Stories by Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

NCDOT says Colington Rd. project is 75% complete

Work expected to end in late fall 2023
By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

There is a light at the end of the tunnel for the $20 million Colington Road project that began in late January 2022, and is on track to be finished late this fall, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). Full story

Aug 22

Weeping Radish to open in new Manteo location 

No current plans to re-open at former Grandy site
By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

The Weeping Radish, which first opened its doors in Manteo in 1986 and then sold its Grandy operation to Sumit Gupta in 2021, has announced that it is soon opening a Weeping Radish Taproom in the new Firetender Restaurant in the Hotel Manteo. Full story

Aug 21

Visitors spending in Dare County rose by 8% to nearly $2 billion in 2022

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
An Aug. 18 report from the N.C. Department of Commerce that found record visitor spending in the state in 2022, ranks Dare County No. 4 in tourism dollars, with Currituck County coming in in the 14th spot. Full story

Aug 19

Dare Ed Board approves $933K to fix humidity, mold problems at FFES and FFMS 

Work begins immediately, schools expected to be ready for first day on Aug. 28
By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

Participating remotely in an emergency meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 16, the Dare County Board of Education approved spending about $933,000 to immediately address humidity control and mold cleanup problems created by inoperable boilers in First Flight Elementary and First Flight Middle schools. Full story

Aug 16

Fatalities in KDH fire include two adults, one minor   

Kill Devil Hills provides update on Aug. 11 tragedy
By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

Standing near the smoldering wreckage of the house on the 1800 block of N. Virginia Trail during an Aug. 11 press briefing, Kill Devil Hills Public Information Officer Rachel Tackett added a few new details about the tragic fired that killed three people and sent three others to hospitals.   Full story

Aug 11

Duck approves measure defining ‘drug paraphernalia sales’ 

Amendment may still require judgment calls by Town staff
By Mark Jurkowitz   | Outer Banks Voice

With an apparent eye toward the increasing number of businesses that sell the products, the Duck Town Council voted unanimously on Aug. 2 to approve an amendment to the zoning ordinance that defines “drug paraphernalia sales” to help determine how much of these products a business would be allowed to sell. Full story

Aug 8

As filing period ends, mayor’s races in Manteo and KDH highlight 2023 fall elections

There will be two mayoral races in Dare County this fall with the same circumstances in each—an incumbent commissioner is challenging an incumbent mayor. In Manteo, that contest will be between Sherry Wickstrom and current Mayor Bobby Owens. In Kill Devil Hills, it will be John Windley challenging incumbent Mayor Ben Sproul. Full story

Jul 30

‘We wanted to find something special’ 

The iconic Kill Devil Grill has new owners
By Mark Jurkowitz  |  Outer Banks Voice

The new owners of the iconic Kill Devil Grill say they are not going to alter the restaurant’s impressive formula for success. Full story

Jul 26

Study estimates 800 Dare seniors have Alzheimer’s   

New county-by-county report released at international Alzheimer’s conference
By Mark Jurkowitz  | Outer Banks Voice

A newly released study estimating the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in individuals 65 and older projects that out of 8,700 seniors in Dare County, 800 of them have Alzheimer’s, for a prevalence rate of 8.9%. Full story

Jul 21

Dare Board approves funds for Rodanthe beach nourishment feasibility study—with a condition

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
The Dare Board of Commissioners took a first step toward a possible beach nourishment project in Rodanthe at its July 17 meeting when it approved paying up to $1.5 million to help fund a beach nourishment feasibility study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Full story

Jul 18

First candidate filing day is busy in Dare County, Mayor’s race shaping up in Manteo

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
The July 7 opening date for candidates to file to run in this November’s municipal elections was a busy one for Dare County candidates, and we already have a mayor’s race shaping up in Manteo. Full story

Jul 8

John Windley announces for Kill Devil Hills Mayor

Cites Baum Tract rezoning issue as key reason for candidacy
By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
Citing a profound disagreement with current Kill Devil Hills Mayor Ben Sproul over the attempt to rezone the town-owned Baum Tract to allow high-density multifamily use, Town Commissioner John Windley has announced he is running for mayor of Kill Devil Hills. Full story

Jun 29