Stories by Rob Morris

Nags Head planners explore rules for short-term room rentals

With some townspeople complaining about short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods, Nags Head is exploring how it might regulate vacation space operated out of private homes and marketed on websites such as Airbnb.

10 hrs


With private partner aboard, Dare on course to build a dredge

One of two companies to respond to the county’s request for proposals, EJE Recycling was chosen over a Massachusetts company primarily because of its experience working the inlet and its plans to base and maintain the dredge locally.

Aug 20


Memorial to surf photographer Mickey McCarthy goes missing

The memorial, inscribed with "2M Forever" was placed next to the stairway leading to the beach at Bainbridge, where a break just north of the pier has long been popular among surfers.

Aug 19


Hettie Tillett Cudworth of Wanchese, Aug. 13

Hettie Tillett Cudworth, 86, of Wanchese, NC died Monday, August 13, 2018, at her home surrounded by family. A Wanchese native, she was born January 2, 1932, to the late Kathryn Cushman Tillett and Earl V. Tillett.

Aug 15


Gene M. Overton Sr. of Manteo, Aug. 9

Gene M. Overton Sr. of Manteo passed away on August 9, 2018. He was well known by his nickname, Outlaw. He fought long and hard with cancer for his children, Joyce and Gene Jr. and many other family and friends.

Aug 12


New animal shelter, COA facility part of 2019 Dare building plan

The COA plans call for tearing down the old Russell Twiford campus building and reolacing it for $7.5 million. State bond money will cover $1.5 million. Demolition will cost $1 million of the total.

Aug 9


For Dare residents in a sea of stagnant water, help is on the way

Help is on the way for northern Roanoke Island residents in neighborhoods that are still dealing with standing water around their homes. Dare County officials say a variety of factors led to the flooding and delays in pumping it out.

Aug 6


Jack David “Butch” Parsley of Jarvisburg, July 29

Jack David “Butch” Parsley, 69, of Jarvisburg died on July 29, 2018 at home. Surviving Butch are his wife, Vicki White-Parsley; children, Beth Parsley and Kevin Parsley; and numerous extended family members and friends.

Aug 2


Nags Head details plans to combat chronic flooding

But some residents and business owners are concerned that not enough is being done. Barbara Ayars, who lives at the corner of Memorial Avenue and Driftwood Street, told the board that properties were inches away from being flooded.

Aug 1


Town approves cottage court, event site between highways

Gandt is the latest developer to take advantage of new rules aimed at providing smaller, more affordable rentals in lieu of the big houses that usually mean spending vacations with 20 to 30 of your closest friends or relatives.

Jul 31


Flood watches dropped but serious issues remain behind

After 15 to 20 inches of rain over the past week and a half, a few more storms could cross the Outer Banks into this evening. It won't take much to exacerbate flooding issues in the region.

Jul 31


Flash flood watch continues till noon as storm chances linger

Streets closed, parking lots flooded and drainage ditches oveflowed Sunday as another procession of downpours added more water to areas already soaked by last week's 9 to 16 inches of rain.

Jul 29