Rowan County Peace Poles

Peace Poles Unite Many in Rowan County

The symbol erected in parks throughout Rowan County is simple, its message clear and easy to understand no matter the language: May Peace Prevail On Earth.
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Arts & Culture

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Mountain Must-Reads

Whether you’re planning a visit to western North Carolina this fall and need a book for the road, or you don’t have time for a road trip but wish you did, immerse yourself in these Appalachian classics, recommended by the people who know best — booksellers from two of our favorite mountain bookstores.
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Unearthed Series

Lowes Foods has partnered with Our State to produce “Unearthed,” a powerful online video series that brings local farms and family businesses to life. It explains their importance to our community, economy and well-being. Just a few reasons why Lowes Foods proudly sells the freshest items from over 200 local farms every day.
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North Carolina Mountain Music Playlist

Your mountain road trip isn’t just about arriving at your final destination; it’s about enjoying every bend, curve, and overlook along the way. Enjoy this collection of music perfect for a scenic byway cruise, featuring some of our favorite musical artists from western N.C.
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Farm Aid 2014

Follow along with us at this year’s Farm Aid, which features the best music has to offer while remaining true to its ultimate mission: supporting farmers and strengthening American agriculture.
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The Rural Academy Theater

Why would a band of performers traverse western North Carolina in a wagon? Because in entertainment, delivery matters.
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A Love Letter to North Carolina

Drew Perry has a crush on North Carolina, and he doesn’t care who knows it. To illustrate his ode to the Old North State, we sent artist Suzanne Cabrera to paint the scenes of some of the writer’s favorite memories.
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2014 Singer-Songwriter Competition Results

Presenting the final results of Our State‘s 2014 Singer-Songwriter competition.
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Halftime Heros

Whether their team is winning or losing, marching bands at historically black colleges keep the fans on their feet.
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A Guide to North Carolina’s College Mascots

The only way we could get this motley crew of birds, beasts, and men to pose together was to illustrate them. But the rivalries between these Division I good luck charms are good-natured — we think.
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Saturday Spirit

Food and football give us a reason to gather. But the essence of tailgating is something deeper.
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