Category Archives: New Bern

Groundbreaking & Unveiling Ceremony 205 First Street

The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking and unveiling ceremony for New Bern’s new workforce development training center. The event will be held on Tuesday, August 15th at 10 a.m. at the center located at 205 First Street. Refreshments will be served. The City of New Bern and Craven Community College learned in January that, as co-applicants, they had received a nearly $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) to transform one of the gateways into New Bern. The grant will be used to modify the City’s old electric generat…

HEROIN TRAFFICKER CONVICTED, SENT TO PRISON

New Bern, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court today, JANUARY JONES, 41, of New Bern, was convicted on his guilty plea to charges arising out of his sale of heroin to informants working with the New Bern Police Department. Superior Court Judge R. Kent Harrell presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Chekesha Hukins. New Bern Police, using cooperating informants, conducted a series of controlled purchases of heroin from Jones in March and April, 2016, all of which took place at K&K Cuts b…

PHARMACY THEFT LEADS TO PRISON SENTENCE

New Bern, North Carolina — District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court today, ERIC MICHAEL FARNHAM, 36, of New Bern, pled guilty to a series of charges arising out of his breaking into a pharmacy in New Bern, and was sentenced to prison. Superior Court Judge R. Kent Harrell presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Robert J. McAfee. On April 2, 2017, River Bend Police Chief Ryland Matthews stopped a Ford pickup truck just before midnight, because he saw that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt, and was trying to pu…

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…

Pepsi collectors headed to New Bern

The East Coast Pepsi Connection has grown dramatically since these founders met for the first time in New Bern during the summer of 2008. By June Frost NEW BERN — Ten years ago, the founders of the East Coast Pepsi Connection (ECPC) met for the first time here in New Bern. Eight people had a picnic at Fort Totten Park and invited local folks to bring their Pepsi Memorabilia to learn about and/or sell. Since then they have had similar picnics in locations along the East Coast. This year, 80 people are returning to celebrate the Connection’s 10th Anniversary! We have added activities includ…

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…

Civitans present: ‘Neil Diamond Tribute Show’ Saturday, June 17

By Frank Salvatore NEW BERN — Civitan Club is excited to present a phenomenal “Neil Diamond Tribute Show” known as “Diamond Reno…Today” featuring someone well known to those of us who live in the New Bern area! Diamond Reno — who performs as Neil Diamond — is none other than Mark Reno, who from 2003 until 2009 performed his award winning Elvis Presley Tribute here in New Bern, to great success and acclaim…selling out every show! Reno, the ever-versatile entertainer, has been touring from New Jersey — performing as Neil Diamond for quite some time, b…

Wow! Teacher of the Year wins new Mitsubishi

NEW BERN – Congratulations to Lori Lynn Sanford, recently named Teacher of the Year for Craven County. Also, accolades to Riverside Mitsubishi for its generosity in awarding Sanford a new 2017 Outlander Sport Mitsubishi in recognition of her achievement. Above, Sanford takes the helm of her new ride during a presentation by dealership owner Dustin Tyson and Paul Stokes (known locally as ‘Mitsubishi Man’.) Below, Stokes ensures that Sanford’s new title is perfectly applied to the driver’s side door. In addition to his Mitsubishi dealership, Tyson – a young entrepreneur –…

Arsonist receives prison term

SCOTT E. THOMAS  DISTRICT ATTORNEY State of North Carolina General Court of Justice New Bern, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven Superior Court yesterday, ELIJAH LOU PARENTE, 25, of New Bern, was convicted upon his guilty plea to two counts of arson, and was sentenced to prison. Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided over this term of court, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorneys Robert McAfee and Terry Light. In September, 2015, Parente intentionally set a fire inside an apartment on Red Robin Lane in New Bern, and…

Habitual felon sent to prison

SCOTT E. THOMAS DISTRICT ATTORNEY State of North Carolina General Court of Justice New Bern, North Carolina — District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court today, TOMMY WAYNE GETER, 40, of New Bern, was convicted upon his guilty plea to felony breaking and entering, and felony larceny, and sentenced to prison as an habitual felon. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Robert McAfee. In October, 2016, Geter was found in a pickup outside Tractor Supply Company i…
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