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1. In the N.C. mountains, what lucrative commodity is known as “sang”? 2. What Catawba County town may have been named after an Italian sculptor? 3. The “Chapel” in Chapel Hill was of what denomination? 4. Whom do the two classic equestrian statues in Greensboro and Winston-Salem honor? 5. Twice — in 1977 and 1991 […]

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  Yes, it’s just a fast-food placemat — but what better illustration of the core values of Charlotte-born and -based Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits? No Southern food goes undebated, of course.  

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On this day in 1952: “A preacher in Rocky Mount, N.C., announced he would burn a copy of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible to protest the substitution of ‘young woman’ for ‘virgin’ and other changes from the King James version. He also charged that the National Council of Churches of Christ was […]

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1. Where did Henry Clay write the memorable words, “I had rather be right than be president”?  2. In a commencement-speaking invitation to what president did Davidson refer to itself as “by far the most flourishing institution in North Carolina since the decline of the State University”?  3. What was the fate of the women’s […]

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“At this beach, the water is free of salt and jellyfish. Most of it is clear as a fountain, covering a little more than 2.5 square miles and reaching a depth of 12 feet. White Lake is technically not a lake but a Carolina bay marketed as the ‘Nation’s Safest Beach.’ The sandy lake floor […]

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1. Thelonious Monk, the jazz great born in Rocky Mount, often wore what in his lapel when playing New York clubs? 2. Whose liver is on display in a pan of formaldehyde at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia? 3. What bird, considered extinct in North Carolina since 1959, was reintroduced in 1984? 4. True or […]

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  “The large canning plant of J. G. Wood located at Copeland [outside Dobson] was totally destroyed by fire Thursday. The fire is thought to have started from a boiler room and was discovered about 9:30 p.m. The building was of wood construction and local means of stopping the fire were of no avail. Mr. […]

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1. “At the first gesture of morning, flies began stirring” — in what novel is this the opening sentence? 2. Billy Graham attracted his largest single-day audience — more than 1.1 million — in 1973. Where was it? 3. Which first name is more common in North Carolina than in any other state: Flake, Flay […]

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  Lots of pinback buttons came out of Jim Hunt’s four successful runs for governor — as well as his failed attempt to unseat Sen. Jesse Helms — but campaigns for lieutenant governor are relatively understated.  Hunt served just one term, 1973 to 1977, as a tune-up for moving up to “governor for life.”  

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“In 1926, the United Daughters of the Confederacy erected a monument to the Ku Klux Klan in a town [Concord] just outside Charlotte, North Carolina. Though the marker itself seems to have been lost to time—or more precisely, to the urbanization and shrubbery that has sprouted around it—proof of its existence endures thanks to the […]

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