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.
This week on the Down East Journal, Gov. Pat McCrory made a stop in New Bern to talk with constituents and outline his plan for North Carolina. Plus, we speak with the author of a study that found pockets of high cervical cancer rates in eastern North Carolina. And, an abandoned lighthouse 13 miles off the coast of the Outer Banks is being transformed into a research facility.
This week on the Down East Journal, we explain a federal court battle over minority voting rights in Kinston and why the Supreme Court recently denied a hearing of the case. And, we check in with cyclist Dock Hooks, who completed his thousand mile journey from Emerald Isle to Key West for charity. Plus, we wrap up our “Just Desserts” series with a recipe for pecan pie. It's a Down East Journal you won't want to miss....
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, tourism statistics for the summer's busiest month have remained almost unchanged the past five years. We talk to tourism officials and business owners who say spending is slightly up this season. And, we talk about the growing Montagnard population in eastern North Carolina that are escaping persecution in their own country.
New Bern, NC – A death attributed to the West Nile Virus in Wayne County is the first this year in the state. We'll talk to an official with the North Carolina Division of Health about identifying the virus, and how to protect yourself. And, we speak with forecasters about predictions for increased tropical weather activity this Atlantic hurricane season. Also, the Garden Journal and commentator Joan Carris.
New Bern, NC – On Monday, President Obama signed a bill that provides health care to people who were exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune. This week on the Down East Journal, we'll talk about what the bill entails in what's being called the largest water contamination incident in American history. And as the summer winds down, bat sightings are on the rise.
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, commonly used soaps and shampoos can trigger false positive marijuana testing results in babies. Plus, the town of Bethel is in the process of developing a new clinic when the only health care provider in the area closes its doors this September. And, we talk about composting during the Garden Journal.
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, statistics released this month mark the lowest North Carolina crime rate since 1977. This week on the Down East Journal, we explore eastern North Carolina's statistics. And, a Lenoir County non-profit that offers an alternative to crime by teaching young people a mix of agriculture, nutrition, leadership, and business skills.
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, the Racial Justice Act. Death row inmates in North Carolina facing life in prison will have new challenges when seeking a reduced sentence. And, details on Pitt County's Nurse Family Partnership -- helping first time, low-income mothers through home visitation. Plus, we seek to find out if beach driving rules for Cape Hatteras National Seashore are impacting the local economy.
New Bern, NC – Ferry toll increases won't affect residents and coastal travelers for at least another year. This week on the Down East Journal, we focus on one eastern North Carolina county's efforts to make sure the ferry toll increases don't happen at all. And, we talk about unmanned aircraft and the excitement present in the scientific community if a testing facility for drones is built in Hyde County. Plus, a new low-cost mobile spay/neuter clinic opens in the East
New Bern, NC – Domesticated or wild, animal encounters can go either way. This week on the Down East Journal, do pit bulls deserve their reputation for being dangerous? We seek to answer that question and talk about measures in place to prevent attacks from happening. And, after almost disappearing from the state, alligators are making a comeback. As their populations increase, so does the likelihood for interactions with humans.
New Bern, NC – On the Down East Journal, we explore the history of 'showboats in eastern North Carolina. SHOWBOAT is our featured opera this weekend. We'll learn more about how showboats operated and their ties to coastal Carolina. And, we talk to the director of "Collision Course - A 60's Retro," a theater production highlighting 60's era playwrights. Plus, we find out what brought early inhabitants from all over the world to settle in Onslow County.
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, firefighters are working to contain a wildfire in the Croatan National Forest that has burned more than 21,000 acres so far. And, this week marks the 200th anniversary of the "forgotten war." We remember the War of 1812 with a look at its ties to eastern North Carolina.