Stories by Ocracoke Observer

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

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 a check-off… Full story

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 devastating flooding… Full story

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. 6. The… Full story

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 on Nov.… Full story

Nov 8