Some of our elected officials on the County Commission are currently pushing a proposal to make our county School Board partisan. Those promoting this plan are Republicans. Turning ALL elections partisan is currently a stated goal of the NC GOP. Those commissioners promoting this proposal claim their intention is to help voters know “who they are voting for.”  Since many Republicans in Craven County prefer to do straight-ticket voting, I’m guessing this stated intention is shorthand for supporting easy, straight-ticket voting for loyal Republican voters. My mom used to say “penny wise, pound foolish” when I had a bright idea that was probably going to workRead More →

New Bern Now and New Bern Post are merging operations, using the name New Bern Now. New Bern Now publisher Wendy Card and New Bern Post publisher Randy Foster reached the agreement on Friday, March 19, 2021. “We’re always looking for ways to improve our services and connect people with our community,” Card said. “This was the perfect time to join forces for the greater good.” “New Bern Post and New Bern Now have been working collaboratively since New Bern Post started in 2017,” Foster said. “We sometimes have the same or similar content, and sometimes original, unique content. It was just a natural andRead More →

Craven County Commissioner’s will meet at 11 a.m. today (March 15) during a work session in which they will seek state approval to restore partisan elections to the county School Board. The meeting will be held at New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. The draft resolution seeks state legislation to enable partisan elections at the school board level. They say that current non-partisan elections have low voter turnout and withhold party affiliation that may be useful to voters. Longtime school board member Carr Ipock posted a history of school board elections. It is reposted here with his permission: “Many, many years ago, the Craven County BoardRead More →

New board member is sworn in during special ceremony New Bern mortician Victor Dove was sworn in to replace Beatrice Riggs Smith on the a raven County school board on Thursday. Smith was selected by the Craven County Board of Commissioners to fill the District 3 seat held by the late Johnnie Sampson, Jr., who died of COVID-19-related pneumonia on Nov. 5, 2020. Smith, who was the first black female to hold a principalship in the integrated Craven County Schools system, is the first black female Craven County Commissioner. Smith was selected at the Dec. 14, 2020 Board of Commissioners work session and was swornRead More →

A broad group of organizations representing the community’s physicians, physician assistants, health clinics, hospitals and local health departments strongly encourages everyone currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine to do so as soon as possible. Organizations include the North Carolina Medical Society, North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, North Carolina Healthcare Association, North Carolina Community Health Center Association, North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors, and the North Carolina Public Health Association. Getting vaccinated with one of the three authorized vaccines is crucial to stemming the severity of the illness caused by the COVID-19 virus and the spread of its more transmissible variants, the groupRead More →

I was in my early 20s when I first tasted sweetened condensed milk. I traded a field ration with an Italian soldier during a training exercise in Sardinia. I did a lot of trading back then … rations, pins, hats (which we Marines call “covers”), and one time even a whole uniform. The Royal Marine uniform I got in the bargain belonged to a Brit who was several inches shorter than me and 10 or 20 pounds lighter, so it barely fit. But the thing that I think about now some 40 years later was the Italian ration. It came with a plastic pouch ofRead More →

Note: This review is unsolicited and unsponsored. Opinions expressed are the author’s. Years ago, freshly transplanted from New Mexico to North Carolina, I spotted my first Hot Donuts sign lighted at a Krispy Kreme shop. Co-workers told me to watch for it. I bought a dozen; one for now and the rest to bring in to work. When you buy a dozen fresh glazed donuts at Krispy Kreme, you’re not buying a dozen donuts. You’re buying a dozen bites, with the first bite sucking in all the other bites like a doughy, sugary, mind-blowing black hole. I could see why there was a buzz. ThatRead More →

For the sixth year in a row, CarolinaEast Medical Center has been named one of the top best hospitals in the state by Business North Carolina magazine in their annual “Best Hospitals” issue released in March. The 2021 ranking lands CarolinaEast tied for sixth. CarolinaEast is the highest ranked hospital in Eastern North Carolina. New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington tied for 20th. No other hospitals in Eastern North Carolina made the Top 20 rankings. Carteret Health Care in Morehead City and Vidant Medical Center in Greenville both received recognition for bariatric surgery but were not listed in the over-all rankings. Onslow Memorial HospitalRead More →

The City of New Bern announced Virginia Beach Deputy Chief Patrick Gallagher has accepted the position of Chief of Police for the New Bern Police Department.  His first day in the office will be Monday, March 22.  He takes over after the retirement of Chief Toussaint Summers, Jr. effective March 19. Deputy Chief Gallagher’s law enforcement career spans more than 30 years and started when he joined the United States Army Military Police Corp in 1983.  In 1990, he joined the Virginia Beach Police Department and advanced through the ranks from patrol officer to deputy chief.  Along the way, he gained experience working in Uniformed Patrol, SpecialRead More →

Available for individuals who meet NC vaccination criteria On Saturday, March 6, 2021, CarolinaEast Health System will be hosting a multi-site COVID-19 Community Vaccination Event in Craven County. The event will take place at three locations, including CarolinaEast Internal Medicine in Vanceboro (620 Farmlife Ave., Vanceboro), CarolinaEast Internal Medicine in Havelock (532 Webb Blvd., Havelock) and New Bern Riverfront Convention Center (203 S. Front St., New Bern). Vaccinations, by appointment only, will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We are pleased to have the ability to offer the vaccine to more in our community,” said Brandy Popp, Public Relations and Community Outreach ManagerRead More →