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Past articles by Nate:

Deputies: 17-year-old shot and killed stepfather, injured brother

A teenager is in custody after the Craven County Sheriff's Office says he injured his brother and killed his stepfather in a Wednesday shooting. Deputies say Craven County Emergency Communications was notified that two people had been shot inside a mobile home on Clubfoot Creek Road in easter Craven County shortly after noon. Upon the arrival of multiple agencies, officials say they found a… → Read More

'Beer for my Horses' event benefits horses on Crystal Coast

It was a night for beer and for horses in Beaufort on Friday. “It makes me extremely excited,” says Lea Selby. Selby was one of the many folks who came out for a pint for a good cause at Fishtowne Brew House’s Beer for my Horses event. She is also a graduate student at Duke University, studying the horses that live on Shackleford Banks and the Rachel Carson Reserve. “I was very excited to look… → Read More

Taste of Core Sound to feature local seafood, auctions

An annual dinner in Morehead City will benefit a museum continuing to recover from Hurricane Florence. The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum will host its Winter Taste of Core Sound on Friday at 6 p. m. The event will take place at Southern Salt in Morehead City because the museum on Harkers Island has not reopened after being damaged during Hurricane Florence. Museum volunteer Connie Mason says the… → Read More

Community college honors area students during Black History Month celebration

Carteret Community College is celebrating Black History Month on Monday with its annual celebration. The college's Black Community President, Vonda Godette, says the annual event will center around voting rights. “The theme this year for the celebration is the African American and the vote," Godette explains. "Our speaker, Mrs. Sharon Harker, who is also a commissioner for the Town of Beaufort,… → Read More

Downeast legend dies at the age of 101

A Downeast legend has died at the age of 101. Ira Lewis was a Coast Guard veteran and Harkers Island native, who spent 21 years of service on the south shore of Long Island, NY. "He was a true Harkers Islander," says Anthony Nelson, a close friend of Lewis. "His legacy is going to be around for a long, long time. " Lewis brought his love of the Coast Guard back to Harkers Island with him when he… → Read More

Homeless shelter opens 24 hours a day ahead of cold weather

As temperatures are set to drop, a homeless shelter in Kinston is doing all it can to help people stay warm. "The place we often call Motel 6 East, we’ll leave the lights on for you, is now open 24/7,” says Jasper Newborn, director of the Friends of the Homeless Shelter. Newborn has directed the shelter since 1990. When temperatures dip below freezing, he keeps the doors open all day and night… → Read More

Church celebrates legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

One Craven County church held a special service on Monday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day. First Missionary Baptist Church in New Bern hosted the service to honor the civil rights leader's life and legacy. Voices of Triumph sang for attendees, and Reverend Gregory Holmes told those at the service that many of the thing King taught during his lifetime are still relevant today. → Read More

Thig's BBQ House closed after Friday morning kitchen fire

A popular BBQ restaurant in Onslow County is closed after a Friday morning kitchen fire. The owners of Thig's BBQ House and Catering on Catherine Lake Road in Jacksonville are working to get a handle on the extent of the damage (Photo: Nate Belt, NewsChannel 12) The owners ofThig's BBQ House and Catering on Catherine Lake Road in Jacksonville, just down the road from the Albert J. → Read More

No injuries in fire in Fairfield Harbour that destroyed apartment building

Fire destroyed an apartment building on Harbourside Drive in Fairfield Harbour on Thursday. Craven County Assistant Fire Marshall Ira Whitford says crews were sent to the scene just before 11:30 a. m. and found the building fully engulfed and neighboring buildings beginning to catch fire. Whitford says there was nobody in the home where the fire started; there were two people in one of the… → Read More

Beaufort to celebrate New Year's with Pirate Drop

Those looking for a swashbuckling New Year's Eve should visit Beaufort on Tuesday for the annual Pirate Drop. Captain Shack will walk the plank behind the Dock House restaurant to signal the end of 2019 at the free event. Susan Sanders, a member of the Beaufort Development Association, helps run the celebration and says the fun begins at 5:00 p. m. with a marshmallow roast, and the pirate will… → Read More

