Stories in Featured Stories

Brigadier Gen Billy Mitchell—an outspoken, controversial visionary with a place in OBX history

Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice
The Billy Mitchell highway sign on the north end of Hatteras Village gives a sense of who Brigadier General Mitchell was. But it does not come even close to telling the full story of a man who, with considerable justification, is considered the father of American air power. Full story

May 27


Former Dare educator now teaches about nature in her books

Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice
There’s a new Under the Sea and Wildlife themed children's book series on the Outer Banks, written by a local educator and former vice principal of Manteo Elementary School, Adrienne Palma. Full story

May 26


Is the Ocracoke Brogue on the endangered list?

NC State researcher Walt Wolfram tracks the disappearing dialect
By Maggie Miles | Outer Bank Voice

Recent research from the Linguistics Department at North Carolina State University has found that southern dialects of North Carolina are disappearing at a rapid rate. Full story

May 24


‘I like to think I have a good ear for words’ 

Writing is a way of life for recently retired KDH Police Captain John Towler
By Mary Ellen Riddle  | Outer Banks Voice

John Towler began writing at about the age of eight when he illustrated and wrote comic books with his three brothers. “We all had our own stables of silly superheroes and supervillains with occasional crossovers into each other’s creations,” he says. Full story

May 21


Dare Challenge to open first Women’s Center

Residential recovery facility to be located in Wanchese
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

Dare Challenge, the faith-based program working with those struggling with addiction, has acquired a property for their first-ever women's facility, located on a small horse farm in the heart of Wanchese. Full story

May 16


Unraveling a Manteo murder mystery 

Writer John Railey tackles the case of Stacey Stanton in his new book
By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice

It was February of 1990, and the Outer Banks was preparing for the tourist season when a horrific murder occurred in Manteo.  Full story

Apr 10


Joachim Gans: A Remarkable Life of Discovery

Arriving on Roanoke Island in 1585, he created the first science center in the New World
By Kip Tabb  |  Outer Banks Voice

There’s a historic marker at the entrance of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site that bears the name of Joachim Gans. The inscription is short—there is, after all, only so much that can be written on a highway sign.  “Scientist: Jewish native of Prague. Led metallurgy experiments, 1585-86, at the first Roanoke colony near here. Part of Lane’s English expedition,” it reads. Full story

May 12


Crafting Dreams: The legacy of boat building on the Outer Banks

By Brian Tress | Outer Banks Voice
“The way they build their boats is very wonderful. For although they lack any iron tools such as we use, they can make boats as good as ours. And these boats are seaworthy enough to take them sailing or fishing wherever they want to go.” These are the observations of the artist John White on the boat-building prowess of the Native Americans who lived on Roanoke Island in 1585. Fast-forward about four centuries. Boat building is a thriving industry on the Outer Banks. Full story

May 15


Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show opens at Dare Arts

By Mary Ellen Riddle | Outer Banks Voice
The 27th Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show opened to a crowded house in the Dare Arts Courtroom Gallery on Sunday, May 5. The room was packed with over 150 people chatting, walking the perimeter gazing at the 77 artworks and taking in the purple, blue and red award ribbons for works that received either Best in Show, Excellence or Honorable Mention accolades.  Full story

May 8


A half century later, Manteo’s 1974 State Champion baseball team gets its ring

By Mike Brisson  | Outer Banks Voice
The Manteo varsity softball and baseball teams hosted Camden on Thursday night, May 2, for their final regular season home games.  On the softball diamond, the home team celebrated their lone departing senior, 2nd baseman Sydnee Ballance.  At the baseball field, a ring ceremony was held for the 1974 Manteo baseball team that won the Class A North Carolina State Baseball Championship 50 years ago. Full story

May 2


‘Playing a contact sport on skates takes nerve’ 

The Kill Devil Derby Brigade keeps roller derby alive on OBX
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

When “Bilbo Smackins,” or Julie Kirn as she’s known off the track, first walked up to a practice for the Kill Devil Derby Brigade, she didn’t know what to expect. She had just gone from a very physical job at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island to a stationary desk job and was looking for a way to stay in shape. Her coworker recommended Kill Devil Derby Brigade. Full story

Apr 29


‘We’re excited to follow this journey’

Nags Head teen Will Deane heads for the World Junior Surfing Games
By Maggie Miles | Outer Banks Voice

It's the time of year when 16-year-olds are typically found daydreaming in classrooms, envisioning summer breaks filled with beach days, skatepark sessions, and perhaps part-time gigs bussing tables or working in retail, all while relishing the company of friends. Will Deane is gearing up for a different kind of summer experience. Full story

Apr 21