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Past articles by Sarah:

Stein warns NC residents about ‘brushing scams’

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein is warning residents about “brushing scams.” The scam involves people receiving packages from businesses with items they did not order. These packages usually do not include a return address. It lets scammers then pose as a verified buyer to put false reviews online. The Better […] → Read More

Kinston city officials gather for new park ribbon cutting

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — The City of Kinston has cut the ribbon on its newest playground. On Tuesday, city officials, community members and children came to celebrate Fairfield Park’s grand opening. Officials with the Parks and Recreation of Kinston said that the park will add much enjoyment to the neighborhood. “If you look around here, […] → Read More

Help clean up Kinston, join ‘Adopt a Block’

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — A few Kinston residents are putting together a project that will help keep the streets clean. “Adopt a Block” is a clean-up day in Kinston. Organizers of the event are looking for more people to sign up and participate in “Clean Up Downtown Kinston Day.” Currently, there are four teams signed […] → Read More

Students put final touches on All-County Chorus event

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — It’s officially Arts in the School month and Lenoir County Public Schools are participating. Arts in the School’s purpose is to instill an appreciation for music in art in young people. On Friday, students from Lenoir County Public Schools held a practice for their All-County Chorus. It’s a performance where hundreds […] → Read More

‘The Gift of Color’ exhibit opens in Windsor

WINDSOR, N.C. (WNCT) — The Bertie County Art Council debuted its latest exhibit in Windsor on Thursday. The new exhibit celebrates the Bertie Art Culture and how it intersects with the community’s Black history. It’s called “‘The Gift of Color” and features Black heritage artwork from local artists. Dr. Nayland Collier, a member of the […] → Read More

‘Mind Over Matter’ mental health series begins in Kinston

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — A new series of meetings are happening in Kinston and it involves mental health. ‘Mind Over Matter’ is the first of its kind in Kinston. The series will explore mental health matters and gives space to those who want to address how mental health impacts life. This month the meetings will […] → Read More

Kinston Police Department looking to crack down on speeding in city

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – A speed survey by the Kinston Police Department is helping to make changes and take action to stop speeders. The survey looked at Vernon Avenue, a central road in the city that community members were concerned about. Officials said of the more than 25,000 vehicles captured, more than 10,000 were speeding. […] → Read More

Local group delivers love and song for Valentine’s Day

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind way to show your love, this might be music to your ears. Carolina Chord Connection sold Singing Valentines for Monday and Tuesday. It’s a barbershop chorus in the Greenville area. Each year, they hold a singing Valentine’s Day fundraiser to raise money to support […] → Read More

Give someone a heart for National Organ Donor Day

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Tuesday holds not only one but two holidays that involve hearts. Tuesday is National Organ Donor Day and the need is great in North Carolina. According to the state’s Department of Administration, more than 300 North Carolinians received the gift of life last year. ECU Health performed over 100 organ transplants […] → Read More

ECU Health hosts survivors of brain injuries

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — One group in North Carolina is holding events to raise awareness for brain injury survivors. “Unmasking Brain Injury” has a mission to support those who have gone through a brain injury and give them a platform to discuss what they have been through. They have partnered with the Brain Injury Association […] → Read More

Put on your drinking shoes, Greenville’s Uptown Social District officially expands

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — A new ordinance is going into effect Wednesday in Uptown Greenville. Greenville City Council made the decision to combine the Uptown Social District and the Dickinson Avenue Social District in early January. The first chance to drink in these combined districts will be on Thursday and will run through Saturday. The […] → Read More

Sunday is 20 years since deadly Kinston pharmaceutical explosion

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — Twenty years ago on Sunday, the deadly explosion at the West Pharmaceutical Services plant happened. The explosion at the Kinston facility killed six workers and injured dozens of others. The fire burned for two days. It was determined by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard in an investigation that a build-up […] → Read More

Rockin’ for Arianna: Local pub to host fundraiser against cancer

AYDEN, N.C. (WNCT) — A two-day fundraiser is being held in Ayden this weekend. Rockin’ for Arianna will be an entertainment-filled fundraiser for Arianna, a 29-year old mother, to help her fight against acute B cell Leukemia. Multiple musicians will be performing on Saturday. Lonnie Britton at 2pm-4pm, Guns 4 Hire at 5:30pm-7:30pm, and Amend […] → Read More

Creswell Volunteer Fire Department receives grants to improve equipment

CRESWELL, N.C. (WNCT) — The Town of Creswell’s Volunteer Fire Department recently got a new upgrade. A total of 16 self-contained breathing apparatuses were replaced, making the fire department’s volunteers safer in dangerous fire situations. This is thanks to the funding from a 2021 federal emergency management agency assistance to firefighters grant along with a […] → Read More

Wicked Pissah Soup Makah Competition looks to give back to Greenville

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – It’s called the Wicked Pissah Soup Makah Competition, and it’s a challenge to the community to give back. Now in its third year, more than 30 teams with people from restaurants, businesses and companies coming together to serve Pitt County. Teams buy ingredients and cook everything at JOY Community Center and […] → Read More

Kinston holds first Crime Intervention meeting

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — Kinston Mayor Don Hardy held his first Crime Intervention Task Force meeting on Thursday. The goal of the task force is to lower crime rates and gang violence in the area. Mayor Don Hardy said he’s looking forward to making meaningful changes in the area. “I’m super excited and I’m glad […] → Read More

JOY Soup Kitchen holding winter clothing drive

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — If you’re stuck inside due to the winter weather, it might be a good time to clean out your closet for a good cause. If you’re getting rid of old coats, the JOY Community Center and Soup Kitchen is collecting gently used and cleaned coats as well as socks, gloves, scarves […] → Read More

New Bern Historical Society turns 100

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) — The New Bern Historical Society is celebrating a birthday. New Bern is a society rich in North Carolina history. In 1923, 19 people came together to preserve New Bern’s history. Thus, the New Bern Historical Society was born. Since then, the community has helped grow the society to over 1,200 […] → Read More

New Bern’s future is bright in 2023

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – A new year brings the perfect time to set new goals, and the City of New Bern is doing just that. “This year, you’re actually going to see progress, you’re going to see something tangible, where we’re turning dirt and building things,” said Bob Brinson, City of New Bern Mayor […] → Read More

Be aware of drunk drivers on NYE

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — The National Safety Council said that this is one of the most dangerous times of year to travel. Officials estimate that at least 400 people could die around the country over the holiday weekend, mainly due to drunk drivers. Greenville Police Department Public Information Officer Kristen Hunter said that this time […] → Read More