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Eggs awaiting the hunt. Source: Town of Knightdale, North Carolina. Easter Egg Hunts and Events 2018 in Eastern NC (3/21/2018) - Area events planned around Eastern are listed below. For most of the hunts, parents are cautioned to let their children hunt on their own — without adult help in finding eggs. Some locations may allow [...]
The Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment (ASPIRE) 2 payload undergoes testing in the sounding rocket payload facility at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, prior to transport to the launch pad on Wallops Island. Credits: NASA/Berit Bland NASA to Launch Parachute Test off Virginia Coast on Mar. 27 (3/20/2018) - NASA will test a parachute for possible future missions to Mars from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Live coverage of the test begins at 6:15am (EDT) on the Wallops’ Ustream. The launch [...]
Cats and Dogs. Credit: Frank and Kay Whatley, Nadia Ethier Spring Rabies Clinics Offer Walk-up Rabies Shots and More (3/20/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor The listed rabies clinics, ordered by county, offer a low-cost, no-appointment opportunity to protect your pet from rabies. Animals that contract rabies cannot recover and must be euthanized, so getting your [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored - Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Mar. 22-25, 2018 (3/19/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond (Inner Coastal Plains-Five County area of Eastern NC). While most listed events are free [...]
Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson blessing solar panels at St. Alban's Parish, Washington DC. Photo: Carlo La Porta The Faithful Are Organizing Climate Action Events (3/19/2018) - Faith Climate Action Week, being celebrated from April 14- 22, 2018 as part of international Earth Day, is a US faith movement focused on finding solutions to climate change. Each year, faith communities around the country hold [...]
NC Beer Month is April. Source: Source: Visit North Carolina April is NC Beer Month (3/19/2018) - North Carolina Is Gaining Recognition as The “State of Southern Beer” North Carolina breweries and destinations that love beer will roll out the barrels and the red carpet in April for the sixth-annual NC Beer Month, a [...]
Registration Is Open for Down East Senior Games (3/18/2018) - The 35th-annual Down East Senior Games (DESG) are scheduled for April 30-May 22, 2018. Anyone 50 years of age or older and living in Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton and Wilson counties, are invited to participate [...]
Piedmont Farm Tour. Source: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Pittsboro NC. Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Merging Its Popular Farm Tours (3/16/2018) - The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has held farm tours across North Carolina, covering different counties on each tour. This year, the tours are merging, under the name “Piedmont Farm Tour”. From the announcement: Previously, we’ve [...]
Knightdale Chamber of Commerce Logo, Knightdale NC. Knightdale Chamber Seeks Award Nominations In Advance of Annual Banquet (3/16/2018) - The Knightdale Chamber of Commerce will hold its 45th-annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. The chamber is seeking nominations of local citizens for awards to be presented the evening of the [...]
Label released with the Johnsonville recall March 2018. Source: USDA Recall Issued for Smoked Sausage Possibly Contaminated with Hard Plastic (3/15/2018) - Johnsonville Recalls Smoked Pork Sausage Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination On March 15, 2018, Johnsonville, LLC recalled approximately 109,603 pounds of smoked pork sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the [...]
Rhine Research Center, Durham NC. Photo: Kay Whatley Spring Benefit for The Rhine Features John Alexander, PhD (3/14/2018) - Funds Raised Support Durham-based Parapsychology Research The Rhine Research Center “Spring Benefit” on March 24, 2018 features a special presentation by John B. Alexander, PhD. Doors open at 7pm, with the benefit running until 10pm. Join [...]
NC Harm Reduction Coalition logo North Carolina Harm Reduction / Drug Policy Conference is Apr. 24-25 (3/14/2018) - The Southern Harm Reduction and Drug Police Conference is scheduled for Spring in Western North Carolina. Organized by the NC Harm Reduction Coalition, speakers will provide insight into topics of interest including syringe exchange, war [...]
US Citizenship and Immigration Services NC Labor and The H-2B Temporary Visa Drawings (3/14/2018) - On February 21, 2018, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began receiving H-2B cap-subject petitions for the second half of fiscal year 2018. During the first five business days USCIS received approximately 2,700 H-2B cap-subject [...]
Indigo Moon Film Festival trophy. Source: GroundSwell Pictures Indigo Moon Film Festival Accepting Film Submissions (3/13/2018) - Indigo Moon Film Festival (IMFF) is now accepting film submissions for its 2018 Season. This year’s festival will run October 12-14, 2018 in Historic Downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina. Indigo Moon accepts film submissions in these [...]
