ENC Features

ENC Features
3:34 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Greene County Animal Shelter Struggling Amid Significant Budget Reductions

We explore the plight of the Greene County Animal Shelter.  Local animal advocates are rallying around the organization to prevent its closure.

Greene County is having financial problems this year that affect its local government as a whole. Interim county manager for Greene County, Richard Hicks, says they have a major deficit.

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12:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Hyde County Submitting Proposal for Drone Testing

Some say sparsley populated Hyde County is the perfect site to test unmanned aerial vehicles.   The county is in the process of submitting a proposal to be one of six FAA approved testing sites for drones.

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8:34 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Revitalization of Five Points in Downtown New Bern

Plans are being set to revitalize a depressed area of downtown New Bern called Five Points.  The project would create local jobs, and attract new businesses to the area.

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8:24 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Free Screening of “Freedom Lost: Restoration" on February 27th

The new, documentary film “Freedom Lost: Restoration" explores an often forgotten piece of history about life for African Americans in New Bern and James City in the time surrounding the Civil War.  The free screening takes place at 6pm Wednesday, February 27th at Craven Community College's Orringer Auditorium.

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7:40 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Drawing business to downtown one "mob" at a time

We’ve all seen it on YouTube… people hanging around, minding their own business, then someone fires up a boombox and everybody lines up and recreates the dance segment from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video… or shoppers at a mall food court suddenly performing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s The Messiah.

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11:38 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Free AARP Tax Aide in ENC

From now until April 15th, AARP is offering a free tax preparation service for low to moderate income tax payers, especially those 60 and older.  The program is in locations across eastern North Carolina.

To find a tax aide location near you, click here: http://www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action

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11:23 am
Fri February 15, 2013

From Illiterate to Poet and Author

Imagine… advancing through school hiding the fact that you don’t know how to read.  Here's the inspiring story of Earl Mills, who read his first book at age 48, published two books of his own, and has a passion to support literacy in eastern North Carolina.

“...My heart has been enriched, my heart held at bay

When we’re together, in that special way

Help me to hear what your heart has to say

Not being selfish, wanting my way...”

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4:32 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Puppy Mills in ENC

A poodle rescued from a North Carolina puppy mill.
Credit Photo by Frank Loftus / The Humane Society of the United States

A bill will likely be introduced in the next couple weeks that will impose regulations on commercial dog breeders that sell directly to the public. The bill is part of a growing effort to put a stop to puppy mills in North Carolina. Groups, such as the American Kennel Club, and the North Carolina Federation of Dog Owners believe the legislation may affect responsible dog owners in a negative way.

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4:19 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Ferry Tolls Will Take Effect July 1st

We explain the new ferry tolls, which are set to go into effect this summer.

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4:12 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Cabinet Maker Thomas Day: Black History Month Series

We continue our Black History Month series with a profile of cabinet maker Thomas Day who owned the largest furniture business in North Carolina during the height of slavery.

As part of our Black History Month series, we hear about the life of the successful cabinet maker Thomas Day.  He was much more than just a cabinet maker.  He also handcrafted ornate, decorative pieces for the home and highly sought after furniture.  During the height of slavery, he owned the largest furniture making business in the state. Director of the Thomas Day Education Project Laurel Sneed.

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4:04 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

A Look at Tethered Aerostats

A private company in Elizabeth City is manufacturing a lighter than air technology called a tethered aerostat. They're being sold to governments and are the worlds only company devoted entirely to the production of these unique products. We recently toured the massive facility.

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3:57 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Pamlico County Wind Farm Project's Possible Impact on Cherry Point

This week on the Down East Journal, we explore the controversy over proposed wind energy turbines possibly interfering with Cherry Point base operations. Some say the wind projects planned for Pamlico and Beaufort counties may play into possible BRAC base closures.

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3:45 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Endangerd Wood Stork Finds Home in ENC

After being declared an endangered species in the 1980's, wood stork populations are increasing and spreading across the southeast.  How human intervention, natural instinct and our coastal environment play into the recovery of the wood stork.

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3:33 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

New Governor Pat McCrory Visits ENC

Less than a week after becoming the new governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory visited New Bern to talk with constituents and cast his vision for North Carolina's future.

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3:20 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Bodie Island Lighthouse Restoration

Credit Photo by Andy Danneker / National Park Service

After three years of renovations, the Bodie Island lighthouse will open to the public for the very first time.

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3:08 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Dock Hooks Completes 1,200 mile Bike Ride

We check in with cyclist Dock Hooks who completed his 1,200 mile journey from Emerald Isle to Key West for charity.

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2:40 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Holiday Pops with the North Carolina Symphony

The North Carolina Symphony is celebrating their 80th season. We talk to the Senior Director of Statewide Development about their upcoming holiday pops concert in downtown New Bern.

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2:32 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

From Emerald Isle to Key West on a Beach Cruiser

One man from eastern North Carolina is pedaling over a thousand miles to raise awareness and support for substance abuse prevention.

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2:22 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Coastal Insurance

Nearly a month after Hurricane Sandy, we speak with the North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and the state's Rate Bureau about home insurance rate increases and when they might be implemented.

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2:16 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Medicare and the Affordable Care Act

President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act four years ago. It's still being implemented. Last month a change in the Medicare system is fining hospitals the reimbursement money they get back for their services, if certain patients are readmitted to a hospital within a thirty-day period of their initial admission. Stephen O'Connell has more.

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