This week on the Down East Journal, we visit a tarheel based theme park to witness new construction of what will be one of the tallest and fastest rollercoasters in the world. We also spotlight the New River Player's local production of Dracula, and details on the current exhibit of small scale Dutch and Flemish paintings at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
A site in Jacksonville that remembers the lives lost during the 1983 bombing of the barracks in Beirut, Lebanon is in the process of renovation. Kelly Batchelor has more on the Beirut Memorial tree replacement.
In Jacksonville two former elementary school teachers have ambitious plans to open a new children museum. Co-Chair of the Zing Zumm Museum board Liz Owens discusses with Public Radio East’s Mikel Peterson how the museum went from being just an idea to reality.
Large bodies of water like the Pamlico Sound absorb carbon dioxide like a sponge. But when a tropical storm or hurricane hits, it agitates the water releasing extensive amounts of CO2 into the air. This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to a coastal scientist about the harmful effects of “burping estuaries.” And, we’ll talk about plans for a new children’s museum in Jacksonville. The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.
We remember the brave Montford Point Marines who faced segregation in service for an opportunity to fight for our country during World War II.
Today, we honor the Montford Point Marines who were the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corp. They overcame discrimination and segregation in service for an opportunity to fight for our country during World War II. Wilmington resident Norman Preston is a hero, and World War II veteran. At 91 years old, he is among our country’s first black Marines.
This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with the acting State Health Director Dr. Robin Cummings about the new, statewide telepsychiatry program starting in January, and how East Carolina University will be involved with the program. And thirty years after the bombing of a military barracks in Beirut, we speak with a veteran organizing a ceremony in Jacksonville next week to remember the 240 Americans killed during the attack.
5,000 gallons of wastewater has spilled into a creek in Jacksonville, following more than an inch and a half of rain on Tuesday. The City’s Maintenance and Utilities Superintendent Pete Deaver was at the site Thursday afternoon testing the water.
“There is nothing else we can do. The rain water helps it dilute the affluent that reaches the waters. We have made some repairs to the man hole where the overflow occurred.”