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 →

Craven County School Board Member Beatrice Riggs Smith was selected by the Craven County Board of Commissioners to fill the District 3 seat held by the late Johnnie Sampson, Jr., who died of COVID-19-related pneumonia on Nov. 5, 2020.  Smith, who was the first black female to hold a principalship in the integrated Craven County Schools system, is the first black female Craven County Commissioner. Smith was selected at the Dec. 14, 2020 Board of Commissioners work session and will be sworn in at the regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. “Mrs. Smith brings a wealth of knowledge, as a member of the CravenRead More →

In order to maintain the safety of residents, staff, and elected officials during the COVID- 19 pandemic, the Board of Aldermen meeting scheduled for 6 p. m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, will be conducted electronically. The agenda is shown below. At the board’s last meeting on Nov. 24, Alderman Sabrina Bengel suggested that the meetings return to remote electronic format as a safety measure due to escalating spread of COVID-19. Alderman Jeffrey Odham dismissed her concerned and complained about the state’s response to the pandemic. Alderwoman Jameesha Harris concluded the conversation, saying that the virus is real and that city leaders should do aRead More →

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 →

The following is a list of all Craven County Schools COVID-19 cases that have been reported to the media. More specific information, such as the schools affected, have not been released since the first report to protect patient privacy as required by federal law. So far this school year, 71 staff members and 76 students have tested positive for COVID-19. January 2021: 8 staff, 22 students Jan. 5-8: six staff and 14 students Jan. 9-11: two staff and eight students December: 28 staff members, 34 students Late Dec.-early Jan.: 12 staff and two students Dec. 17-18: four staff and eight students Dec. 15-16: two staffRead More →

Dr. Eleanor Patrick, principal of Oaks Road Academy, was named the 2020-21 Principal of the Year for Craven County Schools during a surprise announcement on Tuesday.  As Principal of the Year, Patrick will serve as the local adviser to the Board of Education and will represent Craven County Schools in local, regional and state events. She was one of six finalists that interviewed with a local selection committee on Nov. 2.     “Upon my arrival at Oaks Road Elementary I found staff members discouraged and doubtful,” Patrick recalled during the selection interview. Once there, she engaged staff members in the work of redesigning a schoolRead More →

Looking for the perfect way to have a delicious pancake breakfast before visiting Santa in Bear Plaza, taking in some shopping, and enjoying the many activities happening during the holiday season in beautiful, historic downtown New Bern? New Bern, North Carolina’s Colonial Capital, literally transforms into a wonderland the entire Christmas season. Streetlights and storefronts are decorated, and the community comes together to create a magical time for kids young and old. Amid the holiday bustle, Adam and Candice Simmons, owners of a downtown New Bern landmark, Morgan’s Tavern & Grill, take time out of their busy holiday schedule on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, fromRead More →

This event has become known all over the region as a tasty tradition “must do” before starting a day of shopping and attending Christmas-themed events held during New Bern’s Beary Merry Christmas season. Mike McCoy, PIE president, explains, “This event is an excellent opportunity for our community to show their support for Craven County Schools.  Morgan’s generously donates all proceeds from Pancakes for PIE to fund grant programs administered by PIE for Craven County Schools.  The Morgan’s staff, along with PIE volunteers, will be dressed in Christmas-themed sweaters and Santa caps to greet and serve you.” Join us for Pancakes for PIE at Morgan’s TavernRead More →

The Bosch Community Fund awarded a $9,950 grant to Craven County Schools to support the “Leader in Me – Leading the Way” program at Vanceboro Farm Life ElementarySchool. Dan Palimetakis, principal at Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary School (VFL), explains, “The “Leader in Me” is a philosophy in academic learning which provides a holistic, school-wide experience. It creates a common language and culture with commonplace, age-appropriate ways to integrate the principles of personal leadership and effectiveness into core subjects and curriculum.  Leader in Me schools report a decline in discipline problems along with an increase in student, parent and teacher satisfaction, common language, and parent engagement.” “WeRead More →