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    Breaking News

    • New Hanover Puts in Place More Restrictions

      While coastal counties are seeing a climb in positive COVID-19 cases, all public and private boat ramps and public and private marinas are closed as of 7:30 p.m. Friday in New Hanover County.

    • USCG Waste Permit Hearing Rescheduled

      The hazardous waste renewal permit public hearing for the Coast Guard Base in Elizabeth City has been rescheduled for June 11 based on public health guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    • Governor Reminds Residents to Stay Home

      Gov. Roy Cooper Friday afternoon during a media briefing reminded North Carolinians that the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay at home.

    • Park Services, Reserve Sites Closed

      In response to COVID-19, three coastal reserve sites have been closed to the public and Hammocks Beach State Park will not begin Friday ferry service as originally scheduled.

    • Officials Cite Exponential Jobless Surge

      State unemployment claims during the past two weeks have averaged almost 1,000 an hour, 24 hours a day, a number officials said would increase exponentially in the coming days.

    • Don’t Come Here: Bogue Banks Mayors

      In response to COVID-19, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Indian Beach and Pine Knoll Shores mayors in a joint press conference Tuesday via Zoom urged individuals to observe the governor’s stay-at-home order and discouraged visitors.

    • Deadline Extended for Beach Access Grants

      The state Division of Coastal Management has extended the preapplication deadline to May 15 for local governments to apply for 2020-21 Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Grant.

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    • News & Features

      • Outer Banks’ Gen Z Responds to Lockdown

        Young people on the Outer Banks who may have once thought they would be unaffected by the pandemic are now coping with disruptive changes in their formerly highly social lives, just as they were set to graduate or begin careers.

      • Seafood Available, Buyers Are Not: COVID

        As the lockdown to stem the coronavirus pandemic appears more and more to be a long-term situation, those in the fishing and shellfish industry and related businesses are struggling to find markets for their catch.

    • Science

      • UNC Institute Shows Off Renovated Lab

        Coastal researchers and UNC officials recently gave invited guests an up-close look at the newly refurbished wet labs at the university’s Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City.

    • Our Coast

      • Museum to Celebrate Women’s Suffrage

        The History Museum of Carteret County and the League of Women Voters are set to host a reception and celebration of the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote and the opening of an exhibit recognizing notable females.

      • Navassa History Misunderstood: Planner

        Navassa town planner Barnes Sutton, who has spent the last two years trying to balance growing the small town while preserving its history and heritage, says much of that history has been obscured.

    • Commentary

      • A Taste of the Hatteras Oyster Roast

        Lynne Foster shares her firsthand account of the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s annual Hatteras Island Oyster Roast that took place Saturday, along with recipes in celebration of the cherished bivalve.

    • Featured Photo

      • Pea Island Refuge Center Gets Lift

        Work continues on the project to raise the Pea Island Refuge Visitor Center, the US Fish and Wildlife Service in North Carolina announced Thursday on Facebook.

    • Featured Video

      • OBX Hospital Chief of Staff Reaches Out

        In this  video produced by the Outer Banks Hospital, Chief of Staff Dr. Dan Dwyer emphasizes the importance of social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, commends Dare County officials for the recently enacted  “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” declaration and encourages social media civility.