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for The State Vol. 46 Issue 8, Jan 1979
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On February 26, 1979, the last total solar eclipse until 2017 will be seen in North America. North Carolinians will only get to view a partial eclipse in 1979, during which the sun will be between 55% and 60% covered by the moon. Viewing times range from 11 a.m. to 1:25 p.m. depending on in what part of the state you are.
Many of North Carolina's 19th-century settlers were from Northern Ireland. Most came to port in Maryland and Pennsylvania and drove covered wagons to North Carolina. Many lived in homesteads and not manor-houses. The Ulster Folk Museum at Holywood, County Down, in Ireland is a recreated North Ireland county town open to the public.
Helen Ashley Carver came to Tryon in 1885 when wages for men were 50 cents a day and for women, 25 cents a day. Carver paid her gardener 65 cents a day and paid a vineyard caretaker $1 a day, after which she was found guilty of raising wages and subsequently became unpopular.\r\n
County-by-county listing of good news from 1978 includes awards won and new buildings or renovations begun or completed. The new Alex Vale Furniture company in Alexander County is nearing completion and gross retail sales in Macon have skyrocketed in the last year.
The National Humanities Center founded by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is housed in a white building in Research Triangle Park. The buildling is the first of the Triangle University Center for Advanced Sciences, Inc., and 28 fellows from around the world work there conducting research in the humanities.\r\n
On September 7, 1970, a hurricane struck New Bern, destroying homes and businesses and flooding much of the town. Seven people were killed by flying debris or flood waters. New Bern recovered almost entirely within fifteen months of the storm.