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2/23/15

Weather: Duck-rain showers, 37 degrees

Corolla-light rain, 35 degrees

·    BOEM agrees to Outer Banks hearing on offshore leases–Responding to requests from local leaders, federal officials have agreed to a public meeting on the Outer Banks to hear opinions on the sale of offshore oil and natural gas leases. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management added the hearing at the urging of U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones, the Dare County Board of Commissioners, the Town of Nags Head, the North Carolina Coastal Federation and others. (OBvoice) 

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·   After being closed all of last week due to snow and ice, Currituck County Schools will be closed again on Monday due to the possibility of icy bridges later today. Schools were already on a three hour delay announced Sunday. But the arrival of a mix of rain, sleet and snow and dropping temperatures is now forecast for later in the day and led to the change. (OBvoice) Ktcomment:A reminder to keep a watch on the weather throughout the day.

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·   Happening now: The 37 Annual Frank Stick Memorial Art Show is coming! This longest-running art exhibit in Dare County always features a stunning array of original works of art in painting, drawing, sculpture, metals, fiber, wood, and mixed media. Monday, February 23, 2015 – 10:00am.

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·        Happy Hour Painting Party Thursdays, February 26, 2015 @ 6:30pm

·        Soul House Revival February 28, 2015 @ 10:30pm

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2/22/15

Weather: Corolla-cloudy, 51 degrees

Duck-showers, 51 degrees

  • The Travel Channel recently posted its new countdown of 101 Sand n’ Surf Hotspots, ranking Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the Outer Banks as number 5 in the countdown. The site says of Cape Hatteras, “As one of the largest preserved parcels of the Outer Banks, this national seashore stretches across 70 miles of coastline. It encompasses seven villages on Hatteras Island and provides visitors with undisturbed, scenic beaches, as well as some of the prettiest natural drives on the East Coast.” Red Beach in Greece napped the top spot, while nearby Virginia Beach also placed on the list, ranked at number 66. (obxentertainment)
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  • Nags Head Outfall Work To Close Admiral St. Beach Access–Perhaps starting as early as today (February 16), the North Carolina Department of Transportation will be using the Admiral Street public beach access in Nags Head to stage equipment that will be used to extend a stormwater outfall located on the oceanfront in the vicinity of the 2400 block of South Virginia Dare Trail. Expected to take place over the next ten weeks or so, the project will improve water flow in Nags Head’s drainage system and help to ensure that South Virgina Dare Trail does not flood during storms. (obxentertainment)
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  • National Park Service Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac has announced that the Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses will be open for climbing in 2015 from Friday, April 17through Monday, October 14. Bodie Island Lighthouse climbing hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily with ticket sales from 8:45 a.m. to 4:25 p.m. Climbing tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for senior citizens (62 or older), children 11 years of age and under, and those holding a National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Access Pass.(obxentertainment)
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2/21/15

Weather: Corolla- partly cloudy, 29 degrees

Duck-partly cloudy, 31 degrees

  • ·  The deep freeze over the Outer Banks and northeastern North Carolina did not fail in producing record low temperatures on Friday, but there will finally be a respite over the weekend. New records for minimum low temperature for Feb. 20 were set at every station recognized by the National Weather Service in the region. The lowest temperature recorded in the area early Friday was 8 at the Elizabeth City Coast Guard Base, breaking the old record of 18 set in 1941. Manteo at 10 and Cape Hatteras at 13 both snapped the old marks of 21 recorded in 1993. The all-time lowest temperature for February recorded at Cape Hatteras, was 11 set in 1895. Other lows reported by the National Weather Service in the region were 11 at First Flight Airstrip in Kill Devil Hills, 9 at the Currituck Airport in Maple, 10 at the Northeastern Regional Airport in Edenton and 15 in Ocracoke village.
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Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar—Opens today in Pirate’s Cove Marina!

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Top Picks: Nightlife

N.C. Coastal Federation’s Hatteras Island Oyster Roast • OBX Events • Corolla, Duck NC & Southern Shores, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills & Kitty Hawk, Hatteras, Ocracoke Island, Roanoke Island

Saturday, February 21, 2015 – 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Pairadocs • Poor Richard’s Sandwich Shop • Roanoke Island

Saturday, February 21, 2015 – 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Jeremy Russell • Basnight’s Lone Cedar • Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills & Kitty Hawk

Saturday, February 21, 2015 – 9:00pm

Sean Olds and the Church of the Eternal • The Brewing Station • Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills & Kitty Hawk

Saturday, February 21, 2015 – 10:30pm

March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction • March of Dimes • Duck NC & Southern Shores, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills & Kitty Hawk, Corolla, Hatteras, Ocracoke Island, Historic Corolla, Roanoke Island

