New in the collection: Lumberton license plate

Front license plate with the words "Lumberton, The Progressive City."

Just as local license plates once touted friendliness — Randleman, “City of Friendly People,” and Zebulon, “Town of Friendly People” — so too did they claim progressiveness.

While Lumberton basks in today’s Miscellany spotlight, we could have just as easily recognized Ayden (“Progressive Community”), Dunn (“Pattern for Progress”), Simpson (“Together for Progress”) or Ahoskie and Statesville (each a “City of Progress”).


Death came suddenly to Muppets creator

On this day in 1990: Muppets creator Jim Henson, feeling under the weather, cuts short a Mother’s Day visit to Ahoskie to return to New York City.

Three days later he will die of a fast-spreading form of bacterial pneumonia.

Henson, 53, often visited Ahoskie, where his mother, Barbara Henson, had retired in the early 1980s.