Stories by Island Free Press

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


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