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Rocky Mount Event Center in-process. Source: City of Rocky Mount NC Rocky Mount Event Center Opening Soon, Spooktacular Oktoberfest Announced (10/20/2018) - Multi-use Sports And Events Facility Set To Open Next week With less than a month until opening, the SFM-managed Rocky Mount Event Center and City of Rocky Mount is preparing for an exciting grand opening [...]
One label from SK Food Group recall including North Carolina distribution. Source: USDA FSIS Dozens of Products, over 3 Million Pounds of Food, Recalled for Potential Salmonella and Listeria Contamination (10/20/2018) - A spate of product recalls issued this week cover approximately 3,176,715 pounds of food products spread across dozens of brands.  All are believed to be related to potentially-contaminated corn, tomatillos, onion, or unspecified vegetables. Distribution of [...]
The "Six Pack of Authors" will hold book signings in Louisburg and Zebulon NC. FCAC “Six Pack of Authors” Zebulon NC Book Signing is Nov. 4 (10/20/2018) - Six authors, all members of Franklin County Arts Council Writers’ Guild, will be selling and signing copies of their books at The Rusted Hinge Marketplace in downtown Zebulon Sunday, November 4, 2018, 2-4pm. The writers [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored -- greyareanews.com Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Oct. 19-21, 2018 (10/18/2018) - 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). While most listed events are free [...]
Louisburg NC quilt block locations map. Source: FCAC brochure for The Quilt Trails of the Tar and Roanoke Rivers Quilt Trail Town: Louisburg, North Carolina (10/17/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Quilt Trails showcasing patterns used in quilting are springing up across the United States. Painted wooden blocks depicting quilt styles are hung outdoors on barns, old buildings, and private locations — [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored - greyareanews.com Things to Do in NC When You’re Bored: Halloween/Fall Movie Showings (10/9/2018) - While these movies are not free — most have an entry fee of $5 or more — these are opportunities to watch spooky movies, or movies that aren’t normally available on the big screen. Near [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored - greyareanews.com Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Oct. 11-14, 2018 (10/8/2018) - 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). While most listed events are free [...]
Rocky Mount Event Center in-process. Source: City of Rocky Mount NC George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic to Headline at Rocky Mount Event Center’s Grand Opening (10/5/2018) - Years of planning and labor will be on display Thursday, October 25, 2018, when the city of Rocky Mount, North Carolina celebrates the grand opening of the Rocky Mount Event Center. Headlining the celebration will [...]
Don't Judge Me Fashion Show 2018 Don’t Judge Me Fashion Show Seeking Models (10/4/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor The Love One Another program is holding a fashion show in Wilson, North Carolina, and the Call for Models is open. Would you love to walk the runway? Now is the time [...]
One label in dozens released with the JBS Tolleson beef products recall. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service How Many Cows in 6.5 Million Pounds? Possible Salmonella Contamination Leads to Big Beef Recall (10/4/2018) - JBS Tolleson, Inc., a Tolleson, Ariz. establishment, is recalling approximately 6,500,966 pounds of various raw, non-intact beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced [...]
Donna Campbell Smith at a NC book signing. Self-Publishing Workshop Offered Oct. 27 (10/4/2018) - Are you frustrated with querying publishers and agents about your novel? Why not publish it yourself? Turn your bright ideas into books. Author Donna Campbell Smith will lead a self-publishing workshop on Saturday, October 27, [...]
One of the labels released with the Johnston County Hams recall in October 2018. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service 89K Pounds of NC Ham Products Recalled for Possible Listeria (10/3/2018) - Johnston County Hams, a Smithfield, North Carolina establishment, is recalling approximately 89,096 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced [...]
Business Happenings Eastern NC Business Events in October 2018 (10/3/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Area Chambers of Commerce, business groups, and local businesses/organizations hold educational events and provide free business training or networking opportunities. Events listed below may take place in the five-county area — [...]
Victorian era casket and handler with Wayne County Historical Society. Source: Thomas Bailey A Victorian Era Funeral, History, Food, and Facts: All in One Event (10/2/2018) - “Victorian Mourning Practices” Presentation and Social Scheduled for Oct. 27 Forget vampires and monsters. In advance of Halloween, immerse yourself in a real, unusual, and slightly creepy part of the Victorian Era by attending a [...]
AtWork Group Opens New Office in Knightdale, North Carolina (10/2/2018) - AtWork Group, a rapidly growing national staffing franchise announced today the opening of its new office in Knightdale, North Carolina, extending the company’s reach within the greater Raleigh, North Carolina area. The franchise location is owned and operated [...]
