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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is paving the way to develop bicycle and pedestrian paths across the state. This week on the Down East Journal, more on the grant plan and how Emerald Isle’s bike path is paying off 10 years later.
As you’re traveling around eastern North Carolina, you may notice individuals or groups of people picking up trash along the highway. That’s because the statewide Fall Litter Sweep is underway. This week, I spoke with marketing specialist with the North Carolina Department of Transportation Julia Cassedante about the cleanup campaign and about how you can get involved.
Conservators with the Queen Anne’s Revenge project have utilized new x-ray technology to further efforts to preserve artifacts brought up from the Beaufort Harbor wreck site of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship. George Olsen has more.
Literally thousands and thousands of artifacts have been brought up off the ocean floor since the 1996 discovery of the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Some of the items that come up are easily identifiable. Others… not so much.
Sea turtle nesting season along the North Carolina coast is usually three and a half months long, May to mid-August. Although sea turtle nests are still being counted, the number of nests along our coast this year is down. As of Wednesday Sept. 10th, there were 554 nests counted so far. The average is about 750 nests annually. Jared Brumbaugh speaks with State Sea Turtle Biologist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Matthew Godfrey about why the numbers are so low and how they collect their information on sea turtle nests.