Category Archives: Bridgeton

What’s in a Name? Town upgrade worth the effort!

Photo credit: Alan Welch By Alan Welch BRIDGETON — It took a while to convert a neglected weed patch into a warmly, inviting welcome to the small town of Bridgeton, but the wait and effort was well worth it. It was a joint effort between me – in my capacity as an elected official on the Bridgeton Town Council – the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and the Bridgeton Improvement Committee, spearheaded by then president George Burens. Since the state’s Department of Transportation owns the site (adjacent to Highway 17 through town), we kicked the initiative off by contac…

Seaplanes, float planes, flying boats headed for Bridgeton

By Alan Welch BRIDGETON — Wings Over Bridgeton is the first (and so far only) seaplane “fly in” to happen on the Neuse River. This Saturday, Nov. 19, is the big day and admission is free! Organizers expect more than a dozen fly / float aircraft, with the best viewing to take place at Bridgeton Harbor Marina, 1101 B Street in Bridgeton – which is just a stone’s throw from busy Hwy. 17 — which runs through this small waterfront community. Pilots will begin to arrive Friday afternoon, for hobnobbing with locals and some demonstrations. About 9 a.m. Saturday, pilots will allow th…

Bridgeton grabs spotlight

Blueberry Festival returns after 20-year hiatus Click on photo to enlarge BRIDGETON – Civic pride in this small waterfront community (which sometimes takes a backseat to the larger municipality on the ‘other’ side of the Neuse River) is almost busting at the seams these days. But, that is OK as long as the grommets hold on a huge banner stretched across the median of busy Hwy. 17. Early in the planning for this Saturday’s Blueberry Festival, organizer Ray Parker collared local resident Dave ‘Bigfoot’ Brown and quickly twisted the massive arm of the welder and signsmith. Parker…

Festival mascot needs a name!

BRIDGETON – The happy character is popping up everywhere, as a way of promoting the return of the Annual Blueberry Festival, scheduled this year for Saturday, June 25, along the banks of the Neuse River at Bridgeton Marina. Alas, the cherubic mascot has no name – until now! E-mail your suggestion to: adamstw70@yahoo.com. One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift certificate, which can be redeemed at a Walmart in New Bern. Limit one entry per household, and all entries must be received by Friday, June 17. Please enter our contest, and be sure to attend the Festival!…

Blueberry Festival returns

BRIDGETON – Saturday, June 25, this waterfront town pays homage to traditions and heritage, as The Blueberry Festival returns – after a hiatus, by one estimate, of almost 20 years. “I and others on our small committee just decided that it needed to be done,” explained organizer Ray Parker. “Fortunately, it is coming along quite nicely, although we have many, many things to do before the big day!” Almost a dozen vendors have already signed up, according to Parker, with a host of activities planned for both young and old. One highlight from yesteryear is a competition, known locall…

Former Bridgeton town commissioner pleads guilty

Drug dealing at hair salon nets hard prison time CHARLES D. FREEMAN, 56, of Bridgeton, entered guilty pleas Friday in cases pending against him, according to a press release from District Attorney Scott Thomas. Superior Court Judge Ken Crow accepted Freeman’s pleas. Freeman faced charges in two sets of cases – both of which occurred after he served the Town of Bridgeton as an elected official. In the first case, Freeman sold trafficking amounts of oxycodone pills to an undercover officer on five separate occasions between August and October of 2015. The first four sales occurred at his s…

Full steam ahead! Effort underway to sink more boating fees!

Tom Wynn BRIDGETON – A man on a mission personifies Tom Wynn, the manager and dockmaster of Bridgeton Harbor Marina. To put it politely, Wynn is incensed that Republican lawmakers in the North Carolina General Assembly have proposed more in the way of new boating fees. In a recent e-mailed ‘alert,’ BoatU.S., the well-known association of boat owners, claims “the new user fee would make North Carolina the most expensive state in the nation in which to register a boat.” That’s right. Hard to believe, but true. And, according to Wynn, snowbirds back-and-forth on the IntraCoastal W…

‘Warm, fuzzy’ unlikely to be part of negotiations for old school site

Buildings, originally constructed in the late 1940s, have become a liability on the site, which was used for decades as the former Bridgeton Elementary School. BRIDGETON – Town officials hope to acquire a six-acre riverfront site on B-Street, which was once the home of Bridgeton Elementary. However, the site’s long-time owner, the Craven County Board of Education, sent abrupt word Tuesday night – during a Bridgeton town board meeting – that future negotiations could get testy! Having recently spoken with an attorney representing the Board of Education, the Bridgeton town atto…

Bridgeton a ‘speed trap’ says motorist

Safety drives tickets, say officials BRIDGETON — Officials here contend their town is not a speed trap, despite the allegations of a motorist – ticketed the morning after Thanksgiving — who recounts in an e-mail to this newspaper that “There really are small towns that make a lot of money off the speeders on busy highways. Rather than taking a bite out of genuine crime, they hire cops who spend their days hiding in the roadside bushes with a radar gun and writing tickets.” Ed Norment and his wife are in their mid-70s. He says they are meticulous about safety and not speeding. He…

State highway officials respond

Change unlikely to ‘Extreme Makeover’ in Bridgeton Motorists from Blueberry Lane are now prohibited from turning left. The mandatory right turn adds more than a mile, plus at least five minutes, for those who want to head east on Highway 55. By Terry Leigh McCune | Staff Writer BRIDGETON — Last week I e-mailed some questions to the North Carolina Department of Transportation concerning the installation of a new traffic island at the intersection at Blueberry Lane and Hwy. 55 in Bridgeton: Q – How did you determine that a new traffic intersection was needed there? A – The locatio…
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