Residents in the Ghent neighborhood are begging for help from City Hall to do something about cars using residential streets as cut-throughs, raising the question, why wouldn’t City Hall help? Could it be that City Hall doesn’t want to be seen as responsive when residents ask for help? That’s actually been an argument (“We don’t want to help you because then we’d have to help everyone”). Could it be that City Hall thinks that throttling back on Ghent cut-through traffic will only push the problem elsewhere? (That actually happened recently when through-traffic was blocked and cars — temporarily — used nearby streets as a detourRead More →

Ever since Jeffrey Odham, then a candidate for Ward 6 alderman, ran on a campaign of running city hall like a business, I was apprehensive. Once he took office, I started to see exactly what he meant. He wasn’t talking about a business that puts customer satisfaction first. He was talking about the American concept of business efficiency — low cost, high profit, declining customer service, cut-throat competitiveness, and poor responsiveness to customer needs and wants. There are numerous examples that bear this out. There’s the example of City Hall pushing the Firemen’s Museum out of its old location on Middle Street into the oldRead More →

The following New Bern-area residents were recently charged with animal cruelty by the Craven County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services Division. Melba Turner Jones, 49, of 510 Old Vanceboro Road, New Bern, is charged with felony kill animal by starvation. Jones had three cats that she failed to provide appropriate food and water for causing their deaths. Justin Broome, 27, of 402 Hart Drive, New Bern, is charged with cruelty to animals and abandonment of animals. Broome left four pit bull terriers on his property with no access to food, water, or shelter. Jebadia Jon Batchlor, 25, of 611 Johnson Street, New Bern, is chargedRead More →

City of New Bern solid waste collection will be on a regular schedule. There is no change for the July Fourth holiday. Craven County Recycling will be on a regular schedule, as well. There is no change for the July Fourth holiday. Recycling will continue with the current program until citizens are notified otherwise. There are details still to be worked out with contractor. Craven County Convenience Sites will operate on a regular schedule for the July Fourth holiday. Operating hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 7 a.m.-6:30 P.m. and Sunday 1-6:30 p.m. Citizens need to be unloaded and off premises by 6:20 p.m. to allow the attendants toRead More →