New Bern

The City of New Bern has begun resurfacing roads across town. Lee Jenkins has more.

The city plans to resurface 14 roads over the course of the next 120 days. Currently, construction crews are working on Trent Road, 2nd Avenue, 3rd Street, and 5th street. After that crews will begin working in the Pembroke subdivision and the Sunnyside neighborhood. Crews will finish by resurfacing the road to Derby Park and parts of Elizabeth Avenue. Director of Public Works Matt Montaigne says the city will try to make the process as painless for commuters as possible.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, we speak with historian and Civil War re-enactor Phillip Brown who is retracing the steps of Confederate Navy Sailor Washington Duke.  Duke was a tobacco farmer when he was joined the Confederate army in 1863 or early 1864, due to a shortage of troops.  He was captured by Union Forces and imprisoned in Richmond, Virginia.  Eventually, he was shipped to New Bern.  When the war ended, Duke was released and he walked 135 miles back to his home in Durham, because he didn’t have money or transportation.

There’s a big outdoor concert happening this Sunday.  The Craven Community Concert Band will be performing at Union Point Park in downtown New Bern at 6:30.  The free concert will include marches, show tunes, and patriotic music.  Today, Mikel Peterson speaks with Director Matt Farquhar about this Sunday’s waterfront concert.

For more information, go to http://events.publicbroadcasting.net/pre/events.eventsmain?action=showEvent&eventID=1676961

We explore how law enforcement officers in eastern North Carolina are using body cameras, from urban areas to rural towns.

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.

Jared Brumbaugh

True Justice International, an anti human trafficking organization based in New Bern held a proclamation signing event at Union Point Park on Sunday designating the week of January 25th through the 31st to be Human Trafficking Awareness Week.  I spoke with Executive Director and founder of True Justice International Sarah Tellis about this weekend’s event and how their organization is fighting human trafficking around the world.

The local African American community Dryborough  is close to getting national recognition as a historic landmark.

This week on the Down East Journal, the local African American community Dryborough  is close to getting national recognition as a historic landmark.  And, a call for volunteers to help pack more than 17,000 meals during a Stop Hunger Now event in Winterville.  We have more  this week on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

Public Radio East is a media sponsor for the 11th Annual Chamber Music Festival in New Bern next week.  Classical Music Host Finley Woolston spoke with festival organizer and Greenville native Jennifer Lucht about the event.

For more information, go to http://carolinachambermusic.org/

Plans are being set to revitalize a depressed area of downtown New Bern called Five Points.  The project would create local jobs, and attract new businesses to the area.

The new, documentary film “Freedom Lost: Restoration" explores an often forgotten piece of history about life for African Americans in New Bern and James City in the time surrounding the Civil War.  The free screening takes place at 6pm Wednesday, February 27th at Craven Community College's Orringer Auditorium.

This week on the Down East Journal, a Goldsboro development group tries a variation on the “flash mob” theme to try and boost the presence of downtown businesses.  And, plans are being set to revitalize a depressed area of downtown New Bern.  The project would create local jobs and attract new businesses.  More on the revitalization of Five Points, this week on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East.

Less than a week after becoming the new governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory visited New Bern to talk with constituents and cast his vision for North Carolina's future.