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Poetry Reading 2018 flyer. Source: Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield NC Library to Hold Poetry Reading and Recognize 2018 Poetry Contest Winners (7/19/2018) - The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield, North Carolina invites the public to a special Poetry Reading, during which winners of the library’s 2018 Poetry Contests will receive their awards. The Poetry Reading will [...]
Letter: Governor Cooper to President Trump: Tariffs Harming NC Farmers and Manufacturers (page 1 of 2). Source: NC Office of the Governor Governor to President: Tariffs Are Harming NC Farmers and Manufacturers (7/19/2018) - North Carolina Governor Urges End to Trade War Hurting NC Economy On July 19, 2018, in a letter to the President of the United States, Governor Roy Cooper described the damage being done to North [...]
Source: GroundSwell Pictures, Inc., Fayetteville NC GroundSwell Pictures to Use Arts Council Grant to Support Film Festival (7/19/2018) - GroundSwell Pictures has received a grant in the amount of $6,400 from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, North Carolina in support of Indigo Moon Film Festival 2018. Indigo Moon is an annual film festival [...]
Vendor Opportunities -- The Grey Area News Fall Vendor Opportunities in Eastern NC (7/18/2018) - Sell your wares, pass out information on your services, or otherwise participate as a vendor at Fall events. Vendor opportunities are coming up at NC Fall events. Participate for a day or for a season. Check [...]
Murder We Write image, Source: Sisters in Crime Triad Chapter, Greensboro, NC. “Killing for Fun and Profit” Special Program Offered by NC Writers’ Group (7/18/2018) - Mystery writer and Southern humorist Cathy Pickens will be the featured speaker at an Archdale, North Carolina lunch event hosted by Murder We Write (MWW), the Triad NC chapter of national writers’ organization Sisters in [...]
Marriott International is phasing out plastic straws in favor of alternative straws when requested. Source: PRNewsfoto/Marriott International, Inc. Marriott International Latest to Announce End to Plastic Straws (7/18/2018) - Marriott International on July 18, 2018 announced that it has adopted a plan to remove disposable plastic straws and plastic stirrers from its more than 6,500 properties across 30 brands around the world. Once fully [...]
Recall of Frozen Hawaiian Poke Kits Affects ALDI Hendersonville NC, Other States (7/18/2018) - ALDI Voluntarily Recalls AnnaSea Hawaiian Poke Kits Due to Storage at Incorrect Temperature in Area Store(s) Hawaiian “Poke” is a raw fish salad — served/eaten without cooking the fish. The Hawaiian Poke Kits, which are [...]
Farmer harvesting industrial hemp. Source: NC Industrial Hemp Association, NC Industrial Hemp Commission’s Next Public Meeting-by-Conference Call is July 27 (7/17/2018) - The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission is holding its next public meeting via telephone conference call. The public may “attend” via phone or computer on Tuesday, July 27, 2018, starting at 10am (Eastern/local time). This meeting agenda includes [...]
Mischievous Misty: Stories From The Wool Family Farm (Volume 1) book cover, published 2018. Source: Local Author to Sign Children’s Book at Selma Historical Museum (7/16/2018) - Evelyn Wool of Selma, NC will read and sign copies of her new children’s book, Mischievous Misty, at the Selma Historical Museum’s “Sweet Tea and Spicy Talk” on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, starting at 11am and ending [...]
Histsoric Bath NC Pirates in the Port. NC. Source: Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Pirate Life and NC History Covered During Historic Bath’s “Pirates in the Port” Weekend (7/16/2018) - From Stede Bonnet to Blackbeard himself, people have long been fascinated with pirates, which are part of North Carolina history. Who were they? Where did they live? What did they wear? How did they become [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored (summer) - Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — July 18-22, 2018 (7/16/2018) - 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 [...]
Students with their Dream Coat Ministries backpacks and DCM volunteers. Photo: Kay Whatley (2017) Knightdale Back-to-School Backpack Drive Seeking Sponsors (7/15/2018) - Going back to school should be a time of excitement. New classroom, new teachers, new books, new supplies. For many children, though, it isn’t. The increase in back-to-school costs has a direct impact on children living in [...]
Nash County Sheriff's Office Hot Dogs for Kids event in Middlesex NC (November 2016). Photo: Kay Whatley Nash County Sheriff’s Office to Give Away Book Bags, Serve Free Hot Dogs, at Back-to-School Event (7/13/2018) - The Nash County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) will be hosting a Back-To-School-Book-Bag-Giveaway alongside one of their “Hot Dogs for Kids” events on August 11, 2018, from 11am to 1pm. The book bag giveaway and free hot [...]
