Jared Brumbaugh

Jared Brumbaugh is the News Coordinator for Public Radio East, covering health and the environment.  His news spots and feature stories can be heard during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  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, traveling and honing his culinary skills.

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We explore the plight of the Greene County Animal Shelter.  Local animal advocates are rallying around the organization to prevent its closure.

Greene County is having financial problems this year that affect its local government as a whole. Interim county manager for Greene County, Richard Hicks, says they have a major deficit.

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.

At some point before Friday at midnight, the President is expected to order across-the-board budget cuts to save $1.2 trillion dollars over the next ten years.  Jared Brumbaugh spoke with Congressman G.K. Butterfield about how sequestration could impact eastern North Carolina.

“It appears it’s too late, that it’s definitely going to happen.”

If the sequestration goes forward, most of the effects could be felt in our area immediately.  Butterfield says military readiness and middle class families would be hit the hardest.

5,000 gallons of wastewater has spilled into a creek in Jacksonville, following more than an inch and a half of rain on Tuesday.  The City’s Maintenance and Utilities Superintendent Pete Deaver was at the site Thursday afternoon testing the water.

“There is nothing else we can do.  The rain water helps it dilute the affluent that reaches the waters.  We have made some repairs to the man hole where the overflow occurred.”

Hyde County, it’s sparsely populated and some say the perfect site to test unmanned aerial vehicles.  This week on the Down East Journal, Hyde County is under consideration to be one of six FAA approved testing sites for drones.  We get an update on the project this Friday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East.  Catch the rebroadcast Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas at 88.5 WZNB New Bern, 91.5 WBJD Atlantic Beach-Beaufort, 90.3 WKNS Kinston- Goldsboro, and 88.1 in Greenville.

Plans are being set to revitalize a depressed area of downtown New Bern called Five Points.  The project would create local jobs, and attract new businesses to the area.

The new, documentary film “Freedom Lost: Restoration" explores an often forgotten piece of history about life for African Americans in New Bern and James City in the time surrounding the Civil War.  The free screening takes place at 6pm Wednesday, February 27th at Craven Community College's Orringer Auditorium.

This week on the Down East Journal, a Goldsboro development group tries a variation on the “flash mob” theme to try and boost the presence of downtown businesses.  And, plans are being set to revitalize a depressed area of downtown New Bern.  The project would create local jobs and attract new businesses.  More on the revitalization of Five Points, this week on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East.

From now until April 15th, AARP is offering a free tax preparation service for low to moderate income tax payers, especially those 60 and older.  The program is in locations across eastern North Carolina.

To find a tax aide location near you, click here: http://www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action

Imagine… advancing through school hiding the fact that you don’t know how to read.  Here's the inspiring story of Earl Mills, who read his first book at age 48, published two books of his own, and has a passion to support literacy in eastern North Carolina.

“...My heart has been enriched, my heart held at bay

When we’re together, in that special way

Help me to hear what your heart has to say

Not being selfish, wanting my way...”

Imagine… advancing through school hiding the fact that you don’t know how to read.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with a New Bern man who read his first book at age 48, and has since published two books.  On this week’s program, he shares his passion to support literacy in eastern North Carolina.  Listen for the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East.

Puppy Mills in ENC

Feb 11, 2013
Photo by Frank Loftus / The Humane Society of the United States

A bill will likely be introduced in the next couple weeks that will impose regulations on commercial dog breeders that sell directly to the public. The bill is part of a growing effort to put a stop to puppy mills in North Carolina. Groups, such as the American Kennel Club, and the North Carolina Federation of Dog Owners believe the legislation may affect responsible dog owners in a negative way.

We explain the new ferry tolls, which are set to go into effect this summer.

We continue our Black History Month series with a profile of cabinet maker Thomas Day who owned the largest furniture business in North Carolina during the height of slavery.

As part of our Black History Month series, we hear about the life of the successful cabinet maker Thomas Day.  He was much more than just a cabinet maker.  He also handcrafted ornate, decorative pieces for the home and highly sought after furniture.  During the height of slavery, he owned the largest furniture making business in the state. Director of the Thomas Day Education Project Laurel Sneed.

A private company in Elizabeth City is manufacturing a lighter than air technology called a tethered aerostat. They're being sold to governments and are the worlds only company devoted entirely to the production of these unique products. We recently toured the massive facility.

This week on the Down East Journal, we explore the controversy over proposed wind energy turbines possibly interfering with Cherry Point base operations. Some say the wind projects planned for Pamlico and Beaufort counties may play into possible BRAC base closures.

After being declared an endangered species in the 1980's, wood stork populations are increasing and spreading across the southeast.  How human intervention, natural instinct and our coastal environment play into the recovery of the wood stork.

Less than a week after becoming the new governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory visited New Bern to talk with constituents and cast his vision for North Carolina's future.

Photo by Andy Danneker / National Park Service

After three years of renovations, the Bodie Island lighthouse will open to the public for the very first time.

We check in with cyclist Dock Hooks who completed his 1,200 mile journey from Emerald Isle to Key West for charity.

The North Carolina Symphony is celebrating their 80th season. We talk to the Senior Director of Statewide Development about their upcoming holiday pops concert in downtown New Bern.

One man from eastern North Carolina is pedaling over a thousand miles to raise awareness and support for substance abuse prevention.

Coastal Insurance

Feb 11, 2013

Nearly a month after Hurricane Sandy, we speak with the North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and the state's Rate Bureau about home insurance rate increases and when they might be implemented.

President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act four years ago. It's still being implemented. Last month a change in the Medicare system is fining hospitals the reimbursement money they get back for their services, if certain patients are readmitted to a hospital within a thirty-day period of their initial admission. Stephen O'Connell has more.

Cigar Box Guitars

Feb 11, 2013

A New Bern man is using cigar boxes to make instruments for playing the blues.

Since human existence, people have been making music using the materials they have lying around – like sticks, rocks, or animal hide.  One of the earliest instruments was a flutes carved from hallowed out bird bones and mammoth ivory. It was carbon dated to be 42,000 years old.  The tradition of using recycled items to create sounds still continues today.  David English, owner of Black Owl Guitars in New Bern is using old licenses plates, peanut can lids and old cigar boxes to build guitars.

We examine a controversial North Carolina rule that some believe has contributed to the deaths of the rare and endangered Red Wolf.

"Coyote" Jerry Murray - photographer/USFWS
"Red Wolf" Ryan Nordsven - photographer/USFWS.

Star Gazing in ENC

Feb 11, 2013

We talk to an astronomy expert about what to look for in the Autumn night sky.

We go to the set of a 1940's radio station - with radio actors, sound effects and a live studio audience. It's Oriental's production of "The Big Guns: Who's Little Lilly is She?"

With the November election days away, we dissect and explain the North Carolina Election ballot.

Storm water runoff from Hurricane Sandy has stopped oyster and other shellfish harvesting across coastal North Carolina.