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.
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.
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.
This week on the Down East Journal, new legislation to stop puppy mills in North Carolina is meeting opposition. We’ll find out from whom and why. Also, 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. And, we get a history lesson on the pre-Civil War whaling industry along our coast.
An increased use of technology coupled with a congressional mandate are being blamed for cutbacks at your local post office. This week on the Down East Journal, we'll talk about the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. And, we continue our "short and sweet" series, Just Desserts. Plus, an investigation is underway to find who is vandalizing underground water lines.
This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to the North Carolina Symphony's Senior Director of Statewide Development about their holiday pops concert happening next week in downtown New Bern. And, we start our "short and sweet" holiday series, "Just Desserts."
This week on the Down East Journal, how a merger of Jones and Lenoir County 911 call centers may improve emergency response for people living in those counties. And, we document the journey of a retired Navy SEAL pedaling more than a thousand miles on a beach cruiser to raise funds and awareness for substance abuse prevention.
This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about the Affordable Care Act and how it affects local hospitals and patients. And nearly a month after Superstorm Sandy, we speak with NC Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and the State's Rate Bureau about home insurance rate increases and when they might be implemented. And, a New Bern man is using cigar boxes to make instruments for playing the blues.
This week on the Down East Journal, we examine a controversial North Carolina rule that some believe has contributed to the deaths of the rare and endangered Red Wolf. And, we speak with Camp Lejeune Marines assisting with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in New York. Plus, new commentary from Joan Carris.
This week on the Down East Journal, 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?" And, we talk to an astronomy expert about what to look for in the autumn night sky.
This week on the Down East Journal, it's National Alzheimer's Awareness month, and we learn about a successful technique caregivers are using to communicate with Alzheimer's patients. And, shellfish harvesting is shutdown after several inches of rain from Hurricane Sandy washed pollutants into coastal rivers and sounds. And, with the November election just days away, we dissect and explain the North Carolina Election Ballot.
This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about the Ghost Walk, which takes place in New Bern this weekend. And, we hear disembodied voices from the past as paranormal investigators present evidence from investigations conducted in eastern North Carolina.
This week on the Down East Journal, it's part two of our migrant farm worker series. Today, we talk about the growers responsibility to provide free housing and clean drinking water to farm workers. And, how one coastal county is working to control its feral cat population, while another seaside community is working to "beef up" its feral cat population.
This week on the Down East Journal, it's part one of a two-part feature focusing on migrant farm workers in eastern North Carolina. We talk to the author of a study that found a third of camps where they live had contaminated drinking water. And, a new book by a Chapel Hill author examines the similarities and disparities in the lives of two pre-Civil War era soldiers in the book, "Two Captains From Carolina."
This week on the Down East Journal, October is domestic violence month. We talk to a non-profit who is helping victims in Jones, Craven and Pamlico counties. And, the life and legacy of Ava Gardner is explored thru heritage tours and screenings of her work with lifelong friend Gregory Peck during this weekend’s Ava Gardner festival in Smithfield. Plus, LC Morris reports on gun control laws in North Carolina.
This week on the Down East Journal, we discuss the future of the biofuels industry in North Carolina. We talk to researchers and farmers about the potential of growing high energy grasses that can be converted into ethanol. And, the Carteret County Health Department and a Croatan High School student group combine forces to clean the air and ground of county parks. Plus, President Obama announced an executive order this week that would address human trafficking in US government contracting. We have an update on modern day slavery in our state which is now ranked seventh in the nation.
This week on the Down East Journal, Cape Lookout National Seashore is looking for public comment on ways to facilitate ferry service to Shackleford Banks and the lighthouse. We explore how the project could impact the Down East economy. And, a growing number of eastern North Carolinians are looking at alternative ways to educating children. LC Morris reports on the facts surrounding homeschooling.
This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to officials with the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune about the treatment and interventional services they provide to Marines and Sailors returning from combat. And, we discuss Executive Order 124, which seeks to improve relations between North Carolina agencies and local military installations. Plus, it's a fundraising event in New Bern that sets the table to fight hunger.
This week on the Down East Journal, a report on what the state is doing to recoup hundreds of millions of dollars lost thru the lack of online sales tax revenues. Plus, we talk to the Carolina Chamber Chamber Music Festival's event organizers about what’s in store this year. And, it’s the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. The life and legacy of Carson and her not so well known ties to eastern North Carolina.
This week on the Down East Journal, Abraham Galloway was one of the first three African-Americans elected to the state legislature, but a new book by a Craven County native contends his importance extends far beyond that political first. And, after three years of renovations, the Bodie Island Lighthouse will open to the public for the very first time.