Stories by Kip Tabb

Maestro of the Morning: First Flight High’s Miss Pat retires

Early morning is pure chaos at a high school. In the midst of the maelstrom, Miss Pat answers the phone as though it’s the only task before her, tells the parent the lunch will get to their child and always talks to the students first.

3 hrs


Rain doesn’t deter crowd from first Food Truck Showdown

On the Outer Banks, food trucks have been growing in popularity, though, because they offer restaurants and caterers a way to bring their products to their customers, either at festivals or special events or for a catered affair.

Jun 10


Community activist Khan gives Dare Dems tough advice

Although the policies he favors are typically associated with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, Faisal Kahn, director and founder of the Carolina Peace Center, is equally disapproving of Republicans and Democrats.

May 30


Austin Seafood: A family affair spanning six decades

Austin Seafood is a family affair. When Jimmy and Sandra Austin first opened their doors between the roads at the foot of Jockey's Ridge in Nags Head in 1960 it was that way, and 58 years later it still is.

May 28


30 years, 39 books: Tate-Melvin team’s Nature Series endures

The author and illustrator have brought to life the fauna and flora of the Outer Banks in their wildly popular Nature Series ever since publishing their first collaboration, “Crabby and Nabby,” in 1988.

May 4


Virginia Symphony Orchestra: Pure magic in a perfect setting

It doesn’t get much better than this: On the last Saturday in April, beneath a deep blue sky with scattered clouds and the Roanoke Sound as a backdrop, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra took the stage at Roanoke Island Festival Park.

May 2


Some teachers wary of plan for Spanish language immersion

Although they acknowledge the program will probably be in place next fall, some teachers are critical of how it has been communicated to them, how the proposal will effect staffs and how it will affect them professionally.

Apr 19


Dare schools prep to immerse elementary students in Spanish

Although no final decision has yet been made, outreach to parents of incoming students has shown widespread support for the program, which would offer instruction 90 percent in Spanish in kindergarten and first grade.

Apr 17


Telepsychiatry filling local need for expert care of children

Telepsychiatry is part of a growing trend of telemedicine. Using dedicated lines and high-definition imagery, telemedicine has enabled smaller hospitals to use the services of specialists they cannot afford to have on staff.

Apr 4


Mayor of Manteo says he’s not stepping down anytime soon

Mayor Bobby Owens says he has no plans to resign, just months after being elected, despite a recent report to the contrary. And he cleared up why he asked Town Manager Kermit Skinner to not retire at the end of June.

Mar 31


Community Foundation: Helping students for over 25 years

Overseeing almost 50 scholarship programs and with a history of working with the community to help students reach for their dreams, the Outer Banks Community Foundation has been helping students since its founding in 1982.

Mar 28


Review: First Flight High’s performance of Grease a triumph

With outstanding performances from Miles Kasten as Danny Zuko and Summer Tonneson as Sandy Dumbrowski in the lead, Grease at First Flight High School was everything the musical is supposed to be.

Mar 19