University Addresses Community Needs at Conference in Montgomery County

"Solving family, farm and community challenges is the focus of the upcoming Grassroots Leadership Conference, hosted by The Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and its advisory group, the Strategic Planning Council.

The free conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Nov. 21, at Montgomery Community College, Building 200, 1011 Page St. in Troy, and is designed for youth and families, farmers, small business owners, civic and community leaders, and elected officials.

This year’s conference theme is Strong Families, Strong Communities: Building Pathways to a Brighter Future. With more than 100 years as a trusted organization throughout the country, Cooperative Extension has myriad programs and resources to help community members address their issues, including expertise in money management, youth development, land stewardship, land management, farming and business enterprise, and community development. Those attending the conference can learn more about Cooperative Extension resources and its partnering organizations and affiliated decision makers.

Prospective college students are also encouraged to attend to meet with N.C. A&T representatives to learn about the application process, academic majors and financial assistance.

The conference begins with a panel discussion followed by concurrent breakout sessions on topics that include strategies to develop: an estate plan, philanthropy, youth and community engagement, community leadership, and land stewardship and management. Registration is suggested.

To register or for more information, please contact Crystal Headen or Vivian Smith at 336-334-7956 or visit the website."

- A Press Release


MayCay Beeler
"The 2015 Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest features thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries. American (Greensboro, North Carolina) true crime author MayCay Beeler has placed in this year’s contest.

“Readers’ Favorite is proud to announce that Buccaneer, the Provocative Odyssey of Jack Reed- Adventurer, Drug Smuggler and Pilot Extraordinaire by MayCay Beeler and Jack Carlton Reed is a Finalist in the Non-Fiction - Biography category in our 2015 International Book Award Contest.”
Buccaneer is the gripping international true crime tale about a historic criminal case with a surprising North Carolina connection. When Greensboro Pilot/Journalist MayCay Beeler contacted convicted cocaine cartel pilot Jack Reed in prison for research on a documentary she was producing, she had no idea she would become his co-author and a character in this infamous inmate’s life story and twist of fate ending.

“He refused to talk to cops and press- until me.  In our book, which was a collaborative work  at the end of Reed’s life, Reed breaks his silence about his alleged role in Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Drug Cartel and his stunning punishment for refusing to snitch on best friend/drug lord, Carlos Lehder, in the courtroom. This biography features shocking judicial misconduct, the longest running drug trial in U.S. History, and the first drug lord extradited to the United States. It’s a pilot's provocative journey from all-American boy to drug smuggler to Robinson Crusoe then prison inmate.  Jack Reed was a nonviolent offender who became the victim of a tragic judicial sentencing mistake. His true story will stun you. It has never been given to any other journalist.”- MayCay Beeler

MayCay Beeler is a vivacious accomplished American record breaking pilot, award winning television personality and true crime author. See Her book was honored as an Award-Winning Finalist in the "True Crime: Non Fiction" category of the 2014 USA Best Book Awards.

Readers' Favorite is the fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

In addition to reviewing for some of the biggest names in the literary industry, they host a respected award contest which features entries from new authors to New York Times best-sellers, as well as celebrities like Jim Carrey and Henry Winkler.

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"Class up your Halloween celebrations with a perfectly romantic night out at the ballet. Winston-Salem Festival Ballet invites you to celebrate Halloween a weekend early at Gary Taylor’s Dracula, running October 22-25 at the Hanesbrands Theatre. Whether you leave the costumes at home or pop in some plastic teeth and let some fake blood run down your chin, you’ll be sure to enjoy the show.

Taylor’s passionate choreography brings the classic tale to life once again, with an original score by Chris Heckman giving it a contemporary twist. As we view events through the eyes of the vampire himself, we come to understand Dracula’s undying love for Mina—a love spanning centuries and continents—and his hatred for those who get in his way. With stunning visuals and the elegant strength of the dancers, you may just find yourself yielding to the sway of the most legendary vampire of all time.

