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 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 islanderā€™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

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 of these… Full story

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 ObserverĀ home page. Like most of the village, the record-setting storm surge from the passage of… Full story

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. Full story

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. Full story

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. Full story

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. Full story

Mar 12