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Archive for February, 2009

Prepare for another dose of winter … and maybe March snow

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

While the Cape Fear Region has already endured more than its normal accumulation of snow this season, another storm could bring more as soon as Monday.

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Man found guilty for undersized flounder

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

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A Pender County jury had to decide the case of the undersized flounder on Thursday.

James Jones, a commercial fisherman for twenty-five years, was on trial for catching an undersized flounder.

The case goes back to august when Jones was spotted gigging a fish. A marine patrolman asked him to measure the fish, and found it was 13-and-a-half inches, half an inch too short to keep under state regulations.

“When it’s an ignorant law, you need to stand up to it,” Jones said.

Jones said he had no intention of keeping the fish and tossed it back. While the officer first issued Jones with a warning, he upped it to a full fledged citation after learning Jones had a previous undersized fish charge from 2006.

“The principal behind it is, the rules have to be applied and the rules have to be enforced. I could have easily dismissed this charge, but I would be telling the wildlife officer don’t do your job,” said Assistant District Attorney Joseph Bowman.

“I’ve got no problem with it being 14 inches but they have got to give us some leeway,” Jones said.

Even with bigger fish to fry in the court system, some say this trail was worth it.

“It was a small case, it wasn’t earth shattering, but I think it’s important if someone does have a view and they feel like they have been wronged then they should have a chance to express that,” said juror Nicholas Herring.

“A lot of people would say that it was a waste of the courts time to go over a case involving a fish but you got to think about North Carolina and it’s resources and they need to be protected,” added fellow juror David Lorenz.

In the end, maybe justice prevailed for the fish. The jury deliberated for a half hour to find Jones guilty of possession of an undersized flounder.

Cases like this don’t usually go to trial. The assistant DA said he offered Jones a deal to pay the fines for a lesser charge, but Jones refused saying he did nothing wrong.

Now, Jones will have to serve 12 months of unsupervised probation, pay over $400 in fines and court costs, and could potentially have his fishing license suspended.

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videoA Pender County jury had to decide the case of the undersized flounder on Thursday.

James Jones, a commercial fisherman for twenty-five years, was on trial for catching an undersized flounder.

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New Hanover County students show off exhibits

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

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New Hanover County students celebrated diversity today as part of Human Relations Month.

Student projects reflected this year’s theme, “diverse cultures, one family.”

The county government complex played host to private and public school’s exhibits.

“I think with America the way it is and stuff, there’s not a lot of things we can really pull together to be as one when I think just us being different is something we can come together as,” said Ashley High School junior Chelsea Pritt.

Projects were judged on how well they interpreted the theme.

First place winners include Ogden Elementary, Murray Middle and Hoggard High.

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New Hanover County students celebrated diversity today as part of Human Relations Month.

Student projects reflected this year’s theme, “diverse cultures, one family.”

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Historic Snipes school reduced to pile of rubble

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

The old Snipes school on Wilmington’s Chestnut Street is now gone. The school, a Depression-era works project that opened in 1942, has been demolished to make way for the new Snipes Academy of Arts and Design.

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Intelligent design speaker Behe draws packed house at UNCW

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

A packed crowd of about 300 attended the Thursday night lecture “Answering Objections to the Argument for Intelligent Design in Biology” at UNCW by Lehigh University biochemistry professor Michael Behe.

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