Stories by Ocracoke Observer

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


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


Volunteers find cold-stunned sea turtles on Ocracoke Island

Sea turtles have migrated into the warm Gulf Stream, but they may get sick, injured or stunned by cold water and float toward land all along the Outer Banks where NEST volunteers monitor them in the winter.

Jan 20


An ocean plunge for a new year on Ocracoke

Several first-timers were among about 45 kids and adults of all ages Tuesday afternoon for Ocracoke’s version of the Polar Plunge at the airport beach off Ramp 70.

Jan 6


Hidden gems: Ocracoke Island’s live oak trees you don’t see

Easily seen along Howard Street and frequently photographed, these famous oaks receive their accolades. Secreted away in the hidden backyards, dirt lanes and dead-end paths are the hidden gems, the “other oaks of Ocracoke.”

Nov 19


Volunteers needed to help find cold stunned sea turtles

The Network for Endangered Sea Turtles is seeking volunteers interested in helping patrol for and/or transport turtles that wash up during the fall and winter months, and will hold an informational training meeting Saturday in Ocracoke.

Nov 15