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Shoaling is occurring at the eastern end of Shackleford Banks and South Core Banks.  Boaters navigating that area are being asked to exercise caution.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

A damaged transmission line on the Outer Banks late last week led to blackouts on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands and prompted a mandatory evacuation of 50,000 visitors during the coastal tourist town’s  busiest time of year. While businesses on Ocracoke and Hatteras will begin welcoming back tourist at noon Friday, they will still have to tally the economic loss.  Those in the know say Ocracoke’s loss may be a very short term gain for Crystal Coast businesses.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.   

 

East Carolina University doctors used a life size 3D printed rib cage to perform a life changing surgery for a Goldsboro man suffering from chronic pain.

The city of New Bern is warning residents about a door-to-door scam. George Olsen has more.

Power restoration may be a little sooner than first thought.  Crews have been working on two solutions to restore main-line transmission service to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands: repair of the underground cable and construction on an overhead transmission line.  Attempts to dewater the trench at the site have been unsuccessful, so Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative will work to complete the overhead transmission line.  The restoration timeframe is one to two days, with plans to have power back by Saturday.  The new line will need to stay energize for several hours while the cooperative test

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North Carolina's Transportation Department is reminding drivers of a lower speed limit on an Outer Banks bridge to protect purple martins, which roost annually on the span over the Croatan Sound. Jared Brumbaugh has more.

The speed limit on the William B. Umstead Bridge in Manns Harbor is 20 mph at dusk and dawn to protect the more than 100,000 purple martins that roost on the west end of the bridge as they prepare for their annual 3,000 mile migration to Brazil.

“It’s one of the biggest roosts in the eastern U.S.”

Gov. Roy Cooper was in Greenville yesterday, to sign a new state school bus law. The new law allows counties to adopt ordinances and cite motorists by using cameras installed on the stop-arms of buses. Jared Brumbaugh has more.

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The U.S. Navy is holding a public meeting this evening in Morehead City for proposed training and testing activities which could include the use of active sonar and explosives.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

The latest proposed option supports less activity within the Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing area off the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico.  The draft Environmental Impact Statement considers two action alternatives and one no action alternative.

Wolf Haven International

Big changes could be coming to the way the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the world’s only wild red wolf population in northeastern North Carolina. 

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A brief look at everyday life for U-S Servicemen in the Pacific Theatre during World War II is now available online through the North Carolina state archives. George Olsen has more.

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A state Highway Historical Marker will be dedicated Saturday, July 22 to honor the North Carolina National Guard. George Olsen has more.

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

We’re half way through the sea turtle nesting season along the North Carolina coast and biologists with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are saying it could be another banner year.  


A maintenance area boat ramp at Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro is now open to the public.  Language in the recently approved state budget requires any park that includes an existing boat ramp suitable for launch of motorized watercraft to ensure the ramp is accessible to the public during operating hours.  Superintendent of Hammocks Beach State Park Sarah Kendrick says the small service ramp, used to maintain the park’s ferries, opened Saturday.

A new study finds taking high doses of vitamin D supplements may increase the risk of kidney stones and cancer.  

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority is investing $4.5 Million to support jobs, infrastructure and property upgrades across the state.  The town of Ayden in Pitt County will receive $500,000 to renovate a two-story building built in 1915 to house a quilt shop.  In Bertie County, a $25,000 grant will help restore a 3,500 square foot building in Windsor that’s been vacant for 12 years.

This week on the Down East Journal, we hear some of my favorite stories.  We take a road trip around eastern North Carolina to visit some of the best spots for whole hog, wood smoked  barbecue.  We hear about a 19th century settlement called Diamond City that was once on the east end of Shackleford Banks.  And, we learn about the dialect and vocabulary of Harkers Island. 

The town of North Topsail Beach will soon begin requiring an access pass to enter a highly used 4x4 permissible driving area. The area, known as Onslow County Beach Access #3 is located at the end of River Road and consists of approximately 12 acres of shoreline along the New River.

