Stories by Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

Dare COVID cases rise significantly last week 

DHHS Director Davies says serious disease remains rare By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice After weeks of steady, but relatively slow growth in the number of COVID cases in Dare County, the latest numbers reported by the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on May 24 show a significant increase. Full story

May 24


COVID boosters okayed for 5-11 year olds 

In Dare County, cases are rising, but not serious illness By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has announced that children ages 5 to 11 years old can receive a COVID-19 booster five months after the date of their most recent Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine dose. Full story

May 20


‘The impacts of tourism are both positive and negative’ 

Lee Nettles on plans to manage OBX’s exploding visitor business By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice According to its Executive Director Lee Nettles, the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is embarking on a number of initiatives at this moment. Full story

May 18


Unaffiliated Ed Board candidates await their fate

Dare elections officials to review signatures from Russell and Fearns By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice Aside from being Primary Election Day, Tuesday May 17 was also the deadline for two unaffiliated Dare County Board of Education hopefuls to submit enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Full story

May 18


Bateman, Sanderson, Cruden, Moreland win primaries

Gaskins to face Murphy in 3rd Congressional District contest By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice Incumbent Dare County Commissioner Ervin Bateman turned back a Republican challenger while the county’s current state senator, Bob Steinburg, was defeated in a redrawn district in the May 17 Republican primary election. At the same time, two Dare County Republicans were defeated a three-way race to become a District 1 Judge. Full story

May 18


Four GOP candidates challenge Murphy in 3rd Congressional District primary

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice Four candidates are challenging incumbent Third District Congressman Greg Murphy in the Republican primary to be held on March 17. Full story

May 16


Gaskins and Swartz compete in Democratic primary for Third District seat in Congress

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice Two Democrats who are newcomers in elective politics, and who don’t have a lot else in common, are competing in the primary for the U.S. Third Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Greg Murphy. Full story

May 16


Bland, McAvoy and Moreland compete in Republican primary for District 1 Judge

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice There are three candidates in Republican primary race for a District 1 District Court Judge’s seat. They are Jennifer Bland, who has held the post since last September after being appointed by Governor Roy Cooper; Kill Devil Hills attorney and Town Commissioner Bernard (B.J.) McAvoy; and Hertford attorney and District 1 Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Moreland. Full story

May 15


NC Senate incumbents Steinburg and Sanderson face off in District 1 GOP primary

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice Two incumbent North Carolina State Senators, Bob Steinburg and Norman Sanderson, are competing in the Republican primary for the reconfigured District 1 State Senate seat that includes Dare County and contains constituents from both of their current districts. Full story

May 14


Hege challenges Kidwell in Republican primary for NC House District 79 seat

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice In the Republican primary race for a reconfigured NC House District 79, Edwin Hege is challenging incumbent Keith Kidwell for a seat that now represents the southern part of Dare County, with the dividing line running through Kill Devil Hills. Full story

May 12


Pellini and Cruden vie in Republican primary for District Attorney

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice Two assistant district attorneys are competing in the Republican primary to succeed their boss, District 1 District Attorney Andrew Womble, who is running for Superior Court Judge. Full story

May 12


First Flight baseball team advances with 13-1 win 

Season ends for FFHS softball team, Manteo baseball and softball squads. By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice First Flight High School’s senior lefty Porter Braddy struck out 14 hitters and allowed only one base hit in leading the team to a 13-1 victory over Wilson Hunt on May 10 in a 3A home playoff game. Full story

May 11