Craven County voter turnout during early voting has reached 46.3 percent as of Tuesday morning, Oct. 27, 2020, one week before Election Day, with 33,634 ballots cast. Among its neighboring counties, Craven County ranks third in voter turnout. Craven County has 72,537 registered voters out of a population of 102,139, of whom 21,868 are Democrats, 26,437 are Republicans, 23,656 are unaffiliated, 42 are Green, 43 are Constitution, and 491 are Libertarian. Craven County & neighbors County Total ballots cast Total turnout Ballots by mail One-stop ballots Craven 33,634 46.30 7,640 25,994 Beaufort 15,091 44.56 2,571 12,520 Carteret 25,642 49.61 4,209 21,433 Jones 2,72 37.70 350Read More →

Craven County added 61 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases and three deaths since the last update by the Craven County Health Department issued Friday. October, with 20 deaths, is now the deadliest month of the pandemic in Craven County, surpassing August, when 17 Craven County residents lost their lives. The county now has 2,230 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Of the newest cases, 44 were confirmed on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, two on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, four on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, and 11 today. There have been 60 deaths of Craven County residents, and there are now 220Read More →

WALLETHUB | Voters in North Carolina are among the most powerful in the nation in the upcoming general election in swinging the presidency and Senate, according to a WalletHub study released today. With the 2020 election a little over a week away and voters’ influence varying from state to state, according to the report, 2020’s States with the Most & Least Powerful Voters. WalletHub compared the relative clout of 2020 voters in swinging the presidency and Senate. In order to make such a comparison, WalletHub calculated a Voter Power Score for each state and for each type of election. Most Powerful Voters – Presidential Election MostRead More →

Jameesha Harris is known as someone who doesn’t shy from challenges. A 35-year-old mother of three and daughter of a Vietnam War veteran, she became the first in her family to hold elected office when she won a seat on the New Bern alderman in 2017.  The youngest African American female ever elected alderman in New Bern, she speaks her mind and has done so while running for office and every day since her first day on the Board of Aldermen.  In September 2018, when Hurricane Florence swept through New Bern, Harris ignored evacuation orders and braved hurricane-force winds and rising floodwaters to evacuate individualsRead More →

QuoteWizard, an insurance website owned by LendingTree, has published rankings of U.S. states based on the best and worst drivers using the following data points: Accidents Speeding tickets DUIs Citations Based on that information only, North Carolina came out fairly well, ranking 38th (1st being the worst). In our neighborhood, North Carolina is a motoring paradise. Virginia ranked second worst, South Carolina ranked 10th worst, Georgia ranked 11th worst, and Tennessee ranked 27th. In short, North Carolina ranked really, really well — slightly better than Mississippi, and almost as good as Arizona. “In the five years we at QuoteWizard have been publishing our best andRead More →

Craven County voter turnout during early voting has reached 34.9 percent as of Saturday morning (Oct. 24, 2020), with 25,317 ballots cast. Among its neighboring counties, Craven County ranks third in voter turnout. Craven County has 72,537 registered voters out of a population of 102,139, of whom 21,868 are Democrats, 26,437 are Republicans, 23,656 are unaffiliated, 42 are Green, 43 are Constitution, and 491 are Libertarian. Craven County & neighbors County Total ballots cast Total turnout Ballots by mail One-stop ballots Craven 30,303 41.72 7,494 22,809 Beaufort 12,437 36.82 2,429 10,008 Carteret 22,892 44.29 4,013 18,879 Jones 2,415 32.78 326 2,089 Lenoir 16,079 42.09 2,559Read More →

Applications are being accepted for the N.C. Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program, which will assist eligible low- and- moderate-income renters experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The new program seeks to promote housing stability during the ongoing pandemic by providing rent and utility assistance to prevent evictions and utility disconnections. “The spread of coronavirus has affected every aspect of our lives. Many have lost jobs, had work hours cut back or had to care for someone who has become ill with COVID-19,” said Gov. Roy Cooper. “By creating this program to help with rent and utility bills, we can keep people inRead More →

A private school in New Bern has been contending with a cluster of COVID-19 cases of between 7 (its figures) and 10 (state figures) cases. Also, Craven county and municipal leaders have been urged by state officials to take stronger measures after the county was identified as a “county of concern” by the White House COVID-19 Task Force. Craven County has reported 314 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days. New Bern Christian Academy was identified as a cluster location by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services this week, although the outbreak has been going on for a couple ofRead More →

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that North Carolina will remain paused in Phase 3 for three more weeks as health officials continue to monitor North Carolina’s viral trends. North Carolina has seen increased hospitalizations and trajectory of cases in recent weeks. Governor Cooper underscored the importance of wearing masks, social distancing, and using good judgment despite fatigue or frustration with the pandemic. “As this pandemic continues, I know it’s difficult and tiring to keep up our guard, especially when we’re gathered with people we love. But it’s necessary. No one wants to spread COVID-19 accidentally to friends or family, so we must keep prevention atRead More →

With North Carolina’s COVID-19 trends moving in the wrong direction, state officials are urging Craven County and county and municipal leaders in 35 other counties where viral spread has been active, asking them to help slow the spread of the virus by promoting the 3 Ws and considering local actions to improve compliance with executive orders. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the NC Department of Public Safety sent the letter to county and municipal leaders in 36 counties that met the following metrics: The county has had 300 or more new cases in the last 14 days and has beenRead More →