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Since Saturday, September 15, 2018, members of the Kill Devil Hills Fire Department have been assisting with response and recovery efforts in Newport, NC, following the devastation left behind by Hurricane Florence. Governor Cooper was in Newport for a briefing and met with some of the team.…

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First Flight Middle School has partnered with HJ MacDonald Middle School in New Bern, after they were hit so hard by Hurricane Florence. They are collecting donations for their students and teachers.

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U.S. Coast Guard aerial view captures the impact of Florence flooding in New Bern

 

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What you should know about hurricane forecasts

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Following a storm that, for Dare County, proved to be a near miss

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Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of North Carolina and ordered Federal aid to supplement State, Tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence beginning on September 7, 2018, and continuing.

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Local residents thankful for near miss, but worry about others

As Tommy Overton unscrewed the pieces of pile wood that covered the windows of his Kill Devil Hills frame shop on the west side of of N.C. 12, he acknowledged the relief that many on the northern beaches of Dare County were feeling when they woke up Friday morning.

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Updated message to families from Supt. John Farrelly

Dare County Families,

Dare County officials have announced re-entry guidelines for Hatteras Island as residents are now being allowed access as of 2:30 pm this afternoon. Thus, the Dare County Schools safety team has been able to assess school and road conditions on Hatteras Island. As of this moment, ALL Dare County Schools will re-open on Tuesday, September 18. Should conditions warrant a change in our current plan, you will be notified immediately. 

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State of Emergency Remains in Place

Reentry for Hatteras Island (including villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village)

  • Beginning Saturday, September 15 at 2:30 p.m., access for Priority Levels Two and Three (essential personnel, permanent residents, essential personnel for critical businesses, non-resident property owners and non-resident employees of non-critical businesses) will be allowed entry to Hatteras Island.

  • Priority One essential personnel are already being allowed.  

  • Visitors will be allowed access to Hatteras Island beginning Sunday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m.

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New message to families from Supt. John Farrelly 

As of this morning, Hurricane Florence has claimed at least 7 lives in North Carolina. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims and are extended to all that will face a long recovery during the aftermath of this storm.

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So far, water service and power uninterupted in Dare County

With Hurricane Florence expected to slow down as it makes landfall in southeast North Carolina tonight through early Friday morning, Dare County will continue to feel effects from the storm into Saturday morning, after the storm moves away.  

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NCDOT reports NC-12 is closed in both directions between the Bonner Bridge and Hatteras Village due to ocean over-wash.  Road reopening time is unknown. Updates can be found at http://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/ default.aspx 

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County says have emergency kits ready, be prepared to sustain yourself for 72 hours.

The following watches and warnings are currently in effect for Dare County -  a Storm Surge Warning, Hurricane Warning, High Surf Advisory, Flash Flood Watch, Beach Hazards Advisory, and a Tornado Watch.

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As Florence news improves, residents ponder their options

Outer Banks residents who were taking a wait-and-see approach when it came to evacuating for Hurricane Florence — or who had already decided to ride the storm out — seemed somewhat relieved Wednesday as news about the storm improved.

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Access into Dare County extended

Restricted Access into Dare County Delayed until Thursday Morning, September 13 With the changing forecast, tropical storm force winds are now expected Thursday morning. As a result, there will be no restrictions on access into Dare County until 8:30 a.m. on Thursday September 13. There are no planned bridge closures, but access into the county will be restricted to those with a Priority One Critical Personnel Pass issued by Dare County Emergency Management or a Critical Needs Pass issued by Currituck County Emergency Management after 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

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The track of Hurricane #Florence has shifted a bit south, but hazards to eastern NC remain life threatening. Remember impacts can be hazardous well away from the center of the storm. Learn more at https://www.weather.gov/media/mhx/LatestBriefing.pdf

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Dare County now under Hurricane and Storm Surge Warning

With the most recent update from the National Hurricane Center, a Hurricane Warning and Storm Surge Warning are now in effect for Dare County indicating that tropical storm conditions and life-threatening storm surge are expected within 36 hours.  

