Outer Banks property owners shocked by tax revaluation, but experts say alarm is premature

Many Dare County property owners got a shock when they received their seven-year tax revaluations this week. Property assessments for some went up as much as 80 and 90 percent, sparking worries about what coming real estate tax bills might look like. The alarm, local real estate experts say, is unwarranted. At least right now. […]

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Island Free Press Wins 16 North Carolina Press Association Awards

The Island Free Press was honored to win 16 North Carolina Press Association (NCPA) Awards at the NCPA’s annual convention and awards banquet in Raleigh on Thursday, February 27. The IFP took home 13 editorial awards and three advertising awards, which included first-place wins for photography, feature writing, e-mail newsletter, use of social media, and […]

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Services back after hours-long outage on Hatteras

Large parts of Hatteras Island were without cell, internet and cable TV service from mid-morning till mid-afternoon on Thursday, Feb. 27 after a damaged cable triggered the outage. Several sources on Hatteras told the Voice of a strange feeling of isolation with services down, communication restricted and emergency radios pressed into action. Dare County Commissioner […]

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Sidney Blaine Toler

NAGS HEAD — Sidney Blaine Toler, 71, passed away peacefully at his home in Nags Head on Monday, February 24, 2020. He was born on June 11, 1948, in Elizabeth City, NC, to the late Sidney Caleb Toler and Leola Perry Toler of Kitty Hawk Village. Blaine graduated from Manteo High School in 1967, where […]

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Hyde County Schools to receive $4.9 million to repair damage from Hurricane Dorian

From our news sources Hyde County Schools will receive $4.9 million in additional funds to help clean up and repair damages from Hurricane Dorian. The funds will be divided between Ocracoke School and Mattamuskeet, with the majority being used to cover the costs of the Ocracoke rebuild. Mark Johnson, superintendent of the Department of Public […]

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore in 2019: From devastating storms to record visitation

Despite a 35-day government shutdown, Hurricane Dorian, Tropical Storm Melissa and an unnamed but intense November nor’easter, Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitation set a 16-year high in 2019. It was, no doubt, a challenging end-of-the-decade for the National Park Service’s Outer Banks Group, which includes Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Wright Brothers National Memorial and […]

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John Paul Hardison

John Paul Hardison, 78, of Marshall, NC passed away in his home on February 17, 2020. Born on June 3, 1941 to James Hardison and Grace Hardison. “It ain’t dying I’m talking about, it’s living. I doubt it matters where you die, but it matters where you live.” – Gus McCrae in “Lonesome Dove” John […]

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