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Past articles by Katie:

Dylann Roof’s lawyers argue ‘incompetency’ while working to overturn death sentence

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Attorneys for the Charleston church shooter are trying to get his death sentence overturned. Defense attorneys argue Dylann Roof was not competent to represent himself in his trial. Those on the other side, representing the Department of Justice (DOJ), said the conviction in place should stand. Before Roof stood trial in […] → Read More

UPDATE: 2 Craven County highway ramps closing for improvements

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) Due to multiple days of rain, two Craven County ramps are expected to close for improvements April 16 at 6:30 a.m. to April 18, 7:30 p.m. PREVIOUS NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) As construction continues on U.S. 70 in Craven County, bringing it to interstate standards, N.C. Department of Transportation will close […] → Read More

Raleigh man recovers from COVID-19, shares story

While many people are just beginning their experience with COVID-19, others are making recoveries. Patrick Sebastian, Raleigh based political consultant, is just about out of the woods after contracting the virus. A little over two weeks ago, Sebastian noticed something didn’t feel right. He says he was exhausted and had no energy. The following Monday, […] → Read More

Local woman makes headbands to take pressure off healthcare workers

Across the country, people are pulling out their sewing machines and making things like handmade masks. One woman here in the east is making the hours of wearing masks a little easier for healthcare workers. Courtney Beaman works in the NICU at Vidant Medical Center. At Vidant, all health care workers who work in the […] → Read More

Duke Energy requests rate increase

Duke Energy is asking the state’s utility commission for permission to raise electric service rates. The North Carolina Utilities Commission held a hearing on the request Wednesday in Greene County. On October 30, 2019, Duke Energy Progress filed an application with the Commission requesting authority to increase its rates for electric service in order to […] → Read More

Craven Co. school board asks for public feedback

CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT) The Craven County Board of Education is giving community members a chance to share their visions. Three long range facility planning meetings are being held, the first one was tonight at West Craven High School. These meetings are being held so community members can share what they’d like to see in […] → Read More

Tips for keeping your pets safe in the snow

WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) It has been a fun day to play in the snow with family and friends and even your pets! But, a local veterinarian has a couple of tips to keep your furry friends safe in the cold. A good rule of thumb is if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too […] → Read More

BCCC completes construction on largest public driving pad in the state

Beaufort County Community College is now home to the state’s largest public driving pad. It’s used for BCCC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program and first responder training and it’s also used by other local law enforcement agencies and community colleges. Today, Pitt Community College’s BLET students were training on the pad. Part of the […] → Read More

Online Originals: NC Rep. Perrin Jones visits Chicod School

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) NC Representative Perrin Jones (9th House District) toured the Chicod School this morning along with Pitt County Board of Commissioners members Lauren White and Tom Coulson and members of the Pitt County Board of Education. The tour was for Rep. Jones and others to get an idea of what’s going on in […] → Read More

Online Originals: Rescue dog lands job as K9 with CCSO

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) Craven County Sheriff’s Office has a new set of paws joining the team. The newest K9 recruit is Nibbles the pitbull. The department is giving him a second chance at life after a rocky past. Nibbles was among the 31 Pitbulls seized in a 2015 raid by authorities in Ontario after […] → Read More

Online Originals: New Years Eve celebrations across the east

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) The end of the decade is quickly approaching and eastern North Carolina has several events to bring us into 2020. Here are all the events in the area being hosted by each city. Greenville: The City of Greenville and the Greenville Jaycees are hosting the city’s first-ever New Year’s Eve celebration at […] → Read More

Online Originals: Uber releases long-awaited safety report

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) One of the most popular ride-sharing services in the country, Uber, has just released a long-awaited safety report with numbers on motor vehicle accidents and rides that have included sexual or physical assault on all scales. 3,045 incidents of sexual assault were reported in addition to nine people murdered and 58 killed […] → Read More

Online Originals: Thanksgiving food safety tips

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) Those who are tasked with making Thanksgiving dinner have a lot to remember from thawing the turkey in advance to whipping up several side dishes. One of the most important things to pay attention to is food safety and cleanliness. According to the Center for Disease Control, every year 1 in 6 […] → Read More

Online Originals: Teen queens visit children’s hospital ahead of holidays

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) Two teen queens visited the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center today to play bingo and engage with patients and families. Miss Teen World America 2019, Maddy Walker, and Miss Teen World Pitt County 2019, Ellie Osborne, visited to help spread cheer during the holiday season. Several patients […] → Read More

Online Originals: Pitt County preps for winter weather

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) Ahead of the winter weather, this morning NCDOT crews reviewed procedures and tested equipment that will be used during snow and ice operations at the Pitt County Maintenance Yard. This annual dry-run is conducted in every county during the fall to prepare for winter. The process includes checking all parts of the […] → Read More

Online Originals: New scholarship to assist future teachers in rural ENC

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) East Carolina University’s College of Education will offer 15 new Partnership Teach Fellows scholarships in 2020 thanks to a contribution by an eastern North Carolina funder. The scholarships, valued at $10,000 each, will be awarded to community college transfer students who have a passion for teaching and a commitment to remain in […] → Read More

Online Originals: WWII Veterans honored ahead of Veterans Day

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Ahead of Veterans Day, twenty-two World War II veterans were invited to be honored today in a ceremony at the Greenville VA Healthcare Center. Of the twenty-two invited, six were able to make it. Army Corporal James Cooper Army T5 John Branham Army Private 1st Class Arletha Helton Army T3 Howard Tepper […] → Read More

Online Originals: New Bern gains canine massage therapist

A new small business in New Bern will have your pups ready to play. Healing Paws Canine Massage Therapy is owned by Rhonda Tennant. After enduring five surgeries due to damaged vocal cords, Tennant wanted to find a way to work with animals so she wouldn’t have to use her voice as much. She came […] → Read More

Online Originals: FAFSA Day – What you need to know

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – FAFSA Day is Saturday, October 26 and the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) wants college seniors and their parents to be prepared. FAFSA DAY: Parents and students will receive free assistance to help with the completion of the FAFSA form. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines a […] → Read More

Online Originals: National Mammography Day

As a part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the third Friday in October is National Mammography Day. This day serves as a reminder to all women that the best defense is early detection. A mammogram can detect a problem before any physical signs occur. To celebrate the day and encourage women to schedule mammograms, Eastern […] → Read More