Good morning, New Bern Now readers. Here is your In the Now Weekend Edition — Friday – Sunday, May 7, 2021.
This week’s featured business is Laura McGovern and Magnolia Jane Salon. An Aveda and organic pure care salon located in the heart of Downtown New Bern at 236-D Middle St. Call 252-514-4867. Image of Laura McGovern and Magnolia Jane Salon by New Bern Now
The Weather, Sun, and Sea
Today, a slight chance of showers before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts in excess of 4 inches possible.
Tonight, showers and thunderstorms likely before 9pm, then a slight chance of showers between 9pm and 10pm. Mostly cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 46. Northwest wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Saturday, sunny, with a high near 73. West wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Saturday night, mostly clear, with a low around 50. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Sunday night, partly cloudy, with a low around 67.
Friday, the sun will rise at 6:08 a.m. and set at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, the sun will rise at 6:09 a.m. and set at 7:59 p.m.
Sunday, the sun will rise at 6:09 a.m. and set at 8:00 p.m.
For Boaters and Fishermen: Click for Eastern NC marine winds, tides, water temperatures, etc.
8th: New Bern Farmers Market, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 421 S. Front St. Call 252-633-0043.
8th: Stuff The Truck, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Trent Woods – at the Town Hall Parking Lot. Presented by Habitat for Humanity of Craven County. Call 252-633-5512.
8th: AACA First Capital Chapter NC Region Show, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Historic Downtown New Bern.
8th: Walk-In Bathtub Improv Non-A-Thon In Celebration of Belly Dancing Mother’s Day, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the New Bern Civic Theatre. Call 252-633-0567.
9th: Fairway Disc Golf presents the PDGA Sanctioned League at Glenburnie Park, sign up at 9:15 a.m., Tee off at 10:00 a.m.
Check out the New Bern Music Calendar – It’s a great resource to help you follow and support local bands
For the Fun of it
Healthy or not Breakfast Scramble
Serving size: 1
– Sliced 2 – 3 medium button mushrooms
– 1/2 cup green beans or other ingredient
– 3 tbsp avocado
– 1 egg
- Spray pan with olive oil
- Add mushrooms to pan and brown
- Add green beans
- Add egg
- Scramble until almost done and add avocado
- Serve and enjoy
Warning: Keep hot pan away from dog’s nose
Amanda Delgado named executive director of Coastal Women’s Shelter
Coastal Women’s Shelter (CWS) announced the appointment of Amanda Delgado as executive director for the agency.
Delgado, who has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Wichita State University, has been with the Coastal Women’s Shelter for four years, most recently as shelter director.
While at the shelter, Delgado created a safe, friendly, and warm environment for survivors of domestic violence seeking housing on a temporary basis while guiding a caring, devoted, and compassionate staff.
Prior to this, Delgado held the Prevention and Education coordinator position heading up the pivotal CWS New Beginnings Program for domestic violence survivors. The New Beginnings Program provides a wide range of resources for personal growth and change for survivors. More.
Jared Brinkley named executive director of CarolinaEast Foundation
CarolinaEast Health System announced that native New Bernian Jared Brinkley is now the executive director of the CarolinaEast Foundation, the charitable arm of the health system.
Brinkley joined CarolinaEast Health System on Monday, May 3, 2021 and will precept with outgoing Foundation Director Jill Thompson through June 2021. Brinkley comes to CarolinaEast following a 10-year tenure in athletic development, most recently as the Director of Major Gifts at the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide Foundation. More.
Jared Brinkley, left, and Johanna Brinkley, with their son Weldon. Jared Brinkley
Today in History
On May 7, 1942, Evelyn Whitlow was among the 77 Army and Navy nurses captured following the fall of the Philippines. The Whitlow family of Leasburg, in Caswell County, saw six of their 12 children (four sons and two daughters) enter the service during World War II. Evelyn B. Whitlow was the first of the family to join the military. In May 1940, she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps (ANC) as a second lieutenant. Whitlow was serving as a nurse in the Philippines when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941.
Known as the Angels of Bataan and Corregidor, the captured nurses were the first group of American women taken as prisoners of war. For three years she remained in Santo Thomas, a Japanese internment camp outside Manila, until being liberated on February 3, 1945. After the war, she left the ANC, married a fellow POW from Santo Thomas and moved to California. Whitlow died at the age of 78, in 1994.
Image of Whitlow from N.C. Museum of History
On May 7, 1865, Confederate General James Green Martin surrendered the Army of Western North Carolina at Waynesville, nearly a month after Appomattox.
The surrender followed a skirmish at White Sulphur Springs between Confederate troops under William Holland Thomas (commonly known as Thomas’s Legion) and Union troops under Lieutenant Colonel William C. Bartlett. Thomas’s Legion surprised the Union troops who retreated to Waynesville, with Martin advancing since he was likely unaware of Johnston’s surrender at Durham on April 26.
When a truce was called the next day, almost a month after Appomattox, Martin surrendered his forces in Waynesville. On inspecting his former brigade in late 1864 and complimenting it on its efficiency, Robert E. Lee said that “Gen. Martin is one to whom North Carolina owes a debt that she can never repay.”
After the war Martin moved to Asheville, where he practiced law until his death in 1878.
Though the last engagement of the Civil War was fought in Texas about a week later, popular belief maintained that the “last shot” of the Civil War was fired in Waynesville, and a monument was dedicated to that effect in 1923.
On May 7, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson, accompanied by Governor Terry Sanford, visited the home of tenant farmer William David Marlow near Rocky Mount to promote the President’s “War on Poverty” initiative.
The 15 minute visit was essentially a photo opportunity to launch Johnson’s tour of Appalachia. There have been questions over the years as to why Rocky Mount was selected, not being particularly close to the mountains, though many have assumed it has something to do with the town’s name.
Though the Nash County family that hosted Johnson didn’t live in Appalachia, it certainly met the rest of the criteria for people to be helped by the president’s programs. Marlow lived with his seven children, his wife and his mother-in-law. A World War II veteran, he suffered from a chronic back injury and earned less than $1,500 per year.
To emphasize the family’s living conditions for the visiting journalists and politicians, the Marlows were instructed to hang a load of laundry on their clothesline and to keep their children barefooted. After the visit, the family struggled with the stigma of poverty. Having never thought of herself as poor, Mrs. Marlow later wrote the president, “We have just found out that we are the joke of a whole nation.”
You can read the speech Johnson gave later that day in front of Rocky Mount City Hall online from the American Presidency Project.