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A female WWII veteran's story of service is an inspiration to all. Dawn Dreyer's drawings & film help lend hope & a voice to those struggling with mental illnesses. Tiffany Christensen lends her voice, literally, to helping open lines of communication between doctors & patients. Shannon Williams is a shining example of achieving goals despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
Black Wall Street creates conversations around diversity, technology, & entrepreneurship. The Alamance Makers Guild is part of the larger Maker Movement which brings innovators from all regions & walks of life together to share ideas & expand opportunities. Marty Kotis is at the forefront of the revitalization underway in Greensboro. And 2 oystermen lead the way in enhancing oyster aquaculture.
Family-owned Hickory Nut Farms works to promote sustainable farming & food practices. Family-run Barkley's Mill Farm is famous for their grits. Duck Dance Farm mixes tourism with agricultural education. Mr. & Mrs. Johnson have been growing & selling peaches from their family-owned orchard for decades.
Booneshine is drawing visitors to the High Country with its craft beer. Joe Thompson turned his Orange County family farm from raising crops to raising prawns. Godwin Manufacturing in Dunn is known worldwide for its dump trucks. The Bath Place in Nash County sells specialty homemade soaps & bath products.
Photographer & athlete Neil Craver takes it up a notch as an American Ninja Warrior competitor. The Rogue Roller Girls take it to the rink as one of many roller derby teams in NC. The Duke Marine Lab takes to the skies by using drones in their research. Plus the Land of Oz theme park takes visitors on a trip over the rainbow.
Cherokee storyteller Davy Arch preserves & promotes the tribe's history & heritage as he helps share the story of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee. The infamous pirate Blackbeard lived, looted, & eventually died along the NC coast. Plus a pivotal battle in the American Revolution was fought at Guilford Courthouse near Greensboro.
Montagnard Dega who immigrated to NC from Vietnam continue to practice & preserve their traditional weaving techniques. A woodworker & a blacksmith both promote the heritage of their handiwork. Turtle Island Preserve visitors get an immersive experience in old-world lifestyles. And one women keeps to the simple life on her small family farm.
Local legend Rodney Hines, the No Hand King, who rides his bike no handed & on one wheel, is profiled in a documentary film. NCSSM Band Director Phillip Riggs is the GRAMMYS 2016 Music Educator Award recipient. Donovan Livingston's commencement address went viral. Entertainer John Leon Lewis gives back to the community with weekly performances as part of a music therapy program.
Presley Barker is a talented guitarist with a passion for preserving traditional bluegrass. Caroline Le created a dance class focused for differently-abled youth. Ayanna Webster's personal dedication to dance led to her participation in the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics. After having heart surgery at age 9, Paige Sullivan has developed a project help other young surgery patients.
The Innovate NC Asheville project uses the town's wealth of weather data to inform growth & development in the climate services industry. Teamworks Communications aims to connect colleagues across diverse locations & schedules. Judge Gilbert Burnett talks about the Community Service Works Program. Photographer Bruce Roberts reflects on a lifetime of capturing iconic images.
The city of Asheville is one of the largest collectors of climate data in the world and is creating innovative ways to help entrepreneurs and large companies develop climate-related goods and services.
During the Greensboro sit-ins, Gilbert Burnett was interning in the 5th Judicial District where similar protests occurred. He saw that judges were overreacting & throwing kids in jail. He decided there needed to be an alternative to fines or jail time in the court system. In 1970, he and his team of probation officers set out to develop what would become the Community Service Works Program.
Photographer Bruce Roberts has been observing NC since he first arrived here in the 1950s. His work has been published in periodicals all over the country. A pioneer in the use of 35mm cameras & natural light, he has captured candid images of real North Carolinians, preserving stories of civil rights in the 1960s & rural health initiatives in the '70s. He also photographed a young Elvis Presley.
In 2017 the Exploring Joara Foundation will celebrate the 450th anniversary of the founding of Fort San Juan. Spanish army captain Juan Pardo & 125 undertook a mission to forge a route to the Spanish silver mines in northern Mexico. During this expedition he built 6 forts between SC & TN. Among them was Fort San Juan located near the native village of Joara, near Morganton.
