Tag Archives: New Bern

Chickens killed following chargeless cockfighting suspicion

By William R. Toler Terril Byrd’s feathers are ruffled…and for good reason. Back in December, New Bern police seized nearly 60 chickens (hens and roosters) from Byrd’s property on suspicion of cockfighting, according to NewsChannel 12. The station reports officers … Continue reading

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It’s that time again…

It hardly seems like eight years since the first grueling weekend of news coverage& late-night layout sessions resulting in the eight-page first effort of a short-lived dream come true. This year’s anniversary post will be a bit different. How many … Continue reading

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Death of a Newsman

By James White I think it is safe to say that the media is dead. It is possible that I am late to this party and am like the last caveman to run out of his home yelling, “Look! I made … Continue reading

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Smoking ban chokes individual rights

By Sami Birdsong On Jan. 2, a smoking ban was instated, prohibiting smoking in all bars and restaurants in North Carolina. This ban was meant to help protect people from the horrid health effects that secondhand smoke causes. The violators … Continue reading

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The end of Tobacco Road?

By William R. Toler If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you probably know by now that I’m a smoker. So the passage of a state-wide smoking ban in bars and restaurants earlier last year had me smoking…both literally … Continue reading

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Four years ago…

Four years ago, something new came to the “Bear City.” Four years ago, the dream of three young men came true. Four years ago, the first issue of the Independent Register hit countertops, wire racks and crude news boxes across … Continue reading

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Other colleges still smoker friendly

By William R. Toler Despite Craven Community College’s heavy handed campus-wide smoking ban, there are two local community colleges that are somewhat smoker friendly…for now. The Jacksonville Daily News reports that Coastal Carolina Community College and Carteret Community College will … Continue reading

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Film fest seeks submissions

Tar Heel State moviemakers are invited to submit feature-length and short films for the second annual Sister City Film Festival in May. Submissions will be accepted from March 1 to May 1.The free-admission festival is scheduled for May 23 at … Continue reading

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Cabbie arrested at CCC

By William R. Toler Craven Community College in New Bern went on lockdown Wednesday morning after someone spotted a man with a gun. Linwood Avery was arrested after someone spotted his holstered 9 mm handgun when he got out of … Continue reading

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Harper: ‘This is just intimidation…’

By William R. Toler One week has passed since Craven County deputies under the command of Sheriff Jerry Monette seized — without a warrant — a coffin owned by Bill Harper from a polling site east of New Bern. It still … Continue reading

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Fisher faces gas gouging inquiry

By William R. Toler Local oil baron Brian Fisher is among one of nine store owners who were issued subpoenas for suspected price gouging of gasoline by state Attorney General Roy Cooper on Wednesday. Fisher is proprietor of the Fisher … Continue reading

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Ike fears fuel shortage

By William R. Toler The phrase “History repeats itself” rang true today in the ears of folks lined up for gas like Soviet bread rations. Just as in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina plowed through the Gulf of Mexico, rumors, panic … Continue reading

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Revival for a dying giant?

By Corey Friedman The Georgia company that owns New Bern’s rundown and increasingly vacant Twin Rivers Mall is renovating the shopping center‘s interior, the Sun Journal reported last week. Can flashier floors and brighter lights bring more stores to the … Continue reading

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One’s graffiti, another’s art

By Corey Friedman It’s as true through a viewfinder as in the tense tumult that ends one day and begins another: Misanthropy is everywhere. This unlikely message awaits discovery, scrawled on the side of a rusted tank near the railroad … Continue reading

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