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During the 1973-74 indoor track season, which was held on various tracks around the country, Tony Waldrop of Polk County accomplished a feat that had never been equaled. Competing in the indoor mile, he won, in less than two months, seven straight races with times under four minutes. He retired from running in 1976, completed his doctorate, and today is a professor at the University of Illinois.
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Benjamin Cleveland was born in Virginia in 1738 and moved, in 1769, to Rowan County. He was a prominent figure in the early history of the area. However, it was as the leader of soldiers from Wilkes and Surry Counties at the Battle of Kings Mountain that he won lasting fame. After the war, he moved to South Carolina and became a county judge.
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Each of the state's one hundred county courthouses is filled with stories of fascinating events that occurred there. In Jackson County, in 1914, for example, a local car dealer drove a Model T Ford up the building's 107 steps to prove that his product could climb the mountain roads.
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Founded on the cotton industry in the early 1800s, the town of Matthews, population 13,000, began life as Stumptown. It is a town proud of its sense of community and of its keeping its identify in the rapidly growing Charlotte area. Currently a number of improvement projects are underway, including revitalizing the business district and turning the old high school into a community center.
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On March 20, 1998, a tornado struck Stoneville in Rockingham County. Two people were killed, the business district destroyed, and 450 homes destroyed. Yet one year later, the town has come back to life through the spirit and resourcefulness of its citizens and the help of strangers.
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Tea dates back over 5,000 years to ancient China and is one of the world's most popular beverages, being second only to water. In pre- Revolutionary days the tea tax was an irritant to colonists, resulting in the famous Boston Tea Party, in 1773, and locally, the Edenton Tea Party in 1774. In 1980, the Twining Company of London opened a plant in Greensboro that makes 12 million tea bags a day.
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Tea rooms are found from the mountains to the coast, and each is unique. Among the state's tea rooms are The Peaceful Dragon Tea House and Cultural Center and the Tea Rex in Charlotte, Sarah's Pocket Tea Room in New Bern, and the Tranquil House Inn in Manteo.
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The University of North Carolina at Wilmington's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree is in its third year. Spaces in the program are limited, and competition for them is high. In 1998, seventy-five individuals applied for the twelve openings. In addition to a talented university writing faculty, nationally-known writers teach a semester, sharing their expertise and knowledge.
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Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 66 Issue 10, Mar 1999, p47-50,52, il, por Periodical Website
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Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald, vacationed often with her parents in Western Carolina. Little could she know that she would die in a fire in 1948 in Asheville's Highland Hospital, where she was confined as a psychiatric patient. The cause of Buncombe County's most disastrous hospital fire, in which nine died, has never been determined.
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Founded in 1705, Bath, the oldest incorporated town in the state, was prominent in politics and trade until after the Revolution. Today, with its population swelled from twelve to 250 over almost three centuries, it is a small, quaint, historic town, attractive to visitors.
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Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 66 Issue 10, Mar 1999, p55-58,60, il Periodical Website
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South Mountain State Park, created by the General Assembly in 1974, has over 12,000 acres of spectacular scenery, streams, solitude, and diverse biology. The park, located near Morganton, has grown in popularity over the years and recently approached a yearly total of 100,000 visitors.
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