I was in my early 20s when I first tasted sweetened condensed milk. I traded a field ration with an Italian soldier during a training exercise in Sardinia. I did a lot of trading back then … rations, pins, hats (which we Marines call “covers”), and one time even a whole uniform. The Royal Marine uniform I got in the bargain belonged to a Brit who was several inches shorter than me and 10 or 20 pounds lighter, so it barely fit. But the thing that I think about now some 40 years later was the Italian ration. It came with a plastic pouch ofRead More →

Note: This review is unsolicited and unsponsored. Opinions expressed are the author’s. Years ago, freshly transplanted from New Mexico to North Carolina, I spotted my first Hot Donuts sign lighted at a Krispy Kreme shop. Co-workers told me to watch for it. I bought a dozen; one for now and the rest to bring in to work. When you buy a dozen fresh glazed donuts at Krispy Kreme, you’re not buying a dozen donuts. You’re buying a dozen bites, with the first bite sucking in all the other bites like a doughy, sugary, mind-blowing black hole. I could see why there was a buzz. ThatRead More →

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced on Friday that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and private nonprofit organizations in North Carolina due to excessive rain from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020. Low-interest disaster loans are available in the counties of Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico and Pitt in North Carolina. “When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to eligible entities, affected by the same disaster,” said Kem Fleming, director ofRead More →

The New Bern Historical Society is currently accepting applications for its Harriet Marks Scholarship, and the March 26 due date is quickly approaching. This scholarship is awarded to a senior graduating from New Bern High School for the purpose of obtaining higher education at an accredited college, university, or institution of higher learning.  Renewable for three succeeding years as long as academic standards are maintained, the scholarship provides financial assistance to a deserving senior based on equal weight of scholarship and financial need. The Marks Scholarship was established by a trust estate created in 1968 under the terms of the will of Miss Harriet MarksRead More →

The 6th Annual Craven Works Outdoor Job Fair will be held at Union Point Park on Tuesday, March 30 beginning at noon. If you are looking for a career change or an employment opportunity in Craven County, this job fair will introduce you to several area employers looking to hire. Pre-registration is required for all job seekers. If you have a resume, you can be pre-matched with registered employers prior to the job fair. Jobseekers will receive an email with their pre-matched list of registered employers based on their resume. If you need assistance with a resume or if you want to be pre-matched withRead More →

Editor’s note: Many people know the building on the 200 block of Craven Street in New Bern as City Hall … that’s what the sign near its roof calls it. More often, it’s called Old City Hall. It once served as New Bern City Hall before city government moved to the corner of Craven and Pollock streets. Historians have discovered an even earlier use for the old building, hidden in plain sight. By Claudia Houston, NBHS Historian New Bern Historical Society (NBHS) announced the discovery of an existing building in downtown that served as both a Confederate and Union hospital during the Civil War. HistorianRead More →

For the sixth year in a row, CarolinaEast Medical Center has been named one of the top best hospitals in the state by Business North Carolina magazine in their annual “Best Hospitals” issue released in March. The 2021 ranking lands CarolinaEast tied for sixth. CarolinaEast is the highest ranked hospital in Eastern North Carolina. New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington tied for 20th. No other hospitals in Eastern North Carolina made the Top 20 rankings. Carteret Health Care in Morehead City and Vidant Medical Center in Greenville both received recognition for bariatric surgery but were not listed in the over-all rankings. Onslow Memorial HospitalRead More →

The City of New Bern announced Virginia Beach Deputy Chief Patrick Gallagher has accepted the position of Chief of Police for the New Bern Police Department.  His first day in the office will be Monday, March 22.  He takes over after the retirement of Chief Toussaint Summers, Jr. effective March 19. Deputy Chief Gallagher’s law enforcement career spans more than 30 years and started when he joined the United States Army Military Police Corp in 1983.  In 1990, he joined the Virginia Beach Police Department and advanced through the ranks from patrol officer to deputy chief.  Along the way, he gained experience working in Uniformed Patrol, SpecialRead More →

Available for individuals who meet NC vaccination criteria On Saturday, March 6, 2021, CarolinaEast Health System will be hosting a multi-site COVID-19 Community Vaccination Event in Craven County. The event will take place at three locations, including CarolinaEast Internal Medicine in Vanceboro (620 Farmlife Ave., Vanceboro), CarolinaEast Internal Medicine in Havelock (532 Webb Blvd., Havelock) and New Bern Riverfront Convention Center (203 S. Front St., New Bern). Vaccinations, by appointment only, will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We are pleased to have the ability to offer the vaccine to more in our community,” said Brandy Popp, Public Relations and Community Outreach ManagerRead More →

The North Carolina Operation Lifesaver (NCOL) Board of Directors appointed Jim Westmoreland to serve as the Board Chair and President of NCOL at its first quarter meeting on February 25, 2021. Westmoreland has served on the NCOL Board of Directors since July 2017 and has a passion for rail safety. “Each year, we lose too many North Carolinians to unnecessary, rail-related incidents,” Westmoreland said. “With my appointment as Board Chair, I hope to raise statewide awareness of this issue and to work with my fellow Board members and rail safety partners to help reduce our numbers.” In North Carolina in 2020, 12 people lost theirRead More →