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County advises people 'to leave sooner rather than later'

The mandatory evacuation for all residents and visitors in Dare County remains in effect. Now is the time to make final preparations and implement your evacuation plan. Many areas along the East Coast are now under evacuation orders, so it is important to leave sooner rather than later to allow plenty of time to travel safely to your destination. Check the route you will be traveling since many inland areas will be impacted.  

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No entry allowed after 7 p.m. on Sept. 12

Dare County residents were taking Hurricane Florence and the accompanying evacuation orders seriously as the dangerous Category 4 storm headed for North Carolina, expected to come onshore early on the morning of Sept. 14.

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N.C. Emergency Management announces opening of shelter for Dare County residents on Sept. 11

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The mandatory evacuation for visitors and residents remains in place for Hatteras Island. Traffic leaving the island is moving slowly due to heavy traffic and ocean overwash in some areas, but all roads and bridges remain open and there are no plans for closures.  

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Evacuation order comes with large numbers of tourists still here

As Hurricane Florence whirls closer to the North Carolina coast, the Dare County Control Group has issued a mandatory evacuation for Hatteras Island beginning today, at 12 p.m., with the remainder of Dare County areas ordered to evacuate starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

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A mandatory evacuation order for all visitors & residents on #Hatteras Island will be in effect Monday, September 10 at 12 p.m. A mandatory evacuation for residents and visitors in other areas of Dare County goes into effect beginning Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 a.m.

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Declaring that “the State of North Carolina is under imminent threat from Tropical Storm Florence, which has the potential to make landfall next week,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has signed an executive order on Sept. 7 declaring a State of Emergency in North Carolina. The declaratio…

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Following a storm that, for Dare County, proved to be a near miss

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At 4:13 a.m. on Sept. 12, the Currituck emergency communications center received a 911 call from the owner of Lighthouse Bagels, who reported that smoke and flames were visible through the roof of the next-door Tomato Patch restaurant, located at 803 Albacore Street, in the Monterey Plaza sh…

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Corbett looks to bring more teachers, students to research institute

Over the past two decades, coastal scientist Dr. Reide Corbett has developed a deep appreciation for the Outer Banks. Now, as he takes the reigns at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), he is looking to expand its reach and mission to include significantly more students, teachers and ongoing research.

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(1931-2018)

One of Glenn Eure’s many self-portraits is a print from a woodcut, showing a muscular tough in a bucket hat and a T-shirt, alongside the words “GLENN T. EURE, MAJOR US ARMY (RET), X-JUNGLE FIGHTER, NOW PRINTMAKER AND PAINTER.”

      While that may provide a quick chronology of his earthly existence — which spanned from Sept. 21, 1931 to Sept. 6, 2018 — it hardly touches the multi-layered collage of his life, most of which was spent on these Outer Banks, packing more into a single day than others load into a week.

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The North Carolina Public Schools accountability results were released Sept. 5 to the N.C. Board of Education. Since 2013, student performance data have been used to assign letter grades to North Carolina public schools as required by the N.C. General Assembly. The School Performance Grades …

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Contentious issue resolved with pared down proposal

After more than a year of debate about a text amendment that would exempt certain items from the town’s 30 percent lot coverage maximum, the Southern Shores Town Council finally settled on a pared down list of exemptions at its Sept 5 meeting.

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Declaring that “the State of North Carolina is under imminent threat from Tropical Storm Florence, which has the potential to make landfall next week,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has signed an executive order on Sept. 7 declaring a State of Emergency in North Carolina. The declaratio…

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Decision comes after new citizens’ group launched petition drive

After hearing from a dozen residents and receiving a petition with more than 500 signatures at its Sept. 5 meeting, the Manteo Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to approve televising its meetings as well as the meetings of the Manteo Planning Board and the Preservation and Architectural Review Committee.

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Existing rules may intrude on federal jurisdiction

In an effort to comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines, the Nags Head Board of Commissioners is set this week to consider amending a section of its zoning ordinance that regulates the operation of drones in the municipality.

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An overview of the key local races this November

The conventional wisdom is that no one really pays attention to fall elections until Labor Day arrives and the tourists leave. And with the Nov. 6 balloting only two months away, the local campaigns are certain to heat up.

