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1. In 1907 the town of Chadbourn in Columbus County claimed a world record for a one-day shipment of what agricultural product? 2. What comic actor lost his father and two brothers in the 1974 crash of Eastern Air Lines Flight 212 at what is now Charlotte/Douglas International? 3. What is the largest “City” in […]

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Several new titles were just added to “New in the North Carolina Collection.” To see the full list simply click on the link in the entry or click on the “New in the North Carolina Collection” tab at the top of the page. As always, full citations for all the new titles can be found […]

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  During the greater part of the 20th century, municipalities in North Carolina were empowered to collect their own vehicle taxes — and to issue license plates.  Local officials often saw this as an opportunity to add a unique self-promotional slogan. If you’re advertising Apex, nobody’s likely to beat you to the title of “Peak […]

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“My father was an AME Zion minister in Badin, North Carolina, and the Albemarle area, and one of the reasons I was so drawn to [Thelonious] Monk’s music was because I recognized right away that all of his rhythms were church rhythms. It was very familiar to me. Monk’s brand of swing came straight out […]

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1. In 1764, colonial Gov. William Tryon suggested what innovation to the postmaster general in London for speeding dispatches from North Carolina? 2. The first crash of a commercial airliner in North Carolina occurred in 1960. What was the cause? 3. In the early 1900s what organization was empowered to enforce North Carolina’s game laws? […]

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“About 450 attended, compared with about 1,500 in Asheville Wednesday and an even larger crowd in Raleigh Tuesday. “Out of deference to UNC-Charlotte’s televised basketball game [against N.C. State in the NIT], Wallace spoke a little more than 20 minutes…. “Wallace was joined on the Park Center stage by Barry Worley, who was shot in […]

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1. North Carolina’s road-building program was so admired that in 1929 the governor of another state hired away not only the chief engineer but also 21 staff members. Who was the governor? 2. In commercials during the 1960s cartoon sitcom “The Flintstones” what brand of cigarettes did Fred and Wilma smoke? 3. True or false: […]

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This 6-inch-tall composite figurine of Kemba Walker was given away to fans at Time Warner Cable Arena, Jan. 22, 2014. The Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, 95-91, despite point guard Walker’s missing the game with an ankle sprain. This was the last season the city’s NBA team went by Bobcats. It’s complicated: After […]

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1. Which last name is more common in North Carolina than any other state: Earnhardt, Isenhour or Helms? 2. In North Carolina what was the most notable achievement of the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps? 3. The first U.S. census, taken in 1790, ranked North Carolina where among the 17 states? 4. Was the last […]

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Perry-Belch Fish Co. was founded in Colerain 1927 and reconstituted as Perry-Wynns Fish Co. in 1952. According to a summary of company papers at NCSU Libraries, “For decades, it was the largest freshwater herring fishery in the world, packing both herring and herring roe under the Tidewater Brand, the Bertie Brand and Chowan’s Best. It […]

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