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Archive for October, 2013

This Day in NC History: Originally Carolana, for King Charles I

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

On October 30, 1629, England’s King Charles I granted much of what is North and South Carolina to his attorney general, Sir Robert Heath. The land was referred to as Carolana, meaning the “land of Charles.”

The goal of grants like these was to settle and claim parts of the New World for England without costing the government very much money or effort. Basically, the crown would grant control of lands to individuals with the expectation that they would do the hard work and develop what they were given.

Apparently one of the motivations behind this particular grant was the interest in establishing a colony for a group of French Protestants. Although the group received permission to settle in the colony in 1630, they were ultimately unable to reach Carolana and were left stranded in Virginia. The English Civil War, which began in 1642, ended attempts at colonizing Carolana.

The Carolana grant is important because it was the first time that the land south of Virginia was envisioned as separate settlement, and because it is the original source for the name “Carolina.”

For more about North Carolina’s history, arts and culture, visit www.ncdcr.gov


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Coast Guard says it can’t remove platform in Cape Fear River

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — The Coast Guard says it cannot remove, mark or light an old quarantine platform in the Cape Fear River near Southport where a woman died in a boat accident last year.

In a letter to Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District), Rear Adm. Steven Poulin, the Coast Guard’s Director of Government and Public Affairs, says the structure, built in 1895, is 165 yards outside the boundaries of the river’s marked navigable channel.

“Since the obstruction is outside of the marked navigable channel, it is also beyond the Coast Guard’s purview to remove,” Rear Adm. Poulin wrote. “However, should the State of North Carolina or other public or private entity, including the owner, decide to pursue marking or removing the structure, the Coast Guard would be available to provide technical assistance as necessary.”

It was not clear in the letter who may own the platform.

Poulin’s letter said there are no Coast Guard, state or local records that document a case of a boat hitting the platform before the accident that killed Barbara Pierce of Wilmington on Aug. 4, 2012.

“Finding a solution that protects the safety of boaters while also recognizing the historical significance of this site is still the goal,” McIntyre said in a statement, “and we stand ready to work with the state and any others to achieve this.”


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City to hold public meetings addressing gang violence

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

The first meeting will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday in city hall, 102 N. Third St.

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911 calls released in Forest Hills shooting

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

WECT has obtained the 911 calls from the Forest Hills shooting that left 18-year-old Joseph David Williams dead after being shot in the back.

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Businessman donates disc golf cages to Holly Tree Elementary

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

He donated about $1,300 of equipment.

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