A notice from Craven County Schools: Craven County Schools will be closed for students on Monday, Jan. 8.  Essential staff (district maintenance, school custodians, school principals, and district executive staff) should report on time. All other staff are on an optional workday with a 2-hour delay.  If road conditions in your area prevent you from traveling at that time, please make contact with your school principal or supervisor to make arrangements.Read More →

American Prospect, a non-profit website specializing in non-profit, independent journalism, has posted an article that is highly critical of GateHouse Media and explains much of what is going on at many of its properties, including the New Bern Sun Journal. The headline states: Saving the Free Press From Private Equity Navigating the digital transition is a huge challenge for newspapers. Absentee ownership by private equity predators makes it all but impossible.   It’s a long read, but it does a good job describing the toxic nature of private equity enterprises taking over local newspapers and running them into the ground. Here’s one example cited in the articleRead More →

First off, the obvious Things are getting back to normal now that the holidays are behind us. Just kidding. With snow and ice blanketing the region, it’s like having an extra week off for the Christmas break. Schools have been closed since Wednesday. So much of New Bern was shut down on Thursday, it nearly felt like Christmas Day. Though we were well supplied with food, cabin fever drove us from the house and we thank the folks at Sonic and Piggly Wiggly for braving the weather and serving our needs. Other businesses were open, too … these are just the two we happened toRead More →

January 9, 2018 Agenda and Explanations  1.   Meeting opened by Mayor Dana E. Outlaw.  Prayer Coordinated by Alderman Bengel.  Pledge of Allegiance. 2.   Roll Call. 3.   Request and Petition of Citizens. This section of the Agenda is titled Requests and Petitions of Citizens.  This is an opportunity for public comment, and we thank you for coming to the Board of Aldermen meeting tonight to share your views.  We value all citizen input. Speaker comments are limited to a maximum of 4 minutes during the public comment period.  At the conclusion of 4 minutes, each speaker shall leave the podium.  Comments will be directed to theRead More →

The National Weather Service is calling for a significant snow event for this area beginning around noon tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 3. Because of the changing in timing predicted by the National Weather Service over the last 24 hours as well as uncertainty related to freezing rain versus snow to begin the weather, Craven County Schools will be closed for students Wednesday out of an abundance of caution. Staff will report for a half day. School district officials will continue to monitor the weather and road conditions and share any updates regarding possible closings and/or delays for the rest of the week.Read More →