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Woda Cooper issues statement on controversial budget provision 

Company says it had no knowledge of measure, notes it does not apply to them
By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

Amid the controversy over the mysterious state budget provision that restricts Dare County towns from regulating certain housing projects, Woda Cooper Companies President David Cooper released this statement on Sept. 28. Full story

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Rob Morris was the North Carolina editor for The Virginian-Pilot for 12 years. Before that, he held a variety of editing and writing posts at the Pilot in the Hampton Roads area for 15 years and played a role in numerous award-winning projects and breaking news stories. He was a reporter and writer with The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette and the Daily Full story

Dec 13

Using farm animals to help humans feel better

By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
When Christina Strayer and Frances Danner looked at the suicide rate for workers on the frontlines of public safety and public health, they thought, ‘What can we do?’ Full story

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High Rip Current Risk from Duck to Buxton, moderate south of Cape Hatteras

HIGH rip current risk at the beaches of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Pea Island, Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, and Buxton. MODERATE rip current risk south of Cape Hatteras including Frisco, Hatteras Village, & Ocracoke. Full story

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NPS awards $3.6M contract for Ocracoke Light Station

On Sept. 27, the NPS announced that it had awarded a $3.6 million contract to Terra Site Constructors LLC (Front Royal, Virginia) on Sept. 25, to raise and make repairs to the Double Keepers’ Quarters and other structures at Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Ocracoke Light Station. Full story


10,500+ Nationwide homeowners’ policies in NC dropped, including some on OBX

By: Julia Varnier | WTKR
This story is brought to you through our news gathering partnership with WTKR News 3.

Nationwide will not renew homeowners insurance policies for 10,525 households in North Carolina, more than half of them due to hurricane risks, according to Jason Tyson, NCDOI communications director for the North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI). Full story


Dare housing provision in state budget triggers search for its author

Two state senators weigh in on ‘a real sticky situation’
By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

The bumpy relationship between Dare County and its municipalities over the building of affordable workforce housing appeared to get more complicated last week.     Full story

Sep 27

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Dec 27

NPS awards contract for Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton multi-use pathway

The National Park Service recently awarded two contracts for work in Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s Hatteras Island District in Buxton, North Carolina. Construction activities along Lighthouse Road and at the Cape Hatteras Light Station are expected to begin in the coming months. Full story

Sep 26

Jockey’s Ridge ceremony to mark terminus of Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Ribbon cutting ceremony on September 29th at 10 AM at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head.
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

In 1977, Howard Lee, then Secretary of the NC Department of Natural Resources and Community Development, was invited to give a speech at a trails conference at Lake Junaluska. In that speech, he proposed that there should be a trail that runs from one end of the state of North Carolina to the other. Full story

Sep 15

‘We ought to be investing in a long-term strategy’

New Room in the Inn head seeks community engagement to tackle homelessness
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

New OBX Room in the Inn Executive Director Shari Fiveash says her main goal is to reach out into the community to create more partnerships with local organizations and churches and foster more opportunities for the growing unhoused population on the Outer Banks. And those opportunities include everything from supporting more housing options to helping people succeed in the job market. Full story

Sep 25

‘We’re a little different now, but we’re still beautiful’

By Justin Bateman | Outer Banks Voice It’s March 2020, six months since Dorian blasted through Ocracoke wreaking havoc and leaving destruction in its wake. And while the community works to recover… Full story

Mar 3