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Archive for October, 2011

Historic silver items stolen from NC plantation

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

COOLEEMEE, NC (AP) — Silver spoons that may have been crafted by Paul Revere are among the items taken during a break-in at a historic plantation in Davie County.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that jewelry, dishes, silverware and tea sets also were taken during the break-in Sunday night at the Cooleemee Plantation.

The house was built in the 1850s and is recognized as a National Historic Landmark. Owner Peter Hairston often opens the house to groups, including school children.

Among the items taken was a tea set that a slave named John Goolsby hid in the woods when Union troops passed through the area during the Civil War. Hairston says a dozen spoons had the well-known “PR” hallmark, indicating they were made by the family of Paul Revere.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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MyReporter shares the history of railroad powerhouse Champ Davis

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Long hailed as “Mr. Coast Line,” Champion McDowell Davis (1879-1975) spent more than 60 years working for the Atlantic Coast Line railroad, 15 of them as president.

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Volunteers speed vision screenings for students

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

School nurses oversee the exams, but for the past 15 years, about three dozen volunteers have been the extra hands that the nurses needed during the fall vision-checking season.

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NC promotes walk-to-school effort across the state

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina is encouraging students across the state to walk to school to promote regular physical activity and other benefits.

The state Department of Transportation says about 66 schools in North Carolina are participating in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday.

Events range from one-day observations to monthlong programs focused on pedestrian and bicycle education as well as safety awareness.

The agency says that motivation for taking part varies from community to community. Some promote regular exercise, while others use the opportunity to draw attention to making streets safer and reducing traffic congestion.

The department is also asking drivers to be especially cautious Wednesday, as there may be higher than usual numbers of students on bicycles or walking to class.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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UNC System head Ross goes back to old high school

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — The president of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system is returning to his old high school.

UNC President Tom Ross meets Wednesday with students from across Guilford County at his alma mater Grimsley High.

Ross says his strong public education helped lay the foundation for success. He’s returning to Grimsley High to challenge student leaders to help their peers make the same connection.

The visit is part of the activities surrounding ceremonies around Ross’s formal inauguration as the University of North Carolina’s 17th president on Thursday.

Celebrations include a reception Wednesday at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, a collaborative project of North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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