Operation Santa seeks community support

Please consider supporting the 2019 Operation Santa Claus program, facilitated by the Currituck County Department of Social Services (DSS).  This annual program helps provide Christmas to families with children residing in Currituck, and to the county’s children in foster care. Operation Santa also provides food baskets for local senior citizens during the holidays.

Your donation is tax deductible and all proceeds benefit citizens of Currituck County. Last year, Operation Santa served more than 500 local children!

For citizens who wish to receive assistance from Operation Santa, DSS will begin accepting applications on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. The application period will end on Nov. 22, 2019.  Children must reside in Currituck County to be eligible for Operation Santa assistance.

Citizens and community groups who wish to support Operation Santa may choose any of these four options:

  •  SPONSOR a family with children by purchasing new, unwrapped gifts for the children.  Contact Samantha Hurd at 252-232-6040 or Heather Corbell at 252-232-6042, or send an email to
  • TOYS:  Donate new, unwrapped toys.  You may drop these off at the DSS front desk during regular business hours of Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Contact Samantha Hurd at 252-232-6040 or Heather Corbell at 252-232-6042, or send an email to
  • MONEY or GIFT CARDS:  donate money or gift cards to be used by DSS to purchase Christmas gifts for children. These donations can be made at the DSS front desk during business hours of Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  We also accept donations via our mailing address:  153 Courthouse Road, Suite 400, Currituck, NC, 27929. Please make checks payable to “County of Currituck”.
  • FOOD or MONEY:  Donate food, money, or gift cards to the Food Baskets for the Elderly program.  Contact Carla Mebane at 252-232-6039 or email to



(1)  How does sponsoring a family work?  Sponsors are responsible for purchasing Christmas gifts for the children within the family. We serve children 0-17 years of age.  When considering becoming a sponsor, begin by determining the total number of children you would like to sponsor for Christmas this year.  Once you decide, contact Samantha Hurd or Heather Corbell with The Currituck County Department of Social Services; and they will match you with a family.  You will receive a wish list for each child that includes ages, sizes and gift suggestions.  The wish list will help you shop for the children. Each wish list will be assigned a number to identify the family.  The gifts must be labeled with the application number and delivered to Social Services by a specified date and time, which will be coordinated with you.  The earlier in the season, the better!

(2)  How much money do I need to spend per child?  We do not set contribution guidelines for sponsors and there is no set dollar amount to spend per child.  There is also no set amount of toys to purchase.  We encourage you to spend as much as you reasonably can to assist a family. The gifts you provide will be the only gifts some children receive. It would be an amazing contribution if you are able to purchase a few wish list toys for each child and add stocking stuffers to the bag.

(3)  Why are the gifts required to be unwrapped? Will you accept gently used toys?  For safety reasons, all donated toys and gifts must be unwrapped and new.  We cannot accept used toys and sponsors cannot provide used toys to families.

(4)  Can I enclose a note to the family I am sponsoring, or could I meet the family?  No, in order to preserve and protect the confidentiality of children and their families, we are unable to allow sponsors to enclose notes, cards or meet the family.

(5)  If I cannot sponsor a family, are there other ways I can help?  Yes, donations of money, new toys, and gift cards are always welcome!  Please make checks payable to “County of Currituck”.  Separate donations can be made to provide gifts to disabled adult wards.

(6)  Is sponsoring a family or making a donation to Social Services tax deductible? Will I receive a receipt for my donation?  Yes, your donation is tax deductible. You will be provided with a receipt for all toys, goods, and money donated.

(7)  What is the Food Baskets for the Elderly Program?  This program provides groceries to disadvantaged elderly and disabled adults receiving case management services through the Currituck County Department of Social Services.  Non-perishable food items and canned goods are always needed.  Additional perishable items such as frozen turkey and ham can also be donated.  Please contact Carla Mebane to coordinate.

OTHER:  In an effort to maximize the number of families served, the Currituck County Department of Social Services partners with other community organizations to avoid duplication of sponsorships and contributions.  For any other questions, please contact DSS Director Samantha Hurd at 252-232-6040 or DSS Administrative Officer Heather Corbell at 252-232-6042, or contact us via email at

2021 property revaluation is underway

The Currituck County Tax Department has begun a state-mandated revaluation of property in the county. Over the next several months, staff will visit properties, review data, and study the sales of properties. Property owners will be notified of the new appraised values in the latter part of 2020 and the new values will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

Currituck County is partnering with Tyler Technologies, an appraisal company hired by the county, to conduct the revaluation.  While in the field, county staff and Tyler employees will carry photo identification as proof that they are members of the revaluation team.

