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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Supt. describes ‘devastation’ at Hatteras Secondary

In a briefing to the Dare County Board of Education on Sept. 10, Superintendent John Farrelly described the Hurricane Dorian damage to Cape Hatteras Secondary School as “absolute devastation.” He said district staff has been working around the clock to mitigate the situation and as for students returning to school, asserted, “We are shooting for […]

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Dare County to Enforce Time Limit on Teacher Housing

In an attempt to re-establish the district’s two teacher housing complexes as a recruitment tool for prospective new teachers, the Dare County Board of Education this spring approved a revised lease for tenants that now strictly enforces a four-year occupancy limit. Teachers and faculty members currently living at Run Hill Ridge in Kill Devil Hills […]

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Sounding an Alarm on Homeowner’s Insurance

OBAR’s Willo Kelly rallies opposition to proposed 30% increase Homeowners on the barrier island portions of Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties could face as much as a 30% hike in their insurance rates under a North Carolina Rate Bureau filing, Outer Banks Association of Realtors Chief Executive Officer Willo Kelly warned an audience of about […]

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Sheriff’s Office No Longer Issues Releases on Drug Arrests

According to Sheriff Doug Doughtie, there are a significant number of drug-related crimes and arrests occurring in Dare County. What’s different now is that there is not as much information about them since the sheriff’s office no longer issues press releases when a significant drug arrest is made. Until recently, that office had produced and […]

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Some Unresolved Blackout Business

Sixteen months after a week-long power outage plunged Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands into darkness during the heart of tourist season, Dare County and PCL Construction are still sparring over an unresolved claim. The ill-timed blackout occurred when power lines were accidently severed by PCL Construction workers conducting replacement work on the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge. […]

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CHSS Girls Basketball Team Eyes Conference And State Championships

As Morgan Fairbanks takes a break from practice inside Cape Hatteras Secondary School’s modest gym, she talks basketball with fellow team captains Caroline Gray and Savannah Scarborough. Fairbanks recalls that first game of the season — back in November against Currituck. It was the “Battle of the Beach” Tournament and the Hurricanes had just finished […]

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