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Officials probe elk death in NC mountain park

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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CATALOOCHEE, N.C. — Rangers in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park say they expect to charge a man with killing an elk.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that a bull was found dead at the edge of a pasture in Cataloochee Valley on Friday.

Officials say someone wrote down a vehicle tag number and they are investigating a Granville County man. His name has not been released because no charges have been filed. Park spokesman Bob Miller said Monday the man said he shot the elk.

Elk had been common in the region until they were wiped out by hunting and habitat loss in the early 19th century. The park reintroduced 25 elk to the valley in 2001. The herd has since grown to about 100 and has become a popular park attraction.

A person convicted of poaching in a national park can face jail time and fines.

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

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Rangers in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park say they expect to charge a man with killing an elk.

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Fired New Hanover County deputy arrested on assault charges

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Nicholas Dillon, the former New Hanover County deputy charged with assaulting his estranged wife, was taken into custody Monday night.

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Breaking news: Fired New Hanover County deputy arrested on assault charges

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Nicholas Dillon, the former New Hanover County deputy charged with assaulting his estranged wife, was taken into custody Monday night.

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Veterans enjoy friendship, meals at Golden Corral

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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Veterans gathered Monday night to be recognized for their service. In an annual tradition, Golden Corral restaurants offered former and active members of the US military a free dinner. The event has become about more than the meal, but also conversation and camaraderie.

It was a time to reflect on some old memories.

“I had the pleasure of meeting one of my comrades, and we really had a good time reminiscing about Korea. I have a lot of pictures saved and I brought them out tonight so I could show anyone who may be interested,” said Korean War veteran Fred Johnson, Sr.

The Golden Corral offered a free meal to members to those who have served our country; something our veterans said, they don’t take for granted.

Many recall their days on the battlefield, and think about those who are now serving in Iraq and Afghanistan; places where violence continues and future military strategy is stirring debate.

“If I got to go, I’ll go. I’ll do whatever I have to for my country,” said Iraq War veteran Benjamin Kinkaide.

“We continue to lose our men, to no gain, as far as I can see. I’m not that well versed in the history of it, but I don’t see anything that’s really come out of it,” said Johnson.

It was the ninth year of the event that has served more than two-million meals for vets, including about 3,500 at its two Wilmington locations a year ago. Each year the event grows, in size and importance to those who have served.

“I think about them most every afternoon and every night. Wherever the military is, I’m one hundred percent for the military,” said Korean War veteran Laurence Stanley.

The folks at the Golden Corral on New Center Drive in Wilmington said they began serving vets an hour and a half before the event actually started because of the turnout. By 8:00 p.m. they had served about 1,600 veterans.

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videoVeterans gathered Monday night to be recognized for their service. In an annual tradition, Golden Corral restaurants offered former and active members of the US military a free dinner. The event has become about more than the meal, but also conversation and camaraderie.

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NC foodies get coaching, tips for business success

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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RALEIGH — People who think they’ve developed the world’s best hot sauce or terrific pies that restaurants will want to put on their menus can get some coaching on how to build a business.

North Carolina’s Agriculture and Consumer Services Department hosts a food marketing workshop Tuesday at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

The goal is training food entrepreneurs to succeed despite the recession. That includes letting small food businesses hear from buyers for restaurants, supermarkets and institutional kitchens about what they look for from the suppliers they let in the door.

Food, forestry and the rest of the agriculture industry generates more than $60 billion a year in North Carolina and employs more than 20 percent of the work force.

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

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People who think they’ve developed the world’s best hot sauce or terrific pies that restaurants will want to put on their menus can get some coaching on how to build a business.

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