Stories by Russ Lay

July Birding – 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 carnage, helping prevent the possible spread of disease. There are some differences in the two species, however, that will help […]

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 a bar, a huge kitchen and an expanded menu. When we first interviewed owners Grant and Natalya Sharp in 2014, […]

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

Max’s Pizza Company to get new digs and a new name

The new location will greatly expand their seating options, provide room for a bar and a waiting area and allow a larger menu to include more traditional Italian and Mediterranean fare in addition to their popular pizza.

May 7

Slide Show: Bike Week kicks into high gear at Vertigo Tattoo

Outer Banks Bike Week is well under way. Several venues have become gathering mainstays, mostly on the beach. But on the mainland in Manns Harbor, Vertigo Tattoo is back in the mix, and some of the hottest bikes were there Thursday.

Apr 25

NY Pizza Pub Italian Grill: New owners keep what’s important

Former owners Joe and Laura Gurski sold the popular restaurant in August. The new owners added television screens, decided to operate the restaurant 365 days a year for lunch and dinner, and step up the night-life offerings.

Apr 30

Firm, public offer ideas for future use of soundside event site

The Tourism Board, Visitor's Bureau Executive Director Lee Nettles said, was considering the purchase of the venue for the public hearing, Pamlico Jack’s, depending on public sentiment and the consultant's recommendations.

Apr 25

ICE seeking man charged in 2011 KDH vehicular death

ICE states Rodriguez, now referred to as Luis Alberto Rodriguez-Castro, is a Honduran who "entered the country without inspection at an unknown place in 1998 and is wanted as an illegal alien".

Apr 22