Stories by Ocracoke Observer

Remarkable women of the Outer Banks get their own book

By Peter Vankevich | Ocracoke Observer. Hannah Bunn West has shone a spotlight on some little-known, impactful women in the history of the Outer Banks. Full story

Jun 19


Ocracoke to get a pharmacy next year

By Peter Vankevich | Ocracoke Observer
It may surprise some that Ocracoke does not have a pharmacy. Full story

Jun 10


Ukrainian exchange student in Ocracoke is far from her besieged country

By Connie Leinbach | Ocracoke Observer
Sonya Voitenko, a Ukrainian exchange student at Ocracoke School, is putting on a brave face as her family weathers warfare in Ukraine. Full story

Mar 6


Grounded yacht in limbo on Ocracoke

On Groundhog Day, Scott Pumphrey found himself in limbo on his ninth day of his Ocracoke non-vacation. Full story

Feb 3


Winds hamper yacht removal off Ocracoke beach; crews to try again today–updated

Feb. 1 UPDATE: By Connie Leinbach | Ocracoke Observer: Tuesday morning’s efforts to refloat the “Vivens Aqua,” which has been grounded on South Point here for the last week, were again unsuccessful. Read the full update at the Ocracoke Observer: Refloating efforts continue with grounded yacht; excavating equipment on the way. Full story

Jan 31


Ocracoke gets redistricted by General Assembly

With the newly redrawn voting maps, Hyde County will be in three new voting districts next year unless a court orders them to be redrawn. Full story

Nov 21


Groundbreaking for new Ocracoke School set for Friday

Ocracoke Observer After more that two years from when the Ocracoke School was flooded Sept. 6, 2019, in Hurricane Dorian, officials will break ground at 1:30 p.m. Friday for the new building.… Full story

Oct 20


Passenger ferry funding approved; start time pending

By Connie Leinbach | Ocracoke Observer June 10 Ocracoke got a step closer to the return of the passenger ferry this summer when the N.C. Senate today passed a bill that includes… Full story

Jun 11


Hyde school board extends virtual learning into January

The Hyde County Board of Education meets virtually. Steve Basnight is the school superintendent, Julio Morales is the district information officer and Ken Chillcoat is the district financial officer. By Richard Taylor… Full story

Oct 12


Hyde Health reports 22 total COVID-19 cases; no longer will issue press releases on new cases

By Connie Leinbach | Ocracoke Observer The Hyde County Health Department will no longer issue press releases when it receives word of new cases of COVID-19 in the county. Luanna Gibbs, Hyde… Full story

Jul 7


Ocracoke passenger ferry service funding clears General Assembly

General Assembly approves Ocracoke passenger funding; sent to Gov. Cooper for signature By Peter Vankevich | Ocracoke Observer Perhaps few were surprised on April 28 when the N.C. Department of Transportation announced… Full story

Jun 28


Hyde County to receive $2.08 million from Golden LEAF

By Connie Leinbach | Ocracoke Observer Hyde County will receive $2.08 million in grant money from the Golden LEAF Foundation for Hurricane Dorian repairs. The awards are part of a total $2.975… Full story

Feb 13