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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

First aid for fishing injuries

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August 2010 By Ken DeBarth We all expect every­thing to work out well. We expect to catch fish, have a good time, and return home safely....

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...

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...

A ghost on Portsmouth Island?

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To catch up on Ocracoke news, click here By Peter Vankevich Ocracoke has its eerie side. The island is dark at night, even in these modern times....

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...

Replanting the island to save Ocracoke for the future

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By Pat Garber When Hurricane Dorian devastated Ocracoke, flooding houses and cars and destroying yards, the number of trees that uprooted and broke was mind-boggling. The...

Bicycle and golf cart safety and the law

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Updated June 26, 2016 By Grace West Bicycles are a big part of the transportation landscape on Ocracoke. It may be hard to imagine that in the...

So, what’s it like on Ocracoke in the winter?

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For Ocracoke news, click here.   N.C. Press Association award-winner, 2017. By Connie Leinbach and Peter Vankevich Many visitors want to know what the island is like...

Ocracoke Convenience Site has new recycling procedures

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By Rita Thiel The Ocracoke Convenience Site has updated specifications for recycling and garbage disposal.  Dave Johnson, head site attendant, has worked to clean up and...

Chester Lynn: an island original

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  By Gael Hawkins The first thing I remember learning about Chester Lynn is that he is immune to poison ivy. This, in itself, may not...