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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

Letters: Sailpack Thank You:

Oriental Welcomed 5 College Teams At Regatta. Letters To The Editor

Primary Election Results March 15, 2016:

Kenny Heath, Kari Forrest Hammond Victorious. The Story

Primary Elections Mar 15 :

Early Voting Now - Bring Photo ID. The Story

It Happened In The Park :

Pictorial of Performers. The Story

Letters: On Requiring Annexation For Water:

Avoid or Repeat Walmart Experience?. Letters To The Editor

Riding The Ferry - With The Captain:

A Crew's Eye View. The Shipping News

2016 Indoor Dragon Boat Races:

One Boat, One Pool, 48 Paddlers. The Story

Letters: Graffiti Ordinance - Support & Opposition:

Nipping In Bud, or Cutting Speech?. Letters To The Editor

Oriental's Graffiti Law: Dangerous Waters:

Town Could Clamp Down On What Is Said. Guest Columnist

Willow Oak Cut Down In Lou Mac Park:

1929-2016. The Story

Walmart Closes Express Store in Oriental:

The Timeline: Two Weeks and... Gone. The Story

Oak At Lou Mac Park To Be Cut:

Spread of Rot A Safety Concern. The Story

Letters: A Town Shopping For A Grocery:

Post-Walmart, Post-T&C Oriental. Letters To The Editor

Oriental WalMart Closing: Renee Smith Interview:

Town-n-Country Manager Calls Move "Pitiful". The Story


It’s been a tough road to get Oriental back with a grocery store – a locally owned and operated grocery store. But, tomorrow… The Pig will fly. Town is giddy. Salute to artist Laura Turgeon for a brilliant & timely drawing…

Tuesday July 26, 2016

11:57a A follow on yesterday’s Shipping News about a sailor from the remote Falkland Islands buying a boat here. He is now sailing 9600 miles home to the archipelago at the 52nd Latitude. A Letter to the Editor picks up on the idea of very few degrees of separation between Oriental and such places.

7:40a News from the Piggly Wiggly. Billy Flockhart reports that the gas pumps will not be open until Friday (he is really unhappy about this). They had to have a total rewiring from Walmart proprietary setup, and there have been state inspections, etc. It may be a day or two, but gas is coming to the Piglet.

Meanwhile (the important part)… the grocery store will be open as planned tomorrow.

6:47a A Heat Advisory in the forecast again today. Yesterday was hot, but not as hot as feared (high 93 and heat index about 100). Mid 90s forecast for today, likely ending up about like yesterday (maybe a bit warmer). A chance of rain tomorrow afternoon, but the morning should stay dry for the Piglet Grand Opening.

The Grand Opening is at 9a, with music and down home stuff starting up 8:30~ish (latest details confirmed today).

The Grand Opening will be televised. TownDock TV will be in action, live video streaming the opening right here on the home page. Senior Management is grumbling about the video bandwidth charges, but dang, we’re doing it.

Monday July 25, 2016

7:27a Hot ahead – Heat Advisory in effect today. Temps into the mid 90s, and heat index numbers getting up near 110.

This morning the crew of Fiddler’s Green is several hundred miles east of Bermuda, bound for the Azores. They report no wind, having to motor in rolling seas. Short of a circumnavigation, it is a voyage like no other we’ve seen undertaken from Oriental.

Here’s a link to their current position.

Sunday July 24, 2016

On July 15 three men departed Oriental onboard a 37 ft sailboat. Their voyage: sail to the Falkland Islands.

That’s a 9,600 mile sail.

This is a story with a classic Oriental zero degrees of separation coincidence, a steel boat built in 1979 now just getting its second owner, and a reallyyy long sail.

Fiddler’s Green is in The Shipping News.

You’ll notice a not too subtle countdown clock at the top of the page. We’re counting down to Wednesday July 27, 9a. That’s when Oriental gets its grocery store back…. Grand Opening at the new locally owned and operated Piggly Wiggly.

Saturday July 23, 2016

Gracious, where did the cool of the morning go to? 80° and not even 8:30a yet. Highs in the low 90’s, heat index 102. Take care outside today.

This weekend’s big event is NSA’s Dinghy Poker Run. Got a dink? If so, you can be dealt in..

Friday July 22, 2016

2:20p You may have started to see them around town — buttons for the 3rd Old Front Porch Music Fest in October. They’re both commemorative and a way to raise funds for the grassootsy music fest. Last year’s had a guitar, this year’s features a banjo. button ofpmf $5 gets you one button, $20 buys 5. They went on sale today at these fine emporia: Provision Co, Marsha’s Cottage, Nautical Wheelers, Village Hardware. Some of the folks you see wearing the buttons may be selling them, too. Just ask, or contact Leigh Price 919-219-2446 or Donna Luh 249-1190 for more info.. and mark that calendar for October 15, ‘kay?

7:02a It hit a cool low of 71 overnight, welcome relief in July (step out… it feels great outside). Evening lows will get back closer to 80 over the weekend though… with daytime highs in the low 90s.

The Piggly Wiggly countdown is underway. The Grand Opening is next week, Wednesday July 27 9am. TownDock.net will stream the Grand Opening live – right here on the home page. Oriental getting its grocery store back is a big deal for town.

