Support the Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation

Some people may associate the Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation (SBDDC) with New Bern’s Annual MUMfest and they should because it attracts thousands of residents and visitors to the MUMfest. Personally, I really look forward to this fantastic event every year! But many people truly don’t understand the significant impact this non-profit organization has on […]
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Let Me Introduce Myself

Many of New Bern Now’s viewers ask me why I don’t have a photo of myself or share more personal information about myself on the blog. The first thing that comes to mind is I’m not vain. I’m not saying that everyone who posts photos of themselves on the Internet is vain. They are probably […]
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City of New Bern Runoff Election

It looks like New Bern residents will be at the voting both again, this time for runoff voting. It was unclear to me exactly what this voting method was because I’ve never encountered the situation. For those who aren’t familiar with the process, let me explain. Mayor Bayliss and Johnnie Ray Kinsey of Ward 4 […]
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City of New Bern Election Results

Congratulations are in order for the winners of the City of New Bern Elections for Mayor and Alderman, although there is the question of run-off elections pending. The best of luck for those effected by the run-off elections. Mayor Bayliss 49% – Lee Bettis at 45%. Lee Bettis requested a run-off election because Candidates have […]
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50 Million Fish Kill on the Neuse River

After meeting with Larry Baldwin, Lower Neuse RIVERKEEPER, and Brian Westcott, Program Coordinator, I learned a great deal about how the greater New Bern community can help these hardworking men improve our Neuse River. Word of the recent 50 million fish kill resonates around town. It’s obvious that the time has come for local residents […]
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Executive Director of the Coastal Environmental Partnership named to Board of Directors of NC SWANA

Allen M. Hardison, Executive Director of the Coastal Environmental Partnership, has been named to the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Chapter of SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America). SWANA is a non-profit, international educational organization serving individuals and communities responsible for the management and operation of municipal solid waste management systems. The […]
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Sabrina Bengel for First Ward Alderman

Sabrina Bengel for Mayor
My record in this community demonstrates my ability to serve in a leadership position with a proactive style of getting the job done. I will support and continue working to make New Bern a better place to live and work. As your Alderman, I will commit to serving you with dignity and respect, listen to […]
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Lee Bettis for Mayor of New Bern

Lee Bettis
Lee Bettis, New Bern Mayoral candidate believes the role of the Mayor to be simply stated – Leadership. When asked his vision of New Bern, he stated “a city with a vibrant self-sustaining economy, a responsive and respected government and an involved and proactive citizenry”. This vision includes vital historic districts, a downtown filled with […]
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Cycling the MS Bike Tour at Age 80

It’s the bike stupid! Sounds trite but I really mean it. A road bike is the way to go for cross-country cycling. Years ago I wondered how folks could pedal mile after mile. I wanted to join group rides but I wasn’t sure I could keep up. It wasn’t until I entered the Senior Games […]
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