Stories by Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice

New Manteo health center aims for spring open

CEO provides update to Health Care Task Force By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice A federally qualified health center (FQHC) in Manteo is slated to open its doors sometime next spring, according to Joe Rockenstein, CEO of the Ocracoke and Englehard, N.C. Health Centers. Full story

Dec 6

‘The town didn’t get what it bargained for’

Southern Shores seeks to fix problem in beach nourishment project  Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice. The northern beaches of Southern Shores ended up with significantly less sand than they were originally slated to receive during the recent renourishment efforts that wrapped up in that municipality late last month. Full story

Dec 1

At 14, Mackenzie Taylor is already a lifting legend

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice. When 14-year-old Mackenzie Taylor was just six years old, she would go to the Jarvisburg Church of Christ (JCC) gym with her grandfather, who coaches weightlifting as part of an outreach program there. “She said she wanted to try it,” said her grandfather, Gene Berry. “So we put her in a contest and she won and broke records and hadn’t really even trained. She was extremely strong, just gifted in that way.” Full story

Nov 22

The Poulos Christmas House legacy lives on in Wanchese

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice For Kristy Poulos of Wanchese, decorating her home at 89 Skinner’s Landing for Christmas is about a lot more than just celebrating the holidays. Full story

Dec 9

OBX must-see Christmas Houses

The Borzellinos of Southern Shores (Part of a continuing series) By Michelle WagnerOuter Banks Voice Getting ready for Christmas at the Southern Shores home of Paul and Carla Borzellino home typically begins in October. At least, that’s when the boxes come out. Full story

Dec 7

OBX must-see Christmas houses

The Hoods of Grandy
(Part of a continuing series)

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice. 

Daryl and Verdery Hood of Grandy represent the essence of holiday spirit and for 17 years now, they have used their creative talents to transform their home and yard into a Christmas wonderland. Full story

Dec 5

Basnight ‘consistently rose to the top at every step’

New Dare Supt. contract runs through 2026, starts at $190K By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice. Longtime educator Steve Basnight takes the helm of Dare County Schools as its new superintendent beginning Dec. 1, nearly six months after the sudden resignation of John Farrelly and the subsequent appointment of Steve Blackstock as interim superintendent. Full story

Nov 16

NCDOT says Colington Rd. project halfway done

Travel on road significantly affected by traffic stops By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice ​Improvements to busy, flood-prone Colington Road are now 48 percent complete, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). Full story

Nov 15

OBX’s must-see Christmas houses 

The Facendas of Kitty Hawk By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice

(Part of a continuing series)
Don’t miss the Christmas spectacular at 5111 Lunar Drive in Kitty Hawk this holiday season, where Tony and Karen Facenda have transformed their yard into a “Kitty Hawk Christmas Land.” Full story

Dec 2

Meekins Field upgrade to be completed in mid-2023

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice Enhancements and improvements to the Meekins Field Community Park in Kill Devil Hills are underway and expected to be complete by late spring or early summer, according to Kill Devil Hills Commissioner Terry Gray. Full story

Nov 10

OBX’s must-see Christmas houses   

The Mennicuccis of Kill Devil Hills By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice. For the past nine years, Deborah and Dave Mennicucci have been spreading holiday cheer while also raising money for the Beach Food Pantry by lighting up their yard at 206 Clamshell Drive in Kill Devil Hills. And this year, the Mennicuccis hope to beat last year’s donations that totaled $4,833 and 1,108 pounds of food. Full story

Nov 29

Dare Board paves way for OBX’s first pet crematorium

Colington facility still needs Special Use Permit By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice The Dare County Board of Commissioners on Nov. 7 unanimously approved a request for a zoning text amendment that would allow for pet crematoriums as an accessory use to pet grooming and kennel facilities in certain areas of Colington. Full story

Nov 7