The ABC store in James City is slated for closure just before its lease expires in June 2019, and a new store will be built in Bridgeton to open in May 2019. The plan received approval from the state ABC Commission on Tuesday. The Craven County ABC Board requested approval from the state ABC Commission to relocate its James City store to a new location in Bridgeton just off U.S. 17 at C and Pine streets. In his report to the state commission, Craven ABC General Manager Paul Brown said the James City store’s lease expires in June 2019 and will close upon opening of theRead More →

The North Carolina State Board of Education approved the request submitted by the Craven County Board of Education for Roger Bell Elementary and Oaks Road Elementary, two schools identified as persistently low performing over the previous several years, to transition to the Restart Model beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.This model authorizes the Craven County Board of Education to operate both schools with significant flexibility. This designation does not however make them charter schools. Roger Bell Elementary and Oaks Road Elementary will continue to be public elementary schools under the responsibility of the Craven County Schools Board of Education.We are excited about this additional flexibilityRead More →

Note: This article has been revised since first posting after taking a closer look at the data. The New Bern (North Carolina) Post has been live since mid-October and now, thanks to Quantcast, it is accumulating some interesting intel about its readers that I am sharing: New Bern dominates: No surprise there — 31.9 percent come from New Bern. Charlotte comes in second at 8.54 percent. Rounding out the top five are Havelock, Raleigh, and Greenville. They’re Democrats and independents: 40 percent are Democrats and 40 percent are independents. The balance, 20 percent, are Republicans. They are mostly women: 67 percent of Post readers areRead More →

CITY OF NEW BERN BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING FEBRUARY 13, 2018 – 6:00 P.M. CITY HALL COURTROOM 300 POLLOCK STREET Meeting opened by Mayor Dana E. Outlaw.  Prayer Coordinated by Alderman Bengel.  Pledge of Allegiance. 2. Roll Call. 3. Request and Petition of Citizens. This section of the Agenda is titled Requests and Petitions of Citizens.  This is an opportunity for public comment, and we thank you for coming to the Board of Aldermen meeting tonight to share your views.  We value all citizen input. Speaker comments are limited to a maximum of 4 minutes during the public comment period.  At the conclusion of 4 minutes, eachRead More →

Gregory Fitzgerald Smith (1955 – 2018) Mr. Gregory Fitzgerald Smith, 62, of New Bern, passed away suddenly on January 29th, 2018. Greg’s lifelong pursuit of compassion, philanthropy, and family began when he was born in Louisville, KY as the first child of Dr. William Cheney Smith and Mrs. Winnie Fitzgerald Smith on December 23, 1955. His parents treasured these values and over the course of his life, instilled in Greg with the love and goodwill he would need to become “Mr. New Bern”. Greg was the owner and proprietor of Mitchell Hardware, located at 215 Craven St. in downtown New Bern. Spending more than twelveRead More →

Gregory Fitzgerald Smith (1955 – 2018) Gregory F. Smith, 62, of New Bern, died on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. A memorial service is planned for Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at 2 p.m. at New Bern Convention Center. Check back for a full-length obituary to come and suggestions for memorial contributions. Cotten Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.Read More →

On Tuesday, January 30 at 9 a.m., the staff and students of J.T. Barber Elementary will honor and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in an Annual Silent March for Peace down the halls of the school and around the campus while listening to Dr. King’s awe inspiring “I Have a Dream Speech” over the school’s intercom. Participants will walk in silence out of respect and in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of strength through silence and peacefulness. As students are walking throughout the campus they will reflect on the gifts, actions, and acts of kindness they can make in order for our world to become a better moreRead More →

New Bern Parks and Recreation is holding a public input meeting to discuss the Martin Marietta Park Master Plan.  The public is invited to attend this drop-in style meeting anytime between 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at New Bern Mall.  The meeting will be held at Center Court. The Public Input meeting is an opportunity for residents to review plans and share their ideas on what types of amenities and programs they are interested in seeing at the new park.  City staff as well as our planning partners, McGill Associates, will be on hand to answer questions. “We are excited about the possibilities thisRead More →