Ocracoke volunteers receive Governor’s Volunteer Service award

John and Rauna Conner don’t like the limelight, but the spotlight shone on them recently when they were among six recipients of the North Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. The Conners, who live in both Ocracoke and Buxton and who founded Conner’s Supermarket in Buxton, were honored for their efforts in providing meals to displaced […]

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Passenger ferry service this summer for Ocracoke still in limbo

Update/correction: The House today (June 9) passed S241 (described below) and it is on the Senate calendar Thursday morning at 10 a.m. The original post of this story said that this session of the N.C. Legislature ends July 2, but there is no statutory or constitutional requirement for when a convened session must end.   […]

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Hyde County budget proposes a 5-cent property tax hike

Hyde County Manager Kris Cahoon Noble is recommending a 5-cent property tax increase, or 82 cents per $100 of assessed valuation up from the current rate of 77 cents. The increase will help fund the county’s proposed budget of $18.37 million for 2021-2022, up from $16.77 million last year. The Hyde County Board of Commissioners […]

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Passenger ferry funding still in committee

Passenger ferry service between Ocracoke and Hatteras might be delayed while an appropriation bill to pay for it goes through the legislative process in Raleigh. Service by the walk-on ferry is set to begin Tuesday (May 25) and continue until Sept. 9, according to previous information from officials. Because the legislative process has yet to be finalized, officials […]

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Waterways Commission to discuss NCDOT proposal to move South Dock

The Ocracoke Waterways Commission’s meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, will focus on one agenda item–the proposal by the NC Department of Transportation Division 1 to submit a South Ferry Dock relocation proposal to the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The meeting will be held in the Ocracoke Community Center and will be open […]

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Message in a bottle found on Ocracoke came from Canada

Flotsam bottles containing messages are one of those treasures that beachcombers dream of finding. Roy and Ann Huntley of Raleigh, who have a house on Ocracoke and visit frequently, got a longtime wish when they found such a bottle on the beach last November. “I mean, I was pretty excited,” Roy said. “I never found […]

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