A new trail has been created here in eastern North Carolina and will serve as an additional option for people seeking to hike across the state. Jared Brumbaugh has more.
The Coastal Crescent Trail is part of the 1,000 mile Mountains to Sea Trail and will take hikers through Johnston, Sampson, Cumberland, Bladen, Pender and Onslow counties. Executive Director of Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail Kate Dixon says the route allows hikers to explore natural and historic sites like Bentonville Battlefield, Suggs Mill Pond and Moores Creek Battlefield.
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to have their corn tested for aflatoxin to prevent contamination of feeds and food. Jared Brumbaugh has more.
Aflatoxin is a byproduct of a mold, and can be harmful to both humans and livestock. Feed Compliance Officer George Ferguson says the Cunningham Research Station in Kinston is one of six drop-off locations across the state where farmers can submit their 5 pound sample of shelled corn.
The City of Kinston is combating gang activity by increasing police presence in the community with the implementation of a new gang unit. Jared Brumbaugh has more.
On Monday night, City Council members voted to fund the unit, consisting of four members who will work in areas where gang activity is prevalent. The decision comes after a successful program during the summer. Kinston’s Public Safety Director Bill Johnson says during the six week period, officers arrested 129 individuals, served 92 warrants and removed 17 guns off the streets.