Ellis Airport

More improvements are on the way for a county owned, public use airport in eastern North Carolina.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Residents of Cumberland, Edgecombe, Robeson and Wayne counties can now call 2-1-1 to schedule an appointment at a Hurricane Matthew Housing Application Center.  The centers, known as ReBuild NC Recovery Centers, opened November 30 in the four counties most severely impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Residents in these areas who suffered damage to their homes from Matthew may be eligible for assistance.  When disaster survivors visit the centers for their appointments, application specialists will meet with them in person to guide them through the full application.

AAA Carolinas estimates a record breaking 3.1 million North Carolinians will travel this holiday season.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 


Ten thousand medication disposal kits are headed to the Pitt County Coalition on Substance Abuse for distribution.  As Jared Brumbaugh reports, the kits are an effort to get rid of unused opioids. 

The disposal kits help prevent people from becoming addicted to opioids by providing a simple and easily accessible way to dispose of unused medications.  Communications Director with Trillium Health Jennifer Mackethan says the Deterra Drug Deactivation System works by combining water and activated carbon to neutralize any organic medications containing opioids.

Changes to entry procedures are causing traffic delays for commuters going to Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune during the morning rush hour.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Valerie Crowder

Greenville city officials are moving closer to developing a parking strategy that accommodates recent and future downtown growth.

Corning Inc.

A materials science company has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art facility in eastern North Carolina and expand manufacturing operations in the Piedmont.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Audubon North Carolina

Audubon North Carolina’s annual Christmas Bird Count begins today and runs through January 5th.  For the 117th year, birders across the state help provide census data that researchers, biologists and wildlife agencies use to help assess the health of bird populations and guide conservation action.  Field Organizer for Audubon North Carolina Kim Branch says last year, record numbers of loons were recorded along the coast.

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

Record salinity levels revealed in the Neuse River early this month are just now approaching normal levels.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.


The North Carolina Department of Transportation is shutting down one of the major connectors to the Outer Banks for a week while crews repair the swing-span drawbridge.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Spirit AeroSystems

Spirit AeroSystems will be expanding their operations at the Global TransPark in Lenoir County. Jared Brumbaugh has more.

The company, which manufactures components for the Airbus A350 aircraft, plans to invest nearly $56 million in Kinston over the next five years.  The project was made possible in part by a performance-based incentive grant from Lenoir County up to $1.5 million.  Lenoir County Executive Director of Economic Development Mark Pope.

After nearly a decade of planning, Onslow County Commissioners broke ground on an air traffic control tower at the Albert J. Ellis Airport. Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

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Local research is changing the way we understand insulin resistance and problems with metabolism in middle age.  Dr. Maria Torres sheds new light on cell mitochondria and its impact on cardiovascular disease and diabetes, especially in women.

NC Department of Commerce

The North Carolina Department of Commerce has released the economic development tier rankings for 2018, and three counties in eastern North Carolina will be changing their designation in the New Year. 

New laws affecting drone usage in the state take effect December 1, 2017. One of two new laws prohibits drone usage within a 500 foot horizontal distance or a 250 foot vertical distance of a prison, jail or any correction or containment facility. The other law clarifies that state drone laws also apply to model aircraft as well, though model aircraft remain exempt from the state’s permitting requirements for drones.

Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed Friday, Dec. 1 as World AIDS Day in North Carolina. A press release from the state Department of Health and Human Services says the Department is joining with the Governor on the proclamation. A press release from the Department report that as of December 2016 there were an estimated 36,700 people living with HIV or AIDS in North Carolina with approximately 2600 of them unaware of their infection. According to the most recent North Carolina HIV/STD Surveillance Report, 1399 adults and adolescents were diagnosed with HIV in the state in 2016.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension is bringing its business training classes to farmers in the state's eastern region. 

Lenoir County Public Schools

Lenoir County Public Schools is one of four school systems in Eastern North Carolina to receive a state grant that helps fund computer science classes. 

Farm Labor Organizing Committee

A farmworkers’ union in Eastern North Carolina is trying to stop a state law that makes it harder for farmworkers to collectively bargain.


With record breaking numbers of people traveling this Thanksgiving holiday, the State Department of Transportation is doing their part to make travel safer and more efficient.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.


Beaufort Police Department is now among more than 20 other departments in Eastern North Carolina that carry the opioid overdose-antidote naloxone.

The Republican tax bill, which recently passed in the House , would cost North Carolina public schools more than $5 billion over the next decade if it becomes law. 

Low income and uninsured people in Onslow County can now receive dental treatment at a new clinic in Jacksonville.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

NC Parks

The State of North Carolina is evaluating the suitability of a state park on the Black River in parts of Sampson, Bladen and Pender counties. 

Roughly a year after Hurricane Matthew devastated areas of eastern North Carolina, the State is employing experts to conduct studies on four rivers in the region.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

National Spinning Co. Inc

National Spinning Company recently announced that they will shut down their plant in Duplin County by the end of the year.  Now, state and local officials have started the process of attracting another business to the area.  

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The North Carolina Coastal Federation is seeking commercial watermen for their annual on-the-water Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project.  


The North Carolina Department of Transportation gathering public input on a proposed widening project in Greenville.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 


Two first-time mayoral candidates in their 30s won major races in Eastern North Carolina yesterday, defeating opponents with more experience in city government.  

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division is switching to a winter schedule today for one of its popular summer routes.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

During the peak summer months between Memorial Day and mid-September, the Hatteras to Ocracoke ferry offers 36 round trip departures per day. Now, Public Information Officer for the Ferry Division Tim Hass says they are cutting the number of runs in half.