Feb 29

NCDOT Awards Contract for Ocracoke Sandbag Replacement

The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded an emergency contract to replace and repair sandbags along N.C. 12 on Ocracoke Island. Full story

Dare County Library Announces New Memory Kit Program for Individuals with Dementia

The Dare County Library has announced that memory kits for individuals with dementia are now available at all three Dare County Library branches—the Kill Devil Hills Library, Manteo Library and Hatteras Library—thanks to a partnership with the Outer Banks Dementia Friendly Coalition. Full story

Lost Colony: Archaeologists Slate Busy 2024 Dig Season

First Colony Foundation to Revisit Elizabethan Gardens, Fort Raleigh beginning March 4
Archaeologists with First Colony Foundation will begin a new dig at Roanoke Island's Elizabethan Gardens next week, looking for more evidence of the Algonquian village of Roanoac that hosted Sir Walter Raleigh's explorers in 1584. Full story

Pancake Fundraiser for East Coast Extreme Cheerleaders

April 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Stack’em high Full story

Meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous Outer Banks

AA OBX or Alcoholics Anonymous Outer Banks is District 93, which serves the AA community on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, including Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Powell’s Point, Moyock, Grandy, Coinjock, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Wanchese, Frisco, Buxton, Salvo, Waves, Rodanthe, and Hatteras Full story

N.C. Ferry System Career Fair at COA-Dare

​​​​​​​​​​The NCWorks Career Center will host a job fair for the N.C. Department of Transportation's N.C. Ferry Division. This job fair will include a hiring team on site for immediate interviews.  Full story

Keep It Clean Kitty Hawk: Community Clean Up Event

Town of Kitty Hawk Trash Clean Up Event March 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Full story

Cape Hatteras Secondary School Shines at North Carolina Science Olympiad Tournament; Coach Jessica Polk Wins Coach of the Year

Dare County Schools is proud to announce the outstanding success of Cape Hatteras Secondary School (CHSS) students and staff at the North Carolina Science Olympiad Regional Tournament held Feb. 17 at East Carolina University. CHSS teams showcased their exceptional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) talents, earning them high rankings within their respective divisions. Full story

Large Item Pickup for Unincorporated Areas of Dare County

The Dare County Public Works Department has announced that large item pickup for the unincorporated areas of Dare County* will begin on Monday, March 18, 2024 and run continuously for approximately 12-15 days. Full story

36th Annual Outer Banks Senior Games Registration Now Open

The 36th Annual Outer Banks Senior Games and Silver Arts will take place April 15, 2024 to April 27, 2024. Registration is currently open online at, and closes on March 21, 2024. Full story

Local Auditions for The Lost Colony announced

The Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA) has announced the dates for local auditions for the 87th season of The Lost Colony.  Director and Choreographer Jeff Whiting and team will hold local auditions from 10am-5pm on Saturday, March 9th, 2024.   Full story

Dare County Special Olympics invites you to take the Polar Plunge on March 9

Dive into the chilly ocean for a heartwarming cause!  Dare County Special Olympics invites you to take the Polar Plunge on March 9, 2024 at Jennette's Pier in Nags Head. Dare County Special Olympics athletes bravely face challenges on the field, in the pool and on the court. They are the inspiration for the annual Dare County Special Olympics Polar Plunge. Full story

Kitty Hawk Police issue business scam alert

The Kitty Hawk Police Department posted this warning to local businesses on its Facebook page shortly before noon on Feb. 22 Full story

Dare County Schools Earns National Recognition as a National Board Accomplished District

Dare County Schools (DCS) achieves national recognition for its large percentage of highly trained educators, with over 30% of teachers and counselors in the district attaining National Board certification. DCS proudly ranks among the top 14 districts nationwide, earning recognition as a National Board Accomplished District Full story

District Attorney Cruden responds to decision that Selby shooting was ‘not unlawful’

Jeffrey Cruden, District Attorney of the First Prosecutorial District released this statement on the evening of Feb. 21 in response to Special Prosecutor Chuck Spahos’ decision not to file charges in the fatal shooting of Sylvester Demetrius Selby by Dare County Sheriff’s Deputy Edward Francis Glaser III. Full story

Dare County EMS Station 4 in Southern Shores

Dare County will host an open house to celebrate the recent completion of the newly constructed Dare County EMS Station 4 in Southern Shores from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2024. Full story

Dare Sheriff says foul play not suspected in death of Rodanthe man, but seeks information from public

Amid considerable speculation about the circumstances surrounding the death of Justin O’Neal, whose body was found on Feb. 14 in a marsh in Rodanthe following a lengthy search, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office issued this release on Feb. 21. It provides phone numbers for members of the public who may know something about this case. Full story

No charges to be brought in fatal Selby shooting 

Special prosecutor says shooting of Sylvester Demetrius Selby by Dare Sheriff’s Deputy was ‘not unlawful’
By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

In a decision announced on Feb. 21, special investigator Chuck Spahos concluded that the fatal October 2023 shooting of Manteo resident Sylvester Demetrius Selby by Dare County Sheriff’s Deputy Francis Glaser III “was indisputably tragic, but it was not unlawful.” No charges will be filed in the case. Full story

Project Glam Girls Boutique will be open March 14-16

Project Glam Girls is currently seeking donations of AGE APPROPRIATE evening gowns (no short dresses please), mens suits and/or tuxedos, dress shoes, accessories, gift certificates and financial donations for purchasing plus size gowns (Check should be made out to Manteo Faith Baptist Church) Full story

Save the Date for Trash Attack!

