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Slow Progress on County Housing Initiative

April 18, 2019 | Local News | By: Neel Keller | From The: Outer Banks Sentinel

Half a year after the Dare County Commissioners approved a series of zoning changes aimed at encouraging the development of more reasonably priced, year-round housing, Dare Planning Director Donna Creef told them that, to date, progress toward that goal has been modest. “We have been moving slowly,” Creef said while delivering a six-month progress report [...] Local News |  Full Article

William Edward Lambert

April 16, 2019 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS – William Lambert, aged 101, died peacefully on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the home he shared for over six years with his daughter, Mary Lambert, and son-in-law, Martin Keely, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He moved to Kill Devil Hills, NC, after the death of Lorraine, his beloved wife [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Catch the Antares Rocket Launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

April 16, 2019 | Local News | By: Kari Pugh | From The: OBX Today

Want to see a rocket launch? You’ll have a chance on Wednesday, April 17, during the daytime launch of Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Wallops and Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport are set to support the launch of the Antares rocket, carrying the [...] Local News |  Full Article

Outer Banks Forever Celebrates National Park Week with Official Launch

April 16, 2019 | Seashore News

To celebrate National Park Week, (April 20 – 28), the new organization Outer Banks Forever will officially launch as the non-profit partner of the three Outer Banks national parks: Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial. Outer Banks Forever is a non-profit that will provide project funding, public awareness and volunteer support to [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Slow Progress on County Housing Initiative

April 18, 2019 | Local News | By: Neel Keller | From The: Outer Banks Sentinel

Half a year after the Dare County Commissioners approved a series of zoning changes aimed at encouraging the development of more reasonably priced, year-round housing, Dare Planning Director Donna Creef told them that, to date, progress toward that goal has been modest. “We have been moving slowly,” Creef said while delivering a six-month progress report [...] Local News |  Full Article

Catch the Antares Rocket Launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

April 16, 2019 | Local News | By: Kari Pugh | From The: OBX Today

Want to see a rocket launch? You’ll have a chance on Wednesday, April 17, during the daytime launch of Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Wallops and Virginia’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport are set to support the launch of the Antares rocket, carrying the [...] Local News |  Full Article

Severe Thunderstorms with High Winds Possible Sunday Night into Monday

April 14, 2019 | Local News

Per the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office, confidence is increasing that a line of thunderstorms will cross the coastal North Carolina area tonight, potentially bringing downpours, high winds, isolated tornadoes, and hail to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. The thunderstorms are forecast to occur from late Sunday night until sunrise on Monday morning, [...] Local News |  Full Article

Ocracoke Set to Get Rental Passenger Ferry in Late May

April 11, 2019 | Local News | By: Connie Leinbach | From The: Ocracoke Observer | 2

Ocracoke should have a passenger ferry this year starting May 24, thanks to a lawmaker friend in Raleigh. John A. Torbett (R-Gaston) said Wednesday night that while in budget meetings Tuesday, Secretary of the Department of Transportation James Trogdon said he would pay for leasing a passenger ferry from May 24 to Sept. 22 out [...] Local News |  Full Article

National Seashore Updates for the Week of April 19

April 19, 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 April 19 include the following: Seashore Updates There is a high surf advisory in effect from early this afternoon through Saturday at 9:00 p.m. The advisory includes high risk of rip currents, dangerous shore break, and strong longshore current. Conditions will be life threatening for anyone entering the surf according to the National Weather Service. Please make safe choices.  In addition to the high surf advisory, the area is forecast to receive severe thunderstorms and damaging winds late today and especially tonight. We will be warning all campers at our four campgrounds. National Park Week begins tomorrow. Check out the upcoming e [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Saturday’s Beach Clean-up Sweeps the Shoreline from Coquina Beac ...

April 17, 2019 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist | 1

An Outer Banks-wide beach clean-up on Saturday, April 13, generated dozens of volunteers and plenty of trash, thanks to the efforts of the National Park Service (NPS), and the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association (NCBBA.) The two organizations effectively co-hosted the day-long event, with the NPS conducting cleanups at the Bodie Island Lighthouse, the Old [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Outer Banks Forever Celebrates National Park Week with Official Launch

April 16, 2019 | Seashore News

To celebrate National Park Week, (April 20 – 28), the new organization Outer Banks Forever will officially launch as the non-profit partner of the three Outer Banks national parks: Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial. Outer Banks Forever is a non-profit that will provide project funding, public awareness and volunteer support to [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

NPS Commends Frisco Volunteer Frank Welles

April 12, 2019 | Seashore News

This National Volunteer Week, April 7-13, 2019, the National Park Service commends Volunteer Frank Welles for his remarkable dedication and time spent volunteering with Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Welles is an active sea turtle nest sitter and assists with scheduling other volunteers to provide coverage at each nest. “There are many exciting reasons for volunteering [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Repaving Projects to Begin on Roads, Parking Areas Throughout Cape ...

