Stories by Ocracoke Observer

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

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

Ocracoke Health Center seeks a new doctor

By TL Grace West | Ocracoke Observer | Imagine experiencing Ocracoke for the first time with a medical degree and a 10-month-old daughter, arriving to interview for the sole doctor position at the Ocracoke Health Center. Full story

Sep 6

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

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

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