Public Radio East is adding The Evening Concert to its classical programming. Starting May 6th, the show will highlight concerts from some of the world's best orchestras and will be broadcast Monday through Friday evenings at 7-9 pm on The Classical Network, 89.3 fm. The line up includes:
A vacant property in Greenville could become a new DNA processing facility. Jared Brumbaugh has more.
The company wanting to purchase the facility has asked to remain anonymous. The 68-hundred square foot building is located near Vidant Medical Center. Existing Industries Coordinator with the Pitt County Development Commission Scott Poag says they’re seeking a $60,000 grant from the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center to facilitate renovations. He adds the grant amount is based upon how many jobs are created.
A new music park has broken ground in Kinston and will be the centerpiece for the eight county African American Music Trail. Construction has started at the site, which is located on the corner of South Queen and Springhill streets. When finished, the music park will feature a 12-foot high by 23-foot wide sculpture documenting famous local musicians such as Maceo and Melvin Parker. Executive Director of the Kinston Community Council for the Arts Sandy Landis says the park will also have a place where musicians can perform impromptu shows.
In early April, the Ferry Division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation began installing new toll booths at three ferry terminals along the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers. In preparation for new ferry tolls going into effect July 1st, the Ferry Division began installation on Monday along the Bayview-Aurora and Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach ferry routes. Steve Abbott, Communications Officer for the Ferry Division, says they lowered the cost of the installation by constructing the toll booths themselves.
Following a 6 month break in construction of the Buddy Phillips Bridge, the project is back on track.The 12 million dollar bridge replacement crosses the New River on US 17 business in downtown Jacksonville. The 800 foot, 4-lane bridge replacement was halted because the original contractors, Intercoastal Contracting of Castle Hayne, filed for bankruptcy. Smith-Rowe LLC is being subcontracted to finish the last leg of work. Project Manager for the Buddy Phillips bridge Thomas Barton says construction started last month.
A charter school serving close to 200 students in an economically depressed area of Kinston is facing closure. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has recommended Children‘s Village Academy’s charter be revoked because of cash flow problems and increasing school debt. Find out what Children‘s Village Academy is doing to stay open.
Native American descendants from New York state and eastern North Carolina honored their ancestors at a recent ceremony in Snow Hill. We talk about the Battle of Nooherooka fought between settlers and the Tuscarora people in the 1700’s.
Spring is finally here… the weather is getting warmer, and strawberries are almost ripe for picking. Mid to late April is usually the start of strawberry season for our area, but some fields in eastern North Carolina are still several weeks away from being ready. In addition to a late start, news that virus infected plants may cause a drop in the number of local strawberries has some worried. We spoke with strawberry growers across eastern North Carolina this week to get an idea on the success of this year’s crop.
An unusual number of arctic birds called dovekies are turning up along the coast often injured and malnourished. We speak with a local wildlife sanctuary about this phenomenon and why the birds are dying after being rehabilitated.
It’s a sign of spring and warm weather… birds returning to eastern North Carolina after spending the winter down south. But for one species, making the journey back home has become perilous. The dovekie, a small arctic bird resembling a penguin only stands an average eight inches tall, but it makes a thousand mile journey every spring.
A feature report on the latest advancements in the treatment of strokes.
Stroke – it’s feared, its deadly, and it’s debilitating. As far as statistics are concerned, you’re more likely to have a stroke if you live in the South. In fact, stroke is the third leading cause of death in North Carolina. And our state is considered to be the ‘buckle’ of the stroke belt, which includes several states in the southeast part of the country where stroke death rates are significantly higher than the rest of the United States.