Each county in North Carolina is required by state law to conduct a property revaluation every eight years. The intent behind the law is to ensure that all taxpayers are treated equally in the taxation of real and personal property.

Listed below are frequently asked questions regarding the 2021 revaluation. If you have additional questions, contact the Currituck County Tax Department at 252-232-3005.

  • What is revaluation?  Revaluation is the periodic review of all real property to ensure that its value reflects current market prices and that taxation is fair and equitable.  State law requires every county to reassess its property tax values to 100% of market value at least once every eight years.  Current property assessments were established in Currituck County’s last revaluation, which took place in 2013.
  • How are property values set?  First, the location, size, view, road access, neighborhood amenities, topography, zoning, use, and all other factors that influence the value of the land are considered.  Second, the size, type, age, condition, and quality of construction of all homes and buildings are evaluated.  Third, recent property sales are studied.  Finally, schedules and rules are developed and approved that guide the appraisers in appraising each property.
  • Who is conducting the revaluation?  The reappraisal will be carried out through the cooperative and coordinated efforts of the Currituck County Tax Department and Tyler Technologies.  Tyler Technologies has assisted in the revaluation in at least 16 counties in North Carolina and at least 20 counties use their computer software for county assessments.
  • How will the revaluation affect my real estate taxes?  Even though values will decrease for many properties, that does not mean that property owners will pay less in taxes. In fact, many taxpayers will pay about the same, some will pay more, and some taxpayers will pay less. The amount of taxes an individual will have to pay will become clearer after the new tax rate is set.
  • How will the revaluation affect taxes on my personal property?  Taxes on personal property items such as cars, boats, mobiles homes, and business equipment will be affected by the new tax rate established after the revaluation.
  • What if I don’t agree with a new appraised value?  All property owners will have a right to an appeals process regarding an appraisal. Appeal forms will be attached to each notice of new appraised values sent to property owners.

County schedules storm debris collection

Currituck County will conduct a roadside collection of vegetative storm debris caused by Hurricane Dorian. This collection will begin on Monday, Sept. 23.

Citizens should understand that the collection process will take several days to complete across the entire county. Anyone who does not want to wait for their debris to be picked up may take it to one of the county’s convenience centers for disposal.

Important points to remember:

  • The collection will only take place from the right of way on state-maintained roads. Collection trucks will not pick up storm debris on private roads.
  • Residents who are unsure if they live on a state-maintained road may check online (enter address in the search box).  NCDOT also offers a webpage that allows users to see if a secondary road is state-maintained.
  • Residents on private roads should take storm debris to one of the county’s convenience centers.
  • Only “woody” debris (trees and branches) will be collected. No bags or other items will be picked up.
  • Tree and branch sections should not be more than 6 feet in length.

At this time, there is only one collection pass planned for the county. Everyone who wants to participate should have their debris in place along their state-maintained road by Sept. 23. Anyone with questions may contact Currituck Emergency Management at 252-232-2115.

County approved for replacement of FNS benefits for current recipients

On Sept. 5, 2019, Hurricane Dorian brought severe flooding and power outages to several eastern counties in North Carolina. To assist current Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) recipients adversely effected by this disaster, North Carolina requested a waiver to provide mass replacement of benefits, without requiring households to report loss of food or provide verification of the loss. Currituck County was one of eight counties included in the waiver.

The waiver allowed for an automated mass replacement of 30% of the August 2019 benefits.  Estimating the portion of the food purchased with monthly benefits that had not yet been consumed at the time of the disaster, and was therefore subject to loss, was relevant to making this determination.  The estimate also considered whether the loss was limited to perishables due to a power outage, or perishables and non-perishables due to structural or flood damage.

The state automatically issued the replacements on September 15, 2019.  These benefits are available to households on Sept. 16, 2019.

For more information, contact the Currituck County Department of Social Services at 252-232-3083.



Save the date: Currituck Heritage Festival

The Currituck Heritage Festival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Rural Center. Once again, the festival will feature a BBQ competition, bull-riding rodeo, and the Handmade and Homegrown Contest. There will also be live music, heritage displays, vendors, children’s Fun Zone, horse riding demonstrations, cornhole tournament, and more! Also, an arts contest will be held to feature paintings of the county’s heritage.

Admission to the Heritage Festival is free and gates open at 1:00 p.m. Tickets will be required to enter the People’s Choice BBQ Competition and to attend the rodeo.

Information on these specific activities, along with registration forms and information, is available from the N.C. Cooperative Extension and the Currituck Travel and Tourism Department:

Art Contest:  The Travel and Tourism Department is partnering with the Currituck Arts Council to host an art contest during the festival. Entries should be paintings (only) that depict some aspect of Currituck County and our heritage. All Currituck County artists who are interested in participating should call Bryan Bass at 757-390-6390.  Paintings must be submitted at the Moyock Welcome Center by Oct. 15.  Please make sure your contact information is attached to the artwork.  Entries will be displayed at the Heritage Festival and ribbons will be presented to winners that day.  If you are interested in selling your artwork, make sure that you include the price and a card where you can be contacted.