Sunday, February 22, 2015 – 6:00pm

Birddog • Trio Wine & Cheese • Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills & Kitty Hawk

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – 6:30pm to 11:00pm

Hatteras Island Poker League • Gaffer’s Sports Pub • Ocracoke Island

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – 7:00pm

Karaoke Night • Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern • Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills & Kitty Hawk

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – 8:00pm

Happy Hour Painting Party Thursdays • The Brewing Station • Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills & Kitty Hawk

Thursday, February 26, 2015 – 6:30pm

Mercy Creek • Trio Wine & Cheese • Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills & Kitty Hawk

Thursday, February 26, 2015 – 7:30pm

  • Fishing report for Saturday, February 21, 2015 : Clear, cold and no wind. The sea is flat. No one is fishing. Water temp 35 degrees. Wind NNE at 1 to 2 mph. Air temp 28 at9 a.m. High tide 9:09 a.m. Low 3:21 p.m.

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2/20/15

Weather: Corolla-Sunny, 12 degrees

Duck-Sunny, 13 degrees

  •   While many people rejoiced that the proposed Mid-Currituck Bridge was included in North Carolina’s draft 10-year transportation plan, there’s not been much griping about U.S. 64 being left out. But some are worried that the 55-year old bridge over the Alligator River, which is part of the now unfunded U.S. 64 road-widening project, will continue to deteriorate. “That bridge should be looked at as a separate project,” said Tyrrell County Manager David Clegg. Built in 1960, the 2.8-mile Lindsay C. Warren Bridge is a swing span that opens as many as 35 times a day for marine traffic. It is considered structurally deficient but safe to cross. (OBvoice)
  • Records likely to fall next two mornings as bitter cold sets in–The coldest air mass in the last two decades has settled over the Outer Banks and northeastern North Carolina, with record lows possible on Friday and Saturday mornings. “Record breaking cold temperatures will combine with a northwest wind to produce these dangerously cold wind chill values.” according to the National Weather Service. (OBvoice)

 

  • OBX businesses throw flag on early beer at Panthers games-North Carolina is a state with an abundance of laws controlling the sale of alcoholic beverages. Thus, local business owners were surprised when they discovered that the state had relaxed a law that has long confused visitors and even residents. Retail sales on beer and wine are prohibitedon Sunday until 12 p.m., while every other day sales can start as early as 7 a.m. In 2007, the state made an exception, allowing just one facility in all of North Carolina to sell beer starting at 11 a.m. Sundays. That facility is the Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers. The exception kicks in any time the Panthers play at home on aSunday. When Joshua Bass, president of the Currituck Chamber of Commerce, discovered the exception, he fired off a letter on behalf of the Chamber to state Sen. Bill Cook, who also represents Dare County. In the letter, Bass says, “While one extra hour of alcohol sales per week may seem to be a small request, many of our tourism-based businesses make the majority of their income in only a few short weeks during the summer. (OBvoice)
  • Vacationing arctic birds lure cold-seasoned watchers–Just when you thought the tourists had flown our coop, the Carolina Bird Club came to town recently to get a bird’s eye view of the magnificent migrating species visiting the Outer Banks this winter. Club representative Kent Fiala said 200-plus club members observed 181 species, including the Lapland Longspur and Snow Bunting, spotted at Cape Hatteras Point, which breed mostly in the Arctic. Other spectacular birds that breed in the far north to near-Arctic, such as Dovekie, Razorbill and Little Gull made appearances at Jennette’s Pier, and Iceland Gull graced Wanchese Harbor. (OBvoice)
  • ·      Mother Nature delays Oregon Inlet dredging project-– On Jan. 5, the Dare Board of Commissioners responded to dire warnings about the shoaling problem in Oregon Inlet by authorizing the use of $300,000 from the Dare County Tourism Board’s Long Term Restricted Fund “to help secure matching state funds for immediate dredging of Oregon Inlet.” And after $1.2 million in funding was secured from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Feb. 3, the stage appeared set for work to begin. But unfavorable weather has put the prospect of “immediate” dredging on hold. For now, it’s wait and see — and hope. (Sentinel)

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2/16/15

Weather: Duck-Overcast, 21 degrees

Corolla-Overcast, 20 degrees

  • Winter storm watch posted for potential snow and ice–A low pressure system is forecast to move across North Carolina on Monday and Tuesday, bringing accumulating snow, sleet and freezing rain too much of the state, but the Outer Banks might be spared the worst of the wintry weather. The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a Winter Storm Watch for all of eastern North Carolina for Monday evening through Tuesday morning.

