State news from all of North Carolina.

Blockade Runner is a popular place to stay at Wrightsville Beach. Photo: Courtesy of Blockade Runner Beach Resort Hurricane Florence Closes North Carolina Landmark for Renovation (10/10/2018) - The Blockade Runner Beach Resort, a North Carolina landmark and icon of Wrightsville Beach for 55 years, announced today it will close for renovations due to damages sustained from Hurricane Florence. Said Mary Baggett, co-owner [...]
Cape Fear River fish kill following Hurricane Florence 2018. Credit Kyle Rachels/NC Wildlife Resources Commission NC Wildlife Biologists Investigate Widespread Fish Kills after Hurricane Florence (10/5/2018) - Fisheries biologists with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission continue to document widespread fish kills in eastern North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence. The fish kills are the result of significant declines in [...]
Warriors gather to pack 700 meals during food bank volunteer program at NC food bank. Source: PRNewsfoto/Wounded Warrior Project North Carolina Warriors Lend Helping Hands to Seniors in Need  (9/27/2018) - Warriors gather to pack 700 meals during food bank volunteer program Wounded veterans and their families gathered to provide needed meals to 700 people in Cape Fear Valley. This group from Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) meets [...]
NC Emergency Management - Flood Inundation Mapping and Alert Network screenshot As Flooding Continues, North Carolina Governor Urges Caution (9/19/2018) - Although many communities are lifting evacuation orders and cleaning up following Hurricane Florence, Governor Roy Cooper today alerted North Carolinians that major flooding is still occurring across many rivers in North Carolina, including the Lumber, Cape [...]
Spare The Rod, Spoil The Child play. Source: The Carolina Theatre of Durham (NC) Award-Winning gospel play “Spare The Rod, Spoil the Child” Coming to Durham NC on Sept. 29 (9/19/2018) - Tall One Outreach Ministries and Summerville Promotion & Production Co. present the Award- Winning  Gospel Stage Play “Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child” Part 2, written and produced by Dr. Mildred Summerville and directed by Trina [...]
Source: Maggie Bailey, Terra Vita / We Plant it Forward Terra Vita Stewards Holds Rain Barrel Workshop at Lake Crabtree Park (9/18/2018) - Make a 55 Gallon Rain Barrel. Set it up at home and start conserving water. On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 6:15-7:15pm, Terra Vita Stewards staff will be at Lake Crabtree County Park conducting a rain barrel [...]
Harvest time at a Zebulon NC vineyard. Photo: Kay Whatley 2016 NC Agritourism Farms Offer Family Fun This Fall (9/11/2018) - From pumpkin patches and apple picking to wine tastings and farm stays, there is something every member of the family can enjoy this fall in North Carolina. More than 1,000 farms in the state offer [...]
North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries logo NC Fishermen Asked to Track and Prepare for Hurricane Florence (9/10/2018) - The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries is asking fishermen* to keep a close eye on the progress of Hurricane Florence and to start getting ready for the storm now. Governor Roy Cooper has declared [...]
Potential storm track for Florence. Source: National Hurricane Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NC Governor Issues Emergency Orders in Advance of Storm to Help Farmers (9/7/2018) - Tropical Storm Florence Forecast to Strengthen, Approach East Coast With Tropical Storm Florence forecast to strengthen as it heads toward the East Coast, Governor Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency and waived transportation rules [...]
Expo vendors at the inaugural Carolina Hemp Festival and Expo 2018. Photo: Kay Whatley Carolina Hemp Festival and Expo Provided Education, Cameraderie and Community (9/4/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor On Thursday, August 30, 2018, the inaugural Carolina Hemp Festival and Expo kicked off at the Marriott (Crabtree Valley) in Raleigh, North Carolina. The event ran three days, drawing hemp-interested business [...]
September is Preparedness Month in North Carolina (9/4/2018) - Governor Urges Residents to Prepare for All Emergencies, Natural Disasters As students return to school and the peak of hurricane season arrives, Governor Roy Cooper declared September as North Carolina Preparedness Month to encourage individuals, [...]
Carolina Hemp Festival 2018 logo. Source: Women of Sativa First Carolina Hemp Festival Announces Expo Vendors (8/29/2018) - Events Kick off in Raleigh NC Tomorrow (August 30) and Continue through September 1, 2018 The Carolina Hemp Festival and Expo will run for three days — August 30-September 1, 2018 — and will draw industrial hemp experts and [...]
Recycled Paper Manufacturer to Add 42 Jobs in Burke County (8/27/2018) - Jackson Paper Manufacturing Company, North Carolina’s largest recycled paper producer, will open a new plant in Burke County, creating 42 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced earlier this month. The company plans to invest approximately $14 [...]
State Record Gag Grouper (48 pounds 0 ounces) caught by Louis Guzman off Morehead City, North Carolina on May 24, 2018. Source: Division of Marine Fisheries NC NC Division of Marine Fisheries Certifies Two State Record Fish (8/26/2018) - The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries recently certified two state record fish, one establishing a state record for a gray snapper and the other breaking the record for a gag grouper. Mark Davis of [...]
Janese Henry, Season 14 recruit for Worst Cooks in America on Food Network. Source: Daniela Medina, Allied Integrated Marketing Spring Lake Resident Included in New Season of Worst Cooks in America (8/18/2018) - Chef Robert Irvine returned to battle Chef Anne Burrell in a much-anticipated Worst Cooks in America rematch, where the renowned chefs whip a roster of disastrous cooks into tip-top shape. For Season 14 of Worst Cooks in America, which began on August 12, [...]
Carolina Hemp Festival 2018 logo. Source: Women of Sativa Carolina Hemp Festival to Gather Industry, Public, in Raleigh Starting Aug. 30 (8/9/2018) - The first-annual Southeast Region industrial hemp exposition and festival will be hosted in beautiful North Carolina. The Carolina Hemp Festival will be August 30-September 1, 2018 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley, 4500 Marriott Drive, Raleigh NC. This unique experience will draw [...]
Source: Honeybee photo via Piedmont Research Station to Host Pollinator Field Day Sept. 8 (8/8/2018) - The Piedmont Research Station will host Pollinator Field Day on Saturday, September 8, 2018, 1-5pm. Said North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler: “Because pollinators play such a vital role in crop production, it is important [...]
Chasing Blackbeard book cover. Source: Steven E. Davis Local Author Releases Pirate-themed Novel: Chasing Blackbeard (7/30/2018) - Chasing Blackbeard, a historical novel released July 23, 2018 by author Steven E. Davis, is the coming-of-age story of a cabin boy and scribe that decides to dedicate life and limb to cover the story [...]
Eastern Wake Fire, Knightdale NC, flags flying at half staff. Photo: Kay Whatley (July 12, 2017) US and NC Flags Lowered for National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day (7/27/2018) - In honor of those who served, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today — Friday, July 27, 2018 [...]
Colin O'Brady shattered the 50-state high point challenge in 21 days in 2018. Source: Colin O’Brady Shatters 50-State High Points World Record in 21 Days (7/21/2018) - Professional Endurance Athlete Sets Record after Training with Standard Process’ Nutrition Innovation Center in Kannapolis NC Drought. Lightning strike. Grueling 26-hour climbs. Multiple climbs per day. Colin O’Brady battled it all in an exhilarating 21-day race against the [...]
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 [...]