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Murder We Write image, Source: Sisters in Crime Triad Chapter, Greensboro, NC. Writers Group “Sisters in Crime” Celebrating Anniversary with Public Event (8/18/2017) - By Mary “Angie” Harmon, Sisters in Crime Triad Chapter – Murder We Write All readers and writers are invited to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Sisters in Crime (SinC) writing group and the 14th Birthday of its Triad [...]
Eastern Triangle Farm Tour 2017 poster. Source: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Experience Local, Sustainable Farms on Eastern Triangle Farm Tour (8/18/2017) - By Katie Hume, carolinafarmstewards.org The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Weaver Street Market Host the 11th Annual Tour Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24, 2017, 1-5pm on both days. The Eastern Triangle Farm Tour brings families, foodies and [...]
Martin Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Photo: Kay Whatley 2017 NC Board of Agriculture to Meet on Aug. 23 (8/15/2017) - By Tina Hlabse, NCDA&CS The North Carolina Board of Agriculture will hold its quarterly meeting Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at 2pm in the Martin Building at the NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh [...]
The Three Mile Island facility near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Source: EPA.gov Residents Near PA Nuclear Power Plants to Receive Free Potassium Iodide (8/14/2017) - Wolf Administration to Distribute to Pennsylvanians Near the State’s Five Nuclear Power Plants As part of its annual distribution to replace expired potassium iodide, or KI tablets, the Department of Health will offer free tablets [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored - greyareanews.com Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — August 16-20 (8/14/2017) - 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 [...]
Hand in Mine Backpack & Basketball Skills Camp Offers Challenges, School Supplies (8/13/2017) - A new nonprofit organization, Hand in Mine, is holding a unique event where teen participants work through physical training activities before receiving a backpack filled with school supplies for the coming school year. The motivational speaker [...]
Study: Boosting Soil’s Sponge-Like Qualities Would Help Farmers, Communities Combat Floods and Droughts (8/12/2017) - Adopting No-Till Farming, Cover Crops and Perennials Among Other Practices Could Increase Soil’s Ability to Retain Water, Cut Storm Runoff by 15% By Elliott Negin, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) Farming practices that keep soil covered [...]
Roanoke, Virginia Area Chemical Spill Causes Mass Fish Kill (8/11/2017) - UPDATE: The Virginia  Department of Environmental Quality has released updated mass mortality event numbers. As of August 7, 2017, the Tinker Creek fish kill — caused by the Termix 5301 chemical spill — exceeded 40,000 fish. [...]
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft onboard, launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on June 3, 2017. Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls NASA TV to Air Launch of Upcoming Space Station Resupply Mission (8/10/2017) - By Tabatha Thompson (NASA HQ) and Amber Philman / Amanda Griffin (Kennedy Space Center); Edited by Karen Northon ASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting its 12th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch [...]
Wendell Public Works Wendell NC “Hometown Heroes” Recognized (8/10/2017) - Universal Chevrolet Honors Wendell Fire and Public Works Department Employees By Lee Spitznagel, Universal Chevrolet Wendell Fire Department and Public Works employees were treated to a meal this past Wednesday. As part of Universal Chevrolet’s commitment [...]
6 year old Imaginormous Winner, Giselle Decker, enjoying her unicorns at Dylan's Candy Bar. Source: PRNewsfoto/Roald Dahl Literary Estate. Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge Announces Lucky Golden Ticket Winners (8/10/2017) - For the first time since Charlie Bucket won the prize of a lifetime, Penguin Young Readers, along with some of Mr. Wonka’s most trusted advisors, has chosen five children from across the United States to become the [...]
School supply drive kit for collection points. Source: Office of the Governor, Raleigh NC. NC Governor’s School Supply Drive Begins in Response to Lack of Teacher Funding in Budget (8/10/2017) - On August 8, 2017,  the office of Governor Roy Cooper announced kickoff of the “Governor Cooper’s School Supply Drive” to help address unmet classroom needs in North Carolina public schools. On average, teachers spend about $500 [...]
Rehabilitation Home Incarceration home page Lawsuit Seeks to End Freedom-Fee Payments to Private Company After Bail (8/10/2017) - Thousands of Dollars Extorted from Pretrial Detainees After Bail Was Paid People awaiting trial before a Baton Rouge, Louisiana criminal court were coerced into paying hundreds of dollars to a company before they were released [...]
Willowdale events logo. Source: Wayne County Museum, Goldsboro NC. Wayne County Museum Offers Unique Cemetery Play (8/8/2017) - The Wayne County Museum presents, Willowdale: Passed Meets Present, a unique play based around inhabitants of a local cemetery. This original play, put on by the Wayne County Historical Association (WCHA) and the Wayne County [...]
