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Cape Fear Pride Pleasure Island: Kure Beach Fishing Pier

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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Stretching 711 feet into the ocean, the Kure Beach Fishing Pier connects the shoreline to the depths below. Bill Nolen fishes at the pier and said, “Whether you catch anything or not, its just being out here, and enjoying God’s creation.”

Since 1923, the pier has been the center of the town and a cornerstone of good times. Just ask Sherwood Witman who has fished on the pier since 1965. “Oh yeah, a lot of memories, lot of plans, met a lot of friends down here and I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years.”

The pier itself has changed. It has weathered storms, been completely knocked down by hurricanes Bertha and Fran in the nineties, only to be built back up again.

Mike Robertson bought the pier in 1984 from his dad, who bought it from his father-in-law, L.C. Kure. Robertson said, “To see people enjoying themselves and coming back year after year, that’s what makes it for me. My customers – they’ve supported us, well me, all my life.”

Robertson said it is more than an old pier. Historically it is one of the last fishing piers on the Atlantic Coast, and its home to friendships, fish and fiancées. “It is where they met their wife, it is where they caught the biggest fish they’ve ever caught,” said Robertson.

The pier gets thousands of visitors each summer weekend – not all of them human. And even when the sun’s hiding behind the clouds, it is a fun place to be – and an even better place to work. “I just don’t really want to do anything else. If I had a real job I wouldn’t know what to do,” Robertson said.

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videoStretching 711 feet into the ocean, the Kure Beach Fishing Pier connects the shoreline to the depths below. Since 1923, the pier has been the center of the town and a cornerstone of good times.

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Red Cross helps out Clear Run tenants

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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Members of the Red Cross were out helping flood victims this week. Volunteers met with renters who were affected by Monday’s flash floods.

Friday, Red Cross crews were at the Clear Run apartments. Victims were able to ask questions about how to find more help in their disaster recovery. Volunteers are doing their best to point them in the right direction. “We talk with them about how they were affected, what their emergency needs might be and then providing Red Cross assistance,” said Dru Hoge, a Red Cross volunteer.

So far, the Red Cross has spent more than $1,000 assisting flood victims.

If you have questions about flood recovery or would like to volunteer your time, you can call 762-2683.

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Members of the Red Cross were out helping flood victims this week. Volunteers met with renters who were affected by Monday’s flash floods.

Friday, Red Cross crews were at the Clear Run apartments.

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Woman charged after NC boating death

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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EMERALD ISLE — A woman has been charged with boating while impaired after the death of a man who got out of a boat to help set an anchor on a North Carolina coastal waterway.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reports that Wildlife Resources Officer Ryan Taylor said Thursday the charge was filed against 54-year-old Deborah Root of Emerald Isle.

Authorities say 61-year-old Ronald Metzger got out of Root’s boat to help her and his wife anchor the vessel, then went swimming and couldn’t get back in and began struggling. Metzger was pronounced dead shortly after the Coast Guard transported him to a boat ramp at Cedar Point.

An investigation is continuing by the wildlife agency and the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.

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

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A woman has been charged with boating while impaired after the death of a man who got out of a boat to help set an anchor on a North Carolina coastal waterway.

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Top 10 chefs – Nick Pittari, Nicola’s Italian Restaurant

Friday, July 10th, 2009

The 2009 Wilmington Magazine and StarNews Top Chef competition narrowed a field of 50 reader-nominated chefs down to your Top 10. As we count down to the Taste of Wilmington festival on July 19, we spotlight each of the chefs.

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Sen. Hagan recommends Allen Cobb, Ben David for top federal positions

Friday, July 10th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan Friday announced her picks for top federal positions in the state, and two local names are on that list: Ben David, district attorney for New Hanover and Pender Counties, and Allen Cobb, senior resident superior court judge for both counties. Their names were sent to President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

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