Mazie Swindell Smith is rarin’ to make a difference as Hyde County’s first female county manager. A Hyde County native, Smith, 55, began work Jan. 3, was officially named county manager Feb. 3, and loves every 12-hour day of it. Perhaps that’s because she feels her varied professional life has been preparing her for what […] Local News |  Full Article

A 17-month-old Ocracoke boy and his parents are breathing easier after the child was airlifted by a Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to a Norfolk hospital on Friday, Feb. 28. Uriah Johnson, son of Mike and Amy Johnson, is home and is much improved after receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters Friday […] Local News |  Full Article

Kenneth Conley

AVON – Kenneth (Birdman) Conley,58, diedFriday, Feb. 25, 2011 at his residence. Born in Mechanicsburg, Pa., hewas the son of Shirley June MacIntire and the late Richard Harry Conley. Kenn was a loving and devoted husband to Patricia Marie Conley as wellas a father, grandfather, and friend to many.  After retiringtothe Outer Banks and the […] Obituaries |  Full Article

Businesses in the northern Hatteras Island villages of Avon, Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo are collecting signatures on a petition asking for a referendum on serving mixed drinks in restaurants. The organizers of the petition drive are mostly restaurants owners, though other businesses are supporting the effort by gathering signatures on petitions in their stores. Currently, […] Local News |  Full Article

The bartender at Capt. Rolo’s Raw Bar and Grill in Frisco served up the first mixed drink to a customer at a Hatteras Island restaurant just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday evening, Feb. 23, when the establishment re-opened after a winter hiatus. It was a rum and coke for Gaston Foster Jr. of Hatteras village.  […] Local News |  Full Article

Clean up the clutter on Highway 12 by enforcing the sign laws….WITH A READER POLL

Dare County has had a zoning ordinance governing signs at commercial establishments since 1975. That was back when there were many fewer businesses on Hatteras Island than there are today and almost all of them were located along Highway 12. As time passed, businesses proliferated and began to open on the roads off the highway. […] Editor’s Blog |  Full Article

The bartender at Capt. Rolo’s Raw Bar and Grill in Frisco served up the first mixed drink to a customer at a Hatteras Island restaurant just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday evening, Feb. 23, when the establishment re-opened after a winter hiatus. It was a rum and coke for Gaston Foster Jr. of Hatteras village.  […] Local News |  Full Article

Insurance commissioner visits Dare, schedules hearing on rate increase for rentals

BY CATHERINE KOZAK BY CATHERINE KOZAK A proposal that could see homeowners’ insurance rates for rental properties skyrocket more than 20 percent has furrowed many brows on the Outer Banks, and even North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin may find it problematic. Responding to insurance experts who questioned the justification for the increase, Goodwin announced […] Local News |  Full Article