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One of the most influential ways to maintain leadership in an organization is good communication. Many times communication is harder to grasp when team members are scattered across multiple locations and schedules. That is why one former Duke Football player developed an application for team communication.
The F.A.R.M. Cafe feeds all who come regardless of their ability to pay. Duck Dance Farm raises endangered ducks & teaches environmental & homesteading classes. Davidson College researchers study pythons as indications show the giant snakes may migrate north. Plus a former Duke football player creates an app to help teams & organizations communicate.
A Burnsville family has taken on a unique brand of farming with animals that you may not find on a typical farm. Duck Dance Farm raises rare species of ducks and also provides a destination for campers, hikers, and anyone who just wants to enjoy nature.
The NCSU 1983 National Championship basketball team, known as the "Cardiac Pack," is celebrated at the White House. The LIFT program shows families that Learning Is Fun Together. A new high-tech marine research tool is at work along our coast. History is preserved at the Alamance Battleground Center. Plus Campground Kathy has spent her career serving guests at Carowinds' Camp Wilderness.
L.I.F.T. (Learning Is Fun Together) educational outreach initiative in Catawba County is designed to bring together parents, students and their educational team through activities, food, fellowship and community partnerships. The mission of the program is to teach parents how to effectively engage in their student’s learning process in order to ensure their success both in and out of the classroom
After 33 years, the 1983 NC State Wolfpack National Championship basketball team got to visit the White House as a team for the first time to celebrate one of the greatest college basketball games of all time. The members of the team met with President Obama & Vice President Biden. Jeff Smith sat down with Ernie Myers who was a Freshman Forward on that championship team.
My Home, NC goes behind the scenes at the largest goat cheese creamery in NC, the Goat Lady Dairy. The creamery gets its name from a nickname given to late founder/co-owner Ginnie Tate, who use to ride around town with her goats in her pickup truck. Locals dubbed her "The Goat Lady". Now her brother & his family continue the legacy she began with quality cheese & a growing goat herd.
Singer John Lewis is energizing nursing homes & senior care facilities all over Charlotte. New studies show seniors with hearing loss may be a greater risk of dementia. Paws 4 People trains service dogs for children and veterans. Goat Lady Dairy is NC’s largest & oldest goat cheese creamery in the state with a strong family legacy.
Paws 4 People is a non profit group based in Wilmington, NC that trains service dogs for children and veterans. The program coordinates with UNC-W to have students train the final two semesters of the dogs specialization for clients. The program was founded in 1999 when the owner was 12 years old. Now Paws 4 People and Paws 4 Veterans services are available nationwide.
Like any skilled performer, John Leon Lewis can read the tone of the room. But what sets him apart, besides his powerful voice, is the audience he's singing to. His concert venues are nursing homes and senior care facilities. Mr. Lewis’ reason for selecting this particular crowd is a personal one. His mother, who had been suffering from dementia, passed away in 2003 at a nursing home in Charlotte.
Purple Heart Homes helps wounded veterans purchase, manage, & adapt homes to aid them in their lives after service. A group of High Point University students made an amazing discovery while stargazing. Tim Gardner is makes world renowned banjos with traditional techniques. Eustace Conway promotes NC heritage & simple living on his Turtle Island Preserve.
John Gallina & Dale Beatty joined the NC National Guard in 1996. They responded to the call of duty to defend our country against terrorism serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. During their service both men were injured in a Hum-V incident with an anti tank mine. Now the two men continue to serve by giving back through their work with Purple Heart Homes.
Eustace Conway is passionate about his working farm & non-profit education center Turtle Island Preserve. For approximately 30 years, Eustace has made this remote wilderness east of Boone his home. As a visitor you might find yourself milking goats, gardening, building log cabins, even working in a saw mill. Whatever the task at hand, it will definitely be an experience you won't forget.
Glass artist Ronnie Hughes' delicate wildflowers are world renowned. Scientists study why habits are formed & how to change bad habitual behavior. A women's group formed around a unique need - roof repair. Opera singer Elvira Green shares her skills & experience as an artist in residence at NCCU.
Rutherford Housing Partnership & the local United Way co-sponsor an annual Week of Caring. In 2002, a Sunday school class volunteered to repair the leaky roof of a house. But only 2 women showed up. They fully expected to be turned away by the leader. Instead, the 3 enjoyed the experience so much they talked their friends into volunteering to replace an entire roof & a service group was formed.
