Category Archives: Oriental

Dragon Boat races rock at River Dunes

In Saturday morning’s parade, cancer survivor teams Dragons with a Cause from Oriental and . . . . . . Fight Like Mad from Charleston, exude emotion and proved to be crowd favorites. RIVER DUNES – By any measure, spectators and paddlers enjoyed many competitive races during the Eighth Annual Oriental Dragon Boat Festival, though by late Saturday afternoon everyone left the grounds of River Dunes thoroughly wet and muddy. At 11 am Saturday – just prior to the fifth race – organizers called a halt to all on-the-water activities. Out of deference to lightning and thunder, everyone hunke…

Parade of Teams & Opening Ceremony begin 9 am Saturday

HUNDREDS OF PADDLERS HEAD TO RIVER DUNES FOR EIGHTH ANNUAL COMPETITION! SPECTATORS FREE! On the outskirts of Oriental, the large River Dunes marina, known as Grace Harbor, is considered one of the pre-eminent Dragon Boat Racing venues in the entire southeast United States – ideal for a 300 meter, four-lane course. Look closely! You’ll see some home-grown talent among the red-shirted Oriental Dragon Boat Club – always a local crowd favorite!  By Flora Moorman RIVER DUNES — This Festival, now in its eighth year, exemplifies the true ‘Spirit’ that it takes to make a ‘dif…

Powerhouse ‘Charlotte Fury’ commits to Aug. 12 Dragon Boat Race & Festival

RIVER DUNES – ‘Charlotte Fury’ – acknowledged to be one of the best Dragon Boat squads in the southeast – signaled this week they are headed to Oriental and to River Dunes for the Aug. 12 event. Known as a ‘club team,’ which practices throughout the year both on Lake Norman and in other venues, the Charlotte squad last participated in 2012. “This is great news,” said Festival organizer. “When a team of this caliber shows up, the level of competition increases. Our sincere appreciation to each and every one of the Charlotte Fury paddlers. These guys and gals are absolutely wo…

Fire in Reelsboro requires aid from all of county’s volunteer fire departments

The house, seen here before the fire, is located on the south side on Highway 55 between Reelsboro and Olympia. REELSBORO – A residential fire Tuesday afternoon at 5152 Highway 55 in Reelsboro triggered a massive response. At one point, all of Pamlico County’s nine volunteer fire departments were on the scene – including more than 20 emergency vehicles and approximately 40 firefighters. One middle-aged white male – with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries – was transported by the Pamlico County Rescue Squad to Carolina East Medical Center. At the 40-minute mark of…

‘Fight Like Mad’ Dragon Boat returns

Cancer Survivor Team from Charleston epitomizes spirit of Aug. 12 Festival RIVER DUNES — Dragon Boat Charleston’s All Cancer Survivor Team, ‘Fight Like Mad’ returns this year to the Annual Oriental Dragon Boat Race and Festival scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 12 at Grace Harbor Marina. “We are paddling in honor of a dear member who is battling cancer with grace and ferocity,” said team spokesman Meagan Labriola. “She is a true survivor, just like all of the paddlers in this boat. There are new members and some veteran paddlers who will give it their all at the race in Orien…

Limbo Contest captivates audience

ORIENTAL — The fun and free Kids Park area at the annual Pamlico County Croaker Festival is always entertaining, but this year’s Limbo Contest proved to be one of the most competitive ever! Four agile, limber young men (from left: Landon, Walker, Owen and Oliver) each cleared the bar when it was lowered to just 18 inches above ground. Congratulations to this quartet of amazing athletes!…

Sign-ups begin for Aug. 12 Dragon Boat Festival

Among first: Two newcomers & veteran paddler from Florida RIVER DUNES – The eighth annual affair, scheduled for Grace Harbor Marina at River Dunes near Oriental, is shaping up to be the most popular competition yet. Teams and individual paddlers from throughout the Southeast have been bombarding the Festival’s website, www.orientaldragonboat.com, according to organizer Flora Moorman. “I really want to thank both Barbara Caudill and Nancy Christian from Raleigh,” said Moorman. “Earlier this year, for Chinese New Year, we promoted the Dragon Boat Festival at the Trian…

Preservation work complete at site of 1880s era Artesian Well

Click image to enlarge ORIENTAL – South Avenue residents Jennifer Roe and her husband Frank, in conjunction with Friends of Oriental’s History, have recently completed preservation work at the site of an old Artesian Well — in front of the Roe’s home. Here, Jennifer assists with the installation of a marker, to remind visitors that “many local boys admit to stealing their first kiss under the branches of the old Willow Oak.”…

Frances Deaton Bennett memorial service set for Saturday

Fran Deaton, seen here on the drum, led her team to many Dragon Boat victories in recent years. Fran Kirksey Deaton Bennett passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 21, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, May 13th at Lou Mac Park, 504 South Avenue, Oriental, NC. Come and join us and bring your chair. If there is RAIN the services will be held at the Oriental United Methodist Church at 404 Freemason Street, Oriental. Following the service the family would like to invite all to a reception – details to be announced at the service. The family would like to than…

‘Table Tennis Tootsies’ take gold medals!

Ping Pong Champs of Neuse River Senior Games ORIENTAL – Above, from left: Grace Bean, Priscilla Wormell, Joanne Hurley, Penny Flaherty, Claire Pittman, and Terrell Scott are a juggernaut. Crediting their almost year-round practice sessions in Wormell’s arena-style basement, this extremely competitive squad recently won the doubles and singles divisions in multiple age categories. And, they did it for the second straight year! Grace Bean calls herself a ‘new addition’ – having been with the Tootsies for “just three years.” She, like her colleagues, enjoys the congeni…
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