Kelly Batchelor en Ocracoke still cleaning up after Arthur <p>Hyde County experienced minor flooding, storm surge, and widespread property debris on the north end of Ocracoke Island.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The high winds knocked down 30 power poles on Ocracoke.&nbsp; Electricity was restored around 10 pm Saturday.&nbsp; Emergency Services Director Justin Gibbs says the major impact came from&nbsp;wind damage.&nbsp; “<em>they’re working on obtaining some additional resources to assist with debris cleanup.&nbsp; I think they’re looking at getting an additional chipper and an additional dump truck to go over to Ocracoke to try to expedite the process.” </em>Gi Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:29:24 +0000 Kelly Batchelor 45933 at Certificate Renewed for North Eastern NC Wind Farm <P>The North Carolina Utilities Commission has renewed a certificate to construct a 20,000-acre wind turbine farm in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.&nbsp;&nbsp;The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reported that the project remains on hold. The commission order Tuesday says the state requires the certificate be renewed within two years of the first time the project received approval. Tue, 14 May 2013 17:02:51 +0000 Kelly Batchelor 13999 at Carteret County Animal Shelter Failed Inspection <P>Carteret County Animal Shelter has failed their state inspection and now they’re calling on volunteers to help make repairs.&nbsp; Rusted fencing, corroded kennel runs, and deteriorated floors are just a few of the problems the shelter must fix by June 30th to get their license reinstated. Tue, 14 May 2013 16:45:47 +0000 Kelly Batchelor 13996 at Local Military Base Cancels July 4th Fireworks <P>The July 4 fireworks show at Camp Lejeune is the latest victim of the federal budget cuts. The Marine Corps said Tuesday that the fireworks celebration has been canceled because of the cuts known as sequestration.&nbsp; Brig. Gen. Thomas Gorry said supporting the Marines, those who have been wounded and families are the top priorities. Gorry says canceling the event will allow the base to use resources for other financial challenges. Tue, 14 May 2013 16:39:40 +0000 Kelly Batchelor 13995 at Residential Project Underway in Greenville <P>A 30 to 35 million dollar residential project is underway on Reade Circle in Greenville. The five story building will house up to five hundred people, and includes a parking deck, a pool, courtyards, and dining. Construction crews are demolishing buildings on the 10 to 11 thousand square feet of space being used for the project. Construction will begin by early Fall of this year. Investors, Tom Taft and Jim Ward, say construction is estimated for completion in the summer of 2015. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 17:19:25 +0000 Kelly Batchelor 12377 at African American Music Trail - Park Breaks Ground <P>A new music park has broken ground in Kinston and will be the centerpiece for the eight county African American Music Trail.&nbsp;&nbsp;Construction has started&nbsp;at the site, which is located on the corner of South Queen and Springhill streets.&nbsp; When finished, the music park will feature a 12-foot high by 23-foot wide sculpture documenting famous local musicians such as Maceo and Melvin Parker.&nbsp; Executive Director of the Kinston Community Council for the Arts Sandy Landis says the park will also have a place where musicians can perform impromptu shows.</P> <P><BR>“There wil Tue, 23 Apr 2013 17:11:49 +0000 Kelly Batchelor 12376 at Litter Roundup Underway <P>The state Department of Transportation is starting a two-week project to rid North Carolina's roadsides of litter.&nbsp;Litter Sweep concludes April 27.&nbsp; Volunteers will be aided by DOT transportation crews, Adopt-A-Highway groups, N.C. Department of Public Safety inmate crews and community service workers. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 17:00:57 +0000 Kelly Batchelor 12375 at New Ferry Toll Booths Installed <P>In early April, the Ferry Division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation began installing new toll booths at three ferry terminals along the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:52:39 +0000 Kelly Batchelor 12374 at Buddy Phillips Bridge construction back on track <P>Following a 6 month break in construction of the Buddy Phillips Bridge, the project is back on track.The 12 million dollar bridge replacement crosses the New River on US 17 business in downtown Jacksonville. The 800 foot, 4-lane bridge replacement was halted because the original contractors, Intercoastal Contracting of Castle Hayne, filed for bankruptcy.&nbsp; Smith-Rowe LLC is being subcontracted to finish the last leg of work. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:27:25 +0000 Kelly Batchelor 12364 at QuadLoop proposed <P>The Greenville City Council recently signed legislation endorsing an interstate loop that would aim to make Eastern North Carolina a hot spot for outside developers and manufacturers.&nbsp;</P> <P>The Quad East Interstate Loop would connect East Carolina University and Vidant Medical Center with Kinston’s Global Trans-Park and Goldsboro’s Seymour Johnson Air Force base. The $300 million project is designed to further Eastern North Carolina’s potential for economic growth and development. The proposed loop would be constructed around Wayne County’s Interstate 795 bypass. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:15:53 +0000 Kelly Batchelor 9214 at Shortage of State Troopers in our area <p><br>Recent media reports have indicated a lack of Highway Patrol in eastern North Carolina. Captain John Nyberg of Troop A &nbsp;says&nbsp; the shortage is real and they have sustained a minimum of troopers for years. Nyberg says&nbsp;Troop A currently employs&nbsp;121 Highway Patrolmen, but the ideal number is 150.</p><p><em>&nbsp;"That number is one that's been around for quite a long time, and you don't have to look that far to see how much the population has increased over the years."</em></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:42:09 +0000 Kelly Batchelor 9112 at DMV Vehicle Property Tax Changes <P>Changes are coming to the way the Division of Motor Vehicles&nbsp; collects vehicle property tax. The Tax and Tag program will allow the DMV to consolidate vehicle property taxes along with registration renewals into one single payment. The DMV will begin sending out registration renewal notices this summer that show both fees on the same invoice.&nbsp; By mid 2014, all NC vehicles will be incorporated into the system.</P> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:27:32 +0000 Kelly Batchelor 8112 at Greene County Animal Shelter Faces Closure <p>Several non-profits in Greene County are joining forces to save the local Animal Shelter<strong>.&nbsp; </strong></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:10:53 +0000 Kelly Batchelor 8111 at