Articles

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We had chickens when chickens weren't so cool
   February 17, 2011
Ruth Ann Grissom

Chickens are all the rage these days.  All the fashionable neighborhoods have them.  I recently met a gentleman who’d built a stately coop behind his home in Charlotte’s Myers Park.  In Raleigh, residents flaunt their urban flocks during the annual Hen-side the Beltline Tour de Coop.

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New Partners for Smart Growth Conference - A Review
   February 11, 2011

Despite early February blizzards across the northern U.S. that cancelled flights and upended travel plans, over 1,300 people came to Charlotte last week for the 10th annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference.  About 1,000 of them came from outside the Carolinas, including a dozen or so from outside the U.S.  They flocked to the 110 concurrent sessions and twelve...

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Charlotte's rapid growth brings demographic changes
   February 11, 2011

Headlines have highlighted multiple demographic trends affecting Charlotte and the metro area over the last decade. “Carolinas lead the nation in Hispanic growth,” read the headline of a Charlotte Observer story in 2008. The city has ranked highly on “Best City” lists for African Americans throughout the 2000s. Moving beyond the headlines, however, is there any clear demographic picture emerging... Read more


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Skulls
   February 3, 2011
Ruth Ann Grissom

The weeks following deer season are typically busy for taxidermists in the Uwharries.  Some hunters might be reluctant to part with several hundred dollars right now, even for a prized buck, but a European or skull mount can often be done for less than half the price of a traditional mount.  Billy Adams, head of the taxidermy program at Montgomery Community College, says this...

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Eastern mud turtles
   January 27, 2011
Crystal Cockman

While walking along the Rocky River one day in Stanly County, I came upon a neat little turtle on the stream banks who had suffered some kind of physical malady, from which he must have recovered a while ago. He had a slight disfigurement of his face, but he had healed nicely, so I placed him back safely on the sandy banks. Unsure what species it was, I took several pictures, and when back in...

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Christmas Snow 2010
   January 21, 2011
Ruth Ann Grissom

As I write this article, we’re in the wake of our second major snowstorm this season – several inches of pretty snow capped with an ugly layer of ice.  I’m stuck in a condo in Atlanta, negotiating slippery sidewalks with an elderly terrier.  My plans to drive up to the Uwharries for the week are literally on ice.  Buster isn’t happy about any of this,...

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Charlotte Biotech: Rapid Growth, International Exposure
   January 21, 2011

Marjorie Benbow

The emergence of the biotechnology sector was not due to luck, rather it was due to vision, the ability to see the invisible and do the impossible.  Our state prepared for success by investing in roads, K-12 education, community colleges, universities, research, innovation, business parks and biotechnology agencies (e.g. ...

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Measuring the Return on Investment
   January 13, 2011

Bianca Guinn
Today’s public libraries are expected to deliver traditional services in a rapidly changing technological environment . As libraries struggle to maintain high quality programs that are financially sustainable, the impact of the recent recession and the consequent decline in financial support further challenges libraries to find ways to survive while continuing to deliver essential services. Read more


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Bulldozers, dumptrucks and track hoes, oh my!
   January 6, 2011
Ruth Ann Grissom

We’ve had some heavy machinery on our land in southern Randolph County the past few months.  Rest assured – this earth-moving equipment has NOT been there to prepare the land for a subdivision, fast-food chain or strip mall.  It’s part of a wetlands restoration project through the state Ecosystem Enhancement Program (EEP).  When streams or...

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City-county consolidation: promises made, promises kept?
   January 6, 2011

Kurt Thumaier & Suzanne Leland
City-County consolidation, when a county and the cities within a county merge to form a single government entity, is the most visible and comprehensive change in the local government structure. With an average passage rate of fifteen percent, and only forty total consolidations in the US, city-county consolidation is an extremely rare event. Yet, during this great recession, many communities such... Read more