Stories by Russ Lay

Parade of Homes spotlights character, diversity of towns

The Outer Banks Home Builders Association’s 25th Annual Parade of Homes opens at 10 a.m. on Oct. 5 and runs through 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. It is a Parade with an identity all its own.

11 hrs


Twiddy announces bid for GOP state senate nomination

Coastal businessman and conservative Republican Clark Twiddy, who had been campaigning for lieutenant governor, said he was encouraged by state Sen. Bill Cook and other coastal citizens to make the switch.

Sep 19


2nd annual Dare County Motorcycle Toy Run set for Sept. 23

The Toy Run is made possible by an amazing collaboration of volunteers from local motorcycle clubs, charities, government and other interested individuals. Significant support also comes from local businesses

Sep 15


September: A magical month for Outer Banks birds

September marks the real start of fall migration and the birds are plentiful. Many still retain some of their summer plumage at this stage of migration. In later months, the migrating males show less plumage.

Sep 14


Former Lighthouse Auto owner moves to OBX Chevy Buick

Bobby Tolson has been a fixture in the automobile business for almost 50 years, and for two decades he owned and operated Lighthouse Truck & Auto Center in Manteo

Sep 13


Needle exchange: The story from a different perspective

From Jenny’s perspective, preventing the spread of Hep C, and more importantly, HIV is one way for her to help a community in which she is still a participant. When asked if she feels she is helping to enable drug use, her response is matter-of-fact

Sep 5


Buffalo City Jug Shop: Craft beers and a downtown vibe

By making craft beer geeky, Morgan is emphasizing that it is cool and approachable -- the very opposite of the wine snobs often imagined guarding the gates of the wine world.

Aug 29


Community Foundation: Helping scholars with promise

Maria Mendoza thought the only way to attend a four-year college was to take out student loans and put herself in debt. But she learned that there were people in the Outer Banks who wanted to help high school students with academic aspirations.

Aug 17


August birding: New arrivals and departures daily!

Luckily for bird watchers, many of these long-distance, migrant shorebirds stop in coastal North Carolina to refuel, and August is the start of the peak season for observing the frequent fliers.

Aug 12


Residents tell state again: ‘No drilling off our coast!’

Several themes were repeated by many of the speakers in addition to their opposition to the concept of offshore drilling and the risks to the local economy versus what many say are negligible economic benefits.

Aug 11


University Park: A choice for families, just over the bridge

Each unit contains three bedrooms, 2½ baths, a private patio and high-end appliances, including a microwave and refrigerator. A washer and dryer, plus two parking spaces, are also included.

Aug 10


Landlord puts Brewbaker’s on notice for ‘Drag Brunch’

On July 24, the Rosemyr Corp., which owns and operates the Outer Banks Mall, sent a letter declaring that the establishment was in “violation of the lease restrictions” outlined in their rental agreement.

Aug 4