Eastern North Carolina

Arts & Culture
7:50 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Bill Myers Wins NC Heritage Award - His Music Was Almost Never Heard

Bill Myers, 2014
Credit NC Arts Council

Bill Myers was honored this week with a North Carolina Heritage Award. Myers is a saxophone player, and he's led the jazz band The Monitors for close to 60 years.

Bill's earliest introduction to music was when the minstrel shows came through Eastern North Carolina in the 1940s.

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Arts & Culture
5:02 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Young NC Poet: 'I Will Fight For My Rights To Be Black In This Crazy World'

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There is some intense poetry writing happening this month in Eastern North Carolina.  Select groups of students are participating in the Teach for America Poet Warriors project.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Sun January 19, 2014

Direct Flights To DC Just Got Harder From Eastern NC

American Airlines plane design after merger with US Airways.
Credit American Airlines

The American Airlines, US Airways merger is being felt in eastern North Carolina.

Airports in Fayetteville, Jacksonville and Wilmington are losing their non-stop flights to Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC.

There used to be two daily flights to DC from Wilmington International Airport or I-L-M.  John Rosborough is the airport director:

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The State of Things
11:04 am
Fri December 13, 2013

5 Great Musicians You Might Not Know Are From Eastern North Carolina

Portrait of Billy Taylor, New York, N.Y., ca. 1947
Credit Library of Congress via Flickr

Eastern North Carolina has yielded a rich crop of nationally recognized African American musicians. People like jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk.

But many musicians hailing from this part of the state have gone unnoticed. A new book, African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina, takes readers on a musical journey through this overlooked region.

Here are five musicians whose roots run deep in Eastern Carolina:

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Remembering North Carolina’s Tuscarora War

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In the 1600s, European settlers invaded Eastern North Carolina where nations like the Tuscarora, Machapunga, and Core Indians resided.

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

The Status of Women in Eastern North Carolina

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Earlier this year the Institute for Women’s Policy Research conducted a study regarding the status of women and girls in North Carolina, commissioned by the North Carolina Women's Council

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The State Of Things
11:59 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Wood Pellets Industry Booming In Eastern Carolina

Wood Pellets
Credit Credit: Wikimedia

  The European Union recently set an aggressive goal for 20 percent of its energy to come from renewable sources by 2020. They turned to the American South as the primary supplier of wood pellets, a renewable alternative to coal. But some environmentalists claim pellets are not a viable carbon-neutral resource and the pellet industry is fostering environmentally hazardous logging practices.

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The State of Things
11:33 am
Fri September 6, 2013

News Roundtable: Issues Across The World, State, And Triangle

Wars in Syria
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Round table discussion with local experts on Syria.

On this week’s news roundtable, the panel shares their views on the latest headlines. They’ll discuss a broad range of international, national and local issues including American involvement in Syria, violence against women and the state of the economy in North Carolina. 

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Environment
8:14 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Wildlife Officials Spar With Hyde County Over Refuge Expansion

A proposed expansion of the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is running into opposition with some local leaders. 

Refuge leaders say the expansion is necessary to preserve the ecosystem that supports a wide range of wildlife, including migrating birds, black bears and red wolves.

"New Lake is a naturally occurring lake out there, but we currently only have about 80 percent of it within the refuge boundary," says refuge manager Howard Phillips. 

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Science & Technology
8:05 am
Tue February 12, 2013

400 Acres Of Solar Panels Could Cover Duplin County

A 5-Megawatt farm in Cleveland County. The capacity of Strata`s proposal for Duplin County would be 20 times larger.
Credit Strata Solar

A North Carolina renewable energy company says it plans to build a large solar farm in Duplin County.  Strata Solar announced yesterday it's developing 400 acres of land for solar panels with a capacity of 100 Megawatts.  It's one of the largest solar farms in production on the east coast.  Strata CEO Markus Wilhelm says his company will file its plans with the state Utilities Commission by the end of the month.

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