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 →

The ceremony is open to the public and will be offered virtually and drive-in The CarolinaEast Medical Center Perinatal Loss and Bereavement Committee will host the 6th Annual Community National Day of Remembrance, an event to memorialize and remember infants lost. The public is invited to attend to comfort grieving families and friends and light a faux candle in remembrance and support. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in the front parking lot of CarolinaEast Medical Center, 2000 Neuse Blvd., New Bern. October is designated nationally as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month to promote awareness and provide information regarding resourcesRead 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 →

The improv comedy group Walk-In Bathtub will perform an 8-hour “Improv-A-Thon” fundraising event for New Bern Civic Theater (NBCT) Saturday, Oct. 10, from 4 p.m. to midnight. Since the pandemic, NBCT has been forced to postpone or cancel 13 events, which provide 80 percent of the theatre’s revenue. Saturday’s marathon fundraising performance will open NBCT’s stage for the first time since closing in March. “The coronavirus has shown us how unpredictable life can be,” said Angelina Doyle, NBCT executive director. “So when Governor Cooper’s Phase 3 announcement showed that we could open with limited performances, we figured an improv show where anything could happen wasRead More →

The New Bern Historical Society knows where all the skeletons in New Bern are buried! And they’ll share some of those hidden secrets during the 30th Annual Ghostwalk, “Tales from the Underground,” Oct. 22-24. This year’s Ghostwalk will bring you the same great 13 vignettes featuring some of New Bern’s most intriguing historical characters telling their fascinating tales. But with the challenges and restrictions of the pandemic in place, you can expect major changes in the structure of this year’s event. A safely reimagined, all-outdoor Live Ghostwalk will take place at Cedar Grove Cemetery on Queen Street, October 22-24 from 5:30-9:30pm. Tickets will be goodRead 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 →

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 →

BEAUFORT, N.C. — Two sites in the North Carolina Maritime Museum System will open to the public next week. The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, along with its Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center, and the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport will open Thursday, Sept. 10, with some new procedures in place to help ensure the safety of staff and visitors, including: Limiting visitation at each site. Closing some areas and programs, such as interactive exhibits, group tours and in-person educational programming. Installing hand sanitizer stations and increasing the frequency of cleaning high touch public areas and restrooms. Installing protective barriers at the informationRead More →