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Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee to Meet

February 20, 2019 | Fishing

The Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m. March 6 at the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Washington regional office, 943 Washington Square Mall, Washington. The committee is assisting the Division of Marine Fisheries with development of Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan, which could result in [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Hatteras Island CERT to Offer Basic Training Class

February 20, 2019 | News and Business Briefs

The Hatteras Island Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) be offering the CERT basic training class for anyone in the community who may be interested in attending. The training is designed to cover the following: • Disaster Preparedness • Fire Safety • Disaster Medical-Triage and Treating Life Threatening Injuries • Team Organization • Disaster Psychology • [...] Community News |  Full Article

Colette Jacqueline Dubresson

February 20, 2019 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS -- It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Colette Dubresson, 82, of Colington, on Friday, February 15, 2019, merely 3 days after the loss of her husband, Claude Dubresson. She was surrounded by love in her beautiful home, for which she was eternally grateful, at all times. Her friends were part of her family.

EDITOR’S BLOG: History of the Bonner Bridge, and a Look Bac ...

February 19, 2019 | Editor's Blog | By: Joy Crist | 2

There has always been a public fascination with the bridge that spans Oregon Inlet. Hundreds of stories have been written about the new bridge’s construction since the project broke ground on March 8, 2016, and when the county and state celebrated the imminent completion of the replacement bridge via a February “Community Day,” an estimated [...] Editor's Blog |  Full Article

Group to Honor Etheridge, Life-Saving Crew

February 19, 2019 | Hatteras Features | By: Jennifer Allen | From The: Coastal Review Online

Capt. Richard Etheridge, a slave who was raised on Roanoke Island and taught to read and write, was the nation’s first African-American keeper of a United States Life-Saving Service Station. The Pea Island Life-Saving Station, of which Etheridge was appointed as keeper in 1880, also made history as the only station with an all-black crew [...] Hatteras Features |  Full Article

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Sees Highest Visitation Since 2003

February 7, 2019 | Seashore News

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) recorded a 5.7 percent increase in total recreational visits in 2018 compared to 2017. Last year’s visitation (2,572,297) made it the busiest year at the Seashore since 2003. Monthly Recreational Visits Calendar Year 2018 January: 60,934 February: 76,818 March: 179,199 April: 175,377 May: 248,423 June: 389,722 July: 405,038 August: 387,698 September: 250,105 October: 201,269 November: 135,634 December: 62,080 See Figure 1 for a yearly comparison of recreational visits to the Seashore. Visitation estimates are collected by counting southbound vehicles just north of the Bonner Bridge and using a multiplier to estimate the total number of passengers heading south. Those estimates are added to the number of passengers going to Ocracoke Island from Cedar Island and Swan Quarter. The Seashore offers a variety of recreational activities, including b [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

NPS Takes Stock of Violations in National Seashore After Governmen ...

February 5, 2019 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist | 1

Representatives from the National Park Service conducted a thorough examination of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) after the end of the 35-day government shutdown to identify cases of vandalism, violations, and other instances of misuse of the National Seashore’s facilities. During the government shutdown, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) had 7-10 staff members [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

CHNS Seeks Volunteers for Large Beach Cleanup in Frisco After Ship ...

February 4, 2019 | Seashore News | 1

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is seeking volunteers who would like to help National Park Service staff clear a large debris field that was left this morning by the Big John shrimp trawler wreckage. The beach cleanup will take place tomorrow, February 5, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Individuals interested in volunteering should meet National Park Service [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Public Comment Period Extended on New Hunt Blind and Wildlife View ...

February 4, 2019 | Seashore News

Cape Hatteras National Seashore has extended the public comment period to review the Environmental Assessment (EA) on constructing a new accessible hunting blind and wildlife viewing platform on Bodie Island in Nags Head, North Carolina. The comment period was extended because the National Park Service Planning, Environmental, and Public Comment (PEPC) website was unavailable to [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

National Seashore Facilities Reopen as NPS Employees Head Back to Work

January 26, 2019 | Seashore News

With the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial resumed regular operations today. “I wish to thank the local Outer Banks community for offering assistance to federal employees during the lapse in appropriations,” said National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Vandalism and Violations Reported at CHNS During Government Shutdown

January 18, 2019 | Seashore News | By: Joy Crist | 4

As the federal government shutdown affects the cleanliness and responsible use of National Parks throughout the country, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) is apparently not immune to spates of vandalism or park violations. A January 17 social media post by the Outer Banks Preservation Society (OBPA) outlined some of these recent violations, and called [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Fourth Annual Starry Nights: Exploring the World of STEM

February 19, 2019 | Hatteras Features | By: Sarah Allman

Hatteras Island is home to some of the darkest skies in not only the state, but the country as well. From our unique vantage point, glimpses of remarkable constellations such as Orion’s belt, Taurus the Bull, and even the Pleiades can be seen on a clear night. Indeed, with the right tools, folks on Hatteras Island have the advantage of seeing more of the night sky than most, giving us more opportunity to explore the stars and make new discoveries. With this and Hatteras families in mind, the Fourth Annual Starry Nights was formed. Alana Harrison of the Hatteras Village Civic Association, in conjunction with staff from the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, coordinated and ran the event this year which centered around space exploration and STEM education for the younger generations of Hatteras Island. Friday night consisted of a space party complete with showings of the “Magic [...] Hatteras Features |  Full Article

The Bonner Bridge Replacement Timeline: A Look at the Many Obstacl ...

