Stories by Russ Lay

Holiday special events set at Chip’s Wine and Beer

What could be better than drinking and eating. Arrive and enjoy a glass of bubbly while you gobble on some yummy food enjoying our fantastic oils and vinegars. Six wines will be paired with dishes as part of a progressive tasting


Country Deli: Santa’s in town for photos with kids

Starting Wednesday, Nov. 29, and every Wednesday until Dec. 20, Santa Claus will be on site from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Each child will receive a free 5 x 7 photo and a sweet treat.

Nov 19

Salvation Army bell ringers to return, but volunteers needed

Money raised from bell ringing helps purchase toys and other items for those less fortunate among us. The funds are also used year-round to help families pay expenses who have suffered financial or other hardships.

Nov 8

Holly Days is back at All Saints Episcopal for a 15th year

This year’s extravaganza will be held on Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18 at All Saints Episcopal Church on Pintail Road in Southern Shores, across the street from Kitty Hawk Elementary.

Nov 3

Commentary: As election nears, major questions left hanging

Another election day is approaching and Outer Banks residents who live in municipalities are being asked to pick their town governing boards and in some cases, their mayors. But less than 20 percent will vote.

Nov 3

Wags & Whiskers Gala: There’s still time to fetch tickets!

The theme this year is “Cheers to the Animals,” and the look of the decorations and settings will follow a wine and vineyard theme. Over the prior six galas, the event has raised over $210,000 for animal welfare groups.

Nov 1

Symposium full; but more on Lost Colony set for weekend

A Dare County Arts Council gallery display will feature artifacts from the 16th century, provided by the National Park Service. It also showcases artisan reproductions of items the colonists would have used in their daily life

Oct 24

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

Construction hearing zeros in on COA course offerings

A proposed new $7.5 million facility for COA's Dare County campus of COA Cwould combine the two facilities on Roanoke Island into one location on the site of the old Manteo High School.

Oct 17

Parade of Homes: A timeless aesthetic, inside and out

Located at the tip of the Peninsula Subdivision, the stunning views of Shallow Bag Bay and the Roanoke Sound were all the inspiration needed to develop this amazing waterfront property.

Oct 6

Coffee with a Cop: Citizens, police get to know each other

The idea of Coffee with Cop would help bring the police officers and community members closer together. In less than five years, events were being held in all 50 states as well as Canada, Australia, and across Europe and Africa.

Oct 6

Parade of Homes: Expertly crafted, year-round living

This plan offers a spacious great room, 9-foot ceilings, gas fireplace with shiplap, a gourmet kitchen with ample cabinetry and granite counters, including a large prep island and technology center.

Oct 5