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The Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, Rocky Mount NC. It is located on the former sites of the Imperial Tobacco Company and old city library. Source: imperialcentre.org. Chess Superstar to Play Exhibition Matches at Imperial Centre (9/19/2017) - By Tameka Kenan-Norman, City of Rocky Mount NC Jude Acers, US World chessmaster and former North Carolina resident, will show off the skill that put him in the record books by playing simultaneous games of chess at [...]
Big crowd for the Raleigh Greek Festival, held September 8-10, 2017, Raleigh NC. Photo: Kay Whatley Things We Did: Raleigh Greek Festival 2017 (9/10/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor On September 8, 2017, my sister, daughter, and I returned to the Raleigh Greek Festival for the second year in a row.  The festival was in its 36th year of bringing [...]
Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre, Henderson NC, double feature sign for September 7-10, 2017. Photo: Kay Whatley Movie Review: “It” at the Drive-in (9/10/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor The It movie trailer made this 2017 movie look scary. Seeing the film, I thought It was medium-scary. It was so creepy, though, that It made my skin crawl. Seeing it at [...]
Wake Forest CROP Hunger Walk to Raise Funds for Tri-Area Ministry (9/10/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor The 2017 Wake Forest CROP Hunger Walk is Sunday, September 24, 2017, beginning with sign-in at 2pm. Walkers are signing up for the Wake Forest NC walk now via this event page. [...]
Source: Center for Constitutional Rights Civil Liberties Groups Release First Report on Ag-Gag Laws (9/7/2017) - By Jen Nessel, ccrjustice.org On September 6, 2017, the Center for Constitutional Rights and Defending Rights & Dissent released a comprehensive report on state ag-gag laws, which prohibit whistleblowing and undercover investigations in animal agriculture. [...]
National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA - logo. Source: PRNewsFoto/NASA. NASA to Honor Legacy of Famed “Hidden Figures” Mathematician Katherine Johnson (9/7/2017) - US Senator Mark Warner, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and author Margot Lee-Shetterly are among the dignitaries honoring Katherine Johnson, former NASA employee and central character of the book and movie Hidden Figures, on September 22, 2017, 1pm, at NASA’s Langley Research Center [...]
Source: National Hurricane Center, NOAA NC Waives Motor Vehicle Regulations to Help Farmers Prep for Hurricane Irma (9/7/2017) - By Heather Overton, NCDA&CS PIO On September 7, 2017, North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler released the following statement regarding Governor Roy Cooper’s issuance of Executive Orders 20 and 21 in preparation for Hurricane Irma: [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored - greyareanews.com Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Sept 7-10 (9/6/2017) - 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). Piedmont and [...]
Source: Runner1616 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons. North Carolina Full of Fall Film Festivals (9/2/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Each year, North Carolina is host to dozens of film festivals from coast to mountains. Festivals coming up in Fall 2017 — actually, starting with a festival September 16, about 6 [...]
Varee restaurant in Wilson NC. Photo: Kay Whatley Things We Did: Restaurant Review of Varee in Wilson NC (9/2/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor A few weeks ago, I came across a Thai restaurant online. Varee Asian Cafe and Bakery was just a little ways up the road in Wilson, North Carolina, so I went [...]
Source: National Nurses United Nurses Condemn Police Assault on Utah Hospital RN for Advocating for an Unconscious Patient (9/2/2017) - National Nurses United today criticized the actions of Salt Lake City police officers for assaulting and arresting a University of Utah registered nurse for advocating for an unconscious patient in late July. In a press [...]
Photo: Frank and Kay Whatley Eastern NC Halloween Attractions and Farm Fun (9/2/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor These attractions and farm activities are ordered by town name. Ticket information and 2017 pricing may be found by following links, which are provided for attractions. Blowing Rock — Ghost Train [...]
The Grey Area News Fall Activities List Fall 2017 Festivals and Halloween Happenings in Eastern NC (9/1/2017) - Fall celebrations are here, and Halloween is coming. Across North Carolina, festivals and seasonal happenings offer a mix of daytime fun and nighttime scares. Eastern NC Fall happenings are listed below, along with applicable websites and [...]
Source: Braswell Memorial Library, Rocky Mount NC Rocky Mount NC Library Offerings for Fall 2017 (8/31/2017) - Braswell Memorial Library, located at 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount NC, offers programs for adults and teens alongside SCORE programs for business. Check out the programs scheduled for Fall 2017. The library is online at braswell-library.libguides.com. Programs for [...]
