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Wilson Tobs 3rd Annual Homerun for Hunger Food Drive!

Wilson Tobs 3rd Annual Homerun for Hunger Food Drive!

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Homerun for Hunger Food Drive! WILSON, NC Dec. 16, 2014 – The Tobs are proud to announce the date for the 3rd Annual Homerun For Hunger Food Drive. Come out July 28th to watch the Tobs take on the Gastonia Grizzlies. Gates open at 6 P.M. Bring your non perishable food items for free entry into the game! Mark you calendars and make plans to attend the largest food drive held in Wilson! The Tobs greatly appreciate your help and support and look forward to seeing you out at the game! Sincerely, Thomas Webb Wilson Tobs Baseball Club

Getting People Underwater

Getting People Underwater

Coastal communities are no different than any other with one big exception: the Ocean.  Folks who live at the coast have a common environmental bond, whether they have realized it or not.  In West Palm Beach, it is Jim Abernethy’s mission to bring locals together to strengthen that bond while creating an entire community of environmental champions who take marine conservation very seriously.  Jim and his network of local stewards are not only practicing efforts to cleanup, conserve, and protect their coastal community environment; they also mentor others to continue the movement. I met Jim while on a dive vacation and we struck up conversation as I returned my tank to his shop after an impromptu underwater cleanup at the Blue […]

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South Carolina Gamecocks Baseball To Host Leadoff Dinner

South Carolina Gamecocks Baseball To Host Leadoff Dinner

Night will include panel with former Gamecock coaches Bobby Richardson, June Raines & Ray Tanner COLUMBIA, SC Dec. 15, 2014 – South Carolina baseball will host the first-ever Leadoff Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Seawell’s highlighted by a panel of former Gamecock baseball head coaches Bobby Richardson, June Raines, Ray Tanner and current Gamecock head coach Chad Holbrook. Coach Richardson, Coach Raines, Coach Tanner & Coach Holbrook have combined for 30 NCAA Regionals , 11 College World Series trips to Omaha, five national championship appearances and two national championship titles. VIP tickets that include a reception before the event are $125.  Dinner tickets are $75.  Fans who want to purchase a table of 8 for $1000 will receive […]

Chris Brown/Trey Songz announce two NC concerts

Chris Brown/Trey Songz announce two NC concerts

CHRIS BROWN, TREY SONGZ ANNOUNCE BETWEEN THE SHEETS TOUR Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte – February 9 Greensboro Coliseum – February 10     – Two of Music’s Heavyweights Join Up for Mega Tour, Hitting 25 Cities throughout North America –   – Tickets On Sale Starting Monday, Nov. 17 at LiveNation.com and through the Live Nation Mobile App –     LOS ANGELES (Nov. 10, 2014) – Multi-platinum selling artists Chris Brown and Trey Songz announce their upcoming BETWEEN THE SHEETS TOUR kicking off in 2015. The tour was announced today at the House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard in front of a packed house of fans and people worldwide via a live stream who were treated to a […]

Alt-J announces Raleigh concert this spring

Alt-J announces Raleigh concert this spring

ALT-J ANNOUNCE 2015 NORTH & SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR Red Hat Amphitheater – Raleigh Friday April 3   SET TO PERFORM ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE ON DECEMBER 15   “This Is All Yours is a weirder, darker, more intensely singular piece of work — and better to boot.” –‐‑ Stereogum   “This Is All Yours is as brilliantly charming as anyone could have expected.” – Under the Radar   “They’ʹre simply my favorite band of the decade” –‐‑ Bob Boilen, NPR   Today, alt-J announce their 2015 North and South American Tour. The brief 11 date tour will kick off at Festival Estereo Picnic and will include dates at Lollapalooza Chile, Lollapalooza Argentina, and Lollapalooza Brazil. Following those dates, the band […]

The Piano Guys to play Red Hat Amphitheater Raleigh

The Piano Guys to play Red Hat Amphitheater Raleigh

Friday August 7 – Red Hat Amphitheater – Raleigh TICKETS: The Piano Guys What do you get when you mix up a marketing genius that does video, a studio engineer that writes music, a pianist that had a successful solo career, and a cellist that does pretty much everything? The Piano Guys: a miraculous meeting of “guys” with the same intrinsic purpose – to make a positive impact in the lives of people all over the world through music videos. It all started in a piano store in a little Southern Utah town called Saint George. Paul Anderson, the store’s owner, was looking for a new, unconventional way to market pianos. The name of the piano store? The Piano Guys. […]