After a prolific career, including 19 seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, singer Elvira Green shares her passion, instruction and global performance experience with students as an artist in residence at North Carolina Central University. The Macon, North Carolina native is a graduate of NCCU and trained as a classical pianist for 18 years before pursing her singing career.
Veteran MSG John Masson shares his experiences as an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation. Dominican Republic native Jay Bastardo brings his American dream to life in Greenville. Researchers study the science of sweat & hygiene. Zahra Harvey teaches aerial fitness for exercise & fun. Musician Jennifer Curtis uses her violin to work through & share life-changing events.
MSG John Masson served in the US Army in Operation Desert Shield & Operation Desert Storm, & was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom & Enduring Freedom. In 2010 he lost an arm & both legs to an IED. A Purple Heart & Bronze Star recipient, MSG Masson uses his experiences to educate & inspire others in his work as an ambassador with the Gary Sinise Foundation.
One of the most popular fitness crazes to hit the scene within the last five years is aerial fitness. It is acrobatics in the air performed on silks, trapeze and ropes among other apparatuses. Zahra Harvey, owner of Air Born Aerial fitness in Fayetteville, teaches classes with her business partner Crystal Butler in their newly opened studio. They both also perform aerial shows across the state.
Chapel Hill native & professional violinist Jennifer Curtis began playing in an orchestra at age 5. Now, after a series of life-changing events, she tells her inspiring story & illustrates her emotional experience through her instrument.
The FIRST Robotics championship puts STEM education to use in a competitive environment. The US Forest Service studies the oak trees of Western NC. Legendary record producer Bill Szymczyk looks back over his storied career. Plus the Kindred Spirit Mailbox has collected the thoughts & dreams of visitors for three decades & counting.
Every year, students from across the state form robotics teams to design a functioning robot to compete in a specified task. The teams have only 6 weeks to take the challenge & complete their robot for the competition season to begin. The teams must raise funds, get corporate sponsorships, & learn how to program and make a robot work for the designed task.
Grammy award-winning music producer Bill Szymczyk catapulted the careers of BB King, Joe Walsh, and The Eagles, and many others. We go behind the scenes with Bill at his North Carolina home to hear from the man with the Midas touch.
Beau's Coffee in Wilmington is drawing customers from far & wide with its unique & inspirational business model. Fishermen find inspiration & renewal in the spring tradition of the running of the Shad. Shannon Williams of Charlotte inspires others as he overcomes blindness to achieve his goals. And mother Bonita Scarlett finds comfort remembering her son through the things he left behind.
A former Duke Football player has developed an application for team communication.
Visit the FARM Cafe & Duck Dance Farm, study pythons, & check out a communications app.
A family farm is making a name for themselves by raising rare & endangered ducks.
History is honored, brought to life, & inspiring research; & profiling a historic career.
L.I.F.T. nights help teach parents how to engage in their student’s learning process.
Ernie Myers talks about the NCSU "Cardiac Pack" team's 1983 NCAA title-winning season.
Goat Lady Dairy is NC’s largest and oldest goat cheese creamery in the state.
A look at healing through music, research, service animals, & working on the family farm.
Paws 4 People trains service dogs for children & veterans.
Singer John Lewis is energizing nursing homes & senior care facilities all over Charlotte.
Outfitting homes for veterans, researching stars, making music, & preserving NC heritage.
Two NC National Guard veterans continue to serve by working with Purple Heart Homes.
Eustace Conway shares traditional techniques for living at the Turtle Island Preserve.
Two unique artists & a community service group put their passions into practice.
A group of women in Rutherfordton aim to insure their neighbors have safe homes.
After 19 seasons at the Met, Elvira Green shares her talent as an NCCU artist in residence
Meet several North Carolinians making a difference in their communities.
Veteran John Masson shares his military experience working with the Gary Sinise Foundation
Aerial fitness is the new exercise craze. Zahra Harvey holds classes across the state.
Violinist Jennifer Curtis uses music to navigate her life experiences.
From STEM to nature, history to heritage, how science & art are at work in our state.
Students from across the state form teams to design a functioning robot for competition.
Record producer Bill Szymczyk has worked with some of the biggest names in music.
We find inspiration in a unique business, a spring tradition, & two special people.
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