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 →

Lenoir County is bracing major flooding. Personnel from Lenoir County Sheriff’s Department and Emergency Services, along with N.C. Highway Patrol and Department of Transportation, Kinston Fire Department and Kinston Police Department met Friday to discuss potential flooding in Lenoir County due to the overwhelming recent rainfall. Official projections are the river is going to hit 21.9 feet — considered “major flood stage” — Wednesday evening, Nov. 18. Additional rises above that projection are possible. As of Friday morning, the river was at 12.5 feet; it had risen to 13.7 feet Friday evening. Lenoir County experienced major rainfall just like New Bern earlier this week fromRead More →

The CarolinaEast Foundation is proud to announce the final results of the 2020 CarolinaEast Health System Employee Campaign. “Everyday Heroes: Kindness Behind the Mask”, with over 50 percent of the work force at CarolinaEast giving of their time and dollars over this annual two week long fundraising campaign, brought in a remarkable total of $441,383.00. 100 percent of those dollars are dedicated to directly serving the healthcare needs of the local communities in eastern North Carolina. This is the 24th annual Employee Campaign, but perhaps the most unforgettable one yet in light of this year’s global health pandemic. In the midst of caring for manyRead More →

Matt Montanye, director of Public Works for the City of New Bern, described the impacts of the weather and the continuous rain the area has seen since midnight last night. Craven County Schools will operate on a 2-hour delay tomorrow Friday due to localized flooding and water on the roads. Over the past 17 hours the airport has recorded 7-inches of rain and the forecast is for it to continue until the early morning hours. As you are aware stormwater systems are typically designed for 1 inches-2 inches over a 24-hour period. So the possibility of 10 or more inches in 24-hours has had aRead More →

Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced the North Carolina Rate Bureau has requested a 24.5 percent statewide average increase in homeowners’ insurance rates to take effect August 2021. The percentage rate increase for Craven County would be 25 percent. The NCRB is not part of the N.C. Department of Insurance but represents companis that write insurance policies in the state. The Department can either agree with the rates as filed or negotiate a settlement with the NCRB on a lower rate. If a settlement cannot be reached within 50 days, the Commissioner will call for a hearing. Two years ago, in December 2018, the NCRB requestedRead More →

Craven County passed the 2,500 mark in total COVID-19 cases, just shy of eight months since the first case emerged here. North Carolina has experienced a surge of new COVID-19 cases recently, with increased demand for hospital services. That growth spurt has not bee as significant in Craven County, which took a full week to go from 2,400 to 2,500 cases, compared to 3-5 days per hundred the previous month. But with cold and flu season upon us, new restrictions were announced this week, along with new protective advice for the season. Meanwhile, Craven County Schools has reported positive COVID-19 tests of three staff andRead More →

Hundreds of area residents participated in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s – New Bern. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, instead of a large group gathering, participants walked as individuals and small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across Craven County on Oct. 25, raising more than $49,000 to support the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association. The Association is keeping up the momentum and continuing to raise critical funds and awareness with a goal to raise $55,000 by the end of the year. Since the Walk is everywhere this year, individuals are being encouraged to still register, watch the opening ceremony, walkRead More →