This weekend, Toy Trains of Belhaven, a popular Christmas exhibit in Washington County, will showcase a miniature winter wonderland dotted with buildings, villagers, lights and tracks. But the star of the show is a collection of tinplate toy trains running through the elaborately decorated holiday villages. Mikel Peterson has more on the elaborate set up that's sending young and old alike to the "Birthplace of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway."
East Carolina University broke ground on its sixth dental clinic this week, and two more are opening this winter. This week on the Down East Journal, an overview of the clinics and how they’re improving access to oral healthcare in underserved areas of North Carolina. And, we speak with Tryon Palace about their Saturday Christmas candlelight tour. The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.
Black bears are thriving in eastern North Carolina, 20,000 strong in the state. We talk to wildlife officials about where bears are plentiful and why they’re growing bigger in the eastern part of the state.
Black bears are thriving in eastern North Carolina...20 thousand strong in the state. This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to wildlife officials about where bears are plentiful and why they’re growing bigger in the eastern part of the state. Plus, a historic weekend tour in Edenton celebrates the holidays by opening the Wessington House for the first time in six years. Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.
Some homes at North Topsail Beach are in trouble. Electricity, water and sewer have been disconnected at 20 structures due to erosion. Details on how a project that starts next week could help slow the tide.
The Spokes Group of Eastern North Carolina works closely with the Salvation Army to give disadvantaged boys and girls in the community bikes for Christmas. Since their inception three years ago, the organization has distributed more than 800 bikes and helmets to children in Kinston. Mikel Peterson talks with Spokes Group Director of Operations Angela Hill.
Southeastern North Carolina is the only place in the world where venus flytraps grow in the wild. Because of their rarity, there are exotic plant collectors around the world that will pay to have one of these carnivorous plants. But taking a venus flytrap from the wild is illegal. This week, new regulations went into effect that protect the plant from being poached and sold on the internet. This week, Jared Brumbaugh speaks with Park Superintendent of Carolina Beach State Park Chris Helms about the new law and how it’s being enforced.
The saying what goes around comes around is true for marine debris and plastics that end up in the coastal waters of North Carolina and eventually wash up on beaches or are ingested by fish, sea turtles and other aquatic animals. A traveling exhibit makes a stop in Morehead City December 1st through the 4th to raise awareness of the impact marine debris has on wildlife. Jared Brumbaugh speaks with professor at University of North Carolina's Institute of Marine Sciences Dr. Rachel Nobel about the exhibit and the featured artist.
This week on the Down East Journal, the results are in from the latest wild turkey observation survey. We speak with wildlife biologist Chris Kreh about the annual report and about North Carolina’s rebounding turkey population. And, we highlight a free event commemorating the 92nd anniversary of the Great Fire of New Bern in 1922. The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.
We speak with the mayor of Turkey, North Carolina about the small Sampson County town and how it got its name.
Turkey is the centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table, but did you know it’s also the name of a town in North Carolina? If you look at it on a map, the outline of the town actually resembles the shape of a turkey. But that’s not how it got its name. Mayor of Turkey Leon Clifton says a rafter of wild turkeys moved into the area during colonial times.
We’re talking turkey on this week’s Down East Journal. We speak with the mayor of Turkey, North Carolina about the small Sampson County town and how it got its name. And, a celebrated local chef shares a special holiday recipe for your Thanksgiving table. Listen for the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.
Fort Bragg troops were among 100 soldiers sent to West Africa for a humanitarian aid mission. We speak with Fort Bragg spokesperson Ben Abel about how the unit will help efforts to stem Ebola and precautions in place to protect the public upon their arrival back home.
Driving rural roads, alone at night, can leave motorists in a vulnerable position. Add to that scenario, an unidentified man repeatedly following those travelers, asking them to stop to inspect nonexistent damage. Three such incidents have happened over the last few weeks in eastern North Carolina. Now Mikel Peterson has more on the man’s tactics and some practical tips that could keep you safe.
When I was a senior in college, I took a sociology course on marriage. It was known as a gut course, dead easy. You could even cut class, as I did that quarter in order to go bowling with a friend. Yet the course was useful, particularly our discussions about the innumerable tremendous trifles that pop up in every marriage or close relationship. You know…the person who leaves toothpaste in the sink…the one who always drops dirty clothes on the floor…the partner who never replaces a toilet paper roll. (And these are just bathroom topics.) What are we supposed to do with all of the be