State news from all of North Carolina.

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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
North Carolina K-3 Reading Teachers to Each Receive $200 for Supplies (3/8/2018) - State Superintendent Mark Johnson Announces “Read to Achieve” Funds for K-3 Teachers On March 8, 2018, the NC State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Mark Johnson, announced that the Department of Public Instruction is making almost $5 [...]
Source: Town of Knightdale, NC. Knightdale Makes “Safest Cities in North Carolina 2018” List (3/7/2018) - In February, the National Council for Home Safety and Security (NCHSS) released their rankings of the safest cities in North Carolina. Knightdale made that list coming in at number 13. With low violent and property [...]
Farmers Markets give local producers a place to sell what they grow. Photo: Kay Whatley Funding Available for NC Farmers Market Advertising (3/2/2018) - North Carolina farmers markets can expand their advertising budgets through of a new cooperative grant being offered by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. As part of the grant, the department will pay [...]
GE Aviation Adding 146 New Jobs in Western North Carolina (3/1/2018) - Expansion in Buncombe and Ashe Counties Brings an Investment of More than $100 Million GE Aviation, a global manufacturer of aircraft engines and components, will create 146 full-time jobs over four years at its facilities [...]
A tagged speckled trout. The thin yellow band extending out from its abdomen is the tag. Source: Stephen Mehan, NC Department of Environmental Quality Fishermen Win Big in Tagging Program Drawing (3/1/2018) - Fifteen lucky fishermen won $100 each in a recent North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries’ Multi-Species Tagging Program yearly drawing. Information gathered from tag returns allows researchers to determine species migration patterns, mortality, population structure [...]
NC Public Schools report released for 2016-17. NC Public Schools Report Details Crimes, Suspensions, Punishments in 2016-17 (2/28/2018) - Dropout Rate Up Slightly North Carolina public schools reported fewer overall incidences of crime and violence during the 2016-17 school year from the previous year, continuing a long-term decline in numbers of offenses, according to [...]
Source: NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Grant Funding Available for NC Agritourism Farms (2/27/2018) - Application Deadline is March 9, 2018 at 5pm North Carolina farms that welcome visitors can take advantage of the 2018 Agritourism Marketing Cost-Share Grant available through the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Said [...]
Music In The Mill logo. Source: Natalie Stachon, Carolina Moon Hospitality The Lone Bellow Performs at Music in The Mill on Apr. 13 (2/27/2018) - The Music In The Mill series welcomes The Lone Bellow on April 13, 2018. The ticketed performance will take place at The Crossings at Hollar Mill, 883 Highland Avenue SE, Hickory, North Carolina. It’s been six [...]
Public Invited to Sign Book of Condolences for Rev. Billy Graham at NC State Capitol (2/23/2018) - North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has ordered a Book of Condolences to be placed at the State Capitol for members of the public to sign in remembrance of Reverend Billy Graham. The book rests on [...]
Farmer harvesting industrial hemp. Source: NC Industrial Hemp Association, NC Industrial Hemp Commission Next Public Meeting (Conference Call/Online) is Mar. 6 (2/23/2018) - North Carolina’s Industrial Hemp Commission has scheduled its next public meeting. As with previous meetings, the public may join via telephone conference call or online meeting link. The purpose of this Tuesday, March 6, 2018 [...]
NC Receives Federal Approval for I-285 Construction (2/15/2018) - North Carolina is getting a new interstate, Governor Roy Cooper announced Thursday. The Federal Highway Administration has approved Interstate 285 for the 23-mile stretch of US 52 between I-40 in Winston-Salem and I-85 in Lexington. [...]
An example sexual assault kit. Many kits go untested for months or years, leaving victims waiting and potentially allowing offenders to escape detection. Source: End The Backlog. Joyful Heart Foundation New PSA Draws Attention to Rape Kit Backlog (2/13/2018) - On February 13, 2018, the Joyful Heart Foundation today released Shelved, a public service announcement (PSA) highlighting the backlog of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits languishing in law enforcement storage facilities across the United [...]
Farmers Markets give local producers a place to sell what they grow. Photo: Kay Whatley NC Ag Workshop for Farmers Market Managers is Mar. 8 (2/9/2018) - The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) will host a workshop for farmers market managers. Titled “A Successful Season 2018 – Growing Your Farmers Market,” the event is an excellent way for market [...]
NC Governor Cooper Launches “Hometown Strong” to Support Rural Communities. Source: NC Office of the Governor YouTube. NC Governor Launches “Hometown Strong” to Support The State’s Rural Communities (2/2/2018) - On February 1, 2018, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Hometown Strong, a new initiative “to partner with local governments to support local economies, improve infrastructure, and strengthen rural communities.” “Small communities like the one [...]
Credit: North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition NC: 10,000th Drug Overdoses Reversed Through Community Naloxone Distribution (1/29/2018) - On January 29, 2018, the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC), a statewide nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of people impacted by drug use, received a report of its 10,000th community-based drug overdose reversal [...]
NC Author with her new book, Thinking Out Loud. Source: Donna Campbell Smith NC Author Jackie Dove-Miller Releases New Book, “Thinking Out Loud” (1/26/2018) - By Donna Campbell Smith Thinking Out Loud. is a Jackie Dove-Miller collection of prose and poetry that speaks about some hard issues including sexuality, racism and prejudice. Her bittersweet words are tempered with humor and [...]
One of the meatball labels released with the recall. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Beef Meatballs Recalled for Possible Contamination (1/24/2018) - Rich Products Corporation, a Vineland, New Jersey establishment, is recalling approximately 3,420 pounds of beef meatball products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced [...]
Why Is The Foster Care Crisis Growing in A Booming Economy? (1/24/2018) - An Interview with Economist Dr. Michael Walden of NCSU By Robert B. Butler The North Carolina economy is back. The state’s unemployment rate has fallen to a 17-year low, and the nation’s stock markets have [...]
Farmer harvesting industrial hemp. Source: NC Industrial Hemp Association, NC Industrial Hemp Commission Next Public Meeting is Jan. 25 (1/17/2018) - 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 Thursday, January 25, 2018, beginning at 9:30am. Access to [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]