The moves are in response to a $37 billion dollar cut in the Department of Defense budget for this fiscal year as a result of federal sequestration. A press release from the base says civilian employees… with a few exceptions… will have to take one day of unpaid leave each week between next Monday and September 21. First responders such as police and fire personnel are exempt from the furloughs. The reduction in personnel will prompt changes in operations, including closing the commissary and the pharmacy at the exchange on Mondays.
AAA Carolinas expects about a 2% decline in travel for the July 4th holiday. They’re estimating 988,500 state residents traveling during the five-day holiday period. Most of the decline is attributed to the shorter holiday period… last year the 4th fell on a Wednesday, this year on a Thursday. Some of the blame is also attributed to gas prices which, while mostly flat for the past two months, are 8% higher than a year ago.
Two of the turtles were rescued off Cape Lookout back in April suffering from symptoms of cold-stunning that occurs when turtles get suddenly caught in waters where the temperature drops suddenly, leaving them lethargic and unable to feed or swim. The other came to the Aquarium as a hatchling in August 2011, unable to get out of a nest on Bogue Banks on his own. All are green sea turtles. Rescued turtles are released as soon as they’ve recovered.
The 2013 Kids Count Data Book ranks North Carolina 35th in the nation in overall child well-being. The survey looks at four categories… economic well-being, family and community, education and health. North Carolina’s highest ranking was in education where it placed 27th though the report noted the percentage of students graduating high school on time had declined 18 percent in a five-year period. The report noted gains in fourth grade reading and eighth-grade math proficiency. The state’s lowest ranking was in economic well-being with 26% of children living in poverty in 2011.
The Greenville Airport is nearing the completion of a new hangar designed primarily for private planes. In response to high demand for hangar space, the Greenville Airport has begun building a $400,000 hangar to house private planes. Airport Director Jerry Vickers says that demand came almost entirely from private owners, attributing the demand in part to a lack of facilities for private planes. Vickers also cited that the increased hangar capacity would lead to increased demand.
Carteret County Animal Shelter has failed their state inspection and now they’re calling on volunteers to help make repairs. Rusted fencing, corroded kennel runs, and deteriorated floors are just a few of the problems the shelter must fix by June 30th to get their license reinstated. Shelter Lead Rachel Jackson hopes that the community will help make repairs during a volunteer effort on Saturday, May 18th.
A vacant property in Greenville could become a new DNA processing facility. Jared Brumbaugh has more.
The company wanting to purchase the facility has asked to remain anonymous. The 68-hundred square foot building is located near Vidant Medical Center. Existing Industries Coordinator with the Pitt County Development Commission Scott Poag says they’re seeking a $60,000 grant from the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center to facilitate renovations. He adds the grant amount is based upon how many jobs are created.
A new music park has broken ground in Kinston and will be the centerpiece for the eight county African American Music Trail. Construction has started at the site, which is located on the corner of South Queen and Springhill streets. When finished, the music park will feature a 12-foot high by 23-foot wide sculpture documenting famous local musicians such as Maceo and Melvin Parker. Executive Director of the Kinston Community Council for the Arts Sandy Landis says the park will also have a place where musicians can perform impromptu shows.