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• Aurora Meet and Greet


Concerned citizens of the town of Aurora are invited to join Chief Mike Harmon and the Crime Stoppers

on Wednesday, July 23rd, 6:30 pm at the Aurora Community Center.


• Goose Creek Park Events

Tuesday, July 29, 2pm - Fire and the Longleaf Pine. We will show a video that will explore the nature of a very special habitat, the longleaf pine savanna with its amazing stories of biodiversity, interdependence and dependence on fire. We’ll also take a look at some of the equipment used on burn operations and some of the effects that fire has on the park. Meet in the visitor center.

• Adult Summer Reading Program

Hazel Guilford Memorial Library will be signing up adults for a summer reading program. An adult STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Program, with book bingo, tic tac toe and more; evening programs will be Thursdays at 6:30 pm beginning July 10th with Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products. July 17th There’s an APP for that, July 24th a Sci-Fi Movie to be announced and July 31st Jeopardy and Big Bang Theory.

May will find a group of artists joining together for an exhibit at the Pamlico County Library. Hosted by the library and the Pamlico Arts Council, Circle Friday will pool their amazing talent to offer visitors a look at the kind of art work they share with one another on a weekly basis. A reception to honor the artists will be held on May 8 from 5 to 6. The public is cordially invited to meet the artists and to enjoy light refreshments.
• Rotary Welcomes Channel 12 Meteorologist
Ellen Bacca, Channel 12 Weather, will share experiences as a meteorologist at WCTI at the Rotary Club of Oriental’s May 12 meeting.  The club meets at 5:45 pm at Brantley’s Village Restaurant.  The cost to attend is $10.  For more information, call Club President Debora at 249-3117.
• Arts Council Announces Annual Meeting  
The Pamlico County Arts Council will hold its Annual Meeting for members on Thursday, May 22 beginning at 6:30pm at the Old Theater in Oriental.  After a wine, cheese and dessert buffet and an abbreviated business meeting, two short films will be shown: “Les Mistons” by François Truffaut and excerpts from “Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday” by Jacques Tati.  The films will be curated by Roger Bullis.  All members (and prospective members) of the Arts Council are invited.  Please RSVP by May 16 to or call 252-571-1458.
• Croaker Festival Plans Underway
The Croaker Festival Committee would like to get the word out that the festival is alive and that the crew is busy working to make this years festival the best ever. Applications for vendors and participants are still being excepted. As in past years we will have our parade, street festival with lively music, a kids carnival, great food and arts and craft vendors.  All of this culminating in spectacular fireworks off the bridge. Visit the festival website at for updates on activities.
• License Plate Agency Relocating
The NC License Plate Agency, located inside Lupton’s Electronics in Stonewall will be relocating to 12415 Hwy 55, Alliance. The office will be beside Pamlico Quick Lube in what was once a florist shop.
The move will occur on Friday, June 20. We will close Thursday, June 19 at 1:30pm and re-open on Monday, June 23.
• Village Gallery Welcomes New Artist
The Village Gallery welcomes Nashville-based artist Paige Morehead as guest artist for May and June. Visit the gallery at 300 Hodges Street in Oriental, Wednesday through Sunday from 10-5. Visit for more information about the gallery.
• Arts Council Hosts “Wordy” Event
The word on the street  (namely. Hodges Street) is: “Put A Word In”. Celebrating the literary arts, the Pamlico County Arts Council announces a theme for this year’s Art on the Neuse Arts and Music Festival set for Saturday May 10 at the Oriental Marina Inn Courtyard, and that theme is: “Put A Word In”. Come enjoy the power of the word. For more information call Per Erichsen: 571-1458.
• Summer Theater Workshop Registration Open
Summer Theater Workshop registration is now open for students that have completed grades 1-12. Cost to participate is very reasonable ($25) because of the volunteers and generous contributions from the community.Information and the registration form can be found at, by calling Julia Mobley at 249-6513 or picking up the form at Nautical Wheelers in Oriental.
• New Exhibit at Oriental’s History Museum
“Come Fly with Me,” an exhibit of aerial photos of Oriental and the surrounding area, opens Saturday, May 2 at Oriental’s History Museum. The exhibit showcases the work of pilot and photographer Dick Verdier of Oriental. Also on display are various aerial views of Oriental over the years from the Museum’s collection, including a large circa 1990 view of town. Stop in after you’ve finished shopping at the town-wide Yard Sale on May 2. Special hours for opening day are 10 am to 2 pm. The Museum is located at 802 Broad Street. Hours are Friday 11-3, Saturday and Sunday 1-4. For information contact:
• Vanceboro Farm Life HS Host Banquet
The Vanceboro Farm Life High School Alumni Association will host its Annual Banquet May 9 at 7pm at the Farm Life Elementary cafeteria. A catered meal will be served. The price is $12 per person. Alumni and their guest are encouraged to attend. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road.  Contact Joyce Woolard (252) 229-6021 or for more information.
• Aurora EMS Hosts Bingo
Aurora EMS will host annual Bingo fundraiser Saturday, May 17th at the Aurora Fire and Rescue Building. Doors open at 6:30 pm, games start at 7 pm. There will also be a raffle for a 32” TV. Come out and have fun will supporting our comm


