State news from all of North Carolina.

“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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
The book, Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton, is being adapted into a feature film, with filming in NC. Source: Amazon/RandomHouse Wilmington and High Point Projects Receive North Carolina Film Grants (4/3/2018) - Two projects have been awarded North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grants to support productions in Wilmington and the High Point area. The awardees include the feature film Words on Bathroom Walls, an adaptation of an acclaimed [...]
Uncle Al's Kepler Starwheel Statewide Star Party Is Apr. 20-21, 2018 (4/3/2018) - By Kay Whatley, Editor Looking through a telescope, searching for constellations, and seeking other planets can be a source of amazement for humans of all ages. Evenings when my husband set-up his telescope in the [...]
First NC Jr. Chef Competition Cook-Off Announces Finalist Teams (4/2/2018) - High school students from across North Carolina are throwing their chef’s hats into the ring to spice up school lunch. Eight finalist teams from Career and Technical Education food, nutrition, and culinary arts programs will [...]
Prior-year concert at Airlie Gardens. Source: New Hanover County Airlie Gardens 2018 Concert Series Line-up Announced (4/2/2018) - Airlie Gardens has unveiled its slate of musical performers for the 2018 Summer Concert Series. The concert season will kick off Friday, May 18, 2018 with reggae from Signal Fire, and then resume its traditional [...]
Use caution when burning yard debris. Source: North Carolina Forest Service, Raleigh NC Spring Cleaning: Use Caution Burning Yard Debris (4/2/2018) - Wildfire Risk Typically Higher through May Burning Debris Is The No. 1 Cause of Wildfires The North Carolina Forest Service is urging residents across the state to think safety and exercise caution during the spring [...]
Status of Women, NC highlighted. Source: Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Washington DC Status of Women in US Fact Sheet Gives North Carolina C-grade (3/31/2018) - On March 28, 2018, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) released fact sheets on the economic status of women in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Ranked at 31st in the nation, [...]
US Department of Agriculture and National Institute of Food and Agriculture logos. Two NC Nonprofits Receive Food Safety Modernization Act Awards (3/31/2018) - On March 28, 2018, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced awards to provide food safety education for producers and processors affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act. Two North Carolina nonprofits [...]
NC Beer Month is April. Source: Source: Visit North Carolina April is NC Beer Month (3/19/2018) - North Carolina Is Gaining Recognition as The “State of Southern Beer” North Carolina breweries and destinations that love beer will roll out the barrels and the red carpet in April for the sixth-annual NC Beer Month, a [...]
Essay Contest theme "Your Vote Counts". Source: Rockin' Democracy in Brunswick County, North Carolina Essay Contest Asks NC Students to Write Why “Your Vote Counts” (3/18/2018) -  By Kay Whatley, Editor North Carolina high school and college students are invited to submit essays for the “Your Vote Counts” essay contest. The contest winners will have the opportunity to read or recite their [...]
NC Harm Reduction Coalition logo North Carolina Harm Reduction / Drug Policy Conference is Apr. 24-25 (3/14/2018) - The Southern Harm Reduction and Drug Police Conference is scheduled for Spring in Western North Carolina. Organized by the NC Harm Reduction Coalition, speakers will provide insight into topics of interest including syringe exchange, war [...]
US Citizenship and Immigration Services NC Labor and The H-2B Temporary Visa Drawings (3/14/2018) - On February 21, 2018, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began receiving H-2B cap-subject petitions for the second half of fiscal year 2018. During the first five business days USCIS received approximately 2,700 H-2B cap-subject [...]
Snow falling on January 17, 2016 in Eastern NC. Photo: Kay Whatley Winter Weather Impacts Much of NC, Not Expected to Linger (3/12/2018) - Much of North Carolina is feeling the effects of the latest winter storm, and North Carolinians should follow forecasts closely as snowfall spreads across the state, Governor Roy Cooper cautioned today. “Be prepared for heavy [...]
North Carolina K-3 Reading Teachers to Each Receive $200 for Supplies (3/8/2018) - State Superintendent Mark Johnson Announces “Read to Achieve” Funds for K-3 Teachers On March 8, 2018, the NC State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Mark Johnson, announced that the Department of Public Instruction is making almost $5 [...]
Source: Town of Knightdale, NC. Knightdale Makes “Safest Cities in North Carolina 2018” List (3/7/2018) - In February, the National Council for Home Safety and Security (NCHSS) released their rankings of the safest cities in North Carolina. Knightdale made that list coming in at number 13. With low violent and property [...]
Farmers Markets give local producers a place to sell what they grow. Photo: Kay Whatley Funding Available for NC Farmers Market Advertising (3/2/2018) - North Carolina farmers markets can expand their advertising budgets through of a new cooperative grant being offered by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. As part of the grant, the department will pay [...]
GE Aviation Adding 146 New Jobs in Western North Carolina (3/1/2018) - Expansion in Buncombe and Ashe Counties Brings an Investment of More than $100 Million GE Aviation, a global manufacturer of aircraft engines and components, will create 146 full-time jobs over four years at its facilities [...]
A tagged speckled trout. The thin yellow band extending out from its abdomen is the tag. Source: Stephen Mehan, NC Department of Environmental Quality Fishermen Win Big in Tagging Program Drawing (3/1/2018) - Fifteen lucky fishermen won $100 each in a recent North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries’ Multi-Species Tagging Program yearly drawing. Information gathered from tag returns allows researchers to determine species migration patterns, mortality, population structure [...]
NC Public Schools report released for 2016-17. NC Public Schools Report Details Crimes, Suspensions, Punishments in 2016-17 (2/28/2018) - Dropout Rate Up Slightly North Carolina public schools reported fewer overall incidences of crime and violence during the 2016-17 school year from the previous year, continuing a long-term decline in numbers of offenses, according to [...]
Source: NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Grant Funding Available for NC Agritourism Farms (2/27/2018) - Application Deadline is March 9, 2018 at 5pm North Carolina farms that welcome visitors can take advantage of the 2018 Agritourism Marketing Cost-Share Grant available through the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Said [...]