Operation Santa serves more than 300 children

The 2019 Operation Santa Claus in Currituck County was a huge success! Because of the community’s generosity in making donations, more than 300 local children received presents for Christmas.

Operation Santa was directed by the Currituck County Department of Social Services (DSS). Staff members coordinated with several local organizations to collect, organize, and deliver toys and clothes to children in Currituck County.

A final tally of $10,225 in monetary donations was made to Operation Santa by local businesses, community groups, and individuals. Several participants sponsored entire families by providing new toys and gift cards. Overall, a total of 320 children in Currituck County received Christmas presents because of Operation Santa!

“We want to thank all of the individuals who sponsored children and/or provided donations,” said Samantha Hurd, Director of Currituck County Social Services. “We’d also like to recognize and thank the organizations who sponsored multiple families.”

These organizations include Toys 4 Tots, Corolla Chapel, Salvation Army of Elizabeth City, Moyock Baptist Church, Moyock Animal Hospital, Hearts of Hope, Twiford Law Firm, Weeping Mary Church, Moyock United Methodist Church, Starbucks, Taylor’s Total Look Salon, Currituck YMCA, Shop With A Cop, and Towne Bank. In addition, the Currituck County Planning Department raised $1,500 for Operation Santa through a raffle contest.  Coastal Staffing Services’ Kathy McCullough-Testa and Rhonda Jatta made a donation of $1,000, and Hearts of Hope donated 1,500 stocking stuffers.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Operation Santa and helped all members of the community enjoy the Christmas holiday!

Below are  photos of the DSS staff and volunteers during Operation Santa:


Tourism staff receives achievement awards

The Currituck County Travel and Tourism Department was recently honored with two Tourism Achievement Awards from North Carolina Travel Industry Association (NCTIA) during its Tourism Leadership Conference in September.

The purpose of the Tourism Achievement Awards is to honor and showcase innovation, best practices, creativity, and the results accomplished through the travel industry’s marketing efforts. Currituck Travel & Tourism took home a platinum award in the Leisure Marketing category for its four distinct “Find Your…in Corolla” video commercials. Currituck also won a gold award in the Community Stakeholder Communication category for its video on the preservation of the historic working boats of Currituck County and the building of the Historic Currituck Maritime Museum.

Currituck competes for NCTIA awards against several large cities in the state, including Asheville, Raleigh, Charlotte, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem.

“With this caliber of competition, we are doubly proud of these awards.  But most importantly, these honors could not have been achieved without the support of our residents and tourism partners and businesses that make this such a great destination to promote,” said Tameron Kugler, Currituck Travel and Tourism Director.

 Photo:  L-R, Kemberly Sawyer, Promo & Events Coordinator; Alex Perry,Videographer; Stuart Chamberlain, Marketing Director; and Mark Stone, Visit NC Marketing Director.

Fire engine receives paramedic designation

On Oct. 18 2019, the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services (NCOEMS) approved the designation of Advance Life Support (ALS) non-transport certification for the Currituck County fire engine stationed at the Knotts Island Fire Station.  The ALS certification allows the fire engine to carry the same life-saving equipment that is carried on the ALS ambulance.  The fire engine will have an assigned cross-trained firefighter/paramedic personnel. The highly specialized equipment carried on the engine includes:  cardiac monitor capable of 12-lead EKG; IV supplies; emergency pharmacy cardiac & pulmonary rescue medications; and intubation equipment to provide the ability to place a breathing tube for unconscious patients.

The fire engine up-grade will provide residents of Knotts Island an extra layer of emergency protection in the event the ambulance is already committed on another emergency.  Since Currituck County employees began staffing the fire station in November of 2018, there have been more than 20 separate emergencies when the ambulance was already committed on another situation.  On average, the Knotts Island Fire Station responds to 250 emergencies a year, with 180 of those calls including a medical emergency.

This is third certified ALS Fire Engine in Currituck County. The other two are in the Corolla fire district. The Corolla fire district has successfully resuscitated 8 patients from full cardiac arrest since implementing this capability. Currituck County has embraced the fire-based EMS model and is the only municipality in NE North Carolina to utilize this model. Fire-base EMS is a common service model with the fire departments in the Hampton Roads area.

 Pictured with the Knotts Island fire engine are (L) Firefighter Daniel Wottawa and (R) Fire Lieutenant/Paramedic Frank Russo.

County breaks ground on Maritime Museum

Members of the Currituck County Board of Commissioners and the Historic Boat and Building Advisory Board officially kicked off construction of the Maritime Museum during a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, October 17, 2019 in Corolla. The museum’s site is located in Historic Corolla Park, near the Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education.

Commissioners Bob White, Mike Payment, Mary Etheridge, Owen Etheridge, and Selina Jarvis joined advisory board members, county staff, citizens, and officials from Sussex Development Corporation to celebrate the project’s beginning. Sussex Development, which has previously built other facilities in Currituck, is the lead contractor for the Maritime Museum.

The Maritime Museum will house historic boats, artifacts, and other displays that will tell the stories of local businesses and citizens who worked and played on the various waterways of Currituck County.  This facility will also add to the historical richness of Historic Corolla Park, which also includes the Whalehead Club, and help visitors learn more about the county’s unique heritage.

Updates and photos will be published occasionally during the building’s construction. The museum is expected to be completed by the fall of 2020.


Historical Society honored for 350th celebration

The Currituck County Historical Society is being recognized for its accomplishments in planning and celebrating the 350th anniversary of the first four counties in North Carolina, including Currituck County. The Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies announced that Currituck is the recipient of its Newsome Award for 2019.

The Newsome Award honors a member organization for its achievement in the preservation and/or presentation of local history. Currituck County’s Historical Society was chosen from the Federation’s 120 members for its leadership and effort in the 350th commemoration. The society coordinated a variety of programs during the year-long celebration, including historical presentations, traveling exhibits, historic homes tour, farm-to-table dinner, heritage tea, and fashion show. To make these and other events successful, the Historical Society collaborated  with many organizations throughout the Albemarle region.

“We are very happy to receive the Newsome Award,” said Barbara Snowden, of the Currituck Historical Society, “It took a lot of work on the part of lot of people to make the events a success. We really want to thank our community partners for their contributions.”

This marks the second time the Currituck County Historical Society has won the Newsome Award, having previously been honored in 2015. The Newsome Award is named for Albert Ray Newsome, who served as secretary of the N.C. Historical Commission and was a strong advocate for the study and preservation of local history in the state. Each year, the award recipient receives a $250 cash prize and a framed certificate at the annual joint meeting of the Federation and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. Members from Currituck will attend the meeting in Raleigh to personally accept the award.

Congratulations to everyone involved!


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.



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