Local news for Eastern North Carolina including Bailey, Bunn, Goldsboro, Kenly, Knightdale, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Rolesville, Nashville, Sims, Spring Hope, Tarboro, Wendell, Wilson, Zebulon and surrounding towns.

Boat debris used to keep Pamlico Sound NC survivors afloat. Source: US Coast Guard District 5 Coast Guard Rescues Two Survivors Clinging to Debris in Pamlico Sound (7/19/2018) - Two men were rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter crew Wednesday, July 18, 2018, after their fishing boat capsized Tuesday near Hog Island — located in the waters near Gull Rock Game Land. “Locating the [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Farmer harvesting industrial hemp. Source: NC Industrial Hemp Association, ncindhemp.org. 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: Amazon.com 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) - greyareanews.com 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
FCAC Writer's Guild logo Franklin County Arts Council Names Judges for Annual Writing Contest (7/5/2018) - By Jackie Dove-Miller The Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Writers’ Guild is sponsoring its third-annual FCAC Writers’ Guild Carolina Prize in writing contest.  They are happy to announce the judges for the entries: Beth Copeland judging [...]
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 [...]
Billboard erected as part of the wild horse “No Feed, No Approach” educational initiative. Corolla Wild Horse Fund NC Corolla Wild Horse Fund Begins Educational Campaign (6/29/2018) - On June 28, 2018, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund (CWHF) announced the kick off to their “No Feed, No Approach” educational initiative to help educate tourist and locals alike about the dangers of human interaction [...]
Source: Steven E. Davis Wilson NC Author to Release New Novel, Saponi, on July 4 (6/29/2018) - A new novel, Saponi by author Steven E Davis, will be released on  Wednesday, July 4, 2018 — Independence Day. Published and distributed by Amazon and KDP Publishing, Saponi is both the heartwarming and heartbreaking tale of two [...]
RJ McCarthy has released a new novel, "Quarry Steps To", the third in his Tony Quarry series. Author with Local Ties Releases Third Book in His Tony Quarry Series (6/28/2018) - RJ McCarthy has released Quarry Steps To which is the third crime fiction novel in the Tony Quarry series. The novel is set in the Piedmont area of North Carolina’s tobacco country. In Quarry Steps [...]
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, [...]
Fireworks black and white from The Grey Area News 2014. Eastern NC Independence Day Happenings 2018 (6/26/2018) - Starting hundreds of years ago, settlers from Europe began arriving in North America and staying. They built settlements and eventually forms colonies — the basis of the first 13 states. By the mid 1700s, colonists [...]
Things To Do in NC When You're Bored (summer) - greyareanews.com Things To Do in NC When You’re Bored — June 27-July 1, 2018 (6/26/2018) - 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: Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments August Aging Presentation will Focus on Homelessness (6/25/2018) - Would you like to be a part of something meaningful that would make a difference in the lives of older adults in Eastern NC? Come and be a part of our mission to empower under-served senior adults in [...]
Novel "Making Corrections" was released summer 2018 by Zebulon NC-based author, K.F. Whatley Zebulon-based Writer, K.F. Whatley, Releases Novel (6/25/2018) - By Donna Campbell Smith K.F. Whatley has released her first novel, Making Corrections, after twenty years of being a technical writer and journalist. She has also had short fiction and poetry published in literary journals [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]