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Past articles by Allen:

One taken to the hospital after three-vehicle crash

A three-vehicle crash in Greenville sent one person to the hospital early Tuesday afternoon. (Photo: Allen Fairbanks, NewsChannel 12) Greenville Police said the driver of a pickup pulled onto Charles Boulevard from Bells Fork Road and t-boned a car – causing it to hit another pickup. One person was taken to the hospital by ambulance with unknown injuries. (Photo: Allen Fairbanks, NewsChannel 12) → Read More

Driver hospitalized after one-car crash in Craven Co.

A woman was injured in a one-car crash on Thursday afternoon as rain fell across much of eastern North Carolina. Troopers tell NewsChannel 12 that crash happened around 1 p. m. on Aurora Road in Craven County, and the driver was extricated from the Chevy Trailblazer by the Little Swift Creek Volunteer Fire Department. They add that she was taken to Vidant in Greenville in stable condition.… → Read More

Boat purchased with money seized from drug dealers, sheriff says

The Craven County Sheriff's Office has purchased its very first boat, but no tax dollars were used to pay for it. Sheriff Chip Hughes says the boat was bought from the North Carolina Wildlife Agency with money seized from drug dealers. Deputies have trained with North Carolina Wildlife officers to learn about boater safety, and he says the boat is officially in service. → Read More

Crews extending walking trail at Craven County park

Craven County Parks and Recreation is extending the walking trail at Creekside Park. While adding an additional third-of-a-mile to the trail, crews spent Tuesday adding an asphalt overlay to most of the main road through the park. ALSO: County Parks & Rec. building leaves downtown New BernDirector Billy Wilkes says the road is heavily used and needed to be resurfaced to make it easier for… → Read More

Fire department's Safety Troupe uses social media to promote safety amid COVID-19

The New Bern Fire Department is changing the way it observes Fire Prevention Week. Firefighters normally visit schools to perform skits and interact with students, but the coronavirus pandemic has forced them to alter their plans. This year, officials say the Safety Troupe created a video with the same great video and posted it to Facebook. Fire Chief Robert Boyd says the department offers a… → Read More

New bear in Bear Town

There's a new bear in Bear Town. Management at the Sonic Drive-In on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in New Bern said the bear, named Tottie, arrived on Thursday. On the shoulder of the bear is a memorial in the name of Carlos Martin, the former store manager that died recently. On the shoulder of the bear is a memorial in the name of Carlos Martin, the former store manager that died recently.… → Read More

Car crashes into restaurant on MLK in New Bern

Nobody was hurt when a car crashed into the Smithfield’s restaurant on Martin Luther King Blvd. in New Bern on Monday. Investigators say the driver may have mistaken the gas pedal for the brake pedal. (Photo: Allen Fairbanks, NewsChannel 12) The car hit the wall and knocked out the bricks and pushed a small table that was against the inside wall but officials say there were no injuries or major… → Read More

Multi-vehicle crash closed portion of Craven County highway

Three vehicles were involved in a crash in Ernul on Tuesday, police say. According to officials, a call came in around 1:45 p. m. regarding a multi-vehicle crash on U. S. 17 near Weyerhoused Road. U. S. 17 was closed in both directions for much of the afternoon; the southbound lane reopened around 4 p. m. Injuries have been reported, but the severity of the injuries is unknown at this time.… → Read More

High school student uses baking skills to benefit community

A high school student is using her passion for baking for more than just a sweet tooth -- she is helping her community. What started off as a hobby for high school junior Ava Luquire quickly turned into a business and a way she could help community members and nonprofits. A couple of years ago I made a pie for one of my mom’s friends," she said, "and she was telling us that it was good enough… → Read More

Person airlifted after 2-car collision in Craven County

One person was airlifted for medical treatment following a crash on US-17 and Shoreline Drive on Thursday afternoon. At around 1:30 p. m. , officials said a black sedan collided with a Ford Escape, which crashed into the water and entrapped one person. A med-evac helicopter landed nearby, and officials said a person was airlifted with an apparent head injury. Northbound lanes were blocked… → Read More

'Back the Blue' events held to support local law enforcement

Community members met in New Bern on Tuesday morning for a rally to support police officers and law enforcement. The Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association held a "Back the Blue Rally" at Union Point Park; it was moved from City Hall due to concerns over the crowd size. Those in attendance heard from speakers including North Carolina Representatives Michael Speciale and Norman Sanderson, as well… → Read More

New roof installed for area Air Force veteran

An area Air Force veteran says she received much-needed home improvements on Friday. Barbara Potter's Craven County home was damaged during Hurricane Florence, and she was selected by Purple Heart Homes to get a new roof through the Owens Corning National Roof Deployment Project. Organizers say HRH Roofing installed the new roof, and Potter says she was overjoyed. "I am very excited because I… → Read More

Businesses raises money for restaurant following kitchen fire

One area business is stepping up to help another working to rebuild after a fire. A fire earlier this month damaged the kitchen at Prohibition Grill in downtown New Bern. Right down the street, Mitchell Hardware says it is selling the spice rub the grill uses on its food. Chris and Grace Straight, the restaurant's owners, say they are working to rebuild, and Mitchell Hardware Owner Lindsay Sims… → Read More

Craven Teacher of the Year receives new car

Craven County's Teacher of the Year has received the keys to her brand new ride. Gayle Hardy, AVID site coordinator and elective teacher at New Bern High School, has been named the district's Teacher of the Year with the help of Craven County Partners in Education and Toyota of New Bern. "A whole stream of cars came into the driveway, and blowing the horns and I knew something was up," she… → Read More

Students and teachers team up to celebrate school principal

Friday is National Principal Appreciation Day, and students at one elementary school got a little creative to surprise their leader. Christel Carlyle is a first-year principal at Southwood Elementary School in Lenoir County, and school employees - especially first grade teacher Amanda Hoover - wanted to honor Carlyle for all that she does. → Read More

Children receive new books to read during school closures

Despite schools being closed, students at one area school have some new books from the library to read. Morehead Primary School Librarian Amanda McCall says she put out a Google Form a few weeks ago for parents to fill out a book order for their children. The books came from Scholastic Books, and McCall says they were chosen based on the interests of each student. She says students were able to… → Read More

Bond denied for fifth suspect in New Bern murder

A 19-year-old charged in a February murder made his first court appearance on Wednesday. Rahlik Bryant is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and other charges in the death of Muzungu Muteba. New Bern police say Muteba was shot and killed near North Craven Street on the evening of Feb. 2. Bryant has been granted a public defender and is being held without bond. → Read More

20 years later: Cape Hatteras celebrates historic lighthouse move

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was built in 1870. The landmark also known as "America's Lighthouse" is the tallest in the country. But with ocean waves battering the base of the lighthouse in the 1990s, it was decided the only way to save it was to move it to higher ground. The National Park Service held a celebration to commemorate "the move of the century" 20 years ago. NewsChannel 12 Chief… → Read More

2018 Year in Review: Hurricane Florence

2018 was a year of heartbreak, frustration, growth and triumph for Eastern North Carolinians. Hurricane Florence brought all of those emotions to the forefront for many. While we can't fully capture what the storm meant for so many in our viewing area, this is what it looked like from the view of our camera lenses. With floodwaters pushing into our building, Hurricane Florence pushed us to push… → Read More

2018 in Review: Cherry Point Air Show

We're taking a look back at 2018. The Cherry Point Air Show was certainly a memorable moment this year. Chief photographer Allen Fairbanks did a special on the air show and also put together this impressive video package on the event. Click to watch. → Read More