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Out of sight

Cover story: Appearances mattered to Gary Smith, from his attire to every aspect of his ad agency and the clients it attracted. Since the ’70s, he and, later, his son had built Smith Advertising & Associates into one of the Southeast’s largest. And he had done it in a place known more for GIs and generals than marketing geniuses. Moving among Fayetteville’s elite, the Smiths made quite an impression. Then — amid lawsuits, investigations and allegations of a Ponzi scheme — the image they crafted crumbled. But what really happened? Were they perpetrators or victims? Ad men know how crucial it is to control the message. But for Gary and Todd Smith, the medium became the message when they dropped
 

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It's a family tradition

Small Business of the Year Runner-up: Crayton Commercial LLC, a one-man operation in New Bern that had built or revitalized seven shopping centers since 2008.

2013-12

Setting sites on an auto plant

Capital Goods: Attracting an automaker requires a massive investment in land and infrastructure before the wheeling and dealing can even begin.

2013-12

UNC system does more with less

Free & Clear: The debate between fiscal conservatives and liberals has not been about whether the state should pay for higher education but how - and how much.

2013-12

Regional Report Triad December 2013

The North Carolina Zoo is expanding its polar bear exhibit, but until November it wasn’t clear if it would have any to exhibit.

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Regional Report Triangle December 2013

Highwoods Properties Inc. went on a diet to get fit but seems to have its appetite back.

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Regional Report Western December 2013

All 51 rooms at Pisgah Inn had been booked, but each was empty.

2013-12

A new look

Up Front: A new look

2013-11

Help wanted: jobs creator, a real one

Capital GoodsI read that N.C. State University economist Mike Walden predicts the state’s unemployment rate will drop by 2 percentage points next year.

2013-11

North Carolina gets some good news

Free & Clear: To a journalist,” Phil Donahue once observed, “good news is often not news at all.”

2013-11

The king of comedy

Feature: He reigns over the biggest U.S. chain of comedy clubs, but for Brian Heffron, business isn’t a laughing matter.

2013-11

Team building

Cover story: Former football stars Terrence and Torry Holt want to win fame in the construction game.

2013-11

Critical care


Feature: Crtical care. It’s what these small hospitals provide the economies of remote, rural counties.

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Regional Report Triangle November 2013

Business North Carolina’s annual ranking of the largest private companies in the state will lose one of its longest-tenured members in 2014.

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Regional Report Triad November 2013

It’s no secret Piedmont Triad International Airport has seen its passenger traffic slow.

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Regional Report Western November 2013

The Sheer Bliss Tupelo Burger is a 50-50 mix of short rib and prime rib.

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Regional Report Eastern November 2013

U.S. mills produced 3 million tons of wood pellets in 2009, according to forestry experts at N.C. State University.

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Regional Report Charlotte October 2013

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. analysts recommended The Ryland Group Inc.’s stock this summer in part because of the Westlake Village, Calif.-based homebuilder’s presence in Charlotte, which the New York-based investment banking firm deems one of the best housing markets in the nation.

2013-10

Regional Report Eastern October 2013

Two decades in sales at United Parcel Service Inc. taught Travis Burt and Keith Byrd an important lesson about the logistics industry: There’s always room to negotiate.

2013-10

Road to reform detours into tax cuts

Capital GoodsDespite the attention changes to abortion and election laws brought, the state legislature's Republican majority considers those it made to the tax structure its key accomplishment this year.

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