March 28, 2015

Friday / Weekend Open Lines

A triumph of mobile computing was achieved on this date in 1961. A division of the Sperry Rand Corporation equipped a trailer truck to haul a UNIVAC I computer from New York City down to North Carolina to process data for the Douglas Aircraft Corporation. The UNIVAC I, fully assembled, weighed in at a nimble […]

Thursday Open Line

Everyone who loves convenience in shopping can thank Edward Delk and J.C. Nichols. It was they who conceived, designed, and built the first shopping mall in the U.S. The Country Club Plaza, on the outskirts of Kansas City, opened this month in 1923 to wide acclaim. It was the first shopping area to have stores […]

Tickets now on sale for VGCC Dinner Theater production held April 30th and May 1st, 2015

Vance-Granville Community College’s third annual Dinner Theater event, “Smoke on the Mountain,” is set for the evenings of Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1, 2015 in the Civic Center on VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County. VGCC’s Drama and Culinary Arts departments are teaming up once again to present a delicious meal followed by […]

Wednesday Open Line

Two young women, who were the first Americans of their gender to enter their professions, are highlighted during this Women’s History Month. Lucy Hobbs Taylor was the first to receive a degree in dentistry, graduating from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in 1866. And this month in 1883, Susan Hayhurst became the nation’s first […]

Violence and Race Meeting March 24th, 2015 at Gateway Community Center

VIOLENCE & RACE Date:  TUESDAY MARCH 24, 2015 Location:  GATEWAY COMMUNITY CENTER 314 S. GARNETT ST.  HENDERSON, NC Time: 6:00PM – 8:00 PM “A COMMUNITY DISCUSSION ON VIOLENCE AND RACE” JOIN US IN A STRUCTURED DISCUSSION ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER TO REDUCE THE VIOLENT CRIME IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY. ALL OF US CAN […]

19th Annual Vance County Storytelling Festival Tuesday March 25th, 2015

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19th Annual Vance County Storytelling Festival Tuesday March 25th, 2015 starting at 6pm at the Perry Memorial Library Featuring Storytellers: Tyris JonesLloyd ArneachWright ClarksonCasey Nees

Tuesday Open Line

A number of various causes are recognized in March. Two of these seem to go hand in hand, or hand to mouth — National Nutrition Month and National Frozen Food Month. The goal of the first is make consumers aware of just how easy it is to eat healthy meals. And one of the ways […]

Monday Open Line

The ingenuity of one man helped to change the very shape of America’s cities — and indeed those around the world. On this date in 1857 in New York City, Elisha Otis installed the first enclosed, commercial passenger elevator. His earlier development of automatic brakes meant that riders were safe, even if the hoisting cable […]

Friday / Weekend Open Line

One of the most distinctive and near universal American colloquialisms — the affirmation “OK” — appeared in public for the first time this month in 1839. There have been claims that “OK” derives from languages as diverse as Greek and Choctaw, and that it appeared in earlier American documents. But it was first published in […]

Thursday Open Line

Banks had operated in America for about a half century before someone tried to make an unauthorized withdrawal. On this date in 1831, Edward Smith committed the first bank robbery in the U.S. — hitting the City Bank on New York’s Wall Street. He entered the bank after it closed, using a duplicate set of […]

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