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Archive for May, 2012

Perdue, Cherokee chief sign amended gambling pact

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Beverly Perdue and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have amended their new agreement to allow live dealer games at the tribe’s western North Carolina casino, a move likely to ease concerns from lawmakers.

Perdue’s office said she and Eastern Band Principal Chief Michell Hicks signed the compact Tuesday that updates one signed in late November to let the tribe offer games beyond the electronic and video games now available at its casino.

Republican legislative leaders have raised constitutional questions about the November update and how it directed the state’s share of revenues would go to school districts for classroom instruction.

The General Assembly is currently debating whether to change gambling laws so the compact can be carried out. The measure passed the Senate last week.

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Fire on the Dock crowns winning Chef

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The competition was hot tonight. It was the final night of Fire on the Dock at Wrightsville Beach.

Only two chefs remain, Andy Hopper from Chefs 105 in Morehead City, he has cooked across the country and internationally. He meets Gerry Fong from Persimmons in New Bern who says his Chinese skills and North Carolina ingredients give him an edge.

Organizer Jimmy Crippen has styled the competition in the manner of Iron Chef, now it comes down to two.

“Tonight is for all the marbles, they are competing for a two thousand dollar check, the coveted red chef’s jacket, a trophy and a brand new pair of Dansko chef’s shoes. This is the big one, they will go on to compete in the grand championship down the road representing the eastern North Carolina region.”

It started with sixteen restaurants and has run for 15 weeks. Fire on the Dock is a diner judged cooking competition, the chefs compete and the crowd eats and tonight a new champion is crowned.

The winner is, Andy Hopper, Chefs 105, Morehead City.

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Panel discusses vision for Cape Fear Riverfront

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — What should be done with the property lining the Cape Fear River has been outlined in several different plans over the years, many never panning out. Tuesday night, a panel of regional experts on the area met to discuss a new vision.

The panel, which was organized by the Cape Fear Economic Development Council, not only laid out a vision for growth in downtown Wilmington, but also the land lining the opposite side of the river. The panel was comprised of economic, legal and environmental strategists.

”By improving or enhancing the area around the river, employees or potential employees and employers are going to look more positively upon our area,” says Tom Conway, a Cape Fear EDC board member.

The group presented a plan for development, which would happen in three stages.

“We’re in phase one right now and later on, we hope to have phase two and three,” Conway says. “Those would go north on towards the Hilton.”

The group also discussed a possible eco-tourism facility on Eagle Island. Conway says the 3,100 could be used for kayaking or hiking.

Though sites are still up in the air, a downtown ballpark is one development the group talked about briefly.

“The other uses [for the land] could be multi-faceted, such as marinas, restaurants, performing arts centers and so on,” Conway said.

More park space was a huge part of the conversation. One panel member says Wilmington has the lowest number of parks per capita compared to other cities throughout the state.

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Panel discusses ideas for riverfront

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Proposals include event space, play area to enhance property

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Ocean giants swim worldwide

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

We catch sunfish in a river nearby. I heard there are sunfish in the ocean and they are much bigger. Do they have a season?

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