Ocracoke passenger ferry service funding clears General Assembly

Perhaps few were surprised on April 28 when the N.C. Department of Transportation announced that it canceled its 2020 contract for the Ocracoke Express passenger ferry. Financial woes and a pandemic were a bad combination for it to resume this year. Then word got out that the North Carolina General Assembly was working on legislation […]

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Ocracoke School graduation to adapt to the times

After a tumultuous year, Ocracoke School will end with graduation like none other. Rocked by Hurricane Dorian and COVID-19, Ocracoke School students will long remember this academic year. The school year had barely started before Hurricane Dorian struck on Sept. 6 and damaged the school so badly, it couldn’t be used. Classes were canceled for […]

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Dorian-related debris stored in the National Seashore set to be gone by April

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent Dave Hallac praised Hyde County and their contractors on the progress removing the demolition debris from the Ocracoke Beach Access parking lot (lifeguard beach). The Seashore also on Tuesday released its 2019 visitor statistics posted below. “I am very impressed with their progress, especially in light of the myriad efforts […]

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Looking back: New pastor’s intro to Ocracoke is a baptism by water

As the year winds down, there is the realization that Hurricane Dorian’s damage will continue to impact almost all aspects of Ocracoke.  Stories of that infamous day and onward will be told for a long time. Here is one story. Church sermons have a long history using the theme of testing one’s character and will […]

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Filing deadline looms for filing 2020 elections; still no takers for Ocracoke commissioner

With the candidate filing deadline for the 2020 general election approaching, which is this Friday at noon, only one candidate has filed for the three county commissioner elections. Two of the incumbents, Tom Pahl (Ocracoke) vice chair and Earl Pugh Jr, chair (Lake Landing) have announced that they will not seek reelection. The third, Benjamin […]

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Christmas Bird Counts for Ocracoke and Portsmouth islands set

At the end of each year, Ocracoke and Portsmouth islands are among the thousands of areas that participate in the nationwide Christmas Bird Counts that runs from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5. The dates will be Sunday, Dec. 29, for Ocracoke and Monday, Dec. 30, for Portsmouth. The resulting data becomes part of the longest […]

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