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Business Happenings Eastern NC Business Events and Networking Oct. 2017 (9/24/2017) - 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. Note that regular Chamber member meetings or semi-closed leads groups, are [...]
Vendor Opportunities -- The Grey Area News Eastern NC Vendor Opportunities Oct-Nov 2017 (9/23/2017) - Events listed below include vendor opportunities; events may be added as they come to the attention of our editor. To become a vendor at any of these events, see the included links to the organizers [...]
Hemp Blue jeans, clothing made with industrial hemp. Photo: Kay Whatley. NC Industrial Hemp Commission Next Public Meeting in Williamston (9/22/2017) - The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting to review and approve research pilot program applications and continue permanent rule-making. This public meeting is Wednesday, October 11, 2017, beginning at 9am. There [...]
Duke Energy Violates National Coal Ash Rule by Hiding Critical Dam Safety Information (9/20/2017) - Local community groups across the country today sent notices that they plan to bring enforcement actions against Duke Energy for withholding critical dam safety information that Duke Energy was required to disclose to nearby communities, [...]
The United States Climate Alliance now includes North Carolina. Source: USCA North Carolina Joins 14 States in Bipartisan US Climate Alliance (9/20/2017) - Alliance Reports States are ‘On Track’ To Hit Emissions Reductions Targets By Ford Porter, NC Office of the Governor On September 20, 2017, Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will join 14 other states in [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored. Source: The Grey Area News, Zebulon NC. Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Sept 21-24 (9/20/2017) - 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). Piedmont and [...]
Source: Kindred Spirits Farm, Zebulon NC. “Open Barn” Event at Zebulon NC Horse Farm on Sept. 23 (9/20/2017) - An open-barn event is for all community members is being held at Kindred Spirits Farm.  All are welcome to Family Farm Day 2017 on Saturday, September 23, 2017, starting at 10am for fun and games on [...]
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: Chess Superstar to Play Exhibition Matches at Imperial Centre (9/19/2017) - By Tameka Kenan-Norman, City of Rocky Mount NC Jude Acers, US World chessmaster and former North Carolina resident, will show off the skill that put him in the record books by playing simultaneous games of chess at [...]
Big crowd for the Raleigh Greek Festival, held September 8-10, 2017, Raleigh NC. Photo: Kay Whatley Things We Did: Raleigh Greek Festival 2017 (9/10/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor On September 8, 2017, my sister, daughter, and I returned to the Raleigh Greek Festival for the second year in a row.  The festival was in its 36th year of bringing [...]
Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre, Henderson NC, double feature sign for September 7-10, 2017. Photo: Kay Whatley Movie Review: “It” at the Drive-in (9/10/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor The It movie trailer made this 2017 movie look scary. Seeing the film, I thought It was medium-scary. It was so creepy, though, that It made my skin crawl. Seeing it at [...]
Wake Forest CROP Hunger Walk to Raise Funds for Tri-Area Ministry (9/10/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor The 2017 Wake Forest CROP Hunger Walk is Sunday, September 24, 2017, beginning with sign-in at 2pm. Walkers are signing up for the Wake Forest NC walk now via this event page. [...]
NC Communities to Receive $6.2 Million for Parks and Rec (9/7/2017) - On September 7, 2017, Governor Roy Cooper announced $6.2 million in grants to fund local parks and recreation projects through this year’s awards of the state’s Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF). The North Carolina Parks [...]
Source: Center for Constitutional Rights Civil Liberties Groups Release First Report on Ag-Gag Laws (9/7/2017) - By Jen Nessel, On September 6, 2017, the Center for Constitutional Rights and Defending Rights & Dissent released a comprehensive report on state ag-gag laws, which prohibit whistleblowing and undercover investigations in animal agriculture. [...]
National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA - logo. Source: PRNewsFoto/NASA. NASA to Honor Legacy of Famed “Hidden Figures” Mathematician Katherine Johnson (9/7/2017) - US Senator Mark Warner, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and author Margot Lee-Shetterly are among the dignitaries honoring Katherine Johnson, former NASA employee and central character of the book and movie Hidden Figures, on September 22, 2017, 1pm, at NASA’s Langley Research Center [...]