Rocky Mount Event Center Grand Opening flyer. Source: City of Rocky Mount NC Rocky Mount Event Center Grand Opening to Include Free Concert (10/1/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Rocky Mount Event Center’s Grand Opening celebration on Thursday, October 25, 2018, 4:30-8pm, is free and the public is invited. This special event will include three musical performances. Come and enjoy amazing [...]
Pumpkins, ornamental. Photo: Kay Whatley. October Fall-themed Events in Eastern NC (10/1/2018) - Below are some of the Eastern, North Carolina Fall events planned around the five county area and beyond. (Five Counties = Franklin, Johnston, Nash, Wake, and Wilson; beyond may include Edgecombe, Wayne, and others) Events [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored - greyareanews.com Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Oct. 4-7, 2018 (10/1/2018) - 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). While most listed events are free [...]
Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. logo. Source: PRNewsfoto/Harlem Globetrotters Harlem Globetrotters Set To Entertain Troops in Middle East (9/27/2018) - “Ambassadors of Goodwill” will visit troops in Middle East as part of Annual tour of US Military bases The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are set to embark on their annual tour of US overseas military bases with [...]
One small part of Moonlight in the Garden. . Source: JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University Magical Lighting Exhibition Illuminates NCSU Arboretum Nov. 6-17 (9/25/2018) - “Moonlight in the Garden” returns to JC Raulston Arboretum for a seven-night exhibition For seven nights in November, the magical lighting exhibition Moonlight in the Garden will illuminate and showcase JC Raulston Arboretum at North [...]
National Pumpkin Festival crowd in front of town hall, Spring Hope NC. Photo: Kay Whatley 2017 47th Annual Spring Hope Pumpkin Festival is Oct. 5-6 (9/24/2018) - The National Pumpkin Festival returns to Spring Hope, North Carolina for its 47th year. The annual festival will be held October 5-6, 2018 in downtown. Every year, this wonderful family event meshes the best of fall [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored -- greyareanews.com Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Sept. 28-30, 2018 (9/24/2018) - 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). While most listed events are free [...]
Spare The Rod, Spoil The Child play. Source: The Carolina Theatre of Durham (NC) Award-Winning gospel play “Spare The Rod, Spoil the Child” Coming to Durham NC on Sept. 29 (9/19/2018) - Tall One Outreach Ministries and Summerville Promotion & Production Co. present the Award- Winning  Gospel Stage Play “Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child” Part 2, written and produced by Dr. Mildred Summerville and directed by Trina [...]
Exterior of East Regional Library, Knightdale NC. Photo: Kay Whatley Upcoming Programs at East Regional Library (9/19/2018) - East Regional Library, located at 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale, North Carolina, offers events for all ages. See upcoming events in the below listing. Library hours are: Monday-Thursday  9am-9pm Friday  10am-6pm Saturday  10am-6pm Sunday  1pm-5 pm With [...]
Source: Maggie Bailey, Terra Vita / We Plant it Forward Terra Vita Stewards Holds Rain Barrel Workshop at Lake Crabtree Park (9/18/2018) - Make a 55 Gallon Rain Barrel. Set it up at home and start conserving water. On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 6:15-7:15pm, Terra Vita Stewards staff will be at Lake Crabtree County Park conducting a rain barrel [...]
FCAC Writer's Guild logo Writers’ Guild to Hold “Six Pack of Authors” Book Signing Social on Oct. 19 (9/17/2018) - On Friday, October 19, 2018, 6-8pm, the Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Writer’s Guild will hold a social event with a “Six Pack of Authors” — local authors with recently published books. Come and meet representatives [...]
"Lucy" at Splash Bark last year. Source: Best Friends Dog Park FB, Rocky Mount, North Carolina Rocky Mount NC (Updated): Sunset Park Splash Bark Event Canceled Due to Hurricane Florence (9/11/2018) - UPDATE:  A cancellation has been issued for this event. No new date has been announced, as yet. _____ Dog owners are invited for an afternoon of fun with their pets during the city of Rocky [...]
Life Changing Transplant Foundation mission. LCTF is based in Knightdale NC. Source: Gail Richburg Life Changing Transplant Foundation Annual 5k Run/Walk for Life Postponed Due to Hurricane (9/11/2018) - The Life Changing Transplant Foundation’s annual 5k Run/Walk for Life, scheduled for Knightdale Station Park on Saturday, September 15, 2018, has been postponed due to Hurricane Florence’s impending arrival. A new date will be announced in the [...]