February 11, 2019 | Hatteras Features | By: Joy Crist

The Bonner Bridge replacement project is an endeavor that has spanned decades. With the current Bonner Bridge passing its 30-year lifespan in 1993, the road to reach a new bridge was crowded with red tape, lawsuits, and unexpected obstacles during the building process – which included runaway barges and an island-wide power outage. Take a [...] Hatteras Features |  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 30 people at a League of Women Voters-sponsored forum on Feb. 13. Based on $200,000 of dwelling rebuild value with a $1,000 deductible, the proposed rate would mean a hike in insurance premiums from the current rate of $2,383 to $3,098 in the beach areas. Inland areas of Dare, Currituck, Hyde and Pamlico Counties face a potential 25 percent increase — which would translate into a nearly $500 increase based on the same values. Kelly, a longtime watchdog and advocate for the region when it comes to property insurance concerns, said that the N.C. De [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Avon Project Part of Worker Housing Push

February 13, 2019 | Real Estate | By: Neel Keller | From The: Outer Banks Sentinel | 1

But other projects may depend on new legislation The Dare County Commissioners took a step forward in their efforts to encourage new year-round housing developments with a Feb. 4 approval of a site plan and conditional use permit application for construction of a cluster home development in Avon. The application was submitted by OT Enterprises, [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee to Meet

February 20, 2019 | Fishing

The Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m. March 6 at the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Washington regional office, 943 Washington Square Mall, Washington. The committee is assisting the Division of Marine Fisheries with development of Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan, which could result in management measures impacting both commercial and recreational fisheries. A 2018 Southeast Regional Southern Flounder Stock Assessment found that southern flounder is overfished and overfishing is occurring throughout the region. Overfished means the population size is too small. Overfishing means the removal rate is too high. The current draft of Amendment 2 includes possible management measures for North Carolina designed to end overfishing of southern flounder and to rebuild the stock within 10 years. However, Depa [...] Fishing |  Full Article

GUEST COLUMN: WOTUS Rollback: ‘No Wetlands, No Seafood’

February 20, 2019 | Guest Column | From The: Coastal Review Online

  by Morty Gaskill and Ryan Bethea As directed by President Donald Trump in 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army on Dec. 11, 2018, signed a proposed rule revising the definition of “waters of the United States” addressing federal authority under the Clean Water Act. The agencies’ proposal is the [...] Community News |  Full Article

Hatteras Island CERT to Offer Basic Training Class

February 20, 2019 | News and Business Briefs

The Hatteras Island Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) be offering the CERT basic training class for anyone in the community who may be interested in attending. The training is designed to cover the following: • Disaster Preparedness • Fire Safety • Disaster Medical-Triage and Treating Life Threatening Injuries • Team Organization • Disaster Psychology • [...] Community News |  Full Article

Guest Column: Why We Stay

February 13, 2019 | Guest Column | By: Gail McNutt

People, especially our families, ask us why we stay living here on Hatteras Island, especially as we age. They see hurricanes, medical inconveniences and all those stairs! “Is it your love of the ocean?” they ask. Well, yes, but it is really the love, internal warmth and compassion shown to us, by you, this community. As the latest hurricane strengthened and my husband was away, my daughter Kelsey and I spent two days securing our house and boat. We evacuated with our dog, cat and snake. After that, I did suggest to Alan that we should consider moving. “How can we?” he said. “We haven’t paid back the community for all they did for us. We have to stay!” He was so right and here is why.

Methodist Men Honored for 41 Years of Service to Hatteras Community

February 8, 2019 | News and Business Briefs | By: Neel Keller | From The: Outer Banks Sentinel

At its Feb. 4 meeting, the Dare Board of Commissioners honored the volunteers of the Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men for 41 years of service to the community on Hatteras Island, during which they have provided 19,000 meals and $2 million in assistance to people in need. Board Chairman Bob Woodard read a Certificate of [...] Community News |  Full Article

Obituaries

Colette Jacqueline Dubresson

February 20, 2019 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS -- It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Colette Dubresson, 82, of Colington, on Friday, February 15, 2019, merely 3 days after the loss of her husband, Claude Dubresson. She was surrounded by love in her beautiful home, for which she was eternally grateful, at all times. Her friends were part of her family.

Claude Michel Dubresson

February 18, 2019 | Obituaries

KILL DEVIL HILLS -- Claude Michel Dubresson passed away in his home in Colington on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. He was surrounded by love and family in his favorite environment. Mr. Dubresson was an incredible entrepreneur, friend, and above all, a man of integrity with the highest of work ethics.

Leon Richard Scarborough, Sr.

February 14, 2019 | Obituaries

HATTERAS — Leon Richard Scarborough, Sr., 82, passed peacefully after a battle with cancer, in his home in Hendersonville, NC on February 7, 2019 — 3 weeks before his 83rd birthday. Born and raised in Hatteras, NC, he was the son of the late Fulton and Wilma Scarborough. He proudly served in the United States [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Sherry Wilson Midgette

February 13, 2019 | Obituaries

GARNER – Sherry Wilson Midgette, 69, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019 at Garner United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the funeral at the church. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, February 18, 2019 in Montlawn Memorial Park, Raleigh.

Dennis Paul Mabe

February 13, 2019 | Obituaries

NAGS HEAD --  went peacefully into the Lord’s arms on Monday, February 4, 2019.  Born on October 30, 1927 in Walnut Cove, NC, Dennis was 91.  He was predeceased by his father, Charlie Mabe, his mother, Pearlie Stephens Mabe, his sister, Mozelle Mabe Walker and brother, William Mabe.  He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Botts Mabe, his daughter, Paula Gay Mabe Johnson, his son-in-law, Larry Johnson, his stepsons, Robert Michael Greenwood and Steven Russell Greenwood, his granddaughter, Claire Taylor Johnson and grandsons, Robert Michael Greenwood, Jr. and Kyle Connor Greenwood, his sister, Lucille Mabe Harris, and brother, Charlie Mabe, Jr., many nieces and nephews and friends.