Quiz: Studying Success

From boatbuilding to filmmaking, North Carolina’s public community college system — the third largest in the nation — provides diverse opportunities to all of its students.

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The Honey Hog Restaurant Raises & Amazes

In Cleveland County, a popular barbecue restaurant goes beyond the concept of farm-to-table: The pulled pork and brisket that’s loaded onto plates and into takeout containers comes from The Honey Hog’s very own pastures, right down the road.



The Perfect Pitch

In the right tent, you can camp just about anywhere. For the Ramblin’ Family, a nylon palace was a home away from home and a shelter through gusty nights in the High Country.

Planting Season

Potato Pals

Sharing his love of growing vegetables with a new crop of young gardeners gives one writer a renewed appreciation for the harvests he gathers from his little plot in Asheboro.

A Tribute to North Carolina Nurses

North Carolina’s Heroes of Healing

Nursing has a long history in our state, yet the stories of the women and men who care for us too often go untold. The past year has renewed our appreciation for these health-care heroes, so this month, we’re shining a spotlight on their work — and saying thank you.

The Gentle Giant from Swannanoa

Ernest Grant is exploding stereotypes in the medical world, not only as the first Black man to serve as president of the American Nursing Association — but also as the first man, period.

Native Healing in Pembroke

Growing up in the close-knit Lumbee community, an educator in Robeson County walked the same farmland as her ancestors. Today, she gives back to that land by nurturing nursing students from across rural North Carolina.

Called to Serve

Growing up near Fort Bragg instilled in one young nurse a sense of duty to community and country. She’d go on to reach the rank of lieutenant general, eventually assuming command as Army Surgeon General — the first woman ever to do so.

To Care & to Cure

A love affair with healing, beginning as a teenage candy striper, led this nurse to a decades-long health-care position in the corporate world — and, eventually, a seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Angel of an Epidemic

In the late-1980s, a Boone nurse opened the doors of her western North Carolina home to AIDS patients and HIV-positive men, giving them space to cry, shoulders to lean on, and fellowship with other sufferers at a time when fear kept some people from even lending a hand.