Jared Brumbaugh

Jared Brumbaugh joined the PRE staff in May of 2006.  A New Bern native, he's currently a full time reporter and producer for Down East Journal.  His news spots and feature stories can also be heard during Morning Edition.  Jared is the recipient of five North Carolina Associated Press Awards for "Best Feature," "General News," "Best Health Report," "Best Weather Report," and "Best Consumer Report." When not at the station, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, camping, fishing and paddle boarding. 

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This week on the Down East Journal, we detail a new citizen science program that aims to document alligator encounters throughout eastern North Carolina. Plus, we talk about the siege of Washington and the role colored troops played in that historic battle. And, a free lecture in Oriental next week highlights the unique architecture of pre-Civil War homes in Pamlico County.  

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission launched a new citizen science program where anyone who spots an alligator in the wild can upload and share their photos with biologist.  

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Many residents and business owners in New Bern are opposed to the idea of parking meters in the downtown area.  City officials weigh in and talk about revitalization in the colonial capital.

This week on the Down East Journal, many residents and business owners in New Bern are opposed to the idea of parking meters in the downtown area.  City officials weigh in and talk about revitalization in the colonial capital.  And, we speak to an East Carolina University researcher about a six-month study focusing on African Americans' higher rate of diabetes in comparison to other populations. 

North Carolina Strawberry Association

Spring means strawberry season is upon us.  It should be a solid season for North Carolina strawberries. Some farmers are even getting an early start.  Chris Thomas has more.

The weather in eastern North Carolina is notoriously fickle – something farmers like Steve McLawhorn are acutely aware of. He’s co-owner of Strawberries on 903 in Winterville and recalls what excessive rain did to his crop last year on his 3 acre farm.

Rick Dove, Waterkeeper Alliance

A new report ranks the Neuse and Cape Fear Rivers in the top 10 most endangered rivers in America.  

Since October, residents across eastern North Carolina have been recovering from Hurricane Matthew.  While most people have repaired and rebuilt their homes ravaged by floodwaters, others are still living in transitional housing.  Local officials are focusing on long term recovery by identifying properties for buyouts.

This week on the Down East Journal, it’s been six months since Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc here in eastern North Carolina.  We talk about recovery and buyouts in Lenoir and Craven counties.  Plus, we visit local strawberry farms experiencing an early season. Also, a new report this week ranks the Neuse and Cape Fear Rivers in the top ten endangered rivers in the United States.  And, the first ever Science Storytelling Show takes place in Kinston next week. 

This week on the Down East Journal, we visit Kinston as empty lots are transformed into small-scale farms, community gardens and recreation areas. We speak to the teenage entrepreneur who started the Adopt-A- Vacant-Lot program.  Plus, the plan for solar farms here in eastern North Carolina to become more pollinator friendly.  Also, end-of-life decisions can be difficult to talk about with family, friends, and physicians. But healthcare professionals say these conversations are necessary to have well in advance for the physical and mental well being of patients.

Founder and CEO of Kinston Teens Chris Suggs launched the Adopt A Vacant Lot program earlier this year.  The initiative seeks to transform empty lots into small-scale farms, community gardens and recreation areas. 

Edgecombe County was hit hard by subsequent flooding from Hurricane Matthew as water from the Tar River rose to dangerous levels.  Now, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is holding a flood insurance workshop on April 5th to help residents with for future disasters.  Jared Brumbaugh has details. 

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Disparities are emerging on what role tourism and property value play in how schools are funded.  A study released this week by the nonpartisan group Public School Forum of North Carolina found wide gaps in school funding between the highest and lowest wealth counties.  Even though a majority of public school funding comes from the state, President and Executive Director Keith Poston says these gaps are apparent when wealthier counties factor in additional resources. 

This week on the Down East Journal, disparities are becoming apparent on what role tourism and property value plays in how schools are funded.  We detail a new study which finds stark gaps in school funding between rural areas inland and wealthier counties along the coast. Plus, we get an update on the Carolina Museum Of The Marine project in Jacksonville from its new Executive Director.  And, artifacts from Blackbeard’s flagship the Queen Anne’s Revenge will be on display next weekend.  There’s an open house event at the conservation lab in Greenville. 

This week on the Down East Journal, we highlight a non-profit group in eastern North Carolina helping kids learn the game of golf and important life skills.  Plus, an update on plans to develop the mainland property at Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro.  And, how to get involved in a citizen science project helping meteorologist measure precipitation amounts across the region. 

