ENC Features

ENC Features
12:08 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Black Bears In Eastern North Carolina

Credit NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Black bears are thriving in eastern North Carolina, 20,000 strong in the state.  We talk to wildlife officials about where bears are plentiful and why they’re growing bigger in the eastern part of the state.

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9:10 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Work Underway To Save Homes At North Topsail Beach

North Topsail Beach before New River Inlet Realignment Project 2012
Credit North Topsail Beach

Some homes at North Topsail Beach are in trouble.  Electricity, water and sewer have been disconnected at 20 structures due to erosion.  Details on how a project that starts next week could help slow the tide.

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8:59 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Kinston Non-Profit Assembles Bikes For Underprivileged Children

Credit The SpokesGroup of Eastern NC

The Spokes Group of Eastern North Carolina works closely with the Salvation Army to give disadvantaged boys and girls in the community bikes for Christmas. Since their inception three years ago, the organization has distributed more than 800 bikes and helmets to children in Kinston.  Mikel Peterson talks with  Spokes Group Director of Operations Angela Hill.

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8:48 am
Mon December 8, 2014

New Laws Protect Venus Flytraps From Poaching

Credit T.Howard / Carolina Beach State Park

Southeastern North Carolina is the only place in the world where venus flytraps grow in the wild.  Because of their rarity, there are exotic plant collectors around the world that will pay to have one of these carnivorous plants.  But taking a venus flytrap from the wild is illegal.  This week, new regulations went into effect that protect the plant from being poached and sold on the internet.  This week, Jared Brumbaugh speaks with Park Superintendent of Carolina Beach State Park Chris Helms about the new law and how it’s being enforced.

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11:07 am
Mon December 1, 2014

NC's Annual Turkey Count Shows Populations Continue Upward Trend

Credit NC Wildlife Resources Commission

The results are in from the latest wild turkey observation survey.  We speak with wildlife biologist Chris Kreh about the annual report and about North Carolina’s rebounding turkey population. 

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10:31 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Art Made From Marine Debris This Week In Morehead City

The saying what goes around comes around is true for marine debris and plastics that end up in the coastal waters of North Carolina and eventually wash up on beaches or are ingested by fish, sea turtles and other aquatic animals.  A traveling exhibit makes a stop in Morehead City December 1st through the 4th to raise awareness of the impact marine debris has on wildlife.  Jared Brumbaugh speaks with professor at University of North Carolina's Institute of Marine Sciences Dr. Rachel Nobel about the exhibit and the featured artist.

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2:39 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

The Town Of Turkey, NC

We speak with the mayor of Turkey, North Carolina about the small Sampson County town and how it got its name.

Turkey is the centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table, but did you know it’s also the name of a town in North Carolina?  If you look at it on a map, the outline of the town actually resembles the shape of a turkey.  But that’s not how it got its name.  Mayor of Turkey Leon Clifton says a rafter of wild turkeys moved into the area during colonial times.

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10:55 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Fort Bragg Soldiers Deploy To West Africa

Fort Bragg troops were among 100 soldiers sent to West Africa for a humanitarian aid mission.  We speak with Fort Bragg spokesperson Ben Abel about how the unit will help efforts to stem Ebola and precautions in place to protect the public upon their arrival back home.

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10:51 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Suspicious Man Stopping Cars in Pitt County

Driving rural roads, alone at night, can leave motorists in a vulnerable position.  Add to that scenario, an unidentified man repeatedly following those travelers, asking them to stop to inspect nonexistent damage.   Three  such incidents have happened over the last few weeks in eastern North Carolina.  Now Mikel Peterson has more on the man’s tactics and some practical tips that could keep you safe.

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10:58 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Improvements Could Come To Port of Morehead City

Credit NC State Ports Authority

The  Governor recently announced plans to make the port in Morehead City more globally competitive by deepening the channel to 50 feet and developing underutilized properties, such as Radio Island. 

