NCDOT will suspend most construction projects for holiday travel

The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will suspend most construction activity on major highways to make travel easier during the upcoming holiday season. Most work along interstates and key state routes will be suspended starting Friday morning and will resume on Jan. 2, 2024. Exceptions include bridges being replaced, long-term lane construction that cannot be […]

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Irene Nolan Memorial Scholarship Fund celebrates a milestone in 2023, but help is needed to keep the fund going strong

The Irene Nolan Memorial Scholarship Fund has had waves of community support since it was established in December 2021 with the help of the Outer Banks Community Foundation, and 2023 marked a milestone for the fund, which was launched in honor of Island Free Press’ (IFP) co-founder and original editor, Irene. The Irene Nolan Memorial […]

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Cape Hatteras Elementary School’s December Storm Report

The Cape Hatteras Elementary School (CHEM) publishes a monthly newsletter for students, parents, supporters, and friends called The Storm Report, which is a nod to the school’s mascot, the Cape Hatteras Tropical Storms. From upcoming special events to recent initiatives in art, technology, music, media, and more, the newsletter is a round-up of everything there […]

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Richard Carll DeSilver

November 5, 1937 – December 18, 2023 MANTEO — Richard Carll DeSilver, born on November 5, 1937, in Chicago, IL, peacefully passed away on December 18, 2023, at his home in Manteo, NC, surrounded by his loving family. He was 86 years old. Richard led a fulfilling life, leaving behind cherished memories and a legacy […]

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Meet the Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week Stella

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

VIDEO: Highlights from the December 2023 meeting of the Dare County Tourism Board

At the final meeting of the 2023 calendar year of the Dare County Tourism Board, five members whose terms are expiring were honored for their service to the board. Lee Nettles, Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Executive Director, summarizes the latest report on occupancy and meals collections for the month of October in this month’s video recap. According to Nettles, […]

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N.C. Highway 12 reopens on northern Ocracoke Island; Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry service resumes at 5:00 p.m.

N.C. Highway 12 has reopened on northern Ocracoke Island, per a Tuesday afternoon update from the National Carolina Department of Transportation. The roadway from the Ocracoke Pony Pens to the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry docks was closed early Monday morning, December 18, due to severe ocean overwash. Now that the roadway has reopened, Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry service will […]

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