Stories by Russ Lay | Outer Banks Voice

GETTING TO KNOW…Jennifer Bland, new District 1 Judge

Not many of us decide our future career and the age of eight and go on to fulfill that dream. But our newest District 1 Judge, Jennifer Bland, did just that. On… Full story

Oct 4

NouVines: A new wine experience in Manteo

There’s a new kid in town in the Manteo waterfront district. Judging by the early consumer response, it will fill a long-vacant niche for visitors and residents on Roanoke Island in search… Full story

Aug 9

GETTING TO KNOW…Amber Hitt, helping save sea turtles at STAR

Sea turtles rank right up there with dolphins, porpoises and whales in the galaxy of sea creatures that capture our interests and even our hearts, particularly when it comes to their survival.… Full story

Jun 13

GETTING TO KNOW…CHUMM’s Dennis Carroll, the helping hand on Hatteras

Hatteras Island is a special place for many of our visitors and residents—an area largely untouched by development and one reminiscent of the entire region before the northern beaches were transformed by… Full story

May 22

GETTING TO KNOW…Logan Marshall, emerging young filmmaker

  Our focus for this “Getting to Know” installment is on our youngest subject to date. Logan Alexander Marshall won’t turn 21 until October. But age has never been an obstacle for… Full story

Apr 4

GETTING TO KNOW…Tim Sweeney, Dean of the College of Albemarle’s (COA) Dare County Campus

In this installment, we meet Tim Sweeney. Sweeney serves as Dean of the College of the Albemarle’s Dare County campus, which will soon move into new digs being constructed along Highway 64… Full story

Mar 15

GETTING TO KNOW…Reide Corbett, Executive Director of the Coastal Studies Institute

Q: Let’s start with a short intro into CSI’s history and mission. A: Conspicuously perched above the water just south of the Manteo/Wanchese intersection on Rte. 64, the UNC Coastal Studies Institute… Full story

Feb 15

Mary Ellen Riddle, Education Curator, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

There are a number of Outer Banks residents who have told our story to locals and visitors over the years through writing, music, painting and other fields that come other the broad… Full story

Jan 14

Outer Banks Hotline Executive Director Michael Lewis

Our second installment in the “Getting to Know” series focuses on an organization that is sadly, essential to every community. The Outer Banks Hotline’s mission statement reveals a simple and straightforward purpose:… Full story

Dec 11

The Dare County Arts Council and Executive Director Chris Sawin

“Getting to Know…” is an ongoing Voice feature looking at some of the people who make the Outer Banks tick, the businesses, charities, and governmental departments they work for and their personal… Full story

Dec 2

WAcky Whimsical Winterland

“If necessity is the mother of invention then it is the mother of innovation as well…” Kip Tabb wrote in an Outer Banks Voice story back in July. Tabb was chronicling the… Full story

Nov 22

Mike Kelly’s new idea waits out a pandemic

As is the case with many businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned one well-known local restaurant operator’s plans upside down. But Mike Kelly hopes and believes that will only be temporary. When… Full story

Jul 30