Communities Attracting Retirees

In 2008, the North Carolina General Assembly created a Certified Retirement Community Program to be administered by the NC Department of Commerce. This is a community development program for those towns who want to attract retirees to their area as an economic and community development strategy. The program designates a town as having a quality […]

Carolina Panthers History – Intriguing

The Carolina Panthers are a member of the South Division of the NFC. They are based in Charlotte, North Carolina, but the team serves as a representative to both North and South Carolina. Along with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Carolina Panthers history is short, as they became part of the NFL in 1995. An impressive […]

Who is the Pilot?

It was a mild summer day in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina when I boarded United Airline flight 7318 to Washington, DC. Like usual, I promptly located my window seat, with no doubts that the pilots would safely take me to my destination. Suddenly, as I sat gazing out of the window waiting for take-off, certain questions […]

Mountain Residents Embrace Green Living

Sustainability, green building and energy efficiency are all words becoming part of today's mainstream consciousness. As global environmental awareness spreads, certain regions of the US are acting as leaders in the green living movement. One of the nation's hotbeds for alternative energy is Western North Carolina (WNC), home to the city of Asheville. According to […]

Barbecue Wars

Okay, so here's the deal. What kind of meat, what kind of sauce, what method of cooking, what type of wood or heat, and how is it served. A lot to consider. And one thing is for sure – we're not talking a backyard Weber grill here, folks. This is serious business, so let's get […]

Ralph Earnhardt’s Biography

Ralph Lee Earnhardt was born on 23rd February, 1928 in Kannapolis, Cabarrus County in North Carolina, the youngest of four sons, to John Henderson and Effie Mae Earnhardt. The family were part of the farming community and on leaving school Ralph worked in one of the cotton mills for several years. The wages and conditions […]