Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting agenda. Highlights: Duffyfield Phoenix Project presentation, budget public hearing, Community Development Block Grant public hearing. CITY OF NEW BERN BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING MAY 22, 2018 – 6:00 P.M. CITY HALL COURTROOM 300 POLLOCK STREET Note: Links expire when the next agenda gets posted. Also, we were having trouble following links; the city website seems to be experiencing a slowdown today. 1.  Meeting opened by Mayor Dana E. Outlaw.  Prayer Coordinated by Alderman Best.  Pledge of Allegiance. 2.  Roll Call. Consent Agenda 3.  Considering Approving a Proclamation for the Folds of Honor. On Saturday, June 9, 2018, the Emerald Golf Club will offerRead More →

  On Tuesday, May 22 at 9 a.m., the City and its grant partners will celebrate the completion of two projects that enhance bicycle and pedestrian access along two of New Bern’s busiest corridors.  The event will be held at H.J. MacDonald Middle School located at 3127 Elizabeth Avenue. Thanks to two grants provided by the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the city has completed a multi-use path along the Glenburnie Road corridor and installed new sidewalks along Neuse Boulevard.  Both projects provide greater access and improved bicycle and pedestrian safety with several connections to surrounding communities and businesses.  TheRead More →

Seems like everywhere I’ve lived, there was one local burger joint that grabbed my attention. Sorry to say, in the almost 10 years I’ve lived in New Bern, I’ve not found one that rises above the rest so much so that crave it. So, dear readers, help me out. Who does burgers the best in New Bern? And for that matter, who does fries the best? You can suggest chain restaurants, but what I’m really interested in is locally owned restaurants and grills. Post your favorites in comments or use the contact form below. I’ll compile the results in a poll in a few days.Read More →

Local chefs from New Bern, Antonio Campolio of Persimmons and Troy Tipton of Famous, will join other chefs from Eastern North Carolina to face off in the first of three regional semifinals for a chance to compete in the third annual NCRLA Chef Showdown. The first round of semifinals will be held Tuesday, May 22, at Lawson’s Landing in New Bern, where the chefs will prepare and serve tasting-size portions to be judged by three culinary experts. The event is not open to the public. The top 21 highest-rated chefs across the three regional competitions will progress to finals to compete for the titles of “NCRLARead More →

A lot of news on the business front today, some well-sourced but awaiting official confirmation: New Bern Marketplace, the up-and-coming shopping center between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Trent Road, may well wind up as a dining destination. Columbia Development, the developer of the large shopping center, has not updated its tenant list (which already includes a Hobby Lobby, Five Below, Academy Sports, Ross, and, at 100,000 square feet, the Mother of All Harris Teeters), but reliable sources say it will be the location for  Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and LongHorn Steakhouse. All three restaurants are in NewRead More →

The “Footloose on the Neuse” Summer Concert Series, presented by New Bern Parks and Recreation, will premiere on Friday, May 25 at Union Point Park, 210 E. Front St. in downtown New Bern. This new, family friendly event includes live music on select Friday evenings throughout the summer from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Admission is free. Blankets and lawn chairs are permitted. A variety of musical acts are included in the concert lineup: May 25 – Carolina Soul Band (Motown, Soul) June 15 – Soul Psychedelique (High energy dance/rock) June 29 – Jukebox Revolver (variety) July 27 – Party Parrot (Jimmy Buffet Tribute) Aug.Read More →

  Tabari Wallace, principal at West Craven High School and a former New Bern High School football standout, was named the 2018 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year.  It was announced today during a luncheon at The Umstead Hotel in Cary, North Carolina. Wallace was selected from a field of eight regional finalists chosen earlier this year following interviews and a rigorous portfolio review. The regional principals of the year are: Northeast: Michelle White, D.F. Walker Elementary (Edenton-Chowan Public Schools); Southeast: Tabari Wallace, West Craven High (Craven County Schools); North Central: Jonathan Enns, Fuquay-Varina High (Wake County Public Schools); Sandhills:  Jim Butler, Richmond Senior High (Richmond County Schools); Piedmont-Triad:Read More →