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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 Jaymes.holden@currituckcountync.gov.

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.

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Corolla office hours adjusted for permits and inspections

Beginning July 29, 2019 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 https://co.currituck.nc.us/permits-inspections/

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.

2nd cardiac arrest save this year made on Corolla beach

On June 15, 2019, members of Currituck County Fire-Emergency Medical Services saved a 49 year old male who had gone into sudden cardiac arrest in Corolla. The patient, a vacationer from Maryland, was swimming in the ocean at the onset of his cardiac arrest. He was removed from the ocean by Corolla Beach Rescue lifeguards, who immediately began administering CPR and used an automatic external defibrillator on the man.

EMS personnel arrived and administered Advance Life Support emergency treatment. After 17 minutes, the patient’s pulse returned and he was airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital by the Dare County Med-Flight air ambulance. EMS staff reports that the patient’s health steadily improved and he was released from Norfolk General Hospital on June 18.

Earlier this year, on May 25, a 37 year old male from New York was also saved from sudden cardiac arrest. This man went unconscious while in the ocean and was removed by his fiance and bystanders, who began initial CPR at the scene. Currituck Fire-EMS personnel administered Advance Life Support treatment and, after approximately 15 minutes, the patient regained a pulse and was transported to the hospital. EMS reports that he was discharged five days later to return home.

Currituck County is extremely proud of these accomplishments. Since May 12, 2018, 5 out of 13 people have been saved from cardiac arrest while vacationing in Corolla. This 38% success rate is 30% better than the national average, according to EMS staff.  Currituck County Fire-EMS credits the quick response times to these incident scenes and having proper staffing and training of personnel. Both fire engines in the Corolla Fire District are state-certified with Advance Life Support equipment. During critical incidents, Currituck Fire-EMS collaborates with the Currituck 911 Center, Corolla Beach Rescue, Corolla Volunteer Fire Department, Currituck County Sheriff’s Office, Dare County, and Nightingale Air Ambulance. This teamwork helps to keep the beaches in Currituck County safer for our residents and guests.

NCDOT provides update on local projects

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is making progress on two improvement projects involving the J.P. Knapp Bridge and U.S. 158, while attempting to minimize impacts on summer travel through the county.

A reconditioning project on the J.P. Knapp Bridge in Coinjock began in March with the removal of approximately 1″ of concrete that had been saturated by road salts. The negative effects of salt on the bridge include corrosion of the reinforcement steel leading to expansion of the steel and the spalling or breaking of the concrete due to moisture, which leads to potholes in the riding surface. Once the saturated concrete was removed, a non-permeable concrete was installed to bring the riding surface back up to grade.

With this initial phase completed, the current phase includes diamond grinding to improve ride-ability, transverse grooving for increased traction, and finishing seals to expansion joints. NCDOT has allotted its contractors a time-frame to finalize work on the Knapp Bridge by mid-August but expects an earlier completion date. To accommodate the heavier seasonal traffic, NCDOT will not allow lane closures on the bridge from Friday through Sunday.

In a separate project, work to resurface U.S. 158 is progressing through lower Currituck and aims to fix the problem of loose gravel on the highway. The issue of loose gravel stems from the previous resurfacing in the fall of 2012. The type of surface installed allows storm water to drain through the top mix to the underlying concrete in order to reduce spray from automobiles and improve traction during wet weather. It has worked well in that regard for several years but the surface has deteriorated over time, producing the loose gravel and leading to numerous problems such as broken windshields and hazardous conditions for motorcycles.

The removal and replacement of the asphalt is occurring in two phases. Phase 1 includes multiple areas south of Grandy, which have already had the old pavement removed. The repaving of these areas with a new surface is scheduled to begin the week of June 24 – 28.

Phase 2 involves the area from Macedonia Church Rd. to the intersection of U.S. 158 and N.C. 168 in Barco. Work is currently underway to remove the old pavement. This is expected to be done by early July. Resurfacing this area will immediately follow, with an overall project completion expected by late July. Lane closures will not be allowed on Saturdays or Sundays. However, northbound lane closures only may be permitted on Friday mornings. An on-site NCDOT traffic monitor will determine if this causes delays in traffic and, if necessary, will remove the lane closure to allow motorists the use of all five lanes on the highway.

 

Currituck schools release info for parents

The Currituck County School district is preparing for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.  On June 20, 2019, officials provided several key pieces of information for parents and students:

  • School calendars for the upcoming school year are posted on the Currituck County Schools’ website.  Visit www.currituck.k12.nc.us and then click on the icon that reads “School Calendars”.
  • To enroll a new student, visit the school website and click on the “Enrollment” icon. For additional information, contact the Registration Office at 252-453-0205.
  • Kindergarten students and students entering 7th grade both have immunization requirements.  The current immunization requirements can be found at https://www.immunize.nc.gov/schools/k-12.htm.
  • Student athletes need to prepare for upcoming sports seasons by obtaining a sports physical.  The paperwork is available on the individual school websites, under “Athletics”.  Currituck County High School, in conjunction with Currituck Internal Medicine, is hosting a sports physical clinic on Tuesday June 25, beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Physicals are for rising 6th graders through 12th graders.  The fee is $10 and must be paid in cash.  Please call to get on the patient list at 252-453-0014.

if parents have any questions about the upcoming school year, please call the Currituck County Schools administrative offices at 252-232-2223.  The administrative offices are currently operating under summer hours:  Monday – Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Currituck County to build boat museum

Currituck County plans to begin construction later this year on a boat museum that will house historic boats and tell the stories of locals who worked and played on waterways in the area. Construction is scheduled to begin after Labor Day and should be completed by the fall of 2020.

The boat museum will be located in Historic Corolla Park, near the Currituck Lighthouse, Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, and Whalehead.