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GMO Change Would Allow Short Term Rentals In Residential Neighborhoods:

Public Hearing Tuesday Night. The Story

Riding The Wave:

Oriental's Julia Tingle. Spokes

Red Rickshaw Joins Southern Living Design Circle:

Scott Williams Makes An Exclusive List. The Story

Dawson Creek Oak:

What If Joyce Kilmer Had Seen The Tree?. The Story

Bill Sage Trust Account Funds Dispersed After 2 Year Freeze:

NC State Bar Investigation Ends, Funds Returned To Local Clients. The Story

New Read: Whortonsville Yacht and Tractor Club:

First On T-Shirts, Now A Book. The Story

Letters: Etiquette At The Green Waste Dumpster:

A Call To Use It Right. Letters To The Editor

2016 Oriental Dragon Boat Races at River Dunes:

7th Annual Festival. The Story

2016 Hoop Pole Regatta:

Youth Racing in FJs And Optis. The Story

A Proposal:

She said yes. The Story

John McKee Poole, 1931-2016:

He taught thousands how to sail. The Story

The Piglet Opens:

Oriental Piggly Wiggly: Views, Day 1. The Story

Piggly Wiggly Grand Opening - Video:

Live Video Coverage. The Story

Piglet Preview:

Inside Oriental Piggly Wiggly. The Story

Letters: Piglet Anticipation:

Open Arms. Letters To The Editor

Letters: Scant Degrees of Separation :

Oriental-Falklands Connections. Letters To The Editor

Fiddler's Green:

Shakedown Cruise: 9600 Miles From Oriental To The Falkland Islands. The Shipping News

Chuck Lee Cycles Cross Country. Again. :

29 Days in 2016 TransAm. Spokes

Minnesott Community Day 2016:

Minnessott Beach On Parade. The Story

Parade Master Retires:

He Will Meister No More. Letters To The Editor

Croakerfest 2016:

Beyond the Parade. The Story

Croaker Festival 2016 Parade:

Volunteerism, Brexit, The Pig. The Story

Bob Brown:

Remembering Bob.... The Story

Letters: Search for Fan Creates Oriental Fans:

Words of Thanks. Letters To The Editor

Croakerfest 2016 Schedule:

This Year: A Cannon, New Fireworks Site, Gospel Sing. The Story

Mister June 2016 - Jack:

Oriental Dog Citizen. Pet Of The Month

FY17 Budget: Hike in Property Tax, Trash Fee:

June Town Board Mtg: $848K Plan. The Story

Letters: Against The Property Tax Increase:

Former Commissioner Weighs In. Letters To The Editor

Silospalooza 2016:

4th Annual: Hours of Music, No Rain. The Story

The Bears Return:

Backyards As Feeding Grounds. The Story

Letters: What's In A Name Change?:

Oriental Or..... Letters To The Editor

Poll - Should Oriental Change Its Name?:

The word "Oriental" has been banned from use in federal law.. Online Poll

Old Theater Celebrates 70 Years:

Scenes from 'Music & Memories'. The Story

Firefly :

Adventure From Land To ICW And Back. The Shipping News

Singing Out About HB2:

Susan Werner's Debut of "Carolina" in Oriental. The Story

PCC President Pick Expected In May:

Four Finalists Vie To Succeed Late Cleve Cox. The Story

PAWS Pet Parade 2016:

49 Dogs Hit The Streets. The Story

Bathroom Re-opens With On Duty Compliance Officer:

Gender Identity Assured Thanks To New State Funding. World Exclusive NewsExtra

Town Docks Get Paint Color Guide:

A Quick Way For Visiting Boats To Spot Oriental's Public Docks. The Story

Five Trucks. 45 People. Three Venues. 40 Seconds Of Video.:

Apple Semi-Stealthily Visits Oriental. The Story



Teak. Bronze. The salty deck of the cutter Macnab. Macnabs’s story is coming…

Sunday September 25, 2016

7:33a You’re waking up a bit slow there. Cloudy/lazy high 70s/near 80 today.

North winds have water levels about 1 1/2 ft above normal. It’s enough to almost cover Hodges Street near the harbor. Drive slow unless your vehicle was wanting a salt water bath.

Those northeast winds will stay with us today, 10-15 knots on the Neuse. Winds back from the south by Monday night/Tuesday, and those water levels will be back down.

On the Atlantic, storm Lisa (who stayed at sea in the far east Atlantic) has fizzled out. Karl is on his way north and to ultimate oblivion. Karl is in the middle of the Atlantic, but his latitude is now about the same as New Jersey. His winds sound kinda whiny.

