Craven County commissioners will be reconsidering a short-sighted decision to end curbside recycling following backlash from citizens upset by the decision. Commissioners made the decision on April 15 rather than double the fee due to cost increases. This is one of those no-win situations for the board, a majority-Republican group with two newcomers (E.T. Mitchell and Denny Bucher) hesitant to raise taxes or fees because, well, they’re Republicans. But here’s the thing: ending curbside recycling forces people to do one of three things: discard their recyclables with the regular garbage; make trips to county convenience centers to drop off their recyclables; or toss their recyclablesRead More →

A local couple is taking over The UPS Store franchise in New Bern from longtime franchisees Pat Drake and Mack Paul, who are retiring after nearly 25 years in business. Jim and Middleton Hinckley of New Bern will take over management of the store around the end of April. An Open House will be held at the store at 1822 S. Glenburnie Road, New Bern, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, celebrating the new owners as well as the retirement of the previous owners. The New Bern store has 1,200 square feet of floor space and employs three full-time and two part-timeRead More →

Update: The Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting Friday April 26 at 10:30 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Board Room. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the decision made by the board on April 15 concerning the curbside recycling contract. Countywide curbside recycling in Craven County will cease on Friday, June 28, 2019.  The decision was made by the Craven County Board of Commissioners on Monday, April 15, after learning the cost to taxpayers of curbside recycling collection services will nearly double for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2019. Craven County and residents of all of the municipalitiesRead More →

New Bern aldermen will start discussion on Tuesday over whether to change the method used to elect aldermen and the mayor from the nonpartisan election and runoff method it has been using, to the nonpartisan plurality method. Under the present system, a candidate avoids a runoff if he/she wins 50 percent of the vote plus one extra vote. The proposed system proclaims whomever wins the most votes as the winner. If the city used this proposed method in the 2009 municipal election, then-Mayor Tom Bayliss would have won reelection, since he was the top vote getter in a three-way election. Lee Bettis came in second,Read More →

CITY OF NEW BERN BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING APRIL 23, 2019 – 6 p.m. CITY HALL COURTROOM 300 POLLOCK STREET Meeting opened   by   Mayor   Dana  Outlaw. Prayer Coordinated by Alderwoman Harris. Pledge of Allegiance. Roll Consent Agenda Consider Adopting a Resolution Calling for a Public Hearing on the Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-20. At this meeting, the City Manager will present the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. Budget workshops are scheduled for April 30th and May 1st beginning at 1 p.m. each day. Following those workshops, a public hearing will be held as required by state statute. The proposed date of the hearingRead More →

From prairie churches to urban cathedrals and synagogues, historic sacred places are often the oldest, and most beautiful buildings within our communities. Apply for a grant from the National Fund for Sacred Places to keep these places as an important part of our national cultural heritage. The National Fund for Sacred Places is a comprehensive program that provides training, planning grants, and capital grants from $50,000 to $250,000 to congregations of all faiths for rehabilitation work on their historic facilities. In the face of changing demographics and inadequate resources now is the time to support these structures that have played a critical role in shaping the characterRead More →

Join Earth Day celebrations on Saturday, April 20 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the corner of Craven and South Front Streets in the vacant lot next to Mitchell Hardware for fun afternoon of learning, children’s activities, giveaways, and an after party! The goal is to bring people together for a fun, learning experience about our local ecosystem and discover how we can all become more socially-conscious. “We want to start the conversation and spread awareness of how we can take steps to “Refuse, Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.’” The event will kick off with the reading of the Mayoral Proclamation of Earth Day 2019Read More →

Boating is a lot safer when you know the waters you’re in. The New Bern area U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer their most popular course, Navigating Local Waters,  Saturday, May 18, 8:30 a.m. at the Fairfield Harbour Community Center, Broad Creek Rd, New Bern. While the emphasis is on the Neuse and Trent Rivers and other waters around New Bern, the seminar also presents the locations and features of many popular anchorages, marinas and boatyards in the Neuse and Pamlico river basins, as well as the ICW to Morehead City/Beaufort and on to Cape Lookout. The charge is $10 per person with additional membersRead More →

The Craven County Democratic Party hosted a forum on Monday night for the Democratic candidates running in the N.C. 3rd Congressional District special election. Five of the six candidates for the Democratic nomination to finish the term of Walter Jones, Jr. were in attendance, discussing their plans on a broad range of issues including health care, the economy, protecting our eastern North Carolina shoreline, voting rights, and providing constituent services to the whole of the district. Over 180 people were in attendance at the forum, which was held at Word of God Christian Center on Neuse Boulevard, and over 500 people also watched part orRead More →

Performers from local improv group Walk-In Bathtub will bring Neil Simon’s “London Suite” to the New Bern Civic Theatre stage April 12-13. Four distinct stories come to life within the walls of a single hotel suite in this unique tale by one of America’s premier comic playwrights. The four stories include Settling Accounts, Going Home, Diana and Sidney and finally, The Man on the Floor. While each story explores unique relationship challenges and a variety of character flaws, the single hotel suite and Simon’s masterful style of dry humor are the only common thread in a series of mishaps and unforgettable characters. “London Suite” offers the firstRead More →