General Island Information

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

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...

Outer Banks Community Foundation statement on coronavirus

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March 12, 2020 Like so many members of our community, the staff and board of the Outer Banks Community Foundation are closely monitoring COVID-19. Internally,...

Ocracoke Observer wins 10 awards for breaking news, writing, photography

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Raleigh--The Ocracoke Observer received 10 awards tonight at the North Carolina Press Association annual conference including first place in breaking news coverage for its...

Community input on temporary travel trailers sought

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By Connie Leinbach Stevie Wilson wants islanders to carefully consider amending the Ocracoke Development Ordinance to temporarily allow multiple travel trailers on properties. Ocracoke County Commissioner...

Ferry system to resume three-boat schedule on Pamlico Sound on Thursday

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The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will resume a three-boat schedule on Pamlico Sound ferry routes beginning Thursday. The new schedule as of tomorrow...

Ocracoke UMC to open ‘Warm Center’ today

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The Ocracoke United Methodist church today will open its fellowship hall from noon to 5 p.m. for folks to gather on a winter afternoon. “We’re...

What do you give an island that has everything?

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By Lester Crafton After my first visit to Ocracoke for the Health Center’s Seafood Festival Labor Day weekend, I left with a distinct thought: Ocracoke...

Eagle Scout candidates aid Ocracats

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By Rita Thiel Craftsmanship, dedication, and leadership were in evidence as three Eagle Scout candidates from Cary delivered their final projects to Ocracoke--handmade feeding stations...

Trash bins get emptied; islanders get updates on ferries, debris, temporary...

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By Connie Leinbach A day after a story published about the overflowing trash bins at the Ocracoke Convenience Site, David’s Trash, with whom Hyde County...

A father inspires a love of Ocracoke

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By Everett Long III In 1946, my father, Everett Long Jr. of Frankford, Delaware, started our family’s love for Ocracoke Island. He landed his plane on...