This 6th annual production of Dracula brings new cast members and set elements. In addition, composer Chris Heckman has continued to work with choreography Gary Taylor in perfecting the work. Heckman is a professor of film music composition at the North Carolina School of the Arts whose recent work includes the acclaimed video game Red Dead Redemption and the award-winning short film The Perfect Gentleman. If you enjoy Heckman’s score for Dracula, you can purchase a copy in the theatre lobby before or after the show.

Performances of Dracula run from October 22-25 at the Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 N Spruce St., 7:30PM Thursday, 8:00PM Friday & Saturday, 2:00PM Sunday. Tickets may be purchased in-person at the Hanesbrands Theatre, by calling (336) 747‐1414, or by visiting Ticket prices range from $34.75 for general admission to $30.50 for children, students, & seniors, with $19.75 Student Rush tickets available for purchase by full time students (with valid ID) 15 minutes prior to show."

- A Press Release

Greensboro Housing Coalition and the Interactive Resource Center present A Different Kind of Bus Tour Greensboro: The Invisible Community

"Each fall for the past 12 years, Greensboro Housing Coalition (GHC) has hosted a Healthy Homes bus tour.  The bus tour goes to parts of Greensboro that most people avoid.  GHC shows the good, the bad, and the ugly of substandard housing and homelessness. 

This year’s bus tour will be a little different: informative, more hands-on, and a lot more interactive.  GHC is partnering with the Interactive Resource Center (IRC) for their tour this year.  Participants will learn about the vital role that the IRC plays serving the needs of people experiencing homelessness or those at imminent risk of becoming homeless in Greensboro:  The Invisible Community.  We’ll also explore a different side of what Greensboro Housing Coalition does in the city.

The tour is going to be an opportunity to see the day-to-day trials of folks experiencing substandard housing, homelessness and foreclosure.  Brett Byerly, Executive Director of GHC states, “Despite the great success of our three programs: Homeless Prevention, Foreclosure Prevention and Healthy Homes, the need for our services is still great.  Dozens of people in crisis housing situations call us every day, needing help, needing hope.” 

The tour will be on October 27, 2015, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. The buses will leave and return from the IRC at 407 East Washington Street.  After the tour, participants are invited to a Community Conversation in the IRC Day Room to discuss what they have seen and learned.  Light refreshments will be served.
This event is free and open to the public. 

Since 1989, GHC has been the voice for Greensboro residents who have problems with housing and few resources to solve them.  GHC has prevented foreclosures, corrected health risks in homes, located affordable rentals and reduced homelessness for 25 years.  GHC’s reputation as a housing advocate is known nationwide. 

The IRC, founded in 2009, is Greensboro’s only day center for people experiencing homelessness. They offer a variety of services and programs, including showers, laundry, mail, jobs skills classes, case management and a medical clinic on site."

- A Press Release

Forsyth Tech Welcomes North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson on Oct. 9

Shelby Stephenson, North Carolina’s current
Poet Laureate, will present a lecture at
Forsyth Tech on October 9,
which is free and open to the public.
Forsyth Tech will be hosting North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson, for a lecture on Friday, October 9 from 11 am – noon, in the Oak Grove Center Auditorium on the college’s Main Campus, 2100 Silas Creek Parkway.   

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Stephenson is the second Poet Laureate who has visited Forsyth Tech as lecturer in the ongoing Humanities Enrichment Series. This series has been in place for three years and is designed to generate an overall awareness of and appreciation for the humanities and arts for Forsyth Tech’s students, faculty, staff and the public.

Lisa Stanley-Smith, an English instructor at Forsyth Tech and coordinator of the event says, “Most people don’t get the opportunity to sit down and listen to someone so inspirational, talented, and entertaining. Having the North Carolina Poet Laureate visit our school is an honor. It is exciting.”

“I was lucky enough to have Shelby Stephenson as a college instructor during my studies, and can remember his simplistic perspective on writing,” Stanley-Smith recalls. “He used to say, ‘There’s no big trick to writing. Sit down in a quiet place, put pen to paper, and something you write will be good.’”

About poetry, Stephenson himself says, “It’s about the sunset, and the shadows changing on the grass in a different way, all the time. I think the poem is already written. It’s all there to begin with, and has got to be put on the page.”

