A New Way of Seeing Science in North Carolina: In the hands and minds of our state's biggest thinkers, everyday objects give rise to revolutionary ideas.
We think of them as so different, our mountains and our coast. But viewed from above, the landscapes can mirror each other, giving our state beautiful scenic balance.
Textiles to Technology by Michael Graff
A scientific facility unlike anything else in the world, the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis masterminds a new future for the former mill town.
A Brilliant Oasis by Diane Summerville
The Triangle is home to nearly 200 science and technology enterprises. Some of the world’s brightest minds work here and come here to do business. Here’s where they go to relax.
The Everyman’s Weatherman by Leigh Ann Henion
When folks in western North Carolina need to know what the weather has in store for them, they turn to Ray Russell. He has the technology, the knowledge, and the ability to look out his window to get it right — most of the time.
Diving in Deep by Kevin Maurer
With no way to stop the predatory lionfish that have made their way to North Carolina waters, researchers at the Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research lab in Beaufort call for local divers to help curtail the invasion.
Flavor Wizards by David Bailey
Regularly mistaken for a bakery, Mother Murphy’s in Greensboro has been churning out delicious and intriguing aromas for more than half a century.
Tree Surgeon by Bill Thompson
For more than 50 years, Bus Hubbard has helped shape the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, branch by branch.
Women Writers of Hayti by Georgann Eubanks
A literary tour of Durham’s Hayti district uncovers the creative expression of dozens of African-American authors during the Jim Crow era.
Coastal Air by Jeri Rowe
With two wings and a wood propeller, the Carolina Belle takes people above the beach at Oak Island, giving ordinary pedestrians an extraordinary perspective.
- Web Exclusive Video: Climb aboard the Carolina Belle and experience the beauty of the North Carolina coast from 1,000 feet up! Jim and Laura Banky take you along for a ride.
Welcome to Our State
Science matters by Elizabeth Hudson
Started in 1901, Nobel Prizes recognize superlative efforts in everything from literature to medicine. Put on your thinking cap and see how well you know these Nobel laureates with North Carolina ties.
Tar Heel Books and Music
- 27 Views of Hillsborough: A Southern Town in Poetry and Prose introduction by Michael Malone.
- Jeff Cooper Photography by Jeff Cooper
- The Wind in the Woods by Rose Senehi
- Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, & the Making of a Nation by Malinda Maynor Lowery
- New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, 2010. Edited by Amy Hempel.
- Great Waterfalls of North Carolina: A Guide for Hikers, Photographers, and Waterfall Enthusiasts by Neil Regan
A Literary Community by Amber Nimocks
Owner Sharon Wheeler has reason to believe in Purple Crow Books’ success. She opened the store in a town populated by acclaimed writers and devoted readers.
Remember When by Casie Leigh Lukes
One man’s hobby grew into a haven for serious music collectors and a bright spot for many who just want to plug into their past.
Tar Heel Humor
Genius Wannabe by Daniel Wallace
Tar Heel Towns
Weaverville by Kent Priestley
The tiny town north of Asheville carves out its own identity, using the hands and personalities of its people.
- Web Exclusive: Meet the people who call Weaverville home in an Our State slideshow.
Tar Heel History
Lindley’s Mill by Debbie Moose
Under layers of flour dust lies the tumultuous history of Lindley’s Mill, which stood as an impartial witness to the struggle for American independence that divided many North Carolina families.
Tar Heel People
History Lessons by Laurie Weaver
Stokes County teacher Eric Marshall takes his fifth graders into battle and proves that history doesn’t have to be dull.
- Web Exclusive Join the ranks of fifth grade students at London Elementary as teacher Eric Marshall transforms the schoolyard into a living Civil War history lesson in an Our State video.
The Hidden Garden by Josh Shaffer
Throughout her career as a radiologic technologist, Frances Apple relied on the high-tech tools of her trade to reveal her patients’ conditions. Today, she uses those same X-rays to peer at the beauty within some unexpected subjects.
Tar Heel Tastes
Culinary Quest by David Bailey
Delivering a perfect meal is about more than ingredients and cooking utensils. For students in Guilford Technical Community College’s culinary program, it’s about mastering skills and self discipline.
Summer’s Last Stand by Charlotte Fekete
Pickled greens and jams are perfect ways to extend our gardens’ bounty into the fall and winter.
Tar Heel Gardening
Old-Fashioned Favorite by L.A. Jackson
A North Carolina classic, hollyhocks add height, color, and drama to your garden.
Dates & Events compiled by Mandy Stovall
Catch of the Day by Suzanne Capehart
The annual Spot Festival in Hampstead has all the earmarks of a traditional county fair – with a catch. Actually, make that thousands of catches.
Tar Heel Images
Sunset on Main by John F. Orolin of Hendersonville
As day’s last night breaks through the clouds, a lamp on Main Street in Hendersonville begins its nightly attempt to stand in for the sun.