District 2 Craven County Commissioner Jason Jones announced Thursday he is leaving the Democratic Party and becoming a Republican. “Please allow me to share a decision I have made,” he announced Thursday evening on his Facebook wall. “I was raised in a Christian, Democratic home in rural Craven County where faith, family and personal responsibility came first, period. My Grandfather served in several elected capacities as a Democrat, but I witnessed his struggle in later years with some decisions being made on the national level. The year Granddaddy ended his political service I was elected to serve the citizens of Craven County at the ageRead More →

Contrary to FNN (Fake News Network), God had nothing to do with the recent rescue of the three-year-old boy in the wilds of Craven County.  This comes as a disappointment to those giving Him or Her false credit. At the time God was in Florida hustling a deal with our President Donald Trump. Mr Trump is interested in developing the After Life and wanted some assurance that a truly worthy place awaits him.   God played a round of golf, shot in the 70s, and listened while Mr. Trump rattled on about Heavenly Trump Mansions in the sky- all while the boy remained lost. In all humility, ifRead More →

Craven Community College will celebrate Black History Month with events hosted on the New Bern and Havelock campuses. “Hidden Figures and Community Involvement” will be held Friday, Feb. 8 from 6-8 p.m. on the New Bern Campus and “Unfolding History: Black History Reflections” will be held Thursday, Feb. 14 from 4:30-6 p.m. on the Havelock Campus. “Hidden Figures and Community Involvement” will celebrate the ways African American organizations and individuals in the region have improved local communities. Guest speaker Chris Suggs, who founded the nonprofit Kinston Teens, Inc. at the age of 14, will discuss his work in Kinston and the positive impact young peopleRead More →

Wit Tuttell, the Executive Director of Visit NC, announced the 2019 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Route in a pre-recorded video released at the Cycle North Carolina Route Announcement Party, held at Tobacco Road Sports Café & Brewery in downtown Raleigh on January 30.  To view the video of the “Mountains to Coast” Tour announcement, visit the Mountains to Coast portion of the website at https://www.ncsports.org/ (the video will be posted by Thursday, Jan 31st). The twenty-first annual ride is scheduled for a Blowing Rock to Atlantic Beach route, from September 28 to October 5, 2019.  With beautiful tourist stops along scenic back roads,Read More →

The New Bern Planning and Zoning Board will take a look at several proposed subdivisions. The board meets at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at City Hall, in the Courtroom on the second floor. The proposals are: Consideration of Major Subdivision General Plan Approval, submitted by Weyerhaeuser NR Company/McKim & Creed Inc., is a proposed 250 +/- acre, a 2 lot major subdivision located to the north of Downey Drive and south of N.C. Highway 43 North. The property is further identified as a portion of Craven County Parcel ID’s 8-209- 13001. The property is outside city limits but within the city’s Extra Territorial Jurisdiction. ConsiderationRead More →

The New Bern Planning and Zoning Board will hold an informational session about the New Bern Redevelopment Commission plan and also consider a proposed redevelopment area boundary. The meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at City Hall, Pollock and Craven streets, in the second floor Courtroom. Jeffrey Ruggieri, city director of development services, will present the plans at the meeting. Ruggieri is also executive director of the New Bern Redevelopment Commission. The Redevelopment Agency is a way for the city to gather resources, identify areas of the city in need of significant improvements, and focus those resources on those areas. The agenda for theRead More →

The Craven Community College Foundation is accepting nominations for the 9th Annual Community Fabric Awards, an event that awards individual, educational and business leadership in the community. The deadline to nominate is 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. The Community Fabric Awards were created by the Craven CC Foundation to celebrate and showcase excellence in leadership as demonstrated by outstanding initiative, impact of service and the inspiration of others. Previous individual recipients include J. Troy Smith, Jr., Dr. Jim Congleton, Linda Staunch, New Bern Alderman Sabrina Bengel, Nelson Bell McDaniel, Maj. Gen. Tom Braaten USMC (Ret.), David L. Ward, Jr. and Robert L. “Bob” Mattocks. BusinessRead More →

Craven Community College will host Willie E. Atkinson and the Transitional Jazz Quintet for “The Poetry of Jazz” on Friday, Feb. 15. This show begins at 7:30 p.m. and will take place in Orringer Auditorium, located on the New Bern campus.  Atkinson uses his talents as a jazz vocalist to provide audiences with a fluid interpretation of jazz and blues standards. Whether exploring the syncopated rhythms of a swinging tune or telling the story of a lonesome, wanting heart, Atkinson offers a fresh approach and seizes every moment to make the songs his own. Members of the Transitional Jazz Quintet include Stephen Anderson (piano), PhilRead More →

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March 15, 2019, Sham-Rockin’ 2019, St Patrick’s Celebration, traditional dinner and cash bar, and the band, TRAINWRECK … NC History Center, New Bern NC … advance tickets @ $20 ($25 at the door or available on-line www.NewBernRotaryClub.org) with a link to the EventBrite page. Read More →