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 →

Craven County remains one of the highest among COVID-19 spread in North Carolina, but numbers have dropped dramatically since the post-Christmas Holiday spike. COVID-19 spread in Craven County is described as “substantial” (orange) in the County Alert System managed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Craven County had been “critical” (red) in the previous report, along with the majority of counties in the state. Craven County has had 445 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks, an elevated rate but half what it experienced following the Christmas break and a lower rate than what is occurring in neighboring PamlicoRead More →

Recall back to October 2020, a kitchen fire in Craven Terrace left a New Bern family of four temporarily homeless for almost two weeks. Craven Terrace management arranged a temporary but smaller apartment for the single mother and her three special needs daughters. As they entered the fresh apartment, this is what met them: Here is video they took upon entering the apartment for the first time: For the next two months, Dinah Foskey complained all the way up the chain about conditions, with little result. Then, just as she was scheduled to return to her original apartment, she was given an eviction notice instead.Read More →

On Saturday, March 6, Tryon Palace will present its new exhibit, “A Lasting Monument: Creating North Carolina’s First Permanent Capitol,” in the Duffy Gallery of the North Carolina History Center. The exhibit celebrates 250 years of Governor Tryon’s Palace, from 1770 to 2020. One of North Carolina’s most beautiful historic landmarks, the story of this elegant Georgian-style structure reveals a complex, multi-faceted journey through North Carolina’s history beginning in Colonial America as the Royal Governor’s residence and administrative building, and triumphing over tragedy through decades of American change, destruction and perseverance. The exhibit explores the process of establishing a permanent capitol in North Carolina, itsRead More →

Craven County Schools’ Tabari Wallace was named Special Adviser to the State Superintendent of Schools in the area of principal engagement. He will report to State Superintendent Catherine Truitt at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. “Wallace has been a vital school leader in our district since 2003 when he first served as an assistant principal,” Craven County Schools said in a release announcing the change. “He quickly demonstrated his passion for students and staff and was ultimately recognized by our district as our Craven County Principal of the Year and then the state when he was named the 2018 North Carolina State PrincipalRead More →