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Homesteading may include raising chickens to supply the family with fresh eggs. Source: Steven E Davis NC Author Releases Homesteading Book (5/23/2018) - A new book, Keep Calm And Homestead: A Guide to Modern Day Homesteading, by NC-based author Steven E Davis has been released this month. Designed to show how homesteading techniques may be applied from apartment [...]
Source: Jonas Silver, Town of Knightdale NC Knightdale NC Awarded $1Million Grant for Soccer Complex (5/22/2018) - The Wake County Board of Commissioners awarded the Town of Knightdale a $1 million grant for the development of a soccer complex on May 21, 2018. The proceeds from the Hospitality Tax Small Projects Capital [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored - greyareanews.com Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — May 23-27, 2018 (5/21/2018) - 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 [...]
Lawn Chair Theatre 2018 kickoff. Source: City of Rocky Mount NC Family-friendly Movie Nights in Rocky Mount NC (Updated) (5/18/2018) - Family-friendly, free movie nights are starting again in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Lawn Chair Theatre, presented by PNC and hosted by the city of Rocky Mount and the Rocky Mount Rotary Club, will begin May [...]
We Plant it Forward gives away seedlings and seed kits. Source: Maggie Bailey, We Plant it Forward We Plant It Forward to Give Away Seedlings, Seed Kits on May 19 (5/17/2018) - By Maggie Bailey, We Plant it Forward During the Longleaf Festival on Saturday, May 19, 2018, 10am-2pm, be sure to visit with We Plant it Forward. The group will be giving away Longleaf Pine seedlings and [...]
Hemp Blue jeans, clothing made with industrial hemp. Photo: Kay Whatley. NC Industrial Hemp Commission’s Next Public Conference Call is May 21 (5/17/2018) - The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting via telephone conference call to review and approve research pilot program applications. The public may “attend” via phone or computer on Monday, May 21, [...]
Shooting Stars Film Camp. Source: GroundSwell Pictures, Fayetteville NC Cumberland Community Foundation Awards Grant to Shooting Stars Film Camp (5/16/2018) - GroundSwell Pictures is pleased to announce a grant from the Cumberland Community Foundation Summertime Kids Program in support of “Shooting Stars Film Camp”. Shooting Stars Film Camp is a one week camp conducted each summer to teach [...]
Wilson Idol flyer 2018. Source: Summerville Promotion and Production Co. Sign-up Is Open for Wilson Idol Talent Search 2018 (5/16/2018) - Once again, Summerville Promotion and Production Company, along with The Tall One Outreach Ministries, take great pride in continuing this annual exploratory search, which identifies and augments Unsung Heroes, Icons, and Super Stars. On September [...]
View of kayaks, vendors, and music area at the 2017 Blueberry Music Festival, Vollmer Farm, Bunn NC. Photo: Kay Whatley NC Farms: The Ag Dept Wants to Spread The Word about Your Farm Events (5/16/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor The NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) wants to know what farms across North Carolina are offering for residents and visitors. Tell them what your farm is doing, and [...]
Town of Garner, NC logo and slogan Garner NC Events Including Movie+Camping, Picnic, and More (5/10/2018) - Several upcoming events, organized by the town of Garner, North Carolina’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department, are listed below along with informational posters. To see more Garner events, visit garnernc.gov/departments/parks-recreation-and-cultural-resources. Friday Flicks Enjoy a free, [...]
Got to be NC Festival 2018 banner. Source: NC Department of Agriculture, Raleigh, North Carolina Agricultural Activities & More at the Got to Be NC Festival May 18-20 (5/10/2018) - With more than 100 tractors, North Carolina food and beverages, music, a carnival and kids activities, the Got to Be NC Festival promises to be a not-to-be-missed event at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in [...]
The FCAC gala will be held in this historic, Victorian home. Source: Franklin County Arts Council Franklin County Arts Council “Spring Gala Celebration” is May 19 (5/9/2018) - Raise funds in support of Franklin County arts by attending the Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Spring Gala Celebration on May 19, 2018, 5-8pm. This fundraiser is held at the historical Victorian home of Dudley [...]
A Downtown Live! summer concert. Source: City of Rocky Mount NC Rocky Mount “Downtown Live!” Series Returns with Fan Favorites and Familiar Faces (5/8/2018) - Downtown Live!, the summer concert series presented by PNC and hosted by the city of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, will be held on the Imperial Centre lawn beginning Thursday, May 24, 2018 with subsequent events every-other Thursday [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored - greyareanews.com Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — May 9-13, 2018 (5/7/2018) - 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 [...]
