Archive for December, 2004

NC National Guard Come Home

Friday, December 31st, 2004

Thousands of members of the North Carolina National Guard are returning from Iraq this week and next. They were part of the largest Guard deployment since World War Two. Anxious family and friend say the homecoming is especially sweet now. Many of these military families plan on celebrating a belated Christmas together. WUNC’s Leoneda Inge reports from Fort Bragg.

NOTE: This report won first place for writing at the North Carolina Association Press 2004 Awards Ceremony. It also won second place award for General News from the Radio Television News Directors Associaion of the Carolina.

Burr Transition

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

Republican Richard Burr will take the oath of office as North Carolina\’s newest US Senator next week. He\’s moving over from the House where he represented the Winston Salem area for five terms. As Laura Strickler reports from our Capitol Hill Bureau, there have been a few bumps along the way during the transition.

Dell Chooses Winston-Salem

Thursday, December 23rd, 2004

Dell computers ended the suspense by naming Winston-Salem as the site for a new manufacturing plant. Winston-Salem and two other Triad cities, Greensboro and High Point, had been competing with each other to woo Dell. The neighborhing cities engaged in an arms race of incentive packages- offering Dell millions on top of what the state offered to bring Dell to North Carolina. But Winston-Salem\’s success hasn\’t settled the debate over whether incentives are the best way to create new jobs. WUNC\’s Rusty Jacobs reports.

Christmas at the Cave

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

Each year for the past two decades Jim Watson has been singing about Christmas in Chapel Hill’s legendary basement bar called the Cave. Watson is a former member of the Red Clay Ramblers who’s currently on the road most of the year with Robin and Linda Williams and their Fine Group. Watson says he looks forward to Christmas week as a time to stay home and sing for friends.

Collard Greens

Tuesday, December 21st, 2004

For many southern families, the holiday season wouldn\’t be complete without collard greens. The collard plant goes back hundreds of years. It\’s part of the cabbage family like kale. In the United States, some refer to collards as the cuisine of slaves. But times have changed. Today fresh collard greens are considered a popular vegetable crossing race and culture. And it\’s not hard to find a pot of this popular leafy vegetable on an upscale restaurant\’s stove. And yes, it\’s still at Grandma\’s house. WUNC\’s Leoneda Inge reports.

AWARD WINNER: This story won a 2004 Best Use of Sound Award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) in the Southern Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.