Ten New Bern Bed & Breakfasts, restaurants, and entertainment venues are joining forces to help give you something to look forward to When COVID is OVER. Starting Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, New Bern Post will begin posting a series of 10 feature stories about event sponsors. Contained within those feature stories will be an online form where you can register for a drawing to win one of four fun packages: two overnight stays in New Bern for 2, and two day-out packages in New Bern for 2, including meals and entertainment. There are four packages available in all available in this sweepstakes event. You canRead More →


Craven County’s COVID-19 case rate continues to climb by 100 new cases every two days, and will likely surpass 3,000 total cases by the time you read this article. At 431 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days, Craven County is well over the 300 mark to be flagged as a county of concern by the White House COVID-19 Task Force. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports that Craven County has 3,032 cases. According to the Craven County Health Department, the county reached 2,936 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Of those,Read More →

Craven County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) voted today to name Melissa Riggle as its new Executive Director.  Riggle, a New Bern native, is a graduate of East Carolina University, with a degree in Communications. She had been the Marketing Manager for Aramark at East Carolina University for the past 3 years.  After accepting the offer from the TDA Board of Directors, Riggle said, “I’m looking forward to returning to work in New Bern and being a part of the tourism community once again.”  Riggle’s tourism background includes positions as the Tourism Sales Service Manager of New Bern Riverfront Convention Center and Director of Sales atRead More →

In response to rising COVID-19 cases in New Bern and Craven County, the City of New Bern has partnered with Greene County Health Care, Inc. (GCHC) to host three (3) upcoming COVID-19 testing events that are at no cost to the public. The dates, times and locations are as follows: Monday, Dec. 7, 2020: 11am-3pm at Lawson Creek Park, 1309 Country Club Road Monday, Dec. 14, 2020: 11am-3pm at West New Bern Recreation Center, 1225 Pinetree Drive Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020: 11am-3pm at Henderson Park, 901 Chapman St. Thanks to state and federal funding, there is no cost to have a COVID-19 test. The NorthRead More →

A Message from Jocelyn Konrad, EVP, Chief Pharmacy Officer Rite Aid is staged and ready to make the COVID-19 vaccine available in all of the communities we serve. On behalf of our 55,000 Rite Aid associates, I’d like assure you of our commitment to help you and your family keep safe and healthy during this unprecedented pandemic. We’re proud to support our communities with COVID-19 testing, and are eager to further support our communities by distributing the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available.  Through our partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an official COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider, we are stagedRead More →

Craven County health officials are working out details for how a COVID-19 vaccine would be distributed in the county once one becomes available, which could be soon. “We are hearing that we may get our first shipments in December,” said Scott Harrelson, Craven County health director. Health departments, hospitals, private offices, and pharmacies are slated to receive the vaccine for distribution, he said. “We are not sure how many doses we will receive right now,” Harrelson said. “They will most likely be a two dose vaccine, three to four weeks apart. There are different risk groups—long-term care residents, high-risk individuals, and front-line medical staff will be atRead More →

Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes is distributing safe holiday shopping tips. “The holiday season is right around the corner and shoppers are crowding malls and discount stores to buy the latest gadgets and find the best deals,” Sheriff Hughes said. What shoppers are neglecting is their safety. “This time of year attracts more shopping-related criminal activity because of the larger crowds and the extended store hours,” he said. “These factors and the usual distraction of shopping, creates a more favorable environment for petty thieves and other offenders.” The Sheriff reminds all Craven County residents to follow these safety tips:Shopping Safety: A single shopper is theRead More →

Giving Tuesday looks a little different this year, and Tryon Palace is on board for this unique approach to this special day when all are called to make a gift to causes near and dear to their hearts. Tryon Palace is participating in the global Giving Tuesday initiative and local Giving Tuesday events. All Giving Tuesday efforts will be available online and on social media platforms online, Instagram, and Facebook. Patrons’ support will go towards Tryon Palace’s continued efforts in preserving historic collection pieces, supporting their mission to connect all generations to North Carolina History. Show your support of Tryon Palace’s mission and work onRead More →

The 2020 holiday season is going to be different, but North Carolina retailers are in excited anticipation, and the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA), along with its 2,500 retail members across the state, encourage consumers to #ShopNC this year. The Thanksgiving holiday typically ushers in the official start of the holiday shopping season however, given the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, retailers are adapting their strategies to ensure they are serving customers safely and effectively. Some are choosing to close on Thanksgiving Day; others are offering several months of “Black Friday” deals; and others will be featuring the same deals both in-stores andRead More →

10 more counties designated as Red for Critical Community Spread; Craven still Orange—’Substantial Community Spread’ Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, issued additional COVID-19 safety measures to tighten mask requirements and enforcement as cases continue to rise rapidly in North Carolina and across the country. Executive Order No. 180 goes into effect on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and runs through Friday, Dec. 11.  “I have a stark warning for North Carolinians today: We are in danger,” Governor Cooper said. “This is a pivotal moment in our fight against the coronavirus. Our actions now will determine the fate of many.” In addition to extending PhaseRead More →