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A year after bag ban repeal, a look at the checkout counter

Next month will mark the one-year anniversary of an event that stirred passions and a considerable backlash in Dare County — the N.C. legislature’s override of Governor Roy Cooper’s veto that effectively repealed the Outer Banks’ eight-year-old plastic bag ban.

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Currituck County Fire and EMS has been awarded a $995,000 Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) FEMA Grant to go toward the purchase of new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBAs) for all fire departments in Currituck County.

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North Carolina Secretary of Public Safety Erik Hooks announced on Aug. 31 that Gary Mohr, a nationally recognized leader in corrections, has agreed to serve as a Senior Executive Advisor to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. Mohr will focus exclusively on prison issues with the Division o…

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Deadline for applicants is Sept. 17

The town of Kill Devil Hills posted this notice on Aug. 31 regarding the application process for anyone interested in replacing Brandi Rheubottom, the Kill Devil Hills Commissioner who on Aug. 22 announced her pending resignation from the board.

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Charles Lee Wescott recalls life on a WWII 'sub-chaser'

      "All of a sudden the coast was full of Hitler's submarines," says Charles Lee Wescott, recalling the events in the weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. "He was going to win the war with submarines — and he come close to doing it. But we had a job to do, and we did it. Our job was sinking submarines, and we sank them right and left."

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There was a fire at Spa Koru last night, Aug. 29. Thankfully no one was in the building during the time of the fire. They sustained water and smoke damage and are closed till further notice to clean up. They send a thank you to the Avon Volunteer Fire Department for their help. 

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Grocer’s Nags Head site plan to expire in October 

In the fall of 2017, the Nags Head Commissioners culminated a lengthy permitting process by approving Lidl’s plan for a 36,000-square-foot store on the property that had housed Mike Kelly’s iconic Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern. That came about a year after Kelly first announced his intention to sell the restaurant. 

But, as the fall of 2018 looms, that Nags Head property remains untouched and there is silence and speculation about the German grocer’s plans. 

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Move comes amid controversy over Steinburg agreement

In the wake of questions, controversy and division on the board itself, the Currituck County Commissioners voted to change how the county awards some contracts at its Aug. 20 meeting — mandating that the commissioners will decide whether to approve contracts to elected officials who represent the county.

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The Coast Guard coordinated the rescue of five persons from a seaplane that made an emergency ocean landing approximately 460 miles east southeast of Cape Hatteras on Saturday, Aug. 25.

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North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement special agents arrested 226 people on alcohol, drug and other charges during an operation on Aug. 24 as part of a statewide crackdown. 

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 A section of NC 12 in Kill Devil Hills will be closed to through traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5 to replace a failing culvert pipe. The pipe is located at MP 8.5, #710 Virginia Dare Trail, more specifically in front of the shops where the Thai Room restaurant is located.…

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But N.C. 12 is off limits

After a unanimous vote by the Dare Board of Commissioners at its Aug. 20 meeting, Buxton is joining other villages on Hatteras Island that allow the use of golf carts on selected roads. The carts are already allowed on specified streets in the villages of Avon, Waves and Hatteras, the last being the only village where the carts are allowed on N.C. 12.

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Decision comes amid growing activism on the issue

Dan Lewis, President of the Outer Banks Restaurant Association, says one catalyst for the growing effort to eliminate plastic, non-biodegradable straws was a viral video made a few years ago showing a sea turtle having a straw extracted from its nostril — a graphic reminder of what plastics can do to marine life.

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Roanoke Island residents warn of another 'disaster'

Two weeks after northern Roanoke Island residents told the Dare Commissioners horror stories about walking through sewage-infested water on their property after recent heavy rains, the county held a special Aug. 20 meeting to discuss solutions to stormwater problems.

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Amy Harrison and her family from Roanoke Rapids, N.C. were vacationing on the Outer Banks, fishing around Ramp 38 between Avon and Buxton at about 6:30 p.m. on Weds., Aug. 15, when they saw a big crowd gather and plenty of excitement. Amy took the photos and the video posted here, as a 13-fo…

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In this scenic town, passion meets pugnacity

As far as anyone can recall, last week’s censure of Southern Shores Town Council Member Gary McDonald by three of his council colleagues marked the first time in Dare County that such a punitive measure — even one with no actual penalties — has been taken against someone on a local council or board.

