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Blush Boutique . . . for your best day ever!!

NEW BERN — The newest bridal shop in our area, Blush Boutique, is located in historic downtown New Bern at 222 Craven Street. As you enter, you are greeted with beautiful gowns, sparkling veils, and accessories. This small boutique is decorated with stunning chandeliers and large mirrors just like you would find in a larger venue. The selection of wedding gowns is unique and high-end designer in a range of styles. The owner, Jean Lloyd, recently opened the shop to provide a boutique experience with designer gowns and accessories to meet the needs of brides in New Bern and surrounding are…

Interior designer offers experience, ‘extreme attention’ to detail

Suzanne Pritchett NEW BERN — Located in a downtown storefront, Pritchett Interiors and Home Staging, LLC is a one-stop shop! From your Pinterest wish list to helping de-clutter and organize, this locally owned interior design and home staging firm has it covered. Owner and lead designer Suzanne Pritchett has more than 10 years of interior design experience. A North Carolina native and daughter of a seasoned interior designer, she earned a CIDA accredited Bachelor of Science in Interior Design degree from Western Carolina University. Pritchett has lived and worked in South Caroli…

Business Alert – fake one-hundred dollar bills

Click image to enlarge. Carteret County Sheriff’s Office The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a warning to businesses to keep their eyes opened for fake one-hundred dollar bills that are popping up in the county. Detectives say the phony $100.00 dollar bills have been received by a grocery store, ABC store, and most recently a convenient store in Newport. The fake $100.00 dollar bills have a poor representation of Benjamin Franklin and the words in large caps are stamped “For Motion Picture Use Only” with additional warnings under that in small letters “This note is no…

Above everything else!

ORIENTAL – On a windy St. Patrick’s Day, Capt. Ron Diamond dangles amid the treetops, while setting trusses on a new house for local entrepreneur Rich Halverson. Diamond’s boom, fully extended, can reach up to 85 feet above ground, certainly proof that ‘Above All Roofing’ is an appropriate name for his long-time business.…

Beekeeper busy, as bees begin buzzing!

Honeybees often travel long distances to feast on a variety of flowering plants, like this tulip poplar. A former furniture maker, Terry Weaver cranks out his own hives. MERRITT – Eastbound motorists on Hwy. 55 are all familiar with the small red-and-white ‘Bees For Sale’ sign that pops up this time of year. Once again, Terry Weaver of TJ’s Bee Farm is ready to give Mother Nature an assist. Weaver, in a fairly short period of time, has become a major player in the beekeeping industry. Originally from Maryland, where “I made antique replicas for a very fine furniture company,” Weave…

Micro-brewers get green light!

ORIENTAL – Frank and Lili Bacon are all smiles Tuesday night, shortly before elected officials gave them an OK to proceed with a Tap Room and Craft Microbrewery, planned for the lower floor of a two-story office building on Broad Street. Although other hurdles loom — including state and federal permits — the hard-working couple said they remain committed to the venture.…

Aurora officials ‘accept’ economic recommendations

But failure to ‘adopt’ plan concerns many town residents Lavonde Hardy and her daughter Maria attended the Monday night meeting AURORA – Monday night, a huge turnout for a meeting of the Aurora Town Board signaled growing impatience among citizens over the economic plight of this small Beaufort County town. Their frustration came through loud and clear from a young mother, Lavonde Hardy. “We need a grocery store,” pleaded Hardy, while holding her one-year-old daughter Maria. “How can we call ourselves a town without a grocery store? Right now, with the closest grocery store 2…

$1.3 Million Grant to Transform New Bern’s Gateway

City of New Bern The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced last week it is awarding the City of New Bern and Craven Community College a nearly $1.3 million grant to transform one of the gateways into New Bern. The grant will be used to modify the City’s old electric generation plant and warehouse in the 200 block of First Street into a regional workforce development and training center. The City and Craven Community College were co-applicants on the grant, which was submitted to EDA in August 2016. The Eastern Carolina Council assisted in the grant…

A day in the life of a private investigator!

Once a month, we take a look at weird, offbeat ways to earn a living! By Miki Knutson EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA — I am sure everyone watches television and thinks the life of a Private Investigator must be one of the most exciting jobs. I admit it is rarely ‘typical.’ I personally get excited about my job when new situations pop up or cases puzzle and challenge me. The schedule for the day varies on the type of case you are dealing with. Early mornings, hot afternoons, late nights, weekends, and holidays are often required. Not the type of schedule everyone is willing to commit to, but one that…

N.C. Department of Commerce recognizes PotashCorp-Aurora

At far right, N.C. Secretary of Commerce, John E. Skvarla III, and Will Collins, Assistant Secretary of Commerce, present Kim Toler, PotashCorp-Aurora Training Manager, with the Apprenticeship Program award. AURORA — PotashCorp-Aurora recently received recognition from the North Carolina Department of Commerce for using an innovative approach to apprenticeships for workforce training. Kim Toler, site-training manager for the phosphate-mining behemoth, accepted the Outstanding Innovative Registered Apprenticeship Program award on behalf of PotashCorp-Aurora, at…
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