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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

Oriental's Future - Your Ideas & Concerns:

Send In Your Thoughts For Town. The Story

Town Manager Says Pick Up After Your Dog:

"Landmines" In Park. The Story

Town Board Meeting, February 2017:

Beer On Tap: Brewery Gets SUP; Wits End Offered To Town. The Story

A Peck of Pamlico Pickleball Players :

New Sport, New Gym at Camp Caroline . The Story

Buoy Meets Girl:

Valentines By The Sea. Drawing The Town

Good Run:

A yawl on a mission. The Shipping News

Piggly Wiggly Jan 2017 Update:

Billy Flockhart On Changes At The Piglet. The Story

Chinese New Year Dragon Run:

Year of the Rooster. The Story

Year Of The Rooster:

Rooster & Dragon. Drawing The Town

NC Marine Fisheries Meeting Votes Agaiinst Proposal To Limit Trawling:

Shrimp Fishermen Show Up In Numbers. The Story

Town Board Meeting, January 2017 - A Recap:

Short Term Rental, Floodplain, Electric Charging Stations . The Story

Snowshoe Rabbit. Snowshoe Hair.:

Snowflakes spotted. Drawing The Town

Scenes From New Years 2017 Regatta :

Wind A No Show. 33 Boats Do. The Story

Friends Of The Dragon 2017:

Give A Dragon A Hand. The Story

Giving Locally To Help Locally:

Sustaining The Groups That Sustain Us. The Story

Letters: Pedestrians And Cars:

Walk On The Left. Letters To The Editor

Tablets For Christmas?:

The Geek Checks Out The Options. The Village Geek

Letters: Illegal Internet Sweepstakes In Pamlico County:

Reader Asks Why An "Illegal" Business Exists. Letters To The Editor

Christmas Cat Boat:

Deck the decks with bows of holly. Drawing The Town

Town Board Meeting - December 2016:

The Pig, The Golf Course, The Flood Map. The Story

Spirit Of Christmas 2016 Schedule:

Fri Dec 9 - Sat Dec 10. The Story

Letters: Oriental's Piggly Wiggly:

Food For Thought on Shopping Locally. Letters To The Editor

Wanted: Dragon Keeper:

Needed For New Year's Run. The Story

County Solar Farm Regulations Proposed:

Array of Rules As Pamlico Scouted . The Story

More Than Half Of Oriental Precinct Votes Early:

Countywide: 45% Rate. The Story

Town Board Meeting November 2016:

A Recap: Short Term Rental SUP, Holiday Lights, Spring Cycle. The Story

Letters: Fall Snowbirds Arriving Later in Oriental:

Matthew's Impact. Letters To The Editor

Chili Cookoff 2016:

Hot Chili Raises $3K For Old Theater Roof. The Story

3rd Annual Ol Front Porch Music Fest:

Sunshine. Strings. Smiles.. The Story

Pamlico Firefighters On The Scene In A Flooded Town:

Eric Kindle Reports From Princeville. The Story

Pamlico County Teams Together To Help Flood Victims:

Pamlico Pays It Forward. The Story

Map Your Way To Oriental This Weekend:

Seeking A Dry Route. The Story

The Possible Map Route:

Map your way in. The Story

Neuse River sunrise as seen Monday from South Avenue.

Wednesday March 29, 2017

1:05p The Old Front Porch Music Fest generally concerns itself with porches to serve as stages for musicians. The 4th Annual OFPMF is Oct 6-7. But right now, the focus is on attics and closets – the OFPMF is looking for art work to sell during the Town Wide Yard Sale in May. Details, here.

10:01a New specials at The Pig – now online for your viewing pleasure.

7:08a April arrives Saturday and in Oriental, April is one busy month, bringing lots of folks to town. Not just busy busy but crazy busy…

This weekend, the 1st and 2nd, we have 100-plus sailors from 18 universities competing in the Sailpack/Oriental Regatta. Also, on land PAWS Pet Parade. A pig-picking at The Silos. Nautical Wheelers wine tasting. It’s all in What’s Happening

The county library is closed today and thru the middle of next week..


