Special features, along with special online media. Special newspaper features include The Strange-ness, Shades of Grey, Editorials, History, Chuckles, Puzzles, and more.

The Grey Area News reporter in Shades of Grey Shades of Grey: Food Prep (1/18/2018) - Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices people make, but [...]
Internet Archive offers free e-books, media, and more at archive.org. Internet Archive Offers Free Books, Old-time Movies (1/16/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor If you’re not familiar with the free, online Internet Archive, give it a visit at archive.org. Whether you like to read, watch old films, or just learn new things, you’ll find there’s [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Let’s Talk About Geniuses (1/15/2018) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD “There is no genius without a touch of madness”  Aristotle  Indeed, all very creative people do behave oddly. Often defined as weird, we even use in describing them other more pedestrian [...]
Puzzles on greyareanews.com Puzzles Page:  January 12, 2018 (1/12/2018) - Click the link below to download this week’s puzzles. 2018 January 12 — online puzzles PDF — from The Grey Area News site, greyareanews.com Answer to the Cryptogram posted on next week’s puzzle page.  
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: The False Promise of Going on A Diet (1/10/2018) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD I have mentioned the subject before but is needs repeating — If one of your resolutions in the new year is to go into a diet, please don’t. Studies and observations at [...]
Book cover for “America’s Greatest Library: An Illustrated History of the Library of Congress” by John Y. Cole. Source: US Library of Congress New Book Celebrates the History of the Library of Congress (1/7/2018) - Library’s First Historian Publishes Illustrated History of Oldest Federal Cultural Institution A new book from Library of Congress Historian John Y. Cole, America’s Greatest Library: An Illustrated History of the Library of Congress, tells the [...]
Tahka hand warmer in use with SmartPhone. Source: Mina Mais, KickStarter The Strange-ness: Redesigned Hand Warmer is Muff for SmartPhone Users (1/5/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Photographs of a SmartPhone-protective hand warmer continues to be shared on social media years after its KickStarter campaign ended. Although the product was not funded, it’s unique look continues to draw [...]
Puzzles on greyareanews.com Puzzles Page:  January 5, 2018 (1/5/2018) - Click the link below to download this week’s puzzles. 2018 January 5 — online puzzles PDF — from The Grey Area News site, greyareanews.com Answer to the Cryptogram posted on next week’s puzzle page.  
An altar constructed of salt in the Wieliczka salt mines. Source: US Central Intelligence Agency library. The Strange-ness: Speleotherapy (1/2/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor There is a salt-mine-based respiratory therapy called Speleotherapy. The therapy basically involves breathing while inside a salt cave or salt mine. The salty, dry air retards the growth of bacteria, and salt [...]
The Grey Area News reporter in Shades of Grey Shades of Grey: Overcharged (1/1/2018) - Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices [...]
Chuckle of the Issue: Unorthodox Doctor (12/29/2017) - A woman went to a medical office where she was seen by one of the new doctors. After about 4 minutes in the examination room, she burst out, screaming as she ran down the hall. An older doctor [...]
Puzzles on greyareanews.com Puzzles Page:  December 29, 2017 (12/29/2017) - Click the link below to download this week’s puzzles. 2017 December 29 — online puzzles PDF — from The Grey Area News site, greyareanews.com Answer to the Cryptogram posted on next week’s puzzle page.  
Source: Town of Wendell, North Carolina. Job Opening: Town of Wendell Hiring for Public Works Dept. (12/28/2017) - The Town of Wendell is seeking candidates to perform the duties of a “Public Works Specialist I” for the new year. Wendell is seeking a qualified person to perform a variety of unskilled and semi-skilled [...]
Editorial: Talking ‘bout Resolutions 2018 (12/25/2017) - By Kay Whatley We are about to reach 2018. It’s approaching second by second. What do you want to be different in the new year? Okay, your answer is probably “A lot of things!”  Let me [...]
