Stories by Mark Jurkowitz

Dare Board oks new measures for ‘essential housing’

Without fanfare, and with only one resident speaking during public comment, the Dare County Board of Commissioners approved four zoning amendments as part of a continuing effort to generate what is now called “essential housing”…

Sep 17


Hatteras residents criticize timing of visitor re-entry

Dare Board defends work of Dorian Control Group Speaking during public comment at the Dare County Commissioners meeting on Sept. 16, a number of Hatteras Island residents expressed their displeasure — sometimes in emotional terms…

Sep 17


Despite major damage, Hatteras Secondary re-opens

  During a briefing to the Dare County Board of Education on Sept. 10, Superintendent John Farrelly described the Hurricane Dorian damage to Cape Hatteras Secondary School as “absolute devastation.” He noted that the gymnasium…

Sep 16


Man struck by lightning did succumb to injuries

The NC State Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed that Matthew Summerill, the 23-year-old man who was struck by lighting while at the ocean in Kitty Hawk on Aug. 23, did pass away as a result…

Sep 12


In Nags Head, recalling the tragedy and unity of 9/11

Under a near cloudless sky and a warm late summer sun, Veterans, first responders and regular citizens gathered at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head late Wednesday afternoon to remember the unspeakable tragedy that…

Sep 11


Murphy defeats Thomas in Congressional contest

With the unofficial results tallied, Republican State Representative Greg Murphy handily defeated Democrat and former Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas in a Sept. 10 special election to succeed the late Walter Jones Jr. as U.S. Representative…

Sep 10


Further update on man struck by lightning on OBX

Early this morning (Tues. Sept. 10), the Voice published an excerpt from a GoFundMe page set up for Matthew Summerill, the young man who was tragically struck by lightning on Aug. 23 on the beach…

Sep 10


Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson says there’s still time to leave

But he warns that those who stay are ‘going to be on their own.’ Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson, in a Sept. 4 interview with the Voice, indicated that there’s still a window…

Sep 4


At Dare meeting, officials stress need to evacuate

Speaking at the Dare County Commissioners meeting on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 3, Commissioner Chairman Bob Woodard and County Manager Bobby Outten urged residents to heed the mandatory evacuation order that goes into effect…

Sep 3


Dare Board hears proposals for ‘essential housing’

Dare County’s initiative to encourage more reasonably priced housing for year-round workers is more than a year old. But the search for exactly what to call it continues on. In June 2018, the Outer Banks…

Aug 25


Peanut Butter Falcon is ‘a love poem to this community’

This weekend, amid a swirl of warm reviews (Variety called it an “odyssey audiences won’t soon forget”) The Peanut Butter Falcon opens in more than 1,000 theaters nationwide. But nowhere is the anticipation or excitement…

Aug 23


Possible vaping illness concerns N.C. officials

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) says it is investigating the cases of three patients who have been hospitalized since late July with symptoms of severe lung disease after vaping. Other…

Aug 18