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Miles of Highway 12 between Kitty Hawk
to Ocracoke Selected as America's 8th.
Most Scenic Road Trip by Yahoo Travel....
Pier: Kyle Berry of Manteo
Catches Puppy Drum..... see picture
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Free Press: Ocracoke Island Residents
Told Costs of Providing After Hours Emergency
Medical Care on Remote Island Too Expensive
The Island's only health center told islanders at a special public meeting that the costs of staffing a doctor and nurse practitioner after hours was costing the center over $227,000 per year
of Duck Police Blotter Reports Issuing 50
Citations between April 7th - April 13th, 2014
In addition, two arrests were reported. One arrest at 117 Plover Drive invloved a subject who was arrested for assault on a female and violating pretrial release conditions.
A second arrest at 116 East Sea Hawk Drive was reported to be the result of an assault on a female
Channel 3: Duck Wings Store Catches
Fire; High Winds Force Firemen to Use Defensive
Tactics to Save Nearby Buildings from Blaze
Wings Store was reported to be fully Involved and the operation became Defense Only to protect nearby buildings. See U Tube Video of Blaze
News.com: Currituck Resident Becky
Forrest Wins $150,000 with Scratch
Off State State Lottery Ticket................
Forrest reportedly received a check for $103,801 after state and federal taxes were withheld from the winning $5 scratch off ticket she bought at the Food Lion in Grandy.
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Pilot: Dare County Commissioner Calls
Oregon Inlet Problems "Worst Ever;" Dredge
Withdrawn After getting Stuck in 2 Feet of
Water; Corps of Engineers Out of Money
Farmers Co-Op: Spring Break/Easter
Week Farmers Market in Kitty Hawk Open 3 days
this week (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)
it came from a plant, Eat it. If
it was made in a plant, Dont!"
Coastal Farmers Co-Op, 3809 N Croatan HWY MP 4.5ish, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Come see what's new ! and get some of your favorites; We have milk, NC meats and cheeses, and asparagus. 3809 N Croatan HWY Kitty Hawk MP 4.5ish. Don't forget to recycle your grocery bags with us.
Middle School Track Season
Ends With Dual Championship Victories
submitted by Ed Beckley
PHOTO CREDIT: Jason Denson
The First Flight Middle School girls and boys track teams both brought home victories at the 2014 Albemarle Athletic Conference Track & Field Championship Meet on April 10th. This was the third time in four years that both local boys and girls teams won top honors, against seven other strong schools.
The girls team faced its stiffest competition from Moyock Middle School, but First Flight pulled away with strong running efforts in the second half of the meet. The victory was secured by a school-record-breaking run from the 800m relay team from First Flight. The following Sea Hawks received medals for finishing in the top 3 in their events:
Alex Rodman placed first in the 800m and the 1600m. In both races, she broke the First Flight Middle School and the Albemarle Athletic Conference records. Rodman also placed 3rd in the long jump.
Kayla Carson placed first in both the high jump and the long jump. Isabella House placed first in the discus. In the 400m dash, Mattie Huband placed second and Jill O'Dell third. Suki Holian placed 2nd in the 800m, and Ansley Feltz placed 3rd in the 1600m. Jill O'Dell, Sophie Morgan, Mollee Sinks, and Mattie Huband placed second in the 800m relay.
Moyock Middle School girls placed 2nd overall in the meet, and Currituck County Middle School placed 3rd.
The girls were undefeated 16-0 for the season.
The FFMS also boys battled hard against strong teams, winning with the score of First Flight 87, Camden 82, and Perquimans 77.
The following FFMS boys received medals: Skylar Stultz placed 3rd in the 200m dash. James Dixon placed first in the 400m dash and third in the 110m hurdles. Arien Leigh placed first in the 800m run and 3rd in the 1600m run. Wade Banks took first place in the high jump, and Liam Stuart placed 1st in the discus.
The boys lost only one close meet during the season when a key performer was out with an achilles injury. They finished 15-1 overall.
Alex Rodman and Kayla Carson are nationally ranked in their events, and are continuing training with Coaches Amy Denson and Ed Beckley, in hopes of competing in the Junior Olympics regional and national meets this summer.
