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.
Overcrowding in public schools is a growing issue across our state, as school districts accept more children than they can reasonably handle. This congestion puts a strain on resources and affects student behavior and learning. Here in eastern North Carolina, Pitt and Onslow counties are addressing this same issue in two different ways; through redistricting and open enrollment opportunities.
This week, Governor Pat McCrory expressed before Congress his support for environmentally safe and responsible offshore energy exploration. He testified on President Obama’s Offshore Energy Plan that would open areas off the North Carolina coast to oil and gas drilling by the year 2022. Before development can take place, seismic surveys will determine tracts of land that are conducive for offshore drilling. Deputy Director for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Walter Cruickshank says the surveys will update information that’s four decades old.
On April 2nd, emergency dredging began at the Oregon Inlet channel. An underwater survey on March 27th showed the channel with a depth of less than two feet seaward of the Bonner Bridge. Today, on the Down East Journal, I speak with Chief of Physical Support Branch with the Army Corp of Engineers Wilmington District Donnie Potter who says the dredging project is on track, despite a delayed start.
We know it’s important to get the recommended eight hours of sleep to maintain our health and wellbeing. We’re also familiar with how difficult it is. If sleep problems affect the general population, how much more do those same problems affect our military service men and women? Today, Mac McKee speaks with Wendy Troxel and Regina Shih of the RAND Corporation. They published a study that finds sleeping problems are prevalent among service members.
Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro recently announced it's acquiring 300 acres to help make it a year round attraction. We explore the history of Hammocks Beach, a popular recreation area for African Americans before desegregation.
The 2015 Wings Over Wayne Airshow will be held on May 16 thru 17 aboard Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro. The Airshow which is a free event to the public is being described as one of the biggest events in North Carolina this year. Mikel Peterson has more.
Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort is involved in research using drones to document marine debris on beaches around the world. We discuss the RACE FOR WATER project, how plastics impact the environment and how similar drone technology eventually be used along the coast of North Carolina.
The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered whales in our coastal waters, and, while we are making progress in recovering this species, it still faces numerous threats. Studies over the past 20 years have increased our understanding of right whale ecology and habitat needs. Based on this research, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is proposing to expand the existing critical habitat areas. Sarah Finch has more.
In 1961, the General Assembly established the North Carolina Awards, the highest civilian honor in the state. Since its inception, more than 250 notable men and women have been honored by the state of North Carolina. The Department of Cultural Resources is looking for nominations for this year’s awards. Today, Mac McKee speaks with web content manager Jeff Miles.
We detail the 550 mile tri-state Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Supporters say the natural gas project will bring jobs to the “Tar Heel State.” Opponents worry about decreased property values and the environment. We talk about the pipeline’s proposed path and hear how it may impact eastern North Carolina.
The Jacksonville/Onslow Council for the Arts is presenting their first ever arts and crafts festival. The event, Uptown Art Block, will feature demonstrations, interactive arts, and entertainment. Today, Mac McKee speaks with Executive Director Connie Wenner about the festival happening Saturday, April 18th.
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.
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.