Stories by Island Free Press

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.

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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


Bill Laricos of Hatteras Island named state EMT of the Year

Dare County Advanced EMT Bill Laricos was recognized at the August 6 Board of Commissioners meeting as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Dare County EMT of the Year, as well as the North Carolina EMT of the Year.

Aug 13


Construction of Jug Handle Bridge slated to begin next month

Construction will begin on the land-based portions of the bridge before continuing out into the open water. Based on the current schedule, the bridge is expected to open to traffic by late 2020.

Aug 10


New record set for most rain in a month at Cape Hatteras

The previous record was set in June 1949 with a total rainfall of 14.34 inches, when the Cape Hatteras weather station was in Hatteras village. As of Thursday, Billy Mitchell Field in Frisco has recorded 16.04 inches of rain.

Jul 26


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