Stories by Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice

Blackstock sworn in as Dare Interim Superintendent

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice Steve Blackstock, accompanied by his wife Suzanne, was sworn in as interim superintendent for Dare County Schools around noon on July 1. Full story

Jul 1


Hope and frustration mix at Dare Board meeting on doctor crisis

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice In a packed meeting room on June 28, the Dare County Commissioners held a two-hour special meeting to address what has been characterized in recent weeks as a healthcare provider crisis in the community. Full story

Jun 28


44-acre Kill Devil Hills site eyed for housing

Property includes part of disc golf course By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice A 44-acre tract of Kill Devil Hills property located just south of Bermuda Bay and north of the Run Hill State Natural Area is one of a number of sites being eyed for essential housing as part of Dare County’s efforts to address the housing crisis here. Full story

Jun 27


Manteo Commissioners discuss ways to ease health provider shortage

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice Spurred by the news that Outer Banks Family Medicine-Manteo would no longer serve about 2,400 patients due to a lack of medical providers, the Manteo Board of Commissioners met with a representative of the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation on June 24 to discuss ways to recruit and retain private medical practitioners. Full story

Jun 24


So far, more OBX sea turtle nests this year

Number of ‘false crawls’ also increase By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice Turtle nesting season is well underway along Outer Banks beaches and to date, the number of nests has increased compared to this time last year, according to officials with the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.) and Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS). Full story

Jun 23


Planned development off Airport Rd. raises concerns

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice Plans for a 56-single family home development off Airport Road on Roanoke Island have neighbors concerned and speaking out about the potential impact on traffic congestion, public safety, the environment and flooding. But what they can do about it seems limited. Full story

Jun 21


‘When I read that letter…I was in shock’

Manteo medical practice to no longer provide care to several thousand patients By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice Manteo residents John and Pam Buscemi have been patients at what is now Outer Banks Family Medicine-Manteo for the past 35 years. But as of June 23, they and more than 2,400 other patients currently being served at the practice will be forced to find a new primary care physician. Full story

Jun 16


Nags Head Planning Board to hear hotel proposal

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice The Nags Head Planning Board on June 21 will hear a preliminary proposal for a new hotel to be called the Inn at Whalebone. Full story

Jun 18


Dare Ed Board names Blackstock as interim superintendent

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice Moving to fill a void left by the departure of John Farrelly, the Dare County Board of Education on June 14 unanimously named former Manteo Elementary School Principal Steve Blackstock to serve as interim superintendent of schools. Full story

Jun 14


How one book disappeared from Dare school libraries

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice In November 2021, print and digital copies of a 2015 historical young adult novel, Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez, were removed from Dare County Schools high school libraries. The book has remained off the shelves since. Full story

Jun 10


Event center plan presented at public meeting

Nettles describes Nags Head site as ‘civic center’ concept  By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice About 60 people gathered for a June 6 public meeting in the Keeper’s Galley Building at Haven on the Banks to hear the details of the proposed $18 million event center that is planned for the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head. Full story

Jun 6


Two unaffiliated Dare Ed Board candidates make ballot

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice The Dare County Board of Elections has certified the petitions of the two unaffiliated candidates seeking to run for a seat on the Dare County Board of Education in the November election, according to the candidates. Full story

Jun 5