TownDock.net has had a preview tour of the store. The “Piglet” has a broader variety of goods than have been available before in our town, ranging from classic inexpensive grocery items to premium and organic goods. Angus beef. A massive (well, for Oriental) selection of wines and beers. Owner Billy Flockhart has listened and stepped up (stocking this store had to be big $). We think you’ll be impressed.

Coming later today (OK, over the weekend) a Shipping News that covers two hemispheres. Stand by…

Thursday July 21, 2016

9:48a Meals on Wheels, which delivers lunches to the elderly, could use a bit of help. State funding has been cut, but the need has not. Result: 14 seniors here in the county aren’t getting the lunches. MOW is seeking financial donations and looking for volunteer drivers. Click here for more details.

8:04a Sleep well? You can thank the 72° temps last night. Your Oriental Weather Forecast has more of the same tonight. Daytime temps in the upper 80s today. Low tonight 71. It’s thermally exciting.

This Thursday evening has a few things going on. At the Old Theater tonight, the young actors of The Children’s Theater Workshop show what they’ve learned. PCC has its 3rd Thursday jam session at the College.

Also in What’s Happening…. at 5:30 the Dragon Boat club practices. Drummin’ Dragons play in Lou Mac at 7. Both welcome you to join ‘em.

Coming up this Saturday, NSA’s Poker Run, in which the waters around Oriental are one big card table and you dinghy to 7 docks and pick up a card at each.. It’s a fundraiser for Hope Clinic.

From its founding a decade ago, Oriental’s History Museum has had a collection of artifacts – shards both man-made and natural — culled from the river and creeks. This summer an archeologist, Leslie Mead, is ID-ing them and re-doing the display. For that, the museum needs a bigger shelf of glass or plexiglass. Maybe you have one?

Wednesday July 20, 2016

10:45a Oriental is often touted as having more boats than actual residents. We also seem to have a lot more bicycles per capita than most communities, which got us thinking the bikes and the people who ride in our small town them deserved some more attention.

That’s why TownDock is rolling out a new column today.
It’s called, Spokes. Most installments won’t be nearly as long as today’s, and they will be about much more more typical (and easier) bicycling. Sometimes “Spokes” will be about fancy $ bikes, but it will also cover rusty village single speeds… simple bikes that work for Oriental.

This first edition of Spokes is about Chuck Lee and his very special recent accomplishment – he pedaled across the USA in less than a month. Chuck did the 2016 TransAm BikeRace in just 29 days. Here is his story.

6:28a The Old Front Porch Music Fest is a little under 3 months away – October 15. More than 2 dozen music groups have signed up to play on porches around town and once again, the Carmonas are in concert at the end of that afternoon.

Organizers need some help with pulling this all together. First, porches in the Old Village are needed. Got one out front where a musician or four could play? If you aren’t in the central part of town and still want to support the OFPMF, you can be a sponsor. Details on how to do that are here.

Tuesday July 19, 2016

There is excitement in town because 24-hour signs are up at the Piggly Wiggly re: gas (and bait).

Not quite yet. That all starts on the grand opening day – Wednesday July 27, 9am. It may look like the store is open today… you’ll see a parking lot full of cars. It’s new employee training all day at The Piglet – the store isn’t open yet. It all starts Wed July 27. 9a.

Store owner Billy Flockhart would have liked to open the gas pumps by now, but he told TownDock.net that they had to be re-wired (from proprietary Walmart wiring), and that means a new state inspection before they can be used. July 27 is the date when the store opens. After that, the gas pumps will indeed be open 24 hours a day.

Monday July 18, 2016

2:58p New today in Go Local: Marsha’s Cottage is holding a Summer Sale, and at The Provision Company Pat salutes summer with new fresh produce, fresh meats, wine & beer.

12:45p Oriental Rotary is having an open meeting tonight – non members welcome to attend. Author Craig Elliott is the speaker, talking about his newly published book “Mike Blackstone – NIS Special Agent.” Meeting is at Brantley’s back room, starts at 6p… folks usually arrive earlier to chat about the world.

It’s (probably) not going to rain. For a mid July day, it isn’t toooo crazy hot. And the wind is blowing.

Sounds like sailing. Open Sailing… tonight at Bow To Stern.

Check out the marine forecast.

Now, for an evening sail you could get a Hinkley 42 DS (DS stands for Day Sailor) for $735,000.

Or, you can rent an FJ (FJ stands for Flying Junior) tonight at Bow To Stern for $5. Five bucks.

You save $734,995.

Sunday July 17, 2016

11:17a Normally, we folk a few feet above sea level are the ones with flooding issues.

But this weekend, it was Raleigh that got the high waters. WRAL reports flash flooding had some rescues performed with boats.

8:45a Oriental had its big parade during Croakerfest. Macy’s has a little parade at Thanksgiving. And then there is Minnesott Beach. Saturday was parade time…

8:14a It is calm this morning, but it got frisky overnight. Winds hit 28 mph at 1:34a, and third of an inch of rain followed a few minutes later.