Knightdale Spring Carnival. Photo Source: Brian Bowman, Town of Knightdale, NC. Knightdale 2018 Spring Carnival Begins on Mar. 29 (3/13/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor It’s carnival time again in Knightdale, North Carolina! The Knightdale Police Department (KPD) Spring Carnival will run from Thursday, March 29, 2018 through Sunday, April 8, 2018. Carnival hours this year, weather permitting, are: [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored. Source: The Grey Area News, Zebulon NC. Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Mar. 15-18, 2018 (3/12/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond (Inner Coastal Plains-Five County area of Eastern NC). While most listed events are free [...]
Life Changing Transplant Foundation mission. LCTF is based in Knightdale NC. Source: Gail Richburg LCTF Summer Extravaganza & Walk/Run Fundraisers Seek Sponsors, Vendors, and Bike/Car Clubs (3/8/2018) - By Gail S. Richburg, Founder/Executive Director of LCTF Life Changing Transplant Foundation (LCTF) was formed in March of 2008. The foundation was birthed from my own personal experience of being a liver transplant recipient. I [...]
Bunn Fun Day returns on April 21, 2018. Bunn Fun Day is Apr. 21 (3/6/2018) - The fourth-annual Bunn Fun Day is scheduled for April 21, 2018, 10am-4pm. Join the fun on Railroad Street in downtown Bunn NC. This is a day to relax, have fun, visit with community members, and kick back and [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored. Source: The Grey Area News, Zebulon NC. Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Mar. 8-11, 2018 (3/6/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond (Inner Coastal Plains-Five County area of Eastern NC). While most listed events are free [...]
Keep America Beautiful of Nash and Edgecombe counties logo Rid Your Home of Papers, Old Electronics And More During Nash County Recycles Day (3/6/2018) - On Saturday, March 10, 2018, 10am-1pm, residents will have an opportunity to rid their homes of old electronics, unwanted and unused prescription drugs, paper, and much more during Nash County Recycles Day. This event, open [...]
Label released with recall. Source: US FDA More Pet Food Recalled for Potential Contamination (3/6/2018) - Updated on March 6, 2018, with additional, recent pet food recalls added. Steve’s Real Food Voluntarily Recalls Raw Frozen Dog Food Turkey Canine Recipe Issued March 2, 2018 Steve’s Real Food of Salt Lake City, [...]
Vendor Opportunities -- The Grey Area News Vendor Opportunities at Got To Be NC Festival (3/5/2018) - Got To Be NC Festival is May 18-20, 2018 The Got To Be NC Festival is currently accepting applications from food and merchandise vendors who would like to be a part of the XX-annual festival. Each [...]
Farmers Markets give local producers a place to sell what they grow. Photo: Kay Whatley Funding Available for NC Farmers Market Advertising (3/2/2018) - North Carolina farmers markets can expand their advertising budgets through of a new cooperative grant being offered by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. As part of the grant, the department will pay [...]
Source: Imagination Station Science and History Museum, Wilson, North Carolina Imagination Station Holds Monthly “Fabulous Fridays” in Wilson NC (3/2/2018) - The first Friday each month from 3-5pm, the Imagination Station Science and History Museum opens its doors for Fabulous Fridays — free, public events designed for the whole family. Each event includes crafts, games, and talks meant [...]
GE Aviation Adding 146 New Jobs in Western North Carolina (3/1/2018) - Expansion in Buncombe and Ashe Counties Brings an Investment of More than $100 Million GE Aviation, a global manufacturer of aircraft engines and components, will create 146 full-time jobs over four years at its facilities [...]
A tagged speckled trout. The thin yellow band extending out from its abdomen is the tag. Source: Stephen Mehan, NC Department of Environmental Quality Fishermen Win Big in Tagging Program Drawing (3/1/2018) - Fifteen lucky fishermen won $100 each in a recent North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries’ Multi-Species Tagging Program yearly drawing. Information gathered from tag returns allows researchers to determine species migration patterns, mortality, population structure [...]
Business Happenings 2018 Eastern NC Business Events in March 2018 (3/1/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Area Chambers of Commerce, business groups, and local businesses/organizations hold educational events and provide free business training or networking opportunities. Events listed below may take place in the five-county area — [...]
Farmville, North Carolina Downtown Business District. Source: The Farmville Group Farmville Sharks to Hold Spring 2018 Business Oriented Shark Tank Event (3/1/2018) - Deadline for Business Applications is April 6, 2018 By Bert Smith, Farmville Sharks Investors Group Farmville Sharks are hungry to bring innovative and entrepreneurial retail ideas to their downtown business area.  We have pulled together seven [...]