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A Thousand Words
By Jock Lauterer

Come summer I have the best gig in the world. The J-School sends me around the state to lead journalism workshops at 190 small newspapers from Murphy (the Cherokee Scout) to Manteo (the Outer Banks Sentinel). These are the newspapers off the beaten track, found along the “Blue Highways” (read about it on my blog at weblogs.jomc.unc.edu/bluehighways/). And not surprisingly, I spend a lot of time on two-lane roads where the scenery is pure Americana. For the last 12 summers of the Community Journalism Roadshow, I’ve been collecting “roadside vernacular,” like this fun shot from Western North Carolina. Can you guess what town this is from? The answer can be found below.

Note: About the identification of last week’s Hollyhock Lady: two readers have written in saying that the lovely old gardener was Mrs. Sallie H. Bush. Still no word yet if she was Police Chief William Blake’s mama.

ANSWER: Cashiers, NC

Do you have an important old photo that you value? Email your photo to jock@email.unc.edu and include the story behind the picture. Because every picture tells a story. And its worth? A thousand words.
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