In a month when everyone’s looking for four-leaf clovers and leprechauns, we’re paying tribute to North Carolinians who have made historic discoveries and found good fortune — including gold — all on their own.
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.
Andy Thompson applies fresh coats of paint to fading murals around the state.
An Ode to a Southern Staple: Grits
Some grits recipes are passed down for generations. Other flavorful preparations are created in the kitchens of innovative chefs. Then there are those newfound traditions born from curiosity and happenstance.
The Avett Brothers
There were two boys, Scott and Seth Avett, in Concord. And then there were THE AVETT BROTHERS. This is the story of the in-between — how the band that sounds like where it’s from got from here to the world.
North Carolina: The Golden State
Two centuries ago, a young boy’s accidental discovery in Cabarrus County led to the first gold rush in the United States. For 50 years, North Carolina led the nation in gold production and gave a young country a new kind of wealth.
Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe
These hearty green 'maters are perfect dipped in your favorite rémoulade sauce.
Playing by Heart: The Story of Jim Avett
Jim Avett’s life is a song with many verses, but it always returns to the chorus — a hard-working father with a passion for music.
A Place of Life: Concord Memorial Garden
In downtown Concord’s Memorial Garden, personal stories bring character to beautiful landscapes.