Stories by Ocracoke Observer

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…

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…

Feb 13


Ocracoke Health Center Up and Running

By Peter Vankevich | Oracracoke Observer Sometime during the long, slow process of getting Ocracoke somewhat back to normal after Hurricane Dorian hit on Sept. 6, someone must have created…

Jan 26


Former islander’s fundraiser makes Ocracoke Christmas brighter

By Connie Leinbach | Ocracoke Observer Former Ocracoke Island resident Barbara Hardy wanted to do something special for the children of Ocracoke who had just had their world rocked by…

Dec 23


Help for Ocracoke focuses on specialized needs

By Connie Leinbach | Ocracoke Observer At this time of Thanksgiving, Ocracoke Island continues to receive help as it recovers and rebuilds from the destruction by Hurricane Dorian on Sept.…

Nov 29


Ocracoke to remain closed to visitors for at least two more weeks

By Peter Vankevich | Ocracoke Oberserver Despite urging from some Ocracoke islanders, the Hyde County commissioners delayed action Monday night to reopen Ocracoke and will take up the question again…

Nov 8


Sept. 20 deadline to apply for Dorian emergency grants from the Outer Banks Community Foundation

The Outer Banks Community Foundation will offer an emergency, rapid-response grants cycle to support nonprofit organizations after Hurricane Dorian. The deadline to apply is Friday, Sept. 20. The primary goal…

Sep 19


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After Dorian hits Ocracoke, efforts to restart school

By Peter Vankevich | Ocracoke Observer: For news on Hurricane Dorian and more, go to the Ocracoke Observer home page. Like most of the village, the record-setting storm surge from the…

Sep 17


Ocracoke passenger ferry run starts Monday with free preview

In addition to free WiFi, the Vineyard, which will be renamed for this season, has 149 seats, bike racks, luggage storage, will allow pets and will have some concessions but no alcohol service.

May 18


Ocracoke set to get rental passenger ferry in late May

The state Ferry Division met with the owner of Seastreak on March 29 in Hatteras and a test run was done on the route, The Ferry Division also looked into purchasing a used boat if the one under construction cannot be fixed.

Apr 15


New walk-on ferry a no-go this season; state looks at renting one

Failing welds have delayed completion of the passenger ferry between Ocracoke and Hatteras. The state is looking into the possibility of renting a vessel to provide the service for the upcoming season.

Mar 30


Construction issues delay launch of Ocracoke passenger ferry

A passenger ferry slated for delivery in May for runs between Ocracoke and Hatters will be delayed indefinitely because of problems with construction at U.S. Workboats in Hubert.

Mar 12