New Bern, NC – A bill that would reduce excise tax for small breweries is before the US House of Representitives. This week on the Down East Journal, we travel to a local brewery in Farmville to see what the potential savings would mean. And, a popular folk legend and song is now a book. We talk to the author of "Tom Dooley: The Story Behind the Ballad."
New Bern, NC – While recycling is good for the environment, is it good for your health? LC Morris talks about the potentially harmful side effects of hormone disrupting substances and new legislation to regulate them. Plus, food writer and restaurant critic Eddy Browning shares some of his favorite Down East recipes just in time for Thanksgiving. And, the latest Garden Journal.
New Bern, NC – After a Thanksgiving feast, there are always two things you can count on: leftovers and family. This week on the Down East Journal, we give you some tips on how to transform your leftovers. And, how to keep your family entertained after the holiday has come and gone. Plus, we'll hear from Charlotte's Amy Rogers whose collection "Hungry for Home" combines recipes and the stories behind them.
New Bern, NC – The 100 or so people that make up the Craven Messiah Chorus are generally happy people But this time of year, they are especially cheerful. This week on the Down East Journal, research shows people who sing in choirs are happier, more productive, and healthier. Plus, A variety of influences from old time to new traditionalists, from West Coast to East Coast give an Asheville bluegrass quintet a unique flavor, as evidenced by their latest CD "Ravens & Crows."
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, school transportation is operating under a $20 to $40 million deficit. We'll talk with schools in the east about buses and kids. And, we'll hear the stories of two people and their struggles through addition to recovery. Plus, commentary from Myrle Swicegood.
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, North Carolina is bracing for Hurricane Irene. We talk to local residents and businesses at the coast that are preparing. And we talk to an Ocracoke resident who plans to ride out the storm. Plus, the latest Garden Journal.
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, damage from Hurricane Irene and water pollution are making it hard for oyster harvesters to keep up with the increasing demand. Plus, we talk to Tony Award winning actor, dancer and singer Ben Vereen who will be performing next week in Greenville. And, just in time for Halloween, the new CD from Chapel Hill's Southern Culture On The Skids "ZOMBIFIED" comes back to life.
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, the Democrats have been touring the state this week to see how the GOP budget has affected its citizens. And, local governments are working to reverse a toll imposed on a ferry that connects their two counties. A kudzu-eating bug first spotted in Georgia has now spread to eastern North Carolina. Farmers have found that kudzu isn't their only source of food
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, there was dancing in the streets at the Mumfest in downtown New Bern this weekend. And, as unemployment continues to be a concern in North Carolina, people are growing more dependents on government programs. Plus, the latest Garden Journal.
New Bern, NC – On the Down East Journal, weeks after Hurricane Irene, a surge in mosquito populations has county governments trying to quell their numbers. Plus, a new collection of short stories by a Chatham County author recounts the experience of falling in love, not necessarily with another person, but with a place.
New Bern, NC – On the Down East Journal, Irene has come and gone, but the emotions are long lasting. We'll explore crisis counseling now available to people struggling under the toll of Hurricane Irene. And, commentator Myrle Swicegood talks about why gifts that keep on giving are the best gifts to give.
New Bern, NC – On the Down East Journal, it was decided during the short legislative session that voters would go to the polls in May to vote whether North Carolina should ban same sex unions in its constitution. Plus, residents cleaning up from Hurricane Irene are asking when is the debris going to be picked up and where is it going? And, a report on how tech savvy users may actually be outsourcing their brainpower.
New Bern, NC – The Whistler's Mother is one of the most recognized paintings in the world, but few knew that the woman in the portrait was born and raised in southeastern North Carolina. On the Down East Journal, we talk about her life and experiences during the Civil War. And, a report on how negative parenting during an infant's first few months of life can have long lasting effects. Plus, the latest recovery from the pirate Blackbeard's flagship the Queen Anne's Revenge.
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, we take a look at how the Civil War shaped our modern practices of death and dying. Plus, commentary from Myrle Swicegood, and the latest Garden Journal.
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, we hear from a FEMA official about aid available to those recovering from Hurricane Irene. And, we talk to an expert about the widespread fish kills and why residents are being asked to stay away from some coastal rivers. Plus, commentary from Chuck Twardy as we remember the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, we hit the road to talk with residents and business owners along the coast about the aftermath Hurricane Irene. Plus, whether or not we're in a recession, it feels like it to many. Commentator Joan Carris has some thoughts derived from those who lived during the real thing. And, a Greensboro author looks at love of community, and what happens when that love is not returned.
New Bern, NC – L.C. Morris reports on statewide and district level consolidations that could close local post offices in the East. And, a 2008 ballot initiative in Kinston over non-partisan municipal elections could threaten a section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Plus, a 7-year old boy finds a rare, 15 million year old artifact.
New Bern, NC – It's been more than three months since the day multiple tornadoes touched down and caused damage in eastern Carolina. On the next Down East Journal, one city is implementing new technology to warn residents in emergency situations. And, we explore the lasting effects from heat exposure during this brutal summer.
New Bern, NC – This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about a proposal that would send administrative and back-office work at small community colleges to nearby larger campuses. Even though it would save money community college leaders are balking at the proposal. And, a young pastor wrestles with issues of faith in a new book by Greenville resident Jim Metzger. Plus, the New Bern calendar girls release a 2012 calendar to benefit local charities.
New Bern, NC – A bill recently passed that adds five days to the school year... but schools in Pitt County might not participate. Plus, new rules go into effect this weekend for those looking to dispose of old TVs and computers. And, we're talking FIREWORKS for the 4th.