The tropical wave moving west now has some computer models tracking it – it is Invest 97. When/if this becomes a storm it will get named Matthew. Initially, the future Matthew appears likely to stay well south of us.

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Saturday September 24, 2016

8:19a Today is The Kitchens Of New Bern Tour – it’s raising money for the Food Bank Of Eastern NC, which also serves Pamlico County. You tour around and stop in at, what we must assume, are some of the fancier galleys in town. More info here…

Meanwhile, back here in the big town, it’s wine tasting time at Nautical Wheeler’s porch on Broad Street. Tastings at 3 & 4p today. Something Soave from Italy will be on tap. Elmer, you look like you need a little Soave.

Poker. Golf carts. They are somehow combined today at Minnesott.

Tropical Storm Karl visited Bermuda overnight. The system is now leaving the Island – see Bermuda Weather Radar.=

Another potential storm is out there:

A tropical wave, accompanied by a broad area of low pressure, is located south of the Cabo Verde Islands. This disturbance is expected to move rapidly westward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean at 20 to 25 mph for the next several days. Environmental conditions are expected to become conducive for gradual development, and a tropical depression could form while the system approaches the Lesser Antilles and moves into the Caribbean Sea by the middle of next week. The system has a 50% chance of forming in in the next 5 days.
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Friday September 23, 2016

1:33p A bit of history about the old Pamlico News building on Broad that came down today. Sarah Winfrey writes in:

That building was built around 1915 and was the Oriental drug store and doctor’s office. Many things have been there over the years. The right hand side was a shoe shop run by Mr. Ben Roebuck and later a beauty shop operated by Mildred Erwin. The left hand side was a barber shop for Mr. Roy Harper. Cindy Sawyer had a florist on I think the right hand side for a while as well as Ned Delamar Jr. had an insurance office there. The Wits End spent a little time there, as well as a hat shop. The back section served as a day care in the late ’80s. The building also served as the town post office and telephone office many many years ago.

12:17p The old Pamlico News building on Broad Street has been vacant since it was flooded during Hurricane Irene in 2011. In the past week it has been slowly demolished. The front finally came down just a few minutes ago:


Here is the building a week ago, awaiting its fate:

9:45a Karl is back at tropical storm force. Real tropical storm – 60 mph. Bermuda is getting hit by Tropical Storm Karl late tonight and early Saturday.

9:40a Front Porch Music is coming to Oriental October 15. You can get listed in the program – if you act now. From the Ol’ Front Porch Music crew:

The Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival is making a last call for festival sponsors to be listed in its program. As a Sponsor you help make the Music festival happen. As well as the headlining performers there is printing, advertising, rental of golf carts and port-a-potties etc. (there is no admission charge to attend the festival). Anyone wishing to support OFPMF and be listed in the program should send checks to Dottie Osmun, P.O. Box 445, Oriental NC 28571 for receipt by Monday September 26.

9:29a Some actors say a dangerous stunt is the hard part of doing a movie. Tonight’s Friday Flick has a different hard part. Jean White writes in:

As an interesting fact about tonight’s Friday Flick, Russell Crowe learned to play the violin in 3 months from Australian Chamber Orchestra leader Richard Tognetti, and he referred to it as “the hardest thing he’d ever done for a film.” Paul Bettany on cello, too, of course!

Thursday September 22, 2016

4:52p Doh! We shouldn’t have said anything earlier. Now there is a tropical wave just leaving the coast of Africa. From NOAA NHC:

A tropical wave moving off of the west coast of Africa is expected to move rapidly westward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean at 20 to 25 mph for the next several days. Environmental conditions could be conducive for some gradual development of this system early next
week. Formation chance in the next 5 days, 20 percent.

8:09a From the perspective of life at latitude 35N, longitude 76.7W, it is a quiet weather morning.

Out on the Atlantic two storms that are forecast to stay at sea. Karl might rain on Bermuda. Lisa is just bothering shipping. No prospective tropical waves building (the genesis of a new storm).

We are getting beyond the historical peak hurricane season for 2016. That doesn’t mean something can’t brew, it is just getting less probable. Late season (October) storms have also historically been more likely to visit Florida than the NC coast.

Some scattered showers may visit today, but a sunny dry 80s weekend is ahead.

Wednesday September 21, 2016

4:46p Just got a note from UPS that the cam equipment that runs PecanCam & AnchorageCam is scheduled to be delivered Thursday. It is coming back from repairs – a nearby summer lightning strike put the cams out of commission. If everything tests well the cams should be back online Friday Sept 23.

