Entries by Michael J. Solender

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Grier-Rea House A Tribute Rural Heritage

One of the oldest plantation houses surviving in Mecklenburg County, the house stands in tribute to the rural heritage of this part of the county. The commission has designated the Grier-Rea house a local landmark. It’s one of a number of historically significant properties in the county with such a designation. Read my piece here.

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Emmy-Winning Producer Takes Unconventional Path to Success

Growing up on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, Linda Midgett did not envision her father’s job as a harbor pilot playing a pivotal role in launching her career as a documentary filmmaker and television producer. Filming and interviewing her father and other family members working the port at Morehead City turned out to be precisely the […]

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U.S. History? According to North Carolina, it Doesn’t Matter

According to officials with the North Carolina State Board of Education, the Tar Heel State’s high school children don’t need to learn about the founding of our nation or the Civil War. The Board is proposing changes to the high school history curriculum that will eliminate teaching about any historical events prior to 1877. I […]

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South Carolina Losing Subversive Revenu

In what will likely deal a crushing blow to yet another revenue stream for budget-tight South Carolina, State Senator Larry A. Martin last week introduced a proposal to repeal the  Subversive Activities Registration Act. According to Martin, the law has been on the state’s books since 1951 and mandates that state-based subversives first register  and […]