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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 [...]
Source: Edgecombe County Veterans' Military Museum, Tarboro NC. Tarboro NC Museum Statement on Relocation (3/20/2018) - On March 20, 2018, the Board of Directors of the Edgecombe County Veterans’ Military Museum (E.C.V.M.M.) issued this statement regarding the move from the museum’s Tarboro, North Carolina building. Concerning E.C.V.M.M. and Moving Forward Please let [...]
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 [...]
A drone image of the Amundsen with scientists deployed onto the sea ice. Credit: David G. Barber. Arctic Sea Ice Becoming A Spring Hazard for North Atlantic Ships (3/19/2018) - More Arctic sea ice is entering the North Atlantic Ocean than before, making it increasingly dangerous for ships to navigate those waters in late spring, according to new research. The new research finds ocean passages [...]
Volunteer of the Year - Edgecombe Co. Michael's Angels Girls Club. Photo: Robin Cox, City of Rocky Mount NC Keep America Beautiful Recognizes Local Organizations (3/19/2018) - Keep America Beautiful (KAB) of Nash and Edgecombe counties continually strives to educate and encourage citizens and groups to assist with cleanup efforts in Rocky Mount and the surrounding area. In recognition of those efforts, [...]
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 [...]
Essay Contest theme "Your Vote Counts". Source: Rockin' Democracy in Brunswick County, North Carolina Essay Contest Asks NC Students to Write Why “Your Vote Counts” (3/18/2018) -  By Kay Whatley, Editor North Carolina high school and college students are invited to submit essays for the “Your Vote Counts” essay contest. The contest winners will have the opportunity to read or recite their [...]
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 [...]
Husqvarna's robotic mower, Automower, features Amazon Alexa integration, starting September 1, 2018. Source: PRNewsfoto/Husqvarna The Strange-ness: “Just ask Alexa!” to Mow The Lawn (3/15/2018) - Husqvarna robotic mowers will be compatible with the cloud-based voice service Alexa On March 15, 2018, at a press event in Aycliffe, United Kingdom, Husqvarna demonstrated the functions of “Just ask Alexa” and future Amazon Alexa [...]
Source: City Of Rocky Mount NC. Rocky Mount Assistant City Manager Resigns to Accept Wilmington Position (3/15/2018) - Thomas M. Moton, Jr., assistant city manager for Rocky Mount, North Carolina, has resigned after over three years of service to accept a similar position in Wilmington NC. Moton joined the city of Rocky Mount [...]
Zoohackathon logo. Source: Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Zoohackathon 2018 Dates Announced (3/15/2018) - “Coding to End Wildlife Trafficking” The Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) in partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) will host the third annual global [...]
Stephen Hawking NASA 50th NASA Honors Legacy of Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (3/14/2018) - On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, the following statement was released by acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on the passing of visionary physicist Stephen Hawking. Hawking died at his Cambridge, England home early Wednesday morning. “Today, 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 [...]
Hug Huddle artist Stuart Semple. Source: DPAC Artist Plans “Hug Huddle” Art Event in London and Denver (3/13/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Do you feel like you could use a hug? How about a hug that connects people across the globe? On Monday, March 26, 2018, British artist Stuart Semple is inviting the public [...]
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: [...]
New Report Finds War on Drugs a Key Factor in Colorado’s Growing Prison Population (3/12/2018) - State Prison Budget Is Nearing $1 Billion for First Time in History There were more than twice as many felony drug filings in Colorado last year compared to 2012, and three out of four were for simple [...]
Snow falling on January 17, 2016 in Eastern NC. Photo: Kay Whatley Winter Weather Impacts Much of NC, Not Expected to Linger (3/12/2018) - Much of North Carolina is feeling the effects of the latest winter storm, and North Carolinians should follow forecasts closely as snowfall spreads across the state, Governor Roy Cooper cautioned today. “Be prepared for heavy [...]
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 [...]
The Strange-ness -- The Grey Area News -- US UFO Sightings by US State: February 2018 (3/12/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Across the United States each year, thousands of unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings are reported. UFO reports cover close encounters of various types, range from blinking lights in the sky to [...]