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."

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"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:

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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

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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."

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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"

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Local Nonprofit Organization to give FREE HUGS

"I Rock My Curves the Best (IRMC), will give free hugs on the corner of Friendly Ave and S. Elm Street near Center City Park Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. 

This event will kick off the 3rd Annual IRMC Food and Toiletry Drive supporting veterans and homeless this winter. Supporters are encouraged to drop off nonperishable foods, water, warm clothing, gallon zip lock bags and toiletry items. 

This community outreach day has been coined #HugsHealofTheTriad. Our mission is to serve those less fortunate and bring the community together for the greater good. This event is free to the public. 

I Rock My Curves The Best will partner with The Green Team Helping Hands, with hopes to serve over 300 friend and veterans in need. Efforts are year round. Continued support is appreciated. 

Our sponsors for this event: The Juice Shop and Biscuitville for your support. 
For more information, please contact Kenyatta Johnson, "

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Self-Help’s Choice Community Credit Union Adopting Self-Help Credit Union Name

Greensboro, N.C. – Choice Community Credit Union, which merged with Self-Help Credit Union in 2010, announced today that it is officially adopting Self-Help Credit Union’s name and logo as of Oct. 1, 2015.
Self-Help Credit Union’s Greensboro branch has continued operating as Choice since the merger in order to maintain continuity for members. With Self-Help’s growth to 18 North Carolina branches, uniting them all under the Self-Help name made good business sense and better serves credit union members.
“We will always value and treasure Choice’s history and look forward to further expanding our impact under the Self-Help name,” said Ron Wiley, Self-Help Credit Union’s Greensboro Branch Manager. “For our members, this will make clear that they can access Self-Help’s growing statewide network. What will not change is our commitment to serve all our members and the Greensboro community.”
The Battleground Avenue branch serves 9,000 Self-Help Credit Union members. Self-Help offers a full range of financial products and services including home loans and small business loans and consumer loans.
Self-Help’s longstanding Greensboro presence includes the redevelopment of the Self-Help Center downtown and financing home and commercial loans totaling $90 million in Guilford County. These loans have created or maintained an estimated 2,700 jobs and 72% of the loans have been to minorities, and 66% to low-income families.
In Northeast Greensboro, Self-Help is currently redeveloping Renaissance Shops at Phillips Avenue, a 45,000 square foot neighborhood shopping center that once included a supermarket, pharmacy and a public library. Once completed, Renaissance Shops is expected to house the Renaissance Community Co-op, Friendly Pharmacy, a health clinic and other businesses and community spaces.
Self-Help is also redeveloping Greensboro’s historic Revolution Mill. One of the city’s most significant landmarks, Revolution Mill is being fully built out as a 570,000 square foot mixed-use development. In addition to expanding the current first-class office space, the redevelopment includes building approximately 140 one and two bedroom apartments, and a 40,000 square foot creative campus designed specifically for entrepreneurs, working artists, and smaller creative companies. More information is available at
On Wednesday, November 11, Self-Help will celebrate its past, present and future developments in Greensboro by hosting its annual meeting at Revolution Mill. Mill tours begin at 5:00 pm at 1250 Revolution Mill Drive. The annual meeting starts at 6 pm at 900 Revolution Mill Drive. The event is free, wheelchair accessible, and open to the public. RSVP by calling 919-313-8522 or emailing More details are at

About Self-Help Credit Union
Self-Help, a nonprofit community development lender headquartered in North Carolina, has provided over $6.8 billion in financing to nearly 102,000 families, individuals and businesses. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing hundreds of homebuyers each year, as well as nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. Through its two credit unions and 40 branches, Self-Help serves over 117,000 families in North Carolina, California and Chicago and offers a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at"

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McDonald’s Sponsors Local FFA Concert with Chris Lane and Old Southern Moonshine Revival

Triad McDonald’s and the Guilford County FFA Alumni Association are teaming up for a concert with Chris Lane and special guest Old Southern Moonshine Revival band on Oct. 10 at Southern Guilford High School’s Football Stadium, 5700 Drake Rd., Greensboro. Tickets are $10-$20 at the door, cash only.  Proceeds from the concert will benefit FFA student members.

The concert is a joint event with Southeast and Southern Guilford High Schools’ chapters. Up to 4,000 people are expected to attend the concert, which the FFA hopes to make an annual event.  Chris Lane and Old Southern Moonshine Revival (or OSMR to their fans) are North Carolina-based musicians gaining national attention and an increasing fan base, especially with their teenage fans.

Triad McDonald’s restaurant owner and operator and Southeast FFA Alumni Johnny Tart says “Both myself and my daughter Courtney (a second generation McDonald’s owner and operator) attended Southeast High School and were members of the FFA.”

Tart continued “We support the FFA because we depend on local suppliers & farmers for our 91 restaurants in the Triad. This concert is an excellent opportunity for us both personally and professionally to support the organization. The Triad restaurants strive to use as many North Carolina and regional food sources as possible.”

In 2013, McDonald’s U.S. operations purchased more than 18 million pounds of beef, 20 million pounds of chicken, 63 million pounds of pork and 48 million pounds of flour from North Carolina suppliers.

Use the restaurant locator to locate the nearest restaurant in the Triad area.

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Triad McDonald’s and Guilford County FFA Alumni Association Concert
Chris Lane and Old Southern Moonshine Revival
Date: Oct. 10, 7 p.m.; Gates open 5 p.m.
Where: Southern Guilford High School, 5700 Drake Rd., Greensboro
Tickets: $10-$20, available at the door, cash only.
No coolers or pets are allowed in the venue. Concessions will be available for sale

About Triad McDonald’s Co-Op
There are 91 McDonald’s restaurants in the Triad, including Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. The restaurants are owned and operated by 25 local entrepreneurs. We are native, rooted and invested in the Triad and strive to be good neighbors by locally sourcing food and services, through annual employee and community scholarships, donations and other partnerships. We are proud to give a portion of their proceeds from Shamrock Shakes ®, fries and Happy Meals ® to the Ronald McDonald House ® of Winston-Salem ( Follow us locally on Twitter @McD_Triad for updates on our business, products and promotions.

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Gibb's Hundred Brewing Co. Wins Medal at the Great American Beer Festival

Brewmaster John Priest
GABF Gold medal is among the most coveted in the brewing world

GREENSBORO - Gibb's Hundred Brewing claimed a gold medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition’s 92 beer categories were announced September 26 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

Gibb's Hundred Brewing was recognized in the Extra Special Bitter beer-style category for The Guilty Party, a deep amber, malty brew with notes of caramel, nuttiness and biscuit. Gibb's Hundred Brewing was founded a year ago in Greensboro, NC.  The brewery will be celebrating its anniversary on October 17th with a street festival featuring live music, food trucks, eleven Gibb's beers on tap, and a new release of a special Barleywine.

"We put our heart and soul into every beer -- not just the sexy IPAs and Belgian Tripels," said Mark Gibb, co-founder with Sasha Gibb. "This win really showcases an underrated beer style, and validates the tremendous talent and hard work of our brewers John Priest and William Brown."

The 2015 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 242 expert judges from the record number of 6,647 entries received from 1,552 U.S. breweries.

- a press release