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10:03 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Improvements Coming For Beirut Memorial In Jacksonville

Credit City of Jacksonville

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.

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ENC Features
9:51 am
Mon September 15, 2014

NC Paddle Festival This Weekend

Credit ncpaddle.com

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.

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The Down East Journal
4:35 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Cultivate The Garden Journal

Credit J Brumbaugh

Help Public Radio East cultivate The Garden Journal by sending your ideas and suggestions to:

gardenjournalideas@gmail.com

Please include your name and where you live so that we can refer to you on air. 

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ENC Features
8:37 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Children's Museum Planned For Jacksonville

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. 

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ENC Regional News
3:50 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

New Trees Planned For Jacksonville's Beirut Memorial Grove

The North Carolina Department of Transportation and the City of Jacksonville are working together to improve the Beirut Memorial Grove.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

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ENC Features
12:12 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

New Research Finds Estuaries "Burp" CO2

Instruments measuring CO2 concentrations in the water and air.
Credit J. Crosswell, A. Joyner

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.”  

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ENC Regional News
4:06 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

State High School graduation rates at all-time high

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.

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ENC Regional News
11:21 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Fish Kill In The Neuse River

Photo by ModMon sampling crew yesterday near Flanner’s Beach where the fish kill occurred.
Credit Betsy Abare, UNC-CH Institute of Marine Sciences, Morehead City, NC

Tens of thousands of dead fish have washed up on the banks of the Neuse River.  Jared Brumbaugh has this. 

The fish kill at Flanner’s Beach started during the Labor Day weekend and was reported to the Neuse Riverkeeper Alliance Tuesday.  Travis Graves is the Lower Neuse Riverkeeper.

“100 percent of the fish I saw were on Flanner’s Beach were menhaden between the peanut size up to even the one year old and two year old.”

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ENC Features
10:31 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Carolina Chamber Music Festival

Credit http://carolinachambermusic.org/

If you enjoy live classical music in an intimate setting, the 12th Annual Carolina Chamber Music Festival takes place September 9th through the 13th in downtown New Bern.  Public Radio East's Mac McKee speaks with Director Jennifer Lucht about this year's events.

For more information on the Carolina Chamber Music Festival, go to http://carolinachambermusic.org/

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ENC Features
10:10 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Pitt Tops List As Most Dangerous County For Wrecks

Pitt County is ranked number one as the most dangerous county in the state for vehicle accidents.  We pinpoint some reasons Greenville drivers are most at risk.  

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ENC Features
9:55 am
Tue September 2, 2014

How to Save Seeds

As the flowers fade and harvest slows from your summer gardens, we speak with Onslow County Horticulture Agent Lisa Rayburn about saving seeds for next year’s bounty.  

For more information on saving seeds, visit http://www.seedsavers.org/Education/Seed-Saving-Resources/

For tips on saving vegetable seeds, go to http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/vegetables/gardening/hgic1255.html

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ENC Features
10:10 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Sea Level Anomolies Cause Extensive Erosion at NC Beaches

Credit Stephen Fegley

Officials in North Topsail Beach called a special meeting just last week to address the loss of 900 feet of dunes.  It’s thought that winter storms and two hurricanes are the cause of erosion.  But there may be another contributor.  A team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences recently published results of a multi year study conducted in Onslow County that found sea level anomalies, or periods of higher-than-normal water levels, can cause extensive erosion.   This week, I spoke with Ph.

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ENC Features
12:22 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Changes To NC Bear Hunting Season

Credit NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Over the past 30 years, black bear populations in North Carolina have increased fivefold.   We talk about new hunting policies in place to help stabilize their numbers.  

According to NC’s Wildlife Resources Commission, Eastern North Carolina’s black bear population has made a comeback. Today, the population sits at just over 10,000, compared to the paltry 2,000 three decades ago.

“The increase in the bear population has been occurring since the early 1980’s.”

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ENC Features
7:39 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Renovated Roanoke River Lighthouse re-opens to the public

Credit NC Department of Cultural Resources

INTRO – A lighthouse that helped provide safe passage to river mariners for around 50 years now has safe harbor itself… the Roanoke River Lighthouse has been restored and is open to the public for tours this weekend. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Features
9:52 am
Mon August 11, 2014

An Audio Postcard From Band Camp

We travel to New Bern High School where students are learning music and drill for their 2014 show "Framed In Black."

We can feel summer winding down… students are savoring the last few weeks of vacation before school starts again.  But some have already returned to practice and rehearse at summer band camp.  Today, we’re at New Bern High School to hear how the marching bears preparing for a busy season.

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ENC Features
9:31 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Local Theater Seeks Stories Of Military Spouses

Cape Fear Regional Theater in Fayetteville and the Hidden Voices project are in the process of collecting stories from military spouses about finding courage in the challenges they face during and after deployment. The organizations hope to turn these stories into staged readings to help connect the military families with the greater community. Mikel Peterson has more.

Dora Bullock lives in New Bern and remembers the struggles vividly she faced during her husband’s deployment back in 2010.

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ENC Features
9:15 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Caledonia Prison Inmates Grow Their Own Food

Credit NC Department of Public Safety

Halifax County’s Caledonia Correctional Institution continues to produce thousands of pounds of crops as the years go by. Lee Jenkins has more on the self- sufficient prison farm and the impact it’s had on the community.

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Seat Belt Usage at All-Time High in NC

INTRO -- Seat belt usage in the state is at an all-time high. George Olsen has more.

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ENC Regional News
6:09 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Roanoke River Lighthouse to re-open to the public

INTRO – An 1866 lighthouse is re-opening to the public today (Thursday). George Olsen has more.

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ENC Features
11:32 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Local Artist Needed For Pitt County Artist In Residence Program

Credit Pitt County Arts Council

The Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge is seeking artists for their first ever Artist In Residence Program.  The deadline for applications is August 8th.  The winner will receive a nine month residency with free studio access and $2,000 instructor stipend.  Mac McKee speaks with Executive Director Holly Garriott about the program and the responsibilities of an Artist in Residence.

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