Peter-Geiger

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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People

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Dance Till Dawn

In Rocky Mount, June Germans were the high-society highlight of the year, transforming tobacco warehouses and bringing big bands, national press, and even a movie star to town.
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Russell Palmer and Charlie Daniels

The Man Who Taught a Fiddler to Play Guitar

Before he learned to play fiddle, the South’s most famous fiddler learned to play guitar. Charlie Daniels has never forgotten that moment, or the friend who taught him.
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Artist Spotlight: Joe Newberry

Joe Newberry has been playing banjo since his childhood in Missouri, but since moving to North Carolina he has gained notoriety, friendships, and a place to call home.
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Appalachian Spring

The Language of Landscape

The banjo player for the internationally renowned Kruger Brothers finds harmony in the hills. There’s nowhere else he’d rather be.
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Joe Newberry: Live at Our State

Joe Newberry fills the Our State library with vivid stories and sounds of Appalachia.
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War Memorial Stadium

In Greensboro, baseball fans long to see their old red-clay infield revived.
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Our Ava

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.

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Troutman Homecoming

The Troutman family tree has deep roots in Iredell County — as well as 11 generations’ worth of branches. For more than a century, the family has celebrated its lineage with a birthday party that brings Troutmans here from down the road and across the country.

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Party on the Line

Telephone operators once helped connect folks across the state before “If you’d like to make a call … ” became standard.
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Our Most Maligned Mammal

Considered bird-feeder thieves by many — and even worse by some — these furry critters are still our cutest state symbol — paws down.
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