April 2, 2019 | Seashore News | 1

On Tuesday morning, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) began a one-year project to preserve many of the paved roads and parking areas within Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial. The contractor for the $6.9 million project is Bryant’s Land & Development Industries, Inc. from Burnsville, North Carolina. [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

A Beachcomber’s View: Whelks Versus Conchs

April 16, 2019 | Hatteras Features | By: Kristin Hissong

Beachcombing on the Outer Banks, especially during the winter and early spring, can prove to be a challenging adventure due to the harsh weather conditions that frequent the area. Our sandbar is known for its many shipwrecks due to high seas, strong currents and blustery nor’easters. In the winter months, the Labrador Current dips down and pushes its artic waters close to Hatteras Island, colliding with the Gulf Stream. This collision can stir up the ocean floor and cause huge amounts of debris to wash ashore, from shell piles to shipwrecks. Many shells favor cold water over tropical waters, and one kind in particular that many beachcombers enjoy collecting is the whelk. Whelk shells are often mistakenly called conch shells, but there are many differences in the two shell types. For starters, aside from the whelks preferring cold water and conchs preferring tropical waters, whelks are [...] Hatteras Features |  Full Article

Shells from around the world to be auctioned at Shell Club meeting ...

March 18, 2019 | Hatteras Features | From The: Ocracoke Observer

A special live auction of shells from around the world will highlight the North Carolina Shell Club meeting in the evenings of March 29 and 30 in the Ocracoke Community Center. Members and nonmembers are invited to attend each night. Several shell collections were donated to the club this year, said Dora Zimmerman, president, and [...] Hatteras Features |  Full Article

Volunteers Needed for Statewide Spring Litter Sweep

March 6, 2019 | Hatteras Features

The N.C. Department of Transportation needs volunteers to help clean up trash along roads during the Adopt-A-Highway Spring Litter Sweep from April 13-27. Each April and September, NCDOT calls on volunteers from across North Carolina to help remove litter from roadsides. Volunteers from local businesses, schools, non-profits, churches and community groups play an important role in keeping [...] Hatteras Features |  Full Article

Hatteras Island Real Estate: 2019 Real Estate Market Trends & Observations

April 15, 2019 | Real Estate | By: Tom Hranicka

As we enter the start of the 2019 vacation season, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the trends that we are seeing in the Hatteras Island real estate market. Last year was a flat year for the residential real estate market on Hatteras Island. Sales were down slightly, and there was no change in the median sale price from 2017. The good news is that the market recorded positive results for the first two months of 2019. No one is quite sure why the market did not continue to improve during 2018 as it had for the previous three years. Buyers continue to show a preference for residential properties priced below $300,000. In all price ranges above $200,000 - $299,999, the supply of properties exceeds buyer demand. The median sale price for residential properties in 2018 was $305,000, and the median sale price for undeveloped lots was $85,000. A total of 313 properties were s [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Dare Board Approves Rodanthe Cluster Home Proposal

April 4, 2019 | Real Estate | By: Neel Keller | From The: Outer Banks Sentinel

Project seen as part of effort to create more long-term housing Following up on their February approval of a planned cluster home development in Avon, the Dare County Commissioners continued their efforts to use recent zoning changes to encourage new year-round housing with an April 1 approval of a site plan and conditional use permit [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Sounding an Alarm on Homeowner’s Insurance

February 20, 2019 | Real Estate | By: Michelle Wagner | From The: Outer Banks Sentinel | 1

OBAR’s Willo Kelly rallies opposition to proposed 30% increase Homeowners on the barrier island portions of Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties could face as much as a 30% hike in their insurance rates under a North Carolina Rate Bureau filing, Outer Banks Association of Realtors Chief Executive Officer Willo Kelly warned an audience of about [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

