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Ocracoke Holiday Boat Parade will light up Silver Lake on November 27

November 12, 2020 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

Serving as the island’s unofficial kick-off to the holiday season, the annual Ocracoke Holiday Boat Parade will be returning to the waters of Silver Lake Harbor on Friday, November 27, from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. This Ocracoke tradition was revived in 2016 with a total of six participating vessels, and the post-Thanksgiving boat parade [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Year to Date Sales Volume Reaches $1.18 Billion in the OBX

November 17, 2020 | Real Estate

It is hard to know exactly where to start when so many records are being broken in the OBX real estate market. First and foremost, we have surpassed the 2005 record YTD total volume sold, having seen an astronomical $1.18 BILLION. October saw the highest monthly units sold at 456 which is an 104% increase compared to the YTD this time last year. Monthly under contracts were 97% higher than this time last year with 926 under contract. Inventory is down drastically with total inventory dropping 44% to 1,337 units, of which residential dropped 56% to a mere 656 units available. Even lots and land dropped to 627 compared to this time last year! Speaking of lots and land, sales were up a staggering 163% with 84 units sold. That is an increase of 52 lots! Another interesting record breaker deals with distressed inventory. Compared to October 2019, distressed inventory was down 95% to 1 from 20 [...] 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

What’s on the line? Grouper in North Carolina

November 24, 2020 | Fishing | From The: Coastal Review Online

By Robert Michelson Grouper are large, fat-bodied fish with huge mouths and will eat just about anything they can fit in those choppers. While there are several species of grouper off the East Coast, two stand out in North Carolina: gag and red grouper, the most important for North Carolina commercial and recreational fishermen. “Adult gag grouper live in nearshore waters from coastal North Carolina south to Brazil and as well as in the Gulf of Mexico. Red grouper can be found as far north as Massachusetts to southeastern Brazil, (including) the eastern Gulf of Mexico,” said Barry Nash, seafood technology and marketing specialist with North Carolina Sea Grant. Nash said red grouper have an average life span of 30 years and can be as long as 49 inches, while gag grouper can reach 58 inches in length. Red grouper weigh an average of 51 pounds while gag grouper can get as big as 81 [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Community Foundation Awards $46,000 in Rapid Response Grants

November 24, 2020 | Community News Brief

The Outer Banks Community Foundation board of directors recently approved more than $46,000 for COVID-related projects in its seventh round of Rapid Response Grants funding, supporting the work of five area nonprofits who serve thousands of vulnerable community members. The grants will help Dare County families afford childcare and tutoring, get food to isolated and [...] Community News Brief |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Flo

November 16, 2020 | Community News Brief

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

Robert John Montgomery III

November 23, 2020 | Obituaries

August 7, 1945 – November 19, 2020 MANTEO — Robert John “Bob” Montgomery III, 75, of Manteo, NC died Thursday, November 19, 2020, at The Outer Banks Hospital. Born in Union County, NJ on August 7, 1945, he was the son of the late Florence Lorraine Leichtnam Montgomery and World War II Navy Veteran Robert [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Ronnie O’Neal

November 19, 2020 | Obituaries

October 2, 1943 – November 16, 2020 RODANTHE — Ronnie O’Neal, 77, of Rodanthe, NC surrounded by family and friends, passed away at home on November 16, 2020. A native of Rodanthe, he was born October 2, 1943, to the late Ethel R. Midgett and Fred D. O’Neal, Jr. In addition to his parents, he [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Anthony Irving (Tony) Sylvester

November 18, 2020 | Obituaries

December 7, 1927 – November 14, 2020 SOUTHERN SHORES — A three-time Emmy Award winning television anchorman in Washington, D.C. whose long life included the ups and downs of local celebrity in numerous places, great loves and great loves lost, Anthony I. Sylvester died November 14, 2020 in Southern Shores, his North Carolina home for [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Miles W. Gabriel

November 17, 2020 | Obituaries

KITTY HAWK — Longtime beach resident and surfer, Miles W. Gabriel died in Kitty Hawk Saturday, November 14, 2020. Miles was 54 and graduated from Manteo High School.  His survivors include his mother Karen C. Gabriel of Fredericksburg, VA, two sisters, his brother and other relatives and friends.  The family will be honoring Miles’ preference [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Leslie Elwood Austin

November 17, 2020 | Obituaries

May 13, 1972 – November 13, 2020 MANTEO — Leslie Elwood Austin died suddenly on Friday, November 13, 2020, in Sentara Albemarle Medical Center from heart complications brought on by COVID-19. He was 48 years young. Left to cherish precious memories are his wife Angie Reid Austin of the home, son Davis Elwood Austin (Rebecca [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Betsy Ballance Midgette

November 16, 2020 | Obituaries

August 3, 1951 – November 15, 2020 GRANDY — Betsy Ballance Midgette, 69, of Grandy, NC died Sunday, November 15, 2020, at her home surrounded by loved ones. A Dare County native, she was born August 3, 1951, in Wanchese, NC to Dorita Brickhouse Ballance of Wanchese and the late Larry McCoy Ballance, Sr. A [...] Obituaries |  Full Article