State news from all of North Carolina.

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 [...]
Franklin County NC Writers Guild has published its fourth-annual County Lines: A Literary Journal. Call to Writers and Artists for Sixth Edition of “County Lines: A Literary Journal” (5/19/2018) - By Donna Campbell Smith County Lines Literary Journal is an annual publication compiled by the Franklin County Arts Council Writers’ Guild. They are calling for entries of prose and poetry and art for their sixth edition [...]
FCAC Writer's Guild logo “Carolina Prize in Writing” Contest: Accepting Submissions from Writers of All Ages (5/17/2018) - By Donna Campbell Smith The Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Writers’ Guild is sponsoring its third-annual FCAC Writers’ Guild Carolina Prize in Writing contest.  The contest is open writers of any age and location for [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
US Coast Guard Sector North Carolina logo Coast Guard Reports Short Interruption in NC Offshore Radio Communications (5/4/2018) - On Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 9:32pm, US Coast Guard Sector North Carolina reported a loss of radio communication capability. By Friday, May 4, 2018, at 4am, communication was restored. For a short time overnight, the Coast [...]
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 [...]
Frame To Table 2018. Source: GroundSwell Pictures, Inc. “Frame To Table” Event A Tasty Mix of Food and Film (4/27/2018) - GroundSwell Pictures is pleased to announce the second-annual “Frame To Table” fundraiser, scheduled for May 4, 2018, starting at 7pm, in SkyView on Hay, Fayetteville, North Carolina. Frame to Table is a culinary trip around the [...]
“Train the Trainer” Ag Workshops Offered for Local Government and Nonprofit Staff (4/24/2018) - The North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund will hold five workshops across the state for local government and nonprofit staff involved in protecting their communities’ agricultural lands and administering their local Voluntary [...]
Fresh-picked Strawberries. Photo: Vollmer Farm, Bunn NC. North Carolina Strawberry Picking Time Is Around The Corner (4/20/2018) - Strawberry growers in Eastern North Carolina are beginning to harvest this year’s crop, and growers in the rest of the state expect to begin in the next few weeks. North Carolina is the third-largest producer [...]
NC School Funding Increase Recommended in Budget (4/20/2018) - Governor Cooper Details Recommendations for Safer Schools, More Nurses & Counselors, More Funding for School Resource Officers Ahead of the release of his short session budget, Governor Roy Cooper on April 19, 2018 shared his [...]
This older cat is shown in an Eastern NC shelter. It was adopted. Photo: Kay Whatley. NC Annual Public Animal Shelter Report Shows High Cat Euthanasia Rates (4/13/2018) - According to the 2017 report released by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) this month, public animal shelters across North Carolina euthanized over 24,000 dogs and over 54,000 cats during 2017. NCDA&CS’s [...]
2018 Free Family Fishing Fiesta / Día de Pesca Familiar. Source: NC Wildlife NC Wildlife and NC Parks Invite All to Free Family Fishing Fiesta (4/9/2018) - On Saturday, April 21, 2018, pack up the family and head to Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, in Pittsboro, North Carolina for the Free Family Fishing Fiesta! / ¡Día de Pesca Familiar! from 10am to [...]
State Record Bluefin Tuna, 877 lbs, Caught by Scott Chambers (kneeling left) off NC Oregon Inlet on March 17, 2018. Source: NC DEQ New North Carolina Record Set with Bluefin Tuna Caught Off Oregon Inlet (4/9/2018) - The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record bluefin tuna. Retired Army General Scott Chambers of Townsend, Delaware, reeled in the 877-pound fish March 17, 2018, after fighting with the fish [...]
Take your dog to the 2018 SPCA Dog Walk and Woofstock and help them break the Guinness World Record for dogs wearing bandanas. Source: SPCA of Wake County, Raleigh NC You, Your Dog and a Bandana: Come and Help SPCA Wake in World Record Attempt (4/9/2018) - Waste Industries, SPCA of Wake County Attempt to Break Guinness World Record for Largest Gathering of Dogs Wearing Bandanas Animal lovers are invited to join Waste Industries and the SPCA of Wake County to make [...]
Dan River power plant, Duke Energy, Helicopter coal ash flyover. Photo credit: Sanjay Suchak. Citizen Groups Voice Concerns as NC DEQ Tries Hasty Weakening of Coal Ash Rules (4/4/2018) - Citizen groups from across the state on April 4, 2018 submitted comments objecting to parts of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s proposed coal ash rules that would undercut the rights of North Carolina [...]
A member of the fish tagging team preparing to tag and release a fish. Source: Stephen Mehan, NC Department of Environmental Quality NC Div. of Marine Fisheries Schedules Training for Fish Taggers (4/4/2018) - The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries will hold two workshops this month to train current and prospective taggers in the proper methods of tagging fish. Division researchers use fish tagging to study the migration, [...]
The book, Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton, is being adapted into a feature film, with filming in NC. Source: Amazon/RandomHouse Wilmington and High Point Projects Receive North Carolina Film Grants (4/3/2018) - Two projects have been awarded North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grants to support productions in Wilmington and the High Point area. The awardees include the feature film Words on Bathroom Walls, an adaptation of an acclaimed [...]
Uncle Al's Kepler Starwheel Statewide Star Party Is Apr. 20-21, 2018 (4/3/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Looking through a telescope, searching for constellations, and seeking other planets can be a source of amazement for humans of all ages. Evenings when my husband set-up his telescope in the [...]
First NC Jr. Chef Competition Cook-Off Announces Finalist Teams (4/2/2018) - High school students from across North Carolina are throwing their chef’s hats into the ring to spice up school lunch. Eight finalist teams from Career and Technical Education food, nutrition, and culinary arts programs will [...]
Prior-year concert at Airlie Gardens. Source: New Hanover County Airlie Gardens 2018 Concert Series Line-up Announced (4/2/2018) - Airlie Gardens has unveiled its slate of musical performers for the 2018 Summer Concert Series. The concert season will kick off Friday, May 18, 2018 with reggae from Signal Fire, and then resume its traditional [...]
Use caution when burning yard debris. Source: North Carolina Forest Service, Raleigh NC Spring Cleaning: Use Caution Burning Yard Debris (4/2/2018) - Wildfire Risk Typically Higher through May Burning Debris Is The No. 1 Cause of Wildfires The North Carolina Forest Service is urging residents across the state to think safety and exercise caution during the spring [...]
Status of Women, NC highlighted. Source: Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Washington DC Status of Women in US Fact Sheet Gives North Carolina C-grade (3/31/2018) - On March 28, 2018, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) released fact sheets on the economic status of women in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Ranked at 31st in the nation, [...]
US Department of Agriculture and National Institute of Food and Agriculture logos. Two NC Nonprofits Receive Food Safety Modernization Act Awards (3/31/2018) - On March 28, 2018, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced awards to provide food safety education for producers and processors affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act. Two North Carolina nonprofits [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]