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US HHS Purchases Anthrax Antitoxin for Strategic National Stockpile (4/25/2018) - Acquisition Augments Anthrax Treatments Currently Stockpiled The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will purchase an anthrax treatment for $25.2 million from Elusys [...]
Jason Michael Carroll and the Brown Bag Bagels folks during April 2016 filming at their shop. Source: Brown Bag Bagels, Wendell NC. Locally-filmed “Strings” Feature Now Available Online & on DVD (4/24/2018) - Broken Birdie Productions of Wake Forest, North Carolina, in association with Wagz Film, is proud to announce the release of Strings, a music-driven drama in the style of Country Strong, Almost Famous, and Eddie and the Cruisers. Strings stars [...]
“Train the Trainer” Ag Workshops Offered for Local Government and Nonprofit Staff (4/24/2018) - The North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund will hold five workshops across the state for local government and nonprofit staff involved in protecting their communities’ agricultural lands and administering their local Voluntary [...]
Fun Bike Ride and Rodeo are May 5, 2018. Source: City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina Rocky Mount Fun Bike Ride and Rodeo on May 5 (4/24/2018) - The city of Rocky Mount will host a Fun Bike Ride and Rodeo on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The Fun Bike Ride will begin at 10am and will start and end at Sunset Park. The 6.5 [...]
Dawn Lancaster and Donna Campbell Smith are featured artists for this Afternoon Tea with The Artist. Source: FCAC Afternoon Tea with the Artist Features Two NC Artists Apr. 28 (4/24/2018) - On Saturday, April 28, 2018, 3-5pm, the Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) will hold its “Afternoon Tea with The Artist” free event at the Up-Front Gallery, located at 22 S Main Street, Franklinton, North Carolina. Artists [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored - Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Apr. 25-29, 2018 (4/23/2018) - 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 [...]
Portion of the booths set-up for 2017 Expo. Photo: Kay Whatley Knightdale Chamber Adding ” Shop Local & Buy” Sales to 2018 Business Expo (4/23/2018) - This year’s Knightdale Chamber of Commerce business expo is adding a “Shop Local & Buy” component. In addition to the networking, face-to-face business interactions, and public walk-through, some vendors will be selling their local products [...]
Solar panels on Staten Island Target. Source: Solar Energy Industries Association Corporations Are Leading US Solar Surge (4/20/2018) - America’s top companies are investing in solar in record amounts, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) new Solar Means Business 2017 report, which tracks on-site commercial solar installations and ranks top corporate solar users. This [...]
Fresh-picked Strawberries. Photo: Vollmer Farm, Bunn NC. North Carolina Strawberry Picking Time Is Around The Corner (4/20/2018) - Strawberry growers in Eastern North Carolina are beginning to harvest this year’s crop, and growers in the rest of the state expect to begin in the next few weeks. North Carolina is the third-largest producer [...]
NC School Funding Increase Recommended in Budget (4/20/2018) - Governor Cooper Details Recommendations for Safer Schools, More Nurses & Counselors, More Funding for School Resource Officers Ahead of the release of his short session budget, Governor Roy Cooper on April 19, 2018 shared his [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored - Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Apr. 20-22, 2018 (4/19/2018) - 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: Patrice Bayyan, Knightdale Chamber of Commerce, Knightdale, North Carolina Knightdale Chamber “Citizen of The Year” Announced: Barbara Poole (4/16/2018) - Barbara Poole, Co-Founder Poole Funeral Services Named Knightdale Chamber’s 2017 Citizen of the Year By Patrice Bayyan, Knightdale Chamber of Commerce The Knightdale Chamber of Commerce held its 45th-annual Membership Banquet & Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, [...]
Rhine Research Center, Durham NC. Photo: Kay Whatley The Rhine-Durham “Living in a Mindful Universe” Presentation is Apr. 27 (4/16/2018) - The Rhine Research Center will be holding two related events with authors Dr. Eben Alexander and Karen Newell. On Friday, April 27, 2018, 7-9pm, join a talk on “Living in a Mindful Universe” with Dr. [...]
This older cat is shown in an Eastern NC shelter. It was adopted. Photo: Kay Whatley. NC Annual Public Animal Shelter Report Shows High Cat Euthanasia Rates (4/13/2018) - According to the 2017 report released by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) this month, public animal shelters across North Carolina euthanized over 24,000 dogs and over 54,000 cats during 2017. NCDA&CS’s [...]
