Elizabeth Gardner grew up fascinated by the hexagonal flakes that fell outside her Raleigh home. Today, as a Triangle-area meteorologist, she helps her community brace for The Big One.
Our State’s 5 Greatest Debates of 2021
Who came out on top? Discover the match-ups that North Carolinians were most excited to cast their vote in this year.
Our State’s 5 Most Popular Stories of 2021
From a history of North Carolina’s gold rush to a round-up of iconic barbecue joints across the state, these stories were our readers’ favorites this year.
Freedom on Wheels in Winston-Salem
A bicycle maker has turned his childhood sense of adventure into a career that lets him share the gift of pedaling through life’s ups and downs.
Toys We Treasured
Every generation knows the fizzy anticipation of waiting for Christmas morning — and the lazy warmth of the day that follows. For some North Carolina kids, the joy of finding that Santa brought a hoped-for gift — a model train, a brand-new bicycle, a sled — sparks a lifelong passion.
Game for Fun in Wilmington
The gift of a board game helped move a man to the first square in a career at play.
Joy Rides in Blowing Rock
In a private showroom in Watauga County, an early trailblazer in online auto sales collects life-size versions of the toy cars of Christmases past.
Aunt Nancy’s Cookies
A writer in Greensboro recalls how a favorite relative arrived each December, bearing shirt boxes brimming with old-school gems.
The Scenic Route
Six nature lovers set out on different life paths, but each route ultimately led to the Blue Ridge Parkway.