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Community Foundation Awards $192,000 in Scholarships

June 13, 2019 | News and Business Briefs

The Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded $192,000 in scholarships this spring, including over $55,000 to students from Hatteras Island, helping students from across the Outer Banks achieve their educational dreams. 30 graduating seniors from Cape Hatteras Secondary School, Manteo High School, Currituck County High School, Ocracoke School, and First Flight High School received scholarships for [...] Community News |  Full Article

House OKs Shellfish Aquaculture Bill

June 13, 2019 | Fishing

The final version of a bill to expand aquaculture and reduce conflicts between shellfish operations and other users of the state’s public waters has cleared the legislature with unanimous support. The House on Wednesday approved Senate Bill 648, Support Shellfish Aquaculture, 116-0. The Senate approved the measure last week in a 47-0 vote. The bill sets [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Marine Fisheries Commission Moves Toward Commercial and Recreation ...

June 11, 2019 | Fishing

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is moving toward implementing commercial and recreational flounder seasons to end overfishing and rebuild the overfished southern flounder stock. The commission voted last week to accept the recommendations of the Division of Marine Fisheries in their entirety as its preferred management options for Draft Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Details of the Outer Banks Hazard Mitigation Plan Covered at Buxto ...

June 6, 2019 | Local News | By: Joy Crist

Local residents garnered more information on the development of the Outer Banks Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan at a lightly attended meeting in Buxton on Wednesday evening, June 5. The meeting was held to provide information on the planning process, the identified hazards for the area, and to outline additional opportunities for public involvement. Though the [...] Local News |  Full Article

National Seashore Updates for the Week of June 12

June 12, 2019 | Seashore News

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) announced several recent updates and news items related to recreational activities and seashore conditions on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. News items and events related to the National Seashore for the week of June 12 include the following: Seashore Updates The temporary beach fire ban was lifted at 5:00 p.m. on June 10. A protection buffer remains in place at Cape Point to protect American oystercatcher and least tern chicks, as well as nesting black skimmers. There are also multiple piping plover chicks and over 50 least tern chicks in the Cape Point area. ORVs and pedestrians can currently travel 0.61 miles south of ORV Ramp 44. Only the last quarter mile of the Ramp 44 beach route is within the protection buffer. There are currently more than 25 miles of oceanside beach routes open for ORV access across the Seashore. Staff continue to mo [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

National Seashore Updates for the Week of May 30

May 30, 2019 | Seashore News | 2

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) announced several recent updates and news items related to recreational activities and seashore conditions on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. News items and events related to the National Seashore for the week of May 23 include the following: Seashore Updates The contractor for the Federal Highway Administration’s pavement preservation project [...] Seashore News |  Full Article

Summit Focuses on Climate Risks, Response

June 13, 2019 | Island Features | By: Trista Talton | From The: Coastal Review Online

Adapting to living with rising seas, larger, slower, rain-dumping coastal storms, flooding and extreme heat is going to take forward thinking, collaboration and money. “The planning for resilience, there’s no right way to do it,” said Jessica Whitehead, chief resilience officer of the recently formed North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resilience. Whitehead moderated the first in a series of panel discussions held Tuesday, which kicked off the two-day North Carolina Coastal Resilience Summit in Havelock. The summit drew some 270 participants, who listened as national, state and local officials discussed the realities of the changing climate and how to effectively build a resilient North Carolina in the face of climate change. “Climate change is not just about the water,” Whitehead said. “It’s about heat. It’s about rainfall. Climate is changing as we increase greenhou [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Ocrafolk Festival Friday to Sunday Will Celebrate 20 Years

June 7, 2019 | Island Features | From The: Ocracoke Observer

The 20th Annual Ocrafolk Music & Storytelling Festival begins today, Friday, June 7, and continues until Sunday afternoon along School Road and Howard Streets. This three-day celebration is chocked full of performances and events, kids’ activities, a square dance, workshops, food and artisans. After a long hiatus, the Steel Wheels will bring their folk music [...] Island Features |  Full Article

Ray Gray Classic Draws Big Crowds and Big Support for Surf Club ...