Leonard Bernstein conducting Young People's Concerts publicity photo, 1964. Source: US Library of Congress Library of Congress Announces Leonard Bernstein Collection (4/11/2018) - Bernstein’s Birth Centennial Celebration May 12-19 Features Variety of Events In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the Library of Congress has made available online — for the first time — musical manuscripts and scrapbooks [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored - Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Apr. 12-15, 2018 (4/9/2018) - 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 [...]
2018 Free Family Fishing Fiesta / Día de Pesca Familiar. Source: NC Wildlife NC Wildlife and NC Parks Invite All to Free Family Fishing Fiesta (4/9/2018) - On Saturday, April 21, 2018, pack up the family and head to Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, in Pittsboro, North Carolina for the Free Family Fishing Fiesta! / ¡Día de Pesca Familiar! from 10am to [...]
Free Spring Concerts Planned in Wake Forest NC (4/9/2018) - The town of Wake Forest, North Carolina is holding a 2018 Six Sundays in Spring concert series on six consecutive Sundays. The first concert is in late April, with the last in early June 2018. The 2018 concert Sundays [...]
Source: Town of Nashville, North Carolina Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Free Concerts and Movies in Nashville NC (4/9/2018) - Nashville, North Carolina may be best known for their Mother’s Day Blooming Festival and Nash Arts theatre productions. There’s more to this Nash County town, though, including its annual free concerts and free movies, designed [...]
State Record Bluefin Tuna, 877 lbs, Caught by Scott Chambers (kneeling left) off NC Oregon Inlet on March 17, 2018. Source: NC DEQ New North Carolina Record Set with Bluefin Tuna Caught Off Oregon Inlet (4/9/2018) - The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record bluefin tuna. Retired Army General Scott Chambers of Townsend, Delaware, reeled in the 877-pound fish March 17, 2018, after fighting with the fish [...]
Take your dog to the 2018 SPCA Dog Walk and Woofstock and help them break the Guinness World Record for dogs wearing bandanas. Source: SPCA of Wake County, Raleigh NC You, Your Dog and a Bandana: Come and Help SPCA Wake in World Record Attempt (4/9/2018) - Waste Industries, SPCA of Wake County Attempt to Break Guinness World Record for Largest Gathering of Dogs Wearing Bandanas Animal lovers are invited to join Waste Industries and the SPCA of Wake County to make [...]
Tree City USA logo from the National Arbor Day Foundation. Knightdale to Celebrate Arbor Day, Tree City USA Re-certification (4/5/2018) - In celebration of Arbor Day and being recognized as a Tree City USA, the Town of Knightdale, North Carolina’s annual Arbor Day festivities will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018, beginning at 2pm. Gather [...]
Paws in the Park event photo. Source: Tameka Kenan-Norman, City of Rocky Mount, NC. Paws in The Park to Feature Pet Fashion Show, Biscuit Hunt And More (4/5/2018) - The eighth-annual Paws in the Park event is Saturday, April 14, 2018, 11am-2pm. Humans and canines can enjoy outdoor activities, sport their best outfits, make an art project, and shop pet-friendly vendors. Paws in The Park [...]
Young tomato plant. Source: The Whatleys. Spring Plant Sales Coming Up in Bunn, Clayton, Knightdale and Wilson (4/5/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor It’s garden time in North Carolina. Trees, shrubs, bulbs, plants, and seeds can go into the ground in April. Local garden clubs and gardens are holding plant sales, giving area residents [...]
Dan River power plant, Duke Energy, Helicopter coal ash flyover. Photo credit: Sanjay Suchak. Citizen Groups Voice Concerns as NC DEQ Tries Hasty Weakening of Coal Ash Rules (4/4/2018) - Citizen groups from across the state on April 4, 2018 submitted comments objecting to parts of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s proposed coal ash rules that would undercut the rights of North Carolina [...]
Motorcycles, memorabilia, uniforms, and more were packed and moved to the Edgecombe County Veterans' Military Museum temp quarters. Photo: Kay Whatley Edgecombe County Veterans’ Military Museum “Open House” on Apr. 7 (4/4/2018) - On Saturday, April 7, 2018, 10am-4pm, the Edgecombe County Veterans’ Military Museum will hold an Open House at their temporary quarters. Edgecombe County Veterans’ Military Museum has temporarily relocated from their 106 W Church Street, Tarboro, [...]
A member of the fish tagging team preparing to tag and release a fish. Source: Stephen Mehan, NC Department of Environmental Quality NC Div. of Marine Fisheries Schedules Training for Fish Taggers (4/4/2018) - The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries will hold two workshops this month to train current and prospective taggers in the proper methods of tagging fish. Division researchers use fish tagging to study the migration, [...]
Business Happenings Eastern NC Business Events in April 2018 (4/3/2018) - 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 — [...]