Inlet Idiots: Wind Gusts Up to 55 mph
on Hatteras Island Blows Flag Poles Over
in Front of Hatteras Village Fire Dept.........
Island Man Charged
with Defacing Gravestones...
The Dare County Sheriff Facebook Page reports Leland Eyre Haller Jr. 59, of Frisco has been charged for defacing of gravestones. The gravestones were discovered in a dumpster off NC12 and and investigation by the Dare County Sheriff's Dept. determined they were from a Frisco grave site and led officers to the suspect
Business: Sweetwater Surf Shop Builds
Lead in Heat 3 & Coasts to Victory in Finals to
Win Oakley Surf Shop Challenge in Kitty Hawk
(1) Sweetwater Surf Shop 28.71
(2) Duck Village Outfitters 26.06
(3) 17th Street Surf Shop 14.19
(4) Whalebone Surf Shop 10.10
Inlet Idiots: Beautiful Night Photograph
of Fisherman Holding Huge DRUM Caught
While Fishing in Surf Along Cape Hatteras Point
Pilot: Oregon Inlet Only 2 Feet Deep;
Engineers Reports Inlet too shallow to Dredge
TV: Cab Driver Found Unconscious
on Colington Harbour Driveway; Sheriff
Investigating Possible Assault ...........
WAVY TV reports Mark Harvey 53, of Kill Devil Hills was found unconscious around 1;30 am on April 13 2014 in a residential driveway on Harbor View Drive in Colington Harbor. Harvey was reported transported to the Outer Banks Hospital, then to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for treatment and is reported to be in critical condition.
According to a posting on Harvey's facebook page, "Harvey was attacked in his cab last night in Colington somewhere between 12 and 1 am. He was hit so hard on the right side of his head with a blunt object that he has a brain bleed on his left side - he's in surgery now and if he survives, will probably never speak again."
According to officers investigating, Harvey was scheduled to pick someone up in the Colington Harbour neighborhood an hour earlier about the time neighbors reported hearing a crash in the driveway and walked over to see what happened. Neighbors found Harvey laying on the driveway unconscious. The Dare Sheriff's Office asks anyone with information on this incident to contact them at 252-473-3444
9: Nags Head Police Department Arrests
22 Year Old Man Following 2 County Car Chase
WNCT 9 reports Nags Head Police have arrested John Purcell 22, on U.S. 64 just west of Columbia North Carolina following a police chase that began near Whalebone Junction in Nags Head. Purcell was brought back to Dare County were he faces multiple charges including felony fleeing to elude arrest and driving while impaired.
Pilot: 23 Individuals Ranging
in Age between 16 - 70 Years Old Swept Up
in Drug Raids Across Currituck County
The Currituck County Sheriff’s Office reports they have arrested 23 people on drug-related crimes charges during a drug sweep of the county. The operation reportedly focused on suppliers and mid-level dealers and used undercover officers to purchase drugs including heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, prescription pills and mushrooms from suspects that ranged in age from 16 to 70 years old in an area sweep that ranged from Moyock to Point Harbor.
OBX Golf Courses Selected as Top 100
Golf Courses in State by N.C. Golf Panel
The Currituck Golf Club received a a 76 rating, Kilmarlic Golf Course was selected 89 and the Nags Head Golf Course was selected as number 97.
Pound Tuna Caught by Twelve Year Old
Logan King from Gastonia, NC During Fishing
Charter from Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
TV: Kayaker's Body Found Just Feet
from Area Where Witnesses Reported Hearing
His Screams for Help the Previous Evening
WAVT TV reports the body of kayaker Jonathan Rodwell Day was found just feet from where witnesses reported hearing his screams for help the previous evening. Officials report Day was from the state of Maine and was employed doing yard work work at a home in the gated community of Colington Harbour.