Activity at K-Fest 2016. Source: Town of Knightdale NC. Knightdale K-Fest is Sept. 9 (8/8/2017) - Knightdale K-Fest is coming Saturday, September 9, 2017, with activities covering a mix of education, wellness, and entertainment. The Annual K-Fest — Knightdale Education Festival — draws together families, nonprofits, arts opportunities, and live entertainment [...]
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 — August 9-13 (8/7/2017) - 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 [...]
NC Sees First 2017 Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis Case (8/6/2017) - State Vet Encourages Equine Owners to Vaccinate Animals By Dr. Mike Neault, NCDA&CS Veterinary Division A 16-year-old paint horse in Cabarrus County, North Carolina has died after contracting Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE). EEE is a mosquito-borne [...]
Watermelon bursting. Source: Zebulon Farm Fresh Market, Zebulon NC Watermelon Day at Zebulon Farm Fresh Market Offers Contests, Giveaway (8/6/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor The Zebulon Farm Fresh Market (ZFFM) plans special days alongside its regular market vendors. On Saturday, August 12, 2017, head to the market for Watermelon day. Join contests, pick up local goodies, [...]
Victory for Clean Water and Communities in Coal Ash Lawsuit Against TVA (8/4/2017) - Judge Orders TVA to Excavate and Move Its Coal Ash from Leaking, Unlined Pit By Beth Alexander and Claudine McElwain, Southern Environmental Law Center On August 4, 2017, a Federal Court in Nashville Tennessee ruled against [...]
Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet. Source: Office of the Governor, Raleigh NC, 2016 NC’s Hatteras, Ocracoke to Open for Business at Noon Aug. 4 (8/3/2017) - The evening of August 3, 2017, Governor Roy Cooper announced that visitors may return to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands when evacuation orders lift at noon on August 4, 2017, following the restoration of power. “Residents [...]
US map with state of Missouri highlighted. Source: The Grey Area News NAACP Issues Travel Advisory for the State of Missouri (8/3/2017) - On August 3, 2017, the NAACP issued a Travel Advisory for the state of Missouri, effective through August 28, 2017, which calls for African American travelers, visitors and Missourians to pay special attention and exercise [...]
Downtown Farmville, North Carolina. Source: The Farmville Group Farmville NC Investors Plan Shark Tank Interviews Day (8/3/2017) - By Bert Smith and Jamin Dixon, The Farmville Group Farmville Sharks are hungry to bring innovative and entrepreneurial retail ideas to their downtown business area. The “Sharks” — seven local business people interested in helping [...]
Research scientist Dr. Rebecca Bishop, left, and design engineer Steve Bielat of The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California, test a sensor set to fly on the joint American and Brazilian SPORT Cubesat mission to study disruptive phenomena in Earth's upper atmosphere Credits: The Aerospace Corporation Joint NASA-Brazil SPORT CubeSat Mission Planned (8/3/2017) - Mission Will Unlock Complex Equatorial Phenomena, Lay Groundwork for Better Space Weather Prediction By Molly Porter, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama NASA and a team of Brazilian space researchers have announced a joint CubeSat mission [...]
Rain Barrel workshop photo 2016. Source: We Plant It Forward. We Plant It Forward Offering Rain Barrel Workshops Aug. 8 (8/3/2017) - By Maggie Bailey, We Plant it Forward Make a rain barrel. Conserve water. Come to the next We Plant It Forward rain barrel workshop. On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, the first workshop begins at 5:30pm, with a [...]
Helen P. Gay Rocky Mount Historic Train Station, Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Photo: Frank Whatley. Jobs, Transportation Event in Rocky Mount on Aug. 4 (8/3/2017) - By Meaghan Lynch (Butterfield) and Nicole Meister (Trogdon) Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) will host “Jobs First: Building for Our Future” in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on Friday, August 4, 2017, starting at 10am. North Carolina [...]
First NC Hemp Product Now Processing in Spring Hope NC Facility (8/3/2017) - On August 2, 2017, Hemp, Inc. announced that after 3-1/2 years, millions of dollars spent on purchasing, disassembling, transporting, reassembling, rebuilding, refurbishing, beta testing and debugging, the largest multipurpose industrial hemp processing facility in the [...]
This hibernating little brown bat shows signs of white-nose syndrome. Credit: Alan Hicks, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Public domain. Deadly Fungus Affecting Hibernating Bats Could Spread During Summer (8/3/2017) - The cold-loving fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans, or Pd) that causes white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed millions of North American bats during hibernation, could also spread in summer months. Bats and humans visiting contaminated caves and [...]
Statewide Industrial Hemp Field Day 2017 flyer. Source: NCDA&CS Registration Open for Inaugural Industrial Hemp Field Day on Aug. 16 (8/2/2017) - Space Limited to First 85 Registrants The North Carolina Cooperative Extension is holding the first Statewide Industrial Hemp Field Day. This new event is scheduled for August 16, 2017, 5-7:30pm, at the Piedmont Research Station, 8350 Sherrills [...]
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