The fishing industry is being asked to help collect abandoned fishing gear from Currituck Sound to Oregon Inlet. This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about the cleanup project. And, hazardous waste collection events are planned in New Bern and Bayboro this Saturday. Details on the next Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.
For two hundred years, rice was grown on large plantations in eastern North Carolina. We get the backstory on this lucrative crop and we hear from a farmer who’s continuing the tradition in Chatham County.
A small schoolhouse for African American children reopened September 27th as a museum showcasing photos of teachers and students, a teacher's desk, a chalkboard and a bookcase that served as the library. Mac McKee speaks with Vice President for the Historic Jarvisburg Colored School Association Vivian Simpson to get an idea on what life was life for students prior to desegregation.
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to have their corn tested for aflatoxin to prevent contamination of feeds and food. Jared Brumbaugh has more.
Aflatoxin is a byproduct of a mold, and can be harmful to both humans and livestock. Feed Compliance Officer George Ferguson says the Cunningham Research Station in Kinston is one of six drop-off locations across the state where farmers can submit their 5 pound sample of shelled corn.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is paving the way to develop bicycle and pedestrian paths across the state. This week on the Down East Journal, more on the grant plan and how Emerald Isle’s bike path is paying off 10 years later.
As you’re traveling around eastern North Carolina, you may notice individuals or groups of people picking up trash along the highway. That’s because the statewide Fall Litter Sweep is underway. This week, I spoke with marketing specialist with the North Carolina Department of Transportation Julia Cassedante about the cleanup campaign and about how you can get involved.
The City of Kinston is combating gang activity by increasing police presence in the community with the implementation of a new gang unit. Jared Brumbaugh has more.
On Monday night, City Council members voted to fund the unit, consisting of four members who will work in areas where gang activity is prevalent. The decision comes after a successful program during the summer. Kinston’s Public Safety Director Bill Johnson says during the six week period, officers arrested 129 individuals, served 92 warrants and removed 17 guns off the streets.
Conservators with the Queen Anne’s Revenge project have utilized new x-ray technology to further efforts to preserve artifacts brought up from the Beaufort Harbor wreck site of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship. George Olsen has more.
Literally thousands and thousands of artifacts have been brought up off the ocean floor since the 1996 discovery of the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Some of the items that come up are easily identifiable. Others… not so much.
Sea turtle nesting season along the North Carolina coast is usually three and a half months long, May to mid-August. Although sea turtle nests are still being counted, the number of nests along our coast this year is down. As of Wednesday Sept. 10th, there were 554 nests counted so far. The average is about 750 nests annually. Jared Brumbaugh speaks with State Sea Turtle Biologist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Matthew Godfrey about why the numbers are so low and how they collect their information on sea turtle nests.
A site in Jacksonville that remembers the lives lost during the 1983 bombing of the barracks in Beirut, Lebanon is in the process of renovation. Kelly Batchelor has more on the Beirut Memorial tree replacement.
This weekend, the North Carolina Paddle Festival takes place at Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro. It’s a celebration of paddle sports in eastern North Carolina, including kayak and paddleboard races, fun paddles, kid’s activities and more. Mac McKee speaks with NC State Park Ranger Jacob Vitak about this year’s event.
In Jacksonville two former elementary school teachers have ambitious plans to open a new children museum. Co-Chair of the Zing Zumm Museum board Liz Owens discusses with Public Radio East’s Mikel Peterson how the museum went from being just an idea to reality.
Large bodies of water like the Pamlico Sound absorb carbon dioxide like a sponge. But when a tropical storm or hurricane hits, it agitates the water releasing extensive amounts of CO2 into the air. We speak to a coastal scientist about the harmful effects of “burping estuaries.”
A press release from the Department of Public Instruction says the rate of students graduating in four years or less is now 83.8 percent … up from 82.5 percent in 2013 and from 68.3 percent when the state first started reporting the four-year cohort graduation rate in 2006. The percentage of students graduating in five-years or less is 84.9. DPI notes the graduation rate has risen despite students needing at least 22 credits to graduate compared to needing 20 in 2009. DPI also reported that all subgroups of students had higher graduation rates in 2014 from the prior year.