DNCR Secretary Reid Wilson tours Outer Banks

Says funds for some local projects depend on budget outcome North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) Secretary Reid Wilson spent two days on the Outer Banks this week visiting DNCR’s sites while in town for this year’s Surfalorus Film Festival, which is being sponsored by DNCR’s North Carolina Aquarium and hosted by […]

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Dare school quarantines fall with mask mandate

Parents speak out against mandate during public comment Two weeks after mandating universal masking in district school buildings, the Dare County Board of Education received some good news at its Sept. 14 meeting from Superintendent John Farrelly about the declining numbers of quarantines in district schools. At the same time, the board also heard impassioned […]

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Dare Ed Board votes 7-0 to mandate masks in school

With 78 Dare County students currently infected with COVID-19 and more than 400 students in quarantine, the Dare County Board of Education unanimously voted on Sept. 1 to reverse its Aug. 5 decision and mandate universal masking for all students, staff and visitors in Dare County School buildings. The mandate is effective beginning Thursday, Sept. […]

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Dare Ed Board votes to allow parental choice on masks, and to offer virtual learning option

The Dare County Board of Education, at its Aug. 5 special meeting, voted by a 6-to-1 margin to allow parental choice when it comes to wearing face coverings beginning on Aug. 23, the first day of school. By the same margin, the board also voted to allow staff to choose whether to wear face coverings. […]

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Dare Board okays sale of Home Health & Hospice agency

BrightSpring, with $2.9M offer, becomes new operator By a 6-0 vote, the Dare County Board of Commissioners on June 21 approved the sale of the county’s Home Health and Hospice (HH&H) agency to the Kentucky-based BrightSpring Health Services for $2.9 million. Commissioner Rob Ross did not attend the meeting so could not cast a vote […]

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Outten proposes $112.7M budget for Dare County

No tax increase, new EMS spending in 2021-2022 plan Dare County property owners will see no increase in property taxes under the county’s proposed 2021-2022 General Fund budget of $112.7 million – a spending plan that reflects a $5.6 million increase over last year’s and includes nearly $1 million in funding for eight additional Emergency […]

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To reach the unvaccinated, DHHS goes grassroots

Recent data from the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) shows that among the county’s various communities, Stumpy Point has the lowest COVID vaccination rate — at only 20%. As part of its ongoing vaccination outreach effort, the DHHS has enlisted well-connected Stumpy Point resident Sandy Semans Ross to reach out to […]

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