Navy Veteran Rudy Armstrong recently suffered a stroke while on his houseboat that he built in Oriental, N.C., where he lives with his best buddy, a Chihuahua mix named Boo-Boo. He and Boo-Boo have a special bond and when Rudy couldn’t get to his phone to call for help, he looked his little friend in the eyes and said “I need help. Go get Kim.” Boo-Boo immediately ran off to get the Dockmaster, Kim, who called 911 and ultimately saved Rudy Armstrong’s life, with the help of the paramedics and CarolinaEast Medical Center staff caring for him. Armstrong, who has sailed all over the worldRead More →

Beginning now through September 30, applications are being accepted for the Spring 2021 semester for the Hope For The Warriors Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarship program. Since 2006, Hope For The Warriors has awarded Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships twice a year. The program recognizes and rewards post-9/11 spouses and caregivers for their strength, fidelity and resolve despite adversity as they assume critical roles in the financial well-being of their families. Scholarships vary from $1,500 to $2,500 and applied toward higher education at an U.S. accredited university, college or trade school. Honorary Scholarship – awarded to those seeking graduate or post-graduate degree New Beginnings ScholarshipRead More →

North Carolina has the most equitable school districts in the nation, overall, and Craven County is among the most equitable in North Carolina, according to a recent study by WalletHub. Craven County Schools ranks 18th among NC’s 115 school districts in terms of equitability. To find out where school funding is distributed most equitably, WalletHub used data from of the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Education Statistics. The 115 districts in North Carolina were scored based on two metrics: average household income and expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools per pupil. The Craven County school district spends an average of $8,761Read More →

Craven County invites residents who wish to dispose of debris generated by Hurricane Isaias to visit any of seven convenience sites for assistance. Normal hours of operation for the convenience sites are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The seven Craven County Solid Waste Convenience sites are located at: 3405 NC Highway 101, Havelock 605 NC Highway 55 East New Bern 205 Belltown Road, Dover 7240 Highway 70 East, New Bern 4001 Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern 121 Sanders Lane, New Bern, North Carolina 246 Bailey Lane Vanceboro Vegetative debris should beRead More →

Enjoy a conversation with a curator. This month’s Histo ry at High Noon event will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with the Chief Curator of the NC Museum of History, and curator for our exhibit on women’s suffrage, RaeLana Poteat!  “Through the work of our museum staff and input from the community, we have introduced two new online series: History and Highballs and History at High Noon,” the museum announced. Free to the public unless otherwise noted, these events require registration, via Eventbrite, beforehand; registered attendees will receive an exclusive program link. Registration for the programs are accessible from the museum’sRead More →

Update: Approximately 7,400 customers are without power right now. “We’re hoping to be through with #Isaias soon so we can redeploy our crews for damage assessments, restorations & repairs,” the city said on social media. Power outages were widespread in New Bern early Tuesday morning as Tropical Storm Isaias approached the city. “Once conditions improve, we’ll start deploying crews to assess the damage & begin restorations & repairs,” the city announced on its social media just before 2 a.m. as the outages started to pile up. Wind gusts well above 40 mph were to blame. While power outages were widespread, most of the city stillRead More →

Please review these important reminders to stay safe around natural gas meters and appliances, especially during severe weather. Call Piedmont Natural Gas if you see wind-related damage: If you see or suspect wind or tree damage to natural gas lines, call us at 800-752-7504 or call 911. If water has entered your home: Do not attempt to disconnect, clear debris from or work on any natural gas appliance, including your meter.Do not attempt to relight any of your natural gas appliances. Instead, call 800-752-7504. If your natural gas appliances are damaged by water: Natural gas appliances damaged by water may need to be replaced accordingRead More →

Publix in New Bern closed at 5 p.m. today, four hours earlier than its normal 9 a.m. closure, due to approaching tropical-force wind and rain from Isaias. “We’re closely monitoring Tropical Storm Isaias and the impact to our operating areas,” Publix said on its website. “Please be aware that several of our stores in the affected area will be adjusting their hours for the storm. The map below provides the most up-to-date information on changes to store hours.Read More →

The Craven County Board of Education approved Courtney Morgan as the new principal for Roger Bell New Tech Academy during their special called Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Morgan fills a vacancy that was created when Michelle Lee was recently named as the Assistant Superintendent of System Improvement, Literacy and Learning. Mrs. Morgan is a New Bern native and a wonderful product of Craven County Schools.  She is beginning her 19th year in education. She started her career in Craven County in 2002 at Oaks Road Elementary School before moving to Chapel Hill, NC where she continued teaching. During her elevenRead More →

It is more important than ever to have responsible, thoughtful leaders representing our local governments. In times of crisis and strife, we look to leaders and advocates from Governor Cooper to our county’s local Sheriff to guide and protect our collective experiences as we traverse troubled times, together. Certain events like Hurricane Florence or COVID-19 bring us to our knees through life’s most difficult moments — at the very least, we should be able to believe that each-other’s best interest is as at heart. If you aren’t aware, Alderwoman Sabrina Bengel and former Mayor and Attorney Lee Bettis host a show on the Facebook-centric NewRead More →