ENC Features

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

A North Carolina based poll taken from likely voters primarily on land based phone lines and estimated 20 percent web based requests shows no clear leaders heading into the March 15th primary.  This week, Chris Thomas spoke with Jim Williams, a pollster with Public Policy's Polling office in Raleigh about who is favored in national and state races.

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Camp Lejeune

Local waters around a training range in Onslow County may pose a threat to people attempting to harvest oysters, clams, crabs and fish.  Earlier this month, Camp Lejeune officials advised the public to avoid areas along the New River because of the possibility of unexploded munitions underwater.  While the military hasn’t officially restricted these waters, some commercial fishermen around Sneads Ferry are concerned it’s only a matter of time before they do. 

“People are scared around here, if you let them take that, they’re not going to stop with that.”

People who believe hiking is an activity done only in the mountains may be surprised to learn that eastern North Carolina boasts miles of scenic hiking trails.  From salt marshes and cypress swamps to longleaf pine forests and pocosins, hiking trails at the coast feature diverse ecosystems and allow hikers an up-close and uncrowded adventure. 

thewarhorse.org

Thomas Brennan is a veteran and an award winning journalist based in Richlands and he's looking to combine his experiences in both fields with an online news publication and interactive database called "The War Horse."

Chris Thomas spoke to Brennan about the project which, seeks, in part, to fill voids left by many news agencies.

CMT: What do you believe traditional media outlets, even those that are on the internet…what do you believe they’re lacking, as far as their coverage of military affairs and veterans affairs are concerned?

Michael Kowalski

The practice of transforming ice into something beautiful has been around for thousands of years and continues to dazzle today. Eastern North Carolina artist Michael ‘Ski’ Kowalski has carved his own niche into this impressive world of sculpting. Sarah Finch has more on Ski’s creative process and the magic of this fleeting art form.

Bite Me Enterprises

Gun shows are popular venues for quick gun purchases in Eastern North Carolina. But new, federal regulations could make the selling and purchasing of firearms more difficult for consumers and dealers.

Chris Thomas spoke to a local gun shop owner about how decisions made at the White House could affect commerce at gun shows.

Guns have been a part of Mike Lane’s life since he was a boy.

Pamela Malec Landrum, Roanoke Island Outfitters and Dive Center

The only way you’ll be able to cross the Bonner Bridge a couple years from now is if you’re underwater.  The span is planned to be demolished in Fall of 2018 and the construction debris will be used to enhance four artificial reefs near Oregon Inlet.  Today on the Down East Journal, how the Dare County project will benefit the environment and the economy.

Known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, our coastline is littered with hundreds of shipwrecks that serve as habitat for fish and invertebrates, like sponges and soft corals.  It’s what makes North Carolina a diving destination.

Sarah Finch

Construction broke ground in December in Kinston on a new art installation celebrating the rich tradition of tobacco farming in the state.  World renowned sculptor Thomas Sayre has designed a seven-piece sculpture that spans an entire city block. Sarah Finch brings us an update on this unique project.

NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Eastern North Carolina has a rich military history spanning from colonial days to the present.  The Military Collection of the State Archives of North Carolina seeks to preserve the State's military heritage by collecting documents and records, and make them accessible to the public.  Mac McKee speaks with Department of Natural and Cultural Resources military collection archivist Matthew Peek about how citizens can be a part of this project.

NC Department of Environmental Quality

It’s been almost two years since 39,000 tons of Duke Energy’s coal ash waste product spilled into the Dan River, creating an environmental disaster.  Since that incident, North Carolina worked on a plan to close coal ash basins across the state.  The next step in the process determines which impoundments pose the greatest risk to public health and the environment.  On the last day of 2015, the Department of Environmental Quality released their Draft Proposed Impoundment Classification report, as required by the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014.  Assistant Secretary for the Environment Tom

El Nino to create unpredictable winter

Jan 11, 2016
NOAA

Eastern North Carolina has been experiencing unusual weather this winter – Christmas Day marked record breaking warm temperatures.  A couple of weeks later, there were reports of snow flurries and temperatures dipping into the middle 20's.  The unsteady conditions felt throughout the nation has been attributed to El Nino.  Chris Thomas has more on how it’s affected, and may affect, the region.

