The City of Kinston is combating gang activity by increasing police presence in the community with the implementation of a new gang unit. Jared Brumbaugh has more.
On Monday night, City Council members voted to fund the unit, consisting of four members who will work in areas where gang activity is prevalent. The decision comes after a successful program during the summer. Kinston’s Public Safety Director Bill Johnson says during the six week period, officers arrested 129 individuals, served 92 warrants and removed 17 guns off the streets.
Conservators with the Queen Anne’s Revenge project have utilized new x-ray technology to further efforts to preserve artifacts brought up from the Beaufort Harbor wreck site of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship. George Olsen has more.
Literally thousands and thousands of artifacts have been brought up off the ocean floor since the 1996 discovery of the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Some of the items that come up are easily identifiable. Others… not so much.
Sea turtle nesting season along the North Carolina coast is usually three and a half months long, May to mid-August. Although sea turtle nests are still being counted, the number of nests along our coast this year is down. As of Wednesday Sept. 10th, there were 554 nests counted so far. The average is about 750 nests annually. Jared Brumbaugh speaks with State Sea Turtle Biologist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Matthew Godfrey about why the numbers are so low and how they collect their information on sea turtle nests.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.