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Archive for October, 2012

Two people hospitalized after early morning stabbing

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Two people were stabbed in the 8000 block of Market Street early Monday morning.

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This Day in NC History: Stock market crashed

Monday, October 29th, 2012

On October 29, 1929, the stock market crashed earning the day the epithet “Black Tuesday.” It was the beginning of the Great Depression. However, hard times hit North Carolina’s farmers before the Great Depression of the 1930s.

In the 1920s, North Carolina was still very much a rural state. Half of the total population lived on working farms. Agriculture was the largest industry. But farmers’ income had declined steadily. The scale and severity of the Great Depression demanded more assistance than farmers could provide on their own. Governor O. Max Gardner (1929–1933) pledged to improve agricultural and rural life. He introduced the “Live-at-Home” program, which encouraged Tar Heels to grow more food crops for their families and livestock, and less cash crops for sale.

Home demonstration agents working under the direction of North Carolina State College (now North Carolina State University) assisted the program by showing women across the state how to can and preserve food. Agricultural extension agents in every county taught farmers the benefits of crop rotation, deeper plowing, better seed selection, crop diversity, and the correct use of fertilizer. Shortly the amount of land devoted to cotton fell by 536,000 acres, and corn production increased by 10 million bushels.

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MTV host to speak at CFCC

Monday, October 29th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT)- Election Day is set to happen next week, and Monday, students with disabilities will give a unique perspective to political issues is coming to the campus of Cape Fear Community

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HMS Bounty sinks off NC, Coast Guard responds

Monday, October 29th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Coast Guard is responding to the crew of the tall ship HMS Bounty, which has sunk off the coast of North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

The ship is a replica of the original Bounty and has been featured in movies, including “Mutiny on the Bounty” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” It visited Wilmington earlier this year.

The Coast Guard says 14 crew members are safe and accounted for.

During a phone interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Coast Guard Vice Adm. Robert Parker, Operational Commander for the Atlantic Area, said the Coast Guard got a call from the owner of the Bounty around 9:45 p.m. that the ship was taking on two feet of water per hour off the Outer Banks. He said the crew abandoned ship into canopied, rubber life rafts with about 10 feet of water on board. The Coast Guard said the crew was wearing cold-water survival suits.

Parker said there is some question whether there were 16 or 17 people on board. He said two H-60 helicopters hoisted survivors from the rafts. One helicopter brought on nine crew members. The other brought on five survivors. That means there are two or three members of the crew still unaccounted for.

“We certainly hope for the best, but we’re preparing for the worst,” Vice Adm. Parker said.

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Storm could bring 1 foot of snow to western NC

Monday, October 29th, 2012

GREER, SC (AP) — The cold part of Superstorm Sandy that is causing problems along the East Coast could bring one foot or more of snow to the mountains of western North Carolina.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the mountains of western North Carolina until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Snow was reported early Monday in Boone. It was expected to spread later Monday and Tuesday.

Forecasters say an inch or more of snow could fall in the area early Monday. Up to 5 inches of snow was possible Monday night and up to 8 inches of snow was possible Tuesday in higher elevations.

Winds of 25 mph to 35 mph were expected to bring down power lines. Gusts of up to 65 mph are possible.

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

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