Pamlico County

School districts across the state have suspended their Driver’s Ed programs. Lee Jenkins has more.

Budget disagreements between the House and Senate have left financing for the programs up in the air. The Senate seeks to cut funding to high schools and have the community college system provide the classes, while the House seeks to maintain the program as it is.

State Archives of North Carolina

For two hundred years, rice was grown on large plantations in eastern North Carolina.  We get the backstory on this lucrative crop and we hear from a farmer who’s continuing the tradition in Chatham County.

For two hundred years, rice was grown on large plantations in eastern North Carolina.  This week on the Down East Journal, we get the backstory on this lucrative crop and we hear from a farmer who’s continuing the tradition in Chatham County.  Plus, a new museum was dedicated on the northern Outer Banks last week.  We learn more about the Historic Jarvisburg Colored School on the next Down East Journal.  Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

We explain the new ferry tolls, which are set to go into effect this summer.

This week on the Down East Journal, we explore the controversy over proposed wind energy turbines possibly interfering with Cherry Point base operations. Some say the wind projects planned for Pamlico and Beaufort counties may play into possible BRAC base closures.