Free Income Tax Return Preparation Free income tax return preparation is being offered by the IRS sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in Craven and Pamlico counties. This free tax service is being offered for low to moderate income and elderly taxpayers at the Harrison Community Center, 311 Middle St., New Bern on Mondays and Tuesdays, Feb. 5 through April 16 plus Feb. 22 and April 12 and 13. (Not open February 13 and 19 and April 2 and 3) In Pamlico, free tax service will be offered at the Pamlico County Senior Citizens Center, 800 Main St. in Alliance on Wednesdays, Feb. 7Read More →

Saturday, February 17, Black History Month Parade From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.  Streets to be closed to vehicular traffic are the 500 block of Fort Totten Drive, 1300-1800 blocks of Trent Boulevard, 400 block of First Street, 700-1300 blocks of Broad Street and 400-800 blocks of George Street. Saturday, March 3, Ghent Neighborhood Association Mardi Gras Parade or the association’s annual Mardi Gras Parade and block party. Saturday, March 10, Great Glow Run  From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the 200-700 blocks of East Front Street, 800 block of North Craven Street, 700-800 blocks of Howard Street, 100-600 blocks of QueenRead More →

So what did you do on Jan. 1? City workers spent the day rerouting sewer lines and stabilizing the sink hole in a round-the-clock operation that resulted in no interruption of service and no sewage leaked into the Neuse River just a hundred yards from it. Sometime between Christmas and New Year’s Day, a sewer pipe gave up its 56-year battle against erosion and the forces of hydrogen sulfide. It gave way and the ensuing damage left a 50-foot sinkhole near the National Guard Armory on Glenburnie Drive. This wasn’t any sewer pipe. It was the Grand Central Station of sewer pipes, channeling the entireRead More →

Two gateways into downtown New Bern are going to look a lot different within the next year or so. First Street, which is also N.C. 55, is going to be reconfigured from four lanes (two in each direction) to two traffic lanes and a center turn lane. Sidewalks will be added as well as bike lanes on both sides of the street. City aldermen approved the plan at their meeting on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, a traffic circle is proposed to replace the Y-intersection at Neuse and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards. That project could begin in October. Both plans have controversial predecessors on BroadRead More →

CITY OF NEW BERN BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEETING JANUARY 23, 2018 – 6:00 P.M. CITY HALL COURTROOM 300 POLLOCK STREET   1.   Meeting opened by Mayor Dana E. Outlaw.  Prayer Coordinated by Alderman Bengel.  Pledge of Allegiance. 2.   Roll Call. All present, with Ward 6 Alderman Jeffrey Odham dialing in remotely. Consent Agenda – Approved 7-0 3.   Approve Adopting a Resolution Closing Specific Streets for the Annual Black History Month Parade on February 17, 2018. (Wards 1 and 2)  Victor Taylor, Chairman of Vision Forward, has requested streets be closed for the annual Black History Month Parade from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday,Read More →

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for our area in advance of snow predicted for later today. Craven County Schools are releasing early today to get children home before the roads get too bad. Here is raw data from the National Weather Service: URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC 1010 AM EST Wed Jan 17 2018 …LIGHT SNOW TO DEVELOP OVER EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA LATE THIS AFTERNOON… …COASTAL LOW WILL BRING LOCALLY HEAVIER SNOWS TO COASTAL NORTH CAROLINA TONIGHT… .Rain will begin early this afternoon for the Coastal Plain, then transition to a rain and snow mix, then primarilyRead More →

Eric Queen, a retired Marine seeking to unseat N.C. House District 3 Rep. Mike Speciale, is a Bronze Star recipient. I asked Queen for details. Here is the narrative on the Bronze Star award: For exceptionally meritorious service while deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom as a member of the Recruiting Assistance Team, NATO Training Mission and Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan. As the primary convoy commander, Staff Sergeant Queen planned and executed over 100 convoy missions accumulating 8,000 miles on some of the most dangerous routes of Afghanistan, placing him at significant risk to hostile action multiple times weekly in the executionRead More →