Stephenson grew up on a small farm in Benson, NC, and uses his pastoral upbringing as inspiration for many of his poems. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and continued his studies at the University of Pittsburgh (M.A.) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D.)

Until his retirement in 2010, Stephenson was a professor of English at UNC-Pembroke and editor of Pembroke Magazine.

He has received wide-spread recognition for his work including the Bellday Poetry Prize, the Oscar Arnold Young Award, the Zoe Kincaid-Brockman Award, the Brockman-Campbell Award, the Bright Hill Press Chapbook Prize, and the Playwright’s Fund of North Carolina Chapbook Prize, to name a few.

In 2001, the State of North Carolina presented Stephenson with the North Carolina Award in Literature."

- A Press Release


"Local Pastor, Edward R. Kirkpatrick, Abundant Life Church International, 2923 Pacific Ave., Greensboro, will be a featured guest on the show 1onOne with Damon Davis discussing and selling his new book DIVINE HEALING NOW!

The 1onOne With Damon Davis, is a weekly program which features interviews with Christian leaders and the powerful people who helped shape the Christian faith in America. Damon Davis has interviewed the likes of Dr. Creflo Dollar, Dr. Bill Winston and other top Christian leaders and Abundant Life Church is proud that their Pastor can join the ranks.

Pastor Edward Kirkpatrick’s national broadcast interview debut airs Sunday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 am on The Word Network. Stay tuned for upcoming air dates for TBN’s The Church Channel and CTVN [Cornerstone Television]. Abundant Life is encouraging everyone in the Triad and supporting areas to join them in watching the broadcasts. New products including Pastor Kirkpatrick’s new book Divine Healing Now will also be available for sale during these broadcasts.

Edward Kirkpatrick born and raised right here in the Piedmont Triad has distinguished himself through service and transforming lives. He is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Abundant Life Church International, Greensboro, North Carolina and currently serves as overseer to Abundant Life Church International, Knoxville, Tennessee. He is a spiritual and business mentor, entrepreneur, author and unquestionably an empowerment specialist.

As Founder and CEO of Edward Kirkpatrick Ministries, countless lives have been transformed by his divine spiritual and physical healing ministry affirmed by miracle, signs and wonders. Pastor Kirkpatrick is a yielded vessel who allows the Holy Spirit to have full expression through his life and ministry. The mission of Edward Kirkpatrick Ministries is to lead people to an authentic encounter with the presence and power of God through television, online media and crusades.

When asked about this national opportunity, Pastor Kirkpatrick says: “To God be the glory, for the great things He has and will continue to do! I am so thankful to minister to the world. I am humbled by this great opportunity. My wife, family and congregation are all excited about the heights of this ministry. God is truly opening doors for this ministry as he has promised me”

To learn more about Pastor Kirkpatrick or Abundant Life Church International please visit:

- A Press Release


Greensboro Carmike 18 and Winston Salem Carmike 10



"The show that made country music famous is set to take some of the genre’s most popular artists to the big screen in December when its first feature film, American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry, previews in theaters across America. The made-for-cinema concert film captures on-stage Opry performances and backstage moments with Opry members Brad PaisleyBlake Shelton, and Darius Rucker, as well as country favorites The Band Perry and Brett Eldredge.

American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry is set for a limited special engagement at select Carmike Cinemas in the US beginning December 4. Distribution across America will follow in January in partnership between the Opry and independent distributor DigiNext, a joint-venture of Carmike Cinemas Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading motion picture, alternative programming and 3-D motion picture exhibitor.

“We are excited about the opportunity to take the Opry and country music into movie theaters across the country,” said Steve Buchanan, Opry Entertainment President.  “This partnership allows us to present the Opry to fans through a previously unutilized medium and is another way for the Opry to expand its reputation as a vehicle of discovery for America’s music.”

