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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 […]

NC Anglers Can Help Prevent the Spread of Invasive Rusty Crayfish

NC Anglers Can Help Prevent the Spread of Invasive Rusty Crayfish

MARION, NC March 25, 2014 — Fisheries biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are asking anglers to help stop the spread of the rusty crayfish — a destructive, non-native crayfish that has invaded the upper Catawba River in western North Carolina. The rusty crayfish, which measures about 5 inches long, is native to the Ohio River watershed but can now be found in Canada and 17 other states, including North Carolina. Anglers can identify the rusty crayfish from other native crayfish by a rust-colored spot on its sides, just in front of the tail. They also have black bands on the tips of their claws. Wildlife Commission biologists first discovered the rusty crayfish in 2007 in the North Fork […]

CofC Cougars Finish Fourth at Szambecki Team Race

CofC Cougars Finish Fourth at Szambecki Team Race

CHARLESTON, SC March 24, 2014 – The No. 4-ranked College of Charleston coed sailing team finished fourth at the 2014 Aaron Szambecki Team Race held over the weekend in Norfolk, Va. Hosted by Old Dominion, sailors were met with temperatures in the low 70s on shore with a sunny southwest wind. The Cougars went 14-7 against the eight-team field comprised of ODU, Georgetown, U.S. Naval Academy, Dartmouth, Stanford, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Yale. St. Mary’s won the regatta with a 16-5 record. CofC sailed skippers Jake Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.), Ryan Davidson (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Nick Johnstone (Newport, R.I.) along with junior All-American crew Ali Blumenthal (Bellport, N.Y.), sophomore crew Beka Schiff (Tampa, Fla.), sophomore crew Emily […]

Operation North State Announces Second Annual Top Shelf Fishing Festival

Operation North State Announces Second Annual Top Shelf Fishing Festival

Operation North State Announces Second Annual Top Shelf Fishing Festival for Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans Winston-Salem, NC March 15, 2014 – Operation North State (ONS) and it hundreds of volunteers, supporters and sponsors are excited to announce the Second Annual Top Shelf Fishing Festival in hopes that you too can assist – not necessarily in a huge way – but collectively our efforts will make a huge difference in the success of the event and the lives of a few dozen wounded warriors and disabled veterans.  On Thursday, April 24th, Operation North State will utilize North Carolina’s People, Places, Products and Pride to make this a special fishing outing for forty-five of North Carolina’s wounded warriors and disabled veterans. […]

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 […]

Dave Allen Announces Retirement Plans

Dave Allen Announces Retirement Plans

Veteran swimming and diving coach Dave Allen announced Thursday that he will be stepping down as head of the program WILMINGTON, NC Mar. 13, 2014 – Expressing a desire to spend more time with his wife, children, and three grandsons, longtime coach Dave Allen, the founding father and architect of UNCW’s swimming and diving program, is heading for dry land. Allen announced his retirement on Thursday after coaching 43 years at three different institutions and will step down officially on June 30, 2014. A national search for his successor will begin soon. “Words cannot describe what Dave Allen has meant to this department, the university and the community,” said Jimmy Bass, UNCW’s athletic director. “He has not only been the […]

Crosby, Lane Compete In NCAA Zone B Meet

Crosby, Lane Compete In NCAA Zone B Meet

Allen Crosby and Nathan Lane finished 30th and 33rd, respectively, for UNCW at the NCAA Zone B Championships on Monday. GREENSBORO, NC Mar. 10, 2014 – UNCW freshmen Allen Crosby and Nathan Lane finished 30th and 33rd, respectively, in the 3-meter Board at the NCAA Zone B Championships on Monday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. “Today was a great experience for Allen and Nathan,” said UNCW Diving Coach Beau Bunn following Monday’s event. “This was a very difficult Zone, one that included Duke’s Nick McCrory (Olympic Bronze Medalist) and Tennessee’s Mauricio Robles, who finished 1-2 in the Zone. Both competed against us this season at the Seahawk Natatorium.” Crosby totaled 253.0 points during his six-dive competition in his NCAA appearance […]

CofC Cougars Sailing Disperses for Full-Slated Weekend

CofC Cougars Sailing Disperses for Full-Slated Weekend

CHARLESTON, SC Mar. 7, 2014 – The College of Charleston sailing team will be spread across a wide variety of regattas over the weekend of March 8-9 as the team will be represented at five different regattas in five different states. The Cougars will compete in the St. Mary’s Team Race with skippers Jake Reynolds, Ryan Davidson, and Nick Johnstone leading crew members Ali Blumenthal, Emmy Stuart, and Septima McAdams. Chase Shaw and Becca Schiff will serve as alternates at the intersectional regatta. Meanwhile, at the Navy Women’s Regatta, skipper Clerc Cooper will sail alongside Elizabeth Chambers in the A Division, and Grace Lucas will sail with Morgan Buckley and Charlotte Saxe in the B Division. The Cougars will also […]

Berkley Conservation Institute Congratualtes the EPA on Alaska Pebble Mine Action

Berkley Conservation Institute Congratualtes the EPA on Alaska Pebble Mine Action

COLUMBIA, SC Mar. 4, 2014 – Amid fevered protests against Alaska’s proposed Pebble Mine, which included opposition from the Berkley Conservation Institute (BCI), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will now consider the Clean Water Act in its environmental review process of the proposed mine. The inclusion of the Clean Water Act is a critical step towards halting the Bristol Bay, Alaska, mining project, which, according to a 2013 EPA report, would forever damage a vital sockeye salmon fishery. “The public interest is far more important than private profit in the case of the Pebble Mine proposal, which threatens a world class fish and wildlife resource,” said Jim Martin, Director of the Berkley Conservation Institute. “Renewable natural resource […]

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