Category Archives: Oriental

Fundraising luncheon, book signing set for River Dunes

Fortune 500 executive Bruce Hartman hosts a benefit this Saturday at River Dunes. RIVER DUNES – This Saturday, March 17, area resident Bruce Hartman — a seasoned executive with 30 years of success at Fortune 500 firms — will sign copies of his new book, ‘Jesus & Co. – Connecting the Lessons of The Gospel with Today’s Business World.’ The event, set for the River Dunes Harbor Club, begins at noon with a $25 per person luncheon. All proceeds are being donated to HeartWorks, a local nonprofit offering a variety of services for disadvantaged youngsters. In his book, Har…

Waterfront town targeted for military training

Officials leery of ‘Close Air Support Missions’ Military training scheduled for mid-February in an around the Town of Oriental will likely include ‘forward air controllers’ similar to these Marines, seen on assignment elsewhere. ORIENTAL – Military training Feb. 12 through Feb. 16 is likely to keep some Oriental residents awake, according to a brief overview of planned operations furnished by the Public Affairs office of nearby Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. In a press release this week, Marine spokesman Mike Barton laid out a flurry of information, which describes…

New group launches film series

By Diane Lemieux ORIENTAL — The Pamlico Progressives recently kicked off the group’s new film and discussion series, ‘How Governmental Policies Affect Pamlico County!’ The first program, held at the Oriental Town Hall, was an educational film titled ‘Democracy for Sale.’ This video is from the ‘America Divided’ film series, which explores inequality in our political system and in several other areas pertinent to everyday Americans – like education, housing, healthcare, labor, and criminal justice. Promotional materials aptly describe the film: “Zach Ga…

Move over Broadway — Here comes Old Theater!

ORIENTAL – Friends and fans of the community’s famous ‘Old Theater’ expect to see a blockbuster crowd this Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2 when director Bill Hand and his repertory of accomplished performers return for a stellar rendition of ‘Who Stole Father Christmas?’ The play, written by Hand, is an intriguing and interactive mystery, which brings back a talented ensemble from earlier this year – the cast of ‘Miss Marple’s Last Case.’ Who Stole Father Christmas? takes place at the North Pole. Father Christmas has been kidnapped! A ransom note is found and frui…

‘Killing a copperhead with a hoe!’

Critic explains exasperation over town vote! By Jim Barton | Guest Commentary Jim Barton ORIENTAL — Without any discussion and ignoring public safety concerns and comments raised at the Town Board meeting — as well as the recommendation for further study regarding firearms discharge policy by one member — the Town Commissioners have reaffirmed their authorization for the unrestricted use of .22 caliber firearms for ‘non life- threatening pest control on personal property.’ OPEN LETTER: I want to thank you and the Town Manager for the enlightening clarificatio…

Micro-brewery opens Sunday

One of the new craft beers takes its name from this memorable spot – now long gone – located along the Oriental waterfront. ORIENTAL – Frank and Lili Bacon exude faith and confidence that their new ‘micro-brewery’ – located on the main drag of this small waterfront community – will become a day-trip destination for beer lovers throughout eastern North Carolina. You’ve got to admire this young couple! The obstacles to just opening the doors of New Village Brewery & Taproom – much less to brewing tasty craft beers – have been steep. Lili recently authored an entertaini…

Encore Performance by the Second Marine Aircraft Wing Band

On Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 7 pm. in Lou Mac Park of Oriental. Croaker Festival, Inc. is sponsoring this event after an overwhelming response from the public following their performance at this year’s festival. Mark your calendars and bring a lawn chair to enjoy this evening with the band. To help with the costs for providing a meal and operating costs, donations will be accepted and can be mailed to Croaker Festival, Inc., PO Box 1067, Oriental, N.C. 28571.…

Interested in Genealogy?

GRANTSBORO — The Pamlico County Museum and Heritage Center will hold a volunteer training session on Thursday, August 24. This session is an orientation for volunteers who want to work in our Genealogy Room (Family History Center). It will cover the basics of what resources are available to assist our patrons and where volunteers may find them. It will also cover the cataloging of books and publications, pictures, etc. that are donated to the library as well as setting the volunteer schedule. The training will be held two times on the 24th, one session in the afternoon and one session at…

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…
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