North Carolina has the most equitable school districts in the nation, overall, and Craven County is among the most equitable in North Carolina, according to a recent study by WalletHub. Craven County Schools ranks 18th among NC’s 115 school districts in terms of equitability. To find out where school funding is distributed most equitably, WalletHub used data from of the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Education Statistics. The 115 districts in North Carolina were scored based on two metrics: average household income and expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools per pupil. The Craven County school district spends an average of $8,761Read More →

Craven County invites residents who wish to dispose of debris generated by Hurricane Isaias to visit any of seven convenience sites for assistance. Normal hours of operation for the convenience sites are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The seven Craven County Solid Waste Convenience sites are located at: 3405 NC Highway 101, Havelock 605 NC Highway 55 East New Bern 205 Belltown Road, Dover 7240 Highway 70 East, New Bern 4001 Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern 121 Sanders Lane, New Bern, North Carolina 246 Bailey Lane Vanceboro Vegetative debris should beRead More →

It is more important than ever to have responsible, thoughtful leaders representing our local governments. In times of crisis and strife, we look to leaders and advocates from Governor Cooper to our county’s local Sheriff to guide and protect our collective experiences as we traverse troubled times, together. Certain events like Hurricane Florence or COVID-19 bring us to our knees through life’s most difficult moments — at the very least, we should be able to believe that each-other’s best interest is as at heart. If you aren’t aware, Alderwoman Sabrina Bengel and former Mayor and Attorney Lee Bettis host a show on the Facebook-centric NewRead More →

Craven County Emergency Management will open three Emergency Shelters on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the following locations for citizens living in low lying areas prone to flooding who have nowhere else to relocate to: Havelock High School (101 Webb Blvd, Havelock) Ben D. Quinn Elementary (4275 Martin Luther King Blvd, New Bern) *Pet Friendly* Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary (2000 Farm Life Ave, Vanceboro) Emergency shelters are planned to close at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 if conditions allow. Emergency shelters will have limited capacity due to COVID-19 so they are only to be used by those who have nowhereRead More →

Residents and visitors should prepare their hurricane survival kits now The City of New Bern is preparing for hurricane Isaias and is encouraging residents and visitors to do the same. Although forecast models vary on the exact track of the storm, National Hurricane Center meteorologists are forecasting that eastern North Carolina will see some impacts from Isaias beginning early next week. Right now, it appears the storm will move quickly up the coast, but its winds are increasing. This could mean widespread power outages, downed trees, significant storm debris and storm surge for New Bern. City crews spent Thursday preparing the Emergency Operations Center onRead More →

Residents should listen to local news for the latest advisories and updates from the National Weather Service and from the National Hurricane Center. Additional information can be found at the following links:• weather.gov• nhc.noaa.gov• Download the Swift 911 app to your smartphone by going to portalv4.swiftreach.com/portal.aspx?c=205198 Prepare a kit: Preparing a kit is very important in making sure you have the items needed to weather any storm. As Tropical Storm Isaias approaches, this time is more important than ever to make sure you have the items needed. Your kit should contain the following: • Water — 1 gallon per person per day for three toRead More →

Craven County declared a State of Emergency in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaias to be effective at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in preparation for tropical storm conditions such as high winds and heavy rain. All citizens, law enforcement and emergency response personnel are encouraged to cooperate with all safety measures being taken and abide by any restrictions which may become necessary to overcome the emergency situation. On Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, the Craven County Management Team and Emergency Services Team initiated calls with preparedness partners and fire rescue personnel for emergency preparations for Tropical Storm Isaias. Craven County Emergency Director Stanley KiteRead More →

Craven County Government is closely monitoring Hurricane Isaias as it approaches the North Carolina Coast. Craven County Emergency Management will continue to follow established Emergency Operations Plans and Procedures. Citizens are urged to make preparations for the potential of high winds, heavy rain, power outages and localized flooding. High winds, heavy rain and flooding have the potential for life threatening conditions and widespread damages. Now is the time for Craven County residents to make sure they have a plan and are prepared for this storm. Citizens are encouraged to check their Emergency Supply Kits and Pet Disaster Supply Kits for needed supplies during a hurricane.Read More →

COVID-19 cases have surged by more than 1,300 cases and 14 deaths across the eight-county region in and around Craven County over the past two weeks. The average number of new daily cases increased by 50 percent over the previous week and the total number of deaths increased by 27 percent. Pitt County leads the region with 1,699 cases, bringing its per capita number up to 94, which is also the highest in the region. There have been five deaths over the past 12 days. Onslow County has also seen significant increases in cases and deaths, with 890 total cases and and four deaths overRead More →

A tenth Craven County resident died from complications related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on July 29, 2020. The individual was tested for COVID-19 on July 10, 2020 and resulted positive on July 13, 2020. The death was reported to the Craven County Health Department on July 30, 2020. The individual had several underlying health conditions. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the individual will be released. Craven County has 641 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on July 30, 2020. Out of the 641 confirmed positive cases, 506 of those individuals have recovered, are doing well, and are out ofRead More →