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, camping, fishing and paddleboarding. 

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UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

A new method to rapidly test shellfish for harmful bacteria has been discovered in eastern North Carolina.  We talk to lead researcher Dr. Rachel Noble about the kit they’re developing, which yields results in just a couple hours instead of days.

NC Department of Transportation

We detail the State Transportation Improvement Program which seeks to ease congestion at a local military base and complete the expansion of Highway 17 to a four lane between New Bern and Jacksonville.

Here in eastern North Carolina, we are all looking forward to long-promised road improvements.  Now, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is asking for public feedback on their latest State Transportation Improvement Program released December 4th. Over 1,000 projects are planned affecting every county. Sarah Finch has more.

This week on the Down East Journal, a new method to rapidly test shellfish for harmful bacteria has been discovered in eastern North Carolina.  We talk to lead researcher Dr. Rachel Nobel about the kit they’re developing, which yields results in just a couple hours instead of days.  And, we detail the State Transportation Improvement Program which seeks to ease congestion at a local military base and complete the expansion of Highway 17 to a four lane between New Bern and Jacksonville.

Do you sometimes hear music or ringing?  Sounds when it's dead quiet?  Well, you're not alone.  We learn about the auditory phenomenon called “musical ear syndrome.” It’s thought that classical composer Robert Schumann may have had the condition.  He heard entire symphonies in his head and used the melodies as inspiration for his works. While no one knows exactly why musical ear syndrome occurs, it is more likely to affect women and people with hearing problems.  Today, Mac McKee speaks with Director for Hearing Loss Help in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania Dr.

NC Civil War History Center

We profile the soon-to-be-built North Carolina Civil War History Center in Fayetteville.  They’re seeking 100 stories from each of North Carolina’s 100 counties for their archive.

This week on the Down East Journal, we profile the soon-to-be-built North Carolina Civil War History Center in Fayetteville.  They’re seeking 100 stories from each of North Carolina’s 100 counties for their archive.  And, we learn about the auditory phenomenon called “musical ear syndrome.”   The Down East Journal, Fridays at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on all of the News and Ideas stations.

Montford Point Marine Association http://www.montfordpointmarines.com

A memorial honoring the Montford Point Marines broke ground last week in Jacksonville.  We honor the legacy of the Montford Point Marines and hear a firsthand account of 92 year old Montford Pointer Norman Preston.

Eastern North Carolina is in line for railroad improvements that will streamline the movement of goods. This week on the Down East Journal, we detail the draft North Carolina Rail Plan and talk with officials about a proposed intermodal facility.  And, a memorial honoring the Montford Point Marines broke ground last week in Jacksonville. Those stories and more, on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.

photo courtesy of NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

During the construction of the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in 1980, a mysterious cluster of headstones were stumbled upon.  Instead of being placed vertically like most headstones, these were laid flat.  Until recently no one knew why.  Jared Brumbaugh speaks with the North Carolina Aquarium Exhibition Curator Kitty Dough about the strange cemetery plot which dates back to 1895,  and is the final resting place of a former slave, a Civil War veteran and keeper of the nations first all black lifesaving station.

nchistoricsites.org

This weekend, the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center is holding a grand opening, ribbon cutting and a 150th commemorative program marking the anniversary of the Battle of Wyse Fork and the final days of the CSS Neuse.  Events include lectures, living history demonstrations, and displays about military and civilian life, battlefield tour of Wyse Fork and live music.  Mac McKee speaks with Site Interpreter Holly Brown about the history of the Civil War ironclad CSS Neuse and the free event this weekend.

A gravesite mystery at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island has been solved.   This week on the Down East Journal, the life and legacy of Richard Etheridge, keeper of the nation’s first all-black lifesaving station.   And, a living history program in Kinston commemorates the Battle of Wyse Fork and the final days of the CSS Neuse.  Those stories and more, on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.

NC Division of Marine Fisheries

We talk about the budget-tightening decision and how it will affect local fishermen.

You’ve heard the adage that oysters are safer to eat in months containing an “R.”  It’s February and local oysters are at their peak. Patricia Smith is the Public Information Officer for the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. 

“That’s the time where basically they are not producing, and they are not producing, they are getting fatter.”

This week on the Down East Journal, more than 300,000 acres of North Carolina waters have closed to shellfishing.  We talk about the budget-tightening decision and how it will affect local fishermen.  And, we preview “Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage” a theatrical symphony performance just for kids.  Those stories and more, on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.

http://ncbg.unc.edu/ / NC Botanical Garden

Spring flower bulbs are just beginning to poke out of the ground at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill.  Today, the "conservation garden" manages nearly 1,100 acres of land, including natural areas, gardens, and easements.  Since it's  inception, the North Carolina Botanical Garden has grown under the leadership of two previous directors.  This spring, a new director from Texas will leave his mark.  Mac McKee has more.

  This week on the Down East Journal, we say goodbye to legendary North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith.  And, we meet with the new director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Damon Waitt talks about his passion for native plants.  Those stories and more on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.

Sigma Phi Epsilom Facebook

Fraternities are still on restriction at East Carolina University in Greenville, even though police have concluded that a rape reported late last month did not happen.  More on Greek life in the East and the new awareness effort aimed at fraternities and sororities at ECU.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol

No one likes to see blue lights flashing in the rear view mirror.  But the officers who patrol North Carolina’s highways and interstates are sworn to protect and promote safety.  The exhibit "North Carolina State Highway Patrol: Service, Safety, Sacrifice" is currently on display at the Museum of History in Raleigh honors the North Carolina Highway Patrol’s 86 years, with memorabilia including vintage firearms, and a Ford model A coupe.  This week, Mac McKee speaks with North Carolina Highway Patrol Spokesperson Sergeant Mike Baker about the exhibit, the Highway Patrol’s long histo

www.tryonpalace.org

Now on exhibit at the Tryon Palace History Center's Duffy Exhibition Gallery, it's "Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective" on view now through Sunday, Feb 22nd.  A North Carolina native, Morton's photography spans eight decades and includes his various experiences as a photojournalist, soldier in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and owner of the Grandfather Mountain tourist attraction.  Morton's images reflect his work, social causes, and personal experience.  Sarah Finch talks to Craig Ramey, the marketing and communications manager for Tryon Palace about the photog

E. Woodward/ UNC Institute of Marine Sciences.

The University of North Carolina’s Institute of Marine Sciences, East Carolina University and the Duke University Marine Lab are holding a workshop to bring K-12 teachers together with over 50 local marine and environmental scientists.  The third annual Scientific Research and Education Network event will provide educators with lesson plans on the most current research available.  SciREN is the brainchild of Ph.D candidates Justin Ridge and Ethan Theuerkauf.  Jared Brumbaugh spoke with both of them about the upcoming event.

Marine Corps Installations East Regional Air Space Coordinator Dave Plummer

On February 5th, Marine Corp Air Station Cherry Point will be responsible for civilian and military air traffic control over northeastern North Carolina.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

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