Craven County declared a State of Emergency in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaias to be effective at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in preparation for tropical storm conditions such as high winds and heavy rain. All citizens, law enforcement and emergency response personnel are encouraged to cooperate with all safety measures being taken and abide by any restrictions which may become necessary to overcome the emergency situation. On Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, the Craven County Management Team and Emergency Services Team initiated calls with preparedness partners and fire rescue personnel for emergency preparations for Tropical Storm Isaias. Craven County Emergency Director Stanley KiteRead More →

Craven County Government is closely monitoring Hurricane Isaias as it approaches the North Carolina Coast. Craven County Emergency Management will continue to follow established Emergency Operations Plans and Procedures. Citizens are urged to make preparations for the potential of high winds, heavy rain, power outages and localized flooding. High winds, heavy rain and flooding have the potential for life threatening conditions and widespread damages. Now is the time for Craven County residents to make sure they have a plan and are prepared for this storm. Citizens are encouraged to check their Emergency Supply Kits and Pet Disaster Supply Kits for needed supplies during a hurricane.Read More →

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office is holding its third annual “Stuff the Cruiser” fundraising event to support local students. A cruiser will be parked in front of Staples, next to a Craven County School bus, on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. to accept donations. Bring school supplies and say hello to Craven County sheriff’s deputies while helping students start the school year on the road to success. All proceeds and donations will benefit children in the community who have been identified as in-need by their principal through PIE’s #StufftheBus campaign. If you know of a Craven County school child in need ofRead More →

COVID-19 cases have surged by more than 1,300 cases and 14 deaths across the eight-county region in and around Craven County over the past two weeks. The average number of new daily cases increased by 50 percent over the previous week and the total number of deaths increased by 27 percent. Pitt County leads the region with 1,699 cases, bringing its per capita number up to 94, which is also the highest in the region. There have been five deaths over the past 12 days. Onslow County has also seen significant increases in cases and deaths, with 890 total cases and and four deaths overRead More →

A tenth Craven County resident died from complications related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on July 29, 2020. The individual was tested for COVID-19 on July 10, 2020 and resulted positive on July 13, 2020. The death was reported to the Craven County Health Department on July 30, 2020. The individual had several underlying health conditions. To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about the individual will be released. Craven County has 641 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on July 30, 2020. Out of the 641 confirmed positive cases, 506 of those individuals have recovered, are doing well, and are out ofRead More →

BEAUFORT, N.C. — A historic boat that is literally one-of-a-kind has made a temporary return to the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center. Periauger, a historic replica of the long-lost Colonial boat of the same name, was recently brought back to Beaufort for refurbishment. Originally built at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort’s working watercraft center, Periauger sits there once again as repairs continue on the vessel, the only known boat of its kind.“The boat itself, in its historic context, was really important to North Carolina,” the museum’s maritime curator, David Bennett, said. “In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was a popular coastal transport, especiallyRead More →

No criminal charges will be filed agains the mother who safely surrendered her newborn baby to a resident in the Craven Terrace neighborhood on July 17. District Attorney Scott Thomas issued the following statement regarding the determination by New Bern Police Department and his office that no charges be brought in the case where a newborn infant was safely surrendered in the Craven Terrace Community in New Bern: On Friday, July 17, 2020, a resident of Craven Terrace called the New Bern Police Department to report an unattended newborn child appeared to have been abandoned on a porch. The baby, apparently born within the priorRead More →

This year has been quite a year and continuing to change. Colorfest will be canceling all of its events next month. However, Due to COVID-19, they will have some art classes posted next month for the children. See video. Classes will be posted to the website and sent through registered emails on Aug. 15-16. Sign your kids up. Share with those interested in their kids learning some good tips on drawing and arts. Colorfest Inc. is committed to bringing the arts to all children in a diverse setting. We are devoted to bringing all forms of art to the community through beautification projects, educational outreach,Read More →

In a special called meeting on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, the Craven County Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to revise the reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year from the hybrid Plan B to full remote learning under Plan C for the first 9 weeks of the school year. This revision only impacts those families who have chosen to start the school year under Plan B. Under Plan C, school will start with full remote learning for all students. Families who have opted to start the school year under Plan B will now start the school year online eventually transitioning to some face-to-face instructionRead More →

Plans to raze Hurricane Florence-damaged Stanley White Recreation Center and build a new facility just off Neuse Boulevard are facing the prospect of a full environmental assessment that would require city officials to provide possibly embarrassing information that could jeopardize the project. The city — with Mayor Dana Outlaw and protege Alderman Jeffrey Odham leading the way — has been pushing for the project despite strong objections from residents in the area and aldermen who represent the vicinity. Federal officials said the project will require an Environmental Assessment, but said they should not worry, assuming that they did their due diligence in addressing community concerns.Read More →