Aug 11

Public invited to provide input on proposed boating safety zone

From Aug. 18-Sept. 1, 2022, Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) invites public input on a proposal to establish a Motts Creek No Wake Zone, which would encompass the U.S. Coast Guard’s Station Oregon Inlet and the Seashore’s marina, boat ramps and kayak launch near Oregon Inlet. Full story

Meet Blu, OBX SPCA Pet of the Week

Our Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week is Blu! Blu has just finished recovering from surgery and is ready to come home with you today! He is super cuddly, likes to play with pine cones, and has the biggest smile! Watch this video to learn more about Blu. Full story

Hyde County Schools request additional $75K from county

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice Following an Aug. 5 Hyde County Board of Education meeting to address school budget issues, Board of Education Chair Angela Todd has sent a letter to County Commissioner Chair Earl Pugh and County Manager Kris Noble informing them that under state guidelines, the schools qualify for $75,000 more than the $1.712 million the commissioners authorized on July 28. Full story

Outer Banks Film Call Sign Romeo Wins Awards at IndieFEST

Filmed on location on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the feature film Call Sign Romeo has won several awards at the international awards competition, the IndieFEST Film Awards. Full story

Film on Corolla’s wild horses takes top prize at International Equus Film Festival

The filmmakers of a short documentary on the wild horses who have made the Outer Banks their home have announced being honored with, among other things, First Place for Best Documentary Short at the Equus International Film Festival in Montana. Full story

Mobile Food Pantry monthly visit to FFES is Thursday, August 11

The Food Bank of the Albemarle in partnership with Colington United Methodist Church scheduled monthly visit to the First Flight Elementary School parking lot will take place on the second Thursday of the month.  This month’s visit will be Thursday August 11, 2022 from 4:30 – 6:00 PM. Full story

9th Annual Town of Manteo Kids Fishing Tournament

Get your fishing poles ready for the 9th Annual Town of Manteo Kids Fishing Tournament on Saturday, August 13th. Full story

Dare County Board approves funds for imminent and countywide TNR program

The Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved funds to conduct a countywide trap-neuter-release (TNR) program over the next few months, as an initiative to help keep the local cat population manageable for years to come. Full story

Dare County communities seeks volunteer firefighters

Current TV, in partnership with the Town of Duck, has released a recruitment video highlighting the important public service that is provided by the dozens of volunteer firefighters who serve throughout Dare County's 15 fire districts—and encouraging others who are interested in serving the residents and visitors of the Outer Banks community to sign up to volunteer with their local department. Full story

Dropping in on JD

On August 4, RIVFD members boarded our fire apparatus and headed to JD’s home in Manteo to wish him well and present the Perry family and Landon with several gifts. Once again, thanks to our local merchants for helping to provide JD’s gifts. Giving back to our community is what RIVFD does. Full story

Housing found for lifeguards left homeless by KDH fire

Update: Nags Head Fire Rescue posted this information about helping those affected by the Aug. 5 fire in Kill Devil Hills. A GoFundMe campaign has also been started. Full story

Southern Shores reduces N.C. 12 speed limit

Council unanimously approves year-round measure at Aug. 2 meeting By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice At its Aug. 2 meeting, the Southern Shores Town Council unanimously voted to reduce the current speed limit on its stretch of N.C. 12 from 45 to 35 miles per hour on a year-round basis. Full story

OBX Hospital announces community grant recipients

The Outer Banks Hospital is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022-2023 Community Benefit Grants Program. Full story

Nags Head approves resolution on beach holes

Measure calls for state legislating criminal penalties By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice In a continuing effort to address the dangers of holes being dug and left unfilled on the beaches, the Nags Head Board of Commissioners passed a resolution during its Aug. 3 meeting seeking state legislation that would create criminal penalties for violations. Full story

UUCOB Welcomes New Minister

The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Outer Banks transition team has announced that a new minister, Rev. Roger Butts of Colorado Springs, will soon be joining the congregation. Full story

Family of Manteo shooting victims bring their memories to court

Defendants’ trials won’t begin until at least 2023 By Corinne Saunders | Outer Banks Voice The two defendants charged with the murders of three people, including a Manteo mother and her 3-year-old daughter in Elizabeth City last December, will not see trial until at least next year. Full story

Liberty Christian Fellowship Church plans 15,000-sq. ft. family life center

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice Liberty Christian Fellowship Church in Colington plans to break ground on a two-story, 15,000-square-foot family life center this fall that will include a gymnasium, dining hall and commercial kitchen, as well as office spaces and classrooms. Full story

Ocracoke Express Passenger Ferry to resume service

The Ocracoke Expresspassenger ferry between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands will be resuming service today, August 3,  with the 1 p.m. departure from Hatteras. Full story

Is Hyde County’s fight over school funds over?

