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Archive for February, 2012

State proposing night-hunting for coyotes and hogs

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — Squeals and gunshots after the sun goes down may soon be coming to an area near you. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is proposing to allow night hunting of wild hogs and coyotes.

For years, the only game animals North Carolinians could hunt at night have been raccoons and opossums, but thanks to increases in populations of wild hogs and coyotes, the state has called for changes on when folks can hunt these animals.

Scott Blevins is no stranger to hunting. He has a room in his Boiling Spring Lakes home dedicated to the sport, with trophy heads and pictures lining the walls. Blevins has a permit to night hunt wild hogs, and may soon be allowed to hunt coyotes after dark too.

“The hogs, more so than the coyotes are horrible to the land,” Blevins said. “They will decimate crops, tear people’s yards up. They are detrimental to the habitat that they inhabit.”

The proposal to hunt the feral pigs and coyotes at night was spurred by the growing populations of both animals, who are considered a nuisance to many and not native to North Carolina. Blevins says night hunting would greatly reduce the problem.

“The coyotes and the hogs are predominately nocturnal,” he said. “They are very adaptable, very smart, very cunning animals. So they have pretty much understood that they can’t do the things in the daytime that they can do at night.”

Seasons for both animals are open year round during daytime hours, with no bag limits. Blevins says opponents of the proposal may find it risky, afraid some may take advantage of the new law to spotlight dear.

“It’s dangerous,” Blevins said. “If someone is going down the road and they see a dear out in a field, shine a spotlight on the dear and shoot it, you don’t know where your back stop is, you don’t know if there’s any homes behind the dear, you don’t know if there’s any people behind the dear. That’s where it becomes a safety issue.”

Blevins says if people use the proposed rule correctly to hunt just coyotes and hogs, they would need to be in an elevated stand, which would reduce safety concerns.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposal on March 26th at 7 p.m. in the Bladen County Courthouse.

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FIRST ON 3: Crash into ABC store in Boiling Spring Lakes sparks fire

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Dispatch has confirmed a fire at the ABC store at 3130 George II Hwy SE in Boiling Spring Lakes.

County Fire Marshal, Scott Garner, is at the scene and tells WWAY that a pickup truck has crashed through the front of the building, sparking a fire. He says the flames appear to be out but there is still heavy smoke showing. Garner says at least one person has been taken by ambulance to the hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries. He says there is significant damage to the building.

We have a crew on they way and will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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Police follow new lead in search for missing woman

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) – Mount Pleasant police are asking for
the public to help them find a 30-year-old woman whose fiance
committed suicide just hours after she was reported missing.

Investigators said Tuesday that Dara Watson’s SUV was found
burning in the woods last week, and someone who gave her fiance a
ride back from the woods to his home saw him walking with a shovel.

Police say Watson has not been seen since Feb. 6, when she
argued with 34-year-old David Hedrick over their wedding while she
was visiting her family in Boone, N.C.

Authorities say Hedrick killed himself in the couple’s Mount
Pleasant home with a gunshot wound Friday, just after Watson’s boss
reported her missing. He didn’t leave a note.

Police refused to say whether they think Watson is still alive.

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Drugs not found during autopsy of woman who killed five children and self

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Autopsies show a North Carolina woman
who killed five children, wounded a former lover and killed herself
in November had no drugs in her system, but investigators found a
bag containing cocaine.

The state medical examiner’s office in Chapel Hill on Tuesday
released reports for 36-year-old Mary Ann Holder and her victims.
All were shot in the head with a .38-caliber handgun.

Holder’s autopsy found only caffeine in her system. A small
plastic bag containing cocaine and a chemical used to dilute the
drug was in her vehicle.

Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes says investigators couldn’t
find a clear motive for Holder’s shooting rampage.

Mary Ann Holder shot to death her 17- and 14-year-old sons, her
8-year-old niece, her 17-year-old nephew, and the 15-year-old
girlfriend of her older son.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Alganomics installs solar electric system, hybrid windmills

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

The algae culturing plant is at the Oak Island Wastewater Treatment Facility.

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