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Jaki Shelton Green at the 2014 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Photo: Jan Hensley (via nclhof.org) NC’s Ninth Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green, Appointed (6/21/2018) - On June 21, 2018, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that poet, teacher, and community arts advocate Jaki Shelton Green will serve as the state’s ninth poet laureate. Green is the first African American and [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored - greyareanews.com Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — June 21-24, 2018 (6/20/2018) - 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 [...]
Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescues three boaters after their vessel capsized June 19, 2018. Source: US Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Savannah Coast Guard Rescues Boaters after Vessel Capsizes near St. Catherines Island (6/19/2018) - The Coast Guard rescued three boaters Tuesday after their vessel capsized near St. Catherines Island, Georgia. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Charleston received a call from a good Samaritan at 12:45pm stating while flying his plane he saw a capsized vessel with [...]
Source: North Carolina National Guard North Carolina National Guard Members Recalled from US Border (6/19/2018) - On June 19, 2018, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper shared the following statement about North Carolina National Guard members: “The cruel policy of tearing children away from their parents requires a strong response, and I [...]
Oversized Hutch. Source: Barbara Green, Preservation Rocky Mount “Architectural Salvage Sale” in Rocky Mount June 15-17 (6/10/2018) - This weekend, Preservation Rocky Mount is opening up a warehouse full of architectural salvage to the public, in their biggest sale of the year. The three-day sale is June 15-17, 2018 at 910 Falls Road, Rocky Mount, North Carolina. [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored - greyareanews.com Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — June 6-10, 2018 (6/5/2018) - 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 [...]
Teachers at Glenn’s 2017, Powered and Pumped Up workshop, develop skills to execute NASA’s content. Credits: NASA NASA Glenn Selects After-school Programs for “Powered and Pumped Up” Challenge (6/4/2018) - NASA’s Glenn Research Center recently selected 13 after-school programs to implement science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content using NASA’s Engineering Design Challenge: Powered and Pumped Up. The organizations were selected from competitive proposals involving [...]
Several Zebulon Farm Fresh Market vendors and an inflatable at a May 2018 market event. Photo: Kay Whatley Zebulon Farm Fresh Market to Hold Health and Fitness Day (6/2/2018) - On Saturday, June 9, 2018, 9am-1pm, during the Zebulon Farm Fresh Market, stop by for special events aimed toward health and healthy activities. This date is a Family Health and Fitness Day, including: Free health [...]
Business Happenings Eastern NC Business Events in June 2018 (6/1/2018) - 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 — [...]
A photo from the inaugural Goat Yoga session at the Denver County Fair. Source: denvercountyfair.org The Strange-ness: Attempt to Set Guinness World Record for Goat Yoga (5/31/2018) - As part of the 2018 Denver County Fair in Denver, Colorado, the Goat Yoga Session will include an “official attempt” at the world record for largest Goat Yoga session. This second-annual Goat Yoga session will begin July [...]
Franklin County Arts Council is based in Franklinton, North Carolina. Grand Opening of The New Franklin County Arts Council Art Gallery is Jun. 15 (5/31/2018) - Starting June 1, 2018, the Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) will have a new address —  118 B North Main Street, Louisburg, North Carolina — and will hold a grand opening on Friday, June 15, [...]
Labels released with Hormel recall May 2018. Source: USDA FSIS SPAM, Luncheon Loaf, Recalled for Potential Metal Bits (5/30/2018) - Hormel Foods Corporation Recalls Canned Pork and Chicken Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination Hormel Food Corp., a Fremont, NE establishment, is recalling approximately 228,614 pounds of canned pork and chicken products that may [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored - greyareanews.com Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — May 30-June 3, 2018 (5/30/2018) - 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 [...]
Source: City of Rocky Mount NC Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation to Host Inaugural Camping Event (5/29/2018) - The city of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department will host a Family Campout beginning Friday, June 8, 2018 at 5pm, and continuing overnight until Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 10am. Join the fun at the [...]
East Regional Library re-opened in April 2018 with fresh new look and space for computers, books, and events. Photo: Kay Whatley East Regional Library Summer Offerings (5/29/2018) - After six months of library updates, East Regional Library re-opened in April and is ramped up and planning summer reading and public events. East Regional Library is located at 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale, North Carolina. [...]
