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Rising in Orange County, the Eno River flows thirty miles before merging with the Flat and Little rivers to form the Neuse. Yet this small river has been fought over by developers who wanted to exploit it and environmentalists who wanted to preserve it. In 1965, Margaret Nygard helped organize the Association for the Preservation of the Eno River, a group that defeated every attempt to spoil the river. Today the Eno River State Park stands as a monument to their perseverance.
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In March 1541 Giovanni da Verrazano, a Florentine in the employ of Francis I of France, became the first white man to visit North Carolina. He wrote of his travels up the coast from North Carolina to New York, but France was too occupied at the time with European concerns to consider attempts at colonization. It would be almost sixty years before Verrazano's writings would be published in Richard Hakylut's Diver's Voyages (1582).
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Selma in Johnston County once had a thriving retail center, but its downtown businesses were lured away by strip malls on highways and interstates. Attempts at revitalizing failed because no one wanted to be in downtown Selma. Then in 1997, town manager Bruce Radford found the key to filling the old buildings - antiques. Today Selma is a popular antiques destination, and the dying downtown has come back to life.
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As a young naval lieutenant-commander during World War II, Herbert Hitch of Charlotte was sent to China in 1944 to make contact with Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-Tung. Mao gave him a confidential letter to bring back to Admiral Frank King. The contents of the letter, if acted upon, could have altered the course of history.
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When Thad Eure, Jr. and Charles Winston opened the Angus Barn in Raleigh on June 28, 1960, many thought the enterprise would be unsuccessful. The motif was modeled on Winston's grandfather's barn, and the specialty was Angus steaks, which no other restaurant was serving. Within four years the restaurant was a success. Over the years the Angus Barn had received many distinguished awards, and today it is one of Raleigh's premier restaurants.
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Sanford, county seat of Lee County, and Lillington, county seat of Harnett County, are around twenty-five miles apart. Yet they have different histories, one affected by the Cape Fear River and the other by the surrounding landscape. They also face possibilities of very different futures.
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