Craven County residents are set to walk as individuals, families and small teams to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. On October 25, hundreds of Craven County residents will join the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease at the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®– New Bern. The funds raised support the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association. This year’s Walk will take place on sidewalks, tracks and trails across Craven County as participants walk as individuals, families or small teams, instead of hosting a large gathering. On Walk day, an Opening Ceremony will feature local speakers and a presentation ofRead More →

Due to COVID, the MERCI Clinic has changed this year’s MERCI on Middle event. The one-day event was held in November on Middle Street at one long table lined with 750 chairs. Last year’s MERCI On Middle sold out 750 seats in less than six hours. “This is a testament to the skills of those who participate and the way to community comes together to support each other. This year, due to COVID, our partnering restaurants are struggling,” said MERCI Clinic Director Barb Krcmar. “MERCI wanted to give back to those who have helped us over the years, while also still having some part ofRead More →

Sarah and I were tested for COVID-19 two weeks ago today. Today is the first day we can see some light at the end of the tunnel. I get hay fever-like symptoms every year around this time, and the runny nose and scratchy throat I was experiencing fit that pattern. The 101-degree temperature I had the morning of Sept. 21 raised the red flag, however. Sarah and I have had a different journey. I had a cough, fever, muscle ache, and headache that started to subside about a week ago, but which would return about 30 hours later; this happened three times. When I feltRead More →

CarolinaEast Health System and Local Providers Partner For 5th Annual Health Conference CarolinaEast Medical Center’s Crossroads Mental Health hosts New Bern’s Fifth Annual Health Conference to provide the community with an opportunity to learn what mental health resources are available in our area, as well as increase collaboration with state and local agencies, law enforcement, medical providers, consumers and their families. The Conference will be held virtually via Zoom on Friday September 25thfrom 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., with several scheduled presentations. The day will focus on the mental health crisis in our country and the continued efforts by healthcare professionals to better manage regionalRead More →

The Sudan Shriners will vote Nov. 21, 2020, on a motion to raze its landmark Temple Devan at 403 E. Front St., which has gone unused since it was devastated by Hurricane Florence in September 2018. The existing building, known for its distinctive Middle Eastern architecture, is valued at $1.75 million, according to Craven County records. It includes an auditorium, clubhouse, and general office, all built in 1951, along with 1.28 acres. Another quarter-acre parcel, located at the corner of Broad and East Front streets, is valued at $205,000. It is used as a parking lot. A larger parcel, located between East Front Street andRead More →

The City of New Bern is undertaking a new effort at flood mitigation and resiliency planning and needs your help. Residents and visitors remember the devastating effects of hurricane Florence in eastern North Carolina, and the images of hurricane Laura’s devastation in Texas and Louisiana illustrate the need for hazard mitigation and resiliency planning in coastal communities. “Earlier this year, the City began working with our consultant partners on a multi-phase, long term hazard mitigation and resiliency plan that will include significant public input,” the city announced in a news release. “Once it is complete, the City hopes this plan will become a model forRead More →

Special September topics include Living with Alzheimer’s — For Middle-Stage Caregivers RALEIGH, N.C. August 26, 2020 – While the on-going coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic still threatens the health of millions in this country and around the world, it continues to create additional challenges for people living with Alzheimer’s and all dementia, their families and caregivers, including 180,000 in North Carolina and their estimated 479,000 caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern North Carolina Chapter and the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter are continuing to offer free virtual education programs and online support groups to help all North Carolina caregivers and their families. Launched in May in response to the impact COVID-19Read More →

New Bern Parks and Recreation will host a public input meeting regarding the Stanley White Recreation Center on Monday, Aug. 31. This drop-in style meeting will be held at the Omega Center, located at 800 Cedar Street in New Bern. The meeting will be held from 3-7 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend and share your thoughts. CPL: Architecture – Engineering – Planning will be on site to guide participants through this process and receive comments. For additional information, call New Bern Parks and Recreation at 252-639-2901, or visit the parks and recreation page online at www.NewBernNC.gov.Read More →

Craven County Schools students will be learning remotely for the first semester this upcoming school year, and need your help more than ever in getting those students who have been identified as in need by their principals and counselors the school supplies they will need.  Just because they are learning from home does not mean they won’t need school supplies. To assist those students, Partners in Education (PIE) will have a bright yellow school bus and colorful totes set up in front of Staples in New Bern on Aug. 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m..  The supplies collected will be disbursed once school starts byRead More →

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) proposed a rule that would allow predatory lenders to partner with out-of-state banks for the purpose of evading North Carolina’s interest rate cap. The “true lender” rule would enable the same situation that the North Carolina Banking Commissioner put a stop to in 2006. Payday lenders like Advance America were operating all over the state, charging annual interest rates up to 400%, which violated North Carolina law and trapped people in high-cost debt cycles. North Carolina currently saves $457 million per year in payday and car title fees by enforcing our consumer protections. Payday and car title loans areRead More →