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A New Look for the New Year

Monday 31 December 2018 at 10:28 pm

I don’t know about you, but I like to make New Years’ Resolutions that are ridiculously easy to achieve.

In previous years, this included resolutions like “Eat more chocolate” or “Vacuum the living room.” By going this route, I can just get my resolution out of the way within hours, while enjoying a vague feeling that I somehow accomplished something.

So imagine my delight when we discovered that one of our longest-running goals for the Island Fee Press will actually come fruition on January 1, thanks to months of hard work by our Co-Founder Donna Barnett, and our Director of Technology & Digital Marketing, Meg Phillips.

Yes, starting on January 1, the Island Free Press will have a brand new look that will make our little paper easier to access on mobile devices, easier to scan to find articles on a particular topic, and just plain old easier across the board to read and enjoy.

Happy New Year’s to Us All! - 2019 Resolution Accomplished!

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Looking Ahead – The Stories We’re Keeping an Eye on for 2019

Sunday 23 December 2018 at 03:23 am

Like previous years, in addition to recapping the stories that held our attention in 2018, we also like to take a look ahead to see what stories will likely pop up in the headlines in the year to come.

And you’ll probably notice that there are quite a few carry-overs on this list from 2018, too. It’s an interesting time to be on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, as there are a number of projects and concerns that have been in process or have been looming for years, and a good chunk of these projects or issues are scheduled to be tackled in 2019.

So what else can we expect in the next few months? Let’s start with a project that everyone on Hatteras Island has been anticipating for at least two decades…

Bonner Bridge Grand Opening, and the Jug Handle Bridge

Though there were some recent weather delays due to a fall that was filled with storms and two hurricanes, the new Bonner Bridge is slated to open to the public in February or March of 2019 – roughly three years after the project officially broke ground on March 6, 2016.

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Year In Review – the Stories that Grabbed Our Attention in 2018

Sunday 09 December 2018 at 8:40 pm

It’s that time of year again when we carry on Irene’s annual tradition of looking back at the stories that grabbed – and held – our attention in 2018.

2018 could arguably be classified as “The Year of Unfinished Business… And Weather.” Many of our biggest stories this past year were carry-overs from 2017, like the power outage, the bridge projects, and the new passenger ferry, while many others focused on extreme weather. In fact, even as I type this, I am also contemplating the age-old question of “To move, or not to move?” which all of us underinsured locals must ask ourselves when it comes to our vehicles and potential storm surge flooding.

So with that in mind, let’s jump right in and take a quick look at the stories that dominated our headlines over the past year. And let’s start, appropriately enough, with….

Winter Storms

If you needed any indication that 2018 was going to be all about weather, just look at New Year’s Day, when Hatteras Island experienced its first snowfall of the year. 2018 began with a bang, or more accurately, with freezing cold temperatures, ice, snow, soundside flooding, high winds, and a frozen Pamlico Sound with patches of ice that extended for roughly a mile. Cheers!

And this was just during the first two weeks of January, too. As you’ll likely remember, February was one of the mildest months on record, followed by a rough March that saw four different nor’easters, more flooding, more wind, and more cold temperatures. Hot spots along N.C. Highway 12 were regularly inundated with soundside and oceanside flooding, and the phrase “Did you hear there’s another storm coming?” became as commonplace a greeting as “Hello.”

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