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Archive for May, 2009

Divers hold ‘rodeo’ to control lionfish population

Monday, May 18th, 2009

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WILMINGTON — A North Carolina dive company is recruiting divers for a series of “lionfish rodeos” in hopes of preventing the species native to the Pacific Ocean from damaging Atlantic fishing areas.

For two days starting Monday, Discovery Diving Co. in Beaufort will hold the first annual Cape Lookout Lionfish Rodeo.

Just a handful of the ravenous and venomous lionfish were seen off the state’s Atlantic coast in 2000. Now, lionfish are making life harder for struggling reef fish such as grouper and snapper by stealing their food and eating their young.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A North Carolina dive company is recruiting divers for a series of “lionfish rodeos” in hopes of preventing the species native to the Pacific Ocean from damaging Atlantic fishing areas.

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Perdue promotes stimulus avenues for NC business

Monday, May 18th, 2009

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KINSTON, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue is urging business leaders to look at opportunities for contracts resulting from federal stimulus funds.

Perdue speaks Monday in Kinston at an economic recovery workshop for businesses in eastern North Carolina. It’s the third of six events around the state. She is joined by representatives of state agencies who offer updates on funds and an overview of funding
requirements and contacts.

Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said local business and political leaders may learn more about state contracts or participating in work funded by recovery money.

The stimulus includes money for green projects, road building and retrofitting homes and schools to be more energy efficient.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue is urging business leaders to look at opportunities for contracts resulting from federal stimulus funds.

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McMahon appointed New Hanover County sheriff

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Chief Deputy Ed McMahon was appointed as sheriff Monday by the county commissioners, pledging to work closely with his fellow elected officials as he takes on the responsibility of protecting the residents.

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Fire destroys unoccupied Brunswick home

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

CALABASH | Authorities are investigating what sparked a fire that destroyed a home in Brunswick County on Sunday.Authorities were called to a single-story home on Hickman Road at 12:37 p.m., said Lt. Chris Hearn of the Calabash Fire Department.The residents weren’t home when the fire started and no one was injured, he said.

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Rain drenches Wilmington on Sunday as temperature falls

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

More than 1½ inches of rain fell on the Wilmington area Sunday, and temperatures dropped about 20 degrees in just a few hours, officials said.That type of drastic weather swing will become less common as we move toward summer, said Meteorologist Ron Steve of the National Weather Service’s Wilmington Office.

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