Ask the Observer: All things Ocracoke

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 If you  have a questions about Ocracoke such  as what  was that plant, bird or  turtle you saw, or a question about  Ocracoke’s fascinating...

Ed Goodwin named NCDOT Ferry Director

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Press Release April 7, 2014 (RALEIGH) - The North Carolina Department of Transportation today named Ed Goodwin to lead the North Carolina Ferry Division as its...

Ocracoke and friends engaged in retaining lifeguards

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April 2014 Connie Leinbach The National Park Ser­vice’s own policy manual says: “the pro­tection of human life is the highest priority,” and in recent...

 Pirates to invade Ocracoke! Aaargh You Ready

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October 2013 by Connie Leinbach Pirates are poised to invade Ocracoke Is­land the last week­end of October in a celebration of the last days of Blackbeard...

Oyster Restoration Projects at Ocracoke

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  October 2013 by Pat Garber Ocracoke Island is sur­rounded by historic, shallow-water oyster beds, which have provided the island with protection from wave action in...

DOT Secretary Tata honors heroic ferry crew

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 North Carolina De­partment of Trans­portation Secretary Anthony Tata awarded seven crew members of the Motor Vessel Croatoan with the Ferry Division’s Extra Mile Award...

Ocracoke Islander wins a big prize in Powerball

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September 2013 By Connie Leinbach   Ocracoke Islander Valerie Mason was one of three North Carolinians who won $10,000 in the Aug. 8 Power­ball drawing. It was...

Where Have All the Mosquitoes Gone?

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September 2013 by Connie Leinbach For the first time since he began managing the Beachcomber Camp­ground on Ocracoke, Sean Death has had to ask his em­ployees...

Ocracoke still needs to monitor ferry tolling

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September 2013   by Connie Leinbach While the good news from Ra­leigh recently is that legislators have left the ferry tolls status quo, the word from...

 Local Fishermen Honored for Commitment to Preserving the Coast

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September 2013 by Connie Leinbach   You can’t really go wrong with helping build oyster habitat, said Gene Bal­lance about his and James Barrie Gaskill’s work...