Stories by Victoria Bragunier

COA’s vision includes Dare campus consolidation

In 1969 the College of the Albemarle (COA) began offering classes at numerous borrowed facilities in Dare County. Today, its Dare County campus is housed in two locations, one on…

Aug 21


Storied structures in Manteo to make way for Town Common

Changes are again under way as preparations are made for construction of what is being called the Manteo Town Common. The location of the venture is on land situated between Ananias Dare and Budleigh streets.

Jun 17


Tiny homes: A chapel, a yurt and a mini-farmhouse on wheels

The tiny house movement began in the 1980s as a philosophical and social movement focusing on lower consumerism and freedom from financial constraints. The lifestyle obtained its inspiration from Henry David Thoreau

Jun 11


New program aims to teach kids good old southern hospitality

The formation of Grits & Grace was influenced by Nancy Rascoe -- affectionately called Miss Nancy -- who prior to retirement ran a summer camp for over 20 years in Perquimans County, named Miss Nancy’s Manners Camp.

May 29


Southern Shores leads campaign for northern library branch

The proposed library would serve residents of Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Duck, Martin’s Point and lower Currituck County. Rented space in the Marketplace or the commercial section of Juniper Trail has been suggested for the facility.

May 20


Work starts on Paws Park pet playground in Kill Devil Hills

The original idea has since developed into the park being part of the 44-acre Baum tract, which is the location for a number of governmental offices, the First Flight schools and recreational areas for public enjoyment.

May 6


Health-care gap grows between haves, have-nots, but there’s help

The Community Care Clinic, birthed from the Healthy Carolinians of the Outer Banks task force, opened its doors in 2005.m Staff and operations are funded by grants and donations, and its functions are largely sustained by volunteers.

May 2


Board scraps idea of sheriff’s escorts for election night results

The move was the result of pushback from a Hatteras Island precinct official and a decision by the Dare County Sheriff’s Office to withdraw its offer to shuttle flash drives and poll workers to election headquarters.

Apr 18


Deputies will help speed up slow election returns in Dare

Even during the digital age, Dare has consistently lagged behind neighboring counties in posting results online. So the Dare County Board of Elections has decided to do something about it.

Apr 12


What is it? Empty for a year, old bank will house realty office

Sitting vacant for the past year, the building that once housed the Nags Head BB&T at 201 West Seachase Drive across U.S. 158 from the Nags Head Muncipal Center and just south of Outback Steakhouse is getting new tenants.

Apr 7


Local lawyer hired to run Dare drug court aimed at rehab

Local courts have used the approach of rehabilitation for repeat offenders with serious substance-use issues for several years, often at the request of the district attorney and defense counsel. Now, it has been formalized in Dare County.

Apr 8


Nags Head sets new rules for Airbnb, other short-term rentals

The ordinance requires annual registration of a short-term rental property, additional parking spaces for the unit, point of contact information on the owner and disclosure of liability insurance coverage for the rental.

Apr 3