Stories by Island Free Press

Salvo Day Use Area cemetery fully protected from erosion

After years of efforts, a protective bulkhead and armor rock barrier along the cemetery south of Salvo has been completed, providing much-needed protection for the vulnerable site that has been battered and eroded by the Pamlico Sound.

Jun 26


Video: Suspect sought in theft of scooter in Buxton

The Dare County Sheriff's Office is asking for help identifying a man that stole a red Yamaha scooter from outside the Dollar General in Buxton Tuesday morning. The suspect was wearing a white tank top and a hat.

May 31


Cape Hatteras Lighthouse beacon is back in business

Reports started to trickle in on Sunday that the familiar rotating beacon in Buxton was off, It turned out the daylight control mechanism failed. A U.S. Coast Guard electricians mate repaired it and the light was back on Tuesday night.

May 30


New efforts underway to save Salvo Day Use Area Cemetery

Through a collaboration among Hatteras Island groups and local, state and federal governments, the Salvo Cemetery will be protected from storm-tossed waves of the Pamlico Sound. Sandbags will be replaced by permanent protection.

May 14


Divers, custom crane work to pull old pier’s submerged pilings

Removal of what's left of the old Frisco Pier has started to move forward out in the ocean. But it will likely not be finished by the start of turtle nesting season in mid-May, and would have to wait until September for completion.

Apr 28


Video: Harbor seal makes late-season visit to Hatteras Island

Beachgoers were surprised on Wednesday to encounter an unusual beach bum just off of Ramp 27 in Cape Hatteras National Seashore – a seal that had found a high and dry stretch of sand close to the dune line.

Apr 15


Prescribed burn on Pea Island moved to Wednesday

A prescribed burn on a portion of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is now scheduled for Wednesday provided that weather conditions cooperate. The burn is slated to be a small one, lasting just a few hours or half of the day.

Mar 27


Shipwreck near Ramp 55 in Hatteras village surfaces again

A locally famous but technically unknown shipwreck close to Ramp 55, across from the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras village, has made another appearance after a week of rough seas and high winds.

Mar 20


Delayed Buxton beach nourishment project is finally done

The Buxton beach nourishment project was completed on Tuesday with 2.6 million cubic yards of sand deposited on the 2.9 miles of beach from The Haulover to the old lighthouse site at a cost of $22 million.

Mar 1


Cape Hatteras girls lone local team left in state playoffs

Caroline Gray scored 24 points and Savannah Scarborough added 13 for Cape Hatteras in their 52-45 victory over Roxboro Community in the third round of the NCHSAA 1A playoffs, and will play at Pamlico on Thursday.

Feb 25


Cape Hatteras Lighthouse repaired and back to beaming

The beacon had been turned off since roughly Jan. 12, after several severe winter storms caused damage to hard-to-replace parts on the 148-year-old lighthouse’s electrical systems.

Feb 20


Hatteras girls unbeaten for the first time, 4th seed in playoffs

The Cape Hatteras Secondary School girls are 23-0, winning the Atlantic Six Conference regular season and tournament championships, and have earned the 4th seed and a first-round bye in the NCHSAA 1A tournament.

Feb 20