Stories by Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

Dare County reports 86 COVID cases last week  

Numbers continue recent trend of decreasing cases Update: There is more good news on COVID-19 transmission in Dare County in the update released on Oct. 19 by the Dare County Department of… Full story


Local couple has narrow escape in Kitty Hawk crash

Driver being pursued by police taken to Norfolk General The Kitty Hawk Police have reported an accident that occurred at around 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 after the driver of a… Full story


Dare County reports 119 COVID cases last week  

New data show minor uptick, school numbers encouraging The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has reported 119 new cases of COVID-19 in the week from Oct. 4-Oct. 10. That represents a very modest increase over the 111 cases reported in the previous week, from Sept. 27-Oct. 3. Full story

Oct 11

Realtor shot and killed in Portsmouth

Victim is son of Ocracoke realty company owner A Norfolk realtor, who is the son of an Outer Banks Realtor, was shot and killed in an apparent murder-suicide in Portsmouth, VA on Oct. 8. Full story

Oct 11

Nags Head woman killed, several injured in three-vehicle Grandy accident

A Nags Head woman was killed and several other people were injured in a three-vehicle accident that occurred on U.S. 158 just north of Grandy shortly before 3 p.m. on Oct. 6.… Full story

Oct 6

Dare Health Dept. eases quarantine rules for schools

The Dare County Schools (DCS) has announced new COVID-19 quarantine guidelines that will allow individuals to return from quarantine after either 7 or 10 days rather than two full weeks. The Oct.… Full story

Oct 5

Dare and NC data show COVID numbers dropping

Update: According to the Oct. 5 COVID update provided by the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services, along with the number of cases falling to 111 from 157 the previous week, the percentage of positive tests from Sept. 27-Oct. 3 was 13.3%, down significantly from 17.8% the previous week. There are currently 63 active COVID-19 cases among Dare County residents and 12 residents hospitalized. For the full report, click here. DCDHHS COVID-19 Update #116 | Tuesday, October 5, 2021 | Coronavirus | Dare County, NC ( Full story

Oct 4

‘Partisan politics are tearing us up’

Manteo’s Michelle Lewis to launch unaffiliated U.S. Senate bid It’s not that Michelle Lewis hasn’t thought about elective politics before. The idea crossed her mind back when she was in the Technology Student Association of America at Manteo High School. She chose political science as a major during her undergraduate collegiate studies. And a few years ago, while living in New York state, she says a citizens group encouraged her to run against incumbent Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a prospect she considered before declining. Full story

Oct 1

End of an era – Mako’s closes in a month

October 27 will mark the end of an era — or maybe two — in the history of Outer Banks restaurants. That will be the last day of operation for Mako’s Beach… Full story

Sep 28

“A small bit of optimism’

Some signs the COVID surge has levelled off New COVID data at the state and county level suggest that while the spread of COVID-19 is still at high levels, there may be reason to hope that the summer surge has peaked.   Full story

Sep 21

Is FFHS vandalism part of social media ‘craze?’  

Officials don’t think incidents relate to Tik Tok trend On Friday, Sept. 17, a false fire alarm was pulled at First Flight High School. According to Dare Schools Digital Communications Director Keith… Full story

Sep 20

Appeal denied in infamous NC murder case  

Jeffrey MacDonald to remain in prison for killing family The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina issued a release on Sept. 17 reporting on the rejected appeal in… Full story

Sep 17