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Archive for December, 2009

Federal fishing bans have local fisherman reeling

Friday, December 4th, 2009

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The oyster season lasts from October to March. Commercial fishermen like Jerry Edens count on those six months to make a living. Eden said this season’s been tough because of all the rain.

“Anytime we get an inch and a half of rain, they close it, and most of November it’s been closed because we’ve had a lot of rain. Thanksgiving week is our best week, and it was closed about the whole week, and it takes a lot of money out of our pockets,” Eden said.

The Division of Marine Fisheries bans shell fishing whenever heavy rain leads to too much runoff and pollution in our waterways. Restrictions prohibit harvesting or selling oysters, clams, and mussels until tests show the water has cleared.

In our area, the ban stretches from the Intracoastal Waterway to the mainland between Surf City Bridge and Snow’s Cut, and from Southport to the South Carolina state line.

The Division of Marine Fisheries also has an emergency sixth-month ban on red snapper fishing starting January 4th. Regulators hope the ban will replenish depleted stock.

The bans don’t end there. Marine fisheries typically ban grouper fishing for two months during the grouper spawning period. But for the first time, this no-fish period will last four months – from January to May; something commercial fisherman Tom Ronner doesn’t feel is necessary.

“There’s more gag grouper now than there was 10 years ago. I’ve had a federal permit for 14 years and I’d say they’ve taken a couple of measures that have helped and I think they’ve helped a lot, but now it’s time to let us go fishing,” Ronner said.

Commercial flounder fishing in certain waterways closed December 1st. The Division of Marine Fisheries made an exception for flounder caught in pound nets. That has extended through December 15th. All flounder fishing will resume in the New Year.

The captain of marine patrol told WWAY they hope to re-open shell fishing next week, but it all depends on the weather.

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videoAll the recent rain has shell-fishermen searching for sunshine. Commercial fishermen after red snapper, grouper, and flounder are for some easing up on current restrictions.

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Officials announce veterans ‘super clinic’ at Wilmington airport

Friday, December 4th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

A planned 100,000-square-foot veterans “super clinic” will be located on Wilmington International Airport grounds, officials confirmed Friday.

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Pender County woman to sing national anthem at UNCW game

Friday, December 4th, 2009

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Before any sporting event, fans and players pause for the National Anthem. A pender county woman is preparing to entertain the crowd before Saturday’s Seahawk basketball game.

Pearl Pollak has been living in Pender County for the past 26 years. She has been singing since she was child, and was even accepted into Juilliard.

She has sung the national anthem countless times, but this time it’s for a younger crowd.

“I saw an ad in the paper and I answered it and the gentleman was lovely,” said Pearl. “I said, ‘Listen, I’ll level with you, I’m 82. I don’t think I look it, but I can sing’. He said, ‘Come on down’ and I sang for him and he said, ‘fine’. It was very nice.”

The game between UNC Wilmington and George Mason starts at 5:15pm. Pearl will sing a few minutes prior.

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A Pender County woman has been chosen to sing the national anthem at Saturday night’s Seahawk basketball game.

Pearl Pollock has been living in Pender County for the past 26 years.

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NC DA says cop justified in shooting UNC frat head

Friday, December 4th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A North Carolina prosecutor has concluded that a police officer was justified in the fatal shooting of a University of North Carolina fraternity president after a highway
stop in August.

Randolph County District Attorney Garland Yates said Friday the student had told a 911 dispatcher he had a pistol and hid his hands despite police orders. Yates said the officer fired after 21-year-old Courtland Smith suddenly drew his hand from behind his back while holding a black object.

Investigators found a cell phone but no gun.

The DA said Archdale police officer Jeremy Flinchum held his fire until Smith was just 10 feet away.

Recordings of Smith’s earlier 911 call reveal he told authorities he was trying to kill himself, had been drinking and was carrying a gun.

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

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A North Carolina prosecutor has concluded that a police officer was justified in the fatal shooting of a University of North Carolina fraternity president after a highway
stop in August.

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Hundreds seek mortgage help at NC event

Friday, December 4th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Hundreds of people hoping to stay in their homes turned out for a chance to refinance their mortgages at an event in North Carolina’s largest city sponsored by a nonprofit group.

The Charlotte Observer reported that the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America sponsored the five-day event that started Thursday.

The group is offering to serve as a middleman between lenders and homeowners. About 350 counselors from the nonprofit were on hand Thursday, as well as lender representatives from the banks.

Among those who got help is 41-year-old Katherine Falen of Atlanta, who left with a 3 percent mortgage from Wells Fargo, barely half her previous interest rate.

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

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Hundreds of people hoping to stay in their homes turned out for a chance to refinance their mortgages at an event in North Carolina’s largest city sponsored by a nonprofit group.

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