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Archive for October, 2012

Enhancements coming to Sutton Lake boating access

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The boating access area at New Hanover County’s Sutton Lake will close temporarily beginning Oct. 29 to receive a facelift.

Duke Energy, which owns the lake, says the work will be performed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The improvements include construction of two new boat ramps with new courtesy docks, a new handicap-accessible fishing pier, improved parking and traffic flow including handicap-accessible parking spaces, solar lighting and additional access area signage.

The access area will remain closed until February 2013, when construction is scheduled to be completed. You can get updates on the closure at the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website and the commission’s Facebook page.

These improvements are expected to enhance the access to the freshwater fishing lake, which holds populations of largemouth bass, bream and catfish.

Sutton Lake is a 1,100-acre lake that provides cooling water for Duke Energy’s L.V. Sutton Energy Complex. It is located off of US Highway 421 at the end of Sutton Steam Plant Road north of Wilmington.

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2 candidates for NC office named in police report

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina political experts say a police report naming two Republican Wake County school board members could damage their election bids for state government offices next month.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported over the weekend school board member Debra Goldman once named fellow member Chris Malone a suspect in a burglary at her home. Goldman is running for state auditor and Malone for the House.

The newspaper cited a police report it obtained and police aren’t required for release as a public record. The report said Malone was dropped as a suspect but that Goldman and Malone gave conflicting statements about whether they had a romantic relationship. Both are married.

William Peace University professor David McLennan said Monday the information will help Democratic State Auditor Beth Wood.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Leland hotel target of sprinkler hoax a second time

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Once again a Leland hotel fell victim to a prankster who told a guest to dismantle the sprinkler.

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State Sen. Don East dies at age 67

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — An employee of North Carolina state Sen. Don East says the seven-term Republican legislator has died at age 67.

The state senator’s legislative aide Steven Webb said East died early Monday at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He had undergone back surgery a week ago. East’s death also was reported by state Senate leader Phil Berger’s office.

East was a former police officer and Surry County commissioner who first joined the Senate in 1995, left at the end of 2000 and rejoined the chamber in 2005. The Republican leadership in the Senate last year named him co-chairman of two environmental committees, where he sought to scale back what many GOP legislators called unnecessary regulations and spending.

East was running for re-election and his name will remain on the ballot.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC State Fair attendance likely below 1 million

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Officials say the North Carolina State Fair was successful, even though attendance probably came up short of the 1 million mark.

State Agriculture commissioner Steve Troxler said Sunday night he’s confident that attendance at the 2012 fair will have been the third largest in history.

Officials estimate the fair drew about 965,000 during its 11-day run. Final figures were expected Monday.

Last year just over 1 million people attended the fair. In 2010, attendance nearly reached 1.1 million.

Troxler says officials changed access to some of the animals this year. That came after two dozen people got sick from an E. coli outbreak last year. Hand-washing stations got better lighting and larger signs. Some stations explained how to wash hands.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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