Stories by Russ Lay

Reynolds Barber Shop-experience the ‘old’ OBX and a slice of Americana

A young U.S. Coast Guard member takes a seat with his wife in the store. It’s close to 4:30 and Reynolds Barbershop is approaching closing time. Two more men await their turn while Charles L.…

Sep 11


The Cookshak-The OBX finally has its own ‘chicken joint’

When it comes to food, the Outer Banks enjoys choices from two distinct culinary traditions. As a coastal resort, seafood has always played a leading role with local as well as Caribbean themed dishes (a…

Aug 19


Far Out Bistro is worth the ‘far out’ trip to Manteo

Quick. Name some varieties of food that tend to form the theme of a restaurant. You might have thought of food groups such as pizza, burgers, steak, pasta or even salads. Or perhaps ethnic and…

Aug 3


Masala Bay: Authentic Indian food has arrived on the OBX

Four of the nine people in our group consider themselves well-acquainted with Indian food, including one New Yorker. He pronounced Masala Bay equal to the Big Apple eateries he frequents.

Oct 23


Jul 24


Birding on the Outer Banks: Vultures and martins abound

This month, let’s take an in-depth look at our two vulture species, Turkey and Black. They are both large, dark birds, related to hawks, which do an outstanding job of cleaning up carrion, mostly road…

Jul 10


Max’s Pizza: New digs are a win-win for owners and patrons

Fans of Max’s Pizza who have been missing their lasagna and excellent pies, we have some good news. Max’s is back at a new location that sports a larger, more appealing dining area replete with…

Jun 26


Here’s why Terry Gray is Dare County’s Citizen of the Year

The bulk of our conversation revolved around the influences gus upbringing, especially the lessons he learned from his grandfather and how the communities where he grew up cultivated a sense of family and contributing to the greater good.

Jun 24


Shipwrecks: A new face in a growing family of restaurants

The inside bar is all new and will focus on old favorites as well as trendier cocktails, beach-themed drinks, and 22 taps for everything from the latest microbrews to good, old-fashioned PBR.

Jun 13


Dare Board: No new taxes; controversy on Hatteras Island

The most contentious part of the meeting came during a request by Commercial Ready Mix Products to amend a use permit governing the hours of operations of a temporary concrete plant in Waves.

May 21


Commentary: Legislation blows hot air at wind turbines

The military could provide a map of their own depicting areas they would prefer to remain wind turbine free without the help of a part-time state legislators banning such facilities using a map created by the bill's supporters.

May 20


Dare County moves ahead in securing money for a dredge

The plan to build the dredge under a public-private partnership would allow the county to deploy the dredge almost year-round and when not needed, to allow the dredge to operate in other shallow water ports within the state.

May 6