“If you have a can of Miller beer in the refrigerator, there is a pretty good chance you have a product of Ball Corp.‘s Reidsville can plant. Not the beer, but the can itself.
“Ball, the world’s largest beverage can maker, has owned the plant since 1998. It employs 187 people [and] produces 1.8 billion recyclable aluminum cans a year….”
— From “Ball’s can plant in Reidsville” in the Greensboro News & Record (May 22, 2011)
“In 2015, MillerCoors announced it would close the brewery [in Eden] and lay off the 500 or so people who worked there.
“Then, in 2016, Ball Corp., which had made the cans and packaging for MillerCoors, said it would close its plant in nearby Reidsville in mid-2017.”
— From “The Downsides of ‘Efficiency’ “ by Alana Semuels in the Atlantic (March 2, 2017)
From happier times, this celebratory souvenir pennant.
— “Colonial America’s Interstate 95.” (Or maybe I-81?)
— David Goldfield gets his turn at bat in the Disunion blog.
— Alas, high-altitude vandalism didn’t end with Elisha Mitchell’s monument.
— Did I really kill half a morning reading these obsessively detailed histories of moribund malls in Eden, High Point and Hendersonville?
— In the Pilot of Southern Pines, Stephen Smith finds a silver lining in the theft of the historical marker identifying the Weymouth Center as the former home of novelist James Boyd.
— Volunteers in Eden retrieve a sunken 40-foot bateau replica from the Dan River.
— Ben Steelman answers a reader’s question about the checkered tenancy of downtown Wilmington’s old Masonic Temple, aka St. John’s hall.
— Is North Carolina’s official state horse really unAmerican?