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Since 2016, the Ocracoke Observer has received more than 50 awards from the North Carolina Press Association, including a first-place prize for breaking news...

A brand-new school for Ocracoke

By Kelley Shinn Under Carolina blue skies on Aug. 25, hundreds gathered for the grand opening of the Ocracoke School, nearly four years to the...

The ferries to Ocracoke are our highways

Why must Ocracoke continually have to worry about and fight for adequate funding for the ferries that are the island’s lifeline? The ferry service is...

NWS urges all to learn about hurricanes and to be prepared

With our area's susceptibility to tropical systems, preparation each year is crucial, says the National Weather Service.  It only takes one storm to make an impact on...

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The Ocracoke lighthouse is 200 years old in 2023. Photo: C. Leinbach

The Ocracoke ponies. Photo: P. Vankevich


   The September 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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