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On this day in 1999: Ben Folds Five, Smashmouth, Dovetail Joint, Fountains of Wayne, Jimmy Eat World and 2 Skinnee J’s headline a benefit concert for refugees from Kosovo in Albania. Tickets at Charlotte’s Blockbuster Pavilion (later PNC Music Pavilion): $19.65, $15.65, $10.65.  

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“Sitting at 4,600 ft. elevation, Ghost Town in the Sky [later Ghost Town Village]  has been in existence since 1961. R.B. Coburn built the Wild West-themed amusement park on Buck Mountain for $1 million. “During its peak seasons, the park welcomed around 500,000 guests. These guests moved quickly through the park as the chairlift impressively […]

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No date on this promotional plate, but Highlands lost its bragging rights in 1981 with the incorporation of Beech Mountain (5,506 feet).  

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This celluloid badge was distributed by INFACT, a Boston non-profit, as it launched the Challenging Big Tobacco Campaign in 1994. Philip Morris and its numerous subsidiaries such as Kraft were already under attack by the anti-smoking movement. “We want to get parents outraged at attempts by the tobacco companies to get children to smoke,” said […]

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“There are only a handful of working gristmills in North Carolina today, but they once played a vital role as community centers. “ ‘In the South, we used to have a mill in almost every county. Everyone knew their local miller,’ says Bryan King, fourth-generation miller of Lakeside Mills in Spindale. “Though they may not […]

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“Dropping our bags in our room at the Carolina Inn after a half-hour drive west by rental car procured at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, we hoof it several blocks to the Yogurt Pump. Fleeing a luxurious room in a historical hotel for a local frozen yogurt shop may seem odd. But then YoPo, as it is […]

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Municipal license plates are no longer being issued by Grifton (or anywhere else), but the Shad Festival lives on. This year’s will be April 20-22 (and will of course include the traditional Shad Toss). Since 1971 the town has been celebrating the annual return of shad upstream from the Atlantic Ocean to Contentnea Creek, a tributary […]

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Is there a country ham expert in the house? I’d like to know more about Tom’s Ham Co. of Central Falls, but the Randolph County Public Library hasn’t been able to help, and I’m still awaiting approval to join the enthusiastic Facebook group I Grew Up In Asheboro, North Carolina!!! Considerably less understated than Tom’s […]

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If you know the story on this 2-inch by 3-inch cast iron paperweight (?), you’re one up on me — and on the experts at North Carolina State. “The university archivist,” I’m told, “thinks this likely dates from the 1930s or the 1940s and suggested that perhaps it was a student project rather than an […]

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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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