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During the days leading up to Halloween, North Carolina Miscellany is posting articles from North Carolina newspapers about one of our favorite Halloween characters, the witch. Witches tended to be the scapegoat for just about any problem in a person’s life. One common complaint attributed to a witch’s curse was being unable to churn your […]

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1. After suffering facial cuts in a 1974 crash at Charlotte Motor Speedway, what driver ordered the ambulance crew to make sure a plastic surgeon was standing by at the hospital? 2. A UNC basketball star of the ’90s shares his name with Gomer Pyle’s drill instructor — what is it? 3. How many North […]

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  ” Guns, gay rights and health care drew the hottest exchanges in the second presidential debate between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush…. “On gay rights, the two agreed that marriage is a union ‘between a man and a woman,’ but Gore pointed out that he and both  vice presidential candidates, Joe […]

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On October 5, the city of Rocky Mount installed an historical marker honoring James Kern “Kay” Kyser (1905-1985).  Kyser was a native of Rocky Mount and a 1928 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill.  While at UNC, Kyser majored in commerce and was active in numerous extracurricular activities, including acting as head cheerleader for the Tar Heels […]

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Lest you need reminding, Election Day is 26 days away. Candidates and their supporters are knocking on your door, calling you at supper time, and filling your mailbox with campaign literature. We have no way to protect your doors or keep your phone from ringing. But we’re glad to help with the mailbox clutter. As […]

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It’s October! That means Halloween is almost upon us. During the days leading up to Halloween, North Carolina Miscellany is posting articles from North Carolina newspapers about one of our favorite Halloween characters, the witch. In the past if you didn’t know anything else about witches, you at least knew about the witches’ bridle. This […]

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1. What innovation made by Warner Stamey of Greensboro in the 1950s soon became common at barbecue joints across the state? 2. Who were the 23 Charlotteans who appeared on the cover of Life magazine on July 9, 1951? 3. Jesse Helms teasingly sang “Dixie” to what fellow U.S. senator during a 1993 Capitol Hill […]

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  “Putt-Putt golf was created in Fayetteville in 1954 when businessman Don Clayton opened the first course. Putt-Putt is a specific type of miniature golf that Clayton patented to focus on putting skills rather than gimmicks such as windmills and scenery. “Putt-Putt became immensely popular, and though the corporation remained in North Carolina, more than […]

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1. True or false: North Carolina has no remaining covered bridges. 2. How many times did Gomer Pyle say “Golllly!” on “The Andy Griffith Show”? 3. In 1950, North Carolina led the nation in number of minor league baseball teams. How many teams did it field — 15, 25 or 45? 4. Which of these […]

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  “Souvenir travel decals are a part of America’s automotive vacation and touring history. They were made and sold by the untold millions during the Golden Age of highway travel –1945-1970. Today, they have virtually disappeared.” — From Lost Highway Art Co. Since 1888 Mount Mitchell has had five structures erected on its summit to […]

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