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Two campgrounds in the Croatan National Forest remain closed due to significant damages from the winter storm earlier this month.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Cedar Point Campground near Cape Carteret and Flanner’s Beach Campground just south of New Bern could remain closed for the remainder of the month. Temperatures in the single digits caused multiple pipe breaks inside the walls of sanitary facilities, the porcelain to crack on toilets and damage to showers.  Recreations Program Manager for the Croatan National Forest Jeff Kincaid.

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The annual crab pot cleanup project started Monday and runs through February 7th.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

The removal period allows derelict and abandoned crab pots and fishing gear to be removed from internal waters.  The Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project is in its fifth year and is funded primarily by the General Assembly.  This year, 76 commercial watermen will participate in the cleanup effort which creates jobs for them while the no-potting period is in place.  Coastal Education Coordinator with the Coastal Federation Sara Hallas. 


The Onslow Water and Sewer Authority is asking customers to check their plumbing for leaks after historic high demand is being reported across their service area due to the recent winter storm.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

ONWASA normally pump around 7.5 million gallons of water every day during the month of January.  According to CEO of ONSWASA Jeffery Hudson, the rate of demand has nearly doubled to 14 million gallons of water over the last several days.


An organization that helps former inmates transition back into their communities in Onslow and Jones Counties is getting a $225,000 state contract. 


A four month bridge replacement project is underway in Carteret County, prompting a road closure near N.C. 58.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

The bridge over Hadnot Creek north of Cape Carteret was in constant need of repairs making it functionally obsolete and structurally deficient.  Communications officer for the State Department of Transportation Divisions 2 and 3 Brian Rick says the span was built in 1961 to standards no longer used today.

The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame has announced their 2018 inductees.

Duke Energy Progress

Widespread power outages are being reported across eastern North Carolina due to the winter storm.  Power has been restored on Ocracoke Island.


Crews with the North Carolina Department of Transportation are out in force pretreating the roads before the freezing rain and snow start falling here in eastern North Carolina.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

UNC Research

A company in Carteret County is recognized as the 2017 Rural Entrepreneur of the Year by the North Carolina Rural Center.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

NC Ferry Division

The North Carolina Ferry Division will be reducing the number of runs on some ferry routes over the holiday.  The Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach, Hatteras-Ocracoke and Southport-Fort Fisher ferries will be on a alternate holiday schedule December 24th and 25th:

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Ellis Airport

More improvements are on the way for a county owned, public use airport in eastern North Carolina.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Residents of Cumberland, Edgecombe, Robeson and Wayne counties can now call 2-1-1 to schedule an appointment at a Hurricane Matthew Housing Application Center.  The centers, known as ReBuild NC Recovery Centers, opened November 30 in the four counties most severely impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Residents in these areas who suffered damage to their homes from Matthew may be eligible for assistance.  When disaster survivors visit the centers for their appointments, application specialists will meet with them in person to guide them through the full application.

AAA Carolinas estimates a record breaking 3.1 million North Carolinians will travel this holiday season.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 


Ten thousand medication disposal kits are headed to the Pitt County Coalition on Substance Abuse for distribution.  As Jared Brumbaugh reports, the kits are an effort to get rid of unused opioids. 

The disposal kits help prevent people from becoming addicted to opioids by providing a simple and easily accessible way to dispose of unused medications.  Communications Director with Trillium Health Jennifer Mackethan says the Deterra Drug Deactivation System works by combining water and activated carbon to neutralize any organic medications containing opioids.

Changes to entry procedures are causing traffic delays for commuters going to Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune during the morning rush hour.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Corning Inc.

A materials science company has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art facility in eastern North Carolina and expand manufacturing operations in the Piedmont.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Audubon North Carolina

Audubon North Carolina’s annual Christmas Bird Count begins today and runs through January 5th.  For the 117th year, birders across the state help provide census data that researchers, biologists and wildlife agencies use to help assess the health of bird populations and guide conservation action.  Field Organizer for Audubon North Carolina Kim Branch says last year, record numbers of loons were recorded along the coast.

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

Record salinity levels revealed in the Neuse River early this month are just now approaching normal levels.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.


The North Carolina Department of Transportation is shutting down one of the major connectors to the Outer Banks for a week while crews repair the swing-span drawbridge.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Spirit AeroSystems

Spirit AeroSystems will be expanding their operations at the Global TransPark in Lenoir County. Jared Brumbaugh has more.

The company, which manufactures components for the Airbus A350 aircraft, plans to invest nearly $56 million in Kinston over the next five years.  The project was made possible in part by a performance-based incentive grant from Lenoir County up to $1.5 million.  Lenoir County Executive Director of Economic Development Mark Pope.

After nearly a decade of planning, Onslow County Commissioners broke ground on an air traffic control tower at the Albert J. Ellis Airport. Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

NC Department of Commerce

The North Carolina Department of Commerce has released the economic development tier rankings for 2018, and three counties in eastern North Carolina will be changing their designation in the New Year. 

New laws affecting drone usage in the state take effect December 1, 2017. One of two new laws prohibits drone usage within a 500 foot horizontal distance or a 250 foot vertical distance of a prison, jail or any correction or containment facility. The other law clarifies that state drone laws also apply to model aircraft as well, though model aircraft remain exempt from the state’s permitting requirements for drones.

Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed Friday, Dec. 1 as World AIDS Day in North Carolina. A press release from the state Department of Health and Human Services says the Department is joining with the Governor on the proclamation. A press release from the Department report that as of December 2016 there were an estimated 36,700 people living with HIV or AIDS in North Carolina with approximately 2600 of them unaware of their infection. According to the most recent North Carolina HIV/STD Surveillance Report, 1399 adults and adolescents were diagnosed with HIV in the state in 2016.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension is bringing its business training classes to farmers in the state's eastern region. 

Lenoir County Public Schools

Lenoir County Public Schools is one of four school systems in Eastern North Carolina to receive a state grant that helps fund computer science classes. 

Farm Labor Organizing Committee

A farmworkers’ union in Eastern North Carolina is trying to stop a state law that makes it harder for farmworkers to collectively bargain.


With record breaking numbers of people traveling this Thanksgiving holiday, the State Department of Transportation is doing their part to make travel safer and more efficient.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.


Beaufort Police Department is now among more than 20 other departments in Eastern North Carolina that carry the opioid overdose-antidote naloxone. 


The Republican tax bill, which recently passed in the House , would cost North Carolina public schools more than $5 billion over the next decade if it becomes law.