Maritza Elizabeth Sorto Cruz

July 5, 1973 – February 14, 2023 KITTY HAWK — Maritza Elizabeth Sorto Cruz, 49, of Kitty Hawk, NC died Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at her home. Born in Honduras on July 5, 1973, she was the daughter of the late Gumerzinda Cruz and Guillermo Sorto. Maritza is survived by her husband, Molina Eduardo Mario, […]

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Ocracoke Preservation Society announces 2023 Art Auction; Nonprofit now accepting entries for annual fundraiser

Ocracoke Preservation Society (OPS) recently announced its annual art auction will take place on March 18. The event features submissions from amateur artists from Ocracoke and across the country, is one of the organization’s top fundraisers. The theme is “Ocracoke Through Your Eyes,’ urging artists to interpret their memories, experiences, and connections to the island […]

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Locals Support Exceptional Children Programs at Dare County Schools

Dare County Schools received generous donations from the Knights of Columbus and Surfin’ Spoon to support districtwide exceptional children (EC) programs. On Jan. 30, Dare County and Currituck County Schools were honored during a special ceremony hosted by the Catholic fraternal benefit society, Knights of Columbus, at Holy Redeemer Church in Kitty Hawk. The ceremony […]

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Groups join forces to save, release cold-stunned sea turtles

  When it comes to saving cold-stunned sea turtles, pardon the cliché, but it really does take a village. There are those at the front end of the process, like the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission authorities who follow water conditions to pinpoint temperature dips, the volunteers and professionals with the National Park Service who […]

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Avon’s Free Community Dinners program, which feeds 300 islanders a week, celebrates 10 years in 2023

The St. John United Methodist Church (UMC) hosts a number of programs throughout the year to support the Avon community and miles beyond, but one of its most popular off-season initiatives is quietly celebrating a milestone in 2023. The weekly Free Community Dinners, (which are held for 10 weeks from January through March), routinely attract […]

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SAGA Community Focus Scholarship Fund Established at Outer Banks Community Foundation

Dare and Currituck County graduating high school seniors have a new, renewable scholarship opportunity beginning in 2023 – the SAGA Community Focus Scholarship, a fund established in late 2022 by SAGA Community Focus (SCF), the charitable arm of SAGA Realty and Construction. The SAGA Community Focus Scholarship will award a minimum of $1,000 award each […]

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Fiber cut in Nags Head results in data services outage on Hatteras Island

Workers replacing a pipe running under U.S. 158 at the Nags Head Town Hall accidentally damaged a fiber optic cable that cut off most communications on Hatteras Island for more than seven hours on Tuesday, Feb 14. The cable maintained by Brightspeed, formerly known as Centurylink, provides high-speed data service that supplies internet and video […]

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Changes to oceanfront septic tank rules on Coastal Resources Commission agenda next week

From The North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission will meet on Feb. 23 in Ocean Isle Beach and among the agenda items is a pair of amendments to regulations governing septic tanks on oceanfront properties. Changes to the rules were drafted in response to sewage spills from three homes that collapsed last year in Rodanthe, […]

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