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North Carolina now features 9 Certified Retirement Communities!

North Carolina has always been recognized for its natural diversity and gracious hospitality, which now has made it into an extremely popular retirement destination. Choices abound for a healthy, happy retirement setting, whether you want to relax on the beach or enjoy the great outdoors in our mountains or stay busy in a bustling city.

The Certified Retirement Community designation means a city has completed a comprehensive evaluation process with requirements outlined by the North Carolina General Assembly. These Certified Retirement Communities are recognized for providing the amenities, services and opportunities retirees need to enjoy active and productive lives.

Read more at Retire NC



The Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge is located in both Anson and Richmond Counties in south-central North Carolina, just six miles north of Wadesboro.  Situated in the Triassic Basin of the lower piedmont, the refuge’s 8443 acres of rolling hills covered with pines and hardwoods gently slope to the broad flood plain of the Pee Dee River.


The public is welcome to visit the refuge any time of the year from one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset.  Some areas may be closed by the refuge manager for specific refuge activities.  Visitor Services include hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, observation towers, photography, trails/hiking, education and interpretation.  Maps of the reserve are available at the Reserve Office.  The Reserve also offers several activities during the year for bird watchers, hunters and fishing.  Contact them directly or visit their website for their calendar of special events.

On November 1st, the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge will host a "Night Prowl".  This family friendly event will begin at 6pm.  Call 704-694-4424
for more information.

To learn more about the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge, click here


WNC Pottery Fest, One of South's Top Arts Events, is Nov. 1

DILLSBORO, N.C. – The Western North Carolina Pottery Festival celebrates its 10th year this November with a special recognition.  

The festival, which takes place Saturday, Nov. 1, has been named one of the Southeast's top 20 arts events for November by the Southeast Tourism Society.

The festival earned such recognition by evolving from humble beginnings into a popular event that attracts thousands to the walkabout village of Dillsboro the first Saturday in November.

"What we have is an intimate show featuring more than 40 master potters from all over the Eastern United States," says festival organizer Brant Barnes of Dillsboro's Riverwood Pottery. "I would characterize it as an art show, although it is pottery. We have a lot of individual artists who are more focused on the artistic pursuit than the traditional, functional pursuit."

Each year the festival showcases a featured potter. But for the 10th year, organizers decided to feature two potters – Richard Aerni of Rochester, NY, and Nick Joerling of Penland, NC. Aerni and Joerling will demonstrate their techniques throughout the day, along with several other exhibiting potters.

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Anson County 17th Annual Big Game Hunt!!
The hunt dates again are Friday and Saturday, November 28-29, 2014.


The 2014 Title Sponsor is Buckshot Deer Processing. Banquet Sponsor is Uwharrie Bank. Youth Sponsors are Dale McRae Farms and Four A Loader Work. Gold Sponsors are Cobb-Vantress, Duke Energy Progress, NC Electric Membership Co., Pee Dee Electric and Waste Connections. Silver Sponsors are Carolina By-Products, Locust Lumber, Lynn Thomas Grading, Tyson Foods, Wesley Holbert Taxidermy and Windstream. Bronze Sponsors are 704 Outdoors, Anson Towing & Recovery, Backwoods Hog Hunters, Branch Banking & Trust, Clodfelter Law Office, McCollum Trucking & Grading, PNC Bank, Take Aim Fire Range and Village Pawn & Gun Shop . Daily Youth Sponsors are Dennis Concrete Finishing and Kiker Resource Management, LLC.           

Special Sponsor this year, Anson County Tourism Development Authority for funding for the Hunt Program Book.

The Anson County Chamber of Commerce offers monetary prizes for first, second, third, fourth and fifth places in buck and doe categories and first, second, third and fourth places in the youth buck and doe categories. Door prizes will be given away during the annual banquet on Saturday, November 29, at the Ansonville Vol. Fire Department.

For more tournament information, call the Anson County Chamber of Commerce at 704-694- 4181 or visit for tournament rules and a printable entry form.

Registration Sites 2014:

Allen's Restaurant (Peachland), Anson County Chamber of Commerce (Wadesboro), Barnyard BBQ (Peachland), Buckshot Deer Processing (Monroe), H.W. Little & Co (Wadesboro), Scotty's Bait & Tackle (Lilesville), Glen's Bait & Tackle (Rockingham), Take Aim Fire Range (Monroe), Village Pawn & Gun Shop (Wadesboro).

Be sure to register so you wont miss your chance at winning prize money. Dont forget to bring the family and join us at the banquet on Saturday night for great food, door prizes, raffle drawings and more. Top prize on the raffle ticket this year will be a Henry Big Boy .357 Mag Lever Action Rifle. Have a safe hunting season and we will see you in November at the hunt!

