Stories by Sandy Semans Ross | Outer Banks Voice

New ruling allows candidate filing to restart for all offices

Update from the North Carolina Board of Elections In a reversal of a ruling earlier in the day, the full North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled on Dec. 6 that candidates for the U.S. House, N.C. House and N.C. Senate can begin filing their candidacy paperwork on Tuesday Dec. 7. Full story

Dec 6


Judges allow NC election plans to proceed  

Ruling comes among legal challenges to new redistricting maps  A three-judge panel in Raleigh ruled on Friday Dec. 3 that candidate filings based on the recently redistricted maps can begin, as planned, on Monday Dec. 6.   Full story

Dec 3


Seeking Miss Crissy 

Unearthing a piece of Outer Banks history Miss Crissy Bowser died about 100 years ago in a cabin on Roanoke Island. But she hasn’t been forgotten. Full story

Nov 18


Dare County split in NC House redistricting

State Rep Hanig announces bid in new NC Senate district Now that the redistricting maps for the state’s congressional and legislative districts have been ratified by the North Carolina General Assembly, a… Full story

Nov 5


Why OBX Conservationists bought the Khoury Oak

The story of this ancient tree has deep roots When the Outer Banks Conservationists purchased an undeveloped lot at 1050 US 64 on Roanoke Island in 2012, many scratched their heads and… Full story

Oct 18


Update on injured UPS driver Kenny Lubosch

UPS driver Kenny Lubosch, who was badly injured in an accident on Sept. 29, is now home in Stumpy Point. The community has gathered around the family to help out with everything… Full story

Oct 6


SAGA to buy Roanoke Island property from Friends of Elizabeth II

SAGA Realty & Construction has entered into a purchase contract with the Friends of Elizabeth II to buy three adjoining lots that the group owns on Roanoke Island. According to Friends Board… Full story

Oct 5


The quest for affordable housing: The Bowsertown saga

(Second in a two-part analysis) In 2005, buying a home in Dare County was becoming an issue, with prices constantly rising and leaving behind many who wanted to purchase residential homes. Full story

Sep 25


The quest for affordable housing: Why the numbers don’t work

(First in a two-part analysis) The lack of affordable housing for sale or rent in Dare County has a profound effect on many people — they include seasonal and year-round workers, the businesses and organizations that rely on them, and seniors living on the Outer Banks. Full story

Sep 24


A COMMUNITY ON THE EDGE
Hyde County Schools face the test of limited resources

While the bank is now gone in Engelhard, the Pamlico Ice and Light Co. — now Tideland Electric Cooperative — is still making an impact on the community in a way that… Full story

May 26


A COMMUNITY ON THE EDGE
The rise and fall of Farrow’s Red and White

With schools now resorting to online teaching due to the Covid-19 closure, the Hyde County school system is still feeding breakfast and lunch to more than 500 each day by delivering the… Full story

May 27


A community on the edge

The bank of Engelhard finally closes its doors The ground was too wet to plant Mattamuskeet onions, so devoted fans will go without this year. Covid-19 shut down schools, so parents are… Full story

May 25