Cary History: Walter Hines Page

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Cary, NC – Continuing our series on the history of Cary, we turn to Walter Hines Page, born in 1855, eldest son of town founder Frank Page. After attending Trinity College (now Duke University), Randolph-Macon College and Johns Hopkins University, Walter decided to pursue a career in journalism.

The Publisher and Activist

Page married in 1880. In 1883, he purchased The State Chronicle newspaper, which eventually became the News and Observer. As an activist, he was instrumental in creating what became North Carolina State University. Read more

Go Local: Ashworth Drugs

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Ralph Ashworth came to Cary as a young pharmacist in 1957.

Cary, NC – When it comes to small town charm, you can’t beat Ashworth Drugs. With a soda fountain, lunch counter and a traditional standard of personal service, it’s like a step back to a friendlier, bygone era. Read more

Cary History: Frank Page

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Illustration by Jerry Miller

Cary, NC – If you’ve ever wondered how the town of Cary came into existence, you’d have to start your search with Allison Francis (Frank) Page. Read more

A History of Spring Daze in Cary

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Illustration from a photograph by moonlightbulb on Flickr. Used via Creative Commons license.

Cary, NC – It’s spring in Cary and that means Spring Daze is just around the corner.  This Saturday, April 24th,  marks the 17th annual Cary Spring Daze.  The festival focuses on the arts but it also celebrates Cary’s great outdoor living – taking place on the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day. Read more

Profile: Cary Town Manager Ben Shivar

Cary, N.C. – We met with Cary Town Manager Ben Shivar on Friday.  We sat down in the conference room in the Administration Building on Academy Street.

It was “casual Friday” and staff was scurrying around in jeans.  Ben had on a sports jacket and button down.  I teased him about it and he chuckled.

Ben is a pleasant, thoughtful man.  “Tell me about your background”, I said.  “Well, I have 33 years in local government service,” he said.  We joked about whether or not that makes him qualified for the job and then we talked for an hour and a half. Read more

Cary History: 1946 – Today

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Cary, NC –  The half-century after World War Two saw a gathering steamroller of growth in Cary – residential, commercial and recreational. Read more

Eat Local: Brigs

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Cary, NC – When it comes to comfort food, Brigs can’t be beat. It’s a neighborhood classic at the corner of High House and Maynard in the Kroger (Maynard Crossing) shopping plaza.

Think of Brigs as a gourmet/diner, if that’s not a contradiction in terms. At Brigs, it’s not. Read more

Profile: Cary Fire Chief Allan Cain

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Cary, N.C.- Not long ago we met with Pat Bazemore, the Chief of Police.  The next day, we had an interview with Allan Cain, Cary’s Fire Chief.  Allan is a friendly guy, but matter-of-fact.  It was obvious he is dedicated to his work.  He just laughed when I asked him what he did with his free time. Read more

Hidden Giant: LORD Corporation

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Richard McNeel, President of Lord. CaryCitizen photos by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – This story is the first in what we hope to be a continuing series about large businesses that chose to place their headquarters here in Cary. We call the series “Hidden Giants” because they’re big, and somewhat unknown.

We all know about RTP and SAS, but did you know that there are many other world-wide enterprises located right here in Cary? They employ thousands of people, maybe you or one of your neighbors.

One of these Hidden Giants is LORD Corporation. We sat down with Richard McNeel, the President of Lord, a couple of weeks ago. Read more

Cary History: 1901-1945 (Part II)

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Part II in the History of Cary series. This segment covers 1901-1945. Story by Peggy Van Scoyoc.

Cary NC – The private boarding school that Frank Page helped establish in 1870 became the first state-assisted public high school in North Carolina in 1907. Read more