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This week in the Meeting Room: June 24-28

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

Women’s Rights Rally to be held on June 23rd at Dowdy Park

A rally for women’s rights, sponsored by the Dare County Democratic Party, the Democratic Women of Dare, and Indivisible OBX, is scheduled to take place on June 23rd at 4 pm at Dowdy Park. Full story

Dare County EMS Receives Powered Stair Chair Donation from Dare County Citizen

Dare County EMS recently received its first Stryker Xpedition powered stair chair thanks to a generous donation made by Dare County resident James Spruill. Full story

2024 Night for Sight Online Auction goes live July 1-31, 2024
NC Lions VIP Fishing Tournament Online Auction

Bring the joy of fishing to the visually impaired
The NC Lions VIP Fishing Tournament Auction will be from July 1st until July 31st, Over 40,000 dollars in merchandise - outings - & vacation packages. Full story

Judy Bridge Named Outer Banks Health Team Member of the Month for June

Judy Bridge, Experience Greeter, joined Outer Banks Health in December, 2020. Described as compassionate, dependable, and empathetic, she makes a point to ensure that team members, patients, and visitors feel taken care of, heard, and special. Full story

Cape Hatteras Anglers Club presents 2024 Scholarships

The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club was pleased to award scholarships to two local graduates this year at our Member Dinner meeting on Saturday June 15th, 2024. Full story

Meet Allie, OBX SPCA Pet of the Week

Meet Allie, this pretty girl was brought to our care as a stray. She adores attention, loves laying in the sun and does well riding in the car. Allie is a very easy-going girl and walks great on the leash. And is dog and cat friendly. We are hopeful she will find her forever home soon. Watch this video to learn more about Allie. Full story

Man arrested by Dare Deputies charged with discharging firearm to incite fear

The Dare County Sheriff’s Office released this report on the afternoon of June 17. Full story

150 Years Ago This Week: The Beginnings of the Currituck Beach Light Station

One hundred and fifty years ago, on June 19, 1874, at the Currituck Beach Light Station “the driving of the piles for the foundation was commenced.” Full story

NCDOT Seeks Input on Future Transportation Projects

The N.C. Department of Transportation is identifying projects for its next long-range capital plan and wants citizens to participate in the process. Full story

Wild Horse Fund sadly announces that Junior had to be euthanized

(Corolla Wild Horse Fund) | We are heartbroken to share that last Tuesday, June 11, we euthanized Junior due to severe colic.  Full story

Hatteras Community Fish Fry

The Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department will be the seasonal home of the fish fry from May 25 until August 31. Full story

As USACE plans more work in Buxton, questions persist over scope of that work

By Kip Tabb  | Outer Banks Voice
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced on June 13 that it will perform additional testing for contaminants in the soil at the former Buxton Naval station. Full story

OBX Room in the Inn closes for season, honors four with Innkeeper Awards

OBX Room In The Inn, the only organization in Dare County dedicated to supporting the homeless on the Outer Banks, has officially closed its doors for the summer. Full story

This week in the Meeting Room: June 17-21

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

Enroll Now! All-in-1-Day Boat America Certified Safety Class

This 1-day OBX U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary class teaches everything boaters need to know to get their North Carolina Boater education card Full story

20-year-old pedestrian dies in KDH accident

The Town of Kill Devil Hills released this report on June 14 about a fatal accident between a vehicle and pedestrian. Here is the information. Full story

Community Foundation Awards $241,800 in Scholarships

The Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded $241,800 in scholarships this year to help Outer Banks students achieve their educational dreams. Full story

Dare County Schools Congratulates the Class of 2024

Dare County Schools is proud to announce the 2024 graduates. A total of 429 seniors recently received their high school diplomas at their respective graduation ceremonies, marking a significant milestone in their academic journeys Full story

Community Health Needs Assessment Survey Open

The Healthy Carolinians of the Outer Banks, in partnership with the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services and Outer Banks Health, invite community members to participate in the 2024 Dare County Community Health Needs Assessment by completing a short survey. Full story

Currituck Board of Elections Announces the “I Voted” Sticker Design Contest

The Currituck County Board of Elections is excited to announce the launch of the “I Voted” Sticker Design Contest, inviting any budding Currituck County artist up to age 18 to create a new design for the iconic sticker that voters receive after casting their ballots. Full story

Corps of Engineers plans more work at Buxton site 

Says 'more comprehensive investigation' of contaminated area needed
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to conduct geophysical work to identify any potential fuel distribution components remaining at the Buxton Naval Facility, a Formerly Used Defense Site property located within Cape Hatteras National Seashore in Dare County, North Carolina, as soon as late June, or early July 2024. Full story

‘I think you teach kindness and empathy’

Donna Roark is a tireless volunteer on the Outer Banks
By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice

Donna Roark is a farm-raised gal. She grew up in Central Virginia surrounded by rolling hills and hunting dogs. She left behind the farm landscape for the sea when she came to Dare County 33 years ago and became a volunteer extraordinaire, giving back to the community through multiple non-profit and county organizations. Full story

Dare Challenge mourns the loss of Rob Hill, Jr.

