Stories by Island Free Press

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


Time running out for latest Hatteras Inlet dredging project

Members of the Dare County Waterways Commission made imminent plans at their meeting on Monday to speed up dredging in Hatteras Inlet in order to accomplish as much as possible before the March 31 deadline.

Feb 15


Hatteras Lighthouse in the dark for more than a month

National Park Service officials say one of last month's winter storms damaged the beacon's light, which has never been dark this long in its history, and custom replacement parts are being crafted from scratch in Ohio.

Feb 13


One dead after Avon accident involving Dare trash truck

Traffic on N.C. Highway 12 was stopped on both sides of Ace Hardware and the Food Lion shopping plaza in Avon from about 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., when traffic slowly resumed in both directions.

Jan 12


Crews start bringing down the house at Cape Hatteras Pier

After the initial staging phase, which included asbestos abatement by a special contractor, inspections, and securing the site with fencing, the removal of the dilapidated Cape Hatteras Fishing Pier can now begin in earnest.

Dec 13


Removal of the dilapidated Frisco Pier will be complicated

The initial staging process of the Frisco Pier removal project has begun, but dismantling and tearing down the pier will not be a quick undertaking. The project has to be finished by early May when turtle season starts.

Dec 7