Island community invited to Free Holiday Christmas Shop on Dec. 17

Hatteras Island’s youngest community members are invited to a free holiday shopping spree on Saturday, December 17, at the Tri-village’s makeshift “Christmas Shop.” Children ages 12 and under are invited to come and “shop” for a Christmas gift for each member of their household, selecting from an assortment of free gifts. Space is limited, so […]

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Tickets still available for Elf the Musical Jr. this weekend

Cape Hatteras Secondary School’s Drama Club is about to debut its first new musical in four years, and tickets are still available for this weekend’s performances. The show, which features nineteen student performers and thirteen technicians opens on Friday, December 9, at 7:00 p.m. “Elf The Musical Jr. is a quintessential holiday musical that will leave […]

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EDITOR’S BLOG: Year in Review – The stories that grabbed our attention in 2022

2022 marked the Island Free Press’ 15-year anniversary, and it’s also our 15th year of analyzing the stories that grabbed our islands’ attention and left a permanent mark. Our Co-Founder and beloved Editor, Irene Nolan, would always do a wrap-up of the top stories of the year as her December “Editor’s Blog,” and since she […]

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After two-year hiatus, annual Hatteras Island Oyster Roast will return for 2023

After being canceled in 2021 and 2022 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the North Carolina Coastal Federation (NCCF) will once again be hosting its annual Hatteras Island Oyster Roast in 2023, which is a popular February fundraising event that celebrates local seafood along the waterfront of Hatteras village. The public is invited to warm up […]

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Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week Foxy

Meet the Outer Banks SPCA pet of the week, Foxy, courtesy of their latest video produced by Dare County’s CURRENT TV. For more information on Foxy, and the many other Outer Banks pets currently up for adoption, visit the Outer Banks SPCA website at, or their Facebook page at

Hatteras Village Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 10; Tree Lighting will be held Dec. 6

Two of Hatteras village’s favorite holiday events will be held this week, with the Village Tree Lighting occurring on Tuesday, December 6, and the annual Christmas Parade happening on Saturday afternoon, December 10. Details on each of the events are listed below. Village Tree Lighting December 6, 6:00 p.m. Hatteras Village will host its annual […]

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Wright Brothers National Memorial hosts first flight anniversary event

On Dec. 17 at 9 a.m., Wright Brothers National Memorial, First Flight Society and Outer Banks Forever, will celebrate the accomplishments of Wilbur and Orville Wright on the 119th anniversary of their first heavier-than-air, controlled, powered flight. Park entrance fees are waived on this special day. This year, the First Flight Society inducts General Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr., the commander of […]

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First-ever Shuck Hatteras Festival announces music line-up for December 17 event

The first-ever Shuck Hatteras Festival is coming to the Tri-villages on December 16-17, and organizers for the event recently shared the official music line-up for the shellebration, in addition to updates on the festival’s sponsors and activities The festivities kick off on Friday, December 16, at the Cape Hatteras/Outer Banks KOA Resort with live music […]

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Lynette Ballance Waller

July 11, 1955 – November 28, 2022 OCRACOKE — Lynette Ballance Waller, 67, of Ocracoke, NC died Monday, November 28, 2022, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Plymouth, NC. Born in Portsmouth, VA on July 11, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Amber Hardison and Elisha Everett Ballance. Lynette earned her bachelor’s degree […]

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