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Archive for December, 2013

NC wildlife officials to consider rules for bears

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission plans to hold nine public hearings next month on the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the coming years.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported there also will be discussions on rules for the state’s black bear management plan.

The commission regulates hunting to maintain a healthy bear population.

Other topics to be discussed at the meetings include the rules on deer hunting with bows, as well as adjusting the rules for guns and crossbows.

There also will be discussion on proposed rules that encourage private landowners to allow fishermen access to inland waters.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Medal of Honor winner Hernandez dies at 82

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — Cpl. Rudy Hernandez, who fought in the Korean War and was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1952, has died at Womack Army Medical Center. He was 82.

An official at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home in Fayetteville said he was notified by the family of Hernandez’s death on Saturday. The Fayetteville Observer reports he had been diagnosed recently with cancer and several other ailments.

His last public appearance was in the Fayetteville Veterans Day parade. Hernandez was considered a fixture at veterans events around the city.

Hernandez earned the Medal of Honor after he repelled an enemy attack with only a grenade and a rifle with a fixed bayonet.

In August, Fort Bragg’s Warrior Transition Battalion Complex was rededicated in his name.

Funeral arrangements are not complete.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Protesters brave rain, rally on Capitol grounds

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Protesters have continued their series of rallies against the policies approved by the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature with a march on the state Capitol.

Monday’s march in the rain came after a judge granted permission to the NAACP to hold the rally on the state Capitol grounds.

It was the latest in a number of rallies dating back to last spring and which led to the arrest of hundreds of protesters. They’re trying to pressure Gov. Pat McCrory to convene a special session on Medicaid and unemployment benefits.

The demonstration was originally scheduled for the mall behind the Legislative Building before the NAACP went to court seeking to change the location.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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BHI manager Peck finalist for Florida city job

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Bald Head Island Village Manager Calvin Peck is a finalist for a city manager job in Florida, according to a newspaper in the Sunshine State.

The Marco Island Sun Times reports Peck is one of two finalists for Marco Island City Manager.

According to the paper, the city council is scheduled to discuss the selection process again Jan. 6. Interviews are scheduled for Jan. 13 and 14.

Peck has been BHI Village Manager since September 2006. He also spent more than seven years as Carolina Beach Town Manager.

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Woody White considering run for Congress

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commission Chair Woody White is considering a run for a much higher office.

White is expected to enter the race for the 7th District Congressional seat next year, but White told WWAY last night he will not make a formal announcement until January after GOP sources said the former state senator could make an announcement as soon as today. The Congressional seat has been held since 1997 by Democrat Mike McIntyre.

If he decides to run, White would face David Rouzer in May’s Republican primary. Rouzer narrowly lost to McIntyre last year in a contest that went to a recount.

McIntyre also faces a primary challenge from another New Hanover County Commissioner. Fellow Democrat Jonathan Barfield has said he will run.

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