Down East Community Thanks Ocracoke Islanders for Help During Florence

As Hurricane Florence headed to Eastern North Carolina last September, residents from Dare County all the way down to South Carolina had their personal Category 4 level of anxiety. Although Ocracoke and points further north were largely spared, it was not the case for those to the south and communities on the mainland that dealt […] Local News |  Full Article

Portsmouth Island Suffers Minor Damage from Hurricane Florence

Portsmouth Village suffered no major damage from the passage of Hurricane Florence Sept. 13. Cape Lookout National Seashore Superintendent Jeff West visited the village last week after the storm to assess the historic site. “We lost three structures–the Armtech (a modern building), a modern fishing shed and one of Henry  Pigott’s out buildings,” West, said. […] Local News |  Full Article

Hands Across the Sand on Ocracoke Scheduled for Saturday

In early January, President Donald Trump’s administration announced a five-year plan that would invite drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans.  So, with the real possibility of offshore drilling off the mid-Atlantic coast looming again, islanders and visitors will once again have an opportunity to show their opposition by participating in Hands Across the […] Local News |  Full Article

Ocracoke’s First Waterfowl Festival Set for April 21

By Peter Vankevich Ocracoke Observer Ocracoke’s first Waterfowl Festival on April 21 in the school gym will celebrate renowned island carver Dave O’Neal. When you step inside his Down Point Decoys Shop, you may feel you have wandered into an earlier time.  The small building that once served as the island’s post office is “downtown,” […] Hatteras Features |  Full Article

UPDATE:  The roller coaster of ferry tolls hits a bump in Dare County

While N.C. Ferry Division officials were on Ocracoke yesterday assuring islanders that they would go along with islanders’ not wanting a toll on the Hatteras Ferry, the Dare County commissioners, after a presentation by the Ferry Division, voted 6 to 1 to approve tolling the Hatteras Ferry. Ed Goodwin, Ferry Division director, along with Rep. […] Local News |  Full Article