April 29, 2019 | Watersports | By: Sarah Rich

The Cape Hatteras Secondary School Surf Club was out in full force at the first annual Ray Gray Classic at the old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Site on Sunday, and the inaugural event attracted a big crowd of spectators and surfers. The club’s teacher-sponsor, secondary school teacher Clayton Tiderman, formulated the event after multiple requests from [...] Watersports |  Full Article

Hatteras Island Real Estate: Vacation Home Operating Expenses

June 17, 2019 | Real Estate | By: Tom Hranicka

Purchasing a second home on Hatteras Island usually involves a number of different motivations. The decision usually starts with a basic desire to establish a more permanent relationship wit the island and to have a place in which to create lasting memories for the family. At some point, the investment aspects of the purchase come into the picture. This article is intended to summarize the typical monthly operating expenses associated with ownership of a vacation home. Electric service is provided through the Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative. The expense will depend on a variety of factors, including the size of the house and the amenities that are offered. Water service is available either centrally through the Dare County Water Department or through the use of individual wells. Central water service is most common, and the cost will again depend on the size of the cottage and the pre [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Homeowners with Damage from Hurricane Matthew Have Until May 31 to ...

May 13, 2019 | Real Estate

Eligible North Carolinians whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Matthew have until May 31 to apply with ReBuild NC for help with repairs or rebuilding. The help comes from single-family housing recovery programs available through the state’s Hurricane Matthew Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding.   To date, North Carolina has awarded [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Government Affairs Director Hired

May 9, 2019 | Real Estate

The Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) and the Outer Banks Home Builders Association (OBHBA), after conducting extensive interviews, are excited to announce that a new shared Government Affairs Director (GAD) has been hired. Porter Graham joins both Associations from Washington, DC where he was the Veteran’s Policy Advisor to U.S. Representative Robert Latta (OH-05). [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

How to Select the Best Grill for the Outer Banks

May 3, 2019 | Sponsored | Ace Hardware

Summer is just around the corner, and for Outer Banks locals and visitors with taste, this means it’s the official start of grilling season. The Outer Banks is the perfect spot for grilling aficionados. The abundance of fresh local seafood tastes better over the coals, (or wood, or gas burner, or smoker), and a portable [...] Real Estate |  Full Article

Top Dog Tops 61st Big Rock; Local Boat Predator Wins Tuna Division with Record Catch

June 16, 2019 | Fishing

By Bruce Paul, www.thebigrock.com Top Dog became “Top of the World” Saturday when it landed a record-breaking 914-pound blue marlin to win the 61stannual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament. Top Dog captain Ryan Knapp of Ocean City, Md., and angler Todd Dickerson, Damascus, Md., fought their catch for more than five hours and then needed an additional 90 minutes to get the 15-foot fish partially into their 60-foot Buddy Cannady. Dickerson’s catch crushed the Big Rock’s previous record of 831 pounds set in 2000 by the Summertime Blues. The whole crew and all the fans at the weigh station let out a mighty howl when the weight of the fish was announced to the crowd. The crew was dog tired, the catch looked a bit dog-eared after being squeezed through a tuna door but, doggone, it was a heckuva catch. Top Dog won $793,188 from the Big Rock’s record $2,869,150 purse. The 61stBig Rock [...] Fishing |  Full Article

Community Foundation Awards $192,000 in Scholarships

June 13, 2019 | News and Business Briefs

The Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded $192,000 in scholarships this spring, including over $55,000 to students from Hatteras Island, helping students from across the Outer Banks achieve their educational dreams. 30 graduating seniors from Cape Hatteras Secondary School, Manteo High School, Currituck County High School, Ocracoke School, and First Flight High School received scholarships for [...] Community News |  Full Article

Hatteras and Ocracoke Nurse-Practitioner Receives State’s Highes ...

