Stories by Rob Morris

Nags Head finally approves docking for restaurant patrons

Nags Head commissioners have approved a request that would allow restaurants along the sound to provide docking for up to four boats. Docking will be limited to patrons of restaurants.

Feb 9


Hundreds brave cold and wind to celebrate a new bridge

Wind chills below 30 degrees didn't stop hundreds of people from walking, biking and running across the new Oregon Inlet bridge Saturday before the long-awaited span opens for traffic, possibly by next week.

Feb 9


Dare board approves first plan for local workforce housing

Dare County commissioners approved on Monday the first application for cluster housing since a new ordinance was approved late last year to encourage builders to provide homes for local workers.

Feb 1


Twelve-term U.S. Rep. Walter Jones dies Sunday in Greenville

The 12-term, 3rd District congressman had been in failing health since July and his conditioned worsened after he suffered a broken hip in January. On Jan, 26, his office said he was under hospice care.

Feb 10


State panel endorses naming new bridge for Marc Basnight

The Basnight proposal earned three of five votes from the Board of Commissioners. The state policy on naming a bridge, highway or ferry calls for a unanimous vote by the jurisdiction where it is located.

Feb 7


Board falls short on vote to name new inlet bridge for Basnight

Commisioner Ervin Bateman proposed naming it the "Marc Basnight Oregon Inlet Bridge." The proposal included a recommendation for a plaque about Bonner on the remainder of the old bridge that will be left behind as a fishing pier after demolition.

Feb 4


What’s in the name of a bridge? Whatever you want it to be

With local towns beginning to line up behind dedicating the new bridge over Oregon Inlet to former Senate President Marc Basnight, the idea seems to go against the grain of public opinion.

Feb 2


Widening Southern Shores beach to cost at least $9 million

Widening the full length of Southern Shores’ beach would cost between $9 million and $13.5 million if it is done at the same time neighboring towns do their renourishment work in 2022, a recently completed assessment says.

Jan 31


Driver turns himself in after police chase from KDH to Tyrrell

Dare County Sheriff’s Office deputies deployed spike strips, ending the chase near J. Morgan Futch Gameland in Tyrrell County. The driver and two passengers ran away; another passenger stayed with the vehicle and surrendered to police.

Jan 28


U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones in hospice care as health declines

U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones' office confirmed Saturday that the longtime Republican congressman representing eastern North Carolina is in hospice care after breaking his hip Jan. 14.

Jan 26


Dare wants your thoughts about a new name for a new bridge

The board decided to put the question out to the public and revisit the idea next month. Commissioners can pass a resolution and submit it for approval by the state Board of Transportation.

Jan 11


Dare board chairman to present State of the County 2019

Woodard, chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners, will give an update on the State of the County. The breakfast and update will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant.

Jan 10