Stories by Island Free Press

Florida mystery cross believed to be from Hatteras memorial

A 20-foot wooden cross that washed ashore in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. last Saturday made waves throughout the Sunshine State, but days after it appeared, the significance of the discovery hit close to home.

Feb 9


Runaway Diamond Shoals buoy travels 600 miles and counting

The buoy, formally known as Station 41025 – Diamond Shoals, is one of several in the Outer Banks region managed by NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center and providing valuable data for researchers and meteorologists.

Jan 31


Two firefighters injured after deck collapses in Waves

The firefighters and Dare County EMS personnel were assisting a resident on Sea Isle Hills Drive in Waves, and the resident and three members of the fire department were standing on the deck when it collapsed.

Jan 18


N.C. 12 being shifted for Jug Handle Bridge construction

The shift is similar to the one farther north while the Bonner Bridge was being built. The move will provide more room on the soundside for trucks and equipment to access the northern terminus site of the new bridge.

Jan 7


Wind-fueled fire sweeps through two houses on Hatteras Island

Driven by sustained winds of 29 to 34 mph, the fire spread to an adjacent home, but crews were able to put out the second house fire quickly before turning their attention back to the first house.

Dec 22


Fall storms delay opening of new Bonner Bridge until late winter

Due to a pattern of bad weather and storms throughout the fall season, the opening of the new Bonner Bridge has been delayed to February or March of 2019. The new span was originally scheduled to open before the end of 2018.

Dec 18


Dare board approves framework of revived watermen panel

The Dare County Commissioner for Working Watermen, which has been dormant since 2012, will be composed of seven voting members from the commercial fishing industry, and a non-voting member that will serve as a science advisory.

Nov 16


Bonner Bridge replacement inching ever closer to completion

The N.C. Department of Transportation could soon have an opening date for the 2.8-mile-long, $250 million new span over Oregon Inlet, while work continues to ramp up on the Jug Handle Bridge in Rodanthe.

Oct 29


REAL Watersports makes record donation to Hatteras youth

REAL Watersports Co-Founder Trip Forman presented the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund Board of Directors with a check for $66,872.73, which was raised during the Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational in 2018.

Oct 25


Hatteras Island ready to reopen: residents and workers first

Hatteras Island is ready to reopen for busisness with a phased re-entry that will start with resident, property owners and works at 2:30 p.m. today.

Sep 14


Hatteras, Rodanthe and Avon top waterways panel agenda

The Dare County Waterways Commission tackled a long list of projects at their August 13 meeting including updates on the impending fall dredging at Hatteras Inlet, recent clearing of the Rodanthe channel and discussion on issues off Avon.

Aug 16


Stray pony takes a stroll along the beach off Rodanthe

A stray pony that was picked up while enjoying a walk along a Rodanthe beach on Monday afternoon was returned to its owners soon after it was found, according to Dare County Animal Services.

Aug 14