Stories by Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice

Strong performances mark the opening of the 87th season of The Lost Colony

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
Telling the story of the first attempt by the English to colonize the New World, The Lost Colony has opened for its 87th season on Roanoke Island. With strong performances from the principal actors and some compelling special effects, the play, which is the longest continually running outdoor drama in North America, offers a pleasant and engaging two and a half hours of entertainment. Full story

Jun 2


Tshombe Selby, and stories of the struggle for freedom, highlight Juneteenth celebration

By Kip Tabb  | Outer Banks Voice
With well over 100 people in attendance at the Pea Island Cookhouse Museum in Manteo, the fourth annual Juneteenth Celebration featured the remarkable voice of native son Tshombe Selby. Full story

Jun 20


As USACE plans more work in Buxton, questions persist over scope of that work

By Kip Tabb  | Outer Banks Voice
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced on June 13 that it will perform additional testing for contaminants in the soil at the former Buxton Naval station. Full story

Jun 16


Mojo rocks the house at the Pioneer

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
After 60 plus years of blues, rock and roll and a few other genres, a heart attack five years ago and two new hips recently, Mojo Collins, at 81, still knows how to rock the house. And he put that on full display on the night of June 15 at the Pioneer Theater in Manteo. Full story

Jun 15


Currituck Board defers decision on proposal to alter permitting for large projects, including SAGA hotel complex

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
Concerned about the potential impacts from a proposed 172-room hotel and 127 single-family-home development in Corolla, Don Haller, a longtime property owner there, presented a text amendment to revise the permitting process for projects larger than 30,000 square feet at the June 3 Currituck Board of Commissioners meeting. Full story

Jun 5


‘The race is just a great experience’

Worrell 1000 competitors on the thrills and challenges of the race
By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice

Eleven impressive 18-foot catamarans came ashore on May 23 at Kill Devil Hills on the next to last leg of the Worrell 1000 race. Full story

May 25


Brigadier Gen Billy Mitchell—an outspoken, controversial visionary with a place in OBX history

Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
The Billy Mitchell highway sign on the north end of Hatteras Village gives a sense of who Brigadier General Mitchell was. But it does not come even close to telling the full story of a man who, with considerable justification, is considered the father of American air power. Full story

May 27


‘Its’ been a great run’ 

After more than a half century of coaching, First Flight’s Jim Prince retires
By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice

Coach Jim Prince is in his element. He’s standing in the middle of the First Flight High School gym floor holding a microphone and chanting, in his trademark raspy voice, “I am, somebody.” Full story

May 18


About 2,500 plants on display at Coastal Gardening Festival

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
Rain or shine, the 20th Annual Coastal Gardening Festival was going to go on Saturday, May 18.  Sponsored by the Dare County Master Gardener Volunteers, the event featured more than 50 vendors and more than 2,500 live plants for sale.  Full story

May 19


‘We’re Not Going to Stop Working’

Questions remain on Buxton Beach cleanup as effort moves ahead
By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice

At a special May 14 meeting of the Dare County Board of Commissioners at the Fessenden Center in Buxton, Colonel Ron Sturgeon of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) told the 75 or 80 audience members that the process of addressing concerns about contamination at Buxton Beach had taken too long. Full story

May 15


Joachim Gans: A Remarkable Life of Discovery

Arriving on Roanoke Island in 1585, he created the first science center in the New World
By Kip Tabb  |  Outer Banks Voice

There’s a historic marker at the entrance of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site that bears the name of Joachim Gans. The inscription is short—there is, after all, only so much that can be written on a highway sign.  “Scientist: Jewish native of Prague. Led metallurgy experiments, 1585-86, at the first Roanoke colony near here. Part of Lane’s English expedition,” it reads. Full story

May 12


Kids and Families Flock to KidsFest

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
The are hints that today’s 15th Annual KidsFest, held on Friday, May 10 and sponsored by Children & Youth Partnership (CYP) of Dare County, was as well-attended as last year’s record-setting event. Full story

May 10