Stories by Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

Alex Cohill brings summer yoga camp for kids to the OBX

By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
There’s a new summer camp coming to the Outer Banks next week, and the premise is to teach kids how to connect to their bodies and feel comfortable in their own skin through yoga. Full story

Jun 18

Former Dare educator now teaches about nature in her books

Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
There’s a new Under the Sea and Wildlife themed children's book series on the Outer Banks, written by a local educator and former vice principal of Manteo Elementary School, Adrienne Palma. Full story

May 26

Is the Ocracoke Brogue on the endangered list?

NC State researcher Walt Wolfram tracks the disappearing dialect
By Maggie Miles | Outer Bank Voice

Recent research from the Linguistics Department at North Carolina State University has found that southern dialects of North Carolina are disappearing at a rapid rate. Full story

May 24

J-1 international student workers heading to OBX

‘We want to make them feel like they’re our family’ says Pastor David Daniels
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

One sure sign of summer is the start of Pastor David Daniels’ weekly dinners for the J-1 International Students, a tradition that is more than 20 years old. Full story

May 18

Dare Challenge to open first Women’s Center

Residential recovery facility to be located in Wanchese
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

Dare Challenge, the faith-based program working with those struggling with addiction, has acquired a property for their first-ever women's facility, located on a small horse farm in the heart of Wanchese. Full story

May 16

Dare Commissioners approve $370K budget for opioid settlement funds

By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
A $370,000 budget for the allocation of the Dare County opioid settlement funds for Fiscal Year 2024-25 was approved by the Dare County Commissioners at their May 7 meeting following a presentation by Roxana Ballinger, Co-Chair of the Saving Lives Task Force. Full story

May 8

‘Playing a contact sport on skates takes nerve’ 

The Kill Devil Derby Brigade keeps roller derby alive on OBX
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

When “Bilbo Smackins,” or Julie Kirn as she’s known off the track, first walked up to a practice for the Kill Devil Derby Brigade, she didn’t know what to expect. She had just gone from a very physical job at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island to a stationary desk job and was looking for a way to stay in shape. Her coworker recommended Kill Devil Derby Brigade. Full story

Apr 29

‘We’re excited to follow this journey’

Nags Head teen Will Deane heads for the World Junior Surfing Games
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

It's the time of year when 16-year-olds are typically found daydreaming in classrooms, envisioning summer breaks filled with beach days, skatepark sessions, and perhaps part-time gigs bussing tables or working in retail, all while relishing the company of friends. Will Deane is gearing up for a different kind of summer experience. Full story

Apr 21

Demand for food help soars at Beach Food Pantry   

Many residents struggling with ‘perfect storm’ of economic pressures
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

At the Beach Food Pantry’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon in February, Executive Director Elisabeth Silverthorne shared some jarring statistics. From 2022 to 2023, the demand for food from their flagship on-site pantry program in Kitty Hawk grew by nearly 70%. Full story

Apr 12

Seeking her shot on ‘Survivor’

Kitty Hawk’s Ayla Anlauf has the right stuff for the reality show
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

What do spearfishing, starting fires from scratch, building shelters, raising farm animals and landscaping in the summer heat have in common? They make you an excellent candidate for CBS’s Survivor—the reality competition television franchise which features a group of contestants deliberately marooned in an isolated location, where they must provide basic survival necessities for themselves. Full story

Apr 6

At the Elizabethan Gardens, archaeologists dig deep into the past

By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
Archaeologists with First Colony Foundation completed their second successive dig at Roanoke Island’s Elizabethan Gardens on Friday, March 8, finding evidence of a farmstead belonging to the Algonquian village of Roanoac that hosted Sir Walter Raleigh’s explorers in 1584. Full story

Mar 12

Dare Challenge prepares for a growth spurt

Organization to expand its facilities, partner with Dare County and COA
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

Dare Challenge will break ground on a new facility in Wanchese on March 11, one that will consist of two new dorms that will allow the program to expand from 15 to 50 residents. Full story

Mar 10