Source: Rhine Research Center, Durham NC. Rhine “Mysterious Short Story Contest” Returns for Second Year (5/28/2018) - Entries Being Accepted June 1 to August 10, 2018 Writers and experiencers from around the world are invited to submit their adventures in precognition, telepathic fantasies, or poltergeist incidents for the chance to win cash or [...]
In early 2017, the Western United States experienced rain and flooding from a series of storms flowing to America on multiple streams of moist air, each individually known as an atmospheric river. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Climate Change May Lead to Bigger Atmospheric Rivers (5/27/2018) - A new NASA-led study shows that climate change is likely to intensify extreme weather events known as atmospheric rivers across most of the globe by the end of this century, while slightly reducing their number. [...]
Seven Turns, the new book by NC author Kim Beall. NC Author Kim Beall Releases New Book, Seven Turns (5/26/2018) - By Donna Campbell Smith Seven Turns by Kim Beall is the story of recently divorced Callaghan McCarthy whose income from her best-selling book, a ghost story, is running out. So, has her inspiration for writing. [...]
The Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, Rocky Mount NC. It is located on the former sites of the Imperial Tobacco Company and old city library. Source: imperialcentre.org. Imperial Centre Offering Summer Yoga, Arts and More (5/26/2018) - By Tracy Grosner, Imperial Centre Arts Education Manager Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, located at 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, has a full schedule of summer classes, workshops, drop-in programs, and more to [...]
IndoJax Visually Impaired Surf Camp, Courtesy of Jesse Stephenson Special Needs Summer Camp — “If I can surf, I can do anything” (5/26/2018) - IndoJax Surf Charities is building self-esteem and confidence in children with special needs “If I can surf, I can do anything,” is the axiom of IndoJax Surf Charities, entering its eleventh year of teaching disadvantaged, [...]
Hemp shampoo, one of many products made possible with industrial hemp. Photo: Kay Whatley. NC Industrial Hemp Commission Next Public Meeting is Jun. 7 at State Fairgrounds (5/26/2018) - The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission will meet to review and approve research pilot program applications and to consider the permanent rules draft, part 2. This public meeting is Thursday, June 7, 2018, starting at [...]
Homesteading may include raising chickens to supply the family with fresh eggs. Source: Steven E Davis NC Author Releases Homesteading Book (5/23/2018) - A new book, Keep Calm And Homestead: A Guide to Modern Day Homesteading, by NC-based author Steven E Davis has been released this month. Designed to show how homesteading techniques may be applied from apartment [...]
Source: Jonas Silver, Town of Knightdale NC Knightdale NC Awarded $1Million Grant for Soccer Complex (5/22/2018) - The Wake County Board of Commissioners awarded the Town of Knightdale a $1 million grant for the development of a soccer complex on May 21, 2018. The proceeds from the Hospitality Tax Small Projects Capital [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored - greyareanews.com Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — May 23-27, 2018 (5/21/2018) - 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 [...]
Franklin County NC Writers Guild has published its fourth-annual County Lines: A Literary Journal. Call to Writers and Artists for Sixth Edition of “County Lines: A Literary Journal” (5/19/2018) - By Donna Campbell Smith County Lines Literary Journal is an annual publication compiled by the Franklin County Arts Council Writers’ Guild. They are calling for entries of prose and poetry and art for their sixth edition [...]
Lawn Chair Theatre 2018 kickoff. Source: City of Rocky Mount NC Family-friendly Movie Nights in Rocky Mount NC (Updated) (5/18/2018) - Family-friendly, free movie nights are starting again in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Lawn Chair Theatre, presented by PNC and hosted by the city of Rocky Mount and the Rocky Mount Rotary Club, will begin May [...]
Source: US Library of Congress Library of Congress Honors Colorado and Michigan Libraries for Service to Blind Readers (5/17/2018) - The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress will honor two of its cooperating libraries for their outstanding service in 2017 to readers who are visually or [...]
FCAC Writer's Guild logo “Carolina Prize in Writing” Contest: Accepting Submissions from Writers of All Ages (5/17/2018) - By Donna Campbell Smith The Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Writers’ Guild is sponsoring its third-annual FCAC Writers’ Guild Carolina Prize in Writing contest.  The contest is open writers of any age and location for [...]