Variety Store sets special early hours for COVID-19 high-risk people

Today, Saturday, May 16, the day visitors are welcomed back to the island, island businesses are getting ready for the season. The Ocracoke Variety Store will be among some businesses that will encourage the wearing of face masks during this COVID-19 pandemic. The store also will institute a special shopping time from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. […]

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Food Bank of the Albemarle replenishes Ocracoke

The Food Bank of the Albemarle on Friday brought food reinforcements for the Bread of Life Food Pantry. Three trucks, including one refrigerator truck, unloaded more than 20,000 pounds of food into the pantry’s temporary location at the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department. “We were almost out,” said Darlene Styron, vice-chair of the Ocracoke Interfaith Recovery […]

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Hyde commissioners get Covid-19 update, discuss visitor access, approve new tram contracts

As of Monday morning, Hyde County still has not logged a case of the novel coronavirus Covid-19. Hyde County Health Director Luanna Gibbs told the Hyde County commissioners Monday night at their monthly meeting that Hyde was one of 10 counties still without the virus that’s caused a worldwide pandemic, but news reports this morning […]

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Ocracoke feeling impacts of coronavirus outbreak

Editor’s note: The Observer will post more stories as it learns of closings, cancellations, postponements and other COVID-19 related developments.  By Connie Leinbach Although Hyde and Dare counties have not reported any confirmed cases, three Ocracoke shops have decided to close voluntarily in the face of the growing coronavirus (COVID-19) threat. There are now 14 […]

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Community input on temporary travel trailers sought

Stevie Wilson wants islanders to carefully consider amending the Ocracoke Development Ordinance to temporarily allow multiple travel trailers on properties. Ocracoke County Commissioner Tom Pahl has proposed amending the development ordinance, known as the ODO, in response to the need for temporary housing while the island rebuilds from flooding devastation by Hurricane Dorian. He distributed […]

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NCDOT battles defamation lawsuit over still unfinished passenger ferry

While the NC Ferry Division will again rent a passenger ferry for Ocracoke this summer, it is battling a defamation lawsuit brought by the company still building a custom passenger ferry. Last May, US Workboats (formerly known as Armstrong Marine Inc.) in Hubert, near Swansboro, sued the NC Ferry Division over breach of contract, claiming […]

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Trash bins get emptied; islanders get updates on ferries, debris, temporary housing

A day after a story published about the overflowing trash bins at the Ocracoke Convenience Site, David’s Trash, with whom Hyde County has the trash hauling contract, arrived and switched out five bins. Dave Johnson, head site attendant, made the announcement Wednesday night at the Ocracoke Civic & Business Association civic affairs meeting in the Community Center. […]

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