Stories by Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice

A tree falls in Buxton

Nearby residents question the cutting of a large live oak
By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice

Flowers Ridge Road is a narrow, twisting dirt stretch off Lighthouse Road in Buxton. It meanders along a low ridge, passes Jennette Sedge, finally intersecting Old Doctors Road in Buxton Woods. One of the oldest roads on Hatteras Island, it has never been paved and doesn’t show up on state highway maps, making it difficult to say just how old it is. Full story

Feb 19


Currituck Commissioners Censure Paul Beaumont

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
During a contentious and often confusing special meeting of the Currituck County Board of Commissioners on Feb. 15, Commissioner Paul Beaumont was censured by his fellow commissioners by a vote of 5-2. Full story

Feb 16


Cape Hatteras Lighthouse gets $19M facelift

Strengthening the structure, enhancing the visitor experience
By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is about to get its most extensive renovation since its beacon first warned mariners of Diamond Shoals on Dec. 16, 1870. Now approaching its 155th anniversary, the Lighthouse is showing its age in spite of recent efforts to maintain and restore it. Full story

Feb 14


Dare County seeks $40M grant for Rodanthe beach nourishment

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
Tucked away in the Feb. 5 Dare County Commissioners meeting—following the approval of $250,000 for a sand assessment study for Hatteras Island—was a comment from County Manager Bobby Outten about a grant that Barton Grover, Grants and Waterways Administrator for the county had just submitted. Full story

Feb 8


Heikens elected to fill KDH Commissioner’s seat

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
By a vote of 3-1 at their Feb. 5 meeting, the Kill Devil Hills Commissioners selected Timothy Dillon Heikens to fill a vacant seat on the five-member board created when Mayor John Windley defeated Ben Sproul in the November 2023 election. Full story

Feb 6


At the new Cowell Cancer Center, the focus is ‘patient centered care’

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
The newly opened Cowell Cancer Center has consolidated all the Outer Banks Health cancer services under one roof in a 15,000 square foot state-of-the art building across the street from the hospital in Nags Head. The result, says Radiation Oncologist Dr. Charles Shelton, at the Cowell Center, is a better patient experience with the potential for better outcomes. Full story

Feb 3


Jockey’s Ridge a battleground in clash of state commissions

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
In what one official described as “a very complicated bureaucratic issue,” two state commissions are facing off over the rules that govern CAMA (Coastal Area Management Act) regulations. Full story

Jan 27


The State of Dare County—positive news and some headwinds

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
Clad in blue football jerseys to highlight the overarching theme of teamwork, the Dare County Commissioners reviewed a series of key county issues during the Jan. 23 State of County event before a packed house at Captain George’s in Kill Devil Hills. Full story

Jan 23


Pedestrian, bike safety concerns prompt study of Duck trail extension

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
Concerns about pedestrian and bike rider safety have prompted the Town of Duck to begin a feasibility study examining whether creating a multi-use path on the west side of NC 12—from Aqua Restaurant & Spa to the Southern Shores town line—is a viable option. Currently the west side multi-use path that begins at the Currituck County line ends abruptly at Aqua Restaurant & Spa. Full story

Jan 15


Dare housing task force has first meeting   

Another effort to solve a daunting problem
Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice

Searching for answers to a workforce housing shortage that has plagued Dare County for decades, Dare County’s housing task force held its first meeting at the county’s administration building on Thursday, January 18. Full story

Jan 19


Breaking bread together to celebrate Martin Luther King

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
With the voices of the Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) Choir performing at First Flight High School, the 33rd Annual Dare County Birthday Celebration of Reverend Martin Luther King took place on Jan. 13. Full story

Jan 13


In the wake of the storm

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
For all of its power, there appears to have been relatively little damage from the storm that passed through on the night of Tuesday, Jan. 10. That doesn’t mean there was no damage. Wanchese in particular was hard hit with trees and large branches on the ground. Residents reported very strong and sudden winds that seemed like a tornado. Full story

Jan 10