Breaking News

  • 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.

  • Material Added to Reef Off Outer Banks

    About 4,000 tons of concrete pipe are placed Monday within the perimeter of the artificial reef site, AR-165, the Outer Banks Anglers Club announced this week.

  • Land Trust Completes Fifth Croatan Purchase

    The Coastal Land Trust announced this week its fifth acquisition in two years using a portion of the $7.3 million awarded in April 2018 as part of the Havelock bypass settlement.

  • Get Counted Wednesday on Census Day

    Census Day is Wednesday, the day that determines who is counted in the 2020 census and where they are counted, and the Census Bureau is encouraging the public to to respond to the census online.

  • DEQ Enforcement On Case-By-Case Basis

    Amid the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent rollback attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, North Carolina’s environmental enforcement actions will continue on a case-by-case basis, officials said Monday.

  • Cooper Prohibits Utility Disconnections

    Gov. Roy Cooper signed Tuesday an executive order prohibiting utilities such as electric, gas, water and wastewater services from disconnecting those who are unable to pay because of the pandemic.

  • Ferries Adjust Schedules for COVID-19 Order

    State ferry schedules will change beginning Tuesday as the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division responds to Gov. Roy Cooper’s statewide stay-at-home order.