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This Little Piggy Went To Market:

The Piglet's 1st Birthday. Drawing The Town

Rooflessness Continued:

Chris Fulcher's Latest Plan: No Roof For Harbor Building. The Story

Comment On Fulcher Sandblast/Paint Yard, Take 2:

CAMA Official: Public "Shortchanged" By Lack of Notice. The Story

Mister July 2017 - Doc:

Super greeter and employee of the year. Pet Of The Month

Fulcher's Plans Dominate Planning Meeting:

An Open Roof, Dark Skies and Water @ July's Meeting. The Story

Letter: Fulcher Point Roof Open For Discussion:

Planning Chair Urges Public To Attend Meetings. Letters To The Editor

Author Bites Oriental Man in Fridge-Moving Dispute:

Knife fails to move Picker's purchased fridge. The Story

Town Board Meeting July 2017:

Flooding Study, Surplus Funds, New Hours At Town Hall. The Story

Croaker Festival 2017:

37th Annual Croakerfest. The Story

Visiting Trawler Sports Bent Outrigger:

Collison With Morehead City Bridge Adds A Bend. The Story

Letters: Thank You to the Volunteers of Pamlico County:

A Man With A Grill Tips His Hat. Letters To The Editor

Police Chief Dwaine Moore Resigns:

Formal Resignation Submitted June 21. The Story

Hope Regatta and Gala 2017:

Combining two popular events benefits local charity. The Story

Mister June 2017 - Radar:

Lights, Camera, Treats. Pet Of The Month

June Town Board Meeting:

Microbrewery, Budget, and Police Hire. The Story

Dragon's Breath Regatta 2017:

17 Vessels Compete. The Story

Silospalooza 2017:

Photos from the 5th Annual Music Festival. The Story

Coming Up: Croakerfest 2017:

How You Can Be Part Of It Now. The Story

Don's Knock You Out Sign:

It leads to a camp that trains champions. Drawing The Town

Art on the Neuse 2017:

Photos from 14th Annual Arts Festival. The Story

Piggly Wiggly May 2017 Update:

Billy Flockhart On What's New At The Piglet. The Story

Cycle NC 2017 in Oriental:

Scenes of 4th Coastal Ride Weekend Here. The Story

Letters: Appreciation for 2017 Bike Weekend:

Thank Yous For Cycle NC Event. Letters To The Editor

Town Board Meeting May 2017:

New Quick Response Vehicle Displayed. The Story


A Sailing Vessel Bound For The Artic. The Shipping News

A Wooden Boat Is Building:

Dedicated To The Missions Of The New NC Coastal Heritage Association. The Story

Letters: Sailpack Regatta - Gratitude and Thanks:

North Carolina's Largest Collegiate Sailing Event Thanks A Town. Letters To The Editor

Town Board Meeting April 2017:

Calm meeting, SB310, Potholes, NCCycle Coming. The Story

Wally Chapin, 1949-2017:

Sailmaker, Father, A Part Of Oriental. The Story

Miss Murple's Last Case:

April Fri April 7 through Sun April 9 @ The Old Theater. The Story

Tale of Two Libraries :

Two Perspectives on Current Closing. The Story

PAWS 2017 Pet Parade:

A Pirate, A Rabbit and A Skunk Walk Into A Park.... The Story

The Bike Trees Are In Bloom:

Spring Pedals In The Air. Drawing The Town

Flood Warning: Streamlining Regs & Filling Streams:

SoundRivers: SB131 Will Hurt Neuse. The Story

Letters: Optosonics Closing In Oriental:

Phase of Breast Imaging R&D Over. Letters To The Editor

College Racing To Bring 100+ Sailors To Town:

Support Sought For SailPack Oriental Interconference Regatta. The Story

Town Officials Respond To Suggestions:

Potholes, Pickleball, Pathways: Some Easier To Address Than Others . The Story

Lady Hurricanes Make School History in UNC Dean Dome:

29-4, Lady Canes finish season #2 in the state . The Story

What Oriental Needs...:

Readers Give Their Take. The Story

Cheaper and Better Cell Phone Services :

Mobile Technology In A One Tower County. The Village Geek

The Piglet turns one today. Festivities begin at 10a, the big tada! at high noon. Before the Piggly Wiggly opened a year ago, Oriental had been without a grocery store for 6 months. It was grand to see pigs fly. (Laura Turgeon drawing)

Thursday July 27, 2017

7:33a If ya gotta be out on a day in late July, this looks to be the right day. High upper 80s (almost cool for July) & sunshine.

