License Plate Special

A North Carolina artist recycles license plates, builds custom guitars, and sells them to celebrities and Tar Heels alike.
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Our State Publisher Receives N.C. Award

Bernie Mann bestowed with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine
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Chris and Bob Nutter Maple View Farm

Maple View Farm

In Hillsborough, a fifth-generation dairyman and his wife tend a herd of cows with a heritage as strong as the family’s.
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In Their Words: The Avett Brothers

Web Exclusive: An oral history of one of America’s most popular bands.
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To the Moon, from Chapel Hill

Nearly every U.S. astronaut until 1975 — yes, including Neil, Buzz, John, and Alan — trained at Morehead Planetarium. That’s where they learned to navigate outer space.

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A Forgotten Star

Kay Kyser once was the darling of Hollywood, but his name faded from radio charts after he returned to his North Carolina home.
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The Father of Vicks

We know it for its smell. We know it for its healing powers. Vicks VapoRub has been a household staple for a century, but the man who made it famous is still a mystery.
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Biscuits, Hayrides, and Christmas Trees

A farm in Back Swamp has a collection of country comforts that make it worth a stop.
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Backstage at Raleigh Little Theatre

Audience members never know how volunteers keep things running smoothly behind the scenes in Raleigh’s oldest community theater.
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The Sweet Potato Band

A group climbs the charts and carries the state vegetable’s good name with it on the way.
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Uncle Joe and The Turkey Bowl

For decades in a backyard in Chapel Hill, there was a post-Thanksgiving meal tradition: football. A game in which family became foes, and touch became tackle. One writer remembers it as the stuff of legend.
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