Enjoy a conversation with a curator. This month’s Histo ry at High Noon event will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with the Chief Curator of the NC Museum of History, and curator for our exhibit on women’s suffrage, RaeLana Poteat!  “Through the work of our museum staff and input from the community, we have introduced two new online series: History and Highballs and History at High Noon,” the museum announced. Free to the public unless otherwise noted, these events require registration, via Eventbrite, beforehand; registered attendees will receive an exclusive program link. Registration for the programs are accessible from the museum’sRead More →

Update: Approximately 7,400 customers are without power right now. “We’re hoping to be through with #Isaias soon so we can redeploy our crews for damage assessments, restorations & repairs,” the city said on social media. Power outages were widespread in New Bern early Tuesday morning as Tropical Storm Isaias approached the city. “Once conditions improve, we’ll start deploying crews to assess the damage & begin restorations & repairs,” the city announced on its social media just before 2 a.m. as the outages started to pile up. Wind gusts well above 40 mph were to blame. While power outages were widespread, most of the city stillRead More →

Please review these important reminders to stay safe around natural gas meters and appliances, especially during severe weather. Call Piedmont Natural Gas if you see wind-related damage: If you see or suspect wind or tree damage to natural gas lines, call us at 800-752-7504 or call 911. If water has entered your home: Do not attempt to disconnect, clear debris from or work on any natural gas appliance, including your meter.Do not attempt to relight any of your natural gas appliances. Instead, call 800-752-7504. If your natural gas appliances are damaged by water: Natural gas appliances damaged by water may need to be replaced accordingRead More →

Publix in New Bern closed at 5 p.m. today, four hours earlier than its normal 9 a.m. closure, due to approaching tropical-force wind and rain from Isaias. “We’re closely monitoring Tropical Storm Isaias and the impact to our operating areas,” Publix said on its website. “Please be aware that several of our stores in the affected area will be adjusting their hours for the storm. The map below provides the most up-to-date information on changes to store hours.Read More →

The Craven County Board of Education approved Courtney Morgan as the new principal for Roger Bell New Tech Academy during their special called Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Morgan fills a vacancy that was created when Michelle Lee was recently named as the Assistant Superintendent of System Improvement, Literacy and Learning. Mrs. Morgan is a New Bern native and a wonderful product of Craven County Schools.  She is beginning her 19th year in education. She started her career in Craven County in 2002 at Oaks Road Elementary School before moving to Chapel Hill, NC where she continued teaching. During her elevenRead More →

It is more important than ever to have responsible, thoughtful leaders representing our local governments. In times of crisis and strife, we look to leaders and advocates from Governor Cooper to our county’s local Sheriff to guide and protect our collective experiences as we traverse troubled times, together. Certain events like Hurricane Florence or COVID-19 bring us to our knees through life’s most difficult moments — at the very least, we should be able to believe that each-other’s best interest is as at heart. If you aren’t aware, Alderwoman Sabrina Bengel and former Mayor and Attorney Lee Bettis host a show on the Facebook-centric NewRead More →

Craven County Emergency Management will open three Emergency Shelters on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the following locations for citizens living in low lying areas prone to flooding who have nowhere else to relocate to: Havelock High School (101 Webb Blvd, Havelock) Ben D. Quinn Elementary (4275 Martin Luther King Blvd, New Bern) *Pet Friendly* Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary (2000 Farm Life Ave, Vanceboro) Emergency shelters are planned to close at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 if conditions allow. Emergency shelters will have limited capacity due to COVID-19 so they are only to be used by those who have nowhereRead More →

Sand and sandbags will be available at Stanley White Recreation Center, 901 Chapman Street, and at the vacant lot downtown at the corner of Craven and South Front streets at 1 p.m. today. The sand and sandbags are first come first serve. Bring your own shovel. 100 bags each will be placed at both locations. New Bern Emergency Operations Center will be mobilized at 7 p.m. Trash and recycling services are operating as normal at this time. GFL Environmental is evaluating potential operational impacts and will make announcements, if any, this afternoon regarding changes to scheduled services. The iconic window at historic City Hall wasRead More →

Residents and visitors should prepare their hurricane survival kits now The City of New Bern is preparing for hurricane Isaias and is encouraging residents and visitors to do the same. Although forecast models vary on the exact track of the storm, National Hurricane Center meteorologists are forecasting that eastern North Carolina will see some impacts from Isaias beginning early next week. Right now, it appears the storm will move quickly up the coast, but its winds are increasing. This could mean widespread power outages, downed trees, significant storm debris and storm surge for New Bern. City crews spent Thursday preparing the Emergency Operations Center onRead More →

Residents should listen to local news for the latest advisories and updates from the National Weather Service and from the National Hurricane Center. Additional information can be found at the following links:• weather.gov• nhc.noaa.gov• Download the Swift 911 app to your smartphone by going to portalv4.swiftreach.com/portal.aspx?c=205198 Prepare a kit: Preparing a kit is very important in making sure you have the items needed to weather any storm. As Tropical Storm Isaias approaches, this time is more important than ever to make sure you have the items needed. Your kit should contain the following: • Water — 1 gallon per person per day for three toRead More →