Channel 3 reported the previous evening that the US Coast Guard, two fire boats, Dare County Med flight and Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue began searching the area near Colington Island after the kayaker was reported heard and seen screaming for help by witnesses around 9:40 pm Wednesday night. The kayak was recovered with personal items, shortly afterwards but the kayaker was missing and officials were going to bring in a dive team to assist searchers. See Dare County Sheriff Press Releases on Kayaker drowning
Carolina Man Sentenced to 60
Days in Jail for Sucking Woman’s Toes
Against Her Will in Wal-Mart Store
Banks Voice: Corolla Ocean Rescue Truck
Found Wrecked in Surf; Driver Reports Hitting
Stump on Beach; Two Suspended; One charged
|Total OBX Real Estate Sales Fall 12%|
The Outer Banks Association of Realtors March 2014 statistical report Summary:
"Sales – The numbers coming out of the March statistics are pretty interesting. The number of active listings in March 2014 rose by 12% when compared to the number of active listings in March 2013; however, total number of sales declined by 12% (Residential sales declined by 4%, lot / land sales declined 36% and commercial sales increased by 100%. It appears that sellers are confident while buyers are being a more skeptical.
Sales Price – Average and the median sales prices for all property classes have decreased (see chart below) with the exception of median sales price for commercial property which is up 11%
Under Contract – Last month the MLS reported that the number of units placed under contract had declined significantly when compared with 2013. The trend continues. In the first quarter of 2012 607 units were placed under contract as compared with only 402 during the first quarter of 2014 – a 32% decline. This is the lowest number of units that have been placed under contract since March 2010.
Distressed Sales – Distressed property sales are up for the month of March; however, when compared with the first quarter of 2013 distressed property sales during the first quarter of 2014 have declined by 47%. The largest decline noted was the sale of residential short sales – down 68%.
Foreclosures – Dare County foreclosure data again shows a dramatic decline in the number of units entering foreclosure. Since 2012, the number of properties foreclosed has declined 61%. This decline is directly affecting the number of bank owned properties listed with the MLS – down 41% over the last two years. Although not directly affected by the foreclosure rate, the number of active residential short sales has declined by 43% during this same time period." see full report(PDF)
Ocracoke Island Occupancy
Tax Board Says No to Funding Public Restrooms
for Tourists for the Third Straight Year in a Row
to Editor: Reply to 100lb bull/lab
Mix Dog Attacks 12 Year Old Boy
in Kill Devil Hills 5/7/2014.................
COMMENT:in response to the earlier dog attack- by todd liston. I stopped reading when I got to the animal control officer saying I should get rid of the dog. that's a lie. he in fact cant figure out what happened because steve showed zero signs of aggression. also steve did not break out of a fenced in area. the 12 yr old boy was told to NOT come on the deck and to stay downstairs because for whatever reason steve was barking in an aggressive way at him. when I went inside the 12 yr old boy came onto the porch anyway. he was hurt. and I hate this. and I am doing everything in my power to make sure it does not happen again. however, if you are going to tell a story at least keep it honest. not reading anymore of the article. I was told about it by a friend. I like the listons. my son and their son are very good friends. I do not want this to change.see Letters to Editor
County Sheriff’ Officials to Attend OBX Gun
Club’s April 12th Outdoor Sell and Swap Event at
the Dare County Shooting Range in Manns Harbor
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Foundation Stones,
Engraved with Names of 83 Former Light Keepers
to be Moved to Further Inland to Escape Rising Sea
Banks Voice: Water Levels through
Inlet Down to 4 Feet; 2 Vessels Hit Bottom;
Commercial Fishing Boat Hits Bridge Support
The Outer Banks Voice reports the Inlet has shoaled up despite a $7 million dredging opperation that was completed in December that cleared the channel to depths of more than 14 feet. As a result of the latest shoaling, large fishing trawlers will be forced to unload their fishing catch in Virginia instead of bringing the work to Wanchese.
Break Out Window and Steal
Jeep from Kill Devil Hills Jeep Dealership
Dare Community Crimeline reports burglar(s) stole a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Sahara from the Outer Banks Chrysler Dealership located at 3000 N. Croatan Highway in Kill Devil Hills after breaking the driver’s side window on April 1, 2014. The Jeep was reported a two-door, grey in color with manual transmission. The vehicle had no registration plates on it at the time of the theft.
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Redskins High School Baseball
Team Defeats Cape Hatteras ......18-2
Manteo freshman C. McPherson was the top run getter for the Redskins with 3 and Manteo as a team scored 15 runs in the wild 3rd inning to capture the victory on April 1st.