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OBX Events Coming up:

  •    Feb 21, 2015Gather around the fire with us at Oden’s Dock for an old-fashioned oyster roast. We’ll have fresh oysters on hand, seafood chowder, fried fish and other refreshments. Be sure and save room for homemade dessert for an additional donation at a bake sale table. Hear live music from a local band, “Dragonfly”, challenge your friends to a game of corn hole to win prizes and enjoy good company among federation staff, board members and volunteers. An oyster roast for the coast! Tickets are available online atwww.nccoast.org  This event is planned to take place outdoors, please dress accordingly. In the case of extremely bad weather, the event will take place at the Hatteras Village Civic Center.

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  • Feb 26, 2015Dr. John Sanchez will again be performing at Kelly’s on Thursday, February 26 from 7:00pm until 10:00pm to support the Community Care Clinic of Dare. Tickets are $10 and will be available at all Southern Bank locations, Outer Banks Urgent Care (in Nags Head) and at the door.

 

  • Sanderling Resort in Duck, North Carolina is proud to host with its preferred vendors the Wedding Showcase on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 11am – 4pm. Brides and grooms can sample cakes from local bakeries and meet with photographers, officiants, videographers, event designers/florists and more! Everything you’ll need to plan your destination wedding to the Outer Banks, under one roof, set against the beautiful backdrop of bright sun, sea breeze and the beauty of North Carolina. You don’t need to be a Sanderling bride to take advantage of this great opportunity.
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2/15/15

Weather: Duck-Clear, 20 degrees

Corolla-Clear 20 degrees
Quiet but cold day on the Outer Banks…
  • Winter will return in a big way last night, riding in behind an arctic front with winds that could gust to 60 mph, the National Weather Service says. The stiffest winds were along the coast from the northwest between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., raising the possibility of some sound-side flooding south of Oregon Inlet. A high wind warning is in effect for Dare County. Temperatures will climb to 47 degrees this afternoon, but that’s it for decent weather until the end of next week.
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  • The North Carolina Senate has passed a bill that would change the way the motor fuels tax is calculated for the first time in a quarter century because lawmakers say the decline in gas prices will cost the state millions of dollars in lost revenue for road construction. While representatives for the state’s municipalities and business organizations are behind Senate Bill 20, the proposal has drawn opposition from both conservative and progressive-leaning groups.
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  • The North.Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will be suspending service on its Currituck-Knotts Island route on Tuesday, February 17, after making the day’s initial trips from both locations. Once the 6:00 a.m. trip from Currituck and the 6:50 a.m. trip from Knotts Island take place, the service will be closed to allow crews to do repair work at both ferry docks. The route is primarily used to transport school children, but with no school that day the impact is expected to be minimal. Regularly-scheduled service will resume Wednesday morning.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Weather:

Duck-Clear, 35 degrees

Corolla-Clear, 37 degrees

 

Graveyard of the Atlantic coughs up another victim off Corolla—The remains of a long-ago victim of the Graveyard of the Atlantic have been discovered on the beach off Corolla after this week’s rough surf. A pair of photos taken Thursday night shows the remains of the wreck near Whalehead. (OBvoice)
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 Rodanthe, NC— A portion of the Rodanthe pier collapsed into the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday afternoon. The 80 feet that broke off of the pier was newly repaired from Hurricane Sandy. Another storm badly damaged the pier in December, followed by more damage from high winds in February. (WRAL)
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  • Outer Banks fishermen will have a higher bluefin tuna quota than ever to work with this winter. That is, if the lucrative big fish show up here, and the fishermen can get out of the shoaled inlets to catch them. A new management rule that went into effect Jan. 1 effectively gives twice the general quota for bluefin over previous years for North Carolina through March 31.(OBvoice)Inline image 3
  • Leases for offshore wind farms could be up for auction by next year, but it will be much longer before any turbines hit the distant Outer Banks horizon, if they ever do. Federal officials were in Kitty Hawk this week to discuss an environmental study that is the first step of several leading up to potential offshore development of wind farms. (OBvoice)
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  • The parties involved in the long legal battle over the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s plan to replace the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for the assistance of a mediator in their effort to negotiate a settlement in the case. In a joint motion filed on Monday, Feb. 9, at the Appeals Court in Richmond, Va., the plaintiffs, defendants, and defendant-intervenor said that the parties in the case have made “substantial progress toward settlement” but feel that the assistance of a mediator “will be helpful, perhaps essential” in resolving the remaining issues. (OBvoice)
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2/10/15

Weather: Corolla- Drizzle, 39 degrees

Duck-Drizzle, 40 degrees
Wind Gust high-38

 

  • After a relatively warm couple of days, windy conditions and high surf are expected for mid-week, followed by another significant cold snap this weekend. Strong northerly winds will develop Tuesday as an area of low pressure strengthens along the North Carolina coast, according to the National Weather Service. (OBvoice)

