Victor Lewis

Local Lore: Tabitha Anne Holton

Tabitha Anne Holton, born in 1854 to a Methodist minister in Guilford County, was the first female lawyer in North Carolina — as well as the Southern United States. She passed the bar exam in 1878 — nine years after the first female lawyer in the United States, Arabella Mansfield, was certified in 1869. But Holton’s examination wasn’t exactly typical. Holton’s father was a noted anti-slavery advocate, and she grew up alongside her brothers Samuel, Alfred and John — all on the path to be lawyers, themselves — outside of Jamestown. She attended Greensboro Academy and graduated in 1878,...

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UNC Assisting Hurricane Florence Relief Effort

As Hurricane Florence’s effects are finally beginning to be felt in Orange County, the slow-moving storm has been ravaging the Carolina coast for days. Starting Tuesday, September 18, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be accepting donations of specific relief items at the Williamson Center parking lot. Donations will be accepted through Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Friday – and transported to North Carolinians affected by Florence. The requested items are as follows: Non-perishable food items Pop-top canned goods Diapers (baby and adult) Baby wipes...

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3 Live Cameras Show Hurricane Florence’s Approach

32 miles from Bald Head Island, Frying Pan Tower is a decommissioned lighthouse off the southeast coast of North Carolina. Only accessible by helicopter or boat, Frying Pan Tower is also host to three live cameras that are currently broadcasting the coming storm. Bearing a close resemblance to an oil drilling platform, Frying Pan’s “Texas tower” was originally constructed to serve as a navigational aid and Coast Guard station. The tower marks Frying Pan shoals and the confluence of the Cape Fear River — and when the navigational tower light was replaced by a buoy in 2003, the site...

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The Music in My Head – 7/25/18

7/25/18: Blood, Sweat & Tears “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” Today, it’s “Blood, Sweat & Tears” that I’ve got on my mind! Remember those guys? They were a talented group of musicians who came together in New York City… and they combined rock and roll with jazz — which proved to be a killer combination.  Originally, Al Kooper was the leader of the band, and they released an album called “Child Is Father To The Man.” It did relatively well, but the group was having, shall we say, “creative differences.” Eventually, Kooper left. They had some other personnel...

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Local Lore: Putting the ‘Orange’ in ‘Orange County’

There are eight Orange Counties across the United States. Two of the most famous, located in California and Florida, are named for the fruit. But no citrus grows in North Carolina, so what is our Orange County named for? Orange County in North Carolina was founded in 1752, knitted together from parts of Johnston, Bladen and Granville Counties. Christened “Orange County” in honor of William V of Orange, grandson of King George II of Great Britain, whose mother Anne was acting regent of the Dutch Republic. The designation of Orange in young William’s title referred directly to the Dutch...

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Al’s Burger Shack Ranked as ‘Best Burger in America’ by TripAdvisor

Blue Heaven is officially home to the best burger in America, according to TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor is a helpful website and invaluable resource to countless travelers every day. Providing rankings, reservations and recommendations for everything from flights to fancy restaurants; it follows that the friendly folks providing all these helpful tips and tricks would know a thing or two about America’s “best-of” spots. Luckily for Chapel Hill, the best burger in America is right down the road at Al’s Burger Shack. Clocking in ahead of spectacularly named establishments that are stiff competition for “best burger in America” based on name...

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Florence + The Machine / Florence Welch Deep-Dive Mixtape

Florence Leontine Mary Welch, better known as the vocal powerhouse and creative force for Florence + The Machine, has been capturing hearts and enthralling minds since the release of her first studio album. 2009’s “Lungs” saw fantastic success, from radio-friendly smashes like “Dog Days Are Over” and “Kiss With A Fist” to lower-key confessionals that resonated with fans the world over. With three full albums under her belt since then — including the recently-released “High as Hope” — there’s no better time to consider the breadth and depth of music that Welch has released over the past nine years....

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