ENC Features

Stories broadcast on PRE which are of interest to Eastern North Carolina

Community Gym featured in Pitt County CIP

Jan 10, 2017
WITN/Gray Communications System

With the start of a new calendar year, local governments in North Carolina are preparing for their budget workshops – sifting through millions of dollars in tax payer money and public institutional needs ahead of the statewide, July 1 deadline.

A major feature of many local budgets are CIPs – Capital Improvement Plans – which focus on building and equipment needs for individual departments.

ECU News Services

  

Researchers at East Carolina University in Greenville are using gastric bypass surgery to help patients with diabetes.

Recovery From Matthew Gradual, Not Complete, in Lenoir County

Dec 19, 2016
Chris Seward / News & Observer

Natural disasters loomed large in North Carolina in the second half of 2016. Wildfires scorched thousands of acres in the western part of the state. Here in eastern North Carolina Hurricane Matthew flooded thousands of homes and left some communities underwater for days.

Recovery is still underway and the price tag is steep.  

Chris Thomas has this update.

Lenoir County: Recovery Gradual, Not Complete

Dec 19, 2016
Chris Seward / News & Observer

Natural disasters loomed large in North Carolina in the second half of 2016. Wildfires scorched thousands of acres in the western part of the state. Here in eastern North Carolina Hurricane Matthew flooded thousands of homes and left some communities underwater for days.

Cole Dittmer/Tryon Palace

In 1770, Christmas at Tryon Palace in New Bern was vastly different than the way we celebrate today.  Food, however, has always played a major role in the season.

National Drug Shortage Crisis Impacts ENC

Dec 13, 2016

  For more than a decade, the United States has been dealing with a major drug shortage crisis, costing lives and money.

Though the worst of it may be over, hospitals in eastern North Carolina are still dealing with the shortage while learning how to work around it.

Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue

As temperatures fall and water temperatures cool, cold stunning can occur in sea turtles and manatees that haven't migrated south for the winter.  Volunteers are prepared to rescue, rehabilitate and relocate marine life impacted by cold stunning.

It's been 75 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor.  A program in Goldsboro on December 7th detailed the surprise attack and wove the impact and experiences of Wayne County people into the presentation.

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

Local scientists have increased monitoring of the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound following Hurricane Matthew.  Algal blooms and low dissolved oxygen are a few of the problems being detected due to nutrient loads and storm water runoff. 

Not Over Yet - The Voter Canvass in North Carolina

Nov 22, 2016
ABC 11

The Election is over but the results aren’t final. Throughout the week, provisional ballots were, and continue to be, counted and sorted in the Local Canvass.

As Chris Thomas reports, it’s a time-consuming process for local election officials.

Sorry to say – it’s not over yet.

“For election officials all across North Carolina and all across the state, it is not over for us until we actually canvass.”

Meloni Wray is director of the Craven County Board of Elections.

ECU News Services

 We detail a new pilot program started by two medical students in Greenville that seeks to help military veterans transition back to civilian life.

N.C. Department of Agriculture

Agriculture is the number one industry in North Carolina contributing $78 billion to the state's economy. Much of the food produced in our state comes from eastern North Carolina, which was recently pounded with heavy rainfall during Hurricane Matthew  leaving crops flooded and fields ravaged.  Jared Brumbaugh spoke with the Director of the Farm Service Agency Bob Etheridge after surveying in Edgecombe County.

National Institutes of Health - Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

As the baby boomer generation ages and people live longer, a new trend has emerged from the growing population of older adults.  Elder abuse affects approximately 1 in 10 seniors, according to the National Council on Aging.  

ENC Helps Swing North Carolina toward Trump

Nov 14, 2016
WWAY-TV / ABC News

North Carolina solidified its place among the “swing states” this year as Donald J. Trump took its 15 electoral votes on his way to being the 45th President of the United States.

Though some communities are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew and major flooding, eastern North Carolinians made their voices heard and helped swing this swing state toward the Republican Party’s nominee.  

Chris Thomas has this.

Donald Trump made eastern North Carolina red again – for the most part.

Early Voting Totals Up Despite Recent Flooding

Nov 7, 2016
ABC 11 - WTVD

As eastern North Carolina continues its recovery from Hurricane Matthew, polls are open for early voting. North Carolina is among the most coveted states in the Presidential Race and has one of the tightest Senatorial and Gubernatorial races in the nation.

But is voting a high priority for areas hit hardest by major flooding less than a month ago?

Chris Thomas spoke to voters and has this.

Duplin County Takes Stock After Matthew

Oct 31, 2016
WITN-TV

Hurricane Matthew recovery continues throughout eastern North Carolina, including the largely rural county of Duplin on the banks of the Cape Fear River.

Though it didn’t have record breaking flooding like neighboring Lenoir and Wayne Counties along the Neuse River, the county has a long, and costly, recovery process ahead of them.

