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2020 commemorates our seventh year of publishing news and features stories about Ocracoke Island, N.C., and we continue to receive great feedback on our coverage.

When we began as the new owners in April 2014, we committed to printing a monthly newspaper from March to December, and that will continue.  While we cannot print everything in the monthly, we post breaking news, features and archived stories on this website.  Not all of the stories in our print issue will appear here and viced versa.

March 25, 20202, notice to Ocracoke Observer subscribers:

COVID-19 is rapidly spreading across the state with more counties affected daily.

Hyde County earlier this week closed visitor access to Ocracoke. This shut down is indefinite and we don’t know if more restrictions will follow. Although a worthy safety measure, this shutdown strikes a second economic blow to the island that is still suffering from the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Dorian.

Most businesses have remained closed since Dorian and the few that did reopen, almost all have shut back down.

Previously scheduled events for the spring have been canceled or postponed. As in so many places, islanders are self-quarantining and practicing social distancing.

We at the Ocracoke Observer are doing our due diligence in following the guidelines established by the state, which includes limited travel as well as personal contacts.

So, for the time being, we regret to say we are temporarily suspending the print edition.

This is a difficult decision because the crisis is just beginning, and no one knows what the worst will be or when it will be over. But we’re also thinking of our already stressed island businesses who want to advertise but there are no visitors.

During this time, we will continue to report news on our website and post information and links on our Facebook page which will permit you to get news from reliable sources.  So, we invite you to check our website daily.

We recently received 10 awards from the North Carolina Press Association, including first place for breaking news coverage for our reporting on Hurricane Dorian and a second-place award for excellence in editorials.

We are fully committed to resuming our print issues when this crisis ebbs and it is safe to do so.

For our subscribers, when we resume printing, we will extend your subscriptions accordingly.

We thank you for your understanding and support of our small, independent newspaper.

If you have questions, please feel free to email us at, or call 252-928-1811.


Connie Leinbach & Peter Vankevich

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Ocracoke Observer
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Ocracoke, NC 27960

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–Connie and Peter

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