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Rivers From The Piedmont To The Coastal Region

This is a series on major rivers in Eastern NC which run from the Piedmont to coastal locations along the Albemarle Sound, Pamlico Sound, and Atlantic Ocean.

For each article, we hope visitors and travelers to this region of the state will use this resource to discover tourism information and learn more about ecosystems which flourish along these waterways.

The Neuse River flows from the central Piedmont just north of Raleigh through Smithfield Goldsboro, Kinston, and New Bern where it widens significantly before meeting the great Pamlico Sound of the southern Outer Banks. In this article, we explore many opportunities for recreation along this route, including information on agriculture and other employment and industries surrounding this river.

The Tar River is a winding river which flows from just south of the Virginia border through many locations in the northeast part of the state finally terminating in the Pamlico Sound as the Pamlico River. In this article we explore the many natural resources this river supports and creates.

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Western Carteret County NC Sees Significant Growth Evidenced By Increased Emergency Response Calls

Officials in western Carteret County located in coastal Eastern NC are noting a significant rise in emergency related calls for fire, rescue, EMS, and law enforcement response for the third year in a row.

These emergency response calls are mostly noted in places like Peletier, Stella, Cape Carteret, and Cedar Point. At a recent meeting, town officials say the likely rise in population is due to Interstate 42 and Camp Lejeune growth. Additionally, as more and more people visit local beaches in this eastern region, traffic accidents are on the increase.

In April 2021, Peletier officials noted a record number of calls for fire and EMS response.

Residents of Peletier, Stella, Cape Carteret, and Cedar Point are encouraged to click on the title and use the discussion form at the bottom to discuss growth in these communities and how it impacts fire, rescue, police, and EMS needs for this area.

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Discussions On Local Military Bases Camp Lejeune, Fort Bragg, Cherry Point, And Pope Air Force Base

September 2020

This is an information post and discussion thread on four local military bases that we know about in the Eastern NC cities of Jacksonville, Fayetteville, Havelock, and Goldsboro.

Camp Lejeune is located in Jacksonville, NC and is a Marine Corps base.
Cherry Point is located in Havelock, NC and is a Marine Corps base.
Fort Bragg is located in Fayetteville, NC and is a Army base and home to the 82nd airborne.
Pope Air Force Base is located in Goldsboro, NC and is now attached to Fort Bragg.
Coast Guard bases in Cape Hatteras, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, and Wilmington.

Please use the title link to enter our discussion area.

Suggested discussions could include military relocation, asking questions about the local communities these bases reside in, buy, sell, and trade items, specific travel related information, or anything else that pertains to the topic.

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Eastern NC Testing Of Water Quality In Coastal Regions As Population Numbers Rise

July 2020

In the past several years, population numbers skyrocketed in coastal regions and area beaches as two Interstates fed traffic from the Triad. Decades ago, I-40 connected Raleigh with Wilmington NC, and soon Interstate 42 will connect Raleigh with Morehead City along the Crystal Coast of Carteret County NC.

Additional, beach communities along the Eastern Seaboard, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific Coast continue to see steady growth and development.

With this rise in popularity and travel, water quality becomes an issue. Let’s discuss this.

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1,000 Cyclist Will Travel Bogue Banks On Saturday, October 5, 2019 As Part Of Cycle North Carolina

October, 2019

As many as 1,000 cyclist from Cycle North Carolina will be completing an event along Bogue Banks on Saturday, October 5, 2019 as they make their way to Atlantic Beach. Riders will be travelling the entire length of Highway 58 in Carteret County.

This event originated in Blowing Rock, NC

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Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival Set For September 28, 2019

September 2019

The Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival will take place on September 28, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. till 5:30 p.m. and offers festival attendees access to well known Eastern NC beach music bands such as Too Much Sylvia, Band of Oz, The Embers, and The Tams.

The Emerald Isle festival is bring your own drinks, and parking is allowed along designed areas on Highway 58. Officials are expecting about 10,000 attendees.

Food trucks will be on-site, and drinks are permitted on the beach but not within the access areas.

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Mac Daddy’s To Host American Idol Auditions For The Second Year In A Row August 16, 2019

August 2019 – News broke that the wildly popular American Idol show will host singing auditions at Mac Daddy’s in Cape Carteret NC on August 16, 2019. Registration will start at 10 am and auditions will last until 6 pm of the same day.

This is the second year in a row that Mac Daddy’s was chosen to host the “ENC Idol” auditions for American Idol.

Registration is open to anyone 15 years to 28 years old, and only the first 200 registrations will be seen by the panel of judges.

The panel of judges will include: Kendrick from Hot 99.5, Brian Stauffer and Amy Kay from the morning show on V103.3, country singer Bryan Mayer, professional musician Justin Castellano and Lisa Smith-Perri, a pianist, singer, music director and the general manager and executive director of the West Carteret Water Corp.

In 2018, there were 140 auditions and this contest is open to anyone in Eastern NC.

If you think you have what it takes to get on the American Idol show, then we hope to see you there!

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Grayden Paul Bridge in Beaufort NC (Closed, But Historical). Will It Be Dismantled, Become A Park, Or Both?

The Grayden Paul drawbridge from Morehead City to Beaufort NC is now closed and will be made in to a public park and historical marker. Visitors and locals to Carteret County will have fond memories of this bridge which has served the community for over 7 decades. Tourism officials in the county now look to the new Gallants Channel bridge to spur new development in to Beaufort.

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