Stories by Island Free Press

Jug Handle Bridge is 39% complete, and is expected to open in the fall of 2021

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press The Jug Handle Bridge is 39% complete as of June 4, and the bridge is on track to open to the public in…

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Worrell 1000 Race Will Return for 2021, with a Hatteras Island Landing

  By Joy Crist  |  Island Free Press “They said it couldn’t happen. They said that the Worrell would never again be the revered event it once was. So, the…

May 29


Ocean Overwash Reported with Wednesday Evening’s High Tide

Ocean overwash was reported on N.C. Highway 12 with Wednesday evening’s high tide in the Mirlo Beach area of northern Rodanthe, as well as northern Buxton. The highway remained passable…

May 20


Cape Hatteras Secondary School will light up the Buxton skies to honor graduating seniors

Even though the class of 2020 will not be finishing the school year at the Cape Hatteras Secondary School (CHSS), due to a statewide school closure for the remainder of…

Apr 27


Grounded vessel remains stranded on Bodie Island

A vessel that was grounded near Oregon Inlet roughly six weeks ago remains stuck on Bodie Island, per a recent update from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Apr 14


Structural fire at Avon Kitty Hawk Kites extinguished

Update: The following statement was released on the afternoon of March 21 by Kitty Hawk Kites “There was a fire today at the Kitty Hawk Kites and Life is Good…

Mar 21


Jug Handle Bridge completion date pushed back

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) representatives announced that the Jug Handle Bridge was roughly 28% complete as of early March, and that…

Mar 7


Cape Hatteras Lighthouse temporarily off; U.S. Coast Guard investigating

Update: The Coast Guard is now confirming that repairs have been completed and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is now functioning. February 9, 2020 | By: Joy Crist Island Free Press Island residents…

Feb 9


Long-stalled dredging at Hatteras Inlet scheduled for late January

By Catherine Kozak for Island Free Press With a freshly-signed agreement in hand, the Army Corps of Engineers next week finally will be able to do long-stalled maintenance dredging in…

Jan 17


More than 40 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press More than 40 cold-stunned sea turtles were found and transported to the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST) Rehabilitation Center on Friday morning…

Dec 20


Board OKs up to $250,000 for Avon beach study

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press At the end of the Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting on November 4, the BOC agreed to allocate up to $250,000…

Dec 1


Ocracoke Island will reopen to visitors on December 2

On Wednesday evening, the Hyde County Board of Commissioners voted to allow visitors back on Ocracoke Island on December 2, 2019.

Nov 20