New Exhibit Uncovers the Faces Behind the Local Fishing Industry

April 10, 2019 | Fishing | By: Joy Crist

A new exhibit featuring Outer Banks photographer Daniel Pullen has recently launched at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, and the series of photographs provide an insider’s look at life on our local waters that visitors rarely get to see. The exhibit, entitled “Endangered Community: The Independent Waterman Project,” stems from an ongoing and years-long project by Pullen to capture the islanders who work in the local fishing industry. Folks who have attended the annual Day at the Docks (DATD) celebration in September have likely seen a few of these photos before, (as they were showcased in recent years as a stand-alone exhibit), and the photos have made waves with members throughout the fishing community, and on a larger state-wide scale as well. In fact, on the evening of the museum’s opening reception for the exhibit, one of Pullen’s photos was also being displayed at th [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Donations Sought for British Cemetery Ceremony

April 10, 2019 | News and Business Briefs | From The: Ocracoke Observer

The British Cemetery ceremony and reception, scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, May 10, is seeking donations to help with landscaping the grave sites and providing food for the reception. This ceremony, organized by the War Graves Committee on Hatteras, remembers the sinking by German U-boats, of the HMT Bedfordshire, a British trawler, off the coast [...] Community News |  Full Article

Hyde County Takes the Pledge to Support the More Powerful NC Campaign

April 9, 2019 | News and Business Briefs

Hyde County Health Department and Hyde County Behavioral Health are partnering to support More Powerful NC, a public education campaign that recently launched to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic and empower North Carolinians to take action to address the crisis in their homes, neighborhoods, and communities. The More Powerful NC campaign is supported by [...] Community News |  Full Article

OBITUARIES

Raymond “Ray” Eugene Hunter

April 19, 2019 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS — Raymond Eugene Hunter, “Ray”, 80, of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina passed away on April 16, 2019, after a lengthy illness. Born in Boswell, Pennsylvania he was the son of the late Ralph Hunter and Aeleen Spiegel Hunter. After graduating from high school, he attended Cambria-Rowe Business School. Ray then moved [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

William Edward Lambert

April 16, 2019 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS – William Lambert, aged 101, died peacefully on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the home he shared for over six years with his daughter, Mary Lambert, and son-in-law, Martin Keely, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He moved to Kill Devil Hills, NC, after the death of Lorraine, his beloved wife [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Martin Leslie Hammill

April 11, 2019 | Obituaries

June 21, 1955 – April 9, 2019 KILL DEVIL HILLS — Martin Leslie Hammill, 63, of Kill Devil Hills, NC, died at his home on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. He was born on June 21, 1955, in Lynchburg, VA. Marty was the son of the late Frederick Martin Hammill and Elizabeth Robson Hammill. Marty is [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Hilda Irene Mann Midgett

April 11, 2019 | Obituaries

November 18, 1927 – April 9, 2019 MANTEO — Hilda Irene Mann Midgett, 91, of Manteo, NC died Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. A native of Dare County, she was born November 18, 1927, to the late Emma Pugh and Cecil Mann. Hilda is survived by two daughters, Christina D’Andrea M. [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Norman Leslie Sheets

April 10, 2019 | Obituaries

June 25, 1928 – April 7, 2019 KILL DEVIL HILLS — Norman Leslie Sheets, 91, of Kill Devil Hills, NC was reunited with his wife Verna Dean Sheets in heaven on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Their love and dedication to each other over the past 69 years was a blessing. His bride had predeceased him [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Donald John Loeffler

April 10, 2019 | Obituaries

Donald John Loeffler of Culpeper, Virginia, born on June 22, 1926, went to be with our Lord Jesus on Saturday, March 30, 2019. He was born to Celia and Phillip Loeffler in Scranton, PA, where he grew up and later met the love of his life. His wife, Joan Eleanor (Edwards) Loeffler, will miss her [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Julia Mae Rogers Horton

April 9, 2019 | Obituaries

December 12, 1943 – April 7, 2019 RICHMOND AND KITTY HAWK – Julia Mae Rogers Horton, 75, of Richmond, VA died Sunday, April 7, 2019, at her son’s home in New Kent, VA. A native of Kitty Hawk, NC, she was born December 12, 1943, to the late Lucy Viola Perry and Herman Leroy Rogers. [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Patricia Hyde Decker

April 9, 2019 | Obituaries

MANTEO — Patricia Hyde Decker, 81, died at home of natural causes Sunday April 7, 2019. Her beloved children were at her side. Born in England, Patricia’s US citizenship was sponsored as a child, by the Church of Latter Day Saints. She became a church member and spent her life in service to others. Along [...] Obituaries |  Full Article