The Craven Arts Council & Gallery announced that the Unity Project will be installed and unveiled on Feb. 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Broad Street Christian Church. This event will be free and open to the public. Guests should wear masks and practice social distancing. The sculpture entitled “Unity” is a 12-foot-tall papier-mâché sculpture that was created by and painted by children in Craven County. The representation of two hands represents the unity and strength of our community when working together, and draws from the imagery of the local “Unity” mural on Broad Street. The Craven Arts Council thanks Shop Class and Broad Street ChristianRead More →

The Craven Arts Council presents “One Family, Three Visions,” an exhibition in the Main Gallery at Bank of the Arts that features the work of three members of the Billingsley family: Carl Billingsley, Catherine Billingsley and their son Benjamin Billingsley. The Craven Arts Council will host an opening reception during the February ArtWalk on Feb. 12 from 5 – 8 p.m. Each member of the Billingsley Family work in different mediums and each have a unique artistic vision. Carl Billingsley is a sculptor who primarily works in cast metal, stone, wood, and steel. ​ Carl’s work is impressive in size and monolithic in style. HeRead More →

Craven Arts Council and the Twin Rivers Artists Association present the 2021 Craven County Valentine’s Day Card Sale in the Director’s Gallery during February 2021. Created by students in all grades in Craven County Schools, all proceeds are donated to Craven County art teachers for purchasing classrooms supplies. Craven Arts Council will host a reception for students, teachers, and parents on Feb. 12, from 5 – 8 p.m. This year’s sale began in the Main Gallery at Bank of the Arts for the month of January and is now moving to the Director’s Gallery for the month of February. Priced at $3.50 each, these affordableRead More →

Help end local hunger and support the arts by participating in Empty Bowls. This year Empty Bowls looks a bit different due to COVID-19. Each $30 ticket to Empty Bowls provides a $5 coupon to participating restaurants and the opportunity to select and take home a hand-crafted piece of pottery while contributing to two great causes, the Craven Arts Council and Religious Community Services. Tickets can be purchased at the Bank of the Arts, Temple Baptist Church, Fuller’s Music, Mitchell Hardware, and Realo Drugs at Carolina Colours. You can also buy tickets online at Participating restaurants include The Chelsea, Friday’s 1890 Seafood & Barbecue,Read More →

To the Editor: Stanley White Center should be rebuilt at its present location on Chapman Street, not at the proposed new location off Neuse Boulevard.  Far from being only ball fields and basketball courts, the Center is much more — a meeting place for nearby residents, an after-school place for kids to go, a counseling center for adults to learn parenting skills and get help with completing job applications. More than a place to exercise, it’s a safe place for children and their parents.  The city has purchased property in and around Gaston Boulevard and across from the main fire station, which is being considered for the re-location of Read More →

New Bern Civic Theatre (NBCT) received a $50,000 donation in December, marking the theater’s largest gift from a single donor in over a decade. Donated by Clay Milstead, the gift comes following a year in which the theater had to cancel 13 events due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Clay’s tremendous generosity could not have come at a better time for the theatre,” said George Oliver, president of the NBCT board of directors. “Our shows typically account for 80 percent of our revenue. New Bern Civic Theatre always depends on the support of our community—now, more than ever. “Theaters all over the country are closing dueRead More →

A Craven County Teacher of the Year faces the biggest challenge of his life following a crippling traffic accident that left him with major injuries. On Sept. 4, 2020, Jesse James, his wife Jessie James, and their two young sons were traveling on I-95 with their pop-up camper packed up and prepared for a weekend camping trip. “We were going to camp for two nights at Raven Rock,” Jessie told New Bern Post. “My parents live in Fayetteville and we were going to stop by their home for a brief outdoor visit. It was around lunchtime on the Friday of Labor Day weekend. We wereRead More →

Studies show youth need outlet to fight decline in mental health Local soccer program Coastal United Soccer Association (CUSA) is keeping its seasons going by proceeding with tryouts for competitive leagues and registration for recreational leagues for the spring season. The board of directors fought hard for the season, believing that it is imperative for youth to stay active and have an outlet during the COVID-19 pandemic, where children of all ages have lost contact with many of their friends and in return, became depressed or even suicidal. To register for tryouts or the Spring Season, go to Dr. Amy James, a New BernRead More →

The New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club will sponsor a Community Shredding Event on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, at two convenient locations in New Bern. From 10 a.m. to noon, the truck for on-location shredding of documents will be at the Fairfield Harbor Community Center and from 1 to 3 p.m., the truck will be available at Epiphany School on Trent Road. The first box of documents will be free, although donations of $10 are requested for additional boxes. “The cost of shredding at commercial locations such as Staples or UPS Stores can run from $1 a pound to $25 per banker’s box of documents,” saidRead More →

Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes is distributing safe holiday shopping tips. “The holiday season is right around the corner and shoppers are crowding malls and discount stores to buy the latest gadgets and find the best deals,” Sheriff Hughes said. What shoppers are neglecting is their safety. “This time of year attracts more shopping-related criminal activity because of the larger crowds and the extended store hours,” he said. “These factors and the usual distraction of shopping, creates a more favorable environment for petty thieves and other offenders.” The Sheriff reminds all Craven County residents to follow these safety tips:Shopping Safety: A single shopper is theRead More →