On the next Down East Journal, rip currents have been making headlines this week with the death of a teen in Emerald Isle.  To help keep you and your family safe this summer, we speak with local officials and emergency responders about rip current safety and how to break the grip of the rip.  And, hear what’s in store for the 57th annual Old Homes and Gardens Tour. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration says it can provide help to residents and business owners in Sampson County recovering from severe storms and straight line winds that struck May 29.  The damaging thunderstorms toppled trees, blocked roads, damaged agricultural property and caused major damage to at least 25 homes and businesses in Sampson County. It was the second time in a week that severe storms impacted the county.  Homeowners and business owners can apply to the SBA for low-interest federal loans of up to $200,000 to help them repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.

A new report shows the estimated economic impact for the 2017 Wings Over Wayne Airshow was in excess of $20 million dollars.  The report, by the Travel & Tourism Department for the City of Goldsboro and Wayne County quantified the economic benefits generated from overnight travel and day visitors.  More than half of the visitors attended Wings Over Wayne for their first time in 2017, and nearly 65% of all visitors travelled more than 50 miles.  Saturday's crowd estimate was 130,000 visitors, with an additional 100,000 people visiting on Sunday.

A second round of state grants will provide $10 million dollars to help with infrastructure repairs in several eastern North Carolina communities hit hard by Hurricane Matthew.  The recovery grants are part of $200 million in funding provided by the state legislature to the North Carolina Department of Commerce to address rural economic development and small business needs.  Snow Hill will receive more than $244 thousand to relocate and replace an existing pump station outside the floodplain.

This week on the Down East Journal, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will add another vessel to their fleet.  The new ferry is being built in Swansboro and will take passengers between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village.  And, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is expanding a federal supplemental food program to reach senior citizens in Onslow County. 

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina announced that they are expanding their federal supplemental food program to reach more senior citizens in eastern North Carolina.  Mac McKee speaks with the Senior Manager for Communications Jessica Wichard about the program which provides vegetables, fruits, whole grains, protein and dairy to seniors in need in Wake, Durham, Orange, Halifax and Onslow counties. 

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Construction has begun on a new passenger only ferry that will take visitors from Hatteras to Ocracoke Village.  The ferry is expected to be operational by Memorial Day weekend 2018.

Wilson County Program Targets Childhood Obesity

Jun 9, 2017

An estimated 1 in 10 North Carolina adults have been diagnosed with diabetes.  The condition is the 7th leading cause of death in our state.  It’s statistics like these that prompted an innovative program in Wilson County that aims to curb high diabetes and obesity rates with early intervention.  Chris Thomas has more on MATCH Wellness, an interdisciplinary program empowering adolescents to make healthy decisions.  

U.S. Navy special boat teams will be conducting training exercises in and around Cherry Point waterways.  Surface direct live fire operations will take place at Marine Corps Bombing Targets 9 and 11 in the eastern Pamlico Sound.  Cherry Point Public Affairs Officer Mike Barton.

“What that basically means is they’re out there using heavy machine guns blasting holes in some of the targets.  It gives them an opportunity to train on the water, do some target training on the water.”

Craft distillers are hoping a bill that’s cleared the state Senate could give them a push to parity with local brew pubs and wineries. George Olsen has more.

Wolf Haven International

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold two meetings in eastern North Carolina this week to discuss the future management of the red wolf recovery effort.  Residents who live in the red wolf recovery area, which includes Washington, Tyrrell, Dare, Hyde and Beaufort counties, are encouraged to weigh in on an environmental assessment focusing on potential changes to the management of red wolves under the National Environmental Policy Act.

This week on the Down East Journal, we look back at Operation Bumblebee, a highly classified missile testing program on Topsail Island during the late 1940's.  And, a bird watching trip takes place this Sunday at the North River Preserve in Otway.  The restored wetland area serves as a habitat for more than 240 bird species. 

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