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Judith Tibbetts Ihle

June 20, 2024 | Obituaries

September 10, 1936 – June 15, 2024 Judith Tibbetts Ihle, born on September 10, 1936, in Long Branch, NJ, dusted off her flying wings and embarked on her next adventure from the peace and solitude of her home, surrounded by family, June 15, 2024, in Kill Devil Hills, NC. She was a Jill of all [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Allie

June 18, 2024 | Community News Brief

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

Young anglers enjoy perfect conditions at the 52nd Annual Fritz Bo ...

June 18, 2024 | Fishing | By: Denine Phillips

Last October, I participated in the 71st Annual Nags Head Surf Fishing Club’s (NHSFC) Invitational Tournament, alongside club president Dave Masters. During those wild two days of competitive fishing, I learned about another long-standing Outer Banks fishing tradition, the Fritz Boyden Memorial Youth Fishing Tournament, a catch-and-release event for kids ages 4 to 16. Fast [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Ocracoke Express ferry resumes Tuesday after steering repairs

June 17, 2024 | Local News | By: Sam Walker

From SamWalkerOBXNews.com A mechanical issue with the state-owned Ocracoke Express passenger ferry has been repaired at the state shipyard in Manns Harbor, and plans are for service to resume on Tuesday. The catamaran-style vessel, which is now in its sixth season, transports passengers via a 70-minute trip between Hatteras Village and Silver Lake Harbor in Ocracoke [...] Local News |  Full Article

Ocracoke Express ferry resumes Tuesday after steering repairs

June 17, 2024 | Local News | By: Sam Walker

From SamWalkerOBXNews.com A mechanical issue with the state-owned Ocracoke Express passenger ferry has been repaired at the state shipyard in Manns Harbor, and plans are for service to resume on Tuesday. The catamaran-style vessel, which is now in its sixth season, transports passengers via a 70-minute trip between Hatteras Village and Silver Lake Harbor in Ocracoke [...] Local News |  Full Article

Bipartisan bill in Congress would allow flood insurance payments a ...

June 10, 2024 | Local News

From SamWalkerOBXNews.com Congressman Greg Murphy, R-N.C., was joined this week by another East Coast congressional leader in introducing legislation that would authorize federal flood insurance payouts for structures on the brink of collapse from chronic erosion. Murphy, who represents North Carolina’s Third District that currently includes Dare, Currituck and Hyde counties, and Rep. Shellie Pingree, [...] Local News |  Full Article

Old Lighthouse Road in Buxton, Frisco VFD among grant recipients f ...

June 5, 2024 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

The North Carolina Emergency Management recently (NCEM) announced the first round of grant recipients for the 2023 Disaster Relief and Mitigation Fund (DRMF), which included awards for upcoming projects in Buxton and Frisco Villages. The DRMF was authorized by the 2023 Appropriations Act (S.L. 2023-134, § 5.6(f)), providing $30 million in funding availability to support the [...] Local News |  Full Article

New Dare County MedFlight Hangar/EMS Station facility opens on Roa ...

June 4, 2024 | Local News | By: Sam Walker

From SamWalkerOBXNews.com A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Monday at the new Dare MedFlight Hangar/EMS Station at the Dare County Regional Airport on Roanoke Island. Located at 1078 Driftwood Drive in Manteo, the 14,320-square-foot facility includes a hangar for the medical helicopter, an area to work on repairs including a paint booth, onsite [...] Local News |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras National Seashore launches the first-ever Adopt-a-Beach program

June 5, 2024 | Seashore News

The new program supplements the National Park Service’s continual efforts to ensure 75 miles of beaches are clean, safe, and enjoyable for the public. Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) welcomes organized groups of individuals to adopt sections of Seashore beaches to remove trash and help keep the beaches clean, safe, and pristine. For this first year of the program, the Seashore is adopting out 18 sections of beach, focusing on the year-round off-road vehicle routes north of Oregon Inlet and on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. Each section is roughly two miles long. Opportunities may expand to other sections of the beach in the coming years. To adopt a section of Seashore beach, a group must commit to completing four cleanups each year and meet all reporting requirements. Upon completion of their first cleanup, each group will be acknowledged via signage at the entry point to [...] 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

Cape Hatteras National Seashore reopens portion of beach in front ...

May 30, 2024 | Seashore News | 1

Following two days of debris cleanup associated with a March 28 house collapse, Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) has reopened approximately seven-tenths-of-a-mile of beach in front of Rodanthe Village. The current beach closure—measuring approximately a quarter mile—extends from S. Holiday Boulevard to the north end of Ocean Drive in Rodanthe. On the morning of May [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Expanded ranger-led educational programs begin Memorial Day Weeken ...

May 25, 2024 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist

An expanded schedule of ranger-led educational programs begins Memorial Day Weekend at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. The additional programs run from Memorial Day through much of the summer, and there is no cost to attend any of the ranger-led programs. The schedule of weekly programs is listed below [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site opens new Freedom Trail exhibi ...

