For about 10 days in 1917 and 1918, the waters from the Great Dismal Swamp to the Outer Banks iced over, trapping humans, animals, and boats. Eastern N.C. lay paralyzed, waiting for the thaw.
Ava Gardner lit the world on fire with her breathtaking beauty and fiery spirit. She was raised as a farmer’s daughter near Smithfield. She transformed herself into a Hollywood starlet, a crooner’s wife, and a legacy. The world will never forget her. And we will never stop remembering — she was ours.
The achievements chronicled at the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame elicit “Where were you?” queries from older generations, and “Who’s that?” exclamations from young fans. Coach Bill Guthridge has an answer to both questions: That’s him on the sidelines.