Stories by Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

‘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


‘It’s about keeping the last little slice of history’

Recalling the heyday of the Breakers in Nags Head
By Maggie Miles  |  Outer Banks Voice
“The Breakers…ahhh, how do I even sum it up! It's like living in a little beachside bubble that just stayed the simplistic same while the rest of the world around you seemed to be changing at lightning-fast speeds,” reflects Mary Schmader, one of the last of two residents who still live at the Breakers. “It represents a time in history that seems to be fading away from American culture.” But while the property and cottages themselves haven’t changed (except for the wear and tear), they are vanishing. Full story

Mar 30


A life on the stage

Evan Tillett has gone from elementary school actor to Theater of Dare director
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

Evan Tillett remembers the moment when he knew why he was put on this earth. He was six years old and standing on stage at Manteo High School, making his debut as an orphan in Manteo High School’s production of a Christmas Carol. Full story

Feb 29


Currituck Beach Lighthouse takes a star turn in ‘Breakwater’

By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
When film director James Rowe visited the Outer Banks on vacation a few years ago, he discovered the star of his next film. It was tall, captivating and mysterious—the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Rowe went back to Los Angeles and wrote Breakwater, a neo-noir thriller inspired and centered around the historic landmark. Full story

Mar 16


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


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