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 →

Peletah Academic Center for Excellence (P.A.C.E.), a culturally competent trauma informed school will host a Back to School Drive Thru Celebration for the start of its Virtual 2020 Fall Semester. The event will be held at Peletah Ministries located at 1909 Trent Blvd. in New Bern. The program will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. The celebration will also mark the kick-off of Camp Noah hosted by P.A.C.E. Camp Noah is a nationally recognized preparedness and resiliency day camp offered to elementary age children in communities impacted by a disaster or crisis. Camp Noah provides a safe and caring environment where childrenRead More →

Dr. Pradeep Arumugham is a Greenville, NC, cardiologist and faculty member at East Carolina University. Used with permission. Internationally – total confirmed cases 5,270,244. Deaths 340,116 Gives a death rate of 6.45%. That is 64.5 people out of 1000 confirmed cases died with this virus. United States – total cases 1,612,786 Deaths 96,582 Gives a death rate of 6.0%. That is 60 out of 1000 confirmed cases died with this virus. North Carolina – total cases 22,725 Death 737. Gives a death rate of 3.24%. That is 32.4 out of 1000 confirmed cases died with this virus. 589 hospitalizations. Surrounding counties. Lenoir – total casesRead More →

This afternoon Gov. Roy Cooper announced that the closure of public school facilities as instructional settings for K-12 students will be extended through May 15. While school buildings are closed for instruction, school employees will continue to expand efforts to ensure that vulnerable children and their families have access to nutritious food during this emergency. Additionally, in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, many North Carolina public school buildings will serve as emergency child care sites to support those on the frontlines of COVID-19 responses, including health care workers and first responders. In the wake of the Governor’s announcement, public schools inRead More →

The New Bern Historical Society is still accepting applications for its Harriet Marks Scholarship. The deadline to apply is March 27. This scholarship is awarded to a senior graduating from New Bern High School for the purpose of obtaining higher education at an accredited college, university, or institution of higher learning. Renewable for three succeeding years as long as academic standards are maintained, the scholarship provides financial assistance to a deserving senior based on equal weight of scholarship and financial need. The Marks Scholarship was established by a trust estate created in 1968 under the terms of the will of Miss Harriet Marks as aRead More →

Following an emergency meeting of the State Board of Education today, North Carolina governor Roy Cooper announced that all public schools in North Carolina will be closed for two weeks due to the growing COVID-19 crisis. This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.Read More →

The first case of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Craven County, the Craven County Health Department announced Saturday morning. The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is an adult male who returned from international travel. He became symptomatic and had a negative flu test. He was tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, and confirmation of positive COVID-19 test results were received at the Craven County Health Department on Saturday, March 14, 2020, from the North Carolina State Lab. The individual has been in isolation at home since he was tested on Wednesday. Craven County Health Department’s Communicable Disease staff isRead More →

We have been carefully watching the development of COVID-19 over the last few weeks. Our Crisis Response Team and Board of Trustees have actively monitored the evolving situation, gathered information and consulted expert advice. We have come to the conclusion that, for the safety and health of our students, staff and community, we must exercise an abundance of caution and move to a virtual learning experience. What does that mean for Epiphany? We are suspending in-person instruction from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. We will notify you by the 27th if we need to extend the suspension of in-person instruction. You will receiveRead More →

Volunteers needed for traffic and parking control The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica and Mobile Education Museum, a three-quarter size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be displayed at Lawson Creek Park in New Bern from March 24-29. Called “The Wall That Heals,” the replica was unveiled in Washing on Veterans Day 1996 by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. It is designed to travel to communities throughout the nation. The exhibit features a three-quarter scale replica of the Wall, and a mobile Education Center. Since its dedication, the Wall has been displayed at almost 600 communities throughout the nation. If you can’tRead More →