This week on the Down East Journal, traffic stop etiquette could become part of North Carolina’s Driver Education Program.  We outline House Bill 21.  Also, pick a peck from your own backyard. We detail the State’s Under Dock Oyster Culture Program.  And the New York Theater Ballet comes to eastern North Carolina for a free performance. 

The First Tee of Eastern North Carolina

A non-profit group in eastern North Carolina is helping kids from Carteret, Craven, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico and Pitt counties learn the game of golf.  But it’s not just about improving their golf swing or putting skills, it’s about improving as an individual.

“They get honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, perseverance, respect, responsibility, confidence.”

Administrative Assistant with The First Tee of ENC Pamela Boyd.

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Participants with the North Carolina Under Dock Oyster Culture Program can attach up to 90 square feet of oyster "cages" to their coastal dock or pier and harvest their oysters any time of the year.

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This week on the Down East Journal, we detail North Carolina House Bill 251 which would allow concealed carry permit holders to have guns on some college campuses. We get reaction from local schools and students.  Also, from Hurricane Matthew recovery to keeping beachgoers safe this summer, we talk about how state and local governments are depending on drones for emergency response.  And, we hear what's on the menu for Taste of Coastal Carolina in downtown New Bern next week. 

A new House Bill proposal is generating buzz on local college campuses.  Legislation filed last week would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry their handguns on to University of North Carolina system college campuses and community colleges across the state.  Some say the measure will allow students and faculty to protect themselves in the event of a shooting, while others fear it will cause more violence and chaos.

“I don’t want to be in fear of my life from not just one person, but everyone at the school because everybody wants to have a gun.”

Commercial fishermen in eastern North Carolina may soon receive a survey from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.  The information will be used in fishery management plans and to develop economic impact models.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

In late January, the division mailed 300 written surveys to commercial fishermen with mailing addresses between Core Sound and the South Carolina border who land fish from state waters.  

“We’re looking for information about their fishing habits”

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Stem cell therapy is a quickly advancing treatment being used across the country.  Now, it’s becoming more prevalent in eastern North Carolina to those living with chronic pain an alternative to surgery.  The minimally invasive procedure is showing results in alleviating back, knee, hip and shoulder pain.  Though stem cell therapy is classified by the Food and Drug Administration as experimental, patients say they’re finding relief.   Meet New Bern resident and a local endodontist Dr. Donnie Luper.  He was skeptical of the procedure at first.

This week on the Down East Journal, we revisit the soon to be built Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The project is top priority for many state and federal lawmakers and a point of contention for environmentalists.  More on a 100+ mile walk along the pipeline's route through eastern North Carolina from Robeson County to the Virginia Border.  Also, some people in eastern North Carolina are choosing stem cell therapy as an alternative to surgery to alleviate chronic pain.  We weigh the risk and benefits of the minimally invasive and experimental procedure.

Minor League Baseball is back in eastern North Carolina as opening day for the new Down East Wood Ducks is less than two months away. This week on the Down East Journal, the historical impact of baseball from the City of Kinston and new hopes for success after a six season drought without a team to call its own. Also, proposed shrimp trawling limits move forward at the coast.  And, we talk about a statewide mammal survey already underway in eastern North Carolina. 

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted February 16th to grant a petition for rulemaking and began drafting rules to implement it. If adopted, the rules will limit shrimp trawling in most North Carolina waters.

North Carolina Coastal Federation

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries in partnership with the North Carolina Coastal Federation will construct a 15-acre oyster reef near the Pamlico Sound.  The restoration project is part of a goal to restore 50 million oysters in North Carolina waters by 2020. 

NC Candid Critter Project

Spring is just around the corner. Since the warmer temperatures in eastern North Carolina cause bears, foxes, deer and other mammals to become more active, now is the perfect time to take part in a massive camera trapping project to help uncover the secrets of local wildlife.  Public Radio East's Mac McKee speaks with Biologist with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and NC State University Roland Kays about the statewide project, the largest ever mammal survey of its kind.
 

This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to Goldsboro based historians investigating an obscure but important aspect of the region’s history – former slaves who fought for freedom.  And, a preview of what’s in store for season 14 of the Carolina Chamber Music Festival in New Bern.  

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