Pitt County

Classic yellow buses with stop arms out will mark the beginning of another school year.  But more and more drivers in eastern North Carolina are ignoring the most basic of safety rules.  So now, school districts in Pitt, Martin, Nash, and New Hanover counties are taking measures into their own hands, literally.  Sarah Finch has more.

Pitt County Schools

Overcrowding in public schools is a growing issue across our state, as school districts accept more children than they can reasonably handle. This congestion puts a strain on resources and affects student behavior and learning. Here in eastern North Carolina, Pitt and Onslow counties are addressing this same issue in two different ways; through redistricting and open enrollment opportunities.

Driving rural roads, alone at night, can leave motorists in a vulnerable position.  Add to that scenario, an unidentified man repeatedly following those travelers, asking them to stop to inspect nonexistent damage.   Three  such incidents have happened over the last few weeks in eastern North Carolina.  Now Mikel Peterson has more on the man’s tactics and some practical tips that could keep you safe.

Pitt County is ranked number one as the most dangerous county in the state for vehicle accidents.  We pinpoint some reasons Greenville drivers are most at risk.  

Pitt County is ranked number one as the most dangerous county in the state for vehicle accidents.  This week on the Down East Journal, we pinpoint some reasons Greenville drivers are most at risk.  And, as the flowers fade and harvest slows from your summer gardens, we speak with Onslow County Horticulture Agent Lisa Rayburn about saving seeds for next year’s bounty.  This and more, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

After six months of searching, Pitt County has appointed a new Director of Social Services. Lee Jenkins reports.

As of Monday, Jan Elliot has replaced Interim Director Earl Marett as head of the Department. Elliot’s first goal as Director is to acquaint herself with the workings and workers of Pitt County’s DSS and to continue to tweak and fine tune some of the projects started by her predecessors.

“There were some issues with the computer system that the state had, with making sure that applications and reviews were done timely, the NC Fast system.”

National Weather Service Newport

Hundreds of people are displaced after their homes were damaged or destroyed during last week's tornadoes.  An in-depth review of the storm that impacted eastern North Carolina and the efforts underway to help residents recover.

  This week on the Down East Journal, we highlight a non-profit in Greenville reaching out to veterans and disabled seniors who live at home.  This weekend, Rebuilding Together Pitt County holds a community outreach and home remodeling event in Greenville.  More on that story, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

An analysis by Triple A Carolinas lists Pitt County as the most dangerous county in the state for vehicle collisions for the fifth year running. Last year Pitt County had 4633 traffic crashes which worked out to about 307 crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled… a rate about 50% higher than the state average of just below 205. Pitt County also was listed 2nd only behind Graham County for the rate of injuries sustained in crashes. TripleA Carolinas president and CEO David E. Parsons said consistently high ranking should be a wake-up call for better traffic enforcement or road design.