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Tomlin compiles some of the state's most interesting records, including the largest collard, the longest string of chili pepper pods, the heaviest cantaloupe, and the world's longest sentence.
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Bruce Roberts is a photographer. His pictures illustrated his wife Cheryl's books on North Carolina ghosts, and together they have authored a number of books on lighthouses. His work appears in national magazines, including TIME, LIFE, and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, and he has been a photographer for THE TAMPA TRIBUNE and THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. In the 1970s he was director of photography for SOUTHERN LIVING. The Roberts founded the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society in the 1990s and worked to save Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. On January 7, 2001, Roberts received OUR STATE magazine's first Carl Goerch Award for outstanding service to North Carolina.
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Snow Hill, once a major stop on Contentnea Creek for water travel in the 19th-century, is the county seat of Greene County. It is a town of historic architecture, a place where the Snow Hill Billies baseball team attracted more spectators than the town's population, and where in 1946, Happy Jack Mange Medicine was created. Since the town and county are heavily dependent on tobacco, efforts are being made to find alternate crops like kenaf and to expand the industrial community.
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Open lands are falling to urban sprawl. Between 1992 and 1997, almost 160,000 acres per year of farms, forests, and rural lands were lost to urban development. Half of the state's natural areas remain unprotected. Standing against these encroachments are the state's almost two dozen land trusts. Mostly voluntary, these groups provide services and assistance, including conservation easements, strategic estate planning, and land transfers to private landowners who seek to protect open spaces.
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On February 21, 2001, the North Carolina Symphony will play a grand-opening gala concert in the new 1700-seat Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. For the first time in its 68-year history, the symphony will have its own performance hall, designed strictly with musicians in mind. Prior to this, the orchestra played in Memorial Auditorium, a venue shared by a variety of performing groups.
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Hudson describes how Winston-Salem conceptual artist, Clark Whittington, discovered a new use for vending machines that are no longer used. Whittington refurbishes the machines. Called an Art-O-Mat, they now dispense original works of art at prices ranging between $3 and $5. Half of the sale price goes to the artist; a percentage is donated to arts- related charities.
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No one could foresee in 1989 the growth of population, construction, and economy in North Carolina by the year 2000. Such rapid growth, however, creates serious problems to air quality, water quality, and to the supply of drinking water, all of which can have an impact upon the state's ability to maintain its growth.
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In 1982, a group of citizens concerned about the effects of pollution on the Haw River formed the Haw River Assembly. Silcox-Jarrett describes how this grassroots group promoted public awareness of the need to protect the river and how their goal was realized.
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The North Carolina Sea Turtle Protection Program, which is run by the Wildlife Resources Commission, seeks to protect sea turtle nests and hatchlings and to collect mortality data. Comer describes how the Holden Beach Sea Turtle Watch caries out this mission and how stranded, sick, and injured sea turtles are handled.
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Thousands of North Carolinians who listen to and enjoy jazz are unaware that many world-famous performers are from the state. They include Percy Heath, Billy Taylor, Maceo Parker, John Coltrane, and Thelonius Monk.
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Located along the Virginia border, Caswell County lies off the usual tourist routes. However, those who do visit will find a preserved heritage, including the historic courthouse and the National Historic District town of Milton. For years tobacco was a major part of the county's economy, but with tobacco support waning, county officials seek new opportunities to diversify the economic base. Carolina Pinnacle Studios, a filmmaking venture in Yanceyville, is one of the companies the county has attracted.
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