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  • Oriental bans days old burn-ban

    Submitted by Editor on October 30, 2014 - 21:32

    Towndock still spinning misinformation

    Oriental Town Hall pronouncements grow ever more eccentric with each communiqué, so much so that it is no longer possible to differentiated the dispatches from satire.

    Nonetheless, before we throw up our hands in surrender, we'll pass along word, however suspect, that the town has "rescinded" a less-than-week-old burning ban that may or may not have actually existed -- legally in any case.

  • Town missteps & irresponsilbe media

    Submitted by Editor on October 30, 2014 - 10:37

    sign on the door

    Here's what happens when government officials start spouting nonsense and it is picked up by a popular local website with a bent for invasive spy cameras, sloppy stenography and pushing its own agenda rather than anything resembling actual reportage.

  • News: The future is here

    Submitted by Editor on October 30, 2014 - 09:48

    Irony defined: An article on on quarterly losses at The New York Times was "written" by a robot.

    But not to worry. The robots at Automated Insights "Write Like a Human Expert," as the site trumpets on its homepage.

    I feel much better knowing that.

  • Exhaust gas blamed for town official's muddled reasoning

    Submitted by Editor on October 29, 2014 - 15:56

    Oriental Town Commissioner Larry Summers is expected to seek a ban on vehicle use within corporate limits after blaming exhaust fumes for leading him to write a fuzzily reasoned and astonishingly lame "Letter to the Editor" published in the Oct. 29 edition of The Pamlico News.

    The former newspaper, which now eschews news and simply uses hand-out articles and reader contributions to keep its ads from bumping, published a 99,839-word letter from the highly esteemed and widely beloved commissioner bemoaning town officials' penchant for over-regulation of its citizens.

  • Health police on the march

    Submitted by Editor on October 28, 2014 - 11:27

    For some time now, I've watched the garbage and recycling trucks come down one side of my street to make their pickups, then turn around and drive down the other side -- rarely picking up both sides of the street with one stop.

    It's the kind of nonsensical government-contracted work that makes me wonder if our town officials actually live in the community they serve.

    And now we are adding to our vehicle emissions quota with the new service of curbside yard-waste pickup.

  • Empathy deficit disorder

    Submitted by Editor on October 26, 2014 - 19:51

    I screen-grabbed this from the Facebook page of an old high school acquaintance shortly after returning from a dispiriting visit to my home state of Mississippi, in part because the remarks here expose a mindset of willful ignorance common among white Mississippians my age.

  • "Many" people asked for it . . . .

    Submitted by Editor on October 25, 2014 - 06:05

    That was the answer from Town Hall on a burning ban it claims to have issued on back yard fires, which it sought to do with an email news release Oct. 24 to various media outlets -- basically anyone on its email-notifications lit.

    For readers outside the area, Oriental is in Pamlico County, North Carolina., It is in the rural, eastern part of the state. County population is 12,700.

  • Garden bounty

    Submitted by Editor on October 24, 2014 - 11:03


  • Guitars

    Submitted by Editor on October 12, 2014 - 04:35


    From left, Epiphone, Alvarez and Martin.

  • Ol' Porch Music Fest to return

    Submitted by Editor on September 11, 2014 - 08:34

    Free. . . . again.

    The Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival, which debuted on Saturday Sept. 13, from noon to 4 p.m.  has been certified a hit by its organizers and already has a return date for next year.

    So, mark your calendars for Oct. 17, 2015.

    The debut festival featured performers on roughly a dozen front porches along Broad Street from Town Hall to the old Old Hotel, and down Hodges to Marsha's Cottage past the harbor.


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