Sports

NC State Wolfpack drops Gotham Classic game to West Virginia, 83-69

NC State Wolfpack drops Gotham Classic game to West Virginia, 83-69

NEW YORK, NY Dec. 21, 2014 – In an intense game played in Madison Square Garden, the NC State men’s basketball team dropped a 83-69 decision to No. 22/20 West Virginia Saturday night. Photo Gallery Trevor Lacey led the Wolfpack (9-3) with 24 points on 8-15 shooting. Anthony ‘Cat’ Barber added 16 points. WVU was led by Juwan Staten’s 24 points. The Wolfpack shot a season-best 20-36 from the floor, including 8-14 from 3-point range. West Virginia’s full-court pressure harassed the Wolfpack into 16 turnovers in the first half. The Pack shored up its ball security in the second half but finished with 23 turnovers. West Virginia made 10 steals and entered the game leading the country in forced turnovers. […]

UNCW Seahawks Stymie ECU Pirates With Defense, 66-54

UNCW Seahawks Stymie ECU Pirates With Defense, 66-54

WILMINGTON, NC Dec. 20, 2014 – UNCW handcuffed rival East Carolina on 28.1 percent shooting and set a season high with 11 blocks to shackle the Pirates, 66-54, in a holiday men’s basketball clash Saturday night at Trask Coliseum. Photo Gallery The Seahawks won their second straight game to improve to 5-3 on the season and won for the 12th time in the last 13 meetings against their rivals at Trask Coliseum. The Pirates dipped under .500 with the loss and stand 5-6 on the campaign. “I thought we did a lot of the little things tonight,” said first-year UNCW Head Coach Kevin Keatts. “The one thing that we wanted to do was to play with intensity all the time. […]

UNCW Seahawks, ECU Pirates Tangle In Saturday Matchup

UNCW Seahawks, ECU Pirates Tangle In Saturday Matchup

WILMINGTON, NC Dec. 19, 2014 – New UNCW men’s basketball coach Kevin Keatts has heard all the stories about the heated regional rivalry between the Seahawks and their purple-crazed neighbor to the north, East Carolina. Now he gets to experience it first-hand. Keatts and the 4-3 Seahawks entertain the Pirates on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the finale of a rare tripleheader at Trask Coliseum.  East Tennessee State takes on Jacksonville State and UNCW entertains Charleston Southern on the final day of the Seahawks Hampton Inn Women’s Basketball Christmas Invitational earlier in the afternoon. Keatts and the Seahawks are coming off a 73-70 overtime thriller over stubborn Liberty on Wednesday in a tightly-contested game that featured 52 fouls and 67 […]

South Carolina Gamecocks Host Coker Sunday Afternoon

South Carolina Gamecocks Host Coker Sunday Afternoon

COLUMBIA, SC Dec. 20, 2014 – South Carolina hosts Coker College on Sunday in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Gamecocks ride a current four-game win streak into the matchup, while the Cobras have lost their last three. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network+ with Andy Demetra and Hall of Famer Alex English on the call for the 3:30 p.m. tip time. Sunday’s game promotion is the ugly sweater game, Coach Martin and his staff will all wear ugly sweaters on the sideline. GAME INFORMATION Game Date: Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET Arena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000) Broadcast: SEC Network+ Talent: Andy Demetra (pxp), Alex English (analyst) Radio: Gamecock Radio Network Talent: […]

South Carolina Tames Clemson Tigers With Stout Second Half

South Carolina Tames Clemson Tigers With Stout Second Half

COLUMBIA, SC Dec. 19, 2014 – Emboldened by a raucous crowd of over 11,000 fans, the South Carolina Gamecocks (6-3) earned a big win over archrival Clemson (6-4) Friday evening at Colonial Life Arena. Duane Notice would score 14 of his game-high 19 points over the final 20 minutes, helping Carolina turn a two-point halftime deficit into a 68-45 win. The sophomore guard would nearly match the entire offensive output of the Tigers, who as a team made just five field goals and scored 15 points in the second half. SCORE BY PERIODS Team 1st 2nd Total Clemson (6-4) 30 15 45 South Carolina (6-3) 28 40 68 With Clemson holding a 30-28 lead coming out of halftime, the two teams traded […]

