State news from all of North Carolina.

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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Tropical Storm Chris Brings Rough Surf and Dangerous Rip Currents to NC (7/9/2018) - State Officials Monitoring Storm Closely As Tropical Storm Chris swirls off the North Carolina coast, emergency officials are monitoring the storm carefully and warning coastal residents and vacationers to be cautious. Already, the storm is churning [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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: 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, [...]
Red wolf puppy. Photo: Ryan Nordsven/USFWS US Fish & Wildlife Service Plan Dooms Only Wild Red Wolves to Extinction (6/27/2018) - The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s new rule proposes to restrict the world’s only wild population of red wolves to one refuge and a bombing range in eastern North Carolina, while declaring “open season” on [...]
Hemp Inc. wall of hemp products in Spring Hope NC facility. Photo: Kay Whatley. NC Industrial Hemp Commission’s Next Public Conference Call is June 26 (6/24/2018) - 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, June 26, 2018, starting at 10am. The public meeting will be [...]
Peaches on the tree in June 2018, Wake County NC. Photo: Kay Whatley North Carolina Peach Season Underway (6/22/2018) - Good news for peach lovers. Growers are reporting fair to good crops for the 2018 peach season, which runs through Labor Day. “Growers are reporting an average crop with availability varying depending on where the [...]
Jaki Shelton Green at the 2014 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Photo: Jan Hensley (via 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
View of kayaks, vendors, and music area at the 2017 Blueberry Music Festival, Vollmer Farm, Bunn NC. Photo: Kay Whatley NC Farms: The Ag Dept Wants to Spread The Word about Your Farm Events (5/16/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor The NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) wants to know what farms across North Carolina are offering for residents and visitors. Tell them what your farm is doing, and [...]
Got to be NC Festival 2018 banner. Source: NC Department of Agriculture, Raleigh, North Carolina Agricultural Activities & More at the Got to Be NC Festival May 18-20 (5/10/2018) - With more than 100 tractors, North Carolina food and beverages, music, a carnival and kids activities, the Got to Be NC Festival promises to be a not-to-be-missed event at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in [...]
A few of the ground beef labels released with the recall. Source: USDA FSIS Over 35K lbs of Ground Beef Products Recalled Due to Possible Hard Plastic Contamination (5/4/2018) - On May 2, 2018, JBS USA, Inc., a Lenoir, North Carolina establishment, is recalling approximately 35,464 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hard plastic, the US Department of [...]
US Coast Guard Sector North Carolina logo Coast Guard Reports Short Interruption in NC Offshore Radio Communications (5/4/2018) - On Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 9:32pm, US Coast Guard Sector North Carolina reported a loss of radio communication capability. By Friday, May 4, 2018, at 4am, communication was restored. For a short time overnight, the Coast [...]
A blueberry mascot at the 2017 Blueberry Music Festival, held across a pasture, pond, and farm paths at Vollmer Farm, Bunn NC. Photo: Kay Whatley Summer Is Coming: A Good Time to Visit NC Agritourism Farms (5/1/2018) - Summer vacation is just around the corner. With more than 1,000 agritourism farms in North Carolina, it is easy to incorporate on-farm activities into your summer vacation plans whether it’s a quick daytrip or a [...]
Frame To Table 2018. Source: GroundSwell Pictures, Inc. “Frame To Table” Event A Tasty Mix of Food and Film (4/27/2018) - GroundSwell Pictures is pleased to announce the second-annual “Frame To Table” fundraiser, scheduled for May 4, 2018, starting at 7pm, in SkyView on Hay, Fayetteville, North Carolina. Frame to Table is a culinary trip around the [...]