Alliance, NC

Joseph Pires, 47; service July 5

MGYSGT Joseph “Joe” Michael Pires USMC (RET), 47, of Havelock, NC, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at Vidant Medical Center of Greenville. Joe was born on January 3, 1975, in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Joseph and Jeanne Pires. After graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Joe served in the USMC for over 22 years, eventually achieving the highest enlisted rank as E-9 Master Gunnery Sergeant. Among his numerous honors, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, (2) Navy and Marine Corps commendation medals, (2) Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals, (6) Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, along with many others. Joe served all over the world with multiple combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. During his career, he served as JTAC/Fire Support Man, Joint Terminal Attack Controller, and Drill Instructor. He also served numerous duties including martial arts instructor, WSQ Swim instructor, and Fire Support Chief. Joe’s main MOS was artillery and he served with 1st ANGLICO as well.
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Christopher Brock, 52; service July 5

Christopher Allen “Chris” Brock, 52, of Otway, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at his home. His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at Glad Tidings Church, officiated by Rev. Ernest Laxton. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service. For those unable to attend, the service can be viewed through Chris's obituary page on Munden Funeral Home's website. The service will remain on the website for 90 days.
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Area Death Notices - June 28, 29 & 30

MGYSGT Joseph “Joe” Michael Pires USMC (RET), 47, of Havelock, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at Vidant Medical Center of Greenville. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at Bridgeway Church of Beaufort. Burial will follow with Military Honors at Carteret Memorial Gardens in Beaufort. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 at the church on Tuesday.

Living Local: Oriental and the 42nd Croaker Festival

ORIENTAL, N.C. (WNCT) — Our month-long series “Living Local” kicks off for the month of July with a stop at a small but lovely town in Pamlico County. Oriental is home to many things, including the 42nd annual Croaker Festival. WNCT’s Angie Quezada takes a look at the town and talks with several people, including […]

A Mighty Port on the Neuse River

At the beginning of the War Between the States, United States Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles made a list of the Southern ports he wanted to be blockaded or seized. Number Three on the list: New Bern, N.C. Today, it’s hard to fathom that New Bern once rivaled ports...

Sound Rivers Swim Guide Report – July 1, 2022

Three sites failed in the Upper Neuse this week: Poole Road canoe launch, Clayton River Walk and Neuse Golf Club, also in Clayton. Three sites failed in the Lower Neuse for a second week running: Upper Broad Creek at Black Beard Sailing Club, Lawson Creek Park and Slocum Creek in Havelock.

New Bern Residents – Early Voting Begins July 7

The New Bern Municipal Run-off Election, Early Voting, begins July 7 and continues until July 23. All New Bernians will vote for a new mayor (Jeffrey Odham or Toussaint Summers). Citizens in Wards 1 & 2 will choose the next person to represent them on the Board of Aldermen. Ward...

Summer Ventures: 42nd annual Croaker Festival

Editor’s note: has a new limited weekly series called “Summer Ventures.” wants to help families find a way to get out and enjoy the summer without having to spend a lot of money. We’ve come up with some interesting locations you can visit all over Eastern North Carolina, many of which are only […]

Uncovered: City of New Bern Paid Lobbyist $87,000 for What?

Last month, I wrote an article, Lobbyist Hired by City of New Bern has Ties to Aldermen that outlined the City of New Bern entering into an agreement to pay Old North Strategies (ONS), a lobbyist company $12,500 per month for “consulting and legislative advocacy services” during the May 25, 2021, Board of Aldermen (BOA) meeting.

Man wanted on kidnapping charges arrested

CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Deputies in one Eastern Carolina county have arrested a man wanted on kidnapping charges. The Craven County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and U.S. Marshals Fugitive Taskforce arrested Deaurvion Roundtree in Vanceboro this morning without incident. Roundtree was wanted on two counts of first-degree kidnapping...

Refuge Recovery Center hopes to assist those struggling with addiction

A new center for those struggling with substance abuse disorder in Onslow County is open and operational. Refuge Recovery Center hopes to assist those struggling …. Food, fun and more at 42nd Croaker Festival in Oriental. Kinston artist finding comfort through art therapy. ‘It’s an emotional time’: Greenville police chief...

Tobs victorious at home, end Marlins’ win streak

WILSON, N.C. — The Wilson Tobs come from behind to defeat the Morehead City Marlins on Thursday night, 9-7. Wilson used three home runs to propel themselves to victory and were able to win despite being outhit, 15-10. The Tobs started off hot as Aaron Smigelski singled to right field for the game’s first run. […]

Nonprofits Partner to present West African Dance Performance & Workshop

Three New Bern not-for-profits have joined together to sponsor a fun event for the New Bern community. Arts To End Genocide (ATEG), the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plain (B&GC), and Faith Connection are presenting an afternoon of West African Dance. These three organizations all share a common mission of positive youth development for children in Eastern NC and around the world.

Area Fourth of July celebrations begin today

The year that area Fourth of July celebrations were finally set to return to normal has turned out to be somewhat different than expected. While numerous communities, including Greenville and Farmville, will host full-scale events and fireworks this year, some eastern North Carolina towns have seen their celebrations halted again. This time, rather than COVID-19 being the cause, the cancellations have been prompted by an accident in which a brush...