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The Battle of Moores Creek Bridge- February 27, 1776

The Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, fought between North Carolina Patriot and Loyalist militia forces, demonstrates the bitter internal divisions that marked the American Revolution. The Loyalist, mostly Scottish Highlanders wielding broadswords, charged across a partially dismantled Moores Creek Bridge, nearly a thousand North Carolina Patriots waited quietly with cannons and muskets poised to fire. Expecting to find only a small Patriot force, the Loyalist advanced across the bridge. Shots rang out and 30 to 70 Loyalist lay wounded or dead, including Lt. Col. Donald McLeod, who led the charge. Stunned, outgunned, and leaderless, some of the Loyalist surrendered, while others retreated in confusion.

Moores Creek is the site of the first Patriot victory in the American Revolution and the site of the last Scottish Highland broadsword charge. The victory ended British authority in the colony and stalled a full-scale British invasion of the South for nearly four years. The resulting Halifax Resolves of April 12, 1776, instructed North Carolina's delegates the Continental Congress to vote for independence; it was the first American colony to take such action.

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Henry Evans

Henry Evans, cobbler and minister prominent in the history of Fayetteville, was born in Virginia about 1760 to free black parents. Around 1780 Evans stopped in Fayetteville on his way to Charleston. He began preaching there and decided to make it his home. He found a genuine need for moral and spiritual guidance in the black community. When the white community saw the positive effects of his preaching, they, in time, turned to Evans for that guidance as well. It is not clear precisely when a church building was constructed for the congregation, but one was in place by 1803, as it is noted in a contemporary journal kept by Methodist Bishop Francis Asbury. The reference established that Evans’s meeting house was the first church in the town limits of Fayetteville as it was laid out at the time. Evans, furthermore, is credited as being “the father of the Methodist Church, white and black, in Fayetteville, and the best preacher of his time in that quarter.”

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A certain chill comes across the rails in Parkton these October nights. Tales of hitch hiking ghosts, creepy campfires and the headless horseman are said to be invading the otherwise peaceful setting here. We dare to send a trainload of brave souls out on several weekend nights in October to witness it for themselves. Do you dare to join them this year? The Red Springs and Northern Railroad Foundation is pleased to announce a ride in open railcars through the haunted woods. Friday October 24 and Saturday October 25, also Friday October 31 and Saturday Nov 1. Railcars depart every 30 minutes from 7pm until 11pm. Adults $8, Children 12 and under $6. Trains run only with weather permitting. For more information contact Chris Abbood at (910)617-1213.


NC Spotlight:
Benton Flippen


Benton Flippen, a 1990 North Carolina Folk Heritage Award recipient, was one of the innovators of a distinctive and driving style of old-time string music that has brought national recognition to the area between Mt. Airy, his home, and Galax, Virginia. Born in Surry County in 1920, he started playing the banjo in his early teens and picked up the fiddle when he was about eighteen years old. Benton was celebrated chiefly for his fiddle playing, but he was also admired by those who know him well for his knowledge of the five-string banjo and the guitar.

He learned to play fiddle by listening and watching other musicians, such as a fiddle-playing uncle who came to visit from Thomasville. Benton also listened intently to the late Esker Hutchins, a highly respected local fiddler and banjo picker with whom he played for several years on a radio program and at fiddler's conventions.

Benton Flippen's fiddling style was distinguished by his unusual fingering patterns and his effective use of slides and a strong rhythmic bowing technique. "No point to sound just like the other man." he said. "Don't even try, 'cause you can't. You got to sound like yourself, have your own style. That's the way it's supposed to be. It's all creamed 'taters, just fixed a little different."

Watch David Holt interview Benton Flippen on Youtube:

Givens Performing Arts Center Announces 2014/15 schedule:

Broadway & More Series

American Big Band: Home for the Holidays - Nov 21

Million Dollar Quartet - Jan 15

NC Symphony - March 21

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: Visions from Cape Breton - March 24

The Great Gatsby - April 25


Bonus Events

Michael Ian Black, comedian – Oct 24

Mamma Mia! - Nov 13


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Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.

In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.




Owned and operated by the original Coleman family... serving excellent seafood, in the true Calabash style, since 1940!

1125 River Rd

CalabashNC 28467



Fabio's Restaurant in Downtown Newland... celebrating more than 7 years in business!

Cuisine that is always "exciting and new" from the former executive chef of the Love Boat!

Wonderful Wine Tastings at Fabio's!

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106 Pineola St Newland, NC.


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