North Carolina’s light-colored COVID map is good news

(North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services) The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ (NCDHHS) new COVID-19 County Alert Map update from May 27 tells the story of the ongoing substantial progress in reducing COVID transmission in the state. By way of comparison, back in late December, about two-thirds of the state’s […]

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Citing negativity, DHHS cancels Safer Spot program

The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services confirmed on April 6 that it is discontinuing its OBX Safer Spot program that was designed to recognize establishments and organizations with at least 70% of their employees vaccinated against COVID and to send a reassuring message to their potential clients and customers. “We have decided […]

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In pandemic year, 2020 occupancy revenue exceeds 2019 numbers by 11%

Some sectors of the local economy suffered a COVID pandemic recession in 2020. But that sure isn’t the case for one part of Dare County hospitality industry. The Dare County Tourism Board has just released its occupancy revenues for December 2020 and the results are clear. The pandemic year turned out to be a boom […]

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OSHA fines Flatiron for fatal bridge accident

Steven Bailey killed working on ‘Jug Handle’ Bridge The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined Flatiron Constructors Inc. $13,494 for what it calls a “serious violation” connected to the Aug. 24 death of Steven “Bull” Bailey while he was working for the company on the “Jug Handle” Bridge project in Rodanthe. Flatiron spokesperson […]

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Steinburg: Suspending civil liberties is an ‘option’

A Dec.15 story from WRAL made national headlines after it reported that Republican State Senator Bob Steinburg, whose district includes Dare, Currituck and Hyde counties, “suggested…that the president might suspend basic liberties to overturn an election that he believes, without evidence, was stolen.” (NC senator OK with suspending civil liberties in wake of Trump’s defeat) In […]

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Dare Board okays $814K in Tourism Impact Grants, including $342,640 for Hatteras Pathway

Money earmarked for seven different projects Meeting on the morning of Dec. 7, the Dare County Board of Commissioners approved the expenditure of $814,640 in Tourism Impact Grant (TIG) Awards earmarked for seven projects ranging from building restrooms for the Manteo Town Common Project to range improvements at the Outer Banks Gun Club. As explained […]

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Fletcher autopsy cites ‘blunt force’ head trauma, weekly news featured,

Manner of death is listed as ‘undetermined’ According to the autopsy report from the Virginia Medical Examiner’s office, the cause of death in the case of LeeAnn Fletcher has been determined to be “complications of blunt force trauma to the head with hepatic cirrhosis with clinical hepatic failure contributing.” The manner of death, according to the […]

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Dare sets record with June 2020 occupancy dollars

Data reflects tourism boom in a pandemic (Dare County Tourism Board) The June occupancy and meals data released by OBX Visitors Bureau Executive Director Lee Nettles in his recap of the Dare County Tourism Board’s August meeting provides additional empirical evidence that since the county re-opened for visitors on May 16, tourism here has been […]

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Cooper expected to ease COVID-19 restrictions

Update: In advance of whatever decision he may announce tomorrow, Governor Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order today extending till Oct. 2 the current restriction on restaurants selling alcohol after 11 p.m. Appearing to confirm that there will be an easing of COVID-19 related restrictions, Governor Roy Cooper’s press office issued a statement on Aug. […]

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In LeeAnn Fletcher’s wake, a determined campaign to keep the focus on her case

The ground-floor room in Mary Ann Fletcher’s Southern Shores home feels like a makeshift shrine to her daughter, with burning candles and a large photograph of LeeAnn Fletcher highlighting the setting.  Trisha Cahoon, a first cousin and close friend of LeeAnn’s, begins the conversation by replaying a roughly six-minute 911 call made on the morning […]

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