NPS Takes Stock of Violations in National Seashore After Government Shutdown Ends

  Representatives from the National Park Service conducted a thorough examination of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) after the end of the 35-day government shutdown to identify cases of vandalism, violations, and other instances of misuse of the National Seashore’s facilities. During the government shutdown, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) had 7-10 staff […]

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Vote to Name the New Bridge the “Marc Basnight Oregon Inlet Bridge” Not Unanimous

The Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to name the bridge across Oregon Inlet the “Marc Basnight Oregon Inlet Bridge,” at their February 4 meeting, however, they were unable to reach this decision unanimously, and an official name change is not a certainty. The motion received three out of five votes, with Ervin Bateman, […]

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Local and State Officials Hear Updates on Passenger Ferry During Hatteras Village Tour

Representatives from local and state government offices headed to Hatteras Village on Saturday afternoon for an inside look at the new facilities for the Hatteras / Ocracoke passenger ferry, which is set to launch to the public on May 14, 2019. The assembled group included members of the Dare County Board of Commissioners, N.C. House […]

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Vessel Runs Aground off Frisco; Three Passengers Onboard Rescued

UPDATE: The beach between ORV ramps 48 and 49 is temporarily closed. The debris field contains nails, wood, and other potentially hazardous objects. Once the beach is cleared it will be reopened. For beach access updates, go to At approximately 5:20 a.m. on Monday morning, a call was received regarding a 55’ foot shrimp trawler […]

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Buxton VFD Celebrates the Building of New Station with Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Friday morning, a crowd of volunteer firefighters, stakeholders, and supporters gathered at the site of the new Buxton Volunteer Fire Department for an official groundbreaking ceremony that signals the start of construction on a new state-of-the-art facility. The new station will feature five truck bays that will house the emergency vehicles, meeting rooms, offices, […]

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What’s in a Name? A Closer Look at the Bonner Bridge Naming Debate

It all started with a brief conversation at the tail end of a recent Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting. At the January 7 meeting, commissioner and former Kitty Hawk councilman Ervin Bateman floated the idea of renaming the new Bonner Bridge structure after another prominent county citizen, Marc Basnight. “The name Marc Basnight […]

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