Tuesday March 28, 2017

12:18p Fran Deaton Bennett passed away Friday. Fran’s service is set for this Friday in Greensboro (another memorial service will be held for Fran on the waterfront in Oriental, at a date yet to be determined). Her obituary is at this link.

12:07p The Town’s Chief Of Police, Dwaine Moore, has been suspended after being charged for domestic assault last week. From Town Manager Diane Miller:

Chief Moore is currently indefinitely suspended without pay from duty with the Town. We are currently following Town Personnel Policy. As a decision is made regarding future employment, that will be released when determined, following ongoing investigations.

At this time Chief Moore has been accused, not convicted.

From The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office:

On Thursday, March 23, 2017, at approximately 11:50pm, Pamlico County Communications received a 911 call from a female requesting help and crying. No further details were given during the call and when telecommunicators attempted to gain more information the call was disconnected.

Through investigative means, telecommunicators were able to determine who the phone number was registered to and a search led Pamlico County deputies to 403 Freemason Street in Oriental, North Carolina, where the victims’ vehicle was located.

During the course of the investigation it was determined that a domestic assault occurred. The victim stated that she was assaulted and evidence at the scene and statements collected led to the arrest of Dwaine Moore of Oriental. Moore was charged with Assault on a Female and placed in the Pamlico County Jail on a no bond for 48 hours or until his court date. Moore’s first appearance was Friday and was released on a $5,000.00 unsecured bond by a District Court Judge.

Monday March 27, 2017

3:15p A book on the heritage of the Core Sound is in the works… Sound People. A program on the making of the book is at the Pamlico Heritage Center, 7p tonight.

9:43a Got room in your home this weekend for about 6 college sailors?

The team from Georgia Tech is among the 18 teams competing this coming Saturday and Sunday in the Sailpack Oriental Interconference Regatta. 120 – 150 sailors are now expected. It’s the biggest college sailing regatta in the state.

College sailing teams don’t have the budgets that their schools’ football or basketball teams do, so the call’s gone out to offer accommodations to the racers. The Ga Tech team is the last one that could use a bit of help. Here’s how..

Friday March 24, 2017

4:01p This is the last weekend for O’Town restaurants inside Pub. Open for dinner tonight through Sunday, lunch both weekend days. Next week the O’Town crew will be getting the outside deck ready – it reopens Thursday March 30.

O’Town news plus the latest at the Provision Company, Silos Red Rooster and Nautical Wheelers… it’s all in Oriental Go Local.

10:58a Sunshine 70 today. Same again for Saturday & Sunday. What’s not to like?

On the water, excellent lazy boating conditions. 5-10 knot winds from the south, today through Sunday.

Man overboard? A SCOO Seminar Saturday morning at Town Hall discusses what to do & how to do it. Meanwhile the Tree Board will have a session on tree pruning at Lou Mac Park. All the details in What’s Happening.

A bill now making its way through the legislature would weaken environmental rules, according to the Neuse Riverkeeper. The bill is SB131. Here is the story…

Thursday March 23, 2017

Last cool day for a while… The Oriental Weather Forecast has a high in the low 50’s today. Then, a warming trend… in to the 70s for the weekend and beyond.

Noted: HB2 is a year old today.

Tomorrow,the Town Board meets for its annual retreat, an annual day-long session to talk and hear about various projects – that would have to be budgeted in the coming fiscal year. The Board and the Town Manager asked for input from the public – your ideas keep coming in. The retreat is open to the public.

Also on the agenda for tomorrow, a discussion about allowing wine and beer to be served at events organizations hold at Town Hall. (4 years ago the idea died amid concerns about the Town’s liability and DUI’s.)

Tuesday March 21, 2017

Today’s weather – sunny-ish, high near 70 – is as nice as it gets for a few days. The Oriental Weather Forecast has rain tomorrow, cool 50’s Thursday. Weekend shows promise…

Shrimping trawlers that now can drag their nets in the Pamlico Sound 5 days a week during shrimp season, may be limited to 3 days a week in coming years. That’s one of the proposed new rules on the table at the NC Marine Fisheries Commission.

