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  • Red Sky at Night

    Submitted by Editor on Sun, 07/06/2014 - 21:48

    Red sky, Pierce Creek

    Pierce Creek late July 6 looking west as the sun goes down under a red sky. However, the old adage; Red sky at night, sailor's delight, probably won't hold for Monday. Power boaters may be OK, but the day is expected to bring little or no winds and ever warming temperatures.

  • Aboard in Arthur

    Submitted by Editor on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:47

    06:30 a.m. -- Arthur is history as far as Pamlico County is concerned, and true to expectations, it produced about what one gets from a typical Florida thunderstorm -- and I base that, profoundly, he said with a wry smile, on having been caught in one in the middle of Biscayne Bay. [Smiley face here :-) ] Outside, the sky has cleared from overcast to bright blue. The water is down in Pierce Creek, where at A-dock last night's winds were measured at 55 miles per hour. On C-Dock, where we are berthed, I suspect a bit less than that.

    And a note on the 11:45 post: I was wrong, the winds remained stiff until about 2:30 or 3 a.m., though nothing to write home about. Meanwhile my cabin barometer is back up to almost 30 -- though the one in my head stilll hasn't much responded to 1.5 of VA's Sumatriptan tabs -- taken since yesterday evening!

  • Oriental issues gratuitous curfew ahead of storm

    Submitted by Editor on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:05

    Opinion buttonThe Town of Oriental issued a curfew banning citizens from town streets overnight, a clear violation of civil liberties that sheepish town residents are all but certain to accept without a little bo peep.

    The one-sentence curfew -- initialed by Mayor Bill Sage and signed by Town Manager Diane H. Miller -- commands residents not to enter town streets "or any other public or town owned property" between 11 p.m. Thursday and 5 a.m. Friday, July 4.

    According to the curfew itself, the reasoning for depriving residents of their rights was to make it easier for authorities, "to more effectively protect the lives, safety, health, welfare and property of people within the Town." Hurricane Arthur is expected to bring blustery winds and some light flooding to Oriental overnight.

  • Arthur now season's first hurricane

    Submitted by Editor on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:58

    Tropical Storm Arthur reached hurricane strength overnight, according to the National Hurricane Center, and continues on its predicted track toward the Pamlico County area at a speed of 11 knots, or 13 miles per hour.

    Hurricane ArthurThe storm is expcted to reach a Category 2 level with winds of from 96 to 110 miles per hour by the time it passes east of Pamlico County overnight. Storm surge for parts of Pamlico are projected to be about 3 feet, more than enough to flood low-lying areas and cause problems at some marinas.

    Persistent winds of 35 to 40 miles an hour, dangerous in themselves, with gusts of 65 are expected for the county as the storm moves along the North Carolina coast.

    The center of the storm is expected to approach very near the eastern edges of the Outer Banks, if not over them, putting Pamlico County well within a danger zone for deadly winds and intense, heavy rainfall.

    Hurricane-force winds can extend up to 25 miles from the center of the storm, while tropical-storm winds of from 39 to 73 miles per hour may stretch as far as 115 miles from the center.

  • Pamlico economy suffers

    Submitted by Editor on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:39


    Two new restaurants are set to open in Oriental within days, but the re-return of the Trawl Door and the fourth reincarnation of the old Scoot's grill on Broad Street are outliers of sorts when it comes to new business in Pamlico County.

    The shutterings of the Village Food Emporium and Croakertown, a gift shop that was a staple in Oriental for about two decades, probably better reflects the town's overall business climate.

    New business start-ups is a sector that continues to stagger from the so-called Great Recession that hit the United States beginning in 2007-08, when an overheated real estate market in the county ground to a halt in the early months of the recession, ending construction on new homes in several developments and leaving some of those in financial ruin.

    In the first six months of the year, there were only 20 corporate start-ups or renewals for Pamlico County, according to records at the Secretary of State. That's a 40 percent drop from the 33 start-ups for the same six-month period in 2013.

  • Sage case snails forward

    Submitted by Editor on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 16:36

    An investigation by the North Carolina State Bar into possible mishandling of trust funds by lawyer and Oriental Mayor Bill Sage is entering its third month, with no specific timeline on its resolution.

    Sage, whose practice is chiefly real estate matters, remains under an injunction issued May 1 barring him from handling client funds until the matter is resolved.

  • Pot prohibition study

    Submitted by Editor on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:44

    'Insanity, criminality, and death'

    Pot: Assassin of youth

    "Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, jazz musicians, and entertainers. Their satanic music is driven by marijuana, and marijuana smoking by white women makes them want to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and others. It is a drug that causes insanity, criminality, and death – the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind."

    Bless sleepless nights, I guess. At least I had good reading material, the recently released UN report on "The Rise and Decline of Cannabis Prohibition."

    It's fascinating stuff, and not solely for the great images from the Hash, Marijuana and Hemp Museum in Amsterdam and similar collections. You can find the study here.

    And a bit more of my muddle on the jump. . . 

  • God bless the drunk

    Submitted by Editor on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 03:31

    The Drunk

    Painter George Bellow's "The Drunk" gets it right when it comes to alcohol, as this short from Vice shows.

    There's nothing to match alcohol's harms to society or to the user, with some 90,000 U.S. deaths a year attributed to the drug, based on Centers for Disease Control numbers used in the article.

  • Missing out on pot?

    Submitted by Editor on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 21:16

    In just six months since recreational pot was legalized, marijuana sales have earned more than $17.4 million in tax revenue for the state of Colorado.

    Meanwhile, pot sales in Pamlico County and North Carolina — which with a population much higher than Colorado likely has as much weed business as the western state — continue to be the prevue of an underground economy largely controlled by violent cartels with roots in South America.

  • Stoned on Hobby Lobby

    Submitted by Editor on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 20:16

    Five Justices of Supreme Court

    Men on the Supreme Court still control the uterus. Here are the five who supported letting a corporations have it both ways: not a person in terms of liability, but a person when it comes to religious objections. 

    Wherever we stand on the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, can we agree that the Democratic and Republican parties -- flip sides of the same counterfeit coin -- are sickening in how they plan to use it to gin up the gullible electorate?

    Can we at least agree on that?

    Or gobble down a nice button of peyote and just get way stoned?

    Which in a twisted sort of way brings us to the birthplace of this mess: the 1990 Supreme Court decision in a case involving the hallucinogen peyote, Employment Division vs. Smith.


Today's Pick - Sailing to Ocracoke

Saiing toward Ocracoke

The Yoknapatawpha is about three miles from entering a fishing fleet that included dozens of trawlers dragging shrimp nets across Pamlico Sound. A fisherman a day or so before had told me that fishing boats from as far south as Key West were being drawn to the area by the shrimp catch. Winds picked up and it was relatively easy to weave through the boats slowed by their dragging nets. Later, after I had anchored in Silver Lake at Ocracoke, two trawlers from McClellanville, S.C., came into the anchorage and sold their catch -- or some of it -- to the local waterfront fish market and ice house. MORE >

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