A dry weekend is ahead.

9:32a If beer is allowed to pass your delicate lips, next month is Beerfest @ Minnesott. Elbow exercise plus German cuisine, October 22. You can even register online.

8:59a Missing a parakeet? Is a parakeet that hangs around Gull Circle confused? Linda Zielinski writes in:

An alert to anyone who may have lost a parakeet . This morning a green and turquoise parakeet flew into our yard on Gull Circle . I could not attract it but wanted its owner to know it’s alive and around.

Tuesday September 20, 2016

12:48p Shop Local. It’s part of making a small town work. It is also the theme for this year’s Pamlico Business Expo. Shop Local is Tuesday Sept 27 @ PCC – a team effort involving the Pamlico Chamber, Pamlico Community College and Pamlico County.

10:41a Petroleum harmony has been restored to the village. Gas truck arrived and The Pig is re-gassed.

9:48a News from The Piglet – Billy says a gas truck is on the way. They will have gas by noon.

Oil wells may emerge on the harbor
7:10a Now Bunky. Lets talk about the “gas shortage.” It isn’t caused by a pipeline break. It’s caused by frantic cable TV watching. Turn that thing off. Life is fine.

The Mini-Mart got a gas shipment in early this morning – they now have all gas types – ready to pump.

The gas at The Pig was too popular yesterday (see cable TV above). They are totally out. A gas shipment is expected today.

Meanwhile, while you have fuel anxiety, stop at The Pig and get a mini-pie at the hot bar.

6:41a We got some real rain from leftover storm Julia. Last night 2.6 inches, then just a bit overnight (0.15 inch).

More wet ahead today & tomorrow.

Monday September 19, 2016

8:28p Over 1 1/2 inches of rain, all since about 6p tonight. More coming. What’s left of storm Julia, wants to make a wet statement.

5:49p There is news on the Atlantic – Tropical Depression 13 has formed. No concern to the US coast at all, this system (destined to become Tropical Storm Lisa) is forecast to move northward at a pace that will keep it far away. Indeed, 13 won’t even get within a thousand miles of Bermuda, much less our shores.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Karl appears headed for a close call with Bermuda.

The off & on rain we’re getting right now is basically storm Julia leftovers. Julia dissipated over the weekend.

1:14p Results from the 2016 Oriental Cup Regatta. Races were both Saturday & Sunday. This year the regatta was based out of River Dunes, held along with Harborfest.

Spinnaker A
1st Oriental Express, Henry Frazer
2nd Loon, Todd Cox
3rd Nevermoore, Brian Brown

Spinnaker B
1st Deuces Wild, Mark Weinheimer

JAM A
1st Bodacious, Dyk Luben
2nd Quixote, John Coombs
3rd Nova Carina, Beth Michne
4th SunCatcher, Andrew Mylander

JAM B
1st CIELO, Bob Luhrs

Pursuit Race
1st Stimulus, Jerry Buckman
2nd Narnia, Laurie Sampson
3rd Take Five, Michael Byles
4th Tribat, George Dufek

8:37a The Piggly Wiggly just has regular & diesel today. Premium & Ethanol free should be back Wednesday.

Over at the Mini-Mart – they just have premium today.

Between the two, Oriental has complete petroleum availability. Carry on…

8:07a A gas pipeline break in Alabama – is affecting gas availability (and prices) even here in our town. This just in from Billy Flockhart at the Piggly Wiggly:

The reason we are out of ethanol free gas is because of the pipeline break. They took what non-ethanol they had and blended it to make sure there was plenty of regular and premium gas. I will be out of ethanol free until Wednesday.

People are lining up for ethanol free at the Mini Mart this morning. Dang kids, it’s 1973 all over again. Just for a moment though.

7:43a While admiring Corvette’s that showed at Harborfest (above), time to check your calendars. October 15. It’s a Saturday.

That big day in Oriental is both the Ol’ Front Potch Music Festival and the Oriental Classic Car Show. You can walk the village, seeing music performed on over a couple dozen porches. When you walk down by Lou Mac Park and the Riverfront, classic cars will suddenly appear. All Saturday Oct 15 in Oriental.

Here’s a look at previous years:

1st Annual Oriental Classic Car Show

2015 Ol Front Porch Music Festival

2014 Ol Front Porch Music Festival

Want to bring your car to the show? Here is the 2016 Oriental Class Car Show registration form.