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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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  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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  A more accurate engraving on this tiger cowrie shell might read “Souvenir of Nags Head Gift Shop” — tiger cowries rarely venture far from the Indian Ocean. But at least one made it to Chicago in 1893.  

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“Pearl Jam played a liberal benefit concert in Charlotte, North Carolina last weekend, a show billed hopefully as a ‘farewell’ party for conservative North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms, who’s running for his fifth term. Also on hand was singer Eddie Vedder’s new political guru — Ms. magazine founder and inner-child advocate Gloria Steinem, back from […]

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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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  “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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  “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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“[There are] countless small shrines in the hometowns or the adopted towns of native sons and daughters who went away to become famous, though some of the stars are barely remembered today. These museums are mostly special for their focus and usually reflect an undying care for their subjects by true keepers of the faith…. […]

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  “Hillary Clinton returned to the campaign trail Thursday, four days after her near fainting spell, with little room for another misstep. “The moment she took the stage, Clinton addressed the topic that has overwhelmed headlines since Sunday: Her health. She acknowledged to the Greensboro, North Carolina, crowd that being forced to stay at home […]

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  This odd plastic relic of the age of coin-op parking meters just makes me smile. Designed to slip over the top of a driver’s side window, it not only promotes the Cabarrus fair, but also serves to dodge a parking ticket and (I’m guessing here) to provide a couple of handy coathooks. Wonder how […]

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