Stories by Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

Currituck BOE votes to make school masks optional  

Decision comes amid major surge in NC cases The Currituck County Schools announced on the evening of July 28 that the Currituck Board of Education has voted to make masks optional for…

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83 cases of COVID reported in Dare County

After new CDC guidance, Dare BOE meeting moved back to Aug 5. Update: Dare County Schools Superintendent John Farrelly has announced that in light of the new July 27 CDC recommendation that all…

Jul 27


OBX Hotline names Chavez Acting Director, puts Lewis on administrative leave

The Outer Banks Hotline announced on July 24 that Heather Chavez will become Acting Executive Director of the organization and that Executive Director Michael Lewis has been placed on administrative leave, effective…

Jul 24


In new video, Davies voices concern about COVID

 In the first video she has released in some time, Dare County Director of Health and Human Services Sheila Davies has a sobering message about the spread of COVID-19, driven by…

Jul 22


How an unpaid meal led to free meals for police, military, first responders

On Friday July 16, as Carolina Bar-B-Que Company owner Mike Weaver recalls, someone placed a good-sized call-in order from his place. But when the customer pulled up to the Manteo restaurant and…

Jul 21


54 cases of COVID in Dare County last week as numbers continue to rise

The July 20 COVID-19 update just issued by the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services reveals another week of increasing cases and a higher rate of positive COVID tests. In…

Jul 20


Filing deadline ends for Dare municipal elections 

Mayors Bennett, Perry won’t seek another term With the filing deadline to run for the 2021 Dare County municipal elections having passed as of noon on July 16, several mayors and incumbent…

Jul 16


Findings on Kitty Hawk crash rule out several causes 

Probe finds no impairment, no mechanical failure, no phone use On July 15, Kitty Hawk Police Chief Joel Johnston released new information about the investigation into the July 1 multi-vehicle accident in…

Jul 15


Former Duck Manager gets probation in assault case

The assault case that led to the resignation of Duck Town Manager Chris Layton last summer was resolved in a Dare County courtroom on July 15 when Layton agreed to six months…

Jul 15


Dare Tourism Board okays ‘conceptual’ event site proposal

After a discussion that largely dealt with the pros and cons of adding a hotel to the mix, the Dare County Tourism Board agreed to accept the July 8 Event Site Advisory…

Jul 15


Family files $30M federal lawsuit in Andrew Brown case

Pasquotank and Dare Sheriffs among the defendants Speaking at a noontime July 14 press conference in Elizabeth City, attorneys for the family of Andrew Brown Jr. announced the filing of a $30…

Jul 14


In NC and Dare County, COVID numbers take a wrong turn: Experts fear another surge

The latest data at both the state and local level send the same message — the key COVID metrics are going in the wrong direction. Not just here, but nationally as well.…

Jul 13