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Purple Heart Ceremony at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church

Wounded veterans share a common bond. Watch scenes from a Purple Heart ceremony at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. Read more about the Purple Heart Ceremony in the November 2013 issue of Our State.

BJ Leiderman Plays NPR’s “Science Friday” Theme Song

NPR’s jingle writer BJ Leiderman plays an improvised version of his newly written theme song for NPR’s “Science Friday.” Read more about the musician in Our State’s September 2013 issue.

Cape Fear Lighthouse Lens: Bringing Home The Light

The 1903 Cape Fear Lighthouse was demolished in 1958. Now meet the people who are rebuilding its lost Fresnel lens. Read more about N.C. lighthouses in Our State’s May 2013 issue.

The Happy Valley Pals

The Happy Valley Pals of Raleigh, NC perform the little-known genre of traditional Piedmont music. Read more about them in the May 2013 issue of Our State.

Jim Avett Sings Impromptu

Jim Avett plays a song for reporter Michael Kruse. Read more about the Avett Brothers and their family in Our State’s January 2013 issue.

The Mule Rider

Bernie Harberts rode Woody, his 20 year old mule, across North Carolina, and then all the way to California. He shared with us what he learned on his journey across the state, and what kept him going through rough conditions. Read more about Bernie Harbers in the March 2013 issue of Our State.

Hillsborough BBQ Company

Spend a day with the folks at Hillsborough BBQ Company and see what makes them different. Read more about Hillsborough BBQ Company in Our State’s March 2013 issue.

What the Locals Know: Morehead City

The mayor, a historian, and the local newspaper’s publisher in Morehead City share what every visitor should do while in town. Find out more about Morehead City in the April 2013 issue.

The Restorative Power of the River

On the banks of the New River, Rev. Dr. Rick Bennett, the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Elkin, N.C., describes the river as a sanctuary for familial and spiritual connection. Read Bennett’s contribution to the December 2013 issue here.

How to Survive Winter Backpacking

Winter backpacking takes some preparation and planning. Learn from John Pugh, an expert guide at Great Outdoor Provision Company, about 6 essentials you can’t forget on your next winter hike. Read more about winter camping in Our State’s February 2013 issue.

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