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for The State Vol. 58 Issue 2, July 1990
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Hired by the Charlotte City Council for a short stint in 1927, Frank Littlejohn stayed, rising through the ranks over the next thirty years to become chief of police. Called \"the finest detective in America\" by J. Edgar Hoover, Littlejohn was a tireless worker in the pursuit of lawbreakers. In 1958, he was ousted as chief by the city council, who wanted a political appointee as presiding officer in the City Recorder's Court. The chief of police usually handled this job.
William S. Powell, professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a leading authority on the state's history. Powell was appointed curator of the university library's North Carolina Collection in 1958 and later joined the history department in 1973. His works and awards are numerous. One of his best-known works is North Carolina Through Four Centuries, a work that has been called the preeminent North Carolina history book.
Held every year the second week in July at Grandfather Mountain, the Highland Games and Gathering of the Scottish Clans brings together descendants of 127 clans from around the world. The clans come to celebrate their heritage with music, song, dance, and athletic competition. In North and South America the Highland Games at Grandfather Mountain rank as the premier event for those of Scottish heritage.
Weymouth, novelist James Boyd's 9,000-square-foot home in Southern Pines, was a meeting ground for the Boyds and many of the country's best writers in the 1920s and 30s. When the house was put up for sale after the Boyds' death, state poet laureate Sam Ragan led efforts that saved it from developers in the 1970s. Today Weymouth hosts many functions and also continues literary traditions with a Writers-in-Residence Program that grants writers two-week residencies to work on their projects.