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"The Chicken Lady" makes it her mission to serve the homeless in Greensboro. Researchers at UNCW are studying the human face for medical insights. The NC Ski Industry rebounds from an unusually warm start to the winter season. Plus the Phonomenal Dumpling Truck serves Asian cuisine that earned it the title of America's Best Food Truck.
Every year thousands of winter enthusiasts travel to the high country of our state to experience the snow. This year has been abnormally warm so there has been less snow to enjoy.
The Lewis Family Boatbuilders are 2016 NC Heritage Award recipients for their preservation of traditional boatbuilding. Hunters For The Hungry donates their game meat to the needy. Glenn & Dorsey Hunt's Original Collard Sandwich is a Lumbee tradition & a culinary landmark. Researchers study the mysterious Carolina Bays. The Greensboro Science Center is helping to preserve the Brazilian Maned Wolf.
The Lewis brothers build boats that will last forever and their family represents the continuation of a tradition that remains a living occupation for many Harkers Island residents. Their traditional handicraft has earned them recognition as 2016 NC Heritage Award recipients.
Hunters For The Hungry is a non profit organization that works with the North Carolina Wildlife Federation to take excess deer killed legally by hunters and donates them to food banks and food pantries across the state. Jeff Smith has the story of how this program works and who it helps.
Zoos demonstrate commitment to stewardship of the animal kingdom through participation in the Species Survival Plan, a program aimed at maintaining a healthy gene pool among endangered species who live in captivity. As an outcome of these efforts, one animal at the Greensboro Science Center has received a new possible mate.
Following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps, Marty Kotis chose the path of real estate and restaurant development at an early age. He's come a long way since his first job as a dishwasher at age 11.
Monthly coffee events bring veterans together across the state. Marty Kotis brings ideas from his travels home to the Triad. Researchers study the air we breathe. And scientists, tourists, & locals alike are fascinated by the Brown Mountain Lights.
When you've been through war, it's sometimes hard to readjust to life back home. Finding those friendly ears, with a common experience can be difficult, but some are finding that friendship over a cup of coffee and donuts.
Napoleon Hill uses paint to capture the character of communities with his custom murals. Montagnard immigrants preserve their heritage through their traditional weaving. Former NFL player Jason Brown has traded his cleats for trowels as he takes over his family farm. Researchers look into the many possible uses for sand dredged from the ocean floor. Plus Rodney Hines inspires as the No Hand King.
Calling themselves Dega, more Vietnamese Montagnards settled in North Carolina than in any other state, due to their fellowship with Special Forces units during the Vietnam War. 2016 NC Heritage Award Recipients H Jue Nie & H Ngach Rahlan moved to NC 20 years ago, bringing their backstrap looms & an immeasurable knowledge of the designs and techniques that make their weaving traditions unique.
Being a professional athlete often comes with a big salary. But one North Carolina native made the choice to give up a lucrative career in the NFL to take a different path – one that centers around community service, faith, and one of our state’s core occupations…farming. Producer Katherine Johnson introduces us to Jason Brown, who is fulfilling a personal mission through his First Fruits Farm.
Rodney Hines of Raleigh is known for riding around downtown Raleigh with one wheel in the air and no hands on the handlebars. A documentary film featuring his record breaking ride along highway 12 was made by local film maker Patrick Shanahan.
Heather Burgiss introduces us to Ralph Jensen,aka "the stache," who is known for his hand-made bird calls. Erica Starke-Knight meets the new chancellor at UNCW. Jeff Smith takes us to the family-run Barkley's Mill. Thomas Todd meets another farmer whose unique crop is earning him great renown. And Frank Graff learns how the Biltmore Estate has been making itself sustainable since it was built.
Beneath dusty blocks, rough timber cutouts, and a handlebar mustache worn white as the driven snow, Wilmington woodworker Ralph Jensen can be found hard at work making his world-renowned game calls. Hear the story of his undeniable calling carved from deep regional roots.
A native of Brazil, UNC Wilmington's new Chancellor Dr. Jose V. “Zito” Sartarelli brings with him 35 years of professional business experience. But it's the valuable lessons he learned growing up on a farm that he applies (utilizes) on a daily basis to foster a mindset of leadership, teamwork and perseverance for his students and staff members at this coastal institute of higher learning.