Word is there just might be an outdoor event at The Pig. Two grand prizes – a $500 gift certificate – and a two minute shopping spree. Register this morning – grand drawing at noon. And you have to be there to win the grand prizes.

Re that two minute shopping spree… a couple rules. No alcohol or tobacco (those state laws). Max $50 meat. After that, whatever you can get in two minutes.

Wednesday July 26, 2017

11:47a Oriental’s Piggly Wiggly turns one year old tomorrow. Live music & celebrations 10a – 1p. Big prizes and festivities at high noon. Click here to see this weeks One Year Anniversary flyer.

11:10a That Planning Board meeting is now set for Friday. From Town Hall:

The Planning Board specially called meeting has been moved to Friday, 12 noon at Town Hall. It is a one-item meeting. The Planning Board will look at the latest revision of Mr. Fulcher’s project and evaluate its compliance with the GMO. It will forward any recommendations to the Town Board for inclusion with the Town’s official response, which will be constructed at their Aug 1 meeting. Any concerns brought to this meeting will be forwarded on to the Town Board.

Tuesday July 25, 2017

4:38p A Planning Board Meeting is set for Thursday (tentative until members agree) to discuss the Fulcher / CAMA situation. From Town Hall:

Thursday, July 27- 3PM- Planning Board will meet to discuss recommendations to the Town Board for inclusion on their requested response to CAMA for the Fulcher Point project. Open to the public.

4:33p That’s a lotta rain. 1.25 inches already at this writing, and still pouring down.

2:20p Five more shopping months til Christmas. Feeling cool yet? Actually there is sort of a cooling trend coming. Tomorrrow’s Oriental Weather Forecast has a high of just 85.

More on the story of the changing roofs, here.

Monday July 24, 2017

4:32p No roof at all. That is Chris Fulcher’s latest plan for a trawler sandblasting and painting facility on his peninsula at the entrance Oriental’s harbor.

In a letter to CAMA last Friday, Fulcher’s agent, Dennis Fornes wrote that, “There will be no improvements/modifications of any kind to the existing building as a part of this application/project.’”

A roof over that building was a condition the Town Board set last October when Fulcher sought a Special Use Permit for another part of the project. Town officials said a roof would contain the sandblast dust, paint, and solvent fumes that have polluted the harbor and air in town when that work was done at Fulcher’s docks in the past.

In June Fulcher had submitted another set of plans to CAMA, ditching the fixed roof and calling for a retractable one. TownDock.net contacted CAMA today – they had not yet received the document dated Friday. It had been provided to the Town of Oriental Friday. Here is the document. What this practically means is still being evaluated by the town. CAMA’s reaction is not yet known.

11:04a Notes for your calendar… the Oriental Front Porch Music Festival and the Oriental Classic Car Show are on different dates for 2017. The past couple years the events have shared the same October day, but as both events continue to grow separate dates are now the way forward.

The 2017 Oriental Front Porch Music Festival is Saturday October 7 (some music on the Friday the 6th too). The 2017 Oriental Classic Car Show is the following weekend, Saturday October 14.

8:01a It’s a big week at The Pig. Thursday will mark the one year anniversary of Oriental’s Piggly Wiggly. The day it opened was a big deal in town… Oriental had been without a grocery store for months.

Owner Billy Flockhart is celebrating the first year with a bang. Register this week to win a $500 gift certificate, there are multiple $100 gift certificates… and a big grand prize of a 2 minute shopping spree. The 1 year celebration is Thursday July 27 high noon at The Pig. More details coming today.

Saturday July 22, 2017

7:03a A change in the Fulcher Point project. Word is that Chris Fulcher called Town Hall Friday and pulled his request for a Special Use Permit for the outdoor boat wash pad that was to be part of his proposed trawler boatyard operation on Oriental’s harbor. It’s unclear yet whether that has been done officially in writing.

