Stories by Michelle Wagner

Can Southern Shores solve summer traffic?

‘This goes way beyond inconvenience’ As a citizens advisory committee prepares to make recommendations on how to address the daunting problem of summer cut-thru traffic congestion in the town’s neighborhoods, the Southern Shores Town Council…

Sep 19


A solid report card for Dare County Schools

Eight schools get B’s, First Flight Middle struggles Nine of Dare County’s ten schools either met or exceeded academic growth goals over the previous year and all but two earned a B during the 2018-2019…

Sep 15


Dare County to fund COA scholarships for locals

Further cementing the relationship between the county and the college, the Dare County Commissioners recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the non-profit College of The Albemarle (COA) Foundation establishing a scholarship program for local…

Sep 13


Visitors returning to OBX, but it’s been gradual

As the majority of residents in Dare County’s northern beach communities finished cleaning up the remnants of Dorian, a steady stream of vehicles flowed onto the island, signaling that for the most part, the Outer…

Sep 11


Supt. describes ‘devastation’ at Hatteras Secondary

Hatteras Elementary School to re-open on Sept. 11 In 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…

Sep 10


On Hatteras and Ocracoke, the recovery begins

Hundreds said to be displaced on Ocracoke Recovery efforts on the hard-hit Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands have been in full force as local, state and federal responders move in to help the two communities back…

Sep 9


Resolving split on Dare Elections Board, state opts for extending early-voting hours

  Dare County’s early voting sites will have new and extended hours during the November 5 municipal election season after the N.C. Board of Elections (NCBOE) held an August 23 hearing on the matter in…

Aug 30


Hovey files lawsuit over Duck beach access

Three months after his confrontation with homeowners over beach access in Duck went viral, Bob Hovey, and his wife Tanya, have filed a complaint in Dare County Superior Court against the Sand Dollar Shores Homeowners’…

Aug 28


Dare County faces challenges collecting occupancy taxes on short-term rentals

As the number of short-term vacation rentals listed with online lodging marketplaces continues to grow on the Outer Banks, some local officials are concerned about whether the county is receiving the occupancy tax it is…

Aug 25


Southern Shores considers new policy for big parties

The Southern Shores Planning Board is considering the possibility of a policy and registration program that will not only keep tabs on when and where special events are being held in residential districts, but also…

Aug 21


Judge dismisses petition challenging SAGA permits

Petitions filed by two Southern Shores property owners challenging the legality of environmental permits issued for the two 12-bedroom houses built by SAGA on the Southern Shores oceanfront were dismissed last week by Administrative Law…

Aug 19


Local filmmaker brings ‘Peanut Butter Falcon’ back home

 The Peanut Butter Falcon, a new film co-written and co-directed by Colington native and Manteo High alum Tyler Nilson, is coming to Manteo’s Pioneer Theater on Friday, Aug. 23rd for at least a two-week…

Aug 12