You can help make KDH a cleaner and brighter place by joining your neighbors on Saturday, March 23rd, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., to pick up litter around our Town. Full story

COA and R.D. Sawyer Ford to offer vehicle service technician course 

The College of the Albemarle, in conjunction with the R.D. Sawyer Ford dealership in Manteo, will offer students a Ford Vehicle Service Technician class that begins on March 4 and ends on May 27. Full story

A tree falls in Buxton

Nearby residents question the cutting of a large live oak
By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice

Flowers Ridge Road is a narrow, twisting dirt stretch off Lighthouse Road in Buxton. It meanders along a low ridge, passes Jennette Sedge, finally intersecting Old Doctors Road in Buxton Woods. One of the oldest roads on Hatteras Island, it has never been paved and doesn’t show up on state highway maps, making it difficult to say just how old it is. Full story

Paving project to resume on bypass in Nags Head

The Town of Nags Head is alerting residents that a paving project to resume next week will bring lane closures. Here’s the information. Full story

Dare Arts announces Artist Support Grant Recipients

Six North Carolina artists were recently awarded Artist Support Grants that were made possible through a partnership between the North Carolina Arts Council, Pocosin Arts, Arts of the Pamlico, Dare Arts, Ocracoke Alive, Pettigrew Regional Libraries, and Martin County Arts Council.  Full story

Virtual Foster Parenting Classes to Begin in April

The Dare County Department of Health & Human Services (DCDHHS) will be offering virtual Foster Parent Training classes beginning April 9, 2024. Full story

KDH mourns the loss of Tommy Lee

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, the Town of Kill Devil Hills posted this message announcing the death of Assistant Fire Chief Tommy Lee on its Facebook page. The Kill Devil Hills community has experienced a tremendous loss. Assistant Fire Chief Tommy Lee, who dedicated over 50 years of his life to serving others, will always be remembered as a selfless and dedicated hero, mentor, and friend. Full story

Hauled Out

A gray seal rests on the beach south of Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head last week. Seals sometimes “haul out” to warm up in the sunshine while swimming past the Outer Banks during the winter months. Full story

‘This sort of support has really lifted my spirits’  

Dare music teacher John Buford received Feb. 15 stem cell transplant
By Mark Jurkowitz  | Outer Banks Voice

John Buford, the much beloved Dare County Schools music teacher who received a stem cell transplant at Duke University Hospital on Feb. 15, told the Voice that he is grateful for all the well wishes that have come his way. Full story

Manteo elevates Brad Eilert to Police Chief

The Town of Manteo is pleased to announce its new Manteo Police Department Chief, Brad Eilert. Chief Eilert has over 25 years of law enforcement experience with 16 of those in a supervisory role. Full story

Meet Beefaroni, the OBX SPCA Pet of the Week.

Meet Beefaroni, he is a one-year-old short-haired mix, orange and white tabby. He is neutered and litter boxed trained. Beffaroni is super affectionate. He enjoys playing with a fluffy wand and laying in the sunshine. Watch this video to learn more about Beefaroni. Full story

Ray White, pillar of the OBX community, passes at 79

On Sunday, Feb. 18, Twiford Funeral Homes provided this obituary on Ray White, whose myriad contributions to the Outer Banks Community as well as his generous demeanor had an impact on many area residents. RIP. Full story

Free Counseling Services available to Local Veterans

“We encourage any Veteran in Dare County who needs counseling to contact the Vet Center to see if they are eligible for services,” said Dare County Veterans Services Officer Patty O’Sullivan, noting that individual, family and group counseling is available by appointment and can be held in Dare County. Full story

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

Currituck Commissioners Censure Paul Beaumont

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
During a contentious and often confusing special meeting of the Currituck County Board of Commissioners on Feb. 15, Commissioner Paul Beaumont was censured by his fellow commissioners by a vote of 5-2. Full story

This week in the Meeting Room

Listings to upcoming • Board of Commissioners Meetings • Town Council Meetings • Planning Board Meetings and Dare County Housing Task Force. Full story

KDH Police arrest Colington man for pointing handgun  

This release concerns an incident that spanned three jurisdictions in Dare County. We can only provide information concerning the parts that occurred in Kill Devil Hills and for which Kill Devil Hills Police Department has jurisdiction. Full story

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

Body recovered in Rodanthe after an extensive search for missing person

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press A body was recovered in Rodanthe on Wednesday evening, February 14, following an extensive and approximately 18-hour-long search for a missing person. Full story

At Manteo Middle School, it’s a family affair

Deshawn Banks is the fourth member of his family to coach an undefeated basketball team
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

The Manteo Middle School Braves basketball team won its conference tournament on Feb. 7 in Moyock, ending up not only as Athletic Albemarle Conference (AAC) champions, but also sporting an undefeated season record of 14-0. Full story

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse gets $19M facelift

Strengthening the structure, enhancing the visitor experience
By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is about to get its most extensive renovation since its beacon first warned mariners of Diamond Shoals on Dec. 16, 1870. Now approaching its 155th anniversary, the Lighthouse is showing its age in spite of recent efforts to maintain and restore it. Full story