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."
East Carolina University broke ground on its sixth dental clinic this week, and two more are opening this winter. This week on the Down East Journal, an overview of the clinics and how they’re improving access to oral healthcare in underserved areas of North Carolina.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.