Jones County

NC Department of Transportation

We detail the State Transportation Improvement Program which seeks to ease congestion at a local military base and complete the expansion of Highway 17 to a four lane between New Bern and Jacksonville.

Here in eastern North Carolina, we are all looking forward to long-promised road improvements.  Now, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is asking for public feedback on their latest State Transportation Improvement Program released December 4th. Over 1,000 projects are planned affecting every county. Sarah Finch has more.

Two federal agencies are investigating whether managers at North Carolina State University’s 79,000 acre forest in Jones and Onslow Counties illegally drained wetlands.  Jared Brumbaugh reports.

It’s estimated that 6,700 acres of the wetlands in Hoffman Forest were impacted.  Project Manager for the US Army Corp of Engineers Wilmington Regulatory Field Office Mickey Sugg says it appears excavating equipment was used to create ditches for water to exit the property.

Puppy Mills in ENC

Feb 11, 2013
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.