Commissioners restore $400K in cuts, another $75K may be sought By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice On July 28, after a month-long dispute over school funding, the Hyde County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to raise the county’s share of the schools’ annual budget to the $1.712 million figure the schools had requested. Full story

Meet Fred, OBX SPCA Pet of the Week

Our Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week is Fred. This guy is 12 years old and came to the shelter with a previous pet of the week, Wilma! Both are still at the shelter and their adoptions have been paid for. Come meet and take home this gentleman today. Full story

Historic ‘Welcome to Avon’ sign stolen

The Dare County Sheriff’s Department yesterday posted this report on the disappearance on a rather conspicuous sign. It is seeking the public’s help. Full story

A first ride across the ‘Jug Handle’ Bridge

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice I admit it, curiosity got the better of me. So one day after the delayed opening of the Jug Handle Bridge for traffic — the first vehicle traveled across shortly before noon on Thursday, July 28 — I decided to make the journey. Full story

Pasquotank approves $4.1 million Kitty Hawk bid for Sentara Medical Center site

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice By a 4-2 vote at their Aug. 1 meeting, the Pasquotank County Commissioners approved the $4.1 million sale of the former Sentara Medical Center property in Kitty Hawk to the Town of Kitty Hawk, according to Pasquotank County Attorney Mike Cox. Full story

Sea turtle found with rare genetic condition

During a recent excavation on July 27, a live, leucistic loggerhead sea turtle was found at the bottom of the nest chamber. Full story

Dare Board approves $422K opioid settlement plan

Funding includes fentanyl testing strips, naloxone distribution By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice During its Aug. 1 meeting, the Dare County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal that determines how the county plans to spend the roughly $422,000 it will receive from the national $26 billion opioid litigation settlement for the 2022-2023 Fiscal Year. Full story

COA gets funding approval for new $25 million project

ELIZABETH CITY- College of The Albemarle (COA) has received approval from the Pasquotank County Board of Commissioners for $11M to assist with the building of a health sciences expansion and simulation center. Full story

Purple martins are here, but far fewer

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice For the past 50 years or so, the William B. Umstead Bridge, also known as the old Manns Harbor Bridge, has been a favorite roosting spot for close to 100,000 purple martins that come from all over eastern North Carolina. But those numbers have been significantly declining for the past several years, with this year’s estimate currently at only about 500 or so, according to representatives of the Manns Harbor Coastal Carolina Purple Martin Society. Full story

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 7:00 PM
Call Sign Romeo to have OBX screening through Labor Day weekend

The locally produced and OBX-inspired film, Call Sign Romeo, will be on the big screen locally through Labor Day weekend at RC Theatres Kill Devil Hills 10 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 7:00 PM, beginning June 5. Full story

Southern Shores announces change to paving schedule

The Southern Shores Road improvement paving schedule has changed. Fred Smith will be conducting road improvements to South Dogwood Trail throughout the week starting Aug. 1. Full story

Community responding quickly after major Corolla fire

Update: On the morning of July 31, Corolla Chapel Pastor Jim Southern posted this note on Facebook, reflecting on the generosity of the community toward those displaced by July 29 fire – and suggesting another way people can help. Full story

School families urged to complete Free and Reduced Lunch application

As families are preparing for the new school year, there is one ‘new’ task that will look very familiar. Full story

OBX Seashore Updates from Cape Chronicle Newsletter

Cape Hatteras National Seashore's 10 priority off-road vehicle (ORV) ramps open at 6:30 a.m., starting Aug. 1 Full story

What’s Up: August 2022 Skywatching Tips from NASA

What's Up for August? Grab your binoculars for planet viewing, the outlook for the Perseids, and flying with Cygnus the swan. Full story

Moving ahead with superintendent search, Dare Ed Board seeks to survey community

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice During a July 28 special meeting, the Dare County Board of Education unanimously approved the vacancy announcement for the district’s superintendent position. Full story

Two years after her death, no trial date in LeeAnn Fletcher case

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice On July 25, 2020, three days after LeeAnn Fletcher was found unresponsive in her Kitty Hawk home after suffering blunt force trauma to the head, the 38-year-old mother of two died at Norfolk General Hospital. Two years later, there is no trial date set for the defendant, John (Jay) Tolson, who was arrested for her murder on October 26, 2020, by the police department in Bangor Maine. Full story

Anonymous donor starts OBX Road to Recovery Fund

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is pleased to announce that the Outer Banks Road to Recovery Fund has been established by an anonymous donor. Full story

It’s official: ‘Jug Handle’ Bridge opens to traffic

At about 2 p.m. on July 28, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) announced the long-awaited opening of the Rodanthe ‘Jug Handle’ Bridge to traffic. Full story

Meet Finn, Outer Banks SPCA Pet of the Week

This sweet senior is a 10 year old lab mix but his age does not slow him down one bit. He loves being outside, lives for the water, and after swimming all day will curl up next to you for love. Come take home this awesome senior today! Watch this video to learn more about Finn. Full story

Slow down for purple martins

The annual summer purple martin roost has begun on Croatan Sound, and that means it is time for motorists to slow down for the birds. Full story

New video detail expansion of Dare Challenge residential substance abuse rehab facility

Dare County has released a new video showcasing an expansion project that is slated to take place at Outer Banks Dare Challenge, a residential substance abuse rehabilitation facility located in Wanchese. Full story