Stories by Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice

For Room in the Inn, challenge and change

Non-profit for the homeless begins new season There have been some difficult times for the OBX Room in the Inn in recent years. Founded in 2009, the organization has always…

Nov 21


Message in a bottle

Three OBX fishing buddies discover a life well spent The wind was howling out of the northeast with low clouds spitting rain that weekend in mid-September. There really wasn’t much…

Nov 3


Vampires of Ocracoke

The island is home to a new horror film Amidst the beauty of Ocracoke a horror lurks. The residents, complicit if not always willing participants in the terror that stalks…

Nov 12


For now, Event Site planning on hold

Advisory Group sidelined by COVID pandemic With planning currently on hold for the Soundside Event Site, it’s unclear what the future holds for the prime Nags Head location. “That site…

Oct 29


With a little help from his friends

Jerry Pontes tries to save a home and business Jerry Pontes is homeless and his business, the Hippie House Gallery in Kill Devil Hills, is closed. He had been living…

Oct 23


Beach wreckage revives the mystery of the Metropolis

There was something about the little nubs of wood sticking out of the sand at low tide that attracted Suzanne Heisman’s attention as she and her husband, Kim, walked along…

Oct 14


‘It’s been absolutely nuts’

OBX home sales boom in midst of pandemic The Outer Banks real estate market is hot. It’s part of a national trend, but what is happening locally goes beyond the…

Sep 29


‘One hundred percent through October’

OBX appears headed for record fall tourism The summer season is merging into autumn on the Outer Banks. The weather is cooling and the days are shorter. But the roads…

Sep 18


A Poet Laureate visits (remotely) with Dare students 

Joy Harjo talks of observing, writing and persevering Joy Harjo is the first Native American to become Poet Laureate of the United States. Her poetry is filled with beautiful and…

Sep 12


‘I have big plans’

Tammy Nichols wants to restore Winks in Kitty Hawk The original Winks store on the corner of the Beach Road and Eckner Street in Kitty Hawk is on the comeback…

Sep 2


Amid unique circumstances, Dare County prepares to protect voting in the 2020 election

As the nation heads into a crucial 2020 election in the midst of a once-in-a-century pandemic, Dare County officials are confident that they are prepared to protect the integrity of…

Aug 21


Tourism drives a good summer for many OBX retailers

Merchants are also adapting to changes from COVID-19 For many Outer Banks retailers operating during a pandemic, this summer’s perhaps surprisingly strong visitor numbers are translating into healthy sales and…

Aug 14