Kelly Batchelor

Morning Edition Host; PRE. Program Director

Kelly Batchelor  hails from the small crossroads community of Cabin in Duplin County in eastern North Carolina. Since 1989 Kelly has been actively employed in radio.

Kelly's first full time broadcast job was with  WAVY/ 99.5 FM.   The New Bern start-up station, with an adult contemporary/jazz format, was a great training ground. Working six days a week on  six-and-a-half-hour  on-air shifts,  Kelly was soon quite comfortable behind the microphone. She also served as public service director and assistant music director.

After a couple of years with WAVY  Kelly went on to WSFL 106.5 FM where she eventually took a role as morning show host, producer, and news director for the active rock station.

After many years with WSFL, Kelly moved to Florence, SC, to take a position with Cumulus Broadcasting. Her time away from eastern North Carolina was brief as she discovered after 10 years in commercial radio that she had become disillusioned with the numerous staff, ownership and format changes in mainstream radio.  After a  year long vacation from radio, Kelly found her way to Public Radio East.

In addition to being the Program Director,  Kelly plays a pivotal role as Morning Edition's local host.  As you listen to Kelly delivering ENC's  most in-depth newscasts, it appears that she's made the transition from rock and roll to public radio flawlessly.  She says, "I'm certainly enjoying the interaction with our listeners. And I'm very proud to be associated with reliable, intelligent, and informative radio that fulfills its mission of connecting eastern North Carolina to the world".

Ways to Connect

Hyde County experienced minor flooding, storm surge, and widespread property debris on the north end of Ocracoke Island.   The high winds knocked down 30 power poles on Ocracoke.  Electricity was restored around 10 pm Saturday.  Emergency Services Director Justin Gibbs says the major impact came from wind damage.  “they’re working on obtaining some additional resources to assist with debris cleanup.  I think they’re looking at getting an additional chipper and an additional dump truck to go over to Ocracoke to try to expedite the process.” Gibbs says it will be at least another wee

The North Carolina Utilities Commission has renewed a certificate to construct a 20,000-acre wind turbine farm in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.  The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reported that the project remains on hold. The commission order Tuesday says the state requires the certificate be renewed within two years of the first time the project received approval. Pasquotank County Planning Director Shelley Cox say Atlantic Wind hasn't signed a contract with a power company to purchase electricity generated by the proposed 150 turbines.

Carteret County Animal Shelter has failed their state inspection and now they’re calling on volunteers to help make repairs.  Rusted fencing, corroded kennel runs, and deteriorated floors are just a few of the problems the shelter must fix by June 30th to get their license reinstated. Shelter Lead Rachel Jackson hopes that the community will help make repairs during a volunteer effort on Saturday, May 18th.

The July 4 fireworks show at Camp Lejeune is the latest victim of the federal budget cuts. The Marine Corps said Tuesday that the fireworks celebration has been canceled because of the cuts known as sequestration.  Brig. Gen. Thomas Gorry said supporting the Marines, those who have been wounded and families are the top priorities. Gorry says canceling the event will allow the base to use resources for other financial challenges. Director of Public Affairs at Camp Lejeune Nat Fahy.

A 30 to 35 million dollar residential project is underway on Reade Circle in Greenville. The five story building will house up to five hundred people, and includes a parking deck, a pool, courtyards, and dining. Construction crews are demolishing buildings on the 10 to 11 thousand square feet of space being used for the project. Construction will begin by early Fall of this year. Investors, Tom Taft and Jim Ward, say construction is estimated for completion in the summer of 2015.

A new music park has broken ground in Kinston and will be the centerpiece for the eight county African American Music Trail.  Construction has started at the site, which is located on the corner of South Queen and Springhill streets.  When finished, the music park will feature a 12-foot high by 23-foot wide sculpture documenting famous local musicians such as Maceo and Melvin Parker.  Executive Director of the Kinston Community Council for the Arts Sandy Landis says the park will also have a place where musicians can perform impromptu shows.

The state Department of Transportation is starting a two-week project to rid North Carolina's roadsides of litter. Litter Sweep concludes April 27.  Volunteers will be aided by DOT transportation crews, Adopt-A-Highway groups, N.C. Department of Public Safety inmate crews and community service workers.

In early April, the Ferry Division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation began installing new toll booths at three ferry terminals along the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers. In preparation for new ferry tolls going into effect July 1st, the Ferry Division began installation on Monday along the Bayview-Aurora and Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach ferry routes.  Steve Abbott, Communications Officer for the Ferry Division, says they lowered the cost of the installation by constructing the toll booths themselves.

Following a 6 month break in construction of the Buddy Phillips Bridge, the project is back on track.The 12 million dollar bridge replacement crosses the New River on US 17 business in downtown Jacksonville. The 800 foot, 4-lane bridge replacement was halted because the original contractors, Intercoastal Contracting of Castle Hayne, filed for bankruptcy.  Smith-Rowe LLC is being subcontracted to finish the last leg of work. Project Manager for the Buddy Phillips bridge Thomas Barton says construction started last month.

QuadLoop proposed

Mar 12, 2013

The Greenville City Council recently signed legislation endorsing an interstate loop that would aim to make Eastern North Carolina a hot spot for outside developers and manufacturers. 

Recent media reports have indicated a lack of Highway Patrol in eastern North Carolina. Captain John Nyberg of Troop A  says  the shortage is real and they have sustained a minimum of troopers for years. Nyberg says Troop A currently employs 121 Highway Patrolmen, but the ideal number is 150.

 "That number is one that's been around for quite a long time, and you don't have to look that far to see how much the population has increased over the years."

Changes are coming to the way the Division of Motor Vehicles  collects vehicle property tax. The Tax and Tag program will allow the DMV to consolidate vehicle property taxes along with registration renewals into one single payment. The DMV will begin sending out registration renewal notices this summer that show both fees on the same invoice.  By mid 2014, all NC vehicles will be incorporated into the system.

Several non-profits in Greene County are joining forces to save the local Animal Shelter

Earlier this month, the Greene County Animal Shelter announced it would experience a significant funding reduction of 13,000 dollars.  Several non-profits and volunteer groups such as Friends of Greene County Animal Shelter and Greene County Humane Society have offered to help collect supplies before the reduction takes effect on July 1st.  Lynn Graves is the President of Greene County Humane Society.