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May 19, 2019

Superheroes, right?

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May 18, 2019

Do you smell the french fries yet?

It’s N.C. Potato Festival weekend in Elizabeth City and folks from Pasquotank County and across the region are gathering in the city’s downtown district to celebrate an important specialty crop for the area.

The festival seems to get bigger every year…

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May 16, 2019

Everyone has eaten dill pickles, by themselves or in salads or sandwiches.

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May 12, 2019

“ ...The committee to whom was referred the applications of Lodges, working by dispensations, for Charters, respectfully report, that…Widow’s Son Lodge at Camden, have been submitted to, and examined by this committee and, they recommend that [a] Charter[] be…

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May 11, 2019

As another Mother’s Day arrives I realize my mother gave me a valuable gift that I never really understood as a gift until very recently.

My love for stories runs deep and I have my mother largely to thank for that.

My mother also taught North Carolina history for years as a fourth-grade…

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May 09, 2019

My father passed away last June, so this is my mom’s first Mother’s Day without him. I know it will be difficult for her. They were married for nearly 64 years.

When I was a kid, Mother’s Day usually signaled the beginning of landlocked salmon and brook trout seasons in…

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May 05, 2019

The State Archives of North Carolina was founded in 1903 in Raleigh and holds over 100 million items.

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May 04, 2019

I took a relaxing boat ride on the Perquimans River recently and noticed copious amounts of tree pollen floating on the water.

May 03, 2019

The tragedy struck close to home this time.

April 28, 2019

Mark Bunch, finance director for a community hospital in the agricultural town of Othello, Washington, sent me the following Facebook message on April 14:

“Hi Ben — I just realized this August will mark the quadricentennial of the arrival on the “twenty and odd” at Point…

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