Winning poster design for Indigo Moon Film Festival 2018. Source: GroundSwell Pictures, Fayetteville NC. Indigo Moon Film Festival Poster Design Unveiled (5/7/2018) - Each year, the Indigo Moon Film Festival (IMFF) features one design on posters, t-shirts, film guide, and other materials. For IMFF 2018, a call for design entries went out to all colleges and Universities in the [...]
Two of the many labels released with this smoked sausage product recall. Source: USDA FSIS Yet Another Recall for Potential Hard Plastic Bits in Ground Meats (5/5/2018) - Already in 2018, hundreds of thousands of pounds of food have been recalled, and wasted, for contamination by extraneous materials. For each of these recalls, customers were warned against eating the products. Whether  thrown away, [...]
Audition for Spare The Rod, Spoil The Child are Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Source: Summerville Promotion and Production Company Durham NC “Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child” Play Auditions Are May 9 (5/4/2018) - Summerville Promotion and Production Company is conducting a local college and high school search in an effort to recruit students for 5 roles in our award-winning play coming to NC area. The play, Spare the Rod, [...]
A few of the ground beef labels released with the recall. Source: USDA FSIS Over 35K lbs of Ground Beef Products Recalled Due to Possible Hard Plastic Contamination (5/4/2018) - On May 2, 2018, JBS USA, Inc., a Lenoir, North Carolina establishment, is recalling approximately 35,464 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hard plastic, the US Department of [...]
Wisdom For Life fishing photo. Register Now for Wisdom For Life Fishing Derby on May 26 (5/4/2018) - On Saturday, May 26, 2018, First Fruits Farm will host the annual Wisdom For Life Fishing Derby. First Fruits Farm is located at 1550 East River Road, Louisburg NC. The derby begins at 9:30am, and wraps [...]
Farmer harvesting industrial hemp. Source: NC Industrial Hemp Association, ncindhemp.org. Hemp, Inc. Applauds Oklahoma for Becoming 37th State to Legalize Hemp (5/1/2018) - On April 30, 2018, Hemp, Inc. announced that the company applauds Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for signing legislation that will allow Oklahoma farmers to grow hemp. Gov. Fallin signed House Bill 2913 on April 23, 2018, which [...]
Scene from The Seasons by Richard Alston. Photo: Richard Termine New York Theatre Ballet Performing for One Night in Rocky Mount NC (5/1/2018) - One of the most inspiring and influential choreographers in dance is bringing his latest stage presentation to the Theatre at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences. John Alston’s “The Seasons” will be performed [...]
A blueberry mascot at the 2017 Blueberry Music Festival, held across a pasture, pond, and farm paths at Vollmer Farm, Bunn NC. Photo: Kay Whatley Summer Is Coming: A Good Time to Visit NC Agritourism Farms (5/1/2018) - Summer vacation is just around the corner. With more than 1,000 agritourism farms in North Carolina, it is easy to incorporate on-farm activities into your summer vacation plans whether it’s a quick daytrip or a [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored - greyareanews.com Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — May 2-6, 2018 (4/30/2018) - 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 [...]
Source: Town of Wendell, North Carolina. Wendell NC May-August Events Offer Sports, Music, History, and More (4/30/2018) - By Sherry L. Scoggins, Town of Wendell There’s something for everyone in Wendell, North Carolina this upcoming summer. Check out the broad range of events listed below. For updates, follow the town on Facebook or visit www.townofwendell.com. [...]
Farmer harvesting industrial hemp. Source: NC Industrial Hemp Association, ncindhemp.org. NC Industrial Hemp Commission’s Next Public Meeting Conference Call is May 3 (4/30/2018) - The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting via telephone conference call to review and approve research pilot program applications. The public may “attend” via phone or computer on Thursday, May 3, [...]
Mayor's Award sfor Commitment to Community were presented April 2018 in Knightdale, North Carolina. Source: Jonas Silver, Town of Knightdale Knightdale 2018 Mayor’s Awards for Commitment to Community (4/30/2018) - Mayor James Roberson recognized those in the Knightdale Community who have gone above and beyond the call of duty for their Town at the semiannual Mayor’s Awards for Commitment to Community. Councilor Jessica Day welcomed [...]
Business Happenings Eastern NC Business Events in May 2018 (4/30/2018) - 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 — [...]
Yadvi - A Journey Of A Dignified Princess poster Film with NC Ties Tells The True Story of A Princess in British India (4/27/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor A historical film based on a Franklin County, North Carolina woman’s royal family in India, is set for release in New York City and Los Angeles, California cinemas this year. Yadvi [...]