June 10, 2019 | News and Business Briefs | By: Connie Leinbach | From The: Ocracoke Observer

Gail Covington can now count herself among such North Carolina luminaries as Maya Angelou, Jim “Catfish” Hunter and Andy Griffith after she received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award May 18. “I was shocked,” she said about this award, which, since 1963, North Carolina’s governors have reserved as their highest honor. “I never [...] Community News |  Full Article

OBAR Scholarships Awarded to Local High School Students

June 7, 2019 | News and Business Briefs

Each year the Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) in partnership with the Outer Banks Community Foundation (OBCF) awards scholarships to local high school students. Funding for the OBAR Scholarship fund comes from REALTOR® and community donations through multiple events throughout the year, including Golf and Surf Fishing Tournaments. Applying through the Outer Banks Community [...] Community News |  Full Article

OBITUARIES

Robert S. Pate

June 14, 2019 | Obituaries

NAGS HEAD — Robert “Rob” S. Pate of Nags Head, NC left us to go to the Lord, June 12, 2019.  He was born August 21, 1971 in Pensacola, FL. Rob is survived by his mother Connie R. Pate; father, Christian Pate, III; a son, Jaxson Pate; stepdaughter, Mariah Glass; sister, Tracey Pate Zimmerman; brother [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Veronica Victoria Rodriguez

June 14, 2019 | Obituaries

NAGS HEAD — Veronica Victoria Rodriguez passed away on June 8, 2019. She was born January 1, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland. Veronica is survived by her son, Bill Stafford and wife, Lynn of Towson, Maryland; her son, Ronald Stafford of the home; her brother, Wayne Colburn of the home; granddaughter, Jessica; grandson, Billy, as well [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Angela Nicole Salisbury

June 14, 2019 | Obituaries

July 30, 1980 – June 9, 2019 HATTERAS — Angela Nicole Salisbury, 38, of Hatteras, NC died Sunday, June 9, 2019. Twiford Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

David Brian Stowe

June 14, 2019 | Obituaries

June 24, 1960 – June 12, 2019 BUXTON — David Brian Stowe, 58, of Buxton, NC died Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Hatteras, NC. Twiford Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

Virginia J. Eubank

June 11, 2019 | Obituaries

March 29, 1927 – June 9, 2019 KILL DEVIL HILLS — Virginia J. Eubank, 92, of Kill Devil Hills, NC died peacefully at a local nursing facility on Sunday, June 9, 2019. A precious gift to her family, her ever-present warm smile and outgoing personality endeared her to many. Virginia loved following the busy activities [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Kimberly Holzbauer Robke

June 11, 2019 | Obituaries

BUXTON — Kimberly Holzbauer Robke died June 7, 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia. Kim was born November 9, 1963 Elizabeth City, NC. Kim is survived by her husband, son, sister, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, and the countless people whose lives she touched along the way. Kimberly “Berly” Holzbauer Robke was one of a kind and a [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Tony R. Seibel

June 11, 2019 | Obituaries

MANTEO — Tony Ray Seibel, 61 years old, passed away June 8, 2019 in Manteo, North Carolina.  Tony is survived by his son, Gabriel Beauchot; his daughter Berkeley Beauchot; his mother Carroll Quenneville; his brother Kelly Seibel; his sister, Tracy Seibel and his best friend, Julie Beauchot. Tony traveled the country as a construction superintendent [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

Paul Jason Peyton

June 11, 2019 | Obituaries

WANCHESE — Paul Jason Peyton or “Jason” as most knew and loved him, passed away Friday June 7, 2019 in Greenville, NC after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. Jason was born October 30, 1970 in Virginia and spent his childhood and youth in Mashoes, NC. He was the son of the late Ernest [...] Obituaries |  Full Article

John James Dozier

June 4, 2019 | Obituaries

WANCHESE — Paul Jason Peyton or “Jason” as most knew and loved him, passed away Friday June 7, 2019 in Greenville, NC after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. Jason was born October 30, 1970 in Virginia and spent his childhood and youth in Mashoes, NC. He was the son of the late Ernest [...] Obituaries |  Full Article