Stories by Ocracoke Observer

Analysis: The passenger ferry and the season of uncertainty

With completion of the M/V Ocracoke Express delayed until this fall, it will be just another normal summer traveling to Ocracoke. This is a good thing, according to The Ocracoke Observer, so the new service can be tested first.

Jun 24


Ocracoke Station shuts down, gas still available on the island

Citing continued financial difficulties, the operators of Ocracoke Station have closed their doors. But fuel is still available from the only vehicle gas station on Ocracoke Island via card purchases, 24-hours-a-day.

May 26


Hatteras-Ocracoke passenger ferry service pushed back to 2019

The shipbuilder in Hubert constructing the Ocracoke Express has had trouble finding enough skilled workers, especially certified marine welders, which has led to production delays for the 98-passenger vessel.

May 20


Meetings set to discuss power outage lawsuit settlement

Attorneys handling the $10.35 million settlement with PCL Constructors from last summer’s week-long power outage will be on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands Tuesday and Wednesday to provide information about the claims process.

May 12


Student, 19, arrested after threat against Mattamuskeet school

Malik Shaw of Engelhard was arrested Wednesday night and was released after posting bond on $15,000 bail, following reports on Monday that a student had posted a threat on Snapchat against the Mattamuskeet School in Swan Quarter.

Feb 22


Gasoline available for purchase again at Ocracoke Station

The gas pumps at Ocracoke Station were turned back on Friday evening for credit card purchases at the pump only. The gas shutoff did not affect the rest of the business, and they continued to serve breakfast and lunch.

Feb 4


Gasoline on Ocracoke still available at Anchorage Marina

Ocracoke islanders are not totally without access to gasoline while the pumps are off at Ocracoke Station, as those wanting to fill up their vehicles can purchase gasoline at the Anchorage Marina.

Jan 31


Ocracoke’s only station out of gas until at least Tuesday

The pumps at Ocracoke Station were shut off Friday after they ran out of fuel. The owner, who was in the hospital last week, has been battling equipment damage from Hurricane Matthew and a resulting dispute with an insurance company.

Jan 29


‘Chicken run’ thwarted on Ocracoke-to-Swan Quarter ferry

Stories abound about cats hitching inadvertent rides under vehicle hoods, but Ocracoke islander Kate McNally may have dibs on the first known chicken hitching a ferry ride.

Jan 21


They’re back! Snowy owls return to the Outer Banks

Birders by the hundreds are already altering their schedules for a trip to the Outer Banks, now that snowy owls have shown up again in North Carolina, including in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Dec 26


No one hurt after fire damages Ocracoke souvenir shop

The fire broke out in the space above the Pirates’ Chest souvenir shop at the corner of Irvin Garrish Highway and Back Road early Wednesday afternoon. What caused the fire was still under investigation.

Nov 30


Steering panel discusses passenger ferry fares, promotions

The group will be meeting every other month to get updates and provide input on the passenger ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke villages that is scheduled to begin service sometime next summer.

Oct 25