It’s also the big subject at tonight’s Pamlico Chamber of Commerce meeting at PCC. Guest speaker is Jerry Schill, longtime head of the NC Fisheries Association, which represents commercial fishermen, and opposes further limits. More here….

A note: this 3rd Tuesday of the month is when the Migraineurs usually would meet but the migraine support group is gathering next Tuesday instead.

Monday March 20, 2017

Yay, Spring! Now that it’s here, may we please return to the balmy air of February?

Your Oriental Weather Forecast is all over the board this week temp-wise. 70 and rain mañana, 51 and sun Wednesday. and this coming Saturday is looking warm and dry – a nice upgrade from this past weekend with its dreary cold wet.

Brightening up this past Saturday were not one but two Pamlico Musical Society appearances by singer Melinda Doolittle. She pulled out the stops in the Old Theater that night, breathing new life in to old soul standards.

Saturday afternoon, a different stage, where she sang and talked about life both before and since her game-changing season on American Idol a decade ago. This stage was at the Holts Chapel Community Center, once a Rosenwald School for black students. Doolittle said she was honored to be there.

Renovations have been underway there in the past year. The latest project is to replace all the windows to look like they did in the early 20’s when the building first went up. It’s going to cost $8,800. Details on how you can help coming up…

Saturday March 18, 2017

Not to get all ‘Annie’ on you, but the sun will come out tomorrow. Today though? Not so good, clear skies wise. Chance of rain thru the evening, says the Oriental Weather Forecast.

When the Holt’s Chapel Community Center was built almost 100 years ago as a two-room primary school for black students, it was designed for multiple uses, with a raised area and modest stage at one end. This afternoon it’ll be put to a use the designers couldn’t have anticipated.

At 1:30p, American Idol star Melinda Doolittle gives an ‘informance’ at HCCC. (Her Pamlico Musical Society concert, tonight at the Old Theater is sold out.) The HCCC session is free.

Some other things in What’s Happening to brighten your skies…. Nautical Wheelers uncorks several wines from Argentina – not all of them are Malbecs – and invites you to sample them at 3 and 4p.

Friday March 17, 2017

4:45p St. Pats update: The Saturday night Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner at St Peter the Fisherman is sold out. But fear not, you have Corned Beef options tonight (and after all, today is the day):

M&M’s is serving their annual St Pats corned beef & cabbage, complete with red potatoes, carrots & rye bread. Guinness available.

marine helicopterAt O’Town corned beef & cabbage, plus Irish tunes by Wick. Dinner starts at 4p, the music runs from 7-9p. Guinness. Jamison specials. Pickle F(##)ers (a shot of Jamison, shot of pickle juice). Irish car bomb (Jamison in a Guinnes). Even Guinness ice cream floats for the brave.

And at The Toucan Grill / Tiki Bar, Bob “Irish” Laverty is playing. Corned Beef & Cabbage served. Guinness. Jamison specials. For dessert… Irish pistachio cream cake.

10:11a Slainthe! Happy St Pat’s..

Wearing o’ the green, today? Make it fleece or wool. The Oriental Weather Forecast gets us only up to the 50’s.

Tomorrow’s … no other way to say this .. wet. So wet that the Tree Board just postponed its Arbor Day celebration/tree planting/pruning workshop until next Saturday, the 25th.

Got a thought or concern about Oriental or a suggestion about what could be done better here? Today is the deadline the Town Manager set for getting your ideas in so they can be addressed at next Friday’s Town board retreat.Details here.

Lots of folks have also been sharing those ideas with TownDock readers. The list keeps growing.

Tomorrow’s St. Pat’s dinner at St. Peter’s has sold out.

Thursday March 16, 2017

2:21p Friday be St Patricks Day… and there are a couple of classic Irish dinner options.

At M&M’s Cafe they are serving up their annual St Pats corned beef & cabbage, complete with red potatoes, carrots & rye bread. Guinness available. Starts 4pm.

At O’Town corned beef & cabbage, plus Irish tunes by Wick. Dinner starts at 4p, the music runs from 7-9p. Guinness. Jamison specials. Pickle F(##)ers (a shot of Jamison, shot of pickle juice). Irish car bomb (Jamison in a Guinnes). Guinness ice cream floats.

