After being vacant for two years, the iconic Turnage Theater will soon open its doors again for theater performance and live musical entertainment. We talk to the executive director of the Beaufort County Arts Council about the non-profit's plan for the century old venue for the arts.
The Governor’s Highway Safety Program reports 88.6 percent of state residents buckled up in their 2013 survey… up 1.1 percent from 2012. Counties with the highest seat belt usage were Caldwell and Catawba at 93.8 percent while Robeson County was the lowest at 82.2. The biggest one year improvement was in Columbus County, up to 90.7 percent usage from 77.9 in 2012. Women buckled up more than men by about 5 points while drivers ages 16-24 were least likely to use their seat belt.
INTRO – It’s not quite a comeback for the Cleveland County-based band the Acoustic Syndicate. They hadn’t been in a studio since 2004, they haven’t regularly toured in that time either… but they never quite got all the way out with occasional shows here and there over the last several years. Now they’re back in a big way… new tour, new CD… and again willing to consider the bright lights with the knowledge they can always contentedly return to the farm. George Olsen has this.
For the first time in 17 years, the federal government has shutdown. And, as a result, National Forests across the country are closed, workers are furloughed, and government benefit programs that help needy families are being shuttered. Public Radio East’s Jared Brumbaugh reports on the impact of the government shutdown on military bases in eastern North Carolina.
House Bill 937 signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory in late July amended state firearm laws, including provisions for guns on campuses. The bill will allow persons with concealed carry handgun permits to bring guns on school campuses. That includes events on campus, such as concerts or football games. A press release from East Carolina University notes firearms on campus must be in a locked container attached to a vehicle. A gun in a glove box of a locked vehicle would be compliant, but a gun visible in a locked vehicle would not.
We speak with Mary Ester Baker, the Regional Development Officer for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina about this weekend's "Kitchens of New Bern" fundraiser tour and about the non-profit's effort to feed hungry people in our area.
The non-profit Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse and Prevention was formed in 2007 after a United Way survey of community leaders in 2006 revealed the most important health issues in Carteret, Craven, Jones and Pamlico revolved around substance abuse. Onslow County later joined the initiative because of their high number of alcohol related car crashes. Programs from this non-profit seek to curb substance abuse and are ongoing. Today, Mac Mckee talks to Shirin Scotten with the Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse and Prevention about the organization, its goals and a public education
New Bern’s Nicholas Sparks has just released his 18th book “The Longest Ride.” Dating back to 1996’s “The Notebook” he’s enjoyed remarkable success, with several of the books topping the New York Times bestseller list and virtually all… if not all… appearing in the top ten… which is why I was surprised by his answer to my question about whether he still enjoys the writing process after nearly 18 years as a highly-read author.
As we head into a cooler weekend, cyclists of all stamina levels are hoping the great weather holds out for the 2013 Cycling for the Coast fundraiser. Public Radio East is a proud media sponsor for the North Carolina Coastal Federation's latest fundraiser. Today, Public Radio East's Mac McKee speaks with Federation spokesperson Sarah Phillips about the many ways you can take part in helping promote education and issues important to eastern North Carolina's delicate coastal habitat.
We hear the latest on the Highway 70 bypass project in Kinston and how it might impact a historic battleground site.
Officials are now in the process of deciding the best way to facilitate construction of a new bypass on Highway 70 in Lenoir County with the least amount of impact to a historic Civil War battleground site. Lenoir County Commissioner J. Mac Daughtry is also chairman of the Lenoir County Transportation Committee. He says the highway project is intended to make travel to the coast quicker, and transport of goods across the state easier.
This week, fisherman and divers in the Carolinas are learning about the invasion of lionfish and how to deal with them. The environmental non-profit REEF is holding free classes to teach people about lionfish collecting and handling, lionfish biology, and ecological impacts. I spoke with communications and affiliate program manager Keri Kanning about the workshop and about how lionfish came to be a problem for North Carolina's native fish population.
Public Radio East is a media sponsor for the 11th Annual Chamber Music Festival in New Bern next week. Classical Music Host Finley Woolston spoke with festival organizer and Greenville native Jennifer Lucht about the event.