Stories by Ocracoke Observer

Ocracoke loses its veterinarian

By Rita Thiel |From the Ocracoke Observer
Dr. Laura Trent DVM, Ocracoke island’s veterinarian since February 2017, is setting her sails toward retirement and a new residence in western North Carolina. Full story

Apr 7


New book highlights Ocracoke Island characters

By Peter Vankevich | Ocracoke Observer
One of the appealing aspects of living on Ocracoke is meeting or hearing about a cast of characters that visit or have lived here, sometimes briefly. Full story

Mar 17


Ocracoke man dies in one-vehicle accident on NC12

By Connie Leinbach | Ocracoke Observer
An Ocracoke Island man, Warren Howard Frantz of Sunset Drive, died this morning after his vehicle sailed off an overwashed NC12 at the north end of Ocracoke and landed in sandbags alongside the road. Full story

Feb 13


Islanders voice concerns about the Ocracoke ponies

By Connie Leinbach | Ocracoke Observer
A meeting with the Ocracoke Community on the future of the Ocracoke pony herd showed that islanders care about the herd and would like to see it maintained. Full story

Dec 26


Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree Oct. 27 & 28 to feature costume contest, reenactments

Come celebrate Ocracoke’s unique pirate history with a weekend of swashbuckling fun. Full story

Oct 4


Ocracoke School sets grand reopening

Ocracoke Observer
The Ocracoke community and Ocracoke School officials are gearing up for the grand reopening of the Ocracoke School at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 25. Full story

Aug 6


UPDATE: Ocracoke Passenger ferry season now extended through Labor Day

By Connie Leinbach | Ocracoke Observer
After having been sidelined since July 7, the Ocracoke Express passenger ferry resumed service July 19, but it will only go until July 31 since funding beyond that is uncertain. Full story

Jul 22


Hyde County EMS management quits over budget concerns

The Hyde County Board of Commissioners will hold another budget workshop in a special called meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday (May 25) in the Hyde County Government Center.
By Connie Leinbach | Ocracoke Observer Full story

May 25


APRIL 15
Ocracoke Waterfowl Festival to feature carver Scotty Robinson

By Peter Vankevich/Ocracoke Observer   The Ocracoke Waterfowl Festival will be in its fifth year, but in a way, it’s into second generation.   Full story

Apr 10


NC Catch Summit aims to bust seafood myths

Premier panels, insightful guest speakers and unmatched opportunities demonstrating how to advocate for local seafood are on the agenda at the NC Catch Summit 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 20, at Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café in Nags Head. Full story

Mar 12


Ocracoke Islanders ask for better emergency services

By Connie Leinbach | Ocracoke Observer Ocracoke Island is a resort community and needs good EMT service. Full story

Feb 8


Large numbers of sick and dead birds appearing on Outer Banks and sound islands

By Peter Vankevich | Ocracoke Observer
Sightings of sick and dying birds on the Outer Banks and islands in the Pamlico Sound are pointing to a major outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Full story

Dec 26