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Archive for October, 2007

The North Carolina Yam Festival opens today in Tabor City. We found the overall-clad Yam shown here on the cover of the 1990 Tabor City Thoroughfare Plan.

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Dinner Idea

I was raised in the Midwest, a place where fruit-flavored gelatin offers virtually endless possibilities for culinary creativity. Fruit, vegetables, and various creamy substances all found their way into the many congealed salads of my youth. I thought myself well desensitized to any and all strange Jello dishes until I found a North Carolina recipe […]

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We’re always adding new cards to the North Carolina Postcards site, and the first cards for the following towns just went up! Bath China Grove Draper (now Eden) Falcon LaGrange Millbrook Mount Sterling Nashville Oak Island Oak Ridge Ramseur Robersonville Saint Helena Stanley Tapoco Walnut Cove And don’t forget, there are just three more days […]

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Although Grandfather Mountain has not achieved the iconic status that the Old Man of the Mountain had for citizens of the Granite State, we Tar Heels do have a special place in our hearts for our geological grandfather. Images of Grandfather Mountain are widely available, including on the North Carolina Collection’s postcard site, but do […]

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Let me go ahead and get this out of the way. I am biased. While I was born in Tennessee (once a part of the real Carolina), I’ve lived in North Carolina for 27 wonderful years and I graduated from the University of North Carolina. In my early teens, I spent one horrible year living […]

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With the advent of the Web, we’ve grown used to newspapers supplementing their print product with interactive and continually updated websites. The advantages of this expansion into a new medium are obvious–the websites are places to provide more information and to offer it in forms that the print page doesn’t permit. It’s all pretty neat, […]

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CNN’s website recently reported that Betty Lynn, the actress that played Barney Fife’s girlfriend Thelma Lou, has moved to Mount Airy, North Carolina. Finding that she was tired of Hollywood, Ms. Lynn decided that there was “NO place like [Mount Airy], unless it’s heaven.”

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Thomas Clayton Wolfe was born on this day in 1900 in Asheville, N.C. North Carolina’s most renowned writer, author of Look Homeward, Angel and You Can’t Go Home Again, is still celebrated in his hometown. Asheville is host this week to the Thomas Wolfe Festival, and the recently-restored Thomas Wolfe Memorial, site of Julia Wolfe’s […]

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Mayberry, Our Home Town

It happened at 9:30 p.m. on October 3, 1960 . . . the first episode of The Andy Griffith Show. In the 47 years since that night, the show has remained one of America’s all-time favorites. Read more about the debut and the initial reaction to it on the North Carolina Collection’s “This Month in […]

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