Local governments, schools and military bases are bracing for the impacts of sequestration. We explore how the series of automatic cuts will impact eastern North Carolina.
The series of automatic cuts to government spending called sequestration will total more than a trillion dollars in savings over the next 10 years. The expenses of those savings is now beginning to ripple through our area, as L.C. Morris explains.
This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to a local nonprofit on their efforts to open a shelter to help young boys victimized through sex trafficking. The Greenville home would be the first of its kind in the country. And, a fascinating look at 3D printers; how they work, and how they're being used at East Carolina University.
Fire managers with the U-S Forest Service were alerted to the fire around 9:30 Sunday night located near Highway 24 and Nine Mile Road. As of yesterday evening the 553-acre fire was 60 percent contained. About 20 firefighters with the U-S Forest Service, state Forest Service, volunteer fire departments and other agencies have been working on containing the blaze. No injuries or property damage has been reported. Roads in the forest are open. Fire managers are investigating the fire that they believe was started by humans. I’m George Olsen.
Crews are on site today repairing a water main that caused a 20 foot wide sinkhole in Havelock. Jared Brumbaugh reports.
The incident occurred when a connection between an old water line and a newer pipe gave way around 7 pm last night. The sudden release of water created a sinkhole 20 feet across and 15 feet deep near the bridge on Pineview Street and Joe’s Branch. Public Information Coordinator with the city of Havelock Diane Miller says crews were at the site today pumping water from the problem area to initiate the repair.
Recent media reports have indicated a lack of Highway Patrol in eastern North Carolina. Captain John Nyberg of Troop A says the shortage is real and they have sustained a minimum of troopers for years. Nyberg says Troop A currently employs 121 Highway Patrolmen, but the ideal number is 150.
"That number is one that's been around for quite a long time, and you don't have to look that far to see how much the population has increased over the years."
Some say sparsley populated Hyde County is the perfect site to test unmanned aerial vehicles. The county is in the process of submitting a proposal to be one of six FAA approved testing sites for drones.