The SUP the Town Board granted last October for the wash down pad included a condition that a roof and ventilation system be installed at Fulcher’s harborside block building. That was cited as a way to contain the release of the paint dust sanded from the trawlers in the building and keep solvents from trawler paint jobs from polluting the harbor and air. Without the SUP those conditions may evaporate.

The Town does not require an SUP for the paint and sandblasting operation. That said, any painting and/or sandblasting would need to be done in a manner that was consistent with North Carolina law. Because of past sandblasting directly into the harbor (in violation of state law) there are more eyes and scrutiny on the Fulcher Point project.

Friday July 21, 2017

1:20p Seven names will be on the ballot in November’s Town Board elections. The 2-wk filing period ended today at noon. Vying for the 5 at-large seats will be incumbents Charlie Overcash. Allen Price and David White as well as J Martin Barrow, Greg Bohmert, Eric Dammeyer and Dianne Simmons.

Current commissioners Barb Venturi and Sandy Winfrey are not seeking re-election. Mayor Sally Belangia is alone on the ballot for her race. Election Day is November 7.

Thursday July 20, 2017

10:30a State Representative Michael Speciale is holding a Town Hall meeting tonight to share his perspective on the Legislature’s work this year. He’ll be taking questions.

This event has not been widely publicized – not even on Rep. Speciale’s websites – but we confirmed with his office that it is happening – 6:30-8p at the Pamlico County Courthouse.. (Not in the Courtroom but in the more intimate setting of the Commissioners’ Room.)

10:03a While today’s high of 90 may not be your idea of cool, it that could seem refreshing tomorrow and on through the weekend when temps get up to 95. Not great sleeping weather either. Lows near 80 in the Oriental Weather Forecast.

Tomorrow at noon is the deadline for getting on the ballot for this November’s Town Board election. All 5 seats are in play.

Yesterday, J. Martin Barrow became the 7th candidate to enter the race. He is also the fourth – along with Eric Dammeyer, incumbents Charlie Overcash and David White – from the Neuse Drive/Link Lane neighborhood to do so. Other candidates are incumbent Allen Price, Greg Bohmert and Dianne Simmons who, so far, is the only woman seeking a seat on the Town Board this year.


Wednesday July 19, 2017

8:39a Keeping track of the applications for the proposed Fulcher boatyard on the harbor is a task. The application into CAMA now has a new public comment period (as almost nobody knew about the first one). Here’s the story.

8:30a Don be gone. Tropical Storm Don has dissipated. Another letter in the alphabet checked off for the 2017 hurricane season.

A tropical wave is right behind what’s left of Don – now termed Invest 96. If it formed as a tropical storm it would be Emily. The term “invest” is sometimes confusing. In this use it doesn’t mean a hot IPO… it stands for Investigative Area. That’s an area where disturbed weather makes it likely that a tropical storm could form.

Tuesday July 18, 2017

10:50a CAMA has set a new public comment period on the Fulcher Point project.

August 14th is now the deadline to let CAMA know of any concerns or views as CAMA weighs a permit for Chris Fulcher’s proposed trawler Sandblasting/Painting operation on Oriental’s harbor. The Story, here.

10:22a Tropical Storm Don is east of the Windward Islands. Don’s forecast track will keep him near Central America… far from our shores.

Another storm may be brewing that could have a more northerly destination. Now Invest 96 – if it formed it would be storm Emily. It is early, but the early computer models have it on a classic through the Caribbean course heading towards Florida.

8:25a There’s a town election coming this November. There are five town commissioners and the mayor’s race too. To get elected in November, you have to file. That’s now… through July 21.

There is a “race” now for commissioner – that is now there are more candidates than positions open. Six have filed. They include incumbent commissioners Charlie Overcash, Allen Price and David White. Planning Board Chair Eric Dammeyer, Greg Bohmert and Dianne Simmons. Mayor Sally Belangia has also filed for another term.

You can still be on the ballot. Here’s how…

8:12a Temperate (high just near 80) & wet today. But look out for heat on the way… sunny & mid 90s coming late week and through the weekend.