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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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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Bodie Lighthouse Feature

Drawn to the Light

Dozens of lighthouse keepers and their families have called Bodie Island Lighthouse home. Hundreds of those keepers’ descendants returned to see the newly renovated beacon, share stories of living on the island, and take in the view that once belonged only to them.
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The Wilderness Poet: George Ellison

At home in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, naturalist and writer George Ellison and his artist wife, Elizabeth, find peace and inspiration.
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Mark Bannerman

One Man’s Trash: Art by Mark Bannerman

Bits and pieces, scraps and slivers: For Mark Bannerman, every little object is a treasure.
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David Olney 40 Acres

Living-Room Concerts at Five Oaks Clubhouse

In a quiet corner of Durham, a neighborhood clubhouse moonlights as a roots-music venue.
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Welborn Gallery Yadkinville

A Home for the Arts

When art lovers in Yadkinville repurposed a long-empty building downtown, they got the cultural anchor they knew had been missing.
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Loray Strike

The Loray Mill Strike in Gastonia

Demands for higher pay and a 40-hour workweek ignite a furor in Gastonia in 1929.
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