Man injured after falling off of boat in Pamlico Sound; brother charged with negligent operation of a motorboat

A northern Virginia man was seriously injured on Friday, June 19, after he was knocked overboard while riding on the bow of his brother’s boat in the Pamlico Sound off of Hatteras Island and was hit by the propeller. The Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad and Dare EMS and N.C. Wildlife Resources […]

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Legislature moves towards funding Ocracoke passenger ferry, repairs at ECSU

A bill in the N.C. General Assembly awaiting a final vote and the governor’s signature would provide funding for the Ocracoke Express passenger ferry to operate this summer and much-needed repairs at Elizabeth City State University. Senate Bill 750, introduced by First District Sen. Bob Steinburg (R-Chowan) on May 14, was originally written to payoff […]

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Dare County unemployment hits highest mark in 30 years

Unemployment claims exploded in Dare County as businesses completely shut their doors or significantly cut pay for workers that stayed on as the COVID-19 pandemic set-in, spiking to levels not seen in three decades. The state Department of Commerce reported Wednesday the unemployment rate for April was 24.5 percent, eclipsing the previous high mark of […]

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Gov. Cooper expected to announce second phase of reopening will start Friday

Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to announce Wednesday that North Carolina will enter the second phase of easing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic at the end of this week. That includes allowing restaurants, salons, barber shops, gyms and other businesses to reopen with limits on capacity to allow for social distancing, requirements for cleaning […]

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National Weather Service resumes rip current, beach condition forecasts

Even though water temperatures are still rather chilly, the National Weather Service office in Newport/Morehead City kicked off another season of rip current forecasts on Wednesday. “We understand there are some beaches closed, and visitors are prohibited from visiting those beaches at this time,” said NWS forecaster Tom Lonka. “However, in keeping with the NWS […]

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All court proceedings statewide postponed until at least June 1

All court proceedings statewide have been postponed until June 1, following an order by the state’s chief justice on Friday. “Judicial officials and court personnel statewide are going above and beyond to serve the public during this health emergency,” said Chief Justice Cheri Beasley. “My number one priority is to protect them and the public […]

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The Outer Banks Hospital, other Vidant hospitals, banning visitors starting at 5 p.m.

Vidant Health will institute a ban of all visitors, with limited exceptions, to The Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head and their other hospitals in eastern North Carolina beginning Friday at 5 p.m. “Vidant Health values family and community presence when loved ones and friends are in the hospital. At the same time, our organization […]

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No cases of coronovirus have been diagnosed on the Outer Banks

Despite rumors circulating over the last 24 hours about possible cases on the Outer Banks, officials said no one has been diagnosed with COVID-19 coronavirus in Dare County as of Thursday night. The county’s official Twitter account, @DareCountyGovt, reiterated that any information about the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic or possible cases of the virus […]

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Crash involving pair of tractor trailers shuts down Alligator River Bridge

A crash Wednesday morning involving a pair of tractor trailers shut down the Lindsey C. Warren Bridge that carries U.S. 64 over the Alligator River between Dare and Tyrrell counties. The wreck happened around 8:30 a.m. near the foot of the bridge on the Tyrrell County side. Dare County Sheriff’s Office Major Jeff Derringer said […]

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