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Shoresides is a local news podcast by and for Carteret County, North Carolina. Serving the coastal region and beyond.


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Shoresides is a local news podcast by and for Carteret County, North Carolina. Serving the coastal region and beyond.






A Day in the Life: Mayor Sharon Harker

"Here we are in 2022 and we're still hearing those milestones being made. Yes, it is sad that you still have the firsts still being done. But what's rejoiceful is that it's coming..." Shoresides does a day in the life of a mayor. In this episode, we follow Beaufort, North Carolina Mayor Sharon Harker as she does what she does best. Host Sheresa Elliot and Mayor Harker dig into what's top of mind for folks in Carteret County and what it means to Mayor Harker to be the first Black mayor of...


'We All Need a Place to Live'

In Carteret County, North Carolina finding affordable housing is getting tougher. Forty percent of renters and twenty-two percent of households report that they are having a tough time with the rising cost of housing. In this episode, we dig into why there is so little affordable housing in the coastal region and what the future of making a home here is going to look like. We chat with Lynne Griffin, a local realtor who recently helped accomplish the largest survey on housing in our county....


Wellness Check: Carteret County

As a mental health crisis surges nationwide, we examine how folks in the coastal North Carolina county of Carteret are affected. Three local therapists provide us with insights into handling the emotional challenges linked to the pandemic. Shoresides is a local news podcast by and for Carteret County, North Carolina. Serving the coastal region and beyond. Support the show


Black Leaders in Columbus County Work Toward Equity in COVID-19 Vaccinations

Today, producer Brea Hampton takes us back to a COVID-19 vaccine drive that happened in Tabor City, Columbus County in March. She speaks with Ashlei McFadden, who's been aiding vaccination efforts - like the drive in Tabor City. McFadden says that vaccines intended for Tabor City's Black community went to white folks from outside of the area. In this episode of Shoresides News, Hampton talks to Black leaders across Columbus County - Ashlei McFadden, Curtis Hill, Jeremy Simmons, and Shawn...


Andrew Brown & What's Happening in Elizabeth City, Now

Shoresides spoke with community organizer and Elizabeth City local Quentin Jackson about what is happening in Elizabeth City as the community responds to the police killing of Andrew Brown. Support the show


Is It Enough?: Reflecting On 2020's Attempts At Cultural Remediation And The Gullah/Geechee Nation

Though unaffiliated with Gullah/Geechee culture, a number of restaurants and food brands in Charleston, South Carolina used their name for decades. This year, several of these businesses finally underwent rebranding. In 2020, we've heard story after story on mainstream media outlets about businesses, music groups, and other institutions and entities renaming themselves in attempt to remediate the harms of cultural appropriation their brands inflicted. Across the nation, people bid farewell...


First Time Voters In Brunswick County

The Shoresides Team spoke with first time voters ages 30, 18, and 41 at the polls in Brunswick County, North Carolina about why they voted this election season. Here's what they had to say... Support the show


¿Por qué es importante votar?

"Nos hemos ganado ese derecho a ser votantes y que es un privilegio ejercerlo, y así como ha sido una responsabilidad, es un privilegio que vale la pena ejercer." Victoria Garcia Velazco es la fundadora de VIDA Familiar Latina Magazine y Vida Translations. Ella está estudiando para su maestría en trabajo social en la universidad de Carolina del Norte de Wilmington (UNCW). Ella nos dice por qué es importante votar y recursos con información de votante. Support the show


Voting Information For People Who Are Currently And Formerly Incarcerated

Have you been convicted of a felony or currently incarcerated and want to learn about your eligibility to vote in North Carolina? If you have been convicted of a felony or are currently incarcerated, you are eligible to register and vote under the following circumstances... ¿Has sido condenado por un delito grave o actualmente estás encarcelado y deseas conocer tu elegibilidad para votar en Carolina del Norte? Si has sido condenado por un delito grave o estás actualmente encarcelado, eres...


