Stories by Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

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


OBX’s special ‘Christmas Houses’
The Facendas’ Kitty Hawk Christmas Land

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

Even in the summer months, when the kids in Tony Facenda’s neighborhood ride by on their bikes and see him doing any kind of work in the yard, they are quick to yell out, “Are you working on Christmas?” Full story

Nov 28


The Manteo Candy Drop tradition lives on

Dec. 16 event commemorates the Berlin Airlift and Col. Gail Halvorsen
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

For Karin Edmond, the story of the Berlin Airlift, which brought food and fuel by air to millions of residents of West Berlin during the Soviet blockade following WWII, is a story of survival and freedom. Full story

Dec 7


NOV. 30 to DEC. 31
A new OBX tradition: The 12 bars of Christmas

By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
12 different Dare County restaurants and bars now plunging headfirst into Christmas spirit—from the décor and decorations to the food and drink. Full story

Nov 12


Pioneer Theater to host ‘OBX Got Talent’ 

Competition seeks to discover the area’s stars of the future
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

Tryouts begin on Saturday, Jan. 13 for OBX Got Talent as the Pioneer Theater in Manteo sets the stage to discover untapped musical talent on the Outer Banks with the premier of a live multi-night talent contest. Full story

Jan 13


The Tams at the Pioneer—old friends and a family affair

By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
It was a standing-room-only show at the Pioneer Theater in Manteo on Saturday, Dec. 23, as the latest version of legendary beach music group, The Tams, sang and danced the night away in a three-hour set that included their 1960s Billboard hits, from “Be Young, Be Happy, Be Foolish” to “What Kind of Fool.” Full story

Dec 27


Family of Sylvester Demetrius Selby says ‘we need accountability’ over his death

By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
The family of Sylvester Demetrius Selby, who was shot and killed by a Dare County Sheriff’s Deputy in Manteo on Oct. 2, is launching a lawn sign campaign to raise awareness about the case, which it believes was an unjust killing during a mental health episode. Full story

Nov 22