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"I love traveling the back roads of North Carolina," said Mason. "What an amazing state to explore, full of so many fascinating sights and colorful people. I also love to eat! Hot dogs, hamburgers, biscuits, barbecue, donuts, and ice cream—nothing’s better than enjoying a scrumptious treat and warm fellowship in old-timey landmarks with faded awnings and creaky floors."
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Newton Grove has people looking up as unique way to honor class of 2020
With schools closed because of the pandemic, some high school seniors may never step inside their high school again. Scott Mason has more on a unique idea a Sampson County town had to honor its class of 2020.
Holly Springs woman draws beautiful inspiration of Disney characters from grandmother
The fear is global, but joy can be close to home, especially when there's a "Neighorhood Hero" nearby. Scott Mason is in Holly Springs with a sidewalk display of colorful fun.
Raleigh company sees return to business by making face masks
A Raleigh company, which like so many was hit hard at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, is rebounding by making face masks that are now in high demand. Learn more at Coolienation.com and at customstylemasks.com.
Garner coffee shop serves as weekly venue for virtual music
Think of all the bands and musical groups that aren't performing because all the venues are closed. Scott Mason reports some are still performing just in a different setting. Search "Lorraine's Coffee House & Music" on Facebook to catch the show Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Classic cars keep employees working at local car dealerships
For weeks, the world's workplace has been all but shut down. Scott Mason explains how a local automotive group found a creative way to keep the engine running for some of its employees.
Mother, son lift spirits with beautiful window paintings
Simple gestures can mean the most during this difficult time. Scott Mason is with a mother and son who are practicing the art of staying positive during the coronavirus outbreak.
Tar Heel Traveler: Teachers, students adjusting to new distanced learning methods
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way schooling works in a major way. Scott Mason got a look at how one school in Wake Forest is doing with implementing video chat-based classes and more.
Rapping to spread hope: Durham man mixes it up during coronavirus crisis
A rap song and a humanitarian calling ... an intriguing mix during this crisis. Scott Mason meets a man who sees hope around the world and sings about it at home in Durham.
Food truck owner giving back by feeding first responders in Garner
The owner of a food truck is giving away free meals to first responders in Garner each Thursday during the month of April as a way to say thanks for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.
Cary company keeps the beer flowing with door-to-door delivery during coronavirus
An innovative Cary beer company continues to get creative during the cornavirus outbreak with home delivery of its product.
Neighborhood Heroes: Fence at north Raleigh park serves as inspiration during virus outbreak
It's a fence that's locked out anyone from getting into a north Raleigh park. Scott Mason reports on a woman who is sharing a generous, simple act of fun with the fence.
Tar Heel Traveler: RVs for MDs matches healthcare professionals with temporary housing during pandemic
WRAL Tar Heel Traveler Scott Mason paid a visit to a healthcare professional who is living in an RV loaned to him in an act of kindness by a stranger to help him maintain safe distance from his family as he helps to fight coronavirus.
Admiring the WRAL Azalea Gardens that's now in full bloom
Day after day of troubling news hasn't stopped springtime from springing. The WRAL Azalea Gardens may be closed to the public due to the health crisis, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy them through the eyes of the camera.
Neighborhood Heroes: Wake Co. network of people working to make, deliver masks
It's a whole network of volunteers making and delivering masks along with supplying raw material for the masks. Scott Mason has more on what these Neighborhood Heroes are doing.
Families adjusting to 'new normal' with homeschooling
Most children have been out of school for more than two weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak. Scott Mason visited with one family to see what life is like with the children being homeschooled, among other life changes.
Relief fund helping musicians ride out pandemic
Pinecone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, has organized a relief fund for area musicians left out of work by the coronavirus outbreak. To date, the North Carolina Artist Relief Fund has raised more than $25,000 and distributed money to more than 100 artists in 31 cities and towns in North Carolina.
Raleigh woman hosting nightly conference-call prayer session
People are seeking comfort during these troubling times and sometimes finding it through the phone. Scott Mason profiles a neighborhood hero, a Raleigh woman who holds a conference call prayer session. It's held nightly except Sunday. More details at DeniseKane.com.
Raleigh couple helps lift spirits of community through balloons
Thursday is Worldwide Balloon Day. Scott Mason, our Tar Heel Traveler, talks with a couple who are balloon artists and are lifting spirits with their creativity during the coronavirus outbreak.
Residents head outdoors, hit the beach during virus outbreak
Before Jordan Lake was closed due to the coronavirus update, Scott Mason reports the occasional sunny weather we've been having meant people were going to the beach.