This week on the Down East Journal, we hear some of my favorite stories. We take a road trip around eastern North Carolina to visit some of the best spots for whole hog, wood smoked barbecue. We hear about a 19th century settlement called Diamond City that was once on the east end of Shackleford Banks. And, we learn about the dialect and vocabulary of Harkers Island.
On the next Down East Journal, rip currents have been making headlines this week with the death of a teen in Emerald Isle. To help keep you and your family safe this summer, we speak with local officials and emergency responders about rip current safety and how to break the grip of the rip. And, hear what's in store for the 57 th annual Old Homes and Gardens Tour.
This week on the Down East Journal, the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division will add another vessel to their fleet. The new ferry is being built in Swansboro and will take passengers between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village. And, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is expanding a federal supplemental food program to reach senior citizens in Onslow County.
This week on the Down East Journal, we look back at Operation Bumblebee, a highly classified missile testing program on Topsail Island during the late 1940's. And, a bird watching trip takes place this Sunday at the North River Preserve in Otway. The restored wetland area serves as a habitat for more than 240 bird species.
This week on the Down East Journal, the Opioid Epidemic is hitting eastern North Carolina hard. We focus on Carteret County. Plus, is it time to take away the keys? How to broach the subject with older adults who put other drivers at risk. And, the 3rd Annual Top Shelf Fishin' Festival is next Friday in New Bern where 50 Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans will enjoy a day of fishing on local waterways.
This week on the Down East Journal, we focus on the town of Beaufort and the unique stormwater challenges it faces. Local scientists are involved in a three year effort to identify how runoff from the town impacts local waterways. And, we hear what's in store for the 2nd Annual Funk Festival in Kinston next weekend.
This week on the Down East Journal, Cape Lookout National Seashore is going green. A new solar project is providing renewable power to the lighthouse, keepers quarters and utility systems on the remote barrier island. Plus, with the official start of hurricane season only a couple of weeks away, we have predictions and preparedness tips for 2017. And, what's in store for the Beaufort Music Festival next weekend.
This week on the Down East Journal, people with Parkinson's disease have a promising new treatment. We go to Oriental where tandem bikes are being used to help slow the progression of this neurodegenerative disorder. Plus, there are deserts in eastern North Carolina, food deserts, areas with limited accessibility to fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods. We talk about locally affected areas and how folks in Kinston and Greenville are trying to turn that around. And, an upcoming theater performance called Warrior Women tells the story of being female on active duty in the military through dance, song and spoken word.
This week on the Down East Journal, we detail a new citizen science program that aims to document alligator encounters throughout eastern North Carolina. Plus, we talk about the siege of Washington and the role colored troops played in that historic battle. And, a free lecture in Oriental next week highlights the unique architecture of pre-Civil War homes in Pamlico County.