Meteorologists love a challenge – at least, Lara Pagano does.

NCDOT

It was a popular gift this holiday season.  Drones are now buzzing over eastern North Carolina skies after the holiday season.  Jared Brumbaugh speaks with Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Manager for the North Carolina Department of Transportation Chris Gibson about new FAA regulations in place and some tips to stay safe.

East Carolina University

  It’s college football’s bowl season, but one post-season staple is missing from the festivities – East Carolina University. The Pirates had a disappointing season, which lead, in part, to the controversial firing of their last head coach. Now Pirate Nation’s entered a new era with a new coach and more could be on the line for the program than wins and losses.  Chris Thomas has this.

World's Biggest Stocking Unveiled in Fayetteville

Dec 21, 2015

Fayetteville hosted a record-setting, international event last weekend as it unveiled the world’s largest Christmas stocking.  Chris Thomas has this.

It was an enviable collaboration – spanning 50 states and three countries; measuring 1.6 tons and 7,700-square-feet.

All to create one big stocking.

On Veterans Day 2014, Spinirite LP – parent company of Washington, North Carolina based Caron United – announced it wanted to make the world’s largest Christmas stocking. Collaborating with the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.

Allison Leidner

  A 30 mile stretch along the North Carolina coast is the only place in the world where you will find a species of butterfly called the crystal skipper.  This newly identified butterfly is found along Bogue Banks, from the Rachel Carson Reserve and Fort Macon State Park to as far south as Bear Island.  Because of its limited range, preserving their habitat is critical to the species survival.  Scientist Allison Leidner works at NASA headquarters in Washington D.C. in the Earth Sciences Division through a cooperative agreement.

Trillium Health Resources

Wellness organizations in eastern North Carolina are trying to break the stigmas associated with mental disorders and substance abuse. They’ve launched a pilot program with two screening kiosks in Hyde and Dare counties to help people identify behavioral issues and connect with resources. Sarah Finch has more on these interactive booths and a new computer program that may know you better than you know yourself. 

NC Wildlife Resources Commission

To hunt or not to hunt, that is the question on wildlife officials minds moving forward with a plan to allow the first ever alligator hunting season in North Carolina.  The State Wildlife Resources Commission has proposed rules that call for a 30-day season.  Wildlife Diversity Coordinator Allen Boynton says they’re seeking public comment on the plan now through January 25th.

“We have had requests from a number of people interested in hunting alligators.  South Carolina recently started an alligator season and after that happened, the request we received increased.”

With the expansion of opportunities for women, the United States military is changing and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville has seen its share of that change.

Recently, the base broke new ground yet again by promoting Lt. Col. Lauren Edwards to a command position over the 8th Engineer Support Battalion, the first woman to command an engineering battalion in Marine Corps history.

Chris Thomas has a profile on this Marine making history in Eastern North Carolina.

Faculty, Students Weigh in on ECU Chancellor Search

Dec 8, 2015
ECU News Services

The process to find East Carolina University’s next chancellor has begun. Several forums focused on students, faculty, and alumni have been held to find out the qualities the new head of Eastern North Carolina’s largest university should be. A total of seven public forums have taken place already statewide.  Chris Thomas attended two Greenville based sessions and has this.

NC Wildlife Resources Commission

The populations of wild turkey continue to increase across the state.  That’s according to a recent survey from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.  Each year, the WRC conducts their wild turkey observation survey where volunteer spotters record the number of turkeys they see during a two month period.  Chris Kreh, the upland game bird biologist, says the summer observation survey takes place July 1st through August 31st.

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