Early Voting Information For Coastal North Carolina

Want to vote early in coastal North Carolina? Here's how. ¿Quieres votar temprano en la costa de Carolina del Norte? Escucha este anuncio. Support the show


Schools as Hurricane Shelters during Covid-19

Amanda White, high school Chemistry teacher and president of New Hanover Association of Educators, lets us in on educator efforts to ensure a safe start to the school year. She also discusses the worries teachers have with schools being used as shelters from Hurricane Isaias, with sick or symptomatic people not being turned away, when they're being asked to teach from those same classrooms in a few days. Support the show


Sustaining the Movement for Black Lives in a Small, Southern Town

Sheresa Elliot, 31, of Beaufort, NC speaks about how her job as a therapist is informing her work as she continues to organize for Black Lives Matter in Beaufort, NC. Elliot had never worked on social justice issues before she organized nearly 500 people for Black Lives Matter protests within her town of about 4,000 last month. Elliot now is facilitating virtual town hall discussions with the Beaufort Police Department. Support the show


Wilmington's Lowercase Leaders

Lily Nicole and her fellow protesters in Wilmington, North Carolina are getting organized. They started an activist group called the lowercase leaders, and they've got a permit to protest on the steps of city hall every day, from 8 in the morning to 9 at night, until June 6th of 2021. Nicole describes how the protests have evolved and lists some of the lowercase leaders' goals. She says they're staying motivated through the fatigue and emotion; they're harnessing their community's energy....


Complacency, George Floyd, and a Transformation

"I used to not want to offend people. As a pastor, I want to be compassionate. I want to understand both sides, but I've found myself in the past few weeks, just really specifically in a clear and concise way, say, this is why I think this is racist." As the director of Walking Tall Wilmington, Randy Evans seeks to create interpersonal relationships with individuals experiencing poverty. After experiencing two very different protests, Evans speaks about how his thinking has changed. Support...


Columbus County: A Series of Disasters

In the last 10 years, disasters like Matthew, Florence, and now COVID-19 have changed the fabric of Columbus County, North Carolina and its community. Wallyce Todd and Gerry Lenahan work at Community CPR, a nonprofit focused on disaster relief in the city of Whiteville - its county's seat. They talk about how their county is faring through the pandemic, while still working to support hurricane survivors. Gerry voices concerns over the hurricane season ahead and how it will affect people...


PSA: Free COVID-19 Testing

This is an important message from the New Hanover Disaster Coalition: There is free testing for COVID-19 in New Hanover County. All you have to do is call 910-798-6800 to talk with a nurse to setup an appointment. That is 910-798-6800 to set up a free COVID-19 test in New Hanover County. Support the show


White Stocking Resident Still Out of Home: Hurricane then COVID-19

Jacqueline Hand has been repairing her home in from Hurricane Florence since September 2018. During those two years she has stayed with family, gone through the FEMA trailer program and then bought a travel trailer of her own – all while her home was still being repaired. Now, because of Covid-19, the nearly two-year repair process is on further hold. Support the show


The House That Couldn't Breathe

It’s been nearly two years since Hurricane Florence flooded the Maple Hill neighborhood in Pender County, NC. But Arlisha Hill's home is still far from repaired. Hill was ready to resume life as normal. She moved back into her partially repaired home this March – thinking construction would continue and she'd be living in a fully repaired home soon. Then, COVID-19 came. Construction on her home was brought to a halt in order to protect the volunteers and workers. Broadcast from the Working...


Kelly & How Food Insecurity is Changing

Kelly Spivey speaks about how she has seen the food insecurity conversation change during COVID-19. Kelly's Community Pantry started to take the shame out of asking for help with groceries. The pantry is a public, unmanned neighborhood food cupboard providing free canned and boxed items. Now Spivey acts as a community organizer around food issues in her tight-knit town. Broadcast from the Working Narratives studio, this series compiles community stories about COVID-19 from coastal North...


COVID-19 & Beach Town Economies

The mayor of Atlantic Beach, Trace Cooper, is preparing for a summer unlike he’s ever seen before. Cooper speaks to how the pandemic could disrupt – or boost – his small beach town's tourism economy. Cooper describes COVID-19 as a "one-two punch" for a coastal town still recovering from Hurricane Florence. Broadcast from the Working Narratives studio, this series compiles community stories about COVID-19 from coastal North Carolina. Support the show