OCBA cancels island-wide yard sale, Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree

Due to the extensive damage to Ocracoke’s homes, businesses and infrastructure by Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 6 and the uncertainty of when visitors can safely return to the island, the island-wide yard sale scheduled Saturday and this year’s Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree have been canceled. The jamboree produced as a weekend event at the end of […]

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Debris removal begins on Ocracoke; nighttime curfew still in place

Day 11 post-Hurricane Dorian: Things at the command center in the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department building are a little less hectic than they were the afternoon of Sept. 6 and in the immediate days following, though island residents’ needs are no less urgent. Mountains of debris line the streets as residents haul out all manner […]

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State EMS sets up temporary building for Ocracoke Health Center; more updates

MEDICAL–Hyde Health Department will administer free tetanus shots starting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday (Sept. 12) at the Ocracoke Fire Department. Dr. Jeff Williams, medical director for the Wake County EMS who is one of 10 in a medical strike team on Ocracoke during the emergency, recommended that people who have not received a tetanus […]

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Ferry Division’s Newest Ferry Idled by Engine Issue

After only a few days running, the North Carolina Ferry Division’s newest car ferry, the M/V Rodanthe is offline. Jed Dixon, Ferry Division deputy director, confirmed on Saturday that the Rodanthe is resting dockside while a Caterpiller representative checks out the engine. The first day, Tuesday (July 30), it made a few runs, Dixon said. […]

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Hatteras and Ocracoke Nurse-Practitioner Receives State’s Highest Honor

Gail Covington can now count herself among such North Carolina luminaries as Maya Angelou, Jim “Catfish” Hunter and Andy Griffith after she received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award May 18. “I was shocked,” she said about this award, which, since 1963, North Carolina’s governors have reserved as their highest honor. “I never […]

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