      Perhaps it’s no surprise that the public display of hard feelings happened in a town known for its particularly passionate, pugnacious and sometimes personal brand of politics — something that sets it apart from other Dare County municipalities.

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But Planning Director Creef needs more time

Meeting on Aug. 13, the Dare County Planning Board made progress on a number of zoning proposals presented by Planning Director Donna Creef that are intended to address the county’s widely acknowledged shortage of housing. 

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Declaring that “the State of North Carolina is under imminent threat from Tropical Storm Florence, which has the potential to make landfall next week,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has signed an executive order on Sept. 7 declaring a State of Emergency in North Carolina. The declaratio…

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Decision comes after new citizens’ group launched petition drive

After hearing from a dozen residents and receiving a petition with more than 500 signatures at its Sept. 5 meeting, the Manteo Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to approve televising its meetings as well as the meetings of the Manteo Planning Board and the Preservation and Architectural Review Committee.

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Existing rules may intrude on federal jurisdiction

In an effort to comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines, the Nags Head Board of Commissioners is set this week to consider amending a section of its zoning ordinance that regulates the operation of drones in the municipality.

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An overview of the key local races this November

The conventional wisdom is that no one really pays attention to fall elections until Labor Day arrives and the tourists leave. And with the Nov. 6 balloting only two months away, the local campaigns are certain to heat up.

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A year after bag ban repeal, a look at the checkout counter

Next month will mark the one-year anniversary of an event that stirred passions and a considerable backlash in Dare County — the N.C. legislature’s override of Governor Roy Cooper’s veto that effectively repealed the Outer Banks’ eight-year-old plastic bag ban.

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Currituck County Fire and EMS has been awarded a $995,000 Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) FEMA Grant to go toward the purchase of new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBAs) for all fire departments in Currituck County.

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North Carolina Secretary of Public Safety Erik Hooks announced on Aug. 31 that Gary Mohr, a nationally recognized leader in corrections, has agreed to serve as a Senior Executive Advisor to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. Mohr will focus exclusively on prison issues with the Division o…

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Deadline for applicants is Sept. 17

The town of Kill Devil Hills posted this notice on Aug. 31 regarding the application process for anyone interested in replacing Brandi Rheubottom, the Kill Devil Hills Commissioner who on Aug. 22 announced her pending resignation from the board.

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Charles Lee Wescott recalls life on a WWII 'sub-chaser'

      "All of a sudden the coast was full of Hitler's submarines," says Charles Lee Wescott, recalling the events in the weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. "He was going to win the war with submarines — and he come close to doing it. But we had a job to do, and we did it. Our job was sinking submarines, and we sank them right and left."

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There was a fire at Spa Koru last night, Aug. 29. Thankfully no one was in the building during the time of the fire. They sustained water and smoke damage and are closed till further notice to clean up. They send a thank you to the Avon Volunteer Fire Department for their help. 

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Grocer’s Nags Head site plan to expire in October 

In the fall of 2017, the Nags Head Commissioners culminated a lengthy permitting process by approving Lidl’s plan for a 36,000-square-foot store on the property that had housed Mike Kelly’s iconic Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern. That came about a year after Kelly first announced his intention to sell the restaurant. 

But, as the fall of 2018 looms, that Nags Head property remains untouched and there is silence and speculation about the German grocer’s plans. 

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Move comes amid controversy over Steinburg agreement

In the wake of questions, controversy and division on the board itself, the Currituck County Commissioners voted to change how the county awards some contracts at its Aug. 20 meeting — mandating that the commissioners will decide whether to approve contracts to elected officials who represent the county.

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The Coast Guard coordinated the rescue of five persons from a seaplane that made an emergency ocean landing approximately 460 miles east southeast of Cape Hatteras on Saturday, Aug. 25.

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North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement special agents arrested 226 people on alcohol, drug and other charges during an operation on Aug. 24 as part of a statewide crackdown. 

