Stories by Russ Lay

Deep Impact: Youth spend summers on real-world missions

A group of 80 middle and high school students and adult volunteers literally took up at camp at Nags Head Church this summer, hoping to make a "Deep Impact" on the Outer Banks region, spiritually and physically.

Jul 13


Addition of archway at entrance to Dowdy Park tells a story

Thanks to local architect Mark Kasten, the park at the corner of U.S. 158 and Bonnett Street in Nags Head now sports a welcoming, aesthetically-pleasing entrance that fits like a glove with the modern décor and design of the space.

Jul 12


Spirits of N.C.: Meet the brewers of Rocky Mount Mills

In part two of our series, meet a co-founder of the Outer Banks Brewing Station that's among the initial tenants of Rocky Mount Mills, helping turn the 200-year-old former cotton mill into a business incubator.

Jul 12


Saving the Tar Heel and See Sea: What’s old is new again

On June 13, a small celebration at the Tar Heel Hotel in Nags Head may have heralded a turning point for those who want more options for visitors who eschew, for whatever reasons, weekly rentals in mammoth houses.

Jul 11


Saving the Tar Heel and See Sea: What’s old is new again

On June 13, a small celebration at the Tar Heel Hotel in Nags Head may have heralded a turning point for those who want more options for visitors who eschew, for whatever reasons, weekly rentals in mammoth houses.

Jul 11


Two local premiers on tap for Logan Marshall’s latest film

The Manteo High School rising senior, who won the 2017 Carolina Surf Filmmaker of the Year award, is set to debut his sophomore effort, "Outer", on Sunday, July 15, at 3:00 p.m. at the Pioneer Theatre in Manteo.

Jul 10


Scouts raise $5,569 for Kill Devil Hills firefighter battling cancer

The results far exceeded any car wash fund raiser the two Scout groups had conducted before, and an emotional Luis Rodriguez was presented a check for an amazing $5,569.

Jul 10


Outer Banks Squared-The Art Show at Seaside through July 28

Artists paint their favorite Outer Banks memories, creating beautiful works of art exclusively for this show. The 12-inch by 12-inch square shape has a fresh look that fits any décor. It’s easy to mix and match, or group with other art.

Jul 7


Spirits of N.C.: Rocky Mount, the next craft-brew hot spot

Rocky Mount officials were afraid the old mill, which churned out Confederate Army uniforms in the Civil War, would be sold and torn down. Capitol Broadcasting bought the property in 2007 with an eye toward a transformation.

Jul 5


A Place to Live: ADUs provide one piece of the housing puzzle

Living spaces built over garages, in basements, or even detached from the main house -- often called granny flats or mother-in-law suites -- used to dot the landscape. But most towns have zoned them out of existence.

Jul 2


First Nags Head Farmer’s Market opens to rave reviews

Nags Head’s first Farmer's Market was held on June 14 at Dowdy Park, and by all accounts, it was a big success. A total of 35 businesses have signed up for the 37 available vendor spaces. The next market will be held July 12.

Jul 1


Rocky Mount going all-in as a regional craft-brew incubator

Rocky Mount officials were afraid the old mill, which churned out Confederate Army uniforms in the Civil War, would be sold and torn down. Capitol Broadcasting bought the property in 2007 with an eye toward a transformation.

Jun 30