During the construction of the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in 1980, a mysterious cluster of headstones were stumbled upon. Instead of being placed vertically like most headstones, these were laid flat. Until recently no one knew why. Jared Brumbaugh speaks with the North Carolina Aquarium Exhibition Curator Kitty Dough about the strange cemetery plot which dates back to 1895, and is the final resting place of a former slave, a Civil War veteran and keeper of the nations first all black lifesaving station.
The Vessel Runs Aground, April 22, 1864 - In its first foray into action, the Neuse runs aground in the shallow waters of its namesake. Though the bow remained afloat, the Neuse was stuck fast until rising water freed the vessel in mid-May 1864.
This weekend, the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center is holding a grand opening, ribbon cutting and a 150th commemorative program marking the anniversary of the Battle of Wyse Fork and the final days of the CSS Neuse. Events include lectures, living history demonstrations, and displays about military and civilian life, battlefield tour of Wyse Fork and live music. Mac McKee speaks with Site Interpreter Holly Brown about the history of the Civil War ironclad CSS Neuse and the free event this weekend.
We talk about the budget-tightening decision and how it will affect local fishermen.
You’ve heard the adage that oysters are safer to eat in months containing an “R.” It’s February and local oysters are at their peak. Patricia Smith is the Public Information Officer for the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.
“That’s the time where basically they are not producing, and they are not producing, they are getting fatter.”
Spring flower bulbs are just beginning to poke out of the ground at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill. Today, the "conservation garden" manages nearly 1,100 acres of land, including natural areas, gardens, and easements. Since it's inception, the North Carolina Botanical Garden has grown under the leadership of two previous directors. This spring, a new director from Texas will leave his mark. Mac McKee has more.
INTRO – Next week the ECU Board of Trustees meets in regular session. Among the items on their agenda is a proposed renaming of the Aycock dormitory. Charles B. Aycock was governor from 1901-to-1905 but his part in racist activities prior to his inauguration has raised calls for his name to be removed from the men’s residence hall. George Olsen has more.
Fraternities are still on restriction at East Carolina University in Greenville, even though police have concluded that a rape reported late last month did not happen. More on Greek life in the East and the new awareness effort aimed at fraternities and sororities at ECU.
No one likes to see blue lights flashing in the rear view mirror. But the officers who patrol North Carolina’s highways and interstates are sworn to protect and promote safety. The exhibit "North Carolina State Highway Patrol: Service, Safety, Sacrifice" is currently on display at the Museum of History in Raleigh honors the North Carolina Highway Patrol’s 86 years, with memorabilia including vintage firearms, and a Ford model A coupe. This week, Mac McKee speaks with North Carolina Highway Patrol Spokesperson Sergeant Mike Baker about the exhibit, the Highway Patrol’s long histo
Now on exhibit at the Tryon Palace History Center's Duffy Exhibition Gallery, it's "Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective" on view now through Sunday, Feb 22nd. A North Carolina native, Morton's photography spans eight decades and includes his various experiences as a photojournalist, soldier in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and owner of the Grandfather Mountain tourist attraction. Morton's images reflect his work, social causes, and personal experience. Sarah Finch talks to Craig Ramey, the marketing and communications manager for Tryon Palace about the photog
Kellen Lauer and Caitlin White, IMS graduate students, developed a lesson plan about the physical environment in which phytoplankton live, and the structure and function of some of their adaptations that allow them to reamin neutrally buoyant in the water column. Location: NC Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores.
Credit E. Woodward/ UNC Institute of Marine Sciences.
The University of North Carolina’s Institute of Marine Sciences, East Carolina University and the Duke University Marine Lab are holding a workshop to bring K-12 teachers together with over 50 local marine and environmental scientists. The third annual Scientific Research and Education Network event will provide educators with lesson plans on the most current research available. SciREN is the brainchild of Ph.D candidates Justin Ridge and Ethan Theuerkauf. Jared Brumbaugh spoke with both of them about the upcoming event.
We examine a new draft report indicating eastern North Carolina’s susceptibility to sea level rise. Researches weigh in on last month’s draft report indicating a more than five inch increase in some areas over the next 30 years. What would that do to areas like Morehead City and the Outer Banks?
Eastern North Carolina has been the setting for movies, television shows and commercials. But when the decision to do away with the North Carolina Film Incentives program was announced, some producers decided to move out of the state. “Sleepy Hollow” which wrapped up their second season filming in New Bern last week announced that they will be moving production to Georgia. It’s not all bad news for the industry. This year, North Carolina will offer a $10 million film and entertainment grant to productions that want to film here.
INTRO – Today’s most popular young adult novels … think “Divergent” or “the Hunger Games” … set their stories in a dystopian future. A Beaufort author however sets her attempt at young adult fiction in a near-utopian village in the not-too-distant past. George Olsen has more.
You could make the argument that the lead female characters in popular young adult novels “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games” share a trait with Grace, the lead female character in Susan Schmidt’s “Song of Moving Water.”
The disappearance of settlers at Roanoke has remained a mystery for hundreds of years, but a clue from a 16th century map is helping researchers determine what happened to the colonists. Mac McKee speaks with the President of the First Colony Foundation Phil Evans about how a "map patch" has lead them to dig in Bertie County where artifacts dating to that time period have been found.
The coast of North Carolina is giving up some of its treasures… large timbers thought to be from a century old shipwreck have appeared on Cape Lookout National Seashore, and archeologists are narrowing down where the pieces may have come from.
True Justice International, an anti human trafficking organization based in New Bern held a proclamation signing event at Union Point Park on Sunday designating the week of January 25th through the 31st to be Human Trafficking Awareness Week. I spoke with Executive Director and founder of True Justice International Sarah Tellis about this weekend’s event and how their organization is fighting human trafficking around the world.
This week on the Down East Journal, the local African American community Dryborough is close to getting national recognition as a historic landmark. And, a call for volunteers to help pack more than 17,000 meals during a Stop Hunger Now event in Winterville. We have more this week on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.
Students with Craven Early College take their poetry from the classroom to the stage. We visit during an open mic night event in New Bern.
Three local poets are hoping to restore a once vibrant poetry community in New Bern. Sam Love is a semi-retired yoga instructor who lives in the colonial capital.
“New Bern was nicknamed the Athens of the South because there was so much poetry activity here. That’s how the Athens Theater got its name. Local papers carried poets on a regular basis. Sometimes, the poets would get into like verbal battles with each other.”
This weekend, Toy Trains of Belhaven, a popular Christmas exhibit in Washington County, will showcase a miniature winter wonderland dotted with buildings, villagers, lights and tracks. But the star of the show is a collection of tinplate toy trains running through the elaborately decorated holiday villages. Mikel Peterson has more on the elaborate set up that's sending young and old alike to the "Birthplace of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway."