If you are planning a wedding in the near future Tryon Palace is hosting a Pop-up Wedding Planning Event to ease your planning anxieties. Today’s restrictions and guidelines have not made wedding planning easy, and Tryon Palace’s wedding planners and event manager want to help you through this process. On Feb. 21, from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tryon Palace is hosting a Wedding Pop-Up Show, where couples can discuss their wedding ideas and plans with some of our recommended vendors, tour the venues and Gardens, and mark off a few items on the planning checklist. Vendors will be staged in Mattocks Hall – an open, airyRead More →

Craven Arts Council & Gallery presents the Twin Rivers Artists Association and Craven Community College Judged Exhibition in the Main Gallery at Bank of the Arts for the month of March. This exhibition highlights the talents of local artists in our community and helps to encourage networking and artist participation in the Twin Rivers Artists Association. Craven Arts Council & Gallery, 317 Middle St., New Bern, will host an opening reception for the exhibition during the downtown New Bern ArtWalk, Friday, March 12, from 5-8 p.m. The Twin Rivers Artists Association (TRAA) exists to promote and encourage the creation, education, and appreciation of fine artRead More →

The Craven Arts Council and Gallery in Downtown New Bern present Little Talks, a new lecture series at the Bank of the Arts. This lecture series will be a quarterly event hosting a guest lecturer who is an expert on a specific subject matter. Each lecture will be followed by an open discussion between guests and the lecturer. The first Little Talk will be at the Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St., on Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 6-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for members and students, $15 for nonmembers, and free for children under the age of 18. Tickets can be purchased atRead More →

New Bern insurance agent Chad Sittig earned the status of No. 1 life insurance producer for State Farm in North Carolina for 2020. Out of the 500 State Farm agents in the state, his agency at 2855 Trent Road in New Bern, came in at number one with 198 new life insurance policies totaling tens of millions in coverage. Sittig noted that he is thankful for the continued support of the community and especially his team. “Our team believes that each person that we come in contact with needs to understand what risks that they face each and every day. Our main conversation is toRead More →

United Way of Coastal Carolina joins United Way Worldwide and United Way of North Carolina to recognize National 2-1-1 Day on Thursday, February 11. Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, people in need can dial, text or message 2-1-1 to access free and crisis and emergency counseling, disaster assistance, food, health care and insurance assistance, stable housing and utilities payment assistance, employment services, veteran services and childcare and family services through this United Way initiative. The trained specialists at 2-1-1 call centers listen, identify underlying problems, and connect people in need with resources and services in their communities. In 2020, 2-1-1 in theRead More →

Research shows mitigation measures allow safe in-person learning, low transmission among students and teachers Top state education leaders and N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper are calling on K-12 school districts across the state to allow in-person instruction for all students. Cooper, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt, and State Board of Education Chair Eric Davis said that ongoing research shows that with proper mitigation measures, in-person learning is safe, and to emphasize the critical importance of ensuring all students have an opportunity to learn in a classroom.  “Protecting the health and safety of the peopleRead More →

Customers fed up with spotty internet service in the New Bern area from Suddenlink may see glimmers of hope following efforts ranging from City Hall to the U.S. Capitol. While long a sore spot among users, Suddenlink service has become particularly troublesome as students, families, businesses, and organizations have been forced to rely on internet service due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The New Bern Board of Aldermen has taken up the issue, and now so has U.S. Rep. Greg Murphy. The Board of Aldermen has committed to partnering with other North Carolina cities and towns in contacting the North Carolina Department of Justice, Attorney GeneralRead More →

Long time New Bern resident and novelist, Les Pendleton, announced the release of a new book, “The Bridges at Union Point.” Most of the characters depicted in the book are actual residents of New Bern. Names familiar to most people are Greg Smith of Mitchell Hardware, Paul Canady of Christ Episcopal Church, and Les Still of WCTI television. There are many other places and people that Les feels gives an aura of realism to the story. The plot involves a decorated United States Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer from New Bern who is critically injured during a rescue. He loses his career and much of hisRead More →

A 240-unit multifamily development will be build in the Carolina Colours subdivision of New Bern, following the need for rental housing in the area. The Hudson at Carolina Colours will answer an increasing demand for contemporary rental housing in the market, the company announced in a news release. The project will rise on a parcel of land within the Carolina Colours single-family home community on what is being called “arguably the best available site in the area for multifamily development,” the developer said. The Hudson at Carolina Colours will be located across from the Carolina Colours Towne Centre shopping center within the Carolina Colours golfingRead More →

The NC Department of Transportation and the NC Department of Health and Human Services announced that approximately $2.5 million in Coronavirus Relief Funding is being distributed to local transit agencies across the state to help pay for rides for individuals who need transportation assistance to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. “Every North Carolinian has a spot and needs to get their shot,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “As vaccine supply increases, we are deploying every resource to make sure people have access and are not held back by barriers like lack of transportation.” Each local transit agency will receive a set amount of funding, and the initiativeRead More →