Jameesha Harris is known as someone who doesn’t shy from challenges. A 35-year-old mother of three and daughter of a Vietnam War veteran, she became the first in her family to hold elected office when she won a seat on the New Bern alderman in 2017.  The youngest African American female ever elected alderman in New Bern, she speaks her mind and has done so while running for office and every day since her first day on the Board of Aldermen.  In September 2018, when Hurricane Florence swept through New Bern, Harris ignored evacuation orders and braved hurricane-force winds and rising floodwaters to evacuate individualsRead More →

ConventionSouth, a national multimedia resource for planning events in the South, present New Bern Riverfront Convention Center with a 2020 Readers’ Choice Award. “ConventionSouth readers and fans have voted to decide the best meeting sites in the South, and it is no surprise to us that New Bern Riverfront Convention Center has been selected to receive our annual Readers’ Choice Award,” said ConventionSouth Associate Publisher Ashleigh Osborne. “The value in receiving this prestigious recognition is that it comes from the United States’ top meeting professionals who hold events in the South. These planners demand the highest level of customer service and quality facilities, and theyRead More →

To celebrate innovation, creativity, and the importance of North Carolina’s manufacturers, the NC Chamber is hosting a the statewide “Coolest Thing Made in NC” contest. “It’s past time to shine the spotlight on one of this state’s most vital industries,” the NC Chamber announced on a website, where you can now vote. After a public nomination and voting process, the NC Chamber will announce which product manufactured in the Old North State is truly the “coolest thing made in NC.” The finalists are (listed alphabetically): Artisan Leaf Handcrafted Tobacco Leaf Tables and Surfaces–Wilson Benevolence Farm Chamomile & Lavender Healing Salve–Graham Big Spoon Roasters Nut Butter–Durham Bosch StainlessRead More →

CarolinaEast Medical Center Emergency Department Nurse Ryan Buttner Became a patient after being exposed to COVID-19 while on the job. He was hospitalized at CarolinaEast for over a week. He was reunited at discharge with his wife and three children. “What a special moment it was seeing one of our own recover from this illness and get to go home to his beautiful family. #celebratethewins #healthcareheroes #CarolinaEastStrong #familyiseverything❤️,” CarolinaEast said on its Facebook page. Craven County, where CarolinaEast is located, has 187 active COVID-18 cases from a total of 950 infections as of Wednesday. Of those, 26 have died and 737 have recovered. Five CravenRead More →

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 →