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Ocracoke message in a bottle found in Portugal

Ocracoke School message in a bottle found its way two years later onto a beach in Portugal. Photo posted on Facebook by Elena Bretan By...

Large numbers of sick and dead birds appearing on Outer Banks and sound islands

A Double-crested Cormorant displays signs of distress on Ocracoke Island. Photo by Connie Leinbach By Peter Vankevich Sightings of sick and dying birds on...

Nominations sought for Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. The awards program, created by the office of the governor in 1979, recognizes...

Grant applications for Urgent Repair Program now open

From Hyde County Hyde County has been awarded funding for the Urgent Repair Program 2022 from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency. This program is geared...

General Island Information

What’s open or closed for the season on Ocracoke

The harbor view from Mermaid's Folly gift shop in Community Square. Photo: C. Leinbach The list below of upcoming seasonal closings is as of Jan...

Ocracoke ponies available for ‘adoption’

Photo: P. Vankevich From our news services Legend has it the Ocracoke Banker ponies arrived in the Outer Banks with shipwrecked explorers in the...

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Ocracoke sunrise by Cindy Fiore

Dramatic September skies. Photo: C. Leinbach


The December 2022/winter 2023 issue

The Ocracoke Observer website won first place in the 2020-2021 NCPA contest Online Division, plus four other awards. Winner of 10 awards in 2019, including first place for breaking news coverage of Hurricane Dorian.

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