Six generations — and counting — of the Plott family have bred a hound renowned for its tenacity, bravery, and indelible link to the Tar Heel State.
We Have a Winner!
In 1964, the inaugural winner of Jeopardy! was a North Carolina native — and her Southern accent may have helped earn her a spot on the taping of the show.
The 1980s: A Man of Grand Designs
Harvey Gantt arrives in Charlotte as a leader with vision, helping shape the city’s future as an architect and, following his election in 1983, as its first black mayor.
Tracking Turtles with the Box Turtle Connection
Why did the turtle cross the road? Turns out, it was following the homing instinct that forever draws it back to where it was born. Across the state, citizen scientists collect data that may help protect this beloved reptile — and sometimes lend a hand to turtles in trouble.
The Caretakers of Pony Island
Descended from colonial Spanish mustangs, the Banker ponies on Ocracoke Island have a special bond with the people who have looked after them over the years.
On Cardinals & Angels
For one artist in Kernersville, the bird that visits yards and gardens throughout the state, across every season, was a symbol of hope, comfort, and love.
A Tale of Two Fishes: Brook Trout & Red Drum
One scaly, swimming symbol alone could not tell the full story of our waters. Our state fishes represent two facets of North Carolina’s personality, two sides of a Southern coin: one as meditative as a remote mountain stream, the other as fiercely headstrong as the wild Atlantic.
Lessons from the Hive
A former hairstylist in Forsyth County turned to beekeeping and agriculture to help children learn about the beauty and wonder of nature.
In Search of State Symbols in Weymouth Woods
In a nature preserve in the heart of the Sandhills, many of North Carolina’s official state animals live in abundant harmony among the pines. Actually finding them, however, is another story.