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for North Carolina Vol. 58 Issue 2, Feb 2000
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North Carolina Rural Entrepreneurs through Action Learning (NC REAL) is offered in sixty-one high schools and community colleges across the state. The program guides students through the creation, design, and operation of their own small businesses.
With population growth outstripping their budgets, some school systems are trying new ways to raise money. Rowan and Burke counties have contracted with Coca-Cola and Pepsi respectively for exclusive rights to sell their products in the schools. The schools get needed funds for items like textbooks, scoreboards, and computers. Some school personnel question the commercialization, possible influence on curriculums by companies, and competition with the food service program.
Citizens of Mt. Olive are puzzled by the boycott of the Mt. Olive Pickle Company by the Farm Labor Organization Committee, an Ohio-based labor union. The company is the town's civic and business backbone and appears to be a good employer. It offers wages that average over $10 an hour; hires minorities (17 percent Hispanic and 49 percent black) but no migrant labor; and buys all cucumbers from union and nonunion farmers. Many townspeople feel the company is being made a scapegoat.
Widely traveled Bill Hensley lists some of his favorite accommodations around the state, including the Fearrington House, near Pittsboro, and the Grove Park Inn in Asheville.