Capps and Bae Set to Defend Titles at 7th Carolinas Young Amateur

Capps and Bae Set to Defend Titles at 7th Carolinas Young Amateur

SOUTHERN PINES, NC Dec. 19, 2014 – The seventh Carolinas Young Amateur will be contested December 29-30, 2014 on the Magnolia golf course at Pinewild Country Club in Pinehurst, NC. The event is a 36-hole stroke play tournament for male and female amateur golfers ages 18 to 24 who have finished high school. In last year’s championship, Miller Capps, of Denver, N.C., finished with a 36-hole total of 138 for a one-shot victory in the men’s division. Capps, a junior at Clemson University was co-champion at the Puerto Rico Classic. Philip Oweida, of Charlotte, N.C., finished in lone second after shooting a tournament-best six-under par 66. The 2012 men’s champion, Eric Brady, of Cary, N.C., tied for third place.   Sarah […]

Conservation

Getting People Underwater

Getting People Underwater

Coastal communities are no different than any other with one big exception: the Ocean.  Folks who live at the coast have a common environmental bond, whether they have realized it or not.  In West Palm Beach, it is Jim Abernethy’s mission to bring locals together to strengthen that bond while creating an entire community of environmental champions who take marine conservation very seriously.  Jim and his network of local stewards are not only practicing efforts to cleanup, conserve, and protect their coastal community environment; they also mentor others to continue the movement. I met Jim while on a dive vacation and we struck up conversation as I returned my tank to his shop after an impromptu underwater cleanup at the Blue […]

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Wildlife Commission to Conduct Nine Public Hearings Starting Jan. 6

Wildlife Commission to Conduct Nine Public Hearings Starting Jan. 6

RALEIGH, NC Dec. 11, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct nine public hearings in January on proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2015-16 seasons. Among the wildlife management-related proposed changes are temporary rules regulating the holding of deer in captivity. The proposals meet the General Assembly’s directive and follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Chronic Wasting Disease Program standards when regulating deer, elk and other ruminants in the cervid family. In addition, the temporary rules would allow captive cervid licensees to sell antlers, antler velvet and hides from the animals held at their facilities. Of interest to anglers are 36 proposals including additions to Public Mountain Trout Waters and […]

No Thanksgiving for the Dolphins of Taiji

No Thanksgiving for the Dolphins of Taiji

NO THANKSGIVING FOR THE DOLPHINS OF TAIJI, AS ALBINO DOLPHIN IS CAPTURED IN THE COVE The Capture Follows Another White Risso’s Dolphin Captured Nov. 23 (Japan time) Originally Reported to be Albino, Now Confirmed Piebald TAIJI, Japan Dec. 1, 2014 — Five days after news broke of a second white dolphin — originally reported to be albino, and now confirmed as piebald — captured in the cove this season in Taiji, unbelievably another rare, white Risso’s dolphin was driven in and captured in the cove on Friday (Nov. 28 Japan time), report Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians from on the ground in Taiji. While Thanksgiving was being celebrated in the US, Friday morning in Japan the Taiji dolphin killers located the […]

National Register Adds 17 North Carolina Historic Places

National Register Adds 17 North Carolina Historic Places

RALEIGH, NC Nov. 21, 2014 – The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources is pleased to announce that 17 individual properties and districts across the state have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The properties below were reviewed by the North Carolina National Register Advisory Committee and were subsequently approved by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Officer and forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register.   “Architecture is among North Carolina’s rich cultural treasures,” Governor Pat McCrory said. “These selections are North Carolina’s adaptations of classic American styles of architecture ranging from a plantation house to a downtown auto dealership. I’m pleased these sites have merited selection to the National Register so they can be […]

North Carolina’s ‘Enchanted Airlie’ Grows International

North Carolina’s ‘Enchanted Airlie’ Grows International

WILMINGTON, NC Nov. 20, 2014 – When night falls over 67-acre Airlie Gardens in December, the forest comes alive as “Enchanted Airlie,” an estimated 750,000 twinkling lights illuminating the half-mile, self-guided, walking trail of holiday displays. Seasonal sounds fill the air and warm holiday refreshments add the perfect touch for a winter stroll. Created by the Airlie Gardens Foundation ten years ago, Enchanted Airlie has rapidly gained national and international prominence as a must-see attraction for the holidays. “We have visitors from all 50 states and 47 different countries,” said Janine Powell, Airlie Gardens’ Development Director. “During Enