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2018 Best of Show winner Polly Kopka of Hubert NC, Photo: DeRosset Gordon Winners Announced for NC’s Art & The Bloom Floral Design Exhibition (1/16/2018) - The Four-day Art & The Bloom Exhibition Concluded Sunday in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina Leading floral designers in North Carolina gathered in Wrightsville Beach to showcase their floral creations inspired by fine art. Judged by [...]
Photo: Jasmine Braswell Local Talent Showcased at the Share the Dream Talent Show (1/15/2018) - By Jacquie Jeffers, State Martin Luther King, Jr. Commissioner  The 10th-annual Share the Dream Talent Show was held on January 13, 2018, with local artists and performers sharing their talents with the crowd at the [...]
Artist Clina Polloni, originally from Chile, is based in North Carolina. Source: Donna Campbell Smith NC Local Artist Spotlight: Clina Polloni (1/15/2018) - By Donna Campbell Smith Clina Polloni is a contemporary artist born and raised in Chile. Her colorful oil paintings are inspired by her love for people, animals and nature, expressing her art through the canvas [...]
Wilson Reads 2018 is a Wilson County (NC) Public Library program. Library Kickoff for 2018 “Wilson Reads” is Jan. 20 (1/15/2018) - By Genevieve Baillie, Wilson County Wilson Reads 2018: Hidden Figures is scheduled to begin on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Wilson County Public Library with an author visit and activities.  Additional events are planned through the [...]
Snow falling on January 17, 2016 in Eastern NC. Photo: Kay Whatley North Carolina Prepares for Another Possible Round of Winter Weather (1/15/2018) - With the return of cold weather and the possibility of snow in the forecast for many parts of North Carolina, the state is making preparations and Governor Roy Cooper reminded residents that they should be [...]
Chef Vic Vegas Comes to Edenton NC Restaurant (1/15/2018) - Celebrity Chef Vic Vegas — known for appearances on the reality TV show Bar Rescue — has been named Executive Chef at The 51 House on the Edenton, North Carolina waterfront, owner Rose Tummarello has announced. Vegas played a lead role in the [...]
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 — Jan. 18-21, 2018 (1/14/2018) - 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 happenings, [...]
Economic Forum and Forecast slide highlighting Knightdale NC population increase. Source: Patrice Bayyan, Knightdale Chamber Economic Forecast Breakfast Highlights Positive Impact of Knightdale’s Continued Growth (1/11/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor On January 10, 2018, the Knightdale Chamber of Commerce held its annual Economic Forum & Forecast Breakfast presented by PSNC Energy at Knightdale Town Hall, 950 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale, North Carolina. Speakers provided an [...]
Eco-Products produces foodservice packaging made from renewable and recycled resources. Garbanzo's new plates are made from sugarcane. Source: Eco-Products Dinnerware That’s Good for Guests and the Planet  (1/11/2018) - Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh has partnered with Eco-Products to offer innovative dinnerware that does double duty, helping guests and the environment at the same time. With Garbanzo’s new dinnerware, guests can eat from the plate while [...]
Source: Wilson County Public Library, Wilson NC. January Wilson NC Library Programs Announced (1/10/2018) - Wilson County Public Library has a variety of upcoming programs offered to the public this January at the Main Library and Branches. For children, early literacy programs will continue at the Main Library every Wednesday [...]
Cooking On An Open Fire At The Tar River, NC by Clina Polloni. Source: FCAC Franklin County Arts Council Announces Artist of the Year (1/10/2018) - By Dawn Herrin The Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) has selected their Artist of the Year: Clina Polloni. Clina Polloni is a contemporary artist born in Chili. Her colorful oil paintings are inspired by her love [...]
Fossil Free U.S. Launches with Events on Jan. 31 (1/10/2018) - 350.org Launches Fossil Free US Campaign in Large-Scale Event the Day After the State of the Union The day after the State of the Union, 350.org will launch Fossil Free U.S. in an immediate rebuke of the [...]
DEQ Public Comment Period Open on Plan to Speed Up Coal Ash Cleanup (1/10/2018) -  The NC Department of Environmental Quality wants public feedback on a plan to speed up the closure of coal ash ponds at three facilities near Charlotte. On January 9, 2018, the department announced that it [...]
