Craven County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) voted today to name Melissa Riggle as its new Executive Director.  Riggle, a New Bern native, is a graduate of East Carolina University, with a degree in Communications. She had been the Marketing Manager for Aramark at East Carolina University for the past 3 years.  After accepting the offer from the TDA Board of Directors, Riggle said, “I’m looking forward to returning to work in New Bern and being a part of the tourism community once again.”  Riggle’s tourism background includes positions as the Tourism Sales Service Manager of New Bern Riverfront Convention Center and Director of Sales atRead More →

In response to rising COVID-19 cases in New Bern and Craven County, the City of New Bern has partnered with Greene County Health Care, Inc. (GCHC) to host three (3) upcoming COVID-19 testing events that are at no cost to the public. The dates, times and locations are as follows: Monday, Dec. 7, 2020: 11am-3pm at Lawson Creek Park, 1309 Country Club Road Monday, Dec. 14, 2020: 11am-3pm at West New Bern Recreation Center, 1225 Pinetree Drive Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020: 11am-3pm at Henderson Park, 901 Chapman St. Thanks to state and federal funding, there is no cost to have a COVID-19 test. The NorthRead More →

A Message from Jocelyn Konrad, EVP, Chief Pharmacy Officer Rite Aid is staged and ready to make the COVID-19 vaccine available in all of the communities we serve. On behalf of our 55,000 Rite Aid associates, I’d like assure you of our commitment to help you and your family keep safe and healthy during this unprecedented pandemic. We’re proud to support our communities with COVID-19 testing, and are eager to further support our communities by distributing the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available.  Through our partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an official COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider, we are stagedRead More →

Craven County health officials are working out details for how a COVID-19 vaccine would be distributed in the county once one becomes available, which could be soon. “We are hearing that we may get our first shipments in December,” said Scott Harrelson, Craven County health director. Health departments, hospitals, private offices, and pharmacies are slated to receive the vaccine for distribution, he said. “We are not sure how many doses we will receive right now,” Harrelson said. “They will most likely be a two dose vaccine, three to four weeks apart. There are different risk groups—long-term care residents, high-risk individuals, and front-line medical staff will be atRead More →

Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes is distributing safe holiday shopping tips. “The holiday season is right around the corner and shoppers are crowding malls and discount stores to buy the latest gadgets and find the best deals,” Sheriff Hughes said. What shoppers are neglecting is their safety. “This time of year attracts more shopping-related criminal activity because of the larger crowds and the extended store hours,” he said. “These factors and the usual distraction of shopping, creates a more favorable environment for petty thieves and other offenders.” The Sheriff reminds all Craven County residents to follow these safety tips:Shopping Safety: A single shopper is theRead More →

Giving Tuesday looks a little different this year, and Tryon Palace is on board for this unique approach to this special day when all are called to make a gift to causes near and dear to their hearts. Tryon Palace is participating in the global Giving Tuesday initiative and local Giving Tuesday events. All Giving Tuesday efforts will be available online and on social media platforms online, Instagram, and Facebook. Patrons’ support will go towards Tryon Palace’s continued efforts in preserving historic collection pieces, supporting their mission to connect all generations to North Carolina History. Show your support of Tryon Palace’s mission and work onRead More →

The 2020 holiday season is going to be different, but North Carolina retailers are in excited anticipation, and the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA), along with its 2,500 retail members across the state, encourage consumers to #ShopNC this year. The Thanksgiving holiday typically ushers in the official start of the holiday shopping season however, given the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, retailers are adapting their strategies to ensure they are serving customers safely and effectively. Some are choosing to close on Thanksgiving Day; others are offering several months of “Black Friday” deals; and others will be featuring the same deals both in-stores andRead More →

10 more counties designated as Red for Critical Community Spread; Craven still Orange—’Substantial Community Spread’ Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, issued additional COVID-19 safety measures to tighten mask requirements and enforcement as cases continue to rise rapidly in North Carolina and across the country. Executive Order No. 180 goes into effect on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and runs through Friday, Dec. 11.  “I have a stark warning for North Carolinians today: We are in danger,” Governor Cooper said. “This is a pivotal moment in our fight against the coronavirus. Our actions now will determine the fate of many.” In addition to extending PhaseRead More →

Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, kicks off the holiday season in Downtown New Bern with Bear Merry Christmas and Christmas on Craven Street-Downtown New Bern-Open House events. In light of COVID-19, this year’s Beary Merry Christmas is called A Beary Safe and Magical Christmas in New Bern. Beary Merry Christmas, a Downtown New Bern staple for years, will be Friday, Nov. 27 and 28 at Santa House in Bear Plaza on Middle Street and throughout Downtown New Bern. For more on the season’s events, go to BearyMerryChristmas or on Facebook at Beary Merry events Friday, Nov. 27: Beary Merry Christmas Kickoff Santa arrives in BearRead More →

Dismal news on the COVID-19 front for Craven County today as the weekend numbers reported by the Craven County Health Department show a major spike in new cases since Friday afternoon. On top of that, another Craven County resident has died of COVID-19-related reasons. There were 157 new COVID-19 cases since the last report from the Craven County Health Department around noon on Friday. Craven County has 2,872 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of noon today, Nov. 23, 2020. Of the newest cases, 39 additional were confirmed on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, 35 on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, 42 on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, and twoRead More →