Maybe you need two nights of it. Saturday night St Peter the Fisherman’s serves up its 14th Annual St. Patrick Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner. Starts 6p.

6:02a Jack Frost doing a bit more than nipping at your nose this morning. That air will feel more like a full body slam. 28 degrees before sunrise. Your Oriental Weather Forecast has us only up to the mid-forties today.

Wednesday March 15, 2017

1:22p A lot of folks have written suggestions of what Oriental could do better . A Town Commissioner and the Town Manager respond to some of those concerns in advance of next Friday’s Board retreat. The story is here

Got a concern or suggestion or comment that you haven’t seen brought forward? Add it to the list. Details, here.

9:27a Brrr. Low of 25 tonight – which won’t be that much of a drop from today’s high of 41. Way cold. It’ll be next Tuesday before its 70 and sunny like it was in February.

March may have the ides on the 15th, April has the IRS. If you need help with your taxes, volunteers are ready to help on Wednesdays. More here…

Big event coming up Saturday. Melinda Doolittle – who was a star on American Idol – plays the Old Theater Saturday night. Her show sold out quickly. But you still have a chance to hear her.

The Pamlico Musical Society’s arranged an afternoon informance with Melinda Doolittle at the Holts Chapel Community Center on Saturday afternoon.

It’s free and open to the public.

The HCCC on Janeiro Road had been a Rosenwald school, one of thousands, built in the South for black students almost 100 years ago thru a combo of money from philanthropist Julius Rosenwald and local communities. A restoration of the HCCC to its original look is underway.

Tuesday March 14, 2017

Can you offer a spare room and help Hope Clinic? Cycle NC will once again be bringing hundreds of cyclists to our area April 28-30. All local motels and inns are full, and while some participants will be setting up tents and camping in the Lou-Mac Park area, rooms are still needed for others.

Checks for lodging in private homes will be written directly to Hope Clinic, the county’s medical clinic for low income uninsured residents, so this is a chance for direct donations to help many in need of care. If you are easily accessible to the village area (within 4 miles) and can offer a spare bedroom, please contact Dana Clerkin at 703-477-4172 or clerkindp@gmail.com.

Monday March 13, 2017

1:25p A salute to Pamlico High’s Lady Hurricanes. The basketball team played in the state finals at the Dean Dome in Chapel Hill this past weekend. They came back taking 2nd place, an outstanding accomplishment from our small county.

12:57p No choice but to take the long way around. No ferries crossing the Neuse for the rest of the day. Sue Kenner with the Ferry Service says conditions have gotten to be too much:

Regret to inform you, but the Cherry Branch Ferries have had to stop services due to the high wind and flood waters we are experiencing. There will be no more trips made today.

12:17p High winds from the east are pushing water levels up in Oriental – the water level gauge now up about 1 1/4 feet. We saw a peak wind of 35 mph recorded just a few minutes ago.

Those high waters are affecting the Minnesott / Cherry Branch ferry, now on a one boat schedule:

Due to the strong winds and incoming high waters, the Cherry Branch Ferry has gone to a one boat operation. The boat will leave CB at 130, 230, 330, 430, 530, 630 and 730. She will leave MB at 1230, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

5:55a Reader’s corner in What’s Happening, with 2 books to talk about. Here in town tonight at 6:30p, the Oriental Food Initiative hosts a discussion about the book, Eating on the Wild Side. (It’s about how to get the most nutrition out of vegetables and fruit.)

At the library in Bayboro, Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward Angel is up for discussion.

Sunday March 12, 2017

12:03p Snow started in the past hour, gently dropping on the Duck Pond – see Harborcam.

It’s not really accumulating, but for brief moments, when it hits the ground there’s this odd mix of snow and.. pollen. Was it just days ago temps were in the 70’s? Now is the Winter of our Disconnect….

8:41a It did not get as cold as forecast overnight… we are at a “warm” 42 at this writing. Snow is still a possibility in the forecast, but it seems too warm for many flakes to sneak through.

Tonight, low 30s / near freezing expected. Monday warms up to near 60 along with some rain.

Last day for the Old Theater play It Happened In The Park (The Wedding), matinee 3p today.