Hundreds of people are displaced after their homes were damaged or destroyed during last week's tornadoes.  This week on the Down East Journal, an in-depth review of the storm that impacted eastern North Carolina and the efforts underway to help residents recover.  And despite a cold winter, experts are predicting a bumper crop of strawberries this season.  Those stories and more, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

Spring is finally here… the weather is getting warmer, and strawberries are almost ripe for picking. Mid to late April is usually the start of strawberry season for our area, but some fields in eastern North Carolina are still several weeks away from being ready.  In addition to a late start, news that virus infected plants may cause a drop in the number of local strawberries has some worried.  We spoke with strawberry growers across eastern North Carolina this week to get an idea on the success of this year’s crop.

  Tuscarora descendants from New York state and eastern North Carolina honored their ancestors at a recent ceremony in Snow Hill.  This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about the Battle of Nooherooka fought between settlers and the Tuscarora people in the 1700’s.  And, a great strawberry season is just around the corner.  We speak with growers in eastern North Carolina about a pesky virus  stunting some plants growth and how little impact the problem will have on yield.