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Chili Cookoff 2016:

Hot Chili Raises $ 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

In Matthew's Wake:

After The Winds And Rain. The Story

Oriental As Matthew Approaches:

A Town Preps. The Story

Hurricane Parking Information:

High Ground To Escape High Water. The Story

Questions Regarding Proposed Ship Yard:

Reader Questions Unclear Plan. Letters To The Editor

Large Scale Travel Lift & Boat Wash At Oriental's Harbor?:

Bob Arrington Writes On The Potential Impact. Guest Columnist

News From Town Hall - Sept 30:

Charlie Overcash Reports In. Guest Columnist


Blessed with a Bristol Channel Cutter. The Shipping News

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

What vessel has this nav light?

Thursday October 27, 2016

10:54a Manhattan may have the Museum Of Modern Art (MOMA). Pfffff. It has a lousy view from the porch.

Oriental’s Village Gallery goes a tad modern today – opening reception for Ken Laser’s Forty Year Fetish. 4 – 7p. You’re invited.

Be brave. Tool belt optional. Check out the porch view.

10:25a It’s said that some parts of the world get bored with their weather – it is just too perfect all the time.

That may not be a problem we have… most of the time. But another wonderfully boring day of sun & dry is with us. Mid 70s.

You’re tough, soldier through it.

On the water 5-10 knots, lazy sailing and/or smooth power boating.

Wednesday October 26, 2016

4:12p Golf? October is delivering up the right weather. The 2016 Minnesott Golf & Country Club Membership drive is underway – 50% off (and no initiation fee). More info here.

2:07p You might not have guessed how many bucks you can make from brats. Grilled brats (not the ones with legs).


From Linda Parker:
The Oriental Dragon Boat Club’s Oktoberfest Celebration fundraiser was a spectacular success. We had the perfect conditions. The wonderful food prepared by Jim Kellenberger, club members, and Piggly Wiggly. Live music performed by Mary Duffie; & the perfect location at the Tiki Bar/Toucan Grill grounds donated by Tom Mcilhenny. We couldn’t have asked for a better day.

We are especially thrilled to announce that we were able to donate $3,764.42 to The Old Theater to put toward the replacement of their roof. We could not have done this without the support of our community.
Linda Parker, President, Oriental Dragon Boat Club


5:30a There may still be undecided voters but in Pamlico County, more than 1500 are in the “decided” camp.

In the first 5 days of Early Voting, 1570 have gone to the courthouse in Bayboro to cast ballots. That is more than 10% of the entire population of Pamlico County and ahead of the rate of early voting in the last presidential election in 2012.

There are 10 more days of the early voting – the Board of Elections polling site opens at 8a, closing times vary (see below). And you can still register to vote.

  • Oct 24 – 28, 8a – 6p
  • Sat Oct 29, 8a – 1p
  • Oct 31 – Nov 2, 8a – 6p
  • Nov 3 – 4, 8a – 8p
  • Sat Nov 5, 8a – 1p

Tuesday October 25, 2016

click Dave for the big view & more news photos
9:36a Higher water levels might get some concerned. Not again? After hearing about record high water level predictions on the local TeeVee, concerned citizen Dave Mauney went down to check on Hodges St.

The photo does put Dave in an unfortunately familiar position.

9:11a North winds on the Pamlico Sound have water levels back on the rise. 1.3 feet this morning, putting some damp back on Hodges.
Neuse River at Oriental Water Levels
Pamlico Sound Marine Weather Forecast

8:52a Sunny. Clear. Dry. High upper 60s. The temps will vary some, but basically the same forecast for the next week.

It isn’t that often that we get to be the clear & dry part of the country. But this week, we are. View from above courtesy of NASA:

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Monday October 24, 2016

4:27p Autumn makes blankets more popular. A Piglet stadium blanket? Only in this town.

9:15a The third Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival was October 15. Despite flooded roads intimidating some re the route to Oriental, the performers and the people did come. Perfect October weather beamed on town. Photos and the story from the day here.

That October weather is hard not to like. Today sunshine, high 70s. The a couple days of mid 60s and more clear skies.

Sunday October 23, 2016

7:17a Fourty-two. 42. Degrees. Brrrrr. It must getting to be late October.

Here’s the deal though… after a brisk morning, sunshine and high 60s ahead – might even reach 70.

Being October and all – it’s Oktoberfest today. Grilled brats. Read on…

If, like many sleepy villagers, you went to sleep well before SNL last night, there is a reprieve. Last night Saturday Night Live parodied the third and final (thank you) debate. There’s something in there for you whoever your candidate is. Brace yourself. Have a click.

Saturday October 22, 2016

11:25a Life gives us choices. You could help the Old Theater by climbing up to the roof when it rains and deployong an umbrella to keep water off. Or… you could go eat some chili. Right now. The Chili Cookoff – with proceeds going to the roof repair — is underway.

You get to vote on your fave of the dozen chefs competing. (But no casting ballots twice today. Unless the other time was over at the Courthouse.)

8:23a The sun is shining. Sixty-five autumnal degrees will descend upon you. Hot chili will be served. An auction with cool nautical stuff is in town. Hodges Street is dry. The ferry is running. That would-be tropical storm ain’t gonna happen.

No complaints allowed.

Friday October 21, 2016

2:19p Cooler autumn air comes Saturday ( clear & mid 60s forecast ). Great stuff for the 2016 Chili Cookoff – all starting 11a at the Oriental Marina Inn Courtyard.

While you ponder Saturday’s eatin’, take a look at the 2015 Chili Cookoff.

10:18a A headline just arrived from Cycle NC – CNC Coastal Ride Returns to Oriental, NC!

From Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30, 2017, cyclists will converge in Oriental, North Carolina for the 14th annual Cycle North Carolina Coastal Ride.

This ride features 3 full days of great routes perfect for any level of cyclists.

All routes are loop rides that start and end in Oriental so there’s no moving camp each day.

Oriental is a small sailing town that tends to move at its own pace, which is usually dictated by which way the wind is blowing. With fantastic museums, plenty of marinas, great shopping, fresh seafood, and simply gorgeous waterfront surroundings, Oriental is a perfect destination to pull up a deck chair, relax, and enjoy the scene.

Last year’s ride sold out in just a few months so make sure you register ASAP to avoid missing a great weekend of cycling in Coastal North Carolina.

Salute to Doug Sligh (and other local cyclists) plus Town Manager Diane Miller who worked together to make this happen.

This event has visited Oriental before – in 2011 and in 2014. Take a look at 2014 … and the 2011 ride here.

10:01a The year was 1962. The Cuban missile crisis. The Chevrolet Corvair. The Beatles sang Love Me Do. If you see Silos / O’Town dude Chris Daniels today… it’s Happy Birthday time.

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7:42a Early voting started in Pamlico County yesterday. Pamlico County Board of Elections Director Lisa Bennett says biz was brisk – 399 people voted.

We won’t know how they voted until after the polls close November 8.

Small chance of rain today, but basically partly cloudy 80 today. Cool crisp air arrives tonight – low near 50 – Saturday sunshine mid 60s. Perfect chili eatin’ weather.