May 22, 2024 | Seashore News

The permanent trail exhibits bring the people of the Roanoke Island Freedman’s Colony to life. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site (Fort Raleigh) and the Dare County Trails Commission will celebrate National Trails Day, June 1, 2024, by unveiling newly installed educational exhibits along Fort Raleigh’s Freedom Trail. Roanoke Island was a place of community for [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Checking in on the Island Inn & Commons Project in Ocracoke Village

June 20, 2024 | Island Features | By: Joy Crist

Annual Ocracoke Island visitors who haven’t had a chance to peak in on the Island Inn & Commons project in a while are going to be in for a big surprise. At this time last year, the endeavor was gaining a second wind after being stalled for years due to 2019’s Hurricane Dorian, followed by the Coronavirus pandemic. Back in the spring of 2023, a multi-pronged effort was launched to tackle varying aspects of the project, from the historic 1901 Island Inn itself to the addition of new public restrooms – a much-needed addition for Ocracoke Village. Fast forward a year, and the Island Inn & Commons have been transformed. The grounds surrounding the 1901 building are covered with flowers and trees of all varieties, while benches provide a nice break from the center of busy Ocracoke. A new, short nature trail has been created that feels like another world when compared to adjace [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Outer Banks Community Foundation Awards $241,800 in Scholarships

June 14, 2024 | Island Features

The Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded $241,800 in scholarships this year to help Outer Banks students achieve their educational dreams. Thirty-four graduating seniors from Cape Hatteras Secondary School, First Flight High School, Manteo High School, Ocracoke School, and the N.C. School of Science and Math have been awarded $119,500 in scholarships for the 2024-2025 academic [...] Island Features |  Full Article

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

June 14, 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

Causey fires back at critics over dwelling insurance settlement

June 16, 2024 | Real Estate | 1

From SamWalkerOBXNews.com State Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is countering criticism he received over last month's decision to settle a request to raise insurance rates charged on rental properties for a second straight year. "As the Insurance Commissioner, it is my job to protect consumers by keeping rates as low as possible and maintaining a solvent insurance market," Causey said. The Republican, who is running for a third term this fall, announced on May 30 he had reached an agreement with the North Carolina Rate Bureau that will lead to an average increase statewide of 8% for dwelling policies starting November 1. "This saved North Carolina consumers $151.7 million per year compared to what the Rate Bureau requested, and allows North Carolina’s insurance market to remain stable and solvent," Causey said in a statement issued Tuesday. The rate bureau submitted a filing in July [...] 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

Young anglers enjoy perfect conditions at the 52nd Annual Fritz Boyden Memorial Youth Fishing Tournament

June 18, 2024 | Fishing | By: Denine Phillips

Last October, I participated in the 71st Annual Nags Head Surf Fishing Club’s (NHSFC) Invitational Tournament, alongside club president Dave Masters. During those wild two days of competitive fishing, I learned about another long-standing Outer Banks fishing tradition, the Fritz Boyden Memorial Youth Fishing Tournament, a catch-and-release event for kids ages 4 to 16. Fast forward eight months, and my husband and I are enjoying an amazing day on the ocean piers, marveling at the young boys and girls as they land fish, and rush to nearby scorekeepers for measuring. The excitement these kids experienced, in four short hours, was priceless. Who is Fritz Boyden? As I donned my free T-shirt that morning, emblazoned with tournament logos, I wondered: Who is Fritz Boyden?  Fritz Boyden’s grandson Joe White, a retired commercial fisherman, gave me the answer. “He was the ultimate angler [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Allie

June 18, 2024 | Community News Brief

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

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week, Kevin

June 12, 2024 | Community News Brief

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

Judith Tibbetts Ihle

June 20, 2024 | Obituaries

September 10, 1936 – June 15, 2024 Judith Tibbetts Ihle, born on September 10, 1936, in Long Branch, NJ, dusted off her flying wings and embarked on her next adventure from the peace and solitude of her home, surrounded by family, June 15, 2024, in Kill Devil Hills, NC. She was a Jill of all [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Robert Arthur Hill, Jr

June 17, 2024 | Obituaries

June 9, 1959 – June 10, 2024 WANCHESE — Robert Arthur Hill, Jr., of Wanchese, NC, passed away on June 10, 2024, in Manteo, NC, one day after celebrating his 65th Birthday. He was born on June 9, 1959, in the District of Columbia to Bob Hill and the late Shirley (McCoy) Hill. He spent [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Ronald L. Forbes

June 17, 2024 | Obituaries

December 31, 1947 – June 8, 2024 Ronald L. Michel Forbes was born in December 1947 and passed away peacefully on June 8, 2024, at his home in Montross, Virginia. He was an excellent carpenter and had a beautiful singing voice. Ron loved the Outer Banks and fishing off the Kitty Hawk Pier. Private burial [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Dixie Stevens Burrus Browning

June 12, 2024 | Obituaries

September 9, 1930 – June 11, 2024 BUXTON — Dixie Stevens Burrus Browning of Buxton, North Carolina, rejoined her husband of 61 years on June 11, 2024. Leonard (Lee) L. Browning, Jr., who departed in 2011, was the hero of many of her over 100 published novels and the love of her life. Dixie was [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Grace S. Ghirardi

June 12, 2024 | Obituaries

December 19, 1947 – June 6, 2024 SOUTHERN SHORES — Grace Suzann Forzese Ghirardi, 76, of Southern Shores, NC, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Grace was born on December 19, 1947, in New York, New York, to the late Alice Jean Puccini Forzese and John Joseph Forzese. [...] Obituaries |  Full Article