Highs near 90 and a chance of rain today. It must be summer.

Saturday July 16, 2016

9:38A UP to the high 80’s today w the ever present chance of showers later in the day. The showers oh-so-helpfully bring the rinse to our rinse-and-repeat summer-in-NC forecasts.

But that’s in the afternoon and evening. No sign of raining on the First Annual MIinnesott Community Day parade which gets going at 11a and kicks off a day of activities – golf, the pool, games – open to the public at MGCC. Yes, you’re invited.

The Windmill Nationals continue today, centered at River Dunes. The event’s drawn Windmill Sailboat racers from near and far.

6:02a Want to be on Oriental’s Harbor/Waterfronts Advisory Committee? Chairman Gerry Crowley says there is an opening for a 2-year term on this committee that considers ways to improve the Town’s waterfronts. They meet 6 times a year.

There’s an application form and some questions to answer. Basically, they want to know why you want to serve.

Friday July 15, 2016

5:47p Weather radar showing thunderstorms heading our way:

3:40p Back in action today – a couple of popular views.

The cam and network equipment was fried a few weeks back. All fixed now, and the cams are back and taking great photos. Be sure and click on the photos for an even larger, beautiful view.

With water levels low today you’ll see the seagulls standing on the sandbar in the PecanCam view.

Water levels are another thing you can find on TownDock.net:

7:06a A lot of local sailors think they have a serious trip ahead if they’re heading to Ocracoke. A really serious offshore voyage might be Bermuda.

The home page photo (above) today is of a sailboat on a voyage few would consider. Oriental, NC to the Falkland Islands. That’s about 10,000 miles at sea (and that presumes more or less sailing in a straight line – which never happens). The story of the three person Falkland Islands crew and their newly acquired sailboat (purchased online from Deaton Yachts) is coming early next week. It is a grand story…

This has been a challenging week for the TownDock.net weather dept. NOAA’s data feed went down Wednesday for about 5 hours. That’s about 4 hours and 50 minutes longer than we’d seen in a decade. NOAA data provides the forecast info for land and marine forecasts on TownDock.

TownDock.net’s Technology crew was fortunate to get great help from NOAA staff yesterday, and now we’ve programmed an updated method to get NOAA’s data (providing two paths to get data). The secondary benefit is it is faster. The current conditions data from Cherry point were always about an hour or more delayed (they update it once an hour). Now it updates in just a few minutes.

Current conditions in Oriental come from a weather station operated by TownDock.net right here in “downtown” Oriental. We had a failure of a humidity sensor and the wind gauge about a week ago. As of last night that has all been restored. FYI, the wind gauge is about 45 ft above ground (on a tripod above TownDock World Headquarters). Oriental current conditions update every 5 minutes.

Too much stuff at once, but the end result is better information. More reliable. Faster. TownDock Technology crew is much calmer this morning.

About that weather. Looks like summer. Highs low 90s with a chance of thunderstorms today. Humid air will put heat indexes up close to 110. A Heat Advisory is in effect from 11a to 7p. That means take it easy.

Thursday July 14, 2016

3:33p 96 degrees was the top temp today right around 2:30p. Not cooling off by much tonight. Low of 77 and a heat advisory til 9p.

Dragons and drumming usually on the Thursday evening horizon. But Oriental’s dragon boaters practice at 5:30 has just been scrubbed due to the heat advisory.

Want to hear drums – or even play one? Drummin’ Dragons Circle’s at Lou Mac Park at 7p.

9:57a High of 95 and a heat index of 109 on this Bastille Day. (If it was this hot in Paris, would anyone have bothered to storm the Bastille?) Happily, today’s the hottest it should be for a week. More in the Oriental Weather Forecast.

Wednesday July 13, 2016

3:35p NOAA’s data servers are back and operational. We were told they had a “networking issue” that prevented access to the raw data TownDock.net uses for local and marine forecasts. We’ve been using that data for over a decade and never have seen and outage for more than a few minutes before.

TownDock.net publishes a lot of weather, but these are the key forecasts for most readers :

11:16a TownDock.net weather information isn’t processing right now… because the NOAA data servers we use to get raw data are down. As soon as NOAA is back… so are the forecasts.

10:55a Some mess o’ rain last night. 6/10ths of an inch before midnight, 7/10ths after. Mother Nature’s Culicidae Incubator Program is swinging in to high gear. Mind your ankles. Lots of puddles and standing water and plain old wet lawns soon to get some mosquito larvae love.

Let’s see — mid-July, mid-August, mid-Sept, mid-October. Just 3 months before the Ol’ Front Porch Music Fest comes back for year three.

More than 2 dozen musical acts – so far – have said they’ll play on that Saturday, October 15. But for that to happen, porches are needed (otherwise, it’d just be the Ol’ Music Fest).

If you’ve got a porch you think would make a great stage, let the OFPMF organizers know. You can do that via this handy dandy Porch Application Form. Porches in the old village part of Oriental are sought to keep things within easy walking distance.

Capping the day, feature concert at 3:30p with the Carmonas. The two brothers Aaron and Chad played at last years’ OFPMF with most of their band; this year their sister Alison will be on the porch stage too.