Stories by Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice

From duck blinds to shipwrecks, Dare’s GIS maps are a treasure trove of info

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice There’s something for everyone on the Dare County GIS (Geographic Information System) page. Find the value of a particular Dare County property, locate the county’s duck blinds and identify their owners, or go back in time to learn about the area’s first real tourist hotel (built in 1838). It’s all there in an easy-to-use format. Full story

Feb 4


With public input, OBX Visitors Bureau moves to create long-term tourism plan

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice With between 75-100 Outer Banks residents gathered at the Ramada Inn in Kill Devil Hills on the evening of Jan. 24, the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau (OBVB) continued the process of collecting community input for a 20-year plan for Dare County Tourism. A similar meeting was held earlier in the day at Fessenden Center on Hatteras Island. Full story

Jan 26


‘They do amazing things’

Dare County Schools Art Show showcases student talent By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice The Annual Dare County Schools Art Show at Glen Eure's Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head is one of the truly enjoyable local events of the year. Full story

Jan 22


New facility at Duck Pier will expand its military applications

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice   With the Jan. 19 ribbon cutting at the new Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) at the Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility (FRF) in Duck, the world class research center is expanding its work to include cutting edge applications for the military. Full story

Jan 21


No easy answers at Rodanthe community meeting

Dare County says funds not available for beach nourishment By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice Speaking before a packed Rodanthe community meeting, as well as a number of online participants, Dare County Manager Bobby Outten outlined the challenges facing a beach nourishment option for Rodanthe. Full story

Jan 19


‘You never know what’s gonna walk through the door’ 

Local musician Monte Hooker runs the open mic at Art’s Place By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice It’s a Wednesday night in January at Art’s Place on the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk. Local musician Monte Hooker has set up some chairs at the back of the dining area with couple of microphones, amps and whatever else may be needed for the weekly open mic. For Hooker, who’s been playing music since he was nine or ten, it’s a comfortable place to be. Full story

Jan 13


Lift Every Voice in Song 

The Outer Banks Honors Martin Luther King Jr. By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice In a joyous and heartfelt celebration of his life, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was honored at First Flight High School on Saturday, Jan. 14. Full story

Jan 15


‘I want to see this town…be exceptional’  

New Kitty Hawk Town Manager Melody Clopton on the tasks ahead By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice Kitty Hawk has a new town manager, although with 12 years in town government, Melody Clopton is probably as familiar with the requirements of her new position as anyone could be. Full story

Jan 4


Serious staffing shortages plague Juvenile Justice

Dare County law enforcement officials discuss the impact By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice Understaffed and hampered by what many see as an inadequate compensation scale, the Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) is struggling to meet its staffing requirements. Full story

Dec 30


Creating a buzz around beekeeping

At OBX Beekeepers’ Guild, the talk is honey and hives By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice The monthly meeting of the Outer Banks Beekeepers’ Guild (OBBG) is about to begin, and in the meeting room behind the Kill Devil Hills library, there’s perhaps 20 guild members exchanging greetings and information at the December 14 gathering. Full story

Dec 21


Mustang Music’s Rockin’ Christmas Concert lives up to its name

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice The Mustang Music Outreach Program’s (MMOP) Rockin’ Christmas Concert at the Film Theater at Roanoke Island Festival Park on Dec. 11 was a celebration of community and the accomplishments of young musicians—and some older ones as well. Full story

Dec 12


A Christmas Story, and Ralphie’s Red Ryder, come to life at the Theater of Dare

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice A Christmas Story: The Reading, presented by the Theater of Dare and wrapping up with a Dec. 18 performance at the Dare Arts building in Manteo, is a good example of what happens when talented actors have a script they enjoy and a great story to tell. Full story

Dec 18