The New Bern Elks Lodge #764 recently presented Religious Community Services (RCS) with a financial grant of $2,000 for the purchase of food and kitchen supplies. The funds come from the Elks National Foundation (ENF) as a “Gratitude Grant.” Elks lodges receive these annual grants from member dues and gifts to ENF. Since 1928, Elks have committed to fulfill a pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work. They help youth develop lifelong skills, send students to college, meet the needs of today’s veterans, and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities. For more information about Elks andRead More →

Craven County schools are installing new signs displaying health and safety protocols at all 25 schools as well as district offices. All classes will be online the first nine weeks and whether in-person classes will be held will be determined closer to that time. Meanwhile, these are reminders while at school and out in the community to wear masks, stay 6 feet apart, and wash your hands frequently. As staff enters any school or district office they will have their temperature checked with an infrared thermometer and be asked a series of screening questions related to COVID 19 symptoms and signs. The questions are: HAVERead 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 →

Enjoy a conversation with a curator. This month’s Histo ry at High Noon event will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with the Chief Curator of the NC Museum of History, and curator for our exhibit on women’s suffrage, RaeLana Poteat!  “Through the work of our museum staff and input from the community, we have introduced two new online series: History and Highballs and History at High Noon,” the museum announced. Free to the public unless otherwise noted, these events require registration, via Eventbrite, beforehand; registered attendees will receive an exclusive program link. Registration for the programs are accessible from the museum’sRead More →

Update: Approximately 7,400 customers are without power right now. “We’re hoping to be through with #Isaias soon so we can redeploy our crews for damage assessments, restorations & repairs,” the city said on social media. Power outages were widespread in New Bern early Tuesday morning as Tropical Storm Isaias approached the city. “Once conditions improve, we’ll start deploying crews to assess the damage & begin restorations & repairs,” the city announced on its social media just before 2 a.m. as the outages started to pile up. Wind gusts well above 40 mph were to blame. While power outages were widespread, most of the city stillRead More →

Please review these important reminders to stay safe around natural gas meters and appliances, especially during severe weather. Call Piedmont Natural Gas if you see wind-related damage: If you see or suspect wind or tree damage to natural gas lines, call us at 800-752-7504 or call 911. If water has entered your home: Do not attempt to disconnect, clear debris from or work on any natural gas appliance, including your meter.Do not attempt to relight any of your natural gas appliances. Instead, call 800-752-7504. If your natural gas appliances are damaged by water: Natural gas appliances damaged by water may need to be replaced accordingRead 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 →

Sand and sandbags will be available at Stanley White Recreation Center, 901 Chapman Street, and at the vacant lot downtown at the corner of Craven and South Front streets at 1 p.m. today. The sand and sandbags are first come first serve. Bring your own shovel. 100 bags each will be placed at both locations. New Bern Emergency Operations Center will be mobilized at 7 p.m. Trash and recycling services are operating as normal at this time. GFL Environmental is evaluating potential operational impacts and will make announcements, if any, this afternoon regarding changes to scheduled services. The iconic window at historic City Hall wasRead 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 →