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NC County of the Week: Stokes County

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The NC County of the Week for November 2-8, 2014 is Stokes County, NC! 

Map of North Carolina with the location of Stokes County in blue

Image courtesy of NCpedia.org

Stokes County was formed in 1789 and named for Capt. John Stokes of the Revolutionary War who was also a member of the House of Commons.

For more information on this county in north western NC on the NC/VA border, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join the conversation by using hash tag #nccotw. Be sure to also check out our Pinterest board for Stokes County where we’ll showcase a range of historic images!

Stay with us this week for snapshots of the people, history, culture,  geography, and natural heritage of Stokes County.

We’ll showcase the documentary history and collections of the Government & Heritage Library, our sister agencies in the Department of Cultural Resources, and other heritage institutions throughout the state.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and join in the conversation by using the hashtag #nccotw.

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State Doc Pick of the Week : Diabetes and food insecurity in North Carolina : the effect on diabetes management and diabetes-related complications

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service’s Center for Health Statistics puts out statistical briefs that cover a variety of different health related topics. Recently, they have done a statistical brief on diabetes and food insecurity in North Carolina.

North Carolina, unfortunately, has a high rate of adults with diabetes as well as a high rate of food insecurity. So, the Center for Health Statistics conducted a study to “examine the association between food insecurity and diabetes among North Carolina adults”. In their study they look at diabetes management, diabetes risk factors, and diabetes related complications among Behaviorial Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey respondents with diabetes.

You never know when diabetes may effect you, a friend, or a loved one, or it may already affect someone in your life or you yourself. Overall, this article will equip you with some awareness about food insecurity and diabetes in North Carolina and it never hurts to have a heightened awareness about a serious disease.

You can view, download, print, and save this statistical brief here.

Preservation Week 2015: State Archives and Government and Heritage Library

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pwk_logoThe Government and Heritage Library part of the State Library of North Carolina and State Archives are celebrating the ways they help preserve information whether created physically or digitally. It’s part of National Preservation Week, April 26 – May 2, which highlights the role libraries, archives and other cultural institutions play in preserving our information. A week of activities await you.

A social media campaign, daily preservation trivia question, exhibits and other activities are available. Discover activities from the State Archives here and from the State Library here. The State Archives and State Library are located at 109 E. Jones St., where they will offer Preservation Week programs on site: (more…)

National Poetry Month: North Carolina’s Poets and a Celebrity Look-A-Like

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National Poetry Month:  North Carolina’s Poets and a Celebrity Look-A-Like

North Carolina Celebrity "Look-A-Like"

North Carolina Celebrity “Look-A-Like” Image credit (right image): Joella Marano, Wikimedia Commons

It’s National Poetry Month and what better way to celebrate than with a little “poetic license”!

Most of us can likely guess who’s on the right. But the soulful portrait on the left is probably a little more obscure.  In NCpedia’s biographical entry, from UNC Press’s Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, North Carolina literary historian Richard Walser described the gent as “rather poetically careless of his appearance” and that his “contemporaries described him as a gentle man of an even disposition, joyous, considerate, companionable.”

The subject was John Charles McNeill, North Carolina poet, journalist, and lawyer, born in 1874 in then Richmond, now Scotland, County.  He attended Wake Forest College, graduating in 1898, and soon after hung up his shingle as a lawyer in Lumberton.  Although he would practice law in both Lumberton and Laurinburg, by the turn of the century he had begun to write poetry in earnest, publishing initially in the Lumberton Argus (where he had purchased an interest).  Not long after, he stopped practicing law to write full-time, signing on with the Charlotte Observer in 1904.  He was also elected to the North Carolina General Assembly in 1903, where, with a mind for temperance, he introduced bills to prohibit sale of alcohol and fireworks.

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