The film will give audiences a virtual front row seat and VIP all-access pass.  Among the performances featured:

--Brad Paisley performing his #1 hit and the film’s title track “American Saturday Night” and current hit single “Country Nation”

--Blake Shelton’s award-winning “Boys Round Here” and current single “Gonna”

--Darius Rucker’s Grammy-winner “Wagon Wheel” as well as “So I Sang” from his current album SOUTHERN STYLE

--The Band Perry performing “If I Die Young,” the same song the band sang for Opry management in a backstage dressing room in 2009, earning an invitation to make its Opry debut

--Brett Eldredge’s first number one smash, “Don’t Ya”

“Everyone in the audience was swept away by each artist’s incredible performance,” said Bud Mayo, Managing Member of DigiNext and President of Carmike’s Alternative Programming and Distribution Division, who attended the live taping on August 31 with Carmike CEO David Passman. “The Opry production was the best I have seen and heard in 40 years in this business. Add the personal interactions with the artists between their sets and moviegoers are in for a thoroughly immersive experience from the moment they do their virtual walk into the hallowed halls of the Opry. This kind of groundbreaking event helps to fulfill the promise of digital cinema and its importance to Carmike and the exhibition industry at large.”

American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry is directed by George J. Flanigen IV. Executive Producers are Steve Buchanan, Robert Deaton, Pete Fisher, and Flanigen.

To find theaters, show times and purchase advance tickets, visit Tickets also available through and

The film’s official trailer can be seen soon by following the Opry and DigiNextEvents on Facebook or @opry and @DigiNextEvents on Twitter. #OPRYMOVIE

The Opry is set to celebrate its landmark 90th birthday this weekend (October 2 – 3) in Nashville, Tennessee. Country superstars Little Big Town and Carrie Underwood are among those scheduled for weekend performances, while shows later this month will feature Miranda Lambert, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss, Loretta Lynn, and The Charlie Daniels Band, among others.

About DigiNext, LLC: The future of film distribution, DigiNext has developed a comprehensive worldwide, direct-to-consumer (DtoC) movie release platform. The platform showcases the talents of today’s most talented and passionate directors and producers of independent features as well as issue-based documentaries, providing them with a unique and customized way to drive additional value and recognition of their work. DigiNext offers filmmakers a domestic theatrical release, plus a global, targeted reach to worldwide audiences. Brands and marketers can also access pre-selected targeted audiences via DigiNext’s end-to-end platform. DigiNext is a joint venture partnership between Carmike Cinemas (NASDAQ: CKEC), the nation’s fourth largest theatrical exhibitor - with approximately 2900 screens across 41 states - and Nehst Out, creator of a content distribution system reaching 70+ countries via electronic sell-through including digital downstream, DVD and other ancillary revenue opportunities.

About Carmike Cinemas: Carmike Cinemas, Inc. is a U.S. leader in alternative programming, digital cinema, 3-D cinema deployments and one of the nation's largest motion picture exhibitors. Carmike has 270 theatres with 2,882 screens in 41 states. The circuit includes 48 premium large format (PLF) auditoriums featuring state-of-the-art technology and luxurious seating, including 30 "BigDs," 16 IMAX auditoriums and two MuviXL screens. As "America's Hometown Theatre Chain" Carmike's primary focus is mid-sized communities. Visit for exact show-times and to purchase tickets.

About the Grand Ole Opry: The Grand Ole Opry® is country music’s most famous show and presents the best in the genre live every week from Nashville, Tenn.  Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at and, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP).  For more information, visit

©2015 Grand Ole Opry
Photo By: Chris Hollo

Images are provided gratis for journalistic use for one year from date of release in conjunction with coverage pertaining to the event of the photo.  All other uses require express written permission from Grand Ole Opry, LLC."

- A Press Release

Jr. Triad Wheelchair Basketball Team Looking for Players

"The Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department and Bridge II Sports are looking for players to compete on its new Jr. Tracker Wheelchair Basketball team. The team is free and open to anyone from grades kindergarten through high school with a physical disability. No previous experience is necessary to participate and all sports wheelchairs and equipment is provided. Players do not have to use a wheelchair on a daily basis to participate. Practices will be held on Wednesdays from 5-7 pm from Oct. 7 - Nov. 25 at the Simkins Sports Pavilion at Barber Park, 1500 Dans Rd. 

For more information, contact Sharon Williams with the City’s Mainstream Resources at 336-373-2954 or visit online at"

- A Press Release