DCS survey seeks parent input on re-opening schools

With parents, students and staff uncertain about how public schools will re-open this fall, the Dare County Schools (DCS) system has sent out a survey soliciting their input on three instructional frameworks the district is considering if Governor Roy Cooper chooses a plan to re-open school buildings at 50 percent capacity. With the number of […]

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Dare County, Kitty Hawk latest to approve easing outdoor dining rules

In an effort to ease the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on restaurants, the Dare County Board of Commissioners on May 18 unanimously approved measures that will temporarily allow restaurants in the unincorporated areas of the county to operate food trucks on vacant property as well as use a portion of their parking areas […]

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Dare Board hears of $4.3M revenue gap in FY 20-21

As local governments face the realities of lost revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dare County Manager Bobby Outten briefed the board of commissioners on May 8 about a streamlined spending plan for the 2020-21 fiscal year that will maintain all county services, but include no capital outlay purchases, cost-of-living salary adjustments, bonuses or merit […]

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‘Be Safe. Be Smart. Have Fun’

Visitors Bureau preparing to welcome visitors Citing statistics from destination analysts, Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Executive Director Lee Nettles told the Dare County Tourism Board of Directors on April 16 that an estimated 74 percent of people are concerned about contracting COVID-19, with an even a higher percentage concerned about their family and friends being […]

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‘Taking it day by day’

Dare Schools monitoring coronavirus situation Hours after Governor Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency in response to the novel coronavirus, (COVID-19), Dare County Schools Superintendent John Farrelly told the district’s Board of Education during its March 10 meeting that school officials were closely monitoring the situation and ramping up efforts within the district’s schools […]

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Browning cautions on lead poisoned eagles

A bald eagle remains in critical condition after being rescued in Camden County on Feb. 9 by Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation’s Lou Browning. Suffering from lead poisoning as well as dehydration and malnutrition, Browning said the raptor has little chance of survival, but is currently being treated in an ICU chamber at his Hatteras Island […]

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‘Say Something’ tip system comes to Dare schools

Dare County Schools (DCS) has joined more than 100 other North Carolina school districts in implementing an anonymous reporting system that allows students to use a cell phone app, a crisis hotline or their desktop to relay a wide range of safety concerns to a call center. Those concerns can include everything from planned school […]

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Dare officials concerned about FEMA flood maps

Thousands of properties removed from flood zone Sweeping changes to the FEMA’s revised 2020 flood maps will mean a 41 percent decrease in the number of unincorporated Dare County properties included in the flood zone. And the widespread re-classifications, county officials worry, could tempt some property owners to prematurely drop their flood insurance policies when […]

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Suicide, overdose rates among Dare health concerns

2019 assessment reflects some economic worries Some aspects of life in Dare County get glowing reviews in a survey reported in the county’s 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment, an analysis conducted in counties across the state every three years to determine potential gaps that may require attention and resources. Indeed, a solid 72% of those […]

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