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Archive for October, 2009

Drug bust in Brunswick County leads to marijuana camp

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

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“The operation here consisted of planting, growing and harvesting the marijuana itself, and from here, go out and be processed further,” said one undercover detective.

Buried deep in the woods of Brunswick County, detectives uncovered 22 planters, each filled with four or five marijuana plants. Along with the plants they found a tent to dry the plants and another tent to sleep in.

One undercover detective said, “Everything here is self-sufficient. Everything they would to conduct this operation is on site.”

Detectives said the growers used a pipe to pump water from a nearby swamp to water all of the plants.

The length of the plant stalks, and remnants of older branches lead detectives to believe that the operation has been going on for at least a year. They said whoever is responsible for growing these plants, knows a lot about the process.

Deputies cut the plants down at the stalk then carried them out of the woods, to be counted and eventually destroyed.

Acting on a tip, investigators spotted the camp from the sheriff’s new helicopter. Anyone with information about the camp and who may have run it should call the sheriff’s office at 253-2700.

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videoThe Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has busted up what it’s calling a drug camp buried deep in the woods of Supply. Undercover drug detectives said the “marijuana camp” did not just pop up overnight.

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Former state representative Wright seeking appeal

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

Former state Rep. Thomas Wright, convicted in 2008 of fraud and obstruction of justice after two different criminal trials, will appear in Raleigh next month to appeal his convictions.

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Yam Festival full of sweet potatoes

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

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Tabor City is hosting the 39th Annual Yam Festival through the weekend, however you won’t find any yams there, only sweet potatoes.

There’s a common misconception as to whether it’s a yam or a sweet potato. Tabor City is hosting what they call the Yam Festival but these sure look a lot like sweet potatoes.

So what’s the difference between a yam and a sweet potato?

“I guess the spelling as much as anything, I’m not a horticulturist, but they tell me really what we are celebrating here is not really the yam, it’s the sweet potato,” said Senator RC Soles.

“Well, a yam is good and the other one if you leave it out, it’s rotten, and if you keep it in the refrigerator, it’s still good,” said Juliana Barnes.

Lagrant Bellamy said, “The only difference between a yam and a sweet potato, is you got sweet potatoes when the dirt’s on them, when you wash the dirt off of ‘em, they yams.”

“Uhhh, yam, that the Yam Festival is named after, is actually found in Africa, it’s in the same family as with the sweet potato, it’s a root-stock plant, just like the sweet potato, it’s higher in starch, it’s not really got the same sweet flavor that’s associated with sweet potatoes,” said Howard Wallace, a Columbus County horticulture agent.

So we’ve determined even though it’s called the Yam Festival, you will only find sweet potatoes at it. Regardless, the locals are fired up about this festival and they can’t wait for this weekend.

Tonight at the Yam Festival there is a tailgate on Main Street until 9:00 and the Yam Bowl as South Columbus High hosts East Bladen at 7:30. Saturday’s fun begins with a parade through downtown Tabor City at 10:00 a.m. Festivities run until 5:00 p.m. and include a cook-off and auction of prize-winning sweet potatoes, not yams.

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videoTabor City is hosting the 39th Annual Yam Festival through the weekend, however you won’t find any yams there, only sweet potatoes.

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Local business briefs – Peidmont building 38-mile natural gas pipeline

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Piedmont Natural Gas will build a 38-mile, 20-inch pipeline to supply gas to the power plant that Progress Energy is building in Wayne County, Piedmont said Thursday.Piedmont said it expects to spend $85 million to link the new power plant on the Neuse River west of Goldsboro with the terminus of the Cardinal Pipeline at Clayton.

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State bar recognizes Soles for 50 years of membership

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

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Although currently facing his own legal problems, State Senator RC Soles has been practicing law for half a century. This week, the state bar recognized Soles for 50 years of membership.

Soles was one of 34 lawyers honored for the achievement.

“It’s just wonderful to know that the people have respected the ability that I have gained through the law school, the work ethic that I’ve had, and the practice has been very successful. I’m just really happy,” said Soles.

Soles would not talk Friday about the ongoing SBI investigations into his shooting of a former legal client at Soles’ home back in August and accusations of sexual misconduct by the senator.

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Although currently facing his own legal problems, State Senator RC Soles has been practicing law for half a century. This week, the state bar recognized Soles for 50 years of membership.

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