To the Editor: Stanley White Center should be rebuilt at its present location on Chapman Street, not at the proposed new location off Neuse Boulevard.  Far from being only ball fields and basketball courts, the Center is much more — a meeting place for nearby residents, an after-school place for kids to go, a counseling center for adults to learn parenting skills and get help with completing job applications. More than a place to exercise, it’s a safe place for children and their parents.  The city has purchased property in and around Gaston Boulevard and across from the main fire station, which is being considered for the re-location of Read More →

Craven County politically is a sea of red surrounding an island of blue, judging from results from the Nov. 3 presidential election results. But one thing should be remembered: Nowhere is the county free of Democrats, and nowhere is the county free of Republicans. On this, Inauguration Day, as Joe Biden becomes president and Kamala Harris becomes vice president, there are those who don’t accept that people within their own community may vote differently. They hang with their own kind, so to speak. So often I hear people say that one candidate could not have gotten so many votes, because no one they know votedRead More →

Five people applied for the Craven County Board of Commissioners District 3 seat left open with the death of Johnnie Sampson Jr. in early November, including one who was endorsed by the Craven County Democratic Party. Casting aside that endorsement, the Board of Commissioners, which has five Republicans, one Democrat, and Sampson’s vacant seat, went with someone else. The board chose Craven County School Board Member Beatrice Riggs Smith, who will be sworn in at the first Board of Commissioners meeting in January. Smith is a lifelong educator and was the first Black school principal in post-segregation Craven County. When she takes the oath inRead More →

With the passing of Craven County Commissioner Johnnie Sampson Jr. from complications of COVID-19, state law dictates that it will fall to his fellow board members to select someone to fill his seat on the board. The board, which is Republican-majority, must select a Democrat to replace Sampson, who was a Democrat. The successor must be chosen within 60 days from Nov. 5, the date of Commissioner Sampson’s death, and also reside in the same district, District 3, shown in purple in the map below. Here is the law (relevant portions shown in bold type): § 153A-27. Vacancies on the board of commissioners. (a) IfRead More →

As of 7:51 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, with the presidential race hanging in the balance, some decisions actually were made on Election Day. Former County Commissioner Steve Tyson will replace Mike Speciale as state representative in the North Carolina House of Representatives representing southern Crave County. Craven County is a microcosm of the nation, in that the more heavily populated precincts in the county’s largest city, New Bern, lean Democratic, whereas the smaller cities and towns, and the rural parts of the county, all lean Republican. New Bern precincts N4, N3N5, N2, and N1 voted this way in the presidential race: Biden 5,504, TrumpRead More →

The North Carolina Board of Elections held an emergency called meeting Election Day afternoon to take care of several items, including extending time at four polling places that opened late. Because of the extensions granted to a polling place in Sampson County, North Carolina won’t begin announcing voting results until 8:15 p.m. The board also filled Democrat vacancies on county board of elections in Rockingham County and Stanley County with individuals recommended by the state Democratic Party. The board voted to extend voting hours at several polling places that opened later than the 15 minutes allowed by the state. Polls are supposed to be openRead More →

Sample ballots are available. Your ballot may be different from your neighbor’s because ballots are specific to your residence address and the jurisdictions associated with your residence address.  To view your specific sample ballot, click here What’s on my ballot?What’s on my ballot?. When accessing the link, you will need to: Provide your first name, last name, and year of birth. Select “Craven” under County. Select your name from the search results. Go to “Sample Ballots” in the Election Date row and click on the ballot number starting with “B.” Until further order of the court, voters are not required to show photo ID. The law was enjoinedRead More →

County boards of elections in North Carolina will accept mail-in ballots received by Nov. 12, as long as they are postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 3. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week to uphold this deadline. More New Bern Post election coverage here. “Even with the deadline extension, we encourage voters to return their absentee ballot as soon as possible and ensure it is postmarked,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections. “Please make sure your ballot is counted. Return it now.” Through Oct. 28, about 273,000 voters who requested an absentee ballot have not yet voted in this election. About 1.36 millionRead More →

With the early voting period over, North Carolina voters still wanting to cast a ballot may vote in person on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. The State Board offers the following tips for Election Day voters: On Election Day, polls across North Carolina are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voters in line at 7:30 p.m. will be able to cast a ballot. Lines tend to be longer before and after normal business hours. Find your Election Day polling place through the Voter Search or the Polling Place Search. Sample ballots are available through the Voter Search tool. Information about N.C. Supreme Court and N.C. Court of Appeals candidatesRead More →

Recently, questions have arisen about the law pertaining to assistance to voters at voting sites. The State Board of Elections will investigate credible allegations of improper assistance. The following are guidelines regarding assistance to voters from the North Carolina State Board of Elections: Previous New Bern Post election content here. Visual election guide here. State and federal law provide disabled and illiterate voters the right to request assistance from a person of the voter’s choice, except for the voter’s employer or agent of that employer or an officer or agent of the voter’s union.  There are no legal restrictions on the number of times aRead More →