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The Greenville Housing Authority and Pitt County Health Department have implemented a new smoke free policy at eight housing site months earlier than the federal deadline.   


Teacher Vacancies Hard To Fill In ENC

Mar 30, 2018
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State funding for public education in North Carolina remains below pre-recession levels, despite inflation and higher personnel costs.  And less funding for public schools has contributed to teacher shortages in most districts across the state.  Filling these vacancies is especially difficult for rural districts in Eastern North Carolina, which have smaller tax bases and are less desirable destinations for many recent college graduates.  


NC Ferry Division

The North Carolina Ferry Division is adjusting the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry schedule to accommodate an emergency dredging effort due to shoaling at the northern end of Ocracoke Island.  

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A drug that can counteract the effects of an opioid overdose is now more widely available in Onslow County. 


NCDOT

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is collecting comments on a proposed widening project in Greenville.  

Kinston Public Services

Twenty-seven counties in eastern North Carolina will receive state funding to improve or replace drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.  


In two state legislative districts in Onslow County, it’s been more than a decade since a Democrat has run. 

NC Highway Patrol

The North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program, in partnership with state and local law enforcement, is holding the annual Speed a Little. Lose a Lot. campaign, which runs through Sunday, April 1. 

East Carolina University

A new early college high school option in Pitt County has received all necessary approvals to admit its first class of students this Fall. 


Free download of the title track from the CD Seven Day Blues by Johnny Tucker, currently featured on The Sound.  Find out more about the artist here.

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Nearly 3,500 crab pots were removed from North Carolina coastal waters during a one and a half week cleanup effort.

The North Carolina Court System

School district leaders in two Eastern North Carolina counties are partnering with local law enforcement to keep students who commit low-level offenses out of court.


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About 75 middle school and high school students at Ocracoke School left their classrooms and gathered in the gymnasium this morning to demonstrate against gun violence, as part of a nationwide student-led walkout. 


Schools Along NC Coast To Participate In National Walkout

Mar 13, 2018
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Students at several schools along North Carolina’s coast are planning to join thousands of others Wednesday morning in a national protest against gun violence. 


Bike Sharing Program Launches At ECU

Mar 13, 2018
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East Carolina University received two hundred lime green bicycles on Monday for students, faculty and visitors to ride on campus.


City of New Bern

The City of New Bern is gathering public input on the proposed Master Plan for Martin Marietta Park.  

The 880 acres of donated land, along South Glenburnie Road, was acquired by the city last September.  A public input meeting was held in January for folks to share ideas on what types of amenities and programs to include the park’s Master Plan. Ronald Sage, a New Bern resident of 20 years is most excited about the possibility of an outdoor amphitheater.

National Endowment for the Arts

State and local arts organizations and military communities will hold a conference in Jacksonville this weekend to create a community-based arts programs for military personnel, veterans and their families.


Creative Forces

State and local arts organizations and military communities will hold a conference in Jacksonville this weekend to create a community based arts programs for military personnel, veterans and their families. 

 

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

A key Republican state lawmaker is calling for a formal legislative investigation into a roughly $58 million deal between Gov. Roy Cooper’s office and the utility companies behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which if built would pass through eight Eastern North Carolina counties. 

UND SMHS.

Even though thousands of colonoscopies are done every year with minimal side effects, a new study from the University of North Dakota finds that the procedure may be linked with an increased risk of developing appendicitis.  


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Prosecutors in five Eastern North Carolina counties will soon begin requesting minimum bail amounts of $1 million for those charged with selling opioids, such as heroin and fentanyl. 


Valerie Crowder

Residents along North Carolina's coast are fighting again to keep oil companies from drilling in nearby waters after the Trump administration recently renewed federal efforts to open the Mid-Atlantic region to oil and gas extraction. 


Recent declines in gas prices aren’t expected to continue. The Charlotte-based motorclub AAA Carolinas expects prices this spring to rise to levels not seen since the summer of 2015 when Americans were paying an average of $2.81 a gallon for regular. Prices in North Carolina have declined each of the last three weeks, standing currently at $2.41 a gallon. AAA says drivers will start to see prices spike upward in early April, a time when refineries finish maintenance and start to switch over to more expensive summer-blend gasolines.

Pitt County Schools Dropout Rate Continues Downward Trend

Feb 28, 2018
Pitt County Schools

Pitt County Schools is taking some of the credit for declining high school dropout rates. 


The Atlantic Coast Pipeline project continues to move forward with the approval of an air quality permit Tuesday for a compressor station in Northampton County. 

The State has awarded $700,000 to more than 70 counties and city governments to support local management programs that help residents recycle televisions and computers. 

NAVFAC

The Navy held a second public meeting in Down East Carteret County Wednesday evening to explain a new round of drinking well water testing in areas near Marine Corp Outlying Landing Field Atlantic.  


Ocracoke Residents Voice Opposition To Offshore Drilling

Feb 21, 2018
Hyde County

About a dozen Ocracoke Island residents spoke out against the Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore drilling at a public hearing on Tuesday.  


Onslow County

A substance abuse and mental health crisis center is on track to open in Jacksonville later this year.


Widespread flu activity continues in North Carolina.  Seventeen more people have died from the flu, the fifth straight week in which more than 10 people have died from the virus.  

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