To the Editor: Stanley White Center should be rebuilt at its present location on Chapman Street, not at the proposed new location off Neuse Boulevard.  Far from being only ball fields and basketball courts, the Center is much more — a meeting place for nearby residents, an after-school place for kids to go, a counseling center for adults to learn parenting skills and get help with completing job applications. More than a place to exercise, it’s a safe place for children and their parents.  The city has purchased property in and around Gaston Boulevard and across from the main fire station, which is being considered for the re-location of Read More →

North Carolina over-all has some of the most restrictive COVID-19 prevention measures in the nation, according to a WalletHub study released on Jan. 26. In a study of state-by-state restrictions, Oklahoma, the 28th largest state by population, ranked first for least restrictive measures and California, the largest state by population, ranked last. North Carolina, the 9th largest state by population, ranked 44th for least restrictive measures. With the U.S. starting to open up more but a full reopening only possible once the nation achieves widespread vaccination, the personal-finance website WalletHub released updated rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions. To identify which states haveRead More →

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced the first identification in a North Carolina resident of the COVID-19 variant called B.1.1.7, which was first detected in the United Kingdom in December. Craven County added 135 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases over the weekend but no new deaths. The county has added 853 cases in the past 14 days, an average of just over 60 per day. It’s a slight decrease in daily volume following a spike in cases following the Christmas Break. Craven County Schools, meanwhile, reported five staff members and 25 students Jan. 19-22 throughout the school system and not linked to aRead More →

Thirty-nine Craven County residents are now hospitalized for COVID-19-related reasons, the Craven County Health Department reported on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 — a record high since the pandemic started here in March 2020. The Health Department stopped releasing daily updates at the end of December, so it is unclear whether there were even more Craven County residents hospitalized due to COVID-19 since the previous report a week ago. Friday’s total was an increase of five over the previous Friday, which was the previous record for Craven County hospitalizations. Craven County also added one additional death, bringing the total death toll to 93. This all followsRead More →

The Craven County Health Department has developed a webpage to address frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, clinics, and availability. The Vaccine FAQs page can be found on the Quick Links tab and COVID-19 Information and Resources page of the Craven County website at www.cravencountync.gov. The content of that page, as of Jan. 22, 2021, is the following: How do I make an appointment?  CarolinaEast Health System and Coastal Carolina Health Care (CCHC) will call their existing patients that are 65 years of age and older to schedule an appointment. Craven County Health Department has an online registration system. The link can be found at www.cravencountync.gov on the vaccineRead More →

The NC Department of Transportation and the NC Department of Health and Human Services announced that approximately $2.5 million in Coronavirus Relief Funding is being distributed to local transit agencies across the state to help pay for rides for individuals who need transportation assistance to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. “Every North Carolinian has a spot and needs to get their shot,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “As vaccine supply increases, we are deploying every resource to make sure people have access and are not held back by barriers like lack of transportation.” Each local transit agency will receive a set amount of funding, and the initiativeRead More →

WALLETHUB | In a study released Jan. 21 about which states are most and least safe to be during this COVID-19 pandemic, North Carolina ranked 33rd — near the middle. Only 0.62% of the population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Jan. 20, with vaccination being an essential component for full reopening of the economy.  In order to find out the safest states during the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key metrics. Our data set includes the rates of COVID-19 transmission, positive testing, hospitalizations and death, as well as the share of the eligible populationRead More →

In order to help communicate each school’s challenges with in-person instruction and the impact of COVID-19 on staff, Craven County Schools is implementing a new communication protocol. This protocol will tell you how close your child(ren)’s school could be to returning to online learning because of a lack of available staff. Before any school would be considered for a transition to online learning, it will use all available substitute teachers and other support staff to cover classrooms. However, in some cases, depending on the number of employees who have to quarantine, they may have to make transitions to online learning for individual schools for temporaryRead More →

Craven County’s total lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases passed the 6,500 mark on Wednesday, with three new deaths also reported. Craven County’s death toll from COVID-19 is now 92. Craven County has 6,517 lab-confirmed cases, with 984 new cases emerging in the past two weeks. The county, like the rest of the nation, continues to experience a surge in new cases following the Christmas Break, when increased traveling and decreased social distancing led to higher exposure rates. Although vaccinations have started in the fight against the virus, bottlenecks have hampered rollout of the vaccines, and as of the moment, the Craven County Health Department is out ofRead More →

Craven County politically is a sea of red surrounding an island of blue, judging from results from the Nov. 3 presidential election results. But one thing should be remembered: Nowhere is the county free of Democrats, and nowhere is the county free of Republicans. On this, Inauguration Day, as Joe Biden becomes president and Kamala Harris becomes vice president, there are those who don’t accept that people within their own community may vote differently. They hang with their own kind, so to speak. So often I hear people say that one candidate could not have gotten so many votes, because no one they know votedRead More →