This message below was posted on the Dare Challenge Facebook page on June 10 by Dustin Daniels, executive director of the faith-based program helping people struggling with addiction issues. It mourns the loss of Robert Hill Jr., a leader at the Dare Challenge Men’s Center, and also honors his life. Hill died at the scene of a multi-vehicle accident in Manteo on the morning of June 10. Full story

One dead in 3-car crash in Manteo

The North Carolina Highway Patrol has released this information on an accident in Manteo on the morning of June 10. Full story

Swim near a lifeguard and Beach Safety Tips

Lifeguards are on duty beginning Saturday, May 25 and will remain through Labor Day, with roving patrols on some beaches through mid-October. Never swim alone. | Dare County’s Outer Banks, Emergency Management officials urge beachgoers to beware of potential hazards and safety concerns they may encounter when they arrive on the county’s beaches. Full story

Meet Kevin, OBX SPCA Pet of the Week

Kevin is an 11-month-old grey tabby. He loves belly rubs, lounging in the window and most of all hugs. Kevin is affectionate, kind, and laid-back and will likely be adaptable to living with children and other pets. Full story

Nags Head grand opening of new Public Services complex

Nags Head held a grand opening for the new Public Services complex this past week! The state-of-the-art facility, located on Lark Avenue at the end of Eighth Street, is named in honor of our long-time elected official Renée Cahoon. Full story

The History of the OBX Life-Saving Service

By Jen Carlson
This year, 2024, marks the 150th Anniversary of the US Life-Saving Service on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Chicamacomico Historical Association is providing a weekly series of articles about rescues and other significant events in the Service’s history on the Outer Banks and we will be publishing them on the Voice. Full story

Dare County gets three major grants from NC Disaster Relief and Mitigation Fund

Three Dare County entities were among the recipients of North Carolina Emergency Management’s first-round grants for the 2023 Disaster Relief and Mitigation Fund (DRMF). The announcement was made on June 4. Full story

Dare towns drop lawsuit over state housing funds

October suit had contested law restricting local control over housing regulation
By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

With Dare County mandated to return $35 million in housing funds to the state, a suit filed last year by its six towns contesting the conditions attached to that money has been withdrawn. Full story

New traffic signal at Lake Dr. and US 158

The Kill Devil Hills Police Department posted this announcement on June 7. Following a thorough traffic study conducted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the US 158 and Lake Dr. intersection will now have a traffic signal. Full story

Manteo High’s Heather Sulkowski honored with NCHSAA leadership and sportsmanship award

Congratulations to Manteo High School teacher and coach Heather Sulkowski, who was honored with the Region 1 Homer Thompson Memorial “Eight Who Make a Difference Award” by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA). Full story

Dare Housing Task Force Chair Donna Creef is “optimistic” about the prospect for more workforce housing

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
Its creation having been announced late last year, the Dare County Housing Task Force convened its first meeting on Jan. 18, 2024. The idea was to generate more consensus and momentum for a county workforce housing initiative that had floundered—with proposed projects in Manteo, Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills derailed by local opposition. Full story

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Beach Clean Ups

Join the National Wildlife Refuge System staff in an effort to pick up trash along Pea Island Full story

Nags Head honors Bob Muller, ‘Doll’ Gray

At its June 5 meeting, Nags Head’s Board of Commissioners proudly presented the prestigious 2024 Lightkeeper and Nags Header awards, which honor individuals who have made significant, positive impacts on the community over the years. Full story

Cape Hatteras National Seashore launches Adopt-a-Beach program

New program supplements the National Park Service's continual efforts to ensure 75 miles of beaches are clean, safe and enjoyable for the public. Full story

Currituck Board defers decision on proposal to alter permitting for large projects, including SAGA hotel complex

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
Concerned about the potential impacts from a proposed 172-room hotel and 127 single-family-home development in Corolla, Don Haller, a longtime property owner there, presented a text amendment to revise the permitting process for projects larger than 30,000 square feet at the June 3 Currituck Board of Commissioners meeting. Full story

Kitty Hawk becomes fourth Dare County town to ban balloon releases

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice
UPDATE: The Town of Kill Devil Hills now reports having a draft ordinance regarding a balloon release ban on the agenda for its July 8 Board of Commissioners meeting. Full story

SAVE THE DATES For The First Flight Farmers Markets

Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aviation Park, 103 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills The Town of Kill Devil Hills is proud to support our small business community by hosting farmers markets throughout the year. Full story