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A section of a highway in Eastern North Carolina, part of which runs through Greenville, has been federally approved to become an interstate. PRE’s Meredith Radford has more. 



ECU and Vidant Health move toward shared brand: ECU Health

Nov 15, 2021
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East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine and Vidant Health in Greenville are working toward final approval in creating their new, shared brand: ECU Health. PRE’s Meredith Radford has more.




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Researchers at East Carolina University in Greenville found a new way to detect the COVID-19 causing coronavirus: by testing the air in buildings’ ventilation systems. PRE’s Meredith Radford has more.

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North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein made a stop in New Bern Tuesday to announce more than $850,000 in grants to eight environmental projects across Eastern North Carolina. PRE’s Meredith Radford was there and has this.




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The Pitt County board of commissioners is seeking public input on how to spend American Rescue Plan Act funds. PRE’s Meredith Radford reports that the first input sessions will take place Wednesday. 





Researchers at East Carolina University in Greenville are enrolling people in a clinical trial for an experimental pill that was shown in another study to reduce the risk of hospitalization or death in people who had COVID-19. PRE’s Meredith Radford reports that the purpose of this study is to find out if the pill can prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in those who have not yet been infected.

Plants and fossils, rising sea levels, pirates. All of these are part of the history and life of Eastern North Carolinians. And now, you can learn about it all locally. PRE’s Meredith Radford takes us to the new North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Greenville which recently opened.

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The City of Greenville is receiving almost $25 million dollars in recovery funding to address the economic impact of COVID-19 on the community. PRE’s Meredith Radford reports that city leaders are seeking public feedback on spending ideas. 

The Pitt County Health Department will be offering Moderna COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics throughout the month of September for people 18 years or older who need either a first or second dose of the vaccine, according to a news release.

Vidant Health, based in Greenville, has announced they are scheduling appointments online for immunocompromised individuals to receive an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a news release. The release said this third dose may prevent serious and possibly life-threatening COVID-19 in immunocompromised people who may not have responded to their initial vaccine doses.

GREENVILLE – Officials with the city of Greenville believe the city’s computer network has been infected with a ransomware virus. A press release from the city says they have shut down the majority of their servers, but plan to bring them back online gradually to determine the impact of the virus so they can determine options to remedy the situation.

National Weather Service

The Tar River in Greenville is under flood stage for the first time since Hurricane Matthew hit the region. Now residents directly and indirectly impacted by the storm and its subsequent have begun recovering.


North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory recently announced that the State is seeking federal approval to designate a section of U.S. 264 as a future interstate.  The 72-mile segment of highway will extend from the U.S. 264/Highway 64 near Zebulon near Wake County, and run through Nash, Wilson, Greene and Pitt counties all the way to Greenville.   The application for interstate designation has been sent to the Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Office. A decision could be made as early as November.

High blood pressure affects nearly a third of the U.S. population and in eastern North Carolina that number is higher.  This week on the Down East Journal, how new research carried out in part at ECU in Greenville sheds new light on the ideal blood pressure for heart and kidney health.  And, New Bern High was selected as one of four schools in the state to participate in a solar panel pilot program.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.  

Major Roadwork Planned In Greenville

Nov 9, 2015

Greenville is one of the largest cities in Eastern North Carolina with a population of nearly 90,000 people.  Commuting in or around the area can be difficult at times.  Two major transportation projects are now underway in Pitt County that aim to alleviate congestion.  Sarah Finch has construction details on these roadworks and their potential impact on traffic patterns.

On Tuesday, people across eastern North Carolina headed to the polls to cast their ballot in the municipal elections... and results are in.  Chris Thomas reports on how cities and towns across the region may be getting ready to see new faces in old places.

Now, a quick word of warning – the 2015 municipal elections aren’t over in North Carolina. Until the end of the Nov. 10 County canvasses – a final tally of all submitted ballots – none of the results are official.

Thousands are expected to descend on Greenville this weekend for Halloween, an event local residents and law enforcement officers are embracing, and bracing themselves for.  Here’s Chris Thomas with this report.

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Greenville is one of the largest cities in eastern North Carolina.  Its changing landscape is the focus of a new exhibit which opened June 5th and will run through August 27th.  Sarah Finch has more.

This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with the Chairman of Intersal, the company engaged in a legal battle over Blackbeard's flagship, The Queen Anne's Revenge.  And, an art exhibit in Greenville reimagines abandoned parts of the city.  Plus, we highlight a complex program aimed at understanding, predicting, and mitigating the impacts of hurricanes and tropical storms.

A hybrid sport called "footgolf" is growing in popularity since it was introduced in the U.S. four years ago.  It's even spreading into eastern North Carolina with certified courses in Greenville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount and Wilmington.  Whether you'd like to show off your footgolf skills or try it out for the first time, the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina is holding a footgolf tournament in Greenville on Saturday May 30th.  Proceeds from the event will support the non-profit.

We explore how law enforcement officers in eastern North Carolina are using body cameras, from urban areas to rural towns.

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Fraternities are still on restriction at East Carolina University in Greenville, even though police have concluded that a rape reported late last month did not happen.  More on Greek life in the East and the new awareness effort aimed at fraternities and sororities at ECU.

Driving rural roads, alone at night, can leave motorists in a vulnerable position.  Add to that scenario, an unidentified man repeatedly following those travelers, asking them to stop to inspect nonexistent damage.   Three  such incidents have happened over the last few weeks in eastern North Carolina.  Now Mikel Peterson has more on the man’s tactics and some practical tips that could keep you safe.

The aging  homeless shelter in Greenville is being replaced.  The new shelter will be located behind the existing facility and will be completed in summer 2015.

Pitt County is ranked number one as the most dangerous county in the state for vehicle accidents.  We pinpoint some reasons Greenville drivers are most at risk.  

Pitt County Arts Council

The Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge is seeking artists for their first ever Artist In Residence Program.  The deadline for applications is August 8th.  The winner will receive a nine month residency with free studio access and $2,000 instructor stipend.  Mac McKee speaks with Executive Director Holly Garriott about the program and the responsibilities of an Artist in Residence.

Cities and towns across Eastern North Carolina are beginning to view their rivers as a source of recreation and revenue, and Greenville is no exception. Today, Lee Jenkins tells us about the Tar River Legacy Plan.

After six months of searching, Pitt County has appointed a new Director of Social Services. Lee Jenkins reports.

As of Monday, Jan Elliot has replaced Interim Director Earl Marett as head of the Department. Elliot’s first goal as Director is to acquaint herself with the workings and workers of Pitt County’s DSS and to continue to tweak and fine tune some of the projects started by her predecessors.

“There were some issues with the computer system that the state had, with making sure that applications and reviews were done timely, the NC Fast system.”

A theater troupe Magnolia Arts Center is bringing “A Raisin in the Sun” to Eastern North Carolina. The play, set in the 1950’s focuses on an African American family living in Chicago that suddenly acquires a large sum of money, and purchases a home in a white neighborhood.  Lee Jenkins spoke with members of the cast and crew, and has this sneak peek of the production, which begins its run in Greenville next week.

Early development for a large-scale highway connector is making good progress, but is still years away from completion. Lee Jenkins has more.

The thirty-five million dollar 10th Street Connector Project is speeding through its acquisition phase. Development rights have been settled for two thirds of the 193 properties affected by the project, some of which are businesses and residences.

According to the Greenville Daily Reflector, workers have already begun demolishing vacant homes along Farmville Boulevard and other streets.