Stories by Russ Lay | Outer Banks Voice

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Feb 15


GETTING TO KNOW…
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…

Jan 14


GETTING TO KNOW...
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:…

Dec 11


GETTING TO KNOW...
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…

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…

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…

Jul 30


The restaurant-omics of a pandemic

Why COVID-19 has upended many business models As we entered into Phase Two of statewide the statewide COVID reopening scheme, local restaurants were able to take advantage of new policies that opened…

Jun 12


For troubled OBX fishing industry, COVID-19 is one more blow

The Outer Banks’ commercial fishing industry has seen its share of problems over the past few years. Federal neglect of the Oregon and Hatteras Island inlets has caused shoaling, making it difficult…

May 21