Editorials provide the opinion side of the news

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Since 2016, the Ocracoke Observer has received more than 50 awards from the North Carolina Press Association, including a first-place prize for breaking news...

Ferry reservation system will be unavailable Sunday for several hours for...

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The North Carolina Ferry’s reservation system will be temporarily unavailable for system maintenance on Sunday, Sept. 10, starting at 5 a.m. New reservations and commuter...

Three water-related deaths on the Outer Banks in three days

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Three water-related deaths on the Outer Banks in the past couple of days have officials urging people to use extreme caution when venturing into...

Dangerous rip current threat persists

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The National Weather Service is forecasting continued enhanced risk of rip currents and more potential coastal issues as Hurricane Lee threatens the Caribbean. The NWS,...

Ocracoke events Sept. 4 to 10

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Monday, Sept. 4, Labor DayOcracoke Oyster Company: Sept. 4: Ray Murray, 8 pm Tuesday, Sept 5.Morning bird walk: Meet at the NPS Campground parking lot...

Life-threatening rip currents forecast for OBX through Labor Day weekend

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While the weather has calmed down and sunny skies prevail following the passing of Tropical Storm Idalia, strong rip currents and high surf along...

A brand-new school for Ocracoke

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By Kelley Shinn Under Carolina blue skies on Aug. 25, hundreds gathered for the grand opening of the Ocracoke School, nearly four years to the...

Ocracoke Express to continue midweek schedule through September

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From our news services Due to popular demand, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ocracoke Express passenger ferry will continue running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through September....

Tropical Storm Idalia departs OBX

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By Connie Leinbach As Tropical Storm Idalia moved off the North Carolina coast Thursday, Ocracoke Islanders and visitors ventured outside even as village roadways...

N.C. Ferry Division to suspend service on most routes Thursday

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Due to anticipated impacts from Idalia, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will suspend service on most routes Thursday, Aug. 31. “Safety is always...