Table of Contents April 2012
In the almost six years since voters in and around the Charlotte suburb of Cornelius dispatched Thomas Roland Tillis to Raleigh, he has inspired passion at both ends of the political spectrum. His has been a fast track, racing to a prominence few feel has peaked. Now in his third term, he vows he’ll serve only four, which would make him a free agent in 2014. He became speaker, arguably the second or third most potent political position in state government, just four years after he got there.
Golf hews closely to tradition, so it’s not surprising that — for the 18th-straight year and despite a major facelift that was completed last spring — the North Carolina Golf Panel has named Pinehurst No. 2 the best course in the state.
The deliberately unoiled springs emit a drawn-out screech before the screen door slaps shut. The subliminal message is intended to romance prospective buyers visiting the sales office at Balsam Mountain Preserve with a sense of simpler times, and the rustic refrain does call to mind the bucolic existence of the families that settled this part of Appalachia. Of course, most of those clans were dirt poor, which is also a subtle similarity to the luxury-golf community near Sylva that was, until recently, about as broke as the Scotch-Irish pioneers that came before it.
Golf-course designer Tom Fazio talks to Business North Carolina Senior Editor Spencer Campbell about changes since the recession, the state of the Tar Heel golf industry and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton
In 2001, North Carolina-based banks — led by Bank of America Corp. and First Union of Charlotte and Wachovia Corp. and BB&T Corp. of Winston-Salem — had a stranglehold over their own territory, controlling more than 99% of Tar Heel deposits. Ten years later, they housed less than 80%.
When someone loses an eye, more than vision is lost. “Some patients may feel incomplete,” ocularist Anna Jefferson says. Artist, craftsman and technician, she’s one of a quartet of family members who make artificial eyes at Burlington-based Carolina Eye Prosthetics Inc. “Sometimes when I finish, my mom wants to know, ‘Did you make that person happy?’ I tell her, ‘I can’t do that. But the eye I made certainly looked good.’”
A good walk.
How the economy turns.