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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Big Mountain Love Story

For 18 years, an inn on a mountain between Dillsboro and Bryson City has been the home of George and Hanneke Ware, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
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Steady Hands

Tina Gregory practices scherenschnitte — an art form of extreme patience. With every snip, she trims away the excess, and beauty emerges from the remnants.
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Most Inspiring Teacher Contest

Most Inspiring Teacher Contest Winner

Thank you to the readers who submitted inspiring teacher stories and congratulations to the winner, Jacqueline Boykin of Williamston!
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Batman of Swain County

Lifelong adventurer Keith Bruce, a retired dentist, flies into his later years on a zip line and the belief that life should be a ride.
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Glory Bound

The captain of the Yadkin Stars is a fearless and loyal leader. But throughout his tenure and journey north as a prisoner of war, William Henry Asbury Speer remains haunted by a weary ambivalence toward the cause and this unwinnable war.
(Volume 1, Part 5)
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Stinson's Ranch, Nags Head, North Carolina

A House Above Water

For 40 years, the Nags Head cottage has beckoned the Stinson family home.
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An Act of Honor

The Willis Richardson Players in Wilmington take the stage at Thalian Hall twice a year. Sometimes, they put on a rousing musical, while other shows drive home a drama’s heartfelt message.
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The Oyster Way

It’s sometimes raw and sometimes steamed and sometimes fried. It never moves. But it always works. And we should be kinder to it. The oyster is good to us.
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Mountain Dancer: Flatfooting in Appalachia

When he was a boy growing up in Sugar Grove, Robert Dotson took up flatfooting. He made his home in the same High Country community, and became a master of an art form that requires his feet stay close to the ground.
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Rusty Bucket Man

He toured the country as an actor, but when John Demers fell ill, he realized he had everything he needed in Apex, and created “The Rusty Bucket Kids,” an educational TV show set right at home.
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