Crafts and Movie July 28, 2018 flyer. Source: Braswell Memorial Library, Rocky Mount, North Carolina Free Movies and Unique Film Events Coming Up in Eastern NC (7/12/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Taking the kids to a movie makes for a fun time. Thanks to area towns and Parks and Recreation Departments, free movies are available — often with free popcorn and water [...]
Source: NJ Department of Agriculture Longhorned tick found in Polk County, North Carolina (7/12/2018) - A new species of tick has found its way to North Carolina. Recent tick surveys sent to the US Department of Agriculture found the Longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) on an opossum in Polk County. The [...]
Zebulon Community Library (Wake County Public Libraries) booth at the Zebulon Farm Fresh Market. Source: Cindy Brookshire ZFFM Literacy Day Done, More Fun Market Themes Planned (7/11/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor On Saturday, July 7, 2018, The Zebulon Farm Fresh Market (ZFFM) held a Literacy Day at the Market with special vendors including the Wake County Public Libraries (Zebulon Community Library), Comic [...]
Cape Fear Museum After Dark is July 19, 2018. Cape Fear Museum Hosts After Dark Event in July (7/10/2018) - Cape Fear Museum of History and Science presents Museum After Dark, a memorable summer museum experience engaging visitors to share and connect over a common interest – food. Taste, experiment and learn at this interactive event [...]
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be performed at the Imperial Centre July 20-22, 2018 Summer Youth Production to Hold Weekend Play (7/9/2018) - The Summer Youth Production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will take place July 20-22, 2018 at The Theatre at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount, North [...]
One of several vegetable trays identified with the US FDA Del Monte recall and outbreak. Del Monte Vegetable Trays Recalled, Related to Outbreak of Illness (7/9/2018) - Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (“Del Monte Fresh”) in mid-June 2018 announced the voluntary recall of a limited quantity of 6 oz., 12 oz., and 28 oz. vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery [...]
Wahine Classic longboard competition. Photo: Ed Potter Three Banner Surf Events Return to North Carolina in August (7/9/2018) - Named one of the “ten best little surf towns in America” by Coastal Living magazine, Wrightsville Beach will host three headline surf events in a span of two-weeks in August 2018. Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic [...]
Source: Jessica Loeper, New Hanover County (NC) NC County Opens Its Food Waste Composting Program to The Public (7/2/2018) - New Hanover County, North Carolina’s Food Waste Composting Program is now fully operational and open to the public, after over a year of pilot testing the composting system. This new program diverts food waste from [...]
Source: North Carolina Forest Service North Carolina Forest Service Seedling Sales Begin July 2 (6/29/2018) - The North Carolina Forest Service Nursery Program will be accepting orders for seedlings on July 2, 2018. A variety of native trees are available. The NCFS produces about 16 million quality seedlings for nearly 50 [...]
NC fishing is free July 4; no license required. Source: Melissa McGaw/NCWRC No License Required on July 4: Free Fishing Day in North Carolina (6/29/2018) - On July 4, 2018, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) invites anglers and would-be anglers of all ages to go fishing — for free. From 12am (midnight) until 11:59pm on Wednesday, everyone in North [...]
Source: Ellen Queen, Franklin County Arts Council Third Friday with The Artist Event to Feature Louise Asaraf (6/29/2018) - Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) announces the next “3rd Friday with The Artist” event will be  July 20, 2018, 6-8pm. The featured artist is Louise Asaraf. Louise Asaraf grew up on Long Island, New York and now lives [...]
Source: NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Celebrate Independence Day at North Carolina Historic Sites (6/29/2018) - There are many ways to celebrate the Fourth of July, but none more authentic than at a state historic site that played a role in the march to independence for the American colony. Roanoke Island, [...]
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Study Shows Most People Are Spreading Dangerous Bacteria Around the Kitchen (6/28/2018) - A new study, conducted in North Carolina by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that when it comes to hand-washing before meals, consumers are failing to properly clean their hands 97% of the time. [...]
Business Happenings Eastern NC Business Events in July 2018 (6/28/2018) - 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 — [...]
Public Input Requested by Rocky Mount on City’s New Brand (6/27/2018) - The city of Rocky Mount will soon implement a new brand and a new tagline. Residents and travelers may have already noticed the logo, with the letters RM in blue and encased in a circle, [...]