New Bern Post is discontinuing operations. New Bern Post editor Randy Foster and his wife Sarah will be leaving the New Bern area. Randy Foster was editor of the New Bern Sun Journal from 2009-2017 and New Bern Post from 2017 to present. “It was a great honor to be a journalist in New Bern,” Foster said. “I was among a long list of newspaper editors in New Bern dating to the 1740s.” Foster has been a journalist for more than 30 years and will continue to look for opportunities in journalism as they arise. A test merger between New Bern Post and New BernRead More →

Fire is a natural part of the environment and frequently occurs throughout North Carolina, even during a pandemic. Between March 2020 and March 2021, practitioners of prescribed fire burned more than 100,000 acres of forestland across the state. Nearly 76,000 of those acres have been burned this year. “It’s always good to see land managers and landowners working together to implement prescribed fire safely and effectively across the state,” said Thomas Crate, board president of the N.C. Prescribed Fire Council. “To see prescribed burning continue benefiting our forests and reducing the severity of wildfires during the pandemic, in the face of so many health andRead More →

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) and its partner Medicaid managed care health plan network of physicians, Carolina Complete Health Network, strongly oppose four bills currently pending in the NC House regarding changes to the state’s vaccination laws. We object to HB 779 – Coronavirus Vaccine Bill of Rights, HB 686 – No Gov’t Retribution for Refusal of CV19 Vax, HB 558 – Prohibit Mandatory CV19 Vaccinations and HB876 – Vaccination Private Choice Protection Act because, as an ongoing matter of public health, we have long supported regular vaccination and have been working to encourage vaccination against COVID-19. Our current state statutes regulating vaccination are satisfactory, and we urge legislators not to change theRead More →

By N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper North Carolina is emerging from a worldwide pandemic strong and growing, with new jobs and new neighbors arriving daily. We welcome this growth, but in order for our communities to thrive, our infrastructure must catch up and keep up. In recent weeks, Vice President Kamala Harris, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff visited North Carolina with a plan to help transform our state and nation’s infrastructure. That means resilient roads and bridges. Rail and commuter transportation. Job training and trade skills through community colleges. Affordable housing opportunities, particularly in our historically underserved areas. Access to high-speed internet.Read More →

Editor: I understand from a download I received that a new Apple manufacturing plant is to be built in North Carolina- probably near Raleigh. This is news to me but perhaps well known to your readers. With your interest in the VOLT Center I think this bit of news is pertinent to New Bern, and Craven County. Craven County could build a subsidiary plant in Industrial Park to supply parts Apple will need, and CCC could train people for good-paying jobs at this subsidiary (rather than more and more hair-dressers). The reactionaries on the Craven County Board of Commissioners may want to look forward forRead More →

Compiled by Randy Foster of New Bern Post The conviction on all three charges against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin drew emotional responses from the New Bern area. Derek Chauvin, 45, was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the May 25, death of George Floyd. Chauvin, then a police officer, knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds while Floyd gasped air, said repeatedly that he could not breathe, and then died. The jurors deliberated for more than 10 hours over two days before coming to their decision. Google results of the verdict here. On her FacebookRead More →

By Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes and N.C. Rep. John Bell In late 2020, a veteran soldier was in a mental health crisis. Distraught, he left his home in the family RV, his wife convinced it would be the last time she saw him. A Charlotte-based veterans organization, The Independence Fund, which had provided suicide prevention training to him in the past, attempted to assist the veteran through local law enforcement. The first county law enforcement department The Independence Fund reached was understaffed, overstretched, and was understandably concerned over the potential threat their force may face with a combat experienced veteran in a mental healthRead More →