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 A section of NC 12 in Kill Devil Hills will be closed to through traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5 to replace a failing culvert pipe. The pipe is located at MP 8.5, #710 Virginia Dare Trail, more specifically in front of the shops where the Thai Room restaurant is located.…

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But N.C. 12 is off limits

After a unanimous vote by the Dare Board of Commissioners at its Aug. 20 meeting, Buxton is joining other villages on Hatteras Island that allow the use of golf carts on selected roads. The carts are already allowed on specified streets in the villages of Avon, Waves and Hatteras, the last being the only village where the carts are allowed on N.C. 12.

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Decision comes amid growing activism on the issue

Dan Lewis, President of the Outer Banks Restaurant Association, says one catalyst for the growing effort to eliminate plastic, non-biodegradable straws was a viral video made a few years ago showing a sea turtle having a straw extracted from its nostril — a graphic reminder of what plastics can do to marine life.

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Roanoke Island residents warn of another 'disaster'

Two weeks after northern Roanoke Island residents told the Dare Commissioners horror stories about walking through sewage-infested water on their property after recent heavy rains, the county held a special Aug. 20 meeting to discuss solutions to stormwater problems.

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Amy Harrison and her family from Roanoke Rapids, N.C. were vacationing on the Outer Banks, fishing around Ramp 38 between Avon and Buxton at about 6:30 p.m. on Weds., Aug. 15, when they saw a big crowd gather and plenty of excitement. Amy took the photos and the video posted here, as a 13-fo…

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In this scenic town, passion meets pugnacity

As far as anyone can recall, last week’s censure of Southern Shores Town Council Member Gary McDonald by three of his council colleagues marked the first time in Dare County that such a punitive measure — even one with no actual penalties — has been taken against someone on a local council or board.

      Perhaps it’s no surprise that the public display of hard feelings happened in a town known for its particularly passionate, pugnacious and sometimes personal brand of politics — something that sets it apart from other Dare County municipalities.

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But Planning Director Creef needs more time

Meeting on Aug. 13, the Dare County Planning Board made progress on a number of zoning proposals presented by Planning Director Donna Creef that are intended to address the county’s widely acknowledged shortage of housing. 

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Relatives of Mirlo rescuers help keep the legacy alive

Rodanthe native Jonna Midgette is the great-granddaughter of John Allen Midgett, the leader of the heroic six-man crew that rescued 42 sailors from the stricken British tanker Mirlo a century ago. She remembers hearing stories about the rescue all the time — particularly from her grandfather, John Edgar Herbert, who was a 19-year-old cook at the Chicamacomico Coast Guard Station that day.

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The Duck Fire Department was called to a reported structure fire located at 132 Dune Road at approximately 6:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Firefighters arrived to find flames, smoke and heavy fire. All three occupants escaped the home with no injuries. The fire was contained to the home and…

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Burrus retirement announced

Sheila Davies, Director of the Public Health Division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will become the Dare County Director of Health and Human Services at the end of the month, when current HHS Director Jay Burrus retires. Davies, who is also mayor of Kill Devil Hills, will continue serving as Health Director while having oversight of the Social Services Division. The department employs 195 people and has a budget of $18.2 million.

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Move comes in response to comment at July 10 meeting

Revisiting a contentious incident that surfaced during its July meeting, the Southern Shores Town Council took the unusual step of censuring one of its own members at its Aug. 7 meeting.

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New proposal would cap structures at 7,000 square feet

The Duck Town Council is slated next month to consider a new approach to regulating the size of residential structures, one that would use a tiered approach in which lot sizes would dictate how large homes can be built and includes a maximum cap of 7,000 square feet.

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Why the word 'affordable’ is not part of the county’s housing initiative

Last month, when the Dare County Commissioners renewed the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce’s $25,000 contract for overseeing economic development and added another $10,000 for work on its workforce housing initiative, Chairman Bob Woodard stressed that the term “affordable housing” should not be used in presenting and promoting the initiative.

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Board vows to act after residents detail sewage, stench and standing water

Madeline Van Hillsworth, from Langley Lane, talked about having to put on waders and lift her 70-pound dogs above three feet of sewage-infested water in her yard. Cara Lee Tillett, of Holly Ridge Road, described the stench and sharp rise in mosquitos on her property. Former County Commissioner Margarette Umphlett said she was living with two and a half feet of water, with her septic system submerged and with no air conditioning.