TreeFest 2018 Trees and Grasses List. Source: New Hanover County, North Carolina Wilmington NC: TreeFest Offer Tree Seedlings And Native Grasses (1/10/2018) - TreeFest, an annual distribution of tree seedlings, will be held Friday, January 19, 2018 and Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10am-5pm, or until trees run out. TreeFest will be inside Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Drive, Wilmington NC, [...]
NC MLK Commission Announces Grant Recipients (1/10/2018) - On January 9, 2018, the MLK Commission announced today the winners of its 2018 grants to promote leadership and nonviolence education for young adults. Out of 24 applicants, six non-profit organizations were selected to receive a total [...]
Regal Entertainment Group-4DX logo. Source: PRNewsfoto/Regal Entertainment Group New DC Cinema with 4DX: You Must Be Tall Enough To Ride (1/7/2018) - Groundbreaking Immersive Movie Experience Now Open Regal Entertainment Group, a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating one of the largest theatre circuits in the United States, announces that Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 will be the [...]
Franklin County Arts Council Up Front Gallery is in Franklinton NC. Writers-Photographers 2018 Kick-off Meeting is Jan. 8 (1/7/2018) - The Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) hosts a Writer’s Guild and a Photography Guild, providing local authors and artists with regular meetings, networking, and opportunities to collaborate. On Monday, January 8, 2018, starting at 7pm, [...]
Spring 2018 Film Festivals in Eastern NC Join The Audience Or Submit A Film for Spring 2018 Film Festivals (1/6/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Film festivals planned for 2018 in Eastern North Carolina are listed below. Dates and locations are included for those who wish to attend and be part of the audience. For festivals [...]
John Young on the Moon, with the Lunar Module and Lunar Rover in the background. Credit: NASA RIP, NASA Astronaut John Young (1/6/2018) - NASA Remembers Agency’s Most Experienced Astronaut The following is a statement from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on the passing of John Young, who died Friday night, January 5, 2018, following complications from pneumonia at [...]
Night to Shine logo. Source: The Tim Tebow Foundation Night to Shine Events Planned Across North Carolina, Nation (1/5/2018) - Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. The event will take place simultaneously at locations around the world on February [...]
NC Office of State Fire Marshal logo NC Gains New Fire Investigations Unit (1/4/2018) - North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey — who also serves as the State Fire Marshal — announced on January 2, 2018 the department has established a Fire Investigations Unit to assist the state’s fire service [...]
Business Happenings 2018 Eastern NC Business Events in Jan. 2018 (1/4/2018) - **Due to the snow received in Eastern NC January 3-4, 2018, note that events immediately following may be canceled. Check with organizers directly regarding weather issues.** By Kay Whatley, Editor Area Chambers of Commerce, business [...]
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 — Jan. 4-7, 2018 (1/4/2018) - 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 happenings, [...]
At Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, a Great Blue Heron surveys the area. Photo Credit: Jackie Orsulak US Fish and Wildlife Service Offers Birding Festivals Year-round (1/3/2018) - By Vanessa Kauffman, FWS.gov National wildlife refuges are home to more than 700 species of birds. More than 200 national wildlife refuges were established especially to protect, manage and restore habitat for migratory birds. So [...]
Five of the many biscuit labels under this recall. Source: US FDA Multiple Brands of Frozen Biscuit Dough Recalled (1/2/2018) - T. Marzetti Company Voluntarily Recalls Various Brands Due to Potential Listeria Contamination As a precautionary measure, T. Marzetti Company issued a voluntarily recall on December 29, 2017, for “Best By” dates of the following products because they may [...]
Martin Luther King Jr NYWTS by Dick DeMarsico, World Telegram staff photographer, Library of Congress, New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. Source: Wikipedia.org. MLK Jr. Day of Service Opportunities and Events (1/2/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Start the new year helping your community and neighbors. Volunteer for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 15, 2018. Some North Carolina opportunities are listed below, [...]
Wendell Community Center. Source: Town of Wendell, North Carolina Wendell NC Free Family Movie on Jan. 13, 2018 (12/30/2017) - Resolving to spend more time with your loved ones in 2018? Want to get out and do more? Looking for an inexpensive night out with the kids? The Town of Wendell’s free Family Movie Night [...]
Blounts Creek Saved from Flooding with Mine Wastewater by Court Order (12/29/2017) - North Carolina Court Vacates State Permit By Kathleen Sullivan (SELC), Heather Deck (Sound Rivers) and Todd Miller (NC Coastal Federation) A state court late yesterday (December 28, 2017) vacated or annulled a state permit that would have [...]