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 Parks and Recreation will host a Community Workshop at the Omega Center, 800 Cedar St.,  at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss location options for the new Stanley White Recreation Center. This meeting is required by FEMA, which has funds available for the center as the result of damage it sustained from Hurricane Florence in September 2018.  The city’s consultant, CPL and FEMA will make a presentation. There will be a Public Comment/Question and Answer session after the presentation. Previous New Bern Post coverage about Stanley White Recreation Center here. The city plans to raze the existing building due toRead More →

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding the City of New Bern a $5,629,986.75 million grant to repair damage to the Stanley White Recreation Center from Hurricane Florence. Senator Thom Tillis’ office met with officials from the city of New Bern on the funding request and pushed FEMA to award the grant. “New Bern suffered widespread damage from Hurricane Florence, including severe damage to the Stanley White Recreation Center,” Tillis said. “I am proud to have worked with the city of New Bern to advocate this grant so we can begin repairs to this important community staple.” The facilityRead More →

Your property may be affected. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) new floodplain maps become effective June 19, 2020 and the City of New Bern is alerting residents to possible changes in their flood designation. Property owners are encouraged to examine the maps to determine if they are now in a low-to-moderate flood area or in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), defined as a high-risk flood zone. If the designation has changed, it is important that you contact your insurance agent to discuss locking in a lower flood insurance rate before June 19.Click here or on the map & type in your address toRead More →

Best selection: Bella’s Cafe & Catering Best quality food: Crema Brew Most social: Crema Brew Best non-social hangout: Starbucks Best social hangout: Crema Brew Best coffee house on a Sunday: Bella’s Cafe & Catering Best over-all: Crema Brew Longest hours: Starbucks Bella’s Cafe & Catering 323 Middle Street 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday 252-633-7900 Decor: Attractive and comfortable. However, my table was sticky, as were the empty tables to my left and right. Seating includes round tables, a bar table, a square table and conversation circle. Seats range from aluminum to cushioned. The south wallRead More →

The City of New Bern declared a State of Emergencyeffective at 5 p.m. today.  The proclamation, signed by Mayor Pro Tempore Jeffrey Odham, is an emergency mechanism that must be in place ahead of requests for regional, state, and federal resources.  It also allows the city to take emergency measures to secure and protect residents, such as enacting curfews and limiting the sale of alcohol. No curfews or sales limitations are currently in effect.  Although the forecast track for hurricane Dorian remains uncertain, the City of New Bern is taking steps now to prepare and is encouraging residents to do the same.  National Hurricane Center meteorologistsRead More →

The current activities towards Environmental Justice and a Just Florence Recovery will be presented by Naeema Muhammad and Ashley Daniels of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network and the Just Florence Recovery Coalition. Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Place: The Harrison Center, 311 Middle Street, New Bern Environmental Justice is the effort to promote health and environmental equity, clean industry, safe work places, and fair access to all human and natural resources, especially for low income communities and peoples of color. The Just Florence Recovery aims to help these communities get the resources now to continue getting help after the hurricane andRead More →

Duke Energy awarded a $5,000 grant to Swiss Bear, Inc. and the City of New Bern to be used for flood resiliency planning. This brings the total amount of grant funding for the planning phase to $30,000. The City received a $10,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Swiss Bear was awarded $15,000 from Wells Fargo. Additional grants are being sought. The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season brought devastating effects to New Bern and surrounding areas. Hurricane Florence, the first major hurricane of the season, made landfall in mid-September. New Bern and eastern North Carolina bore the brunt of coastal tidal surge duringRead More →

Six months after it made landfall, Hurricane Florence’s impacts on New Bern’s economy are still being felt throughout the city, but a new development may delay full recovery for some time. Hurricane-damaged DoubleTree Riverfront hotel is closed indefinitely over insurance coverage issues related to the hurricane. Downtown New Bern will continue to face its worst economic crisis since 2008-10, when access to downtown was crippled by a bridge replacement and road construction projects. “Business is definitely down,” said Lynne Harakal, director of Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation, said about Hurricane Florence recovery. “The best information I can provide is revenues are down about 15-20 percentRead More →

The Board of Aldermen meets Tuesday for two separate sessions, a regular meeting starting at 6 p.m. and a work session covering utility rates starting at 3 p.m. During Tuesday’s regular meeting, here are some of the more interesting agenda items: 10. Presentation on NC Global TransPark Authority. Allen Thomas, Director of the North Carolina Global TransPark (“GTP”), was scheduled to make a presentation before the Board last July, but cancelled due to illness. He has rescheduled that presentation for this meeting. 11. Presentation by Craven County Board of Elections. Melani Wray, Director of the Craven County Board of Elections, will make a presentation thatRead More →