13th Annual “Turning on the Lights” in Tarboro

December 9, 2015

Set your sights on Christmas lights! Please join the community for a night full of fun on December 12, 2015, starting at 6pm. There will be live entertainment by Christian Artist, Richard Simmons, food from Ted Williamson Food Truck, and free […]




Food, Clothing, Shelter Provided in Rocky Mount

December 3, 2015

By Kay Whatley, Editor United Community Ministries serves Rocky Mount by providing homeless, needy families and individuals with food, clothing, and shelter — the basic needs of every human being. The Community Kitchen and Pantry, […]




Zebulon Food Pantry Gives, and Needs

December 3, 2015

Contributed by Cindy Privette Families from Zebulon and Wendell may receive nonperishable food items from the Zebulon United Methodist Church’s food pantry, based on the number of members in the family. No proof of financial […]




Churches Combine Forces in Brown Bag Ministry

November 20, 2015

Contributed by Cindy Privette Brown Bag Ministry is a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization that serves the homeless and hungry in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Brown Bag Ministry prepares and distributes over 2,700 brown bag lunches to the homeless and […]




Zebulon Food Pantry Gives, and Needs

November 20, 2015

Contributed by Cindy Privette Families from Zebulon and Wendell may receive nonperishable food items from the Zebulon United Methodist Church’s food pantry, based on the number of members in the family. No proof of financial need is required, just a valid […]




Warming the Heart of the Community

November 6, 2015

Donate Your Gently Used Coats Contributed by Cindy Privette Zebulon United Methodist Church and the Brown Bag Lunch Ministry are planning their fifth annual Warming the Heart of the Community ministry, which will be held […]




The Angelic Beaders: Still Going Strong

October 23, 2015

Contributed by Brenda Braxton The Angelic Beaders of Rocky Cross Baptist Church formed in 2011 for the purpose of making jewelry to sell, as a way to raise funds to build a community playground. After […]




Third Annual Photography Show Premiers at Art Stroll

October 9, 2015

Released by Donna Campbell Smith, FCAC Assistant Coordinator Franklinton’s October Art Stroll featured Franklin County Arts Council’s third Annual Photography Show. Ribbons and cash awards were given in three categories: color, black and white and […]




Bailey Cafe Customers Pay It Forward

October 9, 2015

Contributed by Cullen Gurganus The most amazing series of acts of kindness took place October 5, 2015, in the Bailey Cafe, when one small act led to more than a dozen. A long time and […]




Note in the Pocket Clothing Drive

September 25, 2015

Note in the Pocket is an organization that provides appropriate school clothing to children in Wake County NC including Wendell Elementary, Wendell Middle and East Wake High School. The organization is trying to build relationships […]




Twin Counties Big Sweep Challenge

September 25, 2015

Released by Cornelia McGee Each year, Keep America Beautiful of Nash and Edgecombe Counties helps sponsor two large scale litter collection events in the Twin Counties. The event in the fall, Twin Counties Big Sweep, […]




Civitan Club Organizing BackPack Buddy Program

September 11, 2015

Contributed by Deborah Hill, Pay It Forward Civitan Club The Pay It Forward Civitan Club is excited to be organizing the BackPack Buddy Program for Nashville Elementary. The group is in the process of setting […]




Newspaper Founder, Frank Whatley, Mourned

August 28, 2015

The Grey Area newspaper is sad to announce the passing of the newspaper’s creator and Sales Manager, Frank Whatley. His smile and cheerful manner will be missed throughout the area. His Obituary is included for […]




The Zebulon Cougar

August 1, 2015

Originally published in The Grey Area newspaper (printed) August 1, 2011. ___________________________________________________________ By Frank and Kay Whatley In the July 1, 2011, issue of The Grey Area, we reported cougar sightings within Eastern North Carolina over […]




Time for Food, Music and Fun at Wendell Festival

July 31, 2015

Contributed by Thomas A. Zang, Jr. The entertaining and tasty International Food and Music Festival will be here before you know it! This annual event, organized by St. Eugene Catholic Church, is returning for its […]




Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals

July 31, 2015

Volunteers are needed for a local Home Delivered Meals Program. The Nash County Department of Aging is in need of volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound senior citizens who live in Spring Hope NC. If […]




Tai Miles Performing at FCAC Art Stroll

July 31, 2015

Contributed by Donna Campbell Smith, Franklin County Arts Council Tai Miles will perform at the Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Gallery during the upcoming Art Stroll in downtown Franklinton on August 6, 2015. Silent Night, […]




Do You Know Maggie?

July 31, 2015

By Kay Whatley, Editor Inspired by one found dog, the Maggie Society came into being, and now it helps rescue over 100 Eastern NC dogs per month. The Maggie Society operates in the Wilson-Johnston-Edgecombe area […]




Zebulon Nonprofit Seeking Shoes for Kids

July 19, 2015

Contributed by Cindy Privette Zebulon United Methodist Church is currently working with Note in the Pocket and their “Kicks for Kids” campaign. Note in the Pocket believes it is unacceptable that children are limited in […]




Rocky Mount Downtown Advocate will be Missed

January 16, 2015

By Frank and Kay Whatley In December, Rocky Mount lost a great downtown advocate, business owner, and beloved resident: Ron Vetere. It is with heavy hearts we pass along news of Ron’s death on December […]




Lost/Stolen iPhone Tracking Does Work

September 26, 2014

By Frank Whatley Out working one day, I answered a call, and somehow set my cell phone down on my car. After returning home, I realized the iPhone was lost. Luckily, Apple iPhone’s tracking does […]




Local Filmmakers Selected for Cannes Film Festival

April 11, 2014

A major film festival includes an Eastern NC entry this year. Local filmmakers Robert and Kristyl Wagner’s short film, “Bragg N East”, was selected for showing at Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. The faith-based short film was […]




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