Sea Cows, Sharks and Storms, Oh My!

It’s been an interesting week here on the Outer Banks. Right now there’s the first of the true nor’easters of the season moving in and it looks as though it’s going to be a heck of a storm. A great white shark pinged fairly far west of Oregon Inlet. But we’ll start with the coolest … Continue reading Sea Cows, Sharks and Storms, Oh My!

Fire Destroys the Original Cotton Gin

The original Cotton Gin on the Currituck Mainland has been so much a part of Outer Banks life that it’s hard to imagine what it will be like without it. After Saturday’s blaze the left only charred remains of the store, we’ll have to face that reality. We don’t know yet what caused it or … Continue reading Fire Destroys the Original Cotton Gin

Back to Normal after Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian is gone, thank goodness, and the cleanup is going very well. The northern Outer Banks completely opened to visitors this afternoon and hopefully Hatteras Island will follow suit in a few days. Ocracoke, though, is going to take a while to cleanup and get ready for visitors. Initial reports seem to indicate there … Continue reading Back to Normal after Hurricane Dorian

Written and Directed by Local Talent, Peanut Butter Falcon Premiers Nationally

Under the heading of “Local Lad Does Good” we present Peanut Butter Falcon. Co-written and co-directed by Tyler Nilson who was raised on Colington Island with Mark Schwartz, Peanut Butter Falcon tells a wonderful story of family, love and the human spirit. The Outer Banks premier was this weekend and we had a chance to … Continue reading Written and Directed by Local Talent, Peanut Butter Falcon Premiers Nationally

Dare County Schools Ranked in North Carolina Top Ten

The kids are about to head back to school and just in time for their return to the classroom we got some great news about out schools. Niche, a research company that evaluates places to live, schools, neighborhoods and the workplace ranked Dare County Schools sixth in North Carolina. For those of us who live … Continue reading Dare County Schools Ranked in North Carolina Top Ten

Jubilee Music Store Move-Short Distance, Big Change

As moves go, Jubilee Music Store in Kill Devil Hills, the distance was not far. But when it comes to what the new store looks like and what it has to offer—well, that’s a completely different story. The old location was kind of crammed into the a store on at the end of plaza. It … Continue reading Jubilee Music Store Move-Short Distance, Big Change

High Speed Passenger Service Comes to Ocracoke

They danced a jig and jumped through some hoops, but somehow the Ferry Division of NCDOT managed to get a high speed passenger ferry for the Hatteras/Ocracoke run. When construction began on the Ocracoke Express at US Boatworks in Swansboro in 2017 service was supposed to begin last summer, then in the fall, then this … Continue reading High Speed Passenger Service Comes to Ocracoke

SELC Sues to Stop Mid Currituck Bridge

In a move that is probably a surprise to no one who is following the events, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) is suing NCDOT to stop construction of the $500 Mid Currituck Bridge. The SELC has been opposed to the bridge since it was first formally proposed in the late 1990s. The span will … Continue reading SELC Sues to Stop Mid Currituck Bridge

Marc Basnight Bridge Over Oregon Inlet Dedicated

It was a heck of a day to dedicate the replacement span for the Bonner Bridge. There was a cold driving rain. The wind was from the northeast and the weather was deteriorating. It was, as North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said, ”The perfect day because it shows the resilience and the determination of the … Continue reading Marc Basnight Bridge Over Oregon Inlet Dedicated

New Oregon Inlet Bridge Opens-Bonner Bridge Officially Closed

Suddenly the new Oregon Inlet bridge is open. No announcement, no huge fanfare, just a quick notice press release from NCDOT with a headline reading: “New Bridge Over Oregon Inlet Opens to Traffic” on Monday. Honestly, it doesn’t matter. Sure there is an official ribbon cutting scheduled for April 2, but that will probably be … Continue reading New Oregon Inlet Bridge Opens-Bonner Bridge Officially Closed