Source: National Hurricane Center, NOAA NC Waives Motor Vehicle Regulations to Help Farmers Prep for Hurricane Irma (9/7/2017) - By Heather Overton, NCDA&CS PIO On September 7, 2017, North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler released the following statement regarding Governor Roy Cooper’s issuance of Executive Orders 20 and 21 in preparation for Hurricane Irma: [...]
Swearing-in ceremony for Fayetteville Police Chief Gina V. Hawkins bySuperior Court Judge Claire Hill in August 2017. Source: Robert B. Butler Fayetteville Police Chief Confronts Fear to Benefit Special Olympics NC (9/6/2017) - By Robert B Butler ( and Rachel McQuiston (Special Olympics North Carolina) “Honestly, rappelling 30-stories is a huge fear for me,” said Fayetteville Police Chief Gina V. Hawkins. “I’m doing this for the athletes; I’m doing [...]
Source: City Of Rocky Mount NC. Rocky Mount promotes September as Preparedness Month (9/6/2017) - Residents Urged to Be Aware and Prepare By Tameka Kenan-Norman, City of Rocky Mount NC Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed September as North Carolina Preparedness Month, which coincides with National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the US [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored - Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — Sept 7-10 (9/6/2017) - 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). Piedmont and [...]
Lidl Wilson NC opened Summer 2017. Photo: Kay Whatley Lidl Grocery in Wilson NC: An Interesting Store (9/3/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor The German grocery store chain, Lidl, opened stores across North Carolina this year. Once of the stores is located in Wilson NC along Raleigh Road Parkway. The store is designed to [...]
Source: Runner1616 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons. North Carolina Full of Fall Film Festivals (9/2/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Each year, North Carolina is host to dozens of film festivals from coast to mountains. Festivals coming up in Fall 2017 — actually, starting with a festival September 16, about 6 [...]
Source: National Nurses United Nurses Condemn Police Assault on Utah Hospital RN for Advocating for an Unconscious Patient (9/2/2017) - National Nurses United today criticized the actions of Salt Lake City police officers for assaulting and arresting a University of Utah registered nurse for advocating for an unconscious patient in late July. In a press [...]
Photo: Frank and Kay Whatley Eastern NC Halloween Attractions and Farm Fun (9/2/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor These attractions and farm activities are ordered by town name. Ticket information and 2017 pricing may be found by following links, which are provided for attractions. In addition to the ongoing [...]
The Grey Area News Fall Activities List Fall 2017 Festivals and Halloween Happenings in Eastern NC (9/1/2017) - Fall celebrations are here, and Halloween is coming. Across North Carolina, festivals and seasonal happenings offer a mix of daytime fun and nighttime scares. Eastern NC Fall happenings are listed below, along with applicable websites and [...]
The Caspian Sea as seen from the International Space Station in 2015. Credit: Scott Kelly/NASA Johnson Space Center Study Finds Caspian Sea Evaporating as Temperatures Rise (8/31/2017) - Earth’s largest inland body of water has been slowly evaporating for the past two decades due to rising temperatures associated with climate change, a new study finds. Water levels in the Caspian Sea dropped nearly [...]
Source: Maize in the City, Thornton, Colorado Thornton CO Attractions Offer Choice: Fun or Fear? (8/31/2017) - Get ready for October attractions for all ages. Have family-friendly fun with farm attractions, or get ready to scream! Get into the fall spirit on Friday, September 29, 2017 when Maize in the City opens for [...]
Actions Taken to Keep Gas Flowing to NC Despite Shortages (8/31/2017) - Following Hurricane Harvey, Governor Roy Cooper Signs Executive Orders to Make It Easier to Get Gas to NC, Protect Consumers from Gouging By Ford Porter, NC Office of the Governor In anticipation of gasoline shortages [...]
Source: Braswell Memorial Library, Rocky Mount NC Rocky Mount NC Library Offerings for Fall 2017 (8/31/2017) - Braswell Memorial Library, located at 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount NC, offers programs for adults and teens alongside SCORE programs for business. Check out the programs scheduled for Fall 2017. The library is online at Programs for [...]
Elms Festival poster. Source: Town of Elm City Elms Festival Accepting Vendors, Car Show Entries (8/31/2017) - By Dena Owens, Town of Elm City NC Get ready for the annual Elms Festival and Car Show in Elm City, North Carolina. This year, the festival is Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10am-4pm. This family-friendly event [...]