New Bern, NC – Before prohibition began, North Carolina was a leading producer of wine in the United States, but when prohibition was enacted the alcohol industry in North Carolina all but died out. Since its repeal in 1933, the wine industry has risen, and for the past fifteen years the number of wineries and vineyards has substantially increased.
New Bern, NC – Although the number of people who voted is on the rise; in regards to the percentage of turnout; the numbers went down. Executive Director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, Gary Bartlett says it has to do with increases in population and registered voters. Since 2008 the population has gone from nine point three million to nine point seven million people.
New Bern, NC – Organic farming is popular, its being practiced now in all 50 states, where it generates over 41 billion dollars. The USDA began issuing organic certification in 2001. However, in recent years, the demand for organically grown food has risen sharply and the number of organic farmers in eastern North Carolina is proof. Some of the popular crops in eastern North Carolina include lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbage, and sweet potatoes just to name a few.
New Bern, NC – On Saturdays until November you can visit the Cedar Grove Cemetery and hear of its beginnings, and about the people that are buried there, from one of the twenty questors that work to preserve the site's structural integrity, their most current project being renovation of the famous Weeping Arch.
New Bern, NC – Lifestyle living and upscale shopping is being touted as a way to energize the eastern North Carolina economy in a major announcement made this week. The project, called Craven Thirty is in the construction phase now northeast of New Bern near the intersection of Highway 70 and SR-43. City Manager Mike Epperson says the site will be a prime location for restaurants, retail businesses, medical offices, and residential areas.
New Bern, NC – It's not raining men at some hog farms in the Midwest. When the pits which can hold up to 8 feet of manure explode, it's a big mess and in most cases, thousands of lost livestock and millions of dollars in damage.
New Bern, NC – On May 19, one can find a live and silent auction, a plate of barbecue, and half a street block of artists displaying a variety of work. It's called the CHAIR-ity event from New Bern's Habitat for Humanity.
New Bern, NC – Strawberry season came early to eastern North Carolina this year . And the fields are ripe for picking. Executive Secretary for the North Carolina Strawberry Association Debby Wechsler says the mild winter and a warm spring with few cold snaps have contributed to the early harvest.
"Most growers say they haven't seen it this early since they can last remember. It is an unusual situation."
New Bern, NC – Thunder in the East, the Civil War in Eastern North Carolina: a sesquicentennial symposium takes place in New Bern Next Friday Evening and Saturday afternoon. The New Bern Historical Society is sponsoring the event, which highlights the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Bern. Executive Director Lyn Harakal described the keynote speaker, Ed Bearss, as being an encyclopedia of civil war knowledge.
New Bern, NC – Boating season is still a few months away, but now is the time to start preparing. From annual inspections to engine maintenance, there is a list of items that must be done before you hit the water. Brushing up on your navigational skills and making sure your safety equipment is in working order should be at the top of your list. I traveled to the coast to talk get some tips on how to be safe out on the water.