Chris Thomas has this.

Starting all over again isn’t easy. But that’s where some Duplin County residents stand after Hurricane Matthew.

Thousands of residents and business owners impacted by flooding across eastern North Carolina have started the long process of recovery.  


Flooding, downed trees and wash outs were reported across eastern North Carolina during Hurricane Matthew prompting dozens of road closures in our region.  It’s been nearly three weeks since the storm, and crews with the North Carolina Department of Transportation have been out in full force making repairs to roads and bridges.  Some of the highways have reopened, others will remain closed for some time.   Jared Brumbaugh spoke with State DOT Secretary Nick Tennyson about repair efforts underway.

National Weather Service

The Tar River in Greenville is under flood stage for the first time since Hurricane Matthew hit the region. Now residents directly and indirectly impacted by the storm and its subsequent have begun recovering.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a 31-day extension for applications. Residents now have until Jan. 9, 2017, to register with FEMA. The extension also applies to homeowners, renters and businesses submitting applications for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Registration is open in 45 counties.

ENC Health Current: Heroin Epidemic Impacts Region

Oct 19, 2016
Castlelight Health/WNCN

Addiction to opioids is a nationwide epidemic hitting eastern North Carolina hard – very hard.

The latest figures from the CDC have four eastern counties with drug overdose rate above the state average and a recent study from a major, healthcare provider put multiple eastern cities in the top 25 nationwide for rate of opioid abusers.

Chris Thomas has more.

Hundreds of Greenville residents living in shelters

Oct 19, 2016
Nicole Craine / Reuters/RT

In Pitt County, residents are waiting for the Tar River to recede. Some are temporarily living in shelters with little to no idea of what awaits them after the all clear is given to go back home. Chris Thomas visited one of those shelters on October 11th and has this.

It’s Tuesday afternoon at E.B. Aycock Middle School. It’s situated in the middle of a residential neighborhood about a mile east of East Carolina University and about 3 miles south of the Tar River.

Some residents living near a tributary of the Tar River in Beaufort County were told to evacuate their homes in the middle of the night because water levels were quickly rising. The next day, many went back with jon boats and kayaks to rescue personal items from their homes.

NCDOT

We’ve all seen the bright yellow signs along eastern North Carolina roadways … “share the road.” 

“You’re going straight, and they pass you, and they turn in front of you. So you have to slam on your brakes because otherwise you’ll hit the car.”

Avid cyclist and New Bern resident Joe Baes rides about 100 miles a week, sometimes 2 or 300.

“Instead of freaking out, just… hey, pay attention to what you’re doing, be careful.  Then you get flipped off and then you drive away.”

INTRO – Among the cities facing the greatest difficulties from flooding in the wake of Hurricane Matthew is Kinston. George Olsen spoke with the city’s mayor B.J. Murphy who says the city is almost an island in eastern North Carolina.

OUTRO – George Olsen speaking with Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy. The mayor adds anyone looking for more information on the effects of flooding can visit either Lenoir County Emergency Services and BJMurphy360 on Facebook or on Twitter go to LenoirCountyES and BJMurphy360.

Flooding is still a major concern for parts of eastern North Carolina.  Flood warnings continue for many local waterways including the Neuse River at Fort Barnwell, Trent River at Pollocksville, Chicod Creek near Simpson and Swift Creek near Streets Ferry.  A coastal flood advisory is in effect for coastal counties and areas adjacent to the Pamlico Sound.

We travel to hard-hit Bertie County where residents and business owners are sifting through their belongings ruined by floodwaters.  We speak with people who are now homeless, and relief workers on the ground assisting residents on the lengthy road to recovery.   

Voice of the Pirates, Jeff Charles, talks ECU Football

Sep 26, 2016
ECU Athletics Communications

East Carolina University is an anomaly among most North Carolina universities. While much of the state looks forward to winter – to the start of basketball season – Pirates fans long for autumn and the start of football season. ECU Football is in its 85th season and 2016 may go down as one of the more notable campaigns in program history. It's Coach Scotty Montgomery first year and it follows the controversial sacking of his predecessor, Ruffin McNeill.

J. McCord / UNC-CSI

Fishermen and divers can access a new, online interactive guide to learn more about the 64 artificial reefs in North Carolina.  These underwater sites enhance fisheries that the coastal economy and culture rely on.  Now, local scientists are involved in ongoing research to determine the best way to maximize fish production at artificial reefs. 

NCDOT

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory recently announced that the State is seeking federal approval to designate a section of U.S. 264 as a future interstate.  The 72-mile segment of highway will extend from the U.S. 264/Highway 64 near Zebulon near Wake County, and run through Nash, Wilson, Greene and Pitt counties all the way to Greenville.   The application for interstate designation has been sent to the Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Office. A decision could be made as early as November.

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