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Information about Ocracoke Island, NC; Information about living on Ocracoke–a barrier island off the North Carolina coast in Hyde County

Beach manners: A matter of etiquette and the law

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The Outer Banks and Ocracoke are fortunate that driving on the beach is allowed. However, there are some things to observe while doing so....

Ocracoke and Engelhard health centers welcome new CEO

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By Connie Leinbach Someone who knew Ocracoke Health Center was looking for a new CEO took a photo of Joe Rockenstein with an Ocracoke Coffee...

The truth about Blackbeard’s Flag

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The popular Blackbeard flag flown today was never Blackbeard’s flag, according to irrefutable evidence. If the notorious pirate captain saw it, he wouldn’t know whose it was. Likely, he would have thought the design to be unnecessarily elaborate.

New Ocracoke United Methodist minister arrives

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By Peter Vankevich It was a beautiful Sunday morning just before 10 a.m., the Fourth of July. On the lawn outside the Ocracoke United Methodist Church...

Traffic laws apply equally to bicycles: helmets, hand signals, lights

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By Connie Leinbach The Hyde County sheriff deputies on Ocracoke don’t want to worry that they’ll have to respond to a child who’s been seriously...

Golf carts on Ocracoke: Follow the rules of the road

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By Connie Leinbach Ocracoke, while indeed magical, is not a place where the traffic rules don’t apply. It’s a vacation destination and it’s cool to be...

What’s open on Ocracoke–updated July 5

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Editor's note: This post will be updated continually. Businesses should email info@ocracokeobserver.com with their seasonal updates. Ocracoke Island is open for all amidst the waning...

Occupancy Tax Board recommends more than $600K in grants to island...

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By Connie Leinbach The Ocracoke Occupancy Tax Board recently approved more than $600,000 in grants for 2020-2021. Appropriations for Ocracoke organizations totaling $622,057, possibly the most...

OCBA seeks part-time administrator

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The Ocracoke Civic & Business Association, Inc., is seeking a year-round, part-time Administrator, 20 to 25 hours per week, three to five days per...

OCBA civic meeting to be held Wednesday, another Hyde County meeting...

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For Ocracoke news and much more, click here  The Ocracoke Civic & Business Association civic affairs meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday,...