Puzzles on greyareanews.com Puzzles Page:  December 22, 2017 (12/22/2017) - Click the link below to download this week’s puzzles. 2017 December 22 — online puzzles PDF — from The Grey Area News site, greyareanews.com Answer to the Cryptogram posted on next week’s puzzle page.
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: The Tragedy of Humankind — In Place of A Christmas Carol (12/21/2017) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD We humans are amazing, awe-inspiring creatures —  as justifiably declared by Sophocles, one of the ancient Greek “Shakespeares.” We are not only intelligent, contemplative, curious, and able to use symbolism and [...]
7-ElevenNOW logo SLURPEE Delivery? 7-Eleven Tests Mobile App (12/20/2017) - New Smartphone App Enables Dallas Consumers to Order Products On-demand for Delivery or Pick-up On December 13, 2017, 7‑Eleven, Inc. is testing on-demand ordering for delivery or in-store pickup at select Dallas stores with its new [...]
Puzzles on greyareanews.com Puzzles Page:  December 15, 2017 (12/15/2017) - Click the link below to download this week’s puzzles. 2017 December 15 — online puzzles PDF — from The Grey Area News site, greyareanews.com. Answer to the Cryptogram posted on next week’s puzzle page.  
Gene Autry with Engine No. 12 at Tweetsie. Source: Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock NC. A Little Bit of History: Here Comes Santa Claus (12/14/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor You hear it on the radio throughout the holiday season, in stores while you shop for gifts, and blaring from parade floats. The song, “Here Comes Santa Claus” started with a [...]
A chicken pho served at Pho Super 9, Raleigh NC. Note that the hot pepper oil was brought on request and not part of regular service. What To Know About Pho (12/13/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor For those of you unfamiliar with pho, yet curious about it due to the increase in pho restaurant signs, here’s a little bit of background on this tasty, hot soup. At [...]
Chuckle of the Issue: Mouse Logic (12/9/2017) - A mother mouse and her baby mouse are walking through a corn field one day, when a cat suddenly jumps at them from among the stalks. The mother mouse goes, “BARK!” and the cat runs [...]
The Grey Area News reporter in Shades of Grey Shades of Grey: Raising Litterbugs (12/9/2017) - Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices people make, but [...]
Puzzles on greyareanews.com Puzzles Page:  December 8, 2017 (12/8/2017) - Click the link below to download this week’s puzzles. 2017 December 8 — online puzzles PDF — from The Grey Area News site, greyareanews.com. Answer to the Cryptogram posted on next week’s puzzle page.  
Black olives brownies. Source: PRNewsfoto/Olives from Spain The Strange-ness: Olives in Holiday Desserts? (12/5/2017) - The holiday season draws people together, often over food.  This year, rather than using carrots, apples, or chocolate in holiday goodies, try switching it up with recipes that include olives.  Yes, olives. Olives from Spain have introduced [...]
Oak Ridge Farms' David Duong serving bacon samples at the Zebulon Pop-up Vendor Market, December 2, 2017. Photo: Kay Whatley Bacon From My Childhood (12/2/2017) - By Kay Whatley I remember when I was a child, on Sunday mornings my mother would make breakfast of pancakes or french toast, eggs, and bacon. That bacon from decades ago had a robust taste [...]
Puzzles on greyareanews.com Puzzles Page:  December 1, 2017 (12/1/2017) - Click the link below to download this week’s puzzles. 2017 December 1 — online puzzles PDF — from The Grey Area News site, greyareanews.com. Answer to the Cryptogram posted on next week’s puzzle page.  
Chuckle of the Issue: Fish Try (12/1/2017) - John had an awful day fishing on the lake. He sat in the blazing sun all day without catching any fish. On his way home, he stopped at the fish market and ordered four catfish. He told [...]
Dr. Nicholas Pediaditakis, founder of Alkyonis Mental Health Center, Raleigh NC. Dr. Nicholas’ Corner: Humanity Racing for Our Own Survival (11/27/2017) - By Nicholas Pediaditakis, MD As problems are accumulating of our own making, humans are pushing rapidly towards a number of possible catastrophes like:  a World War III — complete with atomic bombs and biological weapons, [...]