Friday, March 31, 2006

IN THE NEWS . . .


The time changes this weekend; Spring Forward! It is also the time to change the batteries in your battery operated smoke detectors.

The following are some recent news headlines on the Outer Banks:

* Former Southern Shores Police Chief, Ted Brazell, in a plea agreement in Dare County Superior Court, pled guilty to three counts of indecent liberties with a 13 year old female. Additional statutory rape charges and felony larceny charges were dropped as part of the plea arrangement. Brazell will serve up to 16 months in prison, possibly subject to up to five years of probation upon release, and required to register as a sex offender.

* Voters in Dare County recently went to the ballot box in a specially called vote to repeal the newly enacted 1 percent sales tax to pay for beach nourishment. Seventy five percent of the votes were in favor of having the 1 cent tax repealed. The drop in the sales tax will take effect June 1, 2006.

* The Town of Duck has announced the hiring of a new Fire Chief. Donna Black, the current DVFD Deputy Fire Chief was hired for the Fire Chief position. Donna has been an active firefighter with the Duck Volunteer Fire Department since 1997. She has worked her way up from firefighter through the ranks of Lt. Captain, and Deputy Chief. She is also an EMT and is a member of Rescue 11, the medical response team in the fire department. Several months ago, Donna was hired as a firefighter with the Nags Head Fire Department when they expanded their rolls with the opening of the new South Nags Head station. Donna is reportedly among eight other female fire chiefs in the country.

* The Southern Shores Volunteer Fire Department recently conducted vehicle extrication training. The get the full story, CLICK HERE. (OK, OK . . a bit of blogmeister license here to promote my work as the Public Information Officer with the SSVFD)

* The NC Lottery (click here for link) kicked off yesterday across North Carolina. The scratch off lottery tickets are available on the Outer Banks at 36 locations. In May, North Carolina will join the multi-state Power Ball games.

* The Lost Colony (Outdoor Drama) has announced that Vanessa Redgrave will perform in the role of Queen Elizabeth June 2 - 8, 2006. According to the play's Director, this will be the first of many well known performers to be guest actors in upcoming seasons.

*Land transfer tax is down 18% this year in Dare County, signaling a slow down in the Outer Banks real estate market. The rapid escalating home values are slowing, as well as homes on the market longer than the past few years.

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