State news from all of North Carolina.

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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
NC Governor Signs Executive Order Lifting Service Restrictions for Fuel Transport (12/28/2017) - In anticipation of coming cold weather, Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order on Thursday, December 28, 2017 to help maintain the supply of home heating fuels like propane across North Carolina. “Freezing temperatures could [...]
Source: North Carolina State Parks, ncparks.gov. Start The Year Connecting with Nature — First Day Hikes (12/26/2017) - North Carolina State Parks Offer Hiking, Special Events, to Herald New Year A North Carolina New Year’s tradition of family adventure, exercise and reconnection with nature continues in 2018 with First Day Hikes in North [...]
New Hanover County NC seal New Hanover County Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors (12/18/2017) - On December 14, 2017, New Hanover County took a crucial step and filed a lawsuit against several of the country’s drug manufacturers and distributors. The lawsuit holds five of the largest manufacturers of prescription opioids [...]
Farmer harvesting industrial hemp. Source: NC Industrial Hemp Association, ncindhemp.org. NC Industrial Hemp Commission Public Meeting by Conference Call is Dec. 14 (12/7/2017) - The next meeting of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission has been announced.  The Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting via telephone conference call. On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the meeting will begin online [...]
Food Business logo. Source: NCDA&CS Registration Open for NCDA&CS 2018 Food Business Conference (12/5/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Today the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) announced that registration is open for their sixth-annual Food Business Conference. The Conference will be held in Durham NC on February [...]
Snow falling on January 17, 2016 in Eastern NC. Photo: Kay Whatley Winter Weather Preparedness Week is Dec. 3-9 (12/4/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor In North Carolina, December 3-9, 2017 has been declared Winter Weather Preparedness Week (see the Governor’s Declaration (PDF). All North Carolinians are urged to make a plan, prepare for outages/damage, and get ready [...]
Old Fashioned Christmas returns to Taylorsville NC December 15-16, 2017. Taylorsville NC’s Old Fashioned Christmas Returns Dec. 15-16 (12/4/2017) - The third-annual Old Fashioned Christmas festivities return to Taylorsville, North Carolina December 15-16, 2017. On December 15, 2017, enjoy: Ice Skating Carriage Rides Polar Express Train Rides On December 16, 2017, the Old Fashioned Christmas runs 10am to [...]
Centers Open to Help Storm Survivors in NC Mountain Communities (11/28/2017) - Disaster Recovery Centers will open this week to help Caldwell and Wilkes county residents who were affected by storms that struck in late October. The two centers join the already announced Disaster Loan Outreach Center [...]
NC Receives $92 Million in Volkswagen Settlement, Invites Public Ideas for Its Use (11/28/2017) - NC Governor Names DEQ as Lead Agency to Develop Plan to Invest Settlement; Deadline for Public Comment is Dec. 31 North Carolinians with ideas about how to use $92 million from a court settlement to [...]
2017 NC Holiday Flotilla People's Choice Award winner. Photo: Beth W. Hedgepeth Flotilla Winners Draw Attention to Pet Adoption (11/27/2017) - Thanksgiving week, known as flotilla week in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, launched the holiday season with two long-running traditions, the 34th-annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla, including a massive 20-minute Zambelli Fireworks display, and the 13th-annual [...]
FCAC Writers Guild logo Franklin County NC Literary Journal Reception is Nov. 30 (11/25/2017) - The public is invited to a launch party and reception on November 30, 2017, 7pm, at the Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Headquarters, 22 S Main Street, Franklinton, North Carolina. Come celebrate the 2017 County Lines Literary Journal [...]
Hurricane flooding. Source: North Carolina Department of Public Safety. NC Gov. Announces More Home Repair Funds Coming for Hurricane Matthew Survivors (11/20/2017) - North Carolinians Urged to Sign Up for Appointments Starting November 21, Visit Application Centers Beginning November 30 Hurricane Matthew survivors whose homes were damaged by the storm can apply for additional financial help starting later [...]
North Carolina Agritourism Farms Offer Holiday Attractions (11/18/2017) - Annie Baggett, NCDA&CS Whether you are looking to cut your own Christmas tree, or take a sleigh ride with Santa, North Carolina farms offer an abundance of options for family fun this holiday season. “Agritourism farms [...]
Petrics, World’s First Smart Pet Bed and Pet Health Ecosystem, is based in Wilmington, North Carolina Wilmington-based Petrics to Hold Kick-off Event on Nov. 30 (11/14/2017) - Pet healthcare technology company Petrics will launch a crowd-funding campaign featuring their new smart pet bed with integrated climate control and pet activity tracker. This system is the first of it’s kind and the beginning [...]
Full Scale Productions Jewish American Soldiers film Invitation. Source: PRNewsfoto/Full Scale Productions Jewish WWII Veterans Film to Debut on Veterans Day Weekend (11/9/2017) - Full Scale Productions will premiere its documentary Jewish American Soldiers: Stories from World War II on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, to coincide with the Veterans Day holiday weekend. The documentary, produced in conjunction [...]
Example Soil Sample Form. Source: NCDA&CS, Raleigh NC. Soil Testing Fees Go into Effect Dec. 1 (11/8/2017) - Sample and Submit Now to Avoid Fees By David Hardy, NCDA&CS Fall is not only a great time of year for football, pumpkin spice, and changing leaves, it is also an excellent time to take [...]
Enroll via www.healthcare.gov by December 15, 2017 North Carolinians without Health Insurance Encouraged to Enroll Before Dec. 15 (11/8/2017) - Governor Roy Cooper is encouraging North Carolinians who do not have health insurance coverage to enroll for 2018 through the Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov. The Marketplace is a way for people to find health [...]
MLK Jr. Commission grant application 2017. Source: State of North Carolina State of NC Accepting Applications for Martin Luther King, Jr. Grants (11/7/2017) - Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 NC Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Grants. Jacquie Jeffers, State of North Carolina Martin Luther King, Jr. Commissioner for Region 4, is encouraging organizations to apply for funding to [...]
Start of the 2017 Surf to Sound Challenge. Photo: Peter Newman, Aerial Images ILM Surf to Sound Challenge Results for 2017 (11/6/2017) - Canadian Larry Cain and USA’s April Zilg Repeat Victories Following a deceptively perfect launch with ideal weather and sea conditions, the second-half of the 7thaannual Surf to Sound Challenge turned brutal with headwinds of 15-20 [...]
Map from NC Dept of Health and Human Services factsheet. NC to Distribute 40,000 Doses of Life-Saving Naloxone to Fight Opioid Epidemic (11/3/2017) - North Carolina is making nearly 40,000 more units of life-saving medication available to help fight the opioid epidemic, the Governor announced today. The state has purchased the additional naloxone, which can reverse opioid overdose, to [...]