Sheriff offers self-defense class for women

The Currituck County Sheriff’s Office Is now offering a free Woman’s Self-Defense Class to the residents in our community. An excellent staff of instructors who are certified and knowledgeable in self-defense and situational awareness will teach each group. The classes will be held in an accommodating facility with all necessary equipment to insure participant safety in an appropriate learning environment.

This training is free to all county residents and will be scheduled by available time frames for instructors. We will ask that the participating citizen(s) sign a waiver acknowledging that they will be under the participant’s insurance/waiver of liability during the training.

If you are interested in participating, please send a request to Capt. Jaymes Holden at

Chamber donation supports seniors’ meal delivery

The Currituck Senior Nutrition Program received a generous donation from the Currituck Chamber of Commerce to help support home delivery of meals to local senior citizens.  A donation of $1,253.78 was raised during the Chamber’s Spring Social event and was presented to the Senior Nutrition Program on July 24, 2019.

The Home Delivered Meals Program, also known as Meals on Wheels, provides a nutritious daily meal for senior citizens who are unable to cook or shop for groceries themselves. This program benefits many elderly residents of Currituck County and welcomes new volunteers to make the meal deliveries. If you would like to learn more or volunteer, contact the Currituck Senior Center at 252-232-3505.

Pictured:  Paul ‘O’Neal Chair, Towne Insurance, Stacy L. Joseph, Coordinator Currituck County Senior Center, Kristi Parrotte – Gregory & Associates CPA, Candace Wright The Cotton Gin,  back Larry Lombardi, Currituck County Economic Development, Winnie Wiseman Dominion Energy, Tameron Kugler Currituck Travel & Tourism, Eldon Miller of EL Miller & Sons, Becky Howard CA Howard & Associates Realty, Mike Florez of Florez Design Studio, Inc.


Corolla office hours adjusted for permits and inspections

As of July 29, the Currituck County Satellite Office in Corolla will have office hours for Permits & Inspections from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Monday through Friday. This temporary reduction in office hours is due to a current staff shortage. An announcement will be made when the Permits & Inspections staff is able to resume normal office hours (8 am – 5 pm) in the Corolla Satellite Office.

Office hours in the mainland Permits & Inspections Office will remain at normal times of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Citizens are also encouraged to use the county’s online system when they wish to apply for permits and schedule inspections. This convenient service is available on the county website at

If you have any questions, contact the Planning Department, Permits & Inspections Office, at 252-232-3378

DSS Board welcomes new member, recognizes Halstead for service

During its July 17, 2019 meeting, the Department of Social Services Advisory Board welcomed a new board member and commended a retiring Currituck DSS employee for a long and excellent career.

Donald Ray Etheridge, Jr., was sworn in as a member of the Social Services Advisory Board. Ray Matusko, Clerk of Superior Court, administered the oath of office to Etheridge, who now joins current board members Margarette Etheridge (Chair), David Doll, Dorothy Johnson, and Mary Etheridge.

The board then recognized Patty Halstead, who is retiring at the end of July after serving with Currituck Social Services for 18 years.  Halstead oversees the intake process at DSS and has helped many families and clients find appropriate resources in times of need. During the meeting, DSS Director Samantha Hurd and Matusko each praised Halstead for her service to citizens in Currituck County.

“She is the gatekeeper of all the reports that come into the agency,” Hurd said. “Patty really believes in helping people and she does everything in her power to do that.” Hurd presented Halstead with a framed letter of congratulations that was signed by other DSS employees.

Matusko acknowledged the difficulties and stress often faced by social workers, and said, “Patty possesses many qualities necessary to do this job, such as empathy, compassion, and dedication.”

Congratulations to both Etheridge and Halstead!

1st photo, L-R:  Margarette Etheridge, DSS Board Chair; Donald Ray Etheridge, Jr.; Samantha Hurd; and Ray Matusko.






2nd photo:  Patty Halstead (L) receives a framed letter of recognition from DSS Director Samantha Hurd.

License plate agency opens in September

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles announced on July 11, 2019 that a License Plate Agency will open in Currituck County in September and will be located at 257 Caratoke Highway, Suite E, in Moyock.

Included in the services offered at the license plate office will be specialty license plates, renewal license plate decals, vehicle registration services, and title transactions. For more information on this announcement, visit ThinkCurrituck, the Currituck County Economic Development website.