Photo: The city has a lot of properties for sale: 92 are listed on the city’s website. Of those, more than 70 are located in the Greater Duffyfield area. (City of New Bern map)   It’s an unrelenting list of failed dreams: Greater Duffyfield homes and buildings in disrepair, ordered torn down by the city and later sold off at dimes on the dollar. It’s a tragedy on a personal scale for the families who are losing their properties, but in the broader picture, it’s costing taxpayers money — a lot of it. Just this week, buildings facing city-ordered demolition were put to votes byRead More →

Updated Feb. 28 Election filings for offices in Craven County or including Craven County. The filing period began Feb. 12 and ended noon, Feb. 28. The primaries will be held May 8. Listed by office and then alphabetically. * Incumbents   Craven County Board of Commissioners District 1 Greg Holt, New Bern, Republican Tom Mark, Fairfield Harbour, Republican* Jeff O’Neill, Vanceboro, Democrat (unopposed in primary)   Craven County Board of Commissioners District 2 Jason Jones, Cove City, Democrat* Unopposed   Craven County Board of Commissioners District 3 Johnnie Sampson, Jr. New Bern, Democrat* Unopposed   Craven County Board of Commissioners District 4  Billy Joiner, Trent Woods, RepublicanRead More →

CITY OF NEW BERN BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING FEBRUARY 27, 2018 – 6:00 P.M. CITY HALL COURTROOM 300 POLLOCK STREET 1.  Meeting opened by Mayor Dana E. Outlaw.  Prayer Coordinated by Alderman Harris.  Pledge of Allegiance. 2.  Roll Call. Consent Agenda 3.  Consider Adopting a Resolution Calling for a Public Hearing on the Initial Zoning of Property Located at the Intersection of Waterscape Way and West Thurman Road Identified as Tax Parcel 7-104-12002. (Ward 3) Kip Peregoy of Carolina Colours Association has submitted a request to have an approximately 1.77-acre of land zoned C-3 Commercial.  The parcel is located at the intersection of W. Thurman Road and WaterscapeRead More →

The Craven County Board of Education approved Deborah Langhans as the new chief academic officer (formerly assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction) for Craven County Schools. Under the direction of the superintendent, Langhans leads and facilitates the administration of curriculum development, instructional programs and services, and teacher and leadership development for the school system. She will supervise elementary, middle, and high school curriculum, programming, and instructional staff, Career and Technical Education, Federal programs/projects, Exceptional Children, English as a Second Language, and Early Childhood education. The Chief Academic Officer provides administrative and strategic leadership in collaboration with all district executive staff and school leaders. Langhans has worked in the district for 29 years.Read More →

The American Red Cross is holding several blood drives in this area in response to an urgent need for blood donations. Red Cross Blood Drives are being held Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at different locations in the New Bern area. Go here to find a day and location that is convenient for you. According to a news release, CarolinaEast Medical Center is over 600 units short of blood due to disasters, shootings, etc. Register on line for a faster donation time and shorter wait time.Read More →

Winnie Smith and Lindsay Sims, daughters of the late Greg Smith, have taken over the running of Mitchell Hardware. Greg Smith died suddenly on the morning of Jan. 29 while working at his store. A story by the ever-excellent Bill Hand at the Sun Journal here. *** Shoe Carnival, a discount shoe store at Rivertowne Square (you know, the one with Books A Million on one end and Wal-Mart Supercenter on the other), is closing. A source with the company said the New Bern store was under-performing, and faced with the prospect of competition from Rack Room and Academy Sports at the New Bern MarketplaceRead More →

Out (for now): Hotel and parking structure at Craven and Pollock   Policy wonks from the UNC School of Government are urging the City of New Bern to turn its attention from a possible parking structure and hotel across from City Hall, and return its attention to a vacant lot at the corner of Craven and South Front streets. UNC SoG special projects managers Marcia Perritt and Omar Kashef appeared before the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday to advise on behalf of the pivot. The Pollock and Craven parking structure/hotel SoG had been advocating has been put on hold while Craven County officials decide whether theyRead More →

The historic Ghent Neighborhood in New Bern is hosting its fourth annual Mardi Gras Parade and Festival on Saturday, March 3, from noon to 5 p.m. The parade will be led again this year by the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band and begins at 2 p.m, with festivities and parade line-up beginning at noon on the 1400 block of Spencer Avenue. This year’s parade and festivities will feature the Craven Brass Quintet, the Antique Car Club, and Jonkonnu. Musicians include Alisa Mike, Middle Street Jazz, and Junkroad Crossing, and will be joined by vendors including Brewery 99, The Tiny Tornado food truck, and more. AfterRead More →