Brook Stone Living Center, a nursing home in Pollocksville, is enduring a major COVID-19 outbreak that has contributed to the deaths of 11 residents there. The facility accounts for 11 of Jones County’s 17 COVID-19-related deaths. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports that the facility has had 15 staff and 56 residents who have tested positive for the virus at Brook Stone Living Center. The facility, located at 8990 U.S. Highway 17 in Pollocksville, is not allowing visitors and all internal and external group activities are cancelled, according to its website. Riverpoint Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center off Old Cherry PointRead More →

Craven County has 1,443 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of noon on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, adding 40 new cases since noon Friday. The county has 307 active cases, although the number of deaths and the number of hospitalized cases remained unchanged over the weekend. Of the newest cases, 18 additional cases were confirmed on Sept. 18, 2020, 12 on Sept. 19, 2020, and 10 on Sept. 20, 2020. Out of the 1,443 confirmed positive cases, 1,105 have recovered. Of the 1,443 cases, 18 have been related to out-of-state travel, 223 are from community transmission, 946 are direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case, 195Read More →

Five members of the New Bern High School football team have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The report was included in data released by the state as part of its monitoring of ongoing clusters in school settings. Craven County Schools has reported that four students and five staff have tested positive for COVID-19 since late August, including two staff members added to the list this week. It is unclear about the discrepancy between the number of student cases it has reported, and the number of football team members the state is reporting, unless some ofRead More →

The Bosch Community Fund awarded a $9,950 grant to Craven County Schools to support the “Leader in Me – Leading the Way” program at Vanceboro Farm Life ElementarySchool. Dan Palimetakis, principal at Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary School (VFL), explains, “The “Leader in Me” is a philosophy in academic learning which provides a holistic, school-wide experience. It creates a common language and culture with commonplace, age-appropriate ways to integrate the principles of personal leadership and effectiveness into core subjects and curriculum.  Leader in Me schools report a decline in discipline problems along with an increase in student, parent and teacher satisfaction, common language, and parent engagement.” “WeRead More →

Last night, the Board of Education learned of the many preparations that are being made by the school district to safely return to school while considering the health and well-being of students and staff. The Board of Education voted unanimously to transition from Plan C (all remote learning) to Plan B (moderate social distancing), which will go into effect on October 6, 2020 for the early college high schools and October 19, 2020 for the traditional schools. The Plan B schedule for students will be as follows: Remote learning (Craven LIVE) will remain an option for our families who decided they are not ready toRead More →

Domestic visitors to and within Craven County spent $155 million in 2019, an increase of 4.3 percent from 2018. The data comes from an annual study commissioned by Visit North Carolina, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. “Tourism has an enormous effect on New Bern and Craven County and we are thrilled with the continued growth in our area.” Judy Avery, marketing director, New Bern-Craven County Convention and Visitor Center. Tourism impact highlights for 2019:• The travel and tourism industry directly employs more than 1,180 in Craven County. • Total payroll generated by the tourism industry in Craven County was $31.16Read More →

Craven County has 1,343 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2020, an increase of 24 cases in 24 hours. The number of active cases increased by a similar number, reaching a total of 307 cases. Out of the 1,343 confirmed positive cases, 1,005 have recovered. Of the 1,343 cases, 18 have been related to out of state travel, 220 are from community transmission, 900 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case, 144 are still being investigated, and 61 are unknown. There have been 31 deaths related to COVID-19. Craven County Snapshot Confirmed Cases Active Case Recovered  Deaths Hospitalized Read More →

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, during the September Board of Education Work Session the Board of Education received several presentations as they consider whether to return to school in Plan B at the end of the first nine weeks of instruction. The system continues preparations to return to school for in-person instruction. If the Board decides to transition the school system to Plan B, the first days of instruction would be October 6th, 2020 for early college students and October 19th, 2020, for our traditional schools. The Board of Education took no formal action during the meeting however they plan on receiving public input atRead More →

Craven County Partners In Education was recently presented with a $1,400 check for the Stuff the Bus campaign by Baxter Eye Care. It is through generous community partnerships that Stuff the Bus can help in meeting the needs of those students who have been identified as in-need in Craven County Schools. From July 15-August 21, Baxter Eye Care donated $10 for every pair of eyeglasses purchased to the Stuff the Bus campaign. Stuff the Bus was held Saturday, August 15. However, donations are accepted throughout the year at Craven County Schools, Central Services, 3600 Trent Road. A school supply list can be found at More →

Craven County has 1,319 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on Sept. 15, 2020. There are 283 active cases, the highest of the pandemic so far. Hospitalizations of Craven County residents, meanwhile, remain fairly steady at around 7. That doesn’t count non-Craven County residents who are being treated in Craven County. Out of the 1,319 confirmed positive cases, 1,005 have recovered and completed the necessary isolation requirement and have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for at least 24 hours. Of the 1,319 cases, 18 have been related to out of state travel, 220 are from community transmission, 898 are a direct contact with aRead More →