NC – Coastal communities and waterfront towns up and down the East Coast are facing a similar problem. How do you cash in on the economic boost resulting from commercial and residential development while still protecting the tradition and cultural heritage of the area? Fishing villages and coastal towns in Eastern North Carolina wrestling with the issue.

July 28, 2006 – INTRO - About 150 years after its initial stop in New Bern, a piece of Civil War history is coming back to New Bern for good. George Olsen has more.

It's not the size of the piece that's inspiring excitement among those associated with Tryon Palace.

01:33 It's a Civil War drum. It's 13 X 16 inches, so it's not a huge drum.

It's what it has to say literally, well, sort of about its past and present.

07/17/06 – Although you may categorize July as the summer month for barbecues, fireworks, and weekends spent at the beach, regular commentator Marion Blackburn thinks of it more as the month for weddings, catfights, and moonshiners.

New Bern – INTRO - Work this week on Bald Head Island seeks to answer one of the most basic questions surrounding sea turtles. George Olsen has more.

09:20 Just think about standing on the beach and looking out you know there are turtles out there but where are they?

"Ocracoke in the '50's" - Dare Wright

George Olsen

New Bern, NC – INTRO - A book by a noted children's author that pays tribute to the history and people of Ocracoke Island has just been released almost 50 years after the fact. George Olsen has more.

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this funny and romantic comedy soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters including: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Times Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer; Nathan Detroit, her devoted fianc?, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.

Greenville, NC - June 2006 –

I waited for the second CD from The 5 Browns before deciding to write a review. Impressive as their first disc was, there were several questions I needed answered about the talented five siblings before I could fully embrace their rise to classical stardom.

The Cumberland Wind Quintet's latest offering is the only CD there is that includes transcriptions of three of Gustav Mahler's songs and a tribute to early Grand Ole Opry icon "Uncle" Dave Macon, complete with quintet members trading some of Dave's corny, corny jokes.

May 2006 –

Rep. Stephen Laroque challenged results of 10th district Republican primary

George Olsen

Kinston, NC – INTRO - Last month the Lenoir County Board of Elections upheld a challenge from the May primary by 10th District state Representative Stephen Laroque. They forwarded their findings to the state Board of Elections the first step in a possible second election. George Olsen has more.

Public Radio East's morning classical music host, Finley Woolston, has put together a "who's who" of Eastern North Carolina musicians for an afternoon concert you won't want to miss.

New Bern, NC –

Join Public Radio East on Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. for Finley and Friends, A Benefit Concert at Orringer Auditorium on the campus of Craven Community College.