Mazie Swindell Smith is rarin’ to make a difference as Hyde County’s first female county manager. A Hyde County native, Smith, 55, began work Jan. 3, was officially named county manager Feb. 3, and loves every 12-hour day of it. Perhaps that’s because she feels her varied professional life has been preparing her for what […] Local News |  Full Article

A 17-month-old Ocracoke boy and his parents are breathing easier after the child was airlifted by a Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to a Norfolk hospital on Friday, Feb. 28. Uriah Johnson, son of Mike and Amy Johnson, is home and is much improved after receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters Friday […] Local News |  Full Article

UPDATE: Hyde County’s liquor business is about to break even

Continued requests by the commissioners to see financial details of the operations of Hyde County’s two ABC stores yielded a report at the Nov. 15 board meeting by Kenneth W. Chillcoat, a certified public accountant from Washington, N.C. Chillcoat’s balance sheet showed that the liquor business is about break-even. Operations show total gross income at […] Local News |  Full Article

Sound-class ferries are all repaired, but routes to and from Ocracoke are now on winter schedule

Sound-class ferries are all repaired, but routes to and from Ocracoke are now on winter schedule The sound-class ferry Pamlico, newly repaired, arrived back on Ocracoke on Friday, Oct. 29, after undergoing extensive repairs for almost a week. Since Oct. 21, ferry runs on the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke and Cedar Island-Ocracoke routes were modified due to […] Local News |  Full Article

UPDATE….Paramedics will be retained in Hyde County

The Hyde County commissioners voted Monday night, Oct. 18, to retain paramedic-level emergency services in Hyde County. In a 4-to-1 vote, the commissioners approved Interim County Manager David M. Smitherman’s recommendation to hire two additional full-time paramedics, which will reduce overtime and the over-reliance on part-time staffers. On staff currently are five paramedics with one […] Local News |  Full Article

By CONNIE LEINBACH Ocracoke had more paramedic-level calls in 2009-2010 than any other type of emergency call, according to figures released at a special meeting Sept. 22 about the cost of emergency medical services in Hyde County. Brian Carter and Jeff Hibbard, chief paramedics on Ocracoke and the mainland respectively, made a presentation to the […] Local News |  Full Article