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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Discovering Cleveland County

Posted November 9, 2007 8:29 a.m. EST

Our 100 county sweep of North Carolina continues with a stop in Cleveland County west of Charlotte. If you like pottery this foothills county is the place to be this weekend. More than 200 potters will gather at the county fairgrounds in Shelby for the 7th annual Carolina Pottery Festival.

Fall colors should also still be excellent this weekend in Cleveland County which was named after a hero in the Revolutionary War. The Battle of Kings Mountain was fought in the county in the fall of 1780 in what was seen as the turning point of the American Revolution.

Cleveland County earned a place on the national map this week with Gardner-Webb's stunning victory over Kentucky in college basketball. Gardner-Webb is a small university in Boiling Springs. Someone on our staff is related to the namesake of that college. Can you name the WRAL staffer and her famous relative?

Did you know that Cleveland County has a penchant for liver mush? What is this concoction and why it is such a hit in Shelby?

Can you name two North Carolina governors from NC?

Can you name perhaps the greatest ACC basketball player of all time? He grew up in Cleveland County.

What about the world heavy weight boxing champion who grew up in Waco, NC?

Can you name an NFL Hall of Famer with roots in Cleveland County? I can.

Can you name the Cleveland County native who is a member of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame?  Hint - he used to be my boss.

What about a world famous banjo picker who grew up in Shelby ?

Did you know that the composer who wrote "I Can't Stop Loving You" made famous by Ray Charles is buried in Shelby? Can you name him?

Cleveland County is also home to a wealthy, famous and eccentric filmmaker who has been interviewed twice by CBS's 60 Minutes. Can you name him?

Please, one answer per blog entry on all of these.

Finally, does anyone know the two slogans for Cleveland County?