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Precious places

Posted November 3, 2009
Updated November 4, 2009

How many of you watch WRAL’s News on Fox 50 between 7:00A.M. and 9:00A.M.? Kelcey, Elizabeth, Brian and I really enjoy our two hour broadcast on Fox because it is a little less formatted and allows us more flexibility than other programs. One of the fun segments in “Hometown Hello” at 7:10 and 8:10 each morning. We profile a NC community as part of a week-long theme. The theme this week is communities named for precious stones.

What other themes should we tackle in coming weeks? Please offer you suggestions. In recent weeks we’ve focused on movie towns, towns with colors and communities with girl and boy names.

Here are the five Hometown Hello locations this precious stone theme week. Did I miss any?

Diamond Grove

-n Northampton County

-Post Office here 1828

-near Conway

-near Milwaukee


-sw Transylvania County

-near Horsepasture River

-named for sapphires in the area

-also known for vivid blue sky


-central Craven County

-settled in 1868

-named for a local citizen

-Highway 55 town

Emerald Isle

-se Carteret County

-Bogue Banks town

-Incorporated in 1957

-named by Florida consultant


-s Henderson County town

-named for zircon mines of 1880

-December birthstone

-near Flat Rock & Hendersonville 


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  • GoldenLover Nov 3, 2009

    I think it would be interesting to know the origins of some of the more populated cities in the viewing area. We all know where Raleigh came from and that Oliver WENDELL Holmes inspired Wendell, but what about Knightdale, Cary, Garner, etc.

  • zenshark Nov 3, 2009

    How about towns with names of foreign cities, if you haven't done that yet (Warsaw, Canton, Belfast, Inverness...)

  • khoggard Nov 3, 2009

    There is Gold Point in Martin County.

  • ceatman Nov 3, 2009

    Hey Bill, How about Gold Rock over in Nash County near Rocky Mount?

  • LMRA Nov 3, 2009

    How about towns with the word 'pine' in them?? Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Pine Level . . . I just looked them all up and there are probably 20-30 to choose from!

  • jennylynnce Nov 3, 2009

    Hiddenite -- it was on the Tarheel Traveler segment a few weeks back

  • lynneslaughter Nov 3, 2009

    hOW ABOUT INSECT NAMES LIKE SHOO-fLY and BUGGS ISLAND? Who won the Halloween book?

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