Stories by Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice

Southern Shores hears ideas on easing summer traffic

‘No-left-turn’ weekends not slated to return this year   By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice During an April 26 public information session, the Town of Southern Shores presented some traffic mitigation measures it is considering as a way to ease congestion during the busy weekends in summer months. Full story

Apr 27


Dare Board approves zoning measure for more accessory dwelling units

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice | In an effort to address critical housing needs in Dare County, the Dare County Board of Commissioners on April 20 unanimously approved a zoning amendment to extend the areas where accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can be located in the county’s unincorporated areas. Full story

Apr 21


OBX Dare Challenge plans major $2M expansion

Residential addiction treatment facility looks to triple capacity By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice | Outer Banks Dare Challenge is about three months away from breaking ground on an expansion project that will allow its existing residential addiction treatment facility in Wanchese to go from serving 15 clients to having the capacity to serve 50. Full story

Apr 20


Dare Ed Board hopefuls battle for the ballot

Marie Russell, Jessica Fearns seek to run as unaffiliated By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice | Two candidates are trying to take a different route to the Dare County Board of E Full story

Apr 16


Neighbors of Jockey’s Ridge Soundside Access sound off on traffic dangers

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice | Describing large volumes of traffic, speeding motorists and other safety and environmental concerns, more than a dozen neighbors of Jockey’s Ridge State Park’s Soundside Access shared stories with the Nags Head Commissioners on April 6 about what it’s been like to live on West Soundside Road and other residential streets that lead to the very popular soundside beach access. Full story

Apr 15


Manteo sewer pump station to be finished by fall

Some express concern about impact on views By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice Construction of the new Shallowbag Bay Sewer Pump Station in the southeast corner of George Washington Creef Park is now underway and is expected to be completed by the early fall, according to town officials. Full story

Apr 13


Beach access debate re-ignites at Duck meeting

But town council sees matter as ‘a dead issue’ By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice The debate over public versus private beach access resurfaced at this week’s Duck Town Council meeting, with the latest round between homeowners on Plover Drive – where there is a private beach access – and Bob Hovey, a Duck business owner who has led a crusade to bring public beach access to the town’s beaches. Full story

Apr 7


From the surfin’ circuit to Surfin’ Spoon

New film looks at the life of Jesse Hines By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice | As a kid, Outer Banks photographer Mike Leech remembers having posters of former local pro surfer Jesse Hines on his wall. Full story

Mar 31


Dare officials affirm support for Mid-Currituck Bridge

As litigation continues, towns pass resolutions pushing project forward By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice With the busy tourist season around the corner and ongoing legal challenges to the N.C. Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) proposed Mid-Currituck bridge, Dare County governing bodies are reaffirming their support for the project that has been on the table for decades, but has stalled due to financial and legal roadblocks. Full story

Apr 6


Faith-based summit enlists OBX clergy in substance abuse battle

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice | Nearly 50 Outer Banks clergy members, public officials and residents gathered at St. Andrews by-the-Sea in Nags Head on March 31 for a faith-based substance use summit and workshop that focused on the role congregations can play in supporting individuals in prevention, treatment and recovery. Full story

Apr 1


Dare County partners with company to build about 100 housing units

By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice Dare County announced it will enter into a partnership with the Ohio-based firm Woda Cooper to develop roughly 100 essential and workforce housing units at two sites. Full story

Mar 29


COA’s new academic building opens new doors

$18 million project consolidates the Dare County campus  By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice With the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new College of the Albemarle (COA) academic building in Manteo just a few weeks away, COA President Dr. Jack Bagwell took the Voice on a tour through the building that he says was built with a primary focus on flexibility and functionality. Full story

Mar 21