10 more counties designated as Red for Critical Community Spread; Craven still Orange—’Substantial Community Spread’ Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, issued additional COVID-19 safety measures to tighten mask requirements and enforcement as cases continue to rise rapidly in North Carolina and across the country. Executive Order No. 180 goes into effect on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and runs through Friday, Dec. 11.  “I have a stark warning for North Carolinians today: We are in danger,” Governor Cooper said. “This is a pivotal moment in our fight against the coronavirus. Our actions now will determine the fate of many.” In addition to extending PhaseRead More →

Dismal news on the COVID-19 front for Craven County today as the weekend numbers reported by the Craven County Health Department show a major spike in new cases since Friday afternoon. On top of that, another Craven County resident has died of COVID-19-related reasons. There were 157 new COVID-19 cases since the last report from the Craven County Health Department around noon on Friday. Craven County has 2,872 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of noon today, Nov. 23, 2020. Of the newest cases, 39 additional were confirmed on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, 35 on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, 42 on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, and twoRead More →

Start humming your favorite Christmas carols and plan to attend Tryon Palace’s Holiday Cheer event in commemoration of its 250th Anniversary. During two Saturdays in December, the 12th and 19th, Tryon Palace will open its wreathed gates for tours of the decorated Palace and joyous festivities that will delight both young and old. The Palace’s front lawn will come alive with historical re-enactments, musicians, dancers, entertainment and holiday shopping, to be enjoyed while sipping on hot cocoa or your favorite adult beverage. Tours of the Palace’s first floor draped in ribbons, wreaths, fruit and floral décor, traditional of an eighteenth-century Christmas holiday, will be available.Read More →

PBMares said it “expands footprint into North Carolina” with the acquisition of two RSM offices, one in New Bern and one in Morehead City. PBMares, LLP, is a Top 100 accounting and consulting firm. The firms have entered into a definitive agreement for PBMares to acquire substantially all the assets of RSM’s New Bern, N.C., and Morehead City, N.C., offices, subject to certain terms and conditions. The parties anticipate the transaction will become effective as of close of business on Dec. 1, 2020, at which time the New Bern and Morehead City locations will join PBMares.  PBMares CPAs and Consultants is headquartered in Newport News,Read More →

The 36th annual Coastal Christmas Flotilla returns to New Bern on Saturday, Dec. 5. The Flotilla will be held at Union Point Park, 210 East Front Street in downtown New Bern. Activities kick off at 4:30pm with the AeroShell Aerobatic Airshow. The flotilla will begin around 5:30 p.m. Food vendors will be on site. “The annual Flotilla is a holiday tradition and we are excited to offer the event this year ,” said Foster Hughes, Director of Parks and Recreation. Due to COVID-19, the city is offering the opportunity to view the Flotilla virtually on Facebook at the following pages: @CityofNB and @NewBernPR. For thoseRead More →

Craven County passed the 2,700 mark and recorded another death during the past 24 hours, bringing the county’s COVID-19 death toll to 68. There are 2,715 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. There are 196 active cases and 11 hospitalizations of Craven County residents. For more COVID-19 coverage, go here. Out of the 2,715 confirmed positive cases, 2,451 have recovered. Of the 2,715 cases, 30 have been related to out-of-state travel, 573 are from community transmission, 1,725 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case, 161 are still being investigated, and 226 are unknown.   An unidentifiedRead More →

Following a meeting on Nov. 10, the Craven County Board of Education decided all students in grades 1 through 5 will switch to to four days a week of in-person learning starting Jan. 7, 2021. In-person learning will take place on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday will continue to be a dedicated remote-learning day. This change comes amid a upward trajectory across the nation in the rate of spread of the virulent, deadly virus. And Craven County has been identified as a county with “substantial” viral spread. Moving students to this so-called “Plan A” scheme was authorized by Gov. Roy Cooper. “The current scienceRead More →

Craven County Schools officials say that “most, if not all” the 55 infections of staff and students during the eight months of the current school year have been due to contacts outside the school. Craven County Schools employees take “extraordinary measures daily to ensure the health of everyone in our buildings,” the school district said in a news release. Craven County Schools’ elementary schools will be shifting to in-school, four-day weeks starting on Jan. 7, 2021. This follows direction from state officials, who say that younger children are less likely to be come infected, have symptoms, experience severe disease, or spread the virus. Not onlyRead More →

By Randy Foster/New Bern Post Publisher Teresa Caelen of Reelsboro in Pamlico County was wary when the caller asked if “Tig” was there on Friday. Teresa goes by Tig but didn’t recognized the voice or the phone number on the caller ID. “Yes,” she said. “Who’s calling?” “This is Randy Foster with New Bern Post,” I said. “OK,” she answered, still wary. “This is Tig.” I could just feel her suspicions so I got to the point. “I’m calling to tell you that you’re the winner of the Craven Street Gift Basket Giveaway.“ Her suspicions gave way to joy on this one lucky Friday theRead More →

There was a city wide GiveAway at Five Points on Saturday that drew hundreds of people Saturday. The giveaway included food, personal hygiene Items, diapers, wipes, new clothes, coats and jackets, household Items, and furniture provided by Combined Unified Services, The event was organized by Combined Unified Services Director Judy Toney of Fayetteville, N.C., in collaboration with Ephesus SDA Church, New Bern, Pastor Patrick Tyrill, and former New Bern Alderman Barbara Best and current New Bern Alderwoman Jamesha Harris. The event was held at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at large grassy vacant lot at Five Points near Downtown New Bern. Masks and socialRead More →