Category Archives: Oriental

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…

‘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…

Search warrant leads to 3 drug related arrests in Oriental

Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office On Friday, April 13, 2017, Investigators with the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 3057 Trent Road in Oriental NC, the residence of Cameron R. BROWN. During the search warrant, approximately 5 ounces of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and approximately $12,000.00 in US Currency was seized. The search warrant stems from numerous complaints about drug activity at the residence. During the investigation, a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by Montracies STYRON made investigators believe that a quantity of cocaine was locate…

Part-timer with Oriental Police Dept. tenders resignation

ORIENTAL – Town Manager Diane Miller announced Tuesday morning that Officer Ben Barnett – who has picked up much of the slack in the wake of Police Chief Dwaine Moore’s indefinite suspension – intends to retire from his part-time post effective May 31. In a brief press release, Miller wrote: Officer Barnett has been with the Oriental Police Department since June of 2013, and served faithfully in every situation and emergency that has crossed our path. He will remain on duty with the Oriental Police Department as a Reserve Officer, and will function as a consultant during the hiring pr…

Above everything else!

ORIENTAL – On a windy St. Patrick’s Day, Capt. Ron Diamond dangles amid the treetops, while setting trusses on a new house for local entrepreneur Rich Halverson. Diamond’s boom, fully extended, can reach up to 85 feet above ground, certainly proof that ‘Above All Roofing’ is an appropriate name for his long-time business.…

Massive, wind-fanned fire destroys home in Oriental

Homeowners escape without injury #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ ORIENTAL – Horrific fire, with mind-numbing blazes, Saturday morning about 11:30 completely destroyed the two-story residence of George and Judy Smith at 402 Whittaker Point Drive – and may have severely damaged two vehicles parked in the home’s driveway. The homeowners es…

Ballroom Dancing National Champs!

ORIENTAL — Local residents John & Penny DeFino have once again been crowned National Ballroom Champions! The award-winning couple recently returned from the USA Dance Senior IV National Ballroom competition held this year in Bethesda, Maryland. Hundreds of competitors from across the country gathered for this three-day, prestigious dance contest. Participants must first qualify to dance at the National Competition by placing in the top 65 percent of a National Qualifying event during the previous year. The DeFinos snared four National titles for their division in Intern…
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