Hundreds of new jobs are coming to Kinston

Hundreds of new jobs are coming to an eastern North Carolina industrial park. Governor Roy Cooper was on-hand for the Aircraft Solutions USA Incorporated's announcement that the company will establish a subsidiary at Global TransPark in Kinston. The plant will recycle aircraft parts and materials. → Read More

Free lunch provided for veterans on Veterans Day

Veterans enjoyed a free lunch in New Bern for Veterans Day. The Craven County Veterans Council hosted its annual Veterans Day lunch at Temple Baptist Church. Veterans chowed down on barbecue and cake and listened to patriotic music from the Havelock Community Band. Rick Miller was awarded this years veteran of the year award for his work in the community and says he's proud of his time serving… → Read More

Day raises awareness for those with white canes

Tuesday is a special day for those in the blind community – it is White Cane Awareness Day. According to the National Federation for the Blind, the day was created in 1964 to recognize the importance of white canes. The canes enable people to travel safely and independently. Beaufort resident Peter Crumley has been blind for six years. He says his cane and guide dog help him travel safely and… → Read More

Local bands to perform at benefit concert for Ocracoke School

Local bands are teaming up to raise money to help the ongoing hurricane recovery efforts on Ocracoke Island. Rolling on the River: A Benefit Concert for Ocracoke School will take place on Saturday from 3:00 p. m. to 10:00 p. m. at the Washington Civic Center. Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and all proceeds will go to Ocracoke School. Students are back in class, but they are at… → Read More

Immunizations a must for students before school starts

It is back to school season, and officials say students need to have the proper immunizations before classes begin. "When students enroll with us they have 30 days from the date of enrollment to have all their shots up to date," says Debbie Hodges, the student services director for Craven County Public Schools. Measles, mumps and chickenpox are some of the diseases officials hope to limit with… → Read More

Here's what happens to marlin after being reeled in at Big Rock

Day Two of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament wasn't as active as Monday when seven blue marlin were reeled in. So one of the big questions that comes up every year is what is done with the marlin when they are caught. It doesn't travel far and every inch of the fish is used in one way or another for research. DAY TWO of the Big RockDAY ONE of the Big RockThe fish first get loaded onto a truck… → Read More

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, Day 2: Sea Striker's marlin good enough for fourth

Tuesday proving to be a busy day out on the water as captains and crew work to climb to the top of the Big Rock leaderboard in Morehead City. "Sea Striker" was the first crew to boat a blue marlin at 12:35 p. m. When it was weighed, the blue marlin came in at 500. 2 pounds, good enough for fourth place in the current standings. "Fender Bender" was the second boat of the day to the catch a blue… → Read More

Mother of 3 needs help after devastating home fire

A home is considered a total loss after a fire ripped through it in Grifton on June 5. Nearly a week after devastation, the mother who lived at the residence with her boyfriend and three children says they are on the brink of homelessness. The mother, Sierra Haddock, tells NewsChannel 12 authorities have still not confirmed what caused the fire. All Haddock knows is they have nowhere else to… → Read More

Burn ban lifted for ENC counties as conditions improve

The burn ban for Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Dare, Duplin, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Tyrrell and Washington counties has been lifted as of 5 p. m. Monday, June 10. The ban went into effect on May 30 due to extremely dry conditions in the area. Burn permits are now available in those counties once again. → Read More

Watch out: It's sea turtle nesting time so leave 'em be

It's sea turtle nesting time so watch where you walk and drive on the beaches. Female sea turtles are beginning to come on shore to lay their eggs. Those nests are protected by federal laws, and you are asked to alert wildlife officials if you see a nest so they can put up markers. Even if you don't see one, there are ways you can still help the sea turtles. "You really need to take care of the… → Read More