Hurricane Florence: The water always wins

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By Jessica Whitehead Just after Labor Day, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (commonly known as “the European model” or “the Euro”) hinted that...

Not all who wander are lost

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Guest commentary by OcraCats Wandering animals on Ocracoke often are not lost or homeless, nor are they free for the taking. The island has a history...

Decision-makers visit Ocracoke

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For Ocracoke news, click here It was quite a sight to see members of the House Select Committee on Strategic Transportation Planning and Long-Term Funding...

A battle with a rip current

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See Editor’s note following this letter Editor: On Sunday, Aug. 5, on Ocracoke, I was caught in a rip current.  I’m in my 60s and have...

Thread Capital: Weaving a new era of entrepreneurship in North Carolina

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By Patrick Woodie, president & CEO, N.C. Rural Center Since its creation in 1989, the NC Rural Center has been investing in North Carolina’s rural...

From the archives: So, what’s it like on Ocracoke in the...

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To catch up on Ocracoke news, click here.     Editor's note: This observation was published by the Ocracoke Observer in 2017. It is slightly revised...

Yes, you can make a difference on Ocracoke

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To catch up on Ocracoke news, click here  Ocracoke does not fit nicely into larger state issues, and there seems to be an endless need...

An Ocracoke riddle for animal lovers

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By Pat Garber This is a riddle, a sort of game, although the answers are far from amusing. See if you can figure out the...

Ocracoke joins the plastic straw-less movement; beach cleanup this Saturday

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Editor’s note: The following commentary by Rita Thiel is about her and Pat Garber’s campaign begun in April to eliminate plastic straws on Ocracoke....

The passenger ferry and the season of uncertainty

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What can be said about another Ocracoke summer without passenger ferry service? Charitably, it will be just like every other summer. Delivery of the...