Stories by Island Free Press

Body recovered in Rodanthe after an extensive search for missing person

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press A body was recovered in Rodanthe on Wednesday evening, February 14, following an extensive and approximately 18-hour-long search for a missing person. Full story

Feb 15


Jan 17


Hatteras Island loses its last resident Banker Pony, HoneyB

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press
The native wild horses or “Banker Ponies” of Corolla, Ocracoke Island, and the Shackleford Banks are world famous, but few Outer Banks horse lovers know that Hatteras Island once had a wild horse population all its own, with roots that were tied to the same descendants of Spanish shipwrecks from hundreds of years ago. Full story

Oct 25


Local volunteers put Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station on the national map with a historic rescue reenactment in Maine

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press
A team of local volunteers who perform the weekly Beach Apparatus Drill reenactment at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station in Rodanthe gave a special performance 700 miles away from home at the annual U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association (USLSSHA) Conference in Maine. Full story

Sep 26


Waterspouts in the waters off the Outer Banks

(Island Free Press)
The Island Free Press (IFP) reported on these offshore waterspouts that were seen near Rodanthe and Ocracoke Island on Wednesday afternoon, including an update from the National Weather Service (NWS) Newport/Morehead City office that confirmed the reports. Full story

Sep 13


Pink Flamingos make an appearance at the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press
Birdwatchers at the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge were surprised to encounter a flock of rare visitors over the weekend – a group of pink flamingos that paid the Outer Banks a visit after Hurricane Idalia. Full story

Sep 4


John “Jay” Tolson murder trial date scheduled for Monday, August 28

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press The trial of John “Jay” Tolson, the Hatteras Island man accused of murdering 38-year-old Amanda LeeAnn Fletcher Hartleben of Kitty Hawk in July 2020, is scheduled to begin in Dare County Superior Court on Monday, August 28. Full story

Aug 23


Suspect who fled the scene of Saturday night crash in Frisco arrested

By Island Free Press
A man who fled the scene of a two-car traffic accident in Frisco on July 15 which resulted in multiple injuries was arrested on Monday evening, July 18, per the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Full story

Jul 19


Saturday night traffic accident in Frisco results in multiple injuries

Island Free Press
A two-car traffic accident that occurred in Frisco on Saturday night, July 15, resulted in multiple injuries, including two critical injuries, with the driver of one of the vehicles fleeing the scene. Full story

Jul 17


N.C. Highway 12 reopens after fatal traffic accident

Island Free Press
N.C. Highway 12 has reopened between the Marc Basnight Bridge and Rodanthe after a fatal car accident that occurred near the Pea Island Visitors Center on Monday morning, June 12, per an update from the North Carolina Department of Transportation Full story

Jun 12


OCEARCH conducts shark research expedition off of Ocracoke

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press OCEARCH, a non-profit organization that conducts research on sharks around the globe, is in the middle of its 45th ocean research expedition to learn more about these animals as they begin to leave the Carolinas region and transition north for the summer. Full story

Apr 24


House fire in northern Rodanthe contained; No injuries reported

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press
A house fire that occurred in northern Rodanthe on Wednesday afternoon, April 19, was contained as of Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. Full story

Apr 19