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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on June 17, 2004 1:55 PM

Candidate forum

The Goldsboro-Wayne Branch of the NAACP will sponsor a candidate's forum for the office of Register of Deeds on June 29.

The forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Wayne County Public Library. The public is invited.

Questions for the candidates may be mailed to Goldsboro-Wayne Branch NAACP, P.O. Box 1205, Goldsboro, N.C. 27533-1205.

Tourism events

The Goldsboro Travel and Tourism Department is preparing to publish its calendar of events for July and September.

If you have any event open to visitors to Wayne County, contact the Travel and Tourism Department at 734-2245 to have the event listed. The deadline to have an event listed is June 21.

The Travel and Tourism Department is also collecting event information for the N.C. Calendar of Events for January through June, 2005. The deadline to have an event listed in this publication is July 19. Certain restrictions apply to this publication.

Prairies in N.C.?

Prairies, which were scattered across the Piedmont region until two centuries ago, are undergoing a mini-revival, according to the June issue of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine.

The Piedmont was a dense, unbroken forest when European settlers first arrived -- that's long been the common assumption, anyway. But researchers have rediscovered natural evidence, as well as period accounts, of a landscape that was more diverse. Although hardwood forests of oak and hickory were plentiful, they were punctuated by rolling plains of tall grasses and herbs.

Fire created most of these clearings -- either by lightning or, more likely, American Indians, who used the grasslands to grow crops and to draw game animals out of the woods. Grazing herds of buffalo and elk, which once were abundant in North Carolina, helped keep the open lands treeless. The forests and prairies persisted for 12,000 years, until settlers arrived bearing axes and plows.

Wildlife in North Carolina magazine is a monthly publication of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Young at Heart

From information on Alzheimer's disease to tips on planning for financial security to volunteer opportunities for seniors, a special section, Young at Heart, in today's News-Argus should be of interest to people of all ages.