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Recent Study Spotlights Poverty in Goldsboro

Jan 24, 2018

Almost half of Goldsboro residents earn less than $30,000 a year, and a quarter of them live in poverty.  In 2015, the city of about 36,000 people was ranked the fifth poorest in the U.S. 

Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Ten hospitals in eastern North Carolina have set visitation restrictions for children due to the flu epidemic.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

To protect patients from potential exposure, Vidant Health announced yesterday that children 12 years of age and younger are prohibited from visiting at this time.   The restrictions are in place at all hospitals in the system, except for Vidant Roanoke-Chowan in Ahoskie.  Medical Director of Infection Control Dr. Keith Ramsey says the temporary change will be in place until the flu subsides.

Onslow County Schools

At a meeting with Onslow County leaders, state Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, R-Jacksonville, offered hope that state lawmakers will relieve some of the pressure next school year’s K-3 class size mandate is putting on school districts.

Duke Energy

A program awaiting approval by the North Carolina Utilities Commission could make installing solar panels more affordable for homeowners, churches, schools and other non-profits.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

 

Two campgrounds in the Croatan National Forest remain closed due to significant damages from the winter storm earlier this month.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Cedar Point Campground near Cape Carteret and Flanner’s Beach Campground just south of New Bern could remain closed for the remainder of the month. Temperatures in the single digits caused multiple pipe breaks inside the walls of sanitary facilities, the porcelain to crack on toilets and damage to showers.  Recreations Program Manager for the Croatan National Forest Jeff Kincaid.

Chris Hannant Photography

The annual crab pot cleanup project started Monday and runs through February 7th.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

The removal period allows derelict and abandoned crab pots and fishing gear to be removed from internal waters.  The Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project is in its fifth year and is funded primarily by the General Assembly.  This year, 76 commercial watermen will participate in the cleanup effort which creates jobs for them while the no-potting period is in place.  Coastal Education Coordinator with the Coastal Federation Sara Hallas. 

ONWASA

The Onslow Water and Sewer Authority is asking customers to check their plumbing for leaks after historic high demand is being reported across their service area due to the recent winter storm.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

ONWASA normally pump around 7.5 million gallons of water every day during the month of January.  According to CEO of ONSWASA Jeffery Hudson, the rate of demand has nearly doubled to 14 million gallons of water over the last several days.

NC DPS

An organization that helps former inmates transition back into their communities in Onslow and Jones Counties is getting a $225,000 state contract. 

NCDOT

A four month bridge replacement project is underway in Carteret County, prompting a road closure near N.C. 58.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

The bridge over Hadnot Creek north of Cape Carteret was in constant need of repairs making it functionally obsolete and structurally deficient.  Communications officer for the State Department of Transportation Divisions 2 and 3 Brian Rick says the span was built in 1961 to standards no longer used today.

The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame has announced their 2018 inductees.

Onslow County Schools

Many school districts across Eastern North Carolina are scrambling to figure out how they will provide enough teachers and classroom space to accommodate smaller K-3 class sizes before they take effect during the 2018 - 2019 school year.  In Onslow County, district leaders are facing additional pressure from growing enrollment.  

CRCHUM

Approximately 15 people are diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease every day in the United States. There is no cure, but a promising study from a Canadian research facility shows one medication used to treat a chronic and severe mental disorder may improve quality of life for those with ALS.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

Duke Energy Progress

Widespread power outages are being reported across eastern North Carolina due to the winter storm.  Power has been restored on Ocracoke Island.

NCDOT

Crews with the North Carolina Department of Transportation are out in force pretreating the roads before the freezing rain and snow start falling here in eastern North Carolina.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

Changes are in the air for 2018 here at Public Radio East!

Beginning Monday, February 5th, all News and Ideas programming will move to 89.3 WTEB .  And all of Public Radio East's classical music broadcasts will be heard on 88.5 WZNB New Bern, 90.3 WKNS  Kinston-Goldsboro and 91.5 WBJD at the coast. 

That means more classical music for classical music fans on Monday, February 5th - when it's ALL CLASSICAL - ALL DAY.

Free download of You Ain't Got the Heart from the CD Roll With It by the Coffis Brothers & the Mountain Men, currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

UNC Research

A company in Carteret County is recognized as the 2017 Rural Entrepreneur of the Year by the North Carolina Rural Center.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

NC Ferry Division

The North Carolina Ferry Division will be reducing the number of runs on some ferry routes over the holiday.  The Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach, Hatteras-Ocracoke and Southport-Fort Fisher ferries will be on a alternate holiday schedule December 24th and 25th:

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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. 

Deterra

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.

NCDOT

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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