It has been 100 years since World War I, the “War to End All Wars.” Mark Sandvigen will join the New Bern Historical Society once again at the Chelsea Restaurant July 10 at 11:30 a.m. for Lunch & Learn with a look back from the United States entry into WWI in 1917 to the return of our service men and women in 1919. His presentation, A Distant Mirror: Craven County and Reflections on the Great War, 1917-1920, is a Craven County story as well as North Carolina story covering the impact of the War and how it changed every facet of our lives. This isRead More →

By Dr. Michael Bitzer | With the pending decision by the US Supreme Court regarding North Carolina’s redistricting & partisan gerrymandering case, the Old North State once again could enter the annuals of history when it comes to redistricting efforts: first, the state dominated the jurisprudence regarding race, redistricting, and racial gerrymandering; now, the state, along with a case out of Maryland, could be one of the lead decisions regarding politics, redistricting, and partisan gerrymandering. In order to get the full impact of the Supreme Court’s decision, it is best to get a sense of how this issue came to dominate the political landscape and howRead More →

Analysis provides a county-by-county update to 2014 data as North Carolina considers Medicaid expansion Expanding Medicaid would create more than 37,000 new jobs and insure approximately 365,000 more people, according to a new non-partisan analysis. The report was prepared by researchers at The George Washington University with funding from Cone Health Foundation and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. Craven County alone would experience 169 new jobs and 5,720 more people covered by Medicaid by 2022. The county’s economy would grow by $35.5 million, and county tax revenues would increase by $390,000. In addition to the new jobs created and the hundreds of thousands of uninsured residentsRead More →

Here is your opportunity to be a part of a world premiere event telling one of New Bern’s most compelling stories, the Stanly-Spaight Duel. Auditions for Honour, The Musical with book and lyrics by Bill Hand and music by Simon Spalding will be held July 10 at 6 p.m. and July 13 at 10 a.m. at Craven Community College at Orringer Auditorium. Participants will be asked to present a one-minute monologue of their choice and to read from the script.  They will also be asked to sing one of two songs.  The songs and more details are found at www.Facebook.com/HonourTheMusical Performance dates are Jan. 23-26Read More →

Habitat for Humanity Craven County is celebrating its 30th anniversary helping families build and own homes. A reception was held at the N.C. History Center on Saturday to commemorate the milestone. Habitat for Humanity works with families, volunteers, donors, corporations, and the community to build affordable homes. They work to transform neighborhoods through revitalization, education, innovative development, partnerships, through long term relationships with families and the community. Habitat for Humanity Craven County got its start in 1989. It has built 66 homes starting with its first in 1991, providing decent homes for 105 adults and more than 120 children. Of those, 16 have fully paidRead More →

New Bern Post welcomes letters and posts them whenever possible. Editor: A syndicated newspaper life-coach warns against “getting catfished.”  Every ready to learn new slang, I brought the question of what this phrase meant to a reference librarian.  She said getting catfished means that one person in an on-line communication has adopted a false identity or is being less that truthful in personal matters.   The source of the phrase, according to the librarian, is that one party may be expecting a flounder, but, alas, pulls up a lowly, bottom-feeding catfish (who happens to be ugly as well.)   Leaving aside for a moment the fact that flounders areRead More →

New Bern received a mediocre score for family friendliness in North Carolina from WalletHub, a website that produces data-driven articles ranking various subjects in various categories. In ranking North Carolina cities for “2019’s Best Places to Raise a Family in North Carolina,” New Bern ranked 56th out of 87 cities. The top-ranked city was Cary, while coming in at 87th was Laurinburg. In Eastern North Carolina, Havelock — you read that right — was the highest rated city in the survey, coming in at 35th. Other Eastern NC cities were Wilmington (44th), Greenville (53rd), Jacksonville (59th), Wilson (70th), Elizabeth City (75th), Tarboro (77th), Goldsboro (81st), andRead More →

GateHouse Media, owner of the New Bern Sun Journal, announced changes to key newsroom positions that sound like progress, and in some ways, is. An article posted Thursday (and published in Friday’s print edition) announced that Chris Segal, who has been executive editor over the Sun Journal and the Kinston Free Press, has been promoted and will now oversee the Jacksonville Daily News newsroom, as well. GateHouse moved around some other positions, too, giving managing editors in Jacksonville and New Bern/Kinston more authority over day-to-day operations, and creating a new position over the three properties to lead “digital” growth (what they mean is online, includingRead More →

Habitat organizations across the country are mobilizing to influence policy and system changes at the federal, state and local levels Nearly 19 million households across the United States are spending at least half of their income on a place to live, often forgoing basic necessities such as food and health care to make ends meet. In Craven County, 33% or 13,370 households, are cost-burdened and having difficulty meeting their monthly mortgage or rental payments, according to the 2017 statistics reported by the NC Housing Coalition. A family needs to earn $33,120 per year in order to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment at $828 per month,Read More →

Capture your loved ones’ life stories, voices, and images with Your Story. Randy Foster, a journalist with more than 30 years of experience, interviews your loved one and literally writes a book about it — and much more. The Your Story package includes: Comprehensive interviews and research about the individual A coffee-table-format, full color, hard-back book including the biography, significant life-event photos, and a biographical timeline An SD card with audio and video files from interviews, raw research materials, and photos A web page for the biography that includes a photo gallery, audio and video from the interviews, and a public comments section “People willRead More →