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NC Wildlife Commission Seeks Public Input for Pee Dee River Game Land Planning

NC Wildlife Commission Seeks Public Input for Pee Dee River Game Land Planning

ROCKINGHAM, NC March 25, 2014 — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting on April 3 in Rockingham to seek input in developing a management plan for the Pee Dee River Game Land in Richmond County. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Hinson Lake Rotary Lodge, located on 152 Hinson Lake Road. Wildlife Commission staff will use input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on the state-owned portions of the Pee Dee River Game Land for the next 10 years. This game land is located between Rockingham and Lilesville. Two tracts, encompassing approximately 2,270 acres, are popular for deer, turkey and small game hunting opportunities. “We are seeking input from all […]

Clemson Has Strong Showing on Saturday

Clemson Has Strong Showing on Saturday

CLEMSON, SC March 15, 2014 – The Tigers finished first in two of three races against Eastern Michigan, Syracuse and Boston University on Saturday on Lake Hartwell. Clemson has now won five of six races over two regattas this season. The regatta got off to an exciting start with a battle in the opening race between the Clemson and Syracuse First Varsity 8s. The two were within just a few seconds of one another for the entire race. In the end, Clemson’s 1V8 was able to create just enough space between the two to take the victory by just over two seconds. In the Varsity 4s race, the Tigers jumped out to an early lead over Syracuse. The Orange came […]

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Old Quork’s Day: The Origins of an Ocracoke Legend

Old Quork’s Day: The Origins of an Ocracoke Legend

RALEIGH, NC Mar. 16, 2014 – On March 16, most likely in the 1780s, an odd and offbeat mariner from Ocracoke Island known as Quawk or Quork went to sea in his small fishing skiff despite warnings of impending foul weather. He never returned. The sailor was said to be a loner, and was, by some accounts, the sole survivor of a shipwreck on the island. He was called Quork because of his voice, which was said to be like that of the “quawk,” the colloquial name for the black-crowned night heron. The day became known as Old Quork’s Day, a day of bad luck or misfortune for seamen who might fall victim to quick-forming storms that could catch a […]

Wildlife Commission Offers Kayak, Fish and Float Workshop in Fayetteville

Wildlife Commission Offers Kayak, Fish and Float Workshop in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, NC Mar. 4, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting the 3rd Annual Kayak, Fish and Float workshop on April 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. The free workshop will include fishing how-to seminars and demonstrations of popular fishing kayaks. Mark Patterson, of the N.C. Kayak Fishing Association, along with Hobie Kayak Pro Angler Capt. Jerry Dilsaver, will present workshops throughout the day on the following topics: Kayak Safety and Rigging; Offshore Fishing for King Mackerel; Inshore Kayak Fishing for Redfish, Flounder and Speckled Trout; and, Fresh water kayaking for Bass, Panfish, Catfish and Carp. Participants will have the opportunity to practice their kayaking skills on […]

Fort Macon Wins Distinguished Civic Service Award
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Fort Macon Wins Distinguished Civic Service Award

Jacksonville, Florida – February 1st   The United States Power Squadrons© celebrated their 100th Anniversary here during their annual meeting and Change of Watch.  Earlier this year, all USPS squadrons were challenged to list their civic service and outreach to their boating community in 2013 by the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water.  USPS Rear Commander Mary Paige Abbott, Senior Navigator, Civic Service Award steward, reviewed the applications.  The Foundation Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner announced the winning selections. Kenneth D Link, Senior Navigator, accepts the BoatU.S. Foundation Distinguished Civic Service Award as Commander of Fort Macon Sail and Power Squadron at the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the United States Power Squadrons in Jacksonville, FL. The […]

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District 27 North and South Carolina Squadrons in Top Ten
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District 27 North and South Carolina Squadrons in Top Ten

Jacksonville, Florida – February 1st   The United States Power Squadrons© celebrated their 100th Anniversary here during their annual meeting and Change of Watch.  Earlier this year, all USPS squadrons were challenged to list their civic service and outreach to their boating community in 2013 by the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water.  USPS Rear Commander Mary Paige Abbott, Senior Navigator, Chairman of the Membership Committee, Civic Service Award stewards, reviewed the applications.  District 27 Commander Robert F Howd, Junior Navigator, accepted the BoatU.S. Foundation Distinguished Civic Service Award presented by USPS Chief Commander John Alter Senior Navigator.  D27 had four squadrons in the top ten for this national competition giving D27 First Place among all 33 USPS […]

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Learn to BOAT SAFELY on the Cape Fear Waterways $70

Learn to BOAT SAFELY on the Cape Fear Waterways $70

WILMINGTON, NC January 11, 2014 – The Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron will present its Cape Fear Safe Boating course for the public on Saturday, February 8, 2014. In addition to the fundamentals of safe boating, found in our premier America’s Boating Course® textbook, this NASBLA approved course satisfies North Carolina’s boat education requirement for boaters under 26 years of age. Our program features two exclusive components not found elsewhere – “Local Knowledge” (the complexities and challenges of boating on the Cape Fear Waterways) and “On-the-Water” (a 3-hour training cruise). What better way to learn safe boating than to study the local environment and then to actually go out on the water and learn. We will go over the topics […]

Acclaimed Cold Stroke Classic Returns to N.C. January 18

Acclaimed Cold Stroke Classic Returns to N.C. January 18

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC January 7, 2014 – Wrightsville Beach will host one of the East Coast’s longest running stand-up paddleboard races on Friday and Saturday, January 17-18, 2014. The 6th Annual Cold Stroke Classic features the coldest race conditions of the year in coastal North Carolina. Over 120 professional and recreational paddlers from all corners of the United States and countries as far away as Portugal will race. “The Cold Stroke Classic launched the sport of SUP on the East Coast,” says John Beausang, editor and owner of DistressedMullet.com, a leading online paddleboard resource. “It brought early pioneers and SUP ambassadors to Wrightsville Beach, including Chuck Patterson, Byron Kurt, Brandi Baksic and E.J. Johnson. It was the race that launched […]

Judge John Kerr, Longtime Congressman

Judge John Kerr, Longtime Congressman

RALEIGH, NC December 30, 2013 – On December 30, 1873, John H. Kerr was born in Yanceyville. Educated at what is now Wake Forest University, Kerr began practicing law in Warrenton in 1895. After serving as town attorney and as mayor, he was elected judge of the Superior Court in 1916. Judge Kerr, as he was known thereafter, served on the bench until 1923. In 1923, Kerr was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he would go to serve for 15 terms, until 1952. He was the third generation of his family to be named John Kerr and the third generation to be elected to Congress. In the House, Kerr was active on the agriculture, appropriation and public […]

Armstrong Marine Locates In Onslow County

Armstrong Marine Locates In Onslow County

ALUMINUM BOAT MANUFACTURER TO CREATE 200 JOBS IN ONSLOW COUNTY Onslow County, NC – The Onslow County Commissioners and the Jacksonville Onslow Economic Development office announced today that Armstrong Marine, Inc. is establishing a welded aluminum boat manufacturing operation in Onslow County.  The company plans to create 200 jobs and invest more than $8.4 million at their new facility near Swansboro which was previously occupied by Hatteras Yachts. Onslow County commissioners expressed enthusiasm.  Chairman Paul Buchanan said, “It is great that Onslow County citizens will have the opportunity to compete for new jobs.  I’m also glad to see that building being put to good use.”   Vice Chair Barbara Ikner commented, “This is an example of promoting Onslow County’s unique assets.  […]