  • Nags Head is moving toward mandatory recycling under a plan that calls for replacing one trash pickup a week and doing most of the collecting itself. Outer Banks Hauling now picks up recycling for residents and property owners who choose to sign up and pay for it themselves. (OBvoice)
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  • Hearings are on tap in Wrightsville Beach and Hampton Roads for opinions on offshore oil and gas development, but none have been scheduled on the Outer Banks, which many see as a major stakeholder. Bob Woodard, the chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners, has written a letter requesting a public meeting here and Nags Head Commissioners last week OK’d doing the same thing.(OBvoice)
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Take a look into next month:

2015 Graveyard 100-March 7-8

Outer Banks Wedding Showcase-March 14

Kelly’s Running of the Leprechaun and Saint Patrick’s day parade- March14-15

OBX Taste of the Beach- March 19-22

Twiddy Insiders:

  • Coached by Matt Preston, the last First Flight High School home game of the regular season is tonight. A player who is being highly recruited, Jack Konstanzer who is also a Twiddy Owner son. In addition, our own Mincie Coders son Remington will also be playing his last game as a senior. Go support First Flight High School Basketball! 
  • Duck Sales team is being welcomed into the Duck Main office this week!
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2/9/15

Weather: Duck-Clear, 52 degrees

Corolla-Clear, 54 degrees

 

  • Come be captivated by the Swingle Singers, a group of seven young and versatile voices who are an international a cappella phenomenon, in the fifth performance of the 32nd Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts Series. The group will appear at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 at First Flight High School. They continue the five decade tradition of pushing the boundaries of what the human voice can achieve, as they present a mix that ranges from pop and rock to classical, with jazz and Latin harmonies and styling. (OBvoice)

  • The Beach Food Pantry is a non-profit operating on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Its mission is to provide food to people in need. They opened their doors in 1989. Currently, the group is composed of over 500 volunteers, from 17 churches and organizations. Their vital services reach, on average, 4,100 Dare County residents per year.  
  • Long-planned Manteo Elementary addition is finally finished–Manteo Elementary students should be able to move into the school’s new addition later this month, school officials say. The much-anticipated move follows years of overcrowding and several attempts by school and county officials to hammer out an expansion plan that would meet the needs of students while remaining fiscally responsible.(OBvoice)

Sports Fans:

  • Former University of North Carolina head men’s basketball coach Dean Smith died Saturday evening in Chapel Hill. He was 83 years old. Smith was the head coach of the Tar Heels from 1961 to 1997, retiring as the winningest coach in college basketball. He led the Tar Heels to national championships in 1982 and 1993, to 13 ACC Tournament titles, 11 Final Fours, and an NIT championship, and directed the United States Olympic Team to a gold medal at the 1976Summer Games.

Local Restaurants-
Josephine’s: Opens 2/10/15

Black Pelican: We’re spreading our wings! The Black Pelican is coming to Chesapeake, Virginia. Spring 2015!

Now open:

Food Dudes

Kill Devil Grill

Bad Bean, KDH
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2/8/15

Weather: Corolla- Clear, 50 degrees

Duck-Clear, 47 degrees

 

  • Ocracoke pony herd welcomes its newest addition–Hazelnut was born Feb. 4 at about 10 a.m. and is the 17th member of the Ocracoke Pony herd. Her mother is Sacajawea, a mare from Shackleford Banks who joined the Ocracoke herd in 2010, and her father is Rayo, a direct descendant of the original Ocracoke ponies. Hazelnut was named by the Volunteers-In-Park, who work with the Ocracoke ponies. Born on a chilly February morning, she will not stray far from her mother’s side for at least six months and will join the rest of the herd sometime in the late summer of 2015. (OBvoice)

  • CURRITUCK — The state agency that helps protect historic sites in North Carolina has advised state transportation officials that it, too, has objections to designs for a new Currituck-Knotts Island Ferry welcome center. In the months prior, DOT reportedly told the Historic Preservation Office that the county had approved the design when actually only the site plan was approved, county commissioners said in December. (TheDailyAdvance) 
  • A Currituck County woman was scammed out of $700 last weekend by someone impersonating a Dare County law enforcement officer on the phone–local sheriff departments have warned in recent weeks of the scam where callers ask for payment of a fine, tax or some other money owed and ask for credit card or other identity information. The Poplar Branch resident was told to get a pre-paid credit card to pay a bogus fine for missing jury duty. Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie said deputies call about court appearances or to schedule appointments to serve papers but never to collect money or ask for a credit card. Similar scams have been reported in other counties, usually with the caller claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service demanding payment for a bogus tax bill. (OBvoice)
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