Stories by Island Free Press

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.


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.


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

Construction of Rodanthe bridge still set to start in March

Despite a pending lawsuit filed by property owners, the N.C. Department of Transportation is still planning for construction of the "jug handle" bridge bypassing Mirlo Beach and S-Turns on the soundside to start in early 2018.

Dec 2

Hatteras museum director, famed painting on Travel Channel

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and director Joseph Schwarzer will appear in an episode of “Mysteries At The Museum” about the centuries-old mystery of Theodosia Burr Alston and the famed “Nags Head Portrait.”

Nov 30

Overnight fire destroys vacation home in Rodanthe

The blaze, which is believed to have started outside, destroyed an occupied vacation home on North Holiday Boulevard early Monday. The renters escaped unharmed and no serious injuries were reported.

Nov 20

Interim concrete bridge on Pea Island opens to traffic

The nearly half-mile long span of the area breached by Hurricane Irene opened to one-lane traffic late Tuesday, with both lanes of N.C. 12 expected to be on the concrete bridge by the weekend.

Nov 14

Video: New bridge on Pea Island opening in November

Paving work has started on each approach to the bridge over the breach cut by Hurricane Irene in 2011, and what will be named the Captain Richard Etheridge Bridge is expected to open sometime in November.

Oct 31