Free Press: Cape Point Closed to Off-Road
Vehicles After National Park Service Employee
Views Endangered Piping Plover Breeding Activity
According to the report on Island Free Press, National Park Service staff observed piping plover breeding behavior in an area south of what is commonly known as "the bypass." approximately 0.5 of a mile south of Ramp 44 adjacent to the ocean shoreline and proceded to create the required buffer zone of 75-meters leaving no vehicle access to the tip of Cape Point.
and Yellowfin Tuna Embryos Suffering
Severe Heart Defects as a Result of Crude Oil
Spill During 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster
According to a new study by a team of NOAA and academic scientists, crude oil exposure from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster has adversely affected heart development in two species of tuna and an amberjack species by slowing the heartbeat or causing an uncoordinated rhythm, which can ultimately lead to heart failure.
Kill Devil Hills Police Uncover
Heroin and Counterfeit $100 Bills.....
WAVY TV reports Kill Devil Hills Police arrested William Arrington 39, Adam Frick 31 and Carson White 30 on charges of possession of heroin and other drug-related offenses on Thursday, March 27th. after uncovering 36 caps of heroin and four counterfeit $100 bills.
In addition, William Arrington was charged with possession of counterfeit money. Officers believe Arrington used a computer and printer found in his home to create the fake $100 bills and then used the bogus money to buy the illegal drugs.
to the Editor: 100lb bull/lab Mix Dog
Attacks 12 Year Old Boy in Kill Devil Hills
My name is Todd Liston I have been a KDH resident for over 20 years I have 2 sons One 17… First Flight Quarterback the other 12 following in the steps of big brother he has all ready started his training with coach Prince as well as being a straight A student. Last weekend we had one of the most horrifying calls… our son had been attacked by a dog and it was bad!!! As all parents would do we dropped everything and got to the site quickly. I was the first to arrive my son the 12 year old had been visiting a new friend at 1103 clam shell st in KDH. Upon arrival I was greeted by the friends mother… Kelly… she was very upset my son was crying and bleeding from SEVERAL places. Her dog A 100lb bull/lab mix had broken out of a gated area and VISHLEY attacked my son as he and his friend stepped onto the front porch. My son was severally bitten on his inner thighs and rear end the animal was obviously going for his vitals…Continued in Letters to the Editor
of Local Spring & Summer Footraces Set
for Outer Banks Area.....Submitted by Ed Beckley
WestSide Athletic Club is presenting a series of three footraces this spring and summer to foster running and walking fitness, competition and fun in Powells Point. The club has recruited longtime race director,
marathoner and running coach Ed Beckley of Nags Head to direct its inaugural
"3-ATHLON Race Series," April 5, June 7 and Aug. 16 in the Kilmarlic golf community, three miles north of the Wright Brothers Bridge.
Beckley said the first race is 5K (3.1 miles), which begins at 9 a.m., April 5. The second and third events are 8K (4.97 miles) and 5.5 miles. Runners and walkers can sign up for the first race now, at
www.fsseries.com. He said the race course is probably the flattest and fastest in the area, and several personal records have been set on it. He noted that there will be overall and age awards for 15 age groups, and
medals for all finishers. Participants will enjoy PBJ and chocolate milk, to replenish after the exercise. Some proceeds will benefit the First Flight Middle School Track & Field Team, and the children's GOFAR running program.
Coach Beckley joked that there is "inside plumbing" for the comfort of the runners, as well as a place to shower and change clothes. Visitors to the club are welcome to browse and tour the plush workout facilities, outdoor pool and clay and hard tennis courts, while they are there. And they will be welcome to "take a dip" after the June and August races.
WestSide Athletic Club 3-ATHLON Race Series, 5K walk and footrace, 9 am Saturday, April 5, in Powells Point/Kilmarlic Golf Community. Details and sign up at www.fsseries.com
WestSide Athletic Club 3-ATHLON Race SeriesDetails and registration at www.fsseries.com
5K, April 5; 8K, June 7; 5.5 Miler, August 16
Sign up right now!!!!
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