Stories by Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

Cooper says K-5 students can return to classrooms

Two months after announcing that schools would first open the 2020-2021 year under a plan that includes in-person and remote learning, Governor Roy Cooper said today they can opt for…

Sep 17


In LeeAnn Fletcher’s wake, a determined campaign to keep the focus on her case

The ground-floor room in Mary Ann Fletcher’s Southern Shores home feels like a makeshift shrine to her daughter, with burning candles and a large photograph of LeeAnn Fletcher highlighting the…

Aug 29


State officials cite ‘stability’ in key COVID numbers

Cooper eases some restrictions, but remains cautious The data behind Governor Roy Cooper’s easing of some COVID-19 restrictions in North Carolina, shows key trends that are stabilizing or, in some…

Sep 1


Cooper moves NC into “Safer-at-Home” Phase 2.5 

Gyms can open at 30% capacity, bars still closed Stating that “we’re encouraged, but cautious” about stabilizing and declining trends in the state’s COVID-19 trajectory, Governor Roy Cooper announced on…

Sep 1


Dare sets record with June 2020 occupancy dollars

Data reflects tourism boom in a pandemic (Dare County Tourism Board) The June occupancy and meals data released by OBX Visitors Bureau Executive Director Lee Nettles in his recap of…

Sep 1


Cooper expected to ease COVID-19 restrictions

Update: In advance of whatever decision he may announce tomorrow, Governor Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order today extending till Oct. 2 the current restriction on restaurants selling alcohol after…

Aug 31


Duck to hire search firm for new manager

Beginning the process of replacing the only town manager that the town has ever had, the Duck Town Council preliminarily reviewed the four firms vying to conduct the search for…

Aug 26


Cooper cites COVID-19 ‘progress,’ remains cautious

Cautious optimism may be the best way to describe the tone of Governor Roy Cooper’s Aug. 13 briefing with the media on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state. With some…

Aug 13


Cooper: NC to stay in ‘Safer-at-Home’ Phase Two

Stating that “stable is good, but decreasing is better,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said today that the state will remain “paused” in its current “Safer at Home” Phase Two…

Aug 5


Are Dare’s dropping COVID numbers a true trend?

DCDHHS Director Davies says more time will tell Dare County’s Aug. 4 update on COVID-19 contained some of the more uplifting news about the trajectory of the pandemic here than…

Aug 5


Cooper declares State of Emergency for Isaias

Noting that “a hurricane during a pandemic is double trouble,” Governor Roy Cooper announced this afternoon that he has declared a State of Emergency in North Carolina in response to…

Jul 31


Cooper announces 11 p.m. restaurant alcohol curfew

  On a day when the numbers tracking the spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina showed some signs of “stabilizing,” Gov. Roy Cooper announced an Executive Order that mandates an…

Jul 28