Stories by Ocracoke Observer

End-of-season maintenance causing some ferry cancellations

Required maintenance of the state ferry fleet has been responsible for several recent cancellations of scheduled runs to and from Ocracoke. The M/V Sea Level also bumped bottom last week and damaged a propeller.

Oct 18

Hyde Co. emergency services head deployed to Puerto Rico

Hyde County Emergency Services Director Justin Gibbs is on his way to Puerto Rico to help with the Hurricane Maria recovery efforts as part of a 10-member team from North Carolina that departed from Raleigh Tuesday morning.

Oct 12

Hyde County asks Ocracokers to join PCL restitution claim

Hyde County officials say the company building the new Bonner bridge is willing to come to the table and talk about a restitution settlement for Ocracoke’s losses during the week-long power crisis that closed the island.

Aug 8

Ocracoke: Backup power working, more generators sought

By Saturday afternoon, the entire island had received power, but residents were restricted to using it only for refrigerators and fans to see how much of a load they drew

Jul 30

Ocracoke will have a ringside seat for total solar eclipse

When the “Great American total eclipse of the sun” occurs on Aug. 21, Ocracoke will have a ringside seat to view it almost in its entirety. According to news sources, barring a cover of clouds, the eclipse will be visible over a small portion of western North Carolina beginning at 2:33 p.m. As it continues […]

Jul 17

Return to shorter Hatteras ferry route faces strong currents

If the short ferry route between Ocracoke and Hatteras can ever come back, it will take a dedicated task force and probably many years. Conditions have only gotten worse in the past three years

Apr 17

Ocracoke occupancy tax board approves $35,000 for trams

A new tram service to move passenger ferry visitors around the village got closer to reality the board approved a $35,000 request from Hyde County to help cover the operating costs of the service for the first year starting in 2018.

Apr 6

Irene Nolan, founder of the Island Free Press, dies

The Island Free Press, the first online paper for Hatteras and Ocracoke, made its debut on Sept. 5, 2007. In addition to being the publisher, editor and a reporter, she wrote a popular weekly blog called Shooting the Breeze.

Mar 4

Microgrid with Tesla batteries, solar panels is a first for co-ops

Using the same battery technology that powers Tesla’s electric cars, the Powerpack system has its own temperature controls and is constructed for all-weather conditions and environments.

Jan 12

Hyde board agrees to help imperiled Lake Mattamuskeet

Commissioners have set aside $15,000 toward work in restoring the lake to ecological health. The refuge manager said all the lake's sub-aquatic vegetation has vanished.

Nov 20

High time to object to disgraceful political ads

Many politicians who proclaim to have religious or humanistic values see nothing wrong with vicious, mean-spirited attack ads if these tactics will get them elected. They are missing the big picture.

Sep 21

Islanders question ferry personnel firings, Inlet operations

The Ocracoke community is buzzing over the firings Friday of 11 N.C. Ferry Division workers at the Silver Lake terminal operations. Word was out over the weekend after seven career and four temporary employees were dismissed.

Jun 14