The 40 year old Beaufort County jail is the center of a debate. Some say the facility is in adequate shape and needs little repair. Others say the jail is unsafe for staff and inmates and a new one needs to be built.
We explain how some Onslow County students are doing their part to help the environment by transforming their Styrofoam lunch trays into recyclable material.
Onslow County students are taking a bite out of grime, working to recycle the Styrofoam lunch trays their schools throw out every day. And, boy, do they throw out a lot of trays. According to Onslow County’s Solid Waste and Landfill Assistant Director Lisa Rider, the school district goes through over 19,000 trays in a single day. To make matters worse, the trays can remain in the landfill forever.
This week, we talk about a new partnership between the Institute of Marine Sciences and local schools where coastal scientists become teachers for a day.
Last week, a group of third grade students in Beaufort were learning about coastal habitats, food web dynamics and the different kinds of marine life found along the North Carolina coast. But the lesson wasn’t being taught by teachers. Instead, graduate students from the Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City offered a unique, hands-on lesson about our coastal ecology. Tiller School third grader Jack McMann.
Whether it’s storm surge models or hurricane warnings and watches, distributing information to the public is top priority during hurricanes or tropical storms. Local elected officials, weather service offices, the media, and County Emergency Management offices all play an integral role in keeping the public safe during severe weather. This week, Lee Jenkins examines how county emergency management help keep the public informed before, during and after a storm.
Reports of sexual assault in the military are at an all-time high. We speak with Senator Kay Hagan and the program manager with Camp Lejeune’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program to find out what’s being done to assist victims and reduce military assault.
Sexual assault in the military is making national headlines.
"Not only is it shameful and disgraceful, its going to make and has made the military less effective than it can be."
A charter school serving close to 200 students in an economically depressed area of Kinston is facing closure. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has recommended Children‘s Village Academy’s charter be revoked because of cash flow problems and increasing school debt. Find out what Children‘s Village Academy is doing to stay open.
Native American descendants from New York state and eastern North Carolina honored their ancestors at a recent ceremony in Snow Hill. We talk about the Battle of Nooherooka fought between settlers and the Tuscarora people in the 1700’s.
Spring is finally here… the weather is getting warmer, and strawberries are almost ripe for picking. Mid to late April is usually the start of strawberry season for our area, but some fields in eastern North Carolina are still several weeks away from being ready. In addition to a late start, news that virus infected plants may cause a drop in the number of local strawberries has some worried. We spoke with strawberry growers across eastern North Carolina this week to get an idea on the success of this year’s crop.
An unusual number of arctic birds called dovekies are turning up along the coast often injured and malnourished. We speak with a local wildlife sanctuary about this phenomenon and why the birds are dying after being rehabilitated.
It’s a sign of spring and warm weather… birds returning to eastern North Carolina after spending the winter down south. But for one species, making the journey back home has become perilous. The dovekie, a small arctic bird resembling a penguin only stands an average eight inches tall, but it makes a thousand mile journey every spring.