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for Carolina Country Vol. 41 Issue 8, Aug 2009
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On October 1, 2009, North Carolina will become the first state in the Southeast to ban plastic bottles from landfills. Legislation was introduced to reduce energy consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions, as well as to save landfill space and reduce litter. The new law will also have positive effects on the state’s economy.
Until only a few years ago, few knew much about the first black Marines, or even that they trained in North Carolina. A museum is housed at today’s Camp Johnson in Jacksonville, where the first recruits attended boot camp in the 1940s. At the museum, visitors see what the men’s living quarters looked like, artifacts, and photographs.
The Hamlet passenger station was built in 1990 for the Seaboard Airline Railroad and is the only Victorian Queen Anne passenger station in North Carolina. Because of its history and unique architecture, the depot is known nationally and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To preserve the depot, the city of Hamlet and the North Carolina Department of Transportation relocated and renovated the station.
Acre Station Meat Farm specializes as a butcher for hog and beef farmers who raise animals without steroids or antibiotics. By working with local farmers to create the custom meat cuts and unique value-added products that bring them business, Acre Station is helping to rebuild North Carolina’s local food economy.
Approximately half of the electricity distributed by North Carolina’s electric cooperatives comes from carbon-free nuclear power sources. In 1981, North Carolina’s electric cooperatives became a part owner of Catawba Nuclear Station in York County, South Carolina. Since then, the Catawba generating station has been considered one of the nation’s most efficient plants.