• “How to Start a Business” Workshop

Dream of being your own boss? If so, the Small  Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC)  at ECU offers a free monthly workshop that’s just for you. If interested, plan on attending this free event on August 6, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:30pm at ECU’s Willis Building (300 E. 1st St.) in Downtown Greenville. You may register by sending an e-mail to or by calling 252-737-1385.


• West Branch Missionary Baptist Church Women's Conference

The West Branch Missionary Baptist Church is holding a Women’s Conference on August 9, 2014 from 9am to noon. Please join us for a delightful time in the Lord. Our theme is “Redeeming the Time – Possessing the Land.” Our speakers will be Minister Hope Renee Bryant (The Past – Dominion), Minister Jodi Gilliam (The Present – Redemption), and Pastor Jerlvine Collins (The Futuer – Reigning). Fore more information, please contact Minister Tonya Shaw on Facebook and follow the link:

• Driver Education To Be Held In August

Students who are at least 14 years 6 months old, or will be by August 11, and interested in taking the North Carolina State Driver Education 30-hour classroom instruction class should pick up a registration form from the PCHS Main Office.  Registration Forms must be completed and returned to the PCHS Main Office by 8:00 AM Wednesday, August 6. The classes will be held August 11-15 from 8:00 AM to 2 PM each day. Students will need to bring a bag lunch that does not need refrigeration.  No lunches may be delivered to the school for students.  Students will meet in the classroom across from the PCHS cafeteria.  High school students planning to take the class must have passed at least three of their four semester courses according to the most recent reporting period. ACS and PCMS student must be passing at least 70% of their classes and be recommended by their school administration. Students without a clean disciplinary record will have their disciplinary record reviewed by the administration for inclusion in the class. Names of students accepted in the June class will be posted Friday morning (8/9) on the front door of PCHS main entrance and the front door of the cafeteria entrance. Questions concerning Driver Education should be directed to Joshua Gaskill

• Aurora Farmers Market Open

Aurora/Richland Township Farmers Market is open Saturdays, 7:30 am - noon, at fossil festival field on Chapin and Third Streets across from water tower and police station. Come by and enjoy the morning with us. For more information, stop by the Chamber office open Tuesdays from 9 am until 1 pm. Leave a message at the chamber 252-322-4405, e-mail us or call Gail at 252-944-7868.



• Summer Four-Day Workweek

In an effort to conserve energy and to be more fiscally responsible, Pamlico County Schools will operate on a four-day workweek beginning the week of June 23, 2014 through August 8, 2014. During these summer hours, district residents and community members can call the schools and the central office from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

• Benefit Show for Camp Vandemere

On August 27, 2011 a major hurricane named Irene roared into our coastal communities. On that day many lives were changed forever. Pamlico County was one of the hardest hit. Camp Vandemere, a summer youth camp was destroyed. Many young people attended camp and gospel sings were held there. A group of praise and worship singers called Justified got their start at this camp. Dixie Strings made up on Carey Smith, Kaitlyn Spain, and Justin Banks accompanied by Dixie and Asa Gatlin decided to help raise funds to help rebuild the camp. A gospel sing will be held featuring Dixie Strings and their special guests The Four in Christ Quartet and The Second Edition Quartet. A love offering will be received for Camp Vandemere. The service will be at Antioch FWB Church at 6:00PM on Saturday August 2, 2014. The contact person is Ann Banks @ 244-0712 for more information.