Opinion

The forgotten governor

North Carolina history enthusiasts have definitely heard of Zebulon B. Vance, the Confederate colonel turned wartime governor in 1862. Many have also heard of John W. Ellis, the longtime politician and judge who died during […]

Opinion

KICKLER: Not your typical HOA

For many, HOA is an acronym for their homeowners association. I’m referring, however, to the Heroes of America, a clandestine group during the American Civil War that supposedly originated in Randolph County, opposed secession from […]

Opinion

The Jefferson of North Carolina

After the Constitution was drafted and then submitted for approval, nine state ratification conventions quickly adopted a more “energetic” government, with enumerated powers. There were four holdouts, though. Among them was North Carolina. Thomas Jefferson […]