State certifies state record Cubera Snapper

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries recently certified a new state record Cubera Snapper (Lutjanus cyanopterus). Thomas M. Madsen of Byram, N.J. caught the 58-pound, 8-ounce fish offshore of Hatteras on Aug. 3. The previous state record Cubera Snapper weighed 58 pounds and was caught offshore of Beaufort Inlet in 2016. Madsen’s fish measured 49.5 […]

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Hyde County Board of Education continues request for larger appropriation

Ocracoke Observer staff report Since July 1, the Hyde County commissioners and the Hyde County Board of Education have been involved in a mediation process regarding county’s appropriation for school services which were cut by $400,000 for the county’s FY 2022-2023 budget that went into effect on July 1. See Mediation underway in budget dispute between […]

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Water quality swimming advisory lifted for ocean-side site in Hatteras village near ORV Ramp 55

State recreational water quality officials today lifted a water quality swimming advisory at an ocean-side site in southern Hatteras village. The advisory was lifted because water testing shows that bacteria levels have dropped below the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s standards set for swimming and water play. The advisory was posted Aug. 4 at the […]

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Irene Estelle Whidbee Midgett

September 30, 1933 – August 7, 2022 SALVO — Irene Estelle Midgett passed peacefully on Sunday, August 7, 2022, embraced by the loving arms of God and her daughters Patricia and Alberta, sister Jean and brother Earl. She is predeceased by her mother and father, William E. and Melvina Gray Whidbee, sister Velma Anderson, brother […]

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Hatteras Village Civic Association to acquire Hatteras Island Ocean Center

The Hatteras Island Ocean Center, located in northern Hatteras Village, will soon be under new ownership, due to an upcoming acquisition by the Hatteras Village Civic Association. Conceived and founded by Eric Kaplan, the Ocean Center first opened in 2013. In recent years, Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia has operated the center, with students from the […]

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VIDEO: Outer Banks Forever showcases new ‘Pathways to Your National Parks’ project

By Kassidy Watson-Perry Local non-profit Outer Banks Forever is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of our Outer Banks national parks in ways both large and small. In partnership with the National Park Service, Outer Banks Forever is thrilled to announce their biggest undertaking to date — the “Pathways to Your National Parks” project. Following […]

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