Stories by Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

Roughly 40% of eligible Dare County adults have obtained coverage through new Medicaid expansion

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
The latest data on the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Dashboard shows that 867 Dare County adults between the ages of 19-64 have signed up for Medicaid expansion since the state began that program on Dec. 1, 2023. Full story

Feb 17


New Preceptor Hub intended to create medical provider ‘pipeline’ in region

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
During the Feb. 13 meeting of the Manteo Healthcare Task Force, Franklin Walker, vice-president of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS), announced the creation of a local Preceptor Hub that will provide training to medical students coming from several North Carolina colleges. Full story

Feb 15


Former FFHS assistant principal resigns 

Lela Ingram was suspended last year when Principal Lansing resigned
By Mark Jurkowitz  | Outer Banks Voice

The Dare County Schools has confirmed that former First Flight High School Assistant Principal Lela Ingram resigned that position on Feb. 2. Full story

Feb 13


A half dozen things to know about the 2024 Primary election

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
 With November still nine months away, most of us are probably not thinking about filling out our ballots right now. But next month's North Carolian primary elections will provide a test for a number of candidates and the first official opportunity for voters to weigh in. Here's a few things to know. Full story

Feb 9


Dare County releases video of new housing task force

By Mark Jurkowitz  | Outer Banks Voice
Dare County has released this brief video in the wake of the first meeting of the new Dare County Housing Task Force on Jan. 18.  Full story

Feb 8


State moves to dismiss affordable housing lawsuit filed by six Dare County towns

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
In the latest chapter of the legal fight over a state budget provision that restricts Dare County towns’ ability to regulate affordable housing, the office of North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit from those towns. Representatives of the municipal plaintiffs say that for now, that decision doesn’t generate major concerns nor require immediate action. Full story

Feb 6


Dare County early college moves closer to reality after commissioners’ approval

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
By a unanimous vote at their Feb. 5 meeting, the Dare County Commissioners approved moving forward with the establishment of an early college for high school students that would likely enroll its first class in the fall of 2025 and then move to a new building on the College of the Albemarle campus in 2026. Full story

Feb 5


SAGA withdraws plan for Southern Shores project

Planning Board had rejected application for mixed-use development
By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

After a two-year process of trying to win town approval, SAGA Realty & Construction has, at least for now, abandoned its efforts to build a mixed retail and residential development on a roughly five-acre tract of land between Martin’s Point Road and Landing Trail in Southern Shores. Full story

Feb 1


Plan for Dare Early College at COA site advances

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
The plan to create an early college for high school students in Dare County moved closer to fruition in the wake of a Jan. 16 meeting at which the Dare County Capital Improvement Committee approved the idea. The Dare County Board of Commissioners is expected to take up the measure at its Feb. 5 meeting. Full story

Jan 23


Eight applicants for vacant commissioner’s seat in Kill Devil Hills

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
The Town of Kill Devil Hills says that eight applicants have stepped forward to fill the vacant seat on the Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners. Full story

Jan 19


2024 State of the County to feature new format

Each commissioner will address a different set of issues
By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

This year’s 2024 State of the County presentation—slated for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant in Kill Devil Hills—is going to feature a different format. Full story

Jan 4


Tourism Board Special Committee meeting postponed due to weather

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
UPDATE: Tourism Board Special Committee meeting postponed due to weather and will be rescheduled. Full story

Jan 2