Navy Veteran Rudy Armstrong recently suffered a stroke while on his houseboat that he built in Oriental, N.C., where he lives with his best buddy, a Chihuahua mix named Boo-Boo. He and Boo-Boo have a special bond and when Rudy couldn’t get to his phone to call for help, he looked his little friend in the eyes and said “I need help. Go get Kim.” Boo-Boo immediately ran off to get the Dockmaster, Kim, who called 911 and ultimately saved Rudy Armstrong’s life, with the help of the paramedics and CarolinaEast Medical Center staff caring for him. Armstrong, who has sailed all over the worldRead More →

Like most non-profit organizations, the New Bern Historical Society runs on the efforts of its volunteers. Each year, the Society takes time to publicly recognize a number of those who go above and beyond, usually at a special banquet. But not in this COVID-restricted time. Scroll down to see more pictures The Newcomer’s Award was presented to two outstanding volunteers for their significant contributions over the last two years. Lori Favre was recognized for her efforts as Ghostwalk cemetery director and script writer, and her work on Honour, The Musical. Jay DeLoach earned the award as the new editor of the annual Historical Journal. The Battlefield AwardRead More →

Volunteers needed for traffic and parking control The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica and Mobile Education Museum, a three-quarter size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be displayed at Lawson Creek Park in New Bern from March 24-29. Called “The Wall That Heals,” the replica was unveiled in Washing on Veterans Day 1996 by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. It is designed to travel to communities throughout the nation. The exhibit features a three-quarter scale replica of the Wall, and a mobile Education Center. Since its dedication, the Wall has been displayed at almost 600 communities throughout the nation. If you can’tRead More →

Block Party to make it all happen—Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in Vanceboro The Craven Resource Council was forged with four primary goals in mind Building relationships between community residents and partner stakeholders. Raising awareness about community resources. Identifying and addressing resource gaps Maximizing the reach of partner agencies. The council is the result of a collaborative relationship between Habitat for Humanity of Craven County, Twin Rivers Opportunity, and Vision Forward and has since expanded to include other non-profit groups, City and County agencies, and other organizations. The Craven Resource Council will host their second community focused event on Saturday, Feb. 29, in Vanceboro, at theRead More →

New Bern received a mediocre score for family friendliness in North Carolina from WalletHub, a website that produces data-driven articles ranking various subjects in various categories. In ranking North Carolina cities for “2019’s Best Places to Raise a Family in North Carolina,” New Bern ranked 56th out of 87 cities. The top-ranked city was Cary, while coming in at 87th was Laurinburg. In Eastern North Carolina, Havelock — you read that right — was the highest rated city in the survey, coming in at 35th. Other Eastern NC cities were Wilmington (44th), Greenville (53rd), Jacksonville (59th), Wilson (70th), Elizabeth City (75th), Tarboro (77th), Goldsboro (81st), andRead More →

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of New Bern (UUFNB) received a $50,000 grant from the national Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Disaster Relief Fund to aid in disaster recovery in New Bern, primarily in the Duffyfield area.   UUFNB has partnered with the Craven County Disaster Recovery Alliance (CCDRA) and will coordinate efforts with the Duffyfield Phoenix Project, (DPP). Individual Unitarian Universalists locally, and from various parts of the country, sent unsolicited donations for UUFNB disaster relief efforts shortly after Hurricane Florence created such devastation in the area.   UUFNB formed a committee to distribute the funds to UUFNB congregants impacted by the storm and in mostRead More →

Did you go by the new Harris Teeter since it opened on Wednesday? Odds are pretty good that you did. In a small town like New Bern, folks here can be relied on to try something new. Remember when Cook Out opened? On opening day, I saw city officials including Jeff Odham, in whose ward the new Harris Teeter is located, and City Manager Mark Stephens proudly roaming the vast floor space of the gleaming new store. Coke Mann, a partner with Columbia Development Group, developer of the shopping center, was quoted in the Sun Journal crediting Odham and Mayor Dana Outlaw for their bringingRead More →

Name:  Filippo Peri Member Since:  April 2015  School:  H.J. MacDonald Middle School Grade:  8th Hobbies: Band, Math, Track & Field About Filippo:  Filippo, known as ‘Philip’ to his peers and staff, is the easy going, jokester of the group who enjoys band and school.  When the time came for Torch Club to pick a president, Filippo was eager to step up and lead the teens in a canned food drive during the holidays. His favorite subject is math and he takes great pride in his achievements. He also participated in HJM Middle School track team this year running the 800-meter event. As a rising 9thRead More →