A gem in Historic Downtown New Bern The merchants and businesses of Craven Street have put together a special gift basket worth about $500 in merchandise and gift cards for one lucky winner. No purchase is necessary to win. Beautiful Craven Street in Historic Downtown New Bern is chock-full of wonderful experiences including dining, shopping, services, and ambience. While you shop, take a leisurely stroll past some of Downtown New Bern’s most distinctive and historic buildings. Sign up at sponsoring locations as often as once per day per location (scroll down for complete rules; download a list of sign-up locations and rules). Signups for theRead More →

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QuoteWizard, an insurance website owned by LendingTree, has published rankings of U.S. states based on the best and worst drivers using the following data points: Accidents Speeding tickets DUIs Citations Based on that information only, North Carolina came out fairly well, ranking 38th (1st being the worst). In our neighborhood, North Carolina is a motoring paradise. Virginia ranked second worst, South Carolina ranked 10th worst, Georgia ranked 11th worst, and Tennessee ranked 27th. In short, North Carolina ranked really, really well — slightly better than Mississippi, and almost as good as Arizona. “In the five years we at QuoteWizard have been publishing our best andRead More →

Craven County voter turnout during early voting has reached 34.9 percent as of Saturday morning (Oct. 24, 2020), with 25,317 ballots cast. Among its neighboring counties, Craven County ranks third in voter turnout. Craven County has 72,537 registered voters out of a population of 102,139, of whom 21,868 are Democrats, 26,437 are Republicans, 23,656 are unaffiliated, 42 are Green, 43 are Constitution, and 491 are Libertarian. Craven County & neighbors County Total ballots cast Total turnout Ballots by mail One-stop ballots Craven 30,303 41.72 7,494 22,809 Beaufort 12,437 36.82 2,429 10,008 Carteret 22,892 44.29 4,013 18,879 Jones 2,415 32.78 326 2,089 Lenoir 16,079 42.09 2,559Read More →

Applications are being accepted for the N.C. Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program, which will assist eligible low- and- moderate-income renters experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The new program seeks to promote housing stability during the ongoing pandemic by providing rent and utility assistance to prevent evictions and utility disconnections. “The spread of coronavirus has affected every aspect of our lives. Many have lost jobs, had work hours cut back or had to care for someone who has become ill with COVID-19,” said Gov. Roy Cooper. “By creating this program to help with rent and utility bills, we can keep people inRead More →

A private school in New Bern has been contending with a cluster of COVID-19 cases of between 7 (its figures) and 10 (state figures) cases. Also, Craven county and municipal leaders have been urged by state officials to take stronger measures after the county was identified as a “county of concern” by the White House COVID-19 Task Force. Craven County has reported 314 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days. New Bern Christian Academy was identified as a cluster location by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services this week, although the outbreak has been going on for a couple ofRead More →

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that North Carolina will remain paused in Phase 3 for three more weeks as health officials continue to monitor North Carolina’s viral trends. North Carolina has seen increased hospitalizations and trajectory of cases in recent weeks. Governor Cooper underscored the importance of wearing masks, social distancing, and using good judgment despite fatigue or frustration with the pandemic. “As this pandemic continues, I know it’s difficult and tiring to keep up our guard, especially when we’re gathered with people we love. But it’s necessary. No one wants to spread COVID-19 accidentally to friends or family, so we must keep prevention atRead More →

With North Carolina’s COVID-19 trends moving in the wrong direction, state officials are urging Craven County and county and municipal leaders in 35 other counties where viral spread has been active, asking them to help slow the spread of the virus by promoting the 3 Ws and considering local actions to improve compliance with executive orders. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the NC Department of Public Safety sent the letter to county and municipal leaders in 36 counties that met the following metrics: The county has had 300 or more new cases in the last 14 days and has beenRead More →

Johnston is an ECU alumna following her life-long dream of having her store. She started at South Front Street and has since expanded into an inviting 3,000-square-foot store on the corner of Craven and Pollock street in Downtown New Bern, offering clothes and accessories that you would expect to find in New York City’s trendiest boutiques. When shopping small, you gain a personal connection from Johnston and her employees. “While our customers enjoy shopping, it is our treat to pick out a few extra looks to add to their fitting room that they may have not picked themselves. We always love to see their smilesRead More →

With some Craven County Schools students resuming in-class instruction once a week starting this week, doctors are on the lookout in case there is an increase in spread in Craven County. So far this school year, 20 staff members and 8 students have tested positive for COVID-19: Oct. 19 one staff member Oct. 16 one staff member Oct. 12 one staff member Oct. 7 two staff members Oct. 5 two staff members and two students Oct. 2 one staff member and one student Sept. 30 three staff members Sept. 22 one staff member Sept. 16 two staff members Sept. 14 one student and two staffRead More →

The American College of Cardiology has recognized CarolinaEast Medical Center for its demonstrated commitment to comprehensive, high-quality culture and cardiovascular care. CarolinaEast was awarded the HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence in October based on meeting accreditation criteria, and through their ongoing performance registry reporting. The ACC HeartCARE Center designation indicates that CarolinaEast has met a set of criteria, including participating in at least two ACC Accreditation Services programs, NCDR registries and targeted quality improvement campaigns. CarolinaEast currently has an ACC accredited Heart Failure Program, Cardiac Cath Lab and Chest Pain Center with PCI. “We take extreme pride in our excellence in heart care atRead More →

Election Day results may affect many aspects of life in this country. But as an investor, your situation probably won’t change after the votes are counted. Financial markets may show some politically-driven volatility, but that often happens around elections, and it typically doesn’t last long. Still, changes in policy and new legislation may affect your investment outlook. First, keep in mind that many campaign promises may remain as just that – promises.  Any ultimate legislation that is enacted may differ greatly from what was proposed on the campaign trail. Adjustments in the tax rates of capital gains and stock dividends are likely to change againRead More →