At Stone Cross Farm in Weaverville, the Barkley family think they have found the best ingredient for grits and it starts with hand harvesting heirloom white corn. Then they slow grind their corn in a water powered mill to produce Stoned Happy Grits.
In Cedar Grove, Joe Thompson and his family have successfully transformed his farm from agriculture to aquaculture. Where he used to grow tobacco, he now raises prawns.
George Vanderbilt pushed the technology envelope when building Biltmore and strived to make his estate self-sustainable. His descendants still stay on the cutting edge of technology and kept his dream of self-sustainability alive even after 120 years.
Scientists use new research tools to help protect the black sea bass. Nearly 40 years ago officials envisioned a statewide trail, Dr. Tom Linden shows us just how far the Mountains to the Sea Trail has come. The Port of Bath marks its 300th Anniversary. Bob Garner learns how to prepare shrimp - just in time for the holidays. Plus a look at the new School Accountability Standards.
Endangered Piping Plovers use NC's coast as a "rest stop" on their annual migration. Jockey's Ridge became one of the most popular NC state parks through the efforts of local residents. John Hood talks about the establishment & work of the John Locke Foundation. And the Great Smoky Mountain Railway takes families for a holiday ride on The Polar Express.
Surplus Sids thrift store in Carrboro is run by a man as unique as his wares. Photographer Chris Morgan uses age-old techniques to create one-of-a-kind images. Special Effects whiz Joey Shanks creates movie magic with household gear. Amy Ritchie-Carter is an award-winning mastercraftswoman in the traditionally male-dominated art form of taxidermy.
Sculptor Simon Verity turned limestone into art at Duke University this year. Metalsmith Jimmy Sink turns iron into art in Wilson. Prima ballerina Patricia McBride brings art to life on stage with the Charlotte Ballet. And Michelle McMurray de Luces preserves the art of love as she records the wedding stories of NC couples.
Researchers study whether hearing loss can lead to dementia as we age. The Frank Porter Graham Institute helps some of our state's youngest residents learn & grow. NCSU's mobile veterinary hospital gives students hands-on experience while helping communities. Plus a renovation project in Mebane will bring new life downtown.
Community service, scientific research, winter sports, & a winning food truck.
A look at ski resorts' efforts to weather an unseasonably warm winter.
Family traditions preserve heritage; research & charity provide help for the future.
The Lewis Family's boatbuilding skill made them 2016 NC Heritage Award recipients.
Hunters for the Hungry works with the NC Wildlife Federation to donate meat to the needy.
The Greensboro Science Center is working to save the Brazilian Maned Wolf.
Developer Marty Kotis works to revitalize Greensboro.
Stories of community support, community engagement, community legends & heritage.
Monthly gatherings provide support & education for veterans.
A look at several ways people & places are reinventing themselves across our state.
2016 NC Heritage Award recipients practice & preserve an old family tradition.
Former NFL player Jason Brown returned to his home state to fulfill a personal mission.
Rodney Hines unique cycling style made him the No Hand King.
This Episode features: Bird Calls, Grits, Prawns, Science at Biltmore & Chancellor of UNCW
Heather Burgiss introduces us to Ralph Jensen who is known for his handmade bird calls.
Erica Starke-Knight introduces us to the new chancellor of UNCW, Jose Sartarelli.
Jeff Smith takes us to the family-run farm of Barkley's Mill in Weaverville.
Joe Thompson converted his farm to raise prawns & ended up growing a big business.
The Biltmore Estate has worked to maintain sustainability since it was built.
Biologist seek to protect the black sea bass & its fishery.
Biologists follow the migration of the endangered bird the Piping Plover.
Preserving the past & interpreting it for the future is the passion of these NC artists.
From clay, to iron, to dance, & more, we meet several artists at the top of their crafts.
Researchers look at potential connections between hearing loss & dementia.
NC Now continues a long tradition of sharing stories from North Carolina. Every Thursday at 8PM, NC Now will present stories about the people that make our state the unique place it is. We will travel from our beautiful coast to our majestic mountains and then back again. Bringing stories from your communities, your neighbors and you.
You’ll also find these stories online to share with your friends and loved ones from across the state and around the globe. NC Now is about North Carolina but more specifically it’s about YOU!
NC Now airs Thursdays @ 8 PM on UNC-TV