Lidl unveiled plans to add 50 new stores and 2,000 new jobs by end of 2021, but as part of its ongoing effort to prioritize the most convenient locations, Lidl also will close stores in Havelock and Shelby, North Carolina. All employees there will be given the opportunity to relocate to another store within Lidl’s growing store network. It will be opening two stores in Charlotte, and one each in Wilmington, Apex, and Burlington. Lidl closed its 2-year-old store in Kinston last year. It will keep stores in Greenville and Morehead City. The new stores will be located in Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, NewRead More →

WE’RE HERE TO DELIVER, HOWEVER YOU WANT IT! Here at Domino’s, we’re the food delivery experts. Whether you prefer a delivery handed to you at your door, left at a reception desk, or a ‘contactless’ delivery where your store’s delivery expert will leave your order safely at your front door, the Delivery Instructions box is the place to request any special directions you have for your store. At the end of the day we want you to enjoy a hot and delicious meal, regardless of how you want it delivered. More about ‘contactless’ delivery: 1 Using the Delivery Instructions, let your store know that youRead More →

Block Party to make it all happen—Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 in Vanceboro The Craven Resource Council was forged with four primary goals in mind Building relationships between community residents and partner stakeholders. Raising awareness about community resources. Identifying and addressing resource gaps Maximizing the reach of partner agencies. The council is the result of a collaborative relationship between Habitat for Humanity of Craven County, Twin Rivers Opportunity, and Vision Forward and has since expanded to include other non-profit groups, City and County agencies, and other organizations. The Craven Resource Council will host their second community focused event on Saturday, Feb. 29, in Vanceboro, at theRead More →

An effort by New Bern city staff to start a farmer’s market at City Market on First Street was dealt a crippling blow on Friday when a key partner announced it is backing out of the plan. The city was going after a $200,817 grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund to beef up plans to revitalize its old Electric Utility Yard on First Street. The plan, called the Volt Center, is well underway and includes a classroom area in partnership with Craven Community College. That much has been publicly known. What wasn’t known outside tight circles around City Hall was a revived effortRead More →

You’ll want to get your taxes done and your schedule freed up for the myriad of events and activities in and around Downtown New Bern the weekend of April 12-14. The weekend is packed with home tours, a concert, art gallery tours, a 5K run, and wine, beer and spirits tastings. “What’s nice about it is that it brings all kinds of elements together,” said Lynne Harakal, director of Swiss Bear Inc., the Main Street organization for Downtown New Bern. Whether you’re a local or coming in town for the weekend, there are opportunities for a lot of different activities, she said. New to DowntownRead More →

Colorfest will hold its annual event, Night Out With The Arts (NOWTA), on May 10 at the New Bern Golf & Country Club. Attendees will be introduced to the Colorfest Team, sponsors, and learn more about the things that Colorfest aspires to do in the community. The event will also feature live music by Songstress Rasheeda Waddell and Band, comedy, art exhibition from local artist, live painting and an art auction. All proceeds raised go towards paints, supplies, art scholarships and to the community Colorfest serves. Dinner will also be served. Those who wish to become a sponsor can call 404-725-3053 or email colorfestinnewbern@gmail.com by MarchRead More →

I read an article the other day about who makes the best cheeseburger of the top three burger chains, Wendy’s, McDonald’s or Burger King. The reviewer gave Wendy’s and McDonald’s a tie for first. However, it was an unfair contest. More on that in a second. Anyway, I repeated the test and came up with my own result. The reviewer compared regular cheeseburgers from Wendy’s and Burger King, but the Quarter Pounder with Cheese from McDonald’s, which gave an unfair advantage to McDonald’s. The Quarter Pounder with Cheese is one of McDonald’s premium menu items, and why the author chose it over McDonald’s regular cheeseburger,Read More →

Did you go by the new Harris Teeter since it opened on Wednesday? Odds are pretty good that you did. In a small town like New Bern, folks here can be relied on to try something new. Remember when Cook Out opened? On opening day, I saw city officials including Jeff Odham, in whose ward the new Harris Teeter is located, and City Manager Mark Stephens proudly roaming the vast floor space of the gleaming new store. Coke Mann, a partner with Columbia Development Group, developer of the shopping center, was quoted in the Sun Journal crediting Odham and Mayor Dana Outlaw for their bringingRead More →

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by a severe winter storm moving through the southern U.S. The National Weather Service reports that a strong storm system crossing the Southwest early Friday morning will likely take a southerly track across the southern plains to the South and then to the southeastern U.S. coast through the weekend. Snow and freezing rain is forecast in eastern New Mexico and the Texas/Oklahoma panhandles by late Friday, and continuing into early Saturday. Heavy rain is forecast across southeast Texas. The rainfall rates areRead More →

Valley Fine Foods, a Forest City, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 35,516 pounds of heat-treated, not fully cooked meat and poultry products that may be adulterated due to presence of spoilage organisms that have rendered it unwholesome and unfit for human food, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The heat-treated, not fully cooked, refrigerated meat and poultry products were produced on various dates from Aug. 15, 2018 through Oct. 4, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: • 12-oz. tray packages containing “SIMPLE DISHES™ Chicken Penne Alfredo” with case code #19034, case UPC code 1-07-42753-34709-0, and “BESTRead More →