Stories by Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

‘It’s a moving tribute, a celebration of compassion’

Why Erin Collins started the Chasing Rainbows Charity Race
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

After Erin Collins lost her son right before his due date in 2019, she did the only thing she could think of that had gotten her through ups and downs in life. She laced up her shoes and went for a run. Full story

Sep 22

Using farm animals to help humans feel better

By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
When Christina Strayer and Frances Danner looked at the suicide rate for workers on the frontlines of public safety and public health, they thought, ‘What can we do?’ Full story

Sep 28

Jockey’s Ridge ceremony to mark terminus of Mountains-to-Sea Trail

By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
In 1977, Howard Lee, then Secretary of the NC Department of Natural Resources and Community Development, was invited to give a speech at a trails conference at Lake Junaluska. In that speech, he proposed that there should be a trail that runs from one end of the state of North Carolina to the other. Full story

Sep 15

‘We ought to be investing in a long-term strategy’

New Room in the Inn head seeks community engagement to tackle homelessness
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

New OBX Room in the Inn Executive Director Shari Fiveash says her main goal is to reach out into the community to create more partnerships with local organizations and churches and foster more opportunities for the growing unhoused population on the Outer Banks. And those opportunities include everything from supporting more housing options to helping people succeed in the job market. Full story

Sep 25

Aleya Howington’s winding path to the runway

Despite obstacles, Currituck resident makes NY Fashion Week debut  
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

In 2013, during her freshman year of college at East Carolina University, Aleya Howington walked into a gas station when an older gentleman approached her and introduced himself. Full story

Sep 8

The mysterious castle in the dune

Remnant at Jockey’s Ridge harkens back to mini golf and a different era
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

For decades, the tip of a mysterious castle poking out from beneath the sand dunes of Jockey’s Ridge State Park has piqued the curiosity of locals and vacationers alike. Visible from U.S. 158 (The Bypass), the castle plays an ongoing game of peekaboo with those driving by and those who come to climb the highest sand dunes on the East Coast, as it alternates between being buried and revealed, depending which way the wind blows. Full story

Sep 1

OBX Environmental Film Fest

Event organized by Peace Garden Project, sponsored by Dare Arts
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

The Peace Garden Project, a local 501 (c)(3) focused on environmental justice and food justice, is bringing the Outer Banks its first ever environmental film festival next month. Full story

Oct 4

At Manteo forum, storm experts say not to take Category 1 hurricanes lightly

By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
With the area on the cusp of peak storm season, Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson, Erik Heden, Local Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service, and Carl Barnes, Lead Meteorologist for the National Weather Service, held a local Hurricane Preparedness Forum at the Dare County Emergency Operations Center in Manteo on Wednesday, Aug. 23. Full story

Aug 25

‘Lights, camera, classics’: New Outer Banks Film Society plans a ‘book club for film’

New Outer Banks Film Society plans a ‘book club for film’
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

Dare Arts, along with film enthusiasts Gaye and David Morris, are bringing yet another attraction to Manteo by introducing the first ever Outer Banks Film Society, created to foster a community that appreciates the art of film. Full story

Aug 21

Paddle out ceremony set to honor Delbert Melton

Local legend and surfing icon passed in March
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

A paddle out ceremony will be held to celebrate the life of Delbert Melton on Saturday, Sept. 16. Delbert, who passed away this year on March 15, was a local surf legend who was known for his counter-culture lifestyle and for teaching kids across the Outer Banks how to surf. Full story

Aug 17

‘They need our help’

How an Indiana family works to support OBX sea turtles
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

When the McFate family came to Nags Head from Indiana last fall for one of their regular trips to their second home, Laura McFate decided to incorporate lessons about sea turtles into her curriculum for what the kids refer to as “car school.” Full story

Aug 15

‘It’s our home tournament, the whole community gets involved’

Pirates Cove and Alice Kelly Billfish Tournaments get underway this weekend
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

The anticipation is palpable at Pirates Cove Marina and throughout the fishing community as the Outer Banks gears up for the 40th annual Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament (PCBT). The event is not only one of the longest standing fishing traditions on the Outer Banks, it also features the Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament, the largest lady angler tournament in the world. Full story

Aug 10