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Family owned vineyard offers free ‘Grapes to Glass’ winemaking class

Friday, August 30th, 2013


AUTRYVILLE, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — For more than a decade Jesse & Frances Bullard have been growing a piece of North Carolina history, muscadine grapes. Nine years ago the vineyard at Quarter-Shy Farm was open to the public giving people the opportunity to pick their own grapes.

Today, Old Oak Vineyard at Quarter-Shy Farm is a family affair with daughter Jessica Bullard Swencki and husband, Akira working in partnership to help support the seasonal five-acre operation.

This Friday the vineyard will open for its 10th season and as an added bonus to old and new customers, the family is offering a free home winemaking class each Saturday during harvest at 10:00 a.m.

Jessica Swencki, graduate from the James Sprunt Community College Viticulture and Enology certificate program says the “Grapes to Glass” winemaking class is a needed addition to a day at the vineyard.

“We love interacting with our customers and realized many are picking grapes to experiment with home winemaking,” she said. “We are happy to offer an opportunity for individuals interested in seeing the process from start to finish and learning about tools and tips based on our family’s experiences.”

Swencki says individuals in the class can expect a hands-on experience and will leave with an informational step-by-step reference document.

The vineyard is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through the harvest season and will also be open Labor Day.

For additional information about vineyard operations or the “Grapes to Glass” winemaking class contact Jessica Swencki at (910) 524-7020 or at oldoakvineyard@gmail.com.

Vineyard address: 7050 NC Hwy 210 South, Autryville, NC 28428

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Hairston’s reckless driving case continued

Friday, August 30th, 2013

The court appearance for suspended North Carolina leading scorer P.J. Hairston on charges of speeding and reckless driving has been continued until next week.

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Here Now – Step Up for Soldiers taking a huge leap

Friday, August 30th, 2013

The organization plans to build a transitional home for the family of a returning veteran while he or she attends a local college or university

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Racial slurs spraypainted onto bar shock owner, patrons

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Patrons and the owner of Remedy's Lounge, located on Holden Beach Road, are repainting it after the owner says someone spray-painted racial slurs on the building and knocked out some windows, causing about $2,000 worth of damage.

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New ‘tax and tag’ together program begins Sunday

Friday, August 30th, 2013


RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina motorists are going to have to pay their vehicle property tax and registration bill at the same time if they want to get their tags.

The new combined tax and tag law is taking effect Sept. 1

Margaret Howell of the North Carolina Department of Transportation says that, under the current system, motorists renew their registration, and a property tax bill for the vehicle follows a few months later.

But that’s changing. Under the new law, motorists won’t be able to register their vehicles until the taxes are paid.

Howell says counties requested the new law. That’s because some motorists were putting off paying property taxes for their vehicles, and counties wanted the bills paid in a timely manner.

North Carolina has about 8.5 million registered vehicles.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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