Shrimpburgers are still wildly popular at El’s Drive-In in Morehead City, and to some older patrons, they bring back memories of the fare – and the ambiance - at the restaurant’s predecessor from the 60s and 70s, Dom-El’s Drive In at Atlantic Beach.
Archaeologists use new technology to research the Lost Colony site. Fort San Juan, near Morganton, marks its 450th anniversary. Ken Humphries makes traditional hand-carved duck decoys. Shrimpburgers have been a popular treat along our coast for decades.
If you spend time Down East, you probably know about the region's love for decoy carving. It's a celebrated tradition, that finally made it's way to Raleigh's State Fair, thanks to boat-builder turned carver Ken Humphries
Research at NCSU's School of Veterinary Medicine is helping develop a drug that could treat multiple illnesses. The Innovate NC program is working with entrepreneurs in Wilmington. A small regional festival is spearheading the Wild Caught Seafood movement. And Ralph Jensen is known both for his mustache & for his handmade duck calls.
As part of the Innovate NC project, the Wilmington region is combining its coastal recreation with innovation to attract entrepreneurs who are developing creative ways to capitalize on marine and life sciences.
Festivals designed to promote North Carolina’s local seafood often serve a good bit of imported seafood, as well. But one local gathering in Carteret County features ONLY what’s caught in the immediate area.
Many programs aiming to serve the military & veteran community are starting up across NC. paws4people trains service animals to aid military & civilians. Purple Heart Homes builds & re-fit homes for veterans. Veterans Coffee events provide fellowship & information. Special training helps Apex Police learn how to handle veterans in crisis. The Gary Sinise Foundation celebrates servicemen & women.
The Citizens Police Academy offers day-in-the-life experiences with law enforcement officers. Engineers study the acoustics of Raleigh’s new cathedral. UNCSA's Joe Rick receives the Erskine B Bowles Staff Service Award for the UNC System. And Davy Arch works to protect, preserve, & promote the history & heritage of the Cherokee.
The Citizens Police Academy offers members of the community a unique opportunity to become familiar with the operations of CARY PD during an up close and personal 12-week course. Participants are taken through day-in-the- life experiences with local law enforcement officers.
The Cherokee people have inhabited the mountains of NC for thousands of years. Since that time, this culture has experienced many trials & tribulations. But, with their tenacity, perseverance, community involvement, & their strong passion to preserve the arts, the Eastern Band of the Cherokee have continued to thrive. Cherokee artist & storyteller, Davy Arch, works to promote that heritage.
Several people are inspiring others with their own stories of overcoming adversity.
A look at several programs bolstering economic development in our state.
Visit several farms embracing & promoting NC's agricultural heritage.
A look at several unique businesses across our state.
From athletes, to scientists, to a special getaway, we're visiting some unique neighbors.
A look at some of our state's unique history.
From traditional crafts to lifestyles how our diverse heritage is preserved in NC.
The No Hand King, a Grammy winner, a commencement speaker, & an entertainer inspire us all
A musician, a dancer, a dance teacher, & a "superhero" - meet some inspiring NC youths.
Innovate NC Asheville, Teamworks Communications, Judge Burnett, & Bruce Roberts.
Innovate NC Asheville is using weather data to spark innovation in the region.
Civil Rights protests inspired a NC judge to develop the Community Service Works Program.
Photographer Bruce Roberts captures iconic images showcasing NC & US history.
Fort San Juan, near Morganton, was built in 1567 as part of a Spanish Army mission.
Shrimpburgers have been a favorite treat of coastal visitors for decades.
Researching the Lost Colony & Fort San Juan, traditional decoy carving, & shrimpburgers.
Ken Humphries uses traditional techniques to make beautiful hand-carved duck decoys.
Aspirin of the Future, Innovate NC, Wild Caught Seafood, The Calling of the 'Stache.
Two programs in Wilmington help entrepreneurs develop ideas in the marine sciences.
Carteret County’s annual Wild Caught Festival serves ONLY fresh, locally caught seafood.
Jeff Smith spotlights several programs aiding & supporting veterans in our state.
Citizens Police Academy, Acoustic Architecture, Bowles Award recipient, Pearl Harbor 75th.
Citizens Police Academy offers day-in-the-life experiences with law enforcement officers.
Davy Arch works to promote & preserve the history & heritage of the Cherokee.
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