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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.
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.
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. Paws 4 People 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.
Researchers at NCSU use a magnet to better track a football in motion. Dr. Steve McKeand is the 2016 recipient of the Holshouser Award for Excellence in Public Service. Restaurateur Sammy Boyd works to make "local catch only" a workable restaurant model. And a WWII veteran looks back on Pearl Harbor 75 years later.
Decreasing supplies and increasing costs for serving fresh North Carolina seafood; along with the lure of cheaper, imported product; are presenting challenges to North Carolina’s seafood restaurateurs. But a few, like Morehead City’s Sammy Boyd, are carving out a niche for themselves by committing to serving local catch only.
December 7, 1941 is one date that has been remembered by Americans for 75 years now. For one North Carolinian Veteran who was on board a ship in Pearl Harbor on that historic day, it is more than just a date on a calendar or a mention in a history book. Jeff Smith sits down with Tom Shook who grew up in Valley Cruscis, NC and lives in Winston Salem now as he reflects on that historic day.
Asheville's Highland Brewing Company is one of the oldest native breweries in the NC. Johnson's Peaches has been producing fruit for more than 60 years in Candor. Counter Culture Coffee in Durham is one of the largest coffee roasters in the US. Bitty & Beau's Coffee Shop in Wilmington has drawn national attention. Plus Kings Restaurant in Kinston is still serving up southern comfort food.
Black Wall Street creates conversations around diversity, technology, & entrepreneurship. The Duke Marine Lab is the first facility approved by the FAA to use drones in marine research. Fishermen & foodies alike are focusing on the potential market for "cape shark." Amy Murphy takes community service to the streets, literally, serving breakfast weekly for her "friends who live outside."
Black Wall Street (BWS) celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship within diverse, multicultural communities. Created in honor and as an extension of what was built during the heyday of Durham, NC’s Parrish Street, BWS creates conversations and promotes thought leadership around diversity, technology and entrepreneurship. BWS is the remix. Same vision. New day.
“Spiny Dogfish” – also known as “Cape Shark” - are abundant in North Carolina’s fall & winter coastal waters. They’re now shipped to Massachusetts for processing, then exported…mostly for fish & chips. But could they be filleted, flash frozen & exported directly from here - & is there an appetite and a market for local consumption, as well?
A pair of Carteret County oystermen have invented a special foundation material that speeds the collection & growth of wild oysters. 300 years of weather records are aiding researchers to predict future weather trends. Twin brothers Will & Zach Jackson manage their health while performing at a high level on the football team. A special program provides solace to disabled veterans.
A pair of Carteret county oystermen have invented a special foundation material that speeds the collection and growth of wild oysters in sounds and rivers. Their method is not only an alternate method of producing so-called “seed” oysters for aquaculture but also has implications for restoring wild oyster reefs and marine habitat to form “living shorelines.”
For several years, Operation North State has held fishing festivals across NC. The events provide an opportunity for disabled veterans to enjoy the great outdoors with other veterans. The fresh air & fellowship act as a form of therapy, the fishing is fun, but secondary.
Researchers are studying spider silk with the goal of developing a more durable material to use in making protective gear for soldiers. Coastal residents work to make a living harvesting oysters. A Wilson man uses reclaimed wood to make beautiful snare drums. And a Reidsville man turns his hand to carving traditional wooden bowls.
NC’s once plentiful stock of wild oysters has been depleted by as much as 95% during the last century. Wild oysters are making a comeback, but demand for NC oysters far outstrips supply. Oyster farming is growing rapidly & some experts say it could provide a new means of livelihood for coastal families struggling with finding ways to continue making a living on the water.
The NC Library for the Blind & Visually Impaired makes reading accessible to all. The Made In Durham project brought healing through a new friendship between a photographer & a grieving mother. Scientists study plants to devise make farming more sustainable for the future. And the Goat Lady Dairy honors the memory of its founder by carrying on the family cheese-making tradition.
Hurricane Matthew dumped 14-to-18 inches of rain on Wayne County. In Goldsboro, 12-year-old Kenzie Hinson and her "Make a Difference Food Pantry" went to work in Wayne, Johnston and Sampson Counties.
As Eastern North Carolina continues to clean-up from Hurricane Matthew, we visit Greenville to see the impact the storm had on Pitt County & learn how the recovery efforts are going.
Fort San Juan, near Morganton, was built in 1567 as part of a Spanish Army mission.
Researching the Lost Colony & Fort San Juan, traditional decoy carving, & shrimpburgers.
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.
Touchdown Magnet, Public Service Award Recipient, Sammy Boyd, & Pearl Harbor Anniversary.
Restaurateur Sammy Boyd is working towards a sustainable "local catch only" business model
An NC WWII Veteran reflects on Pearl Harbor 75 years later.
A look back at some of our favorite restaurants & beverage makers across the state.
An iconic homecoming, drones aid researchers, fishermen & foodies focus on "cape shark."
Black Wall Street creates conversations around diversity, technology & entrepreneurship.
Can NC build facilities to process & export “Cape Shark" & will people eat it?
Oysters, weather forecasts, high school football players, & a special veterans program.
A pair of oystermen have invented a special material that speeds growth of wild oysters.
Operation North State holds fishing festivals for veterans across the state.
Developing new textiles, harvesting oysters, handcrafting fine instruments & bowls.
Oyster farming could provide new livelihood for North Carolina coastal families.
Making reading accessible to all; studying options for more sustainable farming, & more.
The Make A Difference Food Pantry helps its community after Hurricane Matthew.
A tour of Greenville in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
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.
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