Improvements could be coming to the state ports in Wilmington and Morehead City.  Governor Pat McCrory recently announced a 25 year vision for infrastructure investment that would deepen the Beaufort Inlet and develop underutilized properties, in an effort to make the state more globally competitive.  However, no money has been allocated for these projects. 

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10:44 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Greenville Non-Profit Feeding Our Four-Legged Friends

Credit http://www.petfoodpantryenc.org/

With the holidays just around the corner, non-profits like the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina are ramping up efforts to make sure that no one goes hungry this season. However, another local organization is making sure that our four-legged friends don’t go without food either. The Pet Food Pantry of Eastern North Carolina is like a food bank for pets and is based in Greenville. The Pet Food Pantry is an all-volunteer 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free pet food through donations to families facing financial hardship in Pitt County and surrounding areas.

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7:49 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Carolina Jamboree - the Red Clay Ramblers

Carolina Jamboree - the Red Clay Ramblers

INTRO – The Triangle’s Red Clay Ramblers have been involved in a number of artistic collaborations … with Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright and actor Sam Shepard for two of his films and one off-Broadway play and with the late Doug Marlette on the musical based on his comic strip Kudzu, amongst others. Another collaboration took the band away from stage and screen into a different realm, and about nine years after its debut the music is now available on CD. George Olsen talked with Bland Simpson of the Red Clay Ramblers and has this.

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9:53 am
Mon November 3, 2014

NC Art Museum Features Small Scale Paintings

Credit North Carolina Museum of Art

"Small Treasures" is a new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, the first major exhibition to focus on small scale paintings from the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age of art.  Mac McKee speaks with curator of northern European art and specialist in 17th century Dutch and Flemish art Dennis Weller about the exhibit which includes 66 paintings by old masters, such as Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer.

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12:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Coastal Scientist Finds Large Shark Populations Are Taking A Dive

Tiger shark caught in 2008

The population of large sharks have dropped significantly since the 1980s, posing a serious concern for fisheries and ecosystem management.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to Coastal Scientist Dr. Joel Fodrie about his award winning research and the impact the decline of large sharks is having off the coast of North Carolina.  

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12:08 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

IED Training At Camp Lejeune

Marines from across the country come to Camp Lejeune, one of only three sites in the nation, to receive counter improvised explosive device training.  This week on the Down East Journal, we take a trip to the Holly Ridge facility where 18 Georgia Liaison Team troops are preparing for deployment.

This story contains sounds from military training exercise and may be upsetting to some listeners.

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12:00 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Ghostwalk in Downtown New Bern

Public Radio East's Mac McKee speaks with Executive Director of the New Bern Historical Society Lynn Harakal about the 24th Annual Ghost Walk which takes place October 23-25.

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10:14 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Crab Trap Cleanup Planned For NC Coast

Credit Chris Hannant Photography

The fishing industry is being asked to help collect abandoned fishing gear from Currituck Sound to south of Oregon Inlet. 

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10:05 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Changes Coming In Severe Weather Forecasting

severe weather outlook map
Credit NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center

Meteorologist are changing the way they issue forecasts in an effort to better inform the public when tornados, hail and high winds threaten an area.

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9:43 am
Mon October 6, 2014

History of Rice Plantations In ENC

Planting Rice at Orton Plantation 1890
Credit State Archives of North Carolina

For two hundred years, rice was grown on large plantations in eastern North Carolina.  We get the backstory on this lucrative crop and we hear from a farmer who’s continuing the tradition in Chatham County.

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9:24 am
Mon October 6, 2014

New Museum Opens In Currituck County

Credit http://www.historicjarvisburgcoloredschool.com/

A small schoolhouse for African American children reopened September 27th as a museum showcasing photos of teachers and students, a teacher's desk, a chalkboard and a bookcase that served as the library. Mac McKee speaks with Vice President for the Historic Jarvisburg Colored School Association Vivian Simpson to get an idea on what life was life for students prior to desegregation.

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