Jim Shumaker, well-known North Carolina journalist and the inspiration for the nationally syndicated cartoon \"Shoe\", was honored by the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication with an endowed professorship, effective August 1.
On July 1 the Chinqua-Penn Plantation in Rockingham County opened its doors to the public after a two-year hiatus resulting from budget shortfalls. A June 30 gala marked the occasion of the tourist attraction's return.
Burkette Raper, who holds the longest tenure of any active university or college president in the country, is celebrating his 40th year as president of Mount Olive College. He is the only person to hold this position in the college's history.
Russell Hiatt is owner of Floyd's City Barbershop in Mount Airy, Andy Griffith's hometown. Hiatt has become a veritable icon to, and the barbershop a mecca for Andy Griffith show devotees who want to meet the real-life Floyd the barber.
The town of Bath was Britain's first seat of power in colonial North Carolina. The Palmer-Marsh House, the political and economic heart of colonial Bath, was recently restored after suffering fire damage in 1989.
Theodosia Burr Alston, daughter of Aaron Burr, who served as Thomas Jefferson's vice president, vanished mysteriously off the Outer Banks coast in 1812. Local lore suggests that she was the victim of piracy.