Stories by Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

‘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


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.
Full story

Jan 22


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


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


Lights, camera, OBX!

Why showbiz likes this isolated sandbar
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
Every November, Dare County GIS (Geographic Informational Systems) releases a fun, interactive map in celebration of GIS Day to demonstrate allow users to create, manage and analyze the world around us by connecting the “what” to the “where.” Full story

Dec 3


OBX’s special ‘Christmas Houses’
Michael Coley’s Manns Harbor Christmas show

By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
(This is part of an ongoing Voice series on the OBX’s special ‘Christmas Houses’)

Towering Christmas trees made from telephone poles, oversized candy canes crafted from PVC pipes, synchronized lights matched perfectly to classic Christmas songs and a message on a lit-up sign reading “Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward all Mankind.” Those are just a few of the elements creating a festive and magical atmosphere at the Manns Harbor Christmas Lights. Full story

Dec 9


OBX’s special “Christmas Houses’
‘I’m just a kid at heart’

The Hood house is a must-see Christmas treat
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

(This is part of an ongoing Voice series on the OBX/s special ‘Christmas Houses’) Daryl and Verdery Hood have spent the last 19 years perfecting the craft of Christmas at their seasonal display in Grandy. Full story

Dec 14


OBX special “Christmas Houses”
From ‘Hands of Gold’ to a heart of gold

Proceeds from Mennicucci Christmas House go to fight hunger
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

(This is part of an ongoing Voice series on the OBX’s special ‘Christmas Houses’) In the past decade, the Mennicucci family has collected a total of $19,573 and 6211 pounds of food from visitors who have come to enjoy their “Hands of Gold” Christmas display at 206 Clamshell Drive in Kill Devil Hills. Full story

Dec 21