Elms Festival poster. Source: Town of Elm City Elms Festival Accepting Vendors, Car Show Entries (8/31/2017) - By Dena Owens, Town of Elm City NC Get ready for the annual Elms Festival and Car Show in Elm City, North Carolina. This year, the festival is Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10am-4pm. This family-friendly event [...]
Business Happenings Five-County Area Chamber/Business Events in Sept. 2017 (8/31/2017) - 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 [...]
Source: Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge, Windsor NC (US Fish and Wildlife Service) National Hunting and Fishing Day to Be Held in Windsor NC (8/30/2017) - The Roanoke/Cashie River Center (RCRC), US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge, and the Town of Windsor are joining together in presenting a Wildlife Hunting, Fishing, and Recreation Celebration Day on September [...]
Photo from FCAC Writers Retreat. Source: Jackie Dove-Miller Franklin County Arts Council Writer Guild to Hold Fall Retreat (8/30/2017) - By Donna Campbell Smith, Franklin County Arts Council Franklin County Arts Council’s Writer’s Guild looks forward to their Fall Writers Day Retreat on November 18, 2017. The retreat will be held at Rolling View Community building, [...]
Domino's Pizza and Ford Motor Co. are launching an industry-first collaboration to understand the role that self-driving vehicles can play in pizza delivery. Source: Ford Domino’s® and Ford Researching Pizza Delivery with Self-Driving Vehicles (8/29/2017) - Domino’s Pizza and Ford Motor Co. are launching an industry-first collaboration to understand the role that self-driving vehicles can play in pizza delivery. As part of the testing, researchers from both companies will investigate customer reactions to interacting [...]
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 — Aug 31-Sept 3 (8/29/2017) - 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). Piedmont and [...]
The Embers will perform for the town Bicentennial. Source: Stantonsburg Police Department NC. Town Of Stantonsburg NC Bicentennial Celebration on Sept. 16 (8/28/2017) - The Stantonsburg Bicentennial Festival is scheduled for September 15-16, 2017, starting at 10am, with activities continuing through 5pm. This family-oriented event will be held at the Town Park, located at Macon Avenue and Main Street, in Stantonsburg, North Carolina. [...]
Outdoor music event at Wendell Falls. Source: Sherry L. Scoggins, Town of Wendell NC Wendell Community Events Planned for Autumn and Winter (8/28/2017) - By Sherry L. Scoggins, Town of Wendell Our Small Town with Big Charm is a hub of activity with community events from now until the end of 2017! Wendell United Methodist Church’s Community Day (Saturday, September 9, [...]
East RegionalLibrary in Knightdale NC. Photo Source: WakeGOV. East Regional Library September 2017 Programs and Events (8/26/2017) - East Regional Library, located at 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale NC, is offering events covering music, arts, archeology, Tai Chi, story times, slime, and more during the month of September. With questions, or to register for an [...]
Example Soil Sample Form. Source: NCDA&CS, Raleigh NC. NC Ag: Consider Soil Testing Now for Fescue Fertilizer Recommendations (8/26/2017) - By Jagathi Kamalakanthan, NCDA&CS Agronomic Services Division Fescue is a popular cool-season grass that is grown in many parts of the state, with major growth happening between September and June. For this reason, fertilizer applications, [...]
Source: Edgecombe County Veterans' Military Museum, Tarboro NC. Edgecombe County Veterans’ Military Museum to Hold Yard Sale (8/25/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor The Tarboro-based Edgecombe County Veterans’ Military Museum (ECVMM) is holding a yard sale on Saturday, September 16, 2017, 7am-noon. Alongside the yard sale tables, there will be a food truck and [...]
Equine Infectious Anemia found in North Carolina Mule (8/25/2017) - On August 25, 2017, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) Veterinary Division reported that a 14-year-old female mule in Johnston County had contracted equine infectious anemia (EIA). The disease was discovered through [...]
Hemp Oil photo source NCDA&CS. NC Industrial Hemp Commission to Meet Aug. 30 (8/25/2017) - The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting via telephone conference call to review and approve research pilot program applications. The meeting is Wednesday, August 30, 2017, starting at 8am. The meeting will [...]
People lined up for food at the 2016 IFMF in Wendell. Photo: Kay Whatley Wendell NC: International Food and Music Festival is Sept. 16 (8/24/2017) - The International Food and Music Festival will be held in Wendell, North Carolina on Saturday, September 16, 2017, 11am-5pm. This marks the fifteenth year that Saint Eugene Catholic Church has presented this festival to the [...]