by David Anderson
Kinston Free Press
NEW BERN — New Bern Mayor Lee W. Bettis Jr. and fellow city officials are reaching out to their fellow public power cities and towns in Eastern North Carolina, asking them to consider contributing funds toward an effort to intervene on their behalf in the merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy.
“I say we need to buck up and fight this thing with professionals,” Bettis said. “We need to hire the best people we can and get things done and move forward for the prosperity of all of Eastern Carolina.”