Dare cited as ‘most vaccinated rural county in the South,’ Hyde in top 3

By a number of measures, Dare County has, thus far, done a better-than-average job of getting its residents vaccinated against COVID-19. According to data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 61% of the county’s population had been fully vaccinated as of Aug. 1. That is significantly better than the 47% of […]

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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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