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On exhibits

It takes a lot of effort and not a little artifice to maintain a sense of reality at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.
2006-12

25 years made a world of change for economy

Michael Walden has monitored changes in North Carolina’s economy since joining N.C. State University’s faculty in 1978. A professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, he prepares The North Carolina Economic Outlook, a semiannual forecast. In 2008, the University of North Carolina Press will publish The Modern North Carolina Economy: Origins and Prospects, his analysis of how it has evolved over the last 30 years.
2006-10

Change could keep bowl from its goal

During its first four years, Charlotte’s college-football bowl has been a success off the field, with average attendance of 64,000, but usually a snoozer on it. Just once has the final margin been fewer than 13 points.
2006-09

Down by the river

Nantahala Outdoor Center is one place business sends individuals to train them to work as teams.
2006-09

Game of chance

That’s how Corky Powers won the State Fair midway contract. But will his fortune be tolled?
2006-09

Yadkin wineries try to crush a festival

It’s bigger, more established and has the better name. So why do some of the state’s leading winemakers want to put a cork in the North Carolina Wine Festival in favor of a new event that attracted only about a third as many people?
2006-08

Leaving lost wages

With furniture manufacturing moving overseas, Las Vegas bets on winning the world’s biggest market — High Point’s.
2006-06

Official gets boot for going country

Country singer Randy Parton has plans to turn Roanoke Rapids into an entertainment hub next year. Dolly’s brother is working on a project near Interstate 95 that includes a theater, stores, hotels, a convention center and aquarium in a town where the entertainment options don’t get much glitzier than CJ’s Bingo and Roanoke.
2006-05

A lot of hot air

As it rises from the dewy earth at dawn, a hot-air balloon slips the bonds of science to become poetry. But first, in a birth that melds art, craftsmanship and technology, it must rise from fiber, fabric and wood on a factory floor. That’s the role of FireFly Balloons Inc. in Statesville.
2006-04

High gasoline prices don't unravel travel's big year

From the coast to the mountains, North Carolina tourist attractions reported a strong 2005, despite a gasoline shortage that curtailed some travel Labor Day weekend and higher prices at the pump, which made travel more expensive.
2006-02

Opening up rivers really floats his boat

Mark Singleton is the first to admit that he’s become “an office stiff.” Shuffling papers and sitting at a desk might draw no such self-deprecation from many other 49-year-olds.
2005-12

Sky-high land prices could derail Tweetsie

The story sounds familiar: Farmers find mailboxes stuffed with notices from banks and other financial institutions. But for about 70,000 tobacco growers and allotment holders, the letters aren’t duns. They’re from businesses wanting a piece of the $3.8 billion that Tar Heel farmers will start getting this month as part of the federal allotment buyout.
2005-08

If business is good, he loses his pants

Bar-S-Ranch is not your average country club, but it has the bare essentials. Play the nine-hole golf course or pingpong, go for a swim, fish in the 7-acre stocked lake, roam the nature trails on its 400 acres 10 miles west of Reidsville. Then get dressed and go home.
2005-06

School rule will make late summer less of a bummer

Anybody who says it’s easy to be a kid these days isn’t paying attention. Sure, kids a century ago were more likely to spend summers working on family farms tending crops and animals — often under a blazing sun. But kids in the 21st century have a summertime duty to the economy, too.
2005-02