Stories by Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice

Living Proof exhibit highlights courage against cancer

By Mary Ellen Riddle  | Outer Banks Voice
Art heals. That is the message that three Dare County women want to share with the community. Kathy Cawthon, Linda Lauby and Cyndi Goetcheus Sarfan, friends whose lives have been affected by cancer, formed the Visionary Artists Group whose goal is to give all those whose lives have been impacted by cancer an opportunity to share their experiences through creative expression. Full story

Jul 8


Capturing ‘a moment in time that is otherwise lost’ 

The work of Kitty Hawk artist David Beal on display at Duck Town Hall
By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice

As a teenager, David Beal got a letter from President Gerald Ford thanking him for his contribution to America’s Bicentennial after he painted an attention-grabbing series of patriotic symbols and images on a barn in Ohio. Full story

Jul 2


‘I think you teach kindness and empathy’

Donna Roark is a tireless volunteer on the Outer Banks
By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice

Donna Roark is a farm-raised gal. She grew up in Central Virginia surrounded by rolling hills and hunting dogs. She left behind the farm landscape for the sea when she came to Dare County 33 years ago and became a volunteer extraordinaire, giving back to the community through multiple non-profit and county organizations. Full story

Jun 11


‘I like to think I have a good ear for words’ 

Writing is a way of life for recently retired KDH Police Captain John Towler
By Mary Ellen Riddle  | Outer Banks Voice

John Towler began writing at about the age of eight when he illustrated and wrote comic books with his three brothers. “We all had our own stables of silly superheroes and supervillains with occasional crossovers into each other’s creations,” he says. Full story

May 21


Unraveling a Manteo murder mystery 

Writer John Railey tackles the case of Stacey Stanton in his new book
By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice

It was February of 1990, and the Outer Banks was preparing for the tourist season when a horrific murder occurred in Manteo.  Full story

Apr 10


35th Annual Artrageous Kids Art Festival on May 11

By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice
It is fun, free, and fantastically creative. The 35th Annual Artrageous Kids Art Festival opens at Dowdy Park in Nags Head on Saturday May 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a goal to kindle the artistic spirit in young folk. This year’s theme is “creativity stARTs here.” Full story

May 5


Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show opens at Dare Arts

By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice
The 27th Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show opened to a crowded house in the Dare Arts Courtroom Gallery on Sunday, May 5. The room was packed with over 150 people chatting, walking the perimeter gazing at the 77 artworks and taking in the purple, blue and red award ribbons for works that received either Best in Show, Excellence or Honorable Mention accolades.  Full story

May 8


Three Cape Hatteras Secondary students move on to International DECA competition

By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice
Three Cape Hatteras Secondary School students in the DECA club were state finalists at a March competition in Greensboro, vying against more than 5,000 students. As a result, they are headed to Anaheim, California this month to compete in the DECA International Career Development Conference Competitive Events program.  Full story

Apr 27


Outside Straight Lines exhibit opens at Dare Arts

By Mary Ellen Riddle   |  Outer Banks Voice
Heartfelt messages are shared at Dare Arts in Manteo with the opening of the Outside Straight Lines exhibit on June 7 that features the work of artists from the LGBTQ+ local and northeastern North Carolina communities. Full story

Jun 15


Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum reopens

By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice
The museum unveiled a completely renovated and long awaited “permanent museum.” Full story

Apr 17


29th Annual Artist Self-Portrait Exhibition at Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery

By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice
Visitors to the 29th Annual Artist Self-Portrait Exhibition will have the opportunity to travel into the minds of artists and see how they envision themselves through visual and literary works. The show is on display at Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery in Nags Head from April 1 through May 15 with the opening reception on April 1 from 1-3 p.m. Full story

Mar 29


‘Making a survivor’ into ‘a thriver’ 

Gail Hutchinson fills many roles as victim’s advocate in Dare Sheriff’s office.
By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice

Gail Hutchison is a calming and capable force. She works as a victim’s advocate at the Dare County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Doug Doughtie finds her irreplaceable. “It’s a job probably that very few people can do that she does,” he says. “She does things well outside the scope of what I hired her for.” Full story

Feb 27