Hyde County budget proposes a 10-cent property tax hike

Hyde County Manager Kris Cahoon Noble is recommending a 10-cent property tax increase, or 0.895 cents per $100 of assessed valuation up from the current rate of .795 cents. The increase will help fund the county’s proposed general fund budget of $15.559 million for 2022-2023, up from $15.357 million last year. The Hyde County Board […]

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Ocracoke Planning Board seeks moratorium on approving food truck permits

The Ocracoke Advisory Planning Board at its April 13 meeting voted to ask Hyde County to put a moratorium for several months on approving food truck applications for Ocracoke. This would have to be approved by the Hyde County commissioners preceded by a public hearing. A meeting of the planning board will be held at […]

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Grounded yacht on Ocracoke awaits a tow

Scott Pumphrey is chillin’ by himself today on his accidental waterfront hotel nestled temporarily on the Ocracoke beach. Early Tuesday morning, he and his wife, Karen, ran aground on South Point in their 55-foot Novateck yacht while trying to navigate to Silver Lake via Ocracoke Inlet. The couple, of Baltimore, Maryland, were sailing their newly […]

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Planning Board to review Ocracoke Development Ordinance

The Ocracoke Advisory Planning Board, after a several-month hiatus, regrouped and will take a fresh look at travel trailers and accessory structures on the island. Since Hurricane Dorian struck Sept. 6, 2019, and left many islanders homeless, more travel trailers appeared on the island to serve as temporary housing. In addition, the building inspector, John […]

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Pirate jamboree on Ocracoke to focus on living history

Kevin Duffus wants Blackbeard Pirate Jamboree attendees to realize that the event is celebrating history, not criminals. Duffus, an award-winning North Carolina historian, is the founder of the event, which will take place Oct. 29 and 30 on Ocracoke, the place where the famous Blackbeard met his demise at the hand of British Royal Navy […]

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New task force to tackle N.C. 12 hotspots

The “longest driveway in the world,” which leads to Ocracoke, needs help. That moniker for N.C. 12 South was coined by Ocracoke Variety Store owner Tommy Hutcherson, said Justin LeBlanc, chair of the Ocracoke Waterways Commission, which heard a presentation on the highway issues at its July 20 meeting. Coming up with short- and long-term […]

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