Craven County Schools’ Tabari Wallace was named Special Adviser to the State Superintendent of Schools in the area of principal engagement. He will report to State Superintendent Catherine Truitt at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. “Wallace has been a vital school leader in our district since 2003 when he first served as an assistant principal,” Craven County Schools said in a release announcing the change. “He quickly demonstrated his passion for students and staff and was ultimately recognized by our district as our Craven County Principal of the Year and then the state when he was named the 2018 North Carolina State PrincipalRead More →

Tried By Fire, Inc., a local nonprofit committed to assisting women newly released from prison who need a safe home while they transition back into the community, has undertaken a fundraiser to support the renovation of My Sister’s House. Launched on Feb. 1, 2021, an appeal is being made for One Thousand One Hundreds in financial donations to raise $100,000 by April 30, the last day of National Reentry Week. “Our campaign for One Thousand One Hundreds is an appeal to the community to support this ambitious project to rehab an 80 year old house in the Duffyfield neighborhood of New Bern,” said the volunteerRead 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 →

The following is a list of all Craven County Schools COVID-19 cases that have been reported to the media. More specific information, such as the schools affected, have not been released since the first report to protect patient privacy as required by federal law. So far this school year, 71 staff members and 76 students have tested positive for COVID-19. January 2021: 8 staff, 22 students Jan. 5-8: six staff and 14 students Jan. 9-11: two staff and eight students December: 28 staff members, 34 students Late Dec.-early Jan.: 12 staff and two students Dec. 17-18: four staff and eight students Dec. 15-16: two staffRead More →

New Bern independent school started by author Nicholas Sparks commemorates major milestone Noted author Nicholas Sparks and his wife Catherine had a bold goal when they started The Epiphany School of Global Studies (TESGS) in 2006. They aimed to provide a globally-focused education, intentional character development, and a service-oriented curriculum, to New Bern’s K-12 students. Now, 15 years later, the school is celebrating a major milestone, having led over 1,000 students to successful scholastic, collegiate, and professional careers.  Leading each school year with a focus on community service and emphasizing global studies with travel opportunities and multi-lingual programming, TESGS has built a tradition on developingRead More →

Dr. Eleanor Patrick, principal of Oaks Road Academy, was named the 2020-21 Principal of the Year for Craven County Schools during a surprise announcement on Tuesday.  As Principal of the Year, Patrick will serve as the local adviser to the Board of Education and will represent Craven County Schools in local, regional and state events. She was one of six finalists that interviewed with a local selection committee on Nov. 2.     “Upon my arrival at Oaks Road Elementary I found staff members discouraged and doubtful,” Patrick recalled during the selection interview. Once there, she engaged staff members in the work of redesigning a schoolRead More →

The City of New Bern has completed renovations to the old garage site in preparation for its new use as a workforce development and training center.  The renovation project, located at 114 Rhem St., was finished ahead of schedule and the building is currently under lease with Craven Community College.  City and college representatives did a final walk-through today (Oct. 27, 2020) and city staff handed over the keys to the new tenant.  The old city garage will soon become Craven Community College’s Diesel Mechanic and Heavy Equipment Operator Workforce Training Center, an expansion of the Volt Center. “We are proud to once again partnerRead More →

She explains, “It’s like a respite, a bit of breathing space. For years, I used it from my toolbox of coping skills when dealing with stressful scenarios such as hurricanes or COVID. If it can work for me, it can work for you.” In the midst of making something, the creative act itself dissipates any difficulties she has been holding onto. Her intention is to motivate people to experience the same sort of reprieve from stress as they enter into their own creative zone. Greater Good Studio Gallery is on 228 Craven St. in Downtown New Bern. Bisbee can also be reached at 252-649-1712 andRead More →

Two elected boards—the Craven County Board of Commissioners and the Craven County Board of Education—will meet sometime after Sept. 17 to discuss concerns over the COVID-19 remote learning plan that is in place for Craven County Schools for the first nine weeks of the school year. The meeting was precipitated by the Board of Commissioners, which asked for the meeting when Republican members of the board questioned the necessity to keep children out of the classroom. As COVID-19 has spread in Craven County, it has become a partisan issue over whether to restrict businesses, close schools, and even wear masks. Craven County has 1,289 lab-confirmedRead More →

If you bring kids back to schools, there is a very high likelihood there will be COVID-19 activity, much like there is spread of the flu, which spreads through schools “like wildfire,” said Dr. Scott Harrelson, director of the Craven County Health Department. But you wouldn’t want to shut a whole school down, he said. Harrelson was speaking to the Craven County Board of Commissioners at its meeting Monday. County commissioners say they are getting inundated by people telling them they disagree with nine-week delay. Craven County Board of Commissioners Chairman Thomas Mark said constituents are expressing the importance of children being in school. HeRead More →