About Kay Whatley
Kay Whatley serves as Editor and Reporter with The Grey Area News. Kay is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Kay Whatley is wife to Frank Whatley, founder of The Grey Area™ newspaper and The Grey Area News online news website.

Chuckle of the Issue: Animal Crackers

July 21, 2017

A mother and her young son returned from the grocery store and the mother began putting away the groceries. The boy opened a box of animal crackers and spread them all over the table. “What […]




Puzzles Page:  July 21, 2017

July 21, 2017

Click the link below to download this week’s puzzles. 2017 July 21 — online puzzles PDF — from The Grey Area newspaper, www.greyareanews.com. Answer to the Cryptogram posted on next week’s puzzle page.




Take to the Streets for National Night Out

July 20, 2017

By Kay Whatley, Editor National Night Out (NNO) is “a community-police awareness-raising event in the United States.” Municipalities or their police departments generally organize NNO events for the first Tuesday in August, though some locations choose […]




Rare Rolling Stones Photos on the Auction Block

July 20, 2017

On July 19, 2017, Barnebys.com online search service for arts, antiques and collectibles, is bringing iconic photography of music legends, the Rolling Stones, to art collectors and music lovers alike. Images of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the rest […]




Vendor Opportunities at Fall 2017 Eastern NC Events

July 17, 2017

The events listed are seeking vendors for events later in 2017. Contact information and registration form links have been provided if available. Wendell Harvest Festival Planned for October 6-7, 2017, this annual event is organized […]




Business Events, Workshop Opportunities in Late July

July 16, 2017

By Kay Whatley, Editor Area Chambers of Commerce, business groups, and local businesses/organizations hold educational events and provide free business training and networking. Note that regular Chamber member meetings or semi-closed leads groups, are not […]




For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun

July 16, 2017

By Guy Webster (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and Laurie Cantillo / Dwayne Brown (NASA HQ) This month, movements of the planets will put Mars almost directly behind the sun, from Earth’s perspective, causing curtailed communications between Earth […]




Puzzles Page:  July 14, 2017

July 14, 2017

Click the link below to download this week’s puzzles. 2017 July 14 — online puzzles PDF — from The Grey Area newspaper, www.greyareanews.com. Answer to the Cryptogram posted on next week’s puzzle page.




Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — July 12-16

July 10, 2017

By Kay Whatley, Editor This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond. Piedmont and Coastal events are sometimes on this weekly list. Contact information […]




Chuckle of the Issue: Train Strain

July 8, 2017

The freight train was speeding along the tracks. As it came around a bend, the Engineer spotted a cow on the tracks a short distance ahead. Applying the brakes, he quickly realized the train was […]




Puzzles Page:  July 7, 2017

July 7, 2017

Click the link below to download this week’s puzzles. 2017 July 7 — online puzzles PDF — from The Grey Area newspaper, www.greyareanews.com. Answer to the Cryptogram posted on next week’s puzzle page.




Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — July 5-9

July 5, 2017

By Kay Whatley, Editor This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond. Piedmont and Coastal events are sometimes on this weekly list. Contact information […]




The Strange-ness: Making a Meal of Road Kill

June 30, 2017

By Kay Whatley, Editor My afternoon started with a Tweet that sent me down a road of discovery and thought. The Tweet linked to an article by Jeremy Henderson, “Road to Table? Auburn University biology professor talks […]




Puzzles Page:  June 30, 2017

June 30, 2017

Click the link below to download this week’s puzzles. 2017 June 30 — online puzzles PDF — from The Grey Area newspaper, www.greyareanews.com. Answer to the Cryptogram posted on next week’s puzzle page.




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