Stories by Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

‘Save Our Sand Dunes’ spotlights the role of kids in saving Jockey’s Ridge

Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
In 2016, the North Carolina Office of Archives and History began a children’s book series aimed at preserving and promoting North Carolina History. Their latest installment, distributed by the University of North Carolina Press, is on a topic near and dear to Outer Banks residents. Full story

Feb 23

At Manteo Middle School, it’s a family affair

Deshawn Banks is the fourth member of his family to coach an undefeated basketball team
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

The Manteo Middle School Braves basketball team won its conference tournament on Feb. 7 in Moyock, ending up not only as Athletic Albemarle Conference (AAC) champions, but also sporting an undefeated season record of 14-0. Full story

Feb 15

‘It’s a true world music’ 

Terrance Simien’s Zydeco Experience comes to the Pioneer  
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice One thing that the Outer Banks and Louisiana have in common are the wetlands that mark the coastal landscapes and shape lifestyle and culture. Eastern North Carolina has the marsh. Louisiana has the bayou. Full story

Feb 10

Dare County’s first pet crematorium opens 

Rainbow Bridge give pet owners choices in ‘post-life care’
Maggie Miles  |  Outer Banks Voice

In opening the first pet crematorium in Dare County this month, Rainbow Bridge in Colington, co-owner Pam Anderson said she wanted to give owners more choices in the final care of their beloved pet. Full story

Feb 7

Asserting innocence, Tom Imschweiler seeks prison release 

OBX visitor accepted plea deal in the 2018 death of his infant son
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

In November 2021, Tom Imschweiler began a five-year prison sentence after agreeing to a plea deal in connection with the July 22, 2018 death of his four-month-old son Franklin while the Pennsylvania family was on vacation in Corolla. Full story

Jan 26

After the Virginia bars and The Voice, Huntley comes to the Pioneer

Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
Many contestants on The Voice go on the show to figure out who they are as artists. But after spending a weekend with Huntley for two sold out shows at the Pioneer Theater on Jan. 26 and 27, followed by two intimate parlor sessions at Manteo House, it’s clear that Huntley knows exactly who he is. He’s a blues and rock singer songwriter who’s been hustling and grinding and betting on a dream for two decades. Full story

Feb 1

On the Outer Banks, rats are a growing problem

By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
The Outer Banks is witnessing a surge in population, but this time it's not the human variety.
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Jan 22

OBX Got Talent: And it was on display

Judges select five local finalists at Pioneer Theater event
By Maggie Miles  | Outer Banks Voice

It was a full house at the Pioneer Theater in downtown Manteo on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 26, 10 local finalists were winnowed down to five by a panel of judges in the first live audience auditions of OBX Got Talent. Full story

Jan 30

‘I never felt my house move like that’

Despite powerful winds, NWS concludes Dare County did not experience a tornado
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

Residents from Stumpy Point to Wanchese were left terrified and shaken up as reports of a suspected tornado passing through the area flooded Facebook on the stormy night of Tuesday, Jan. 9. Full story

Jan 11

Three new Sugar Planet/Sugar Kingdom stores slated to open on OBX

By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
Three new and large candy store outlets are coming soon to the Outer Banks. They include two Sugar Planet locations in Kitty Hawk and Corolla, and one Sugar Kingdom store in Avon. There are already two Sugar Planets in operation, one in Kill Devil Hills and one in Nags Head. Full story

Jan 6

Keeper’s plan for Oregon Inlet Lifesaving Station 

Vision at odds with Aquariums’ desire to move 125-year-old facility
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice There is agreement that something needs to be done with the historic, picturesque 1898 Oregon Inlet Lifesaving Station, a building whose fate has been uncertain since it was decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard more than 30 years ago. Full story

Dec 26

At age 80, Le Hook is a special Santa

By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
It was the year 2000 and Le Hook was in Montgomery, Alabama at a Christmas lights show at the local zoo with his wife and two young sons. He decided to wear a Santa hat to be festive. As he sat on a train that guided folks through the lightshow, he looked behind him to find two wide- eyed little boys. “Are you Santa?” they asked him. Full story

Nov 30