Brookings Plan – NC History Project

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The Brookings Plan was a collection of reforms proposed by the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C. think tank. Searching for economic solutions to the state’s financial problems, Governor O. Max Gardner commissioned the plan shortly after the onset of the Great Depression. The Great Depression threatened to bankrupt North Carolina. Tax revenues had collapsed, leaving the government unable to pay … Read More

GWU to induct first members of Education Hall of Fame in June

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The induction ceremony for the inaugural GWU School of Education Hall of Fame is planned for June 25 at 6 p.m. at Gardner-Webb University. The event will include a dinner program and the unveiling of the new Education Hall of Fame, located on the third floor of the Tucker Student Center… The 2015 inductees include Dr. George Litton, Hoyt Bailey, … Read More

UNC Charlotte, NC State Researchers Receive UNC Board of Governors’ Highest Faculty Honor

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Pinku Mukherjee, Irwin Belk Endowed Professor of Cancer Research at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Klopman Distinguished Professor of Textile Materials at North Carolina State University, are the 2015 recipients of the O. Max Gardner Award — the highest faculty honor given by the Board of Governors of the 17-campus University of North Carolina. The … Read More

Could UNC system be pared?

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The Charlotte Post Could UNC system be pared? Lawmaker offers consolidation as possibility by Herbert L. White N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposed $135 million cut to the University of North Carolina system has lawmakers thinking about closing one or more campuses. State Sen. Pete Brunstetter, a Winston-Salem Republican and co-chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said the chamber is casting … Read More

Know Your Iowa Basketball Opponents: Gardner-Webb

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I don’t know if Iowa will get the Gardner-Webb Saturday night that won at DePaul Thursday night or the Gardner-Webb that lost at home to Lipscomb the night before. Here’s what I do know about the 2-2 Runnin’ Bulldogs: They are from Boiling Springs, N.C. When I’m retired, I’d like to see the world. I don’t know if Iowa will … Read More

Cleveland County Fair brings ‘Farm and city life together’

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U.L. “Rusty” Patterson and his wife, Marie Farrow Patterson, were given the daunting task of pouring over the boxes and books of photos and compiling a history book for the Cleveland County Fair. “We had an interesting combination of photos,” Marie said. “This book was a challenge in the material you worked with. The photos were not labeled properly. Some … Read More

PEELER: O. Max Gardner’s Legacy Lives Strong

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RALEIGH, N.C. – O. Max Gardner would probably have to recuse himself from rooting for a winner this weekend. And, rest assured, the consummate politician would. That’s because Gardner, the great Depression-era governor and leader of the “Shelby Dynasty” of North Carolina politics, was a pioneering football player and athlete at the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts … Read More

The Secret of the Sauce: What Democrats Need to Know About North Carolina’s Kick-Ass Populism

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Appeals to economic fairness and mistrust of moneymen were clearly appealing to ordinary North Carolinians. But the old order had a significant advantage: It was the old order. When country folk listened to radical speakers, they heard religion ridiculed, patriotism blasted and racial equality proclaimed. Talk of treason and atheism alienated people who lacked basic necessities and wanted to hear … Read More