When the U.S. Coast Guard responds to an emergency off the North Carolina coast, they don’t expect the call for help to be a hoax. Unfortunately, these events occur more than you think. Responding to false distress calls is not only expensive, it can put rescue personnel in dangerous situations. A local man was recently sentenced to prison for making hoax calls to the U.S. Coast Guard in October 2013. Sarah Finch has more.
It’s the familiar fable of the boy who cried wolf, but in this case, with very costly consequences.
The North Carolina Humanities Council is hosting a five week book group offering local veterans a place to share experiences and connect with veterans in discussion of literature related to war and homecoming. Mac McKee speaks with Executive Director Paula Watkins about the bi-monthly program at the Havelock-Craven County Public Library.
Recent events have led to an interest in the 50 shark species that call our coast home. This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with Assistant Professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences Dr. Joel Fodrie about how this apex predator is actually an integral part of the coastal ecosystem.
Fortunately, dangerous interactions between humans and sharks are extremely rare. The fact that three unprovoked shark attacks have happened along our coast within days of each other is also very unusual. Now, many beachgoers are scared to enter the water.
This week on the Down East Journal, we take part in drone testing with the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort. From tracking sea turtles off our coast to collecting information about marine debris, drones are proving beneficial to coastal scientists. And, traffic congestion around Camp Lejeune has police cracking down on motorist blocking a major intersection.
We take part in drone testing with the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort. From tracking sea turtles off our coast to collecting information about marine debris, drones are proving beneficial to coastal scientists.
From Amazon’s package delivery drone to the Air Force’s mighty MQ-1 Predator, unmanned aerial vehicles come in a variety of shapes and sizes. At the coast, marine scientists are working on new ways to apply the technology, with promising results.
Jacksonville Police are aggressively issuing citations to drivers who block major intersections during busy commuter periods along Lejeune Boulevard. Sarah Finch has more.
Motorists in Jacksonville are all too familiar with traffic congestion, especially around Camp Lejeune in the morning and afternoon. And the problem didn’t get any better when the Marine Corp base closed one of their gates on May 27th. Camp Lejeune Public Affairs Director Nat Fahy says they shut down the gate for security reasons, and to free up military personnel to manage other base entrances.
Dr. Rick Leuttich, director of the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences and the UNC Center for Natural Hazards and Disasters, uses computer modeling to predict storm surge from hurricanes and the areas effected.
Predicting the frequency and severity of coastal storms isn’t an exact science. But a new North Carolina based partnership is seeking to better predict and mitigate impacts from hurricanes and tropical storms. Public Radio East’s Jared Brumbaugh has more.
In a nation-wide push by the Marine Corps to reduce energy costs and consumption, Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point have begun training troops to cut down on power bills and bad habits. Sarah Finch has more.
Despite a downward trend, a recent report shows commercial fishing catch in 2014 was up. Jared Brumbaugh speaks with North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Trip Ticket Program Coordinator Alan Bianchi about the latest numbers, which show a 23% increase over the previous year.
A hybrid sport called "footgolf" is growing in popularity since it was introduced in the U.S. four years ago. It's even spreading into eastern North Carolina with certified courses in Greenville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount and Wilmington. Whether you'd like to show off your footgolf skills or try it out for the first time, the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina is holding a footgolf tournament in Greenville on Saturday May 30th. Proceeds from the event will support the non-profit.
The economy of Ocracoke Island is based primarily on tourism. So, news that visitation is down has prompted the Ferry Division to support the idea for a new passenger only ferry from Hatteras. The move should help minimize congestion for visitors and generate revenue for the isolated village.
Three weeks from the official start of Hurricane season, Tropical Storm Ana impacted eastern North Carolina dumping several inches of rain across the region and triggering a tornado along the Outer Banks. Five rresidents in Lenoir County had to be evacuated due to rising flood waters.
There’s a big outdoor concert happening this Sunday. The Craven Community Concert Band will be performing at Union Point Park in downtown New Bern at 6:30. The free concert will include marches, show tunes, and patriotic music. Today, Mikel Peterson speaks with Director Matt Farquhar about this Sunday’s waterfront concert.
The protests we see today echo a movement that was felt in eastern North Carolina more than 50 years ago. This week on the Down East Journal, we examine the history of Standard Drug #2 in Kinston, a location recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. The property’s racially segregated lunch counter was the site of two sit-ins during the Civil Rights movement.