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New edition of ‘Scenic Byways’ available now

RALEIGH ó The N.C. Department of Transportation says the fourth edition of the N.C. Scenic Byways Book is now available. The book provides readers detailed maps, descriptions and photos of the 51 routes NCDOT has designated as N.C. Scenic Byways.
Scenic Byways are intended as alternative routes to traditional interstates and highways. Roads designated as Scenic Byways portray the diverse beauty, cultural and historical aspects of North Carolina. They take motorists through areas such as the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Outer Banks, along historic trails and by waterfalls.
Byways are listed according to their location in the state’s Mountain, Piedmont and Coastal Plain regions. This year’s book also contains information on four routes recently designated as byways not included in previous editions. These routes include the Aversaboro Battlefield Scenic Byway, Cape Fear Historic Byway, Pisgah Loop Scenic Byway and U.S. 421 Scenic Byway.
The book is free; however, a $5 donation is requested to offset the costs for future publications and shipping.
To request your copy of the N.C. Scenic Byways Book, go to www.ncdot.org/~scenic. Requests can also be made by visiting www.ncdot.org then clicking on “Contact Us” and submitting a request, or by calling NCDOT’s Customer Service office at 1-877-DOT-4-YOU (1-877-368-4968). Requests can also be mailed to: NCDOT Scenic Byways Program, 1557 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699
Copies of the book will also be available at North Carolina Welcome Centers on interstates.
McCanless publishes 2nd mystery
Janet McCanless, who writes a column for the LifePlus section of the Salisbury Post, has published a book with PublishAmerica, “The Case of the Doomed Diplomat: A Beryl’s Cove Mystery.”
This is her second mystery novel in the Beryl’s Cove series. This time, the gang is in Las Vegas, where Steve and Suzanne are celebrating their wedding anniversary. Running into an old Navy buddy of Steve’s, they are called on to help solve another mystery when a dead body is discovered in a closet in the hotel.
They cross paths with Russian spies, double agents, and one very nasty CIA man. National Security could be involved unless they can beat the clock and solve the case. Soon more bodies turn up, and the local police work with our aging, out-of-shape and out-of-breath characters to solve the murders.
McCanless has been a freelance writer and newspaper columnist for 20 years, and is popular on the lecture circuit. She lives in China Grove with her husband, children, numerous grandchildren and two cats.
Catawba professor’s book
“Palestine and International Law,” authored by Dr. Sanford Silverburg, a professor of political science in the department of history and politics at Catawba College, will soon be available in softcover.
“Palestine and International Law” is published by McFarland & Company Inc. Publishers of Jefferson. That company expects the softcover edition to be available by late 2008 or early 2009.
Silverburg, a specialist in international relations and international law as well as the government and politics of the Middle East, has been a member of Catawba College’s faculty since 1970. He has published and lectured internationally, speaking to both academic and community groups, and has broad experience with government and military affairs.

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