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The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) and its partner Medicaid managed care health plan network of physicians, Carolina Complete Health Network, strongly oppose four bills currently pending in the NC House regarding changes to the state’s vaccination laws. We object to HB 779 – Coronavirus Vaccine Bill of Rights, HB 686 – No Gov’t Retribution for Refusal of CV19 Vax, HB 558 – Prohibit Mandatory CV19 Vaccinations and HB876 – Vaccination Private Choice Protection Act because, as an ongoing matter of public health, we have long supported regular vaccination and have been working to encourage vaccination against COVID-19. Our current state statutes regulating vaccination are satisfactory, and we urge legislators not to change theRead More →

By N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper North Carolina is emerging from a worldwide pandemic strong and growing, with new jobs and new neighbors arriving daily. We welcome this growth, but in order for our communities to thrive, our infrastructure must catch up and keep up. In recent weeks, Vice President Kamala Harris, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff visited North Carolina with a plan to help transform our state and nation’s infrastructure. That means resilient roads and bridges. Rail and commuter transportation. Job training and trade skills through community colleges. Affordable housing opportunities, particularly in our historically underserved areas. Access to high-speed internet.Read More →

Editor: I understand from a download I received that a new Apple manufacturing plant is to be built in North Carolina- probably near Raleigh. This is news to me but perhaps well known to your readers. With your interest in the VOLT Center I think this bit of news is pertinent to New Bern, and Craven County. Craven County could build a subsidiary plant in Industrial Park to supply parts Apple will need, and CCC could train people for good-paying jobs at this subsidiary (rather than more and more hair-dressers). The reactionaries on the Craven County Board of Commissioners may want to look forward forRead More →

Compiled by Randy Foster of New Bern Post The conviction on all three charges against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin drew emotional responses from the New Bern area. Derek Chauvin, 45, was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the May 25, death of George Floyd. Chauvin, then a police officer, knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds while Floyd gasped air, said repeatedly that he could not breathe, and then died. The jurors deliberated for more than 10 hours over two days before coming to their decision. Google results of the verdict here. On her FacebookRead More →

By Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes and N.C. Rep. John Bell In late 2020, a veteran soldier was in a mental health crisis. Distraught, he left his home in the family RV, his wife convinced it would be the last time she saw him. A Charlotte-based veterans organization, The Independence Fund, which had provided suicide prevention training to him in the past, attempted to assist the veteran through local law enforcement. The first county law enforcement department The Independence Fund reached was understaffed, overstretched, and was understandably concerned over the potential threat their force may face with a combat experienced veteran in a mental healthRead More →

Sunday Reader, which debuts today, is a curated collection of what people were talking about in New Bern this past week. It appears first thing Sunday mornings. By Randy Foster of New Bern Post The VOLT Center is an acronym in search of a meaning. Or it’s a stylized word that harkens to a previous use of the facility as the city’s electrical generation plant. The old power plant is bordered by Country Club Road, First Street, Spencer Avenue, Park Avenue, and Rhem Street. It was an eyesore being used as storage and a fueling station.  After Dana Outlaw was elected mayor in 2013, theRead More →

By Mike Duffy I am very happy to have found a new home in New Bern. As I have been treated so well here, I have come to care about all the rooms in my home. I learned since I moved here, that the Black Community suffered a dual Holocaust in the 1920s due to the rise of racial hatred led by the Klan and the Great Fire of 1922, that destroyed so much of the Black Community. The City and Community Leaders have been working toward redevelopment, but in order to be successful it must include redevelopment of the Business Community in that partRead More →

By Jameesha Harris I serve as the Ward 2 Alderwoman for the City of New Bern’s Board of Aldermen. I am writing out of concern for my experience at the April 13, 2021 City of New Bern Board of Alderman meeting regarding the 4-3 decision to change the scope of work on the City Market/VOLT Center. When the original planning meetings were conducted regarding the grants and funding needed to build and operate the City Market/VOLT Center on First Street, there were many community representatives at the table at the CCDRA in the O. Marks building. Some vital and trusted community reps included Corey PurdieRead More →

Hey you, yes … You. You know who you are. You’re the one who sent letters to the editor back in the day when newspapers cared about letters to the editor. I remember those days. I was a newspaper editor back in those days. There was a direct correlation back then: Vibrant opinion section, vibrant newspaper. A month ago New Bern Post and New Bern Now merged operations. It makes a lot of sense that we share resources. But it left us with a question: How do we share resources. Long story short, New Bern Now will focus on covering news and information about theRead More →

Some of our elected officials on the County Commission are currently pushing a proposal to make our county School Board partisan. Those promoting this plan are Republicans. Turning ALL elections partisan is currently a stated goal of the NC GOP. Those commissioners promoting this proposal claim their intention is to help voters know “who they are voting for.”  Since many Republicans in Craven County prefer to do straight-ticket voting, I’m guessing this stated intention is shorthand for supporting easy, straight-ticket voting for loyal Republican voters. My mom used to say “penny wise, pound foolish” when I had a bright idea that was probably going to workRead More →