Something’s in the air, not just the hair

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By Kelley Shinn Ocracoke, we need to have a serious conversation—about hairspray, and other things.  Given everything we have collectively been through since Hurricane Dorian struck...

To sleep, perchance to dream

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Ask a Mental Health Professional No. 10 By Earle Irwin Question: I don’t sleep. It’s been so long since I had a good night’s sleep, I’ve...

Divisiveness, derisiveness, indecisiveness and duress

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To catch up on Ocracoke news and much more, click here Ask a mental health professional No. 9 By Earle Irwin Question: The world does not seem...

A call for leadership: Why I’m voting for Tess Judge

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Editor's note: Tess Judge (D-Kitty Hawk) is challenging incumbent Bob Steinburg (R-Edenton) in the general election Nov. 3 for the N.C. state Senate District...

Anger is a most convenient tool

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By Traci DeVette Griggs It’s a food fight. The two rowdy instigators are on either side of a large crowd. As they hurl their refuse...

Randal Mathews’ open letter to the Ocracoke community

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Editor's note: Randal Mathews was unopposed for Ocracoke's county commissioner seat in the primary this spring, is on the Nov. 3 ballot, and will...

Joebell flowers on Ocracoke

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To catch up on Ocracoke news and much more, click here By Pat Garber One of the first things I remember from my early years at...

‘The Socialists are coming! The Socialists are coming!’

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By Robert F. Orr Mitch McConnell texted me the other day with an urgent message! If Democrats are elected, particularly Joe Biden, then America will...

Flooded! Ten months of frustration

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To catch up on Ocracoke news and much more, click here Editor's note: This story was first published in the August print issue of the...

2020 Census too costly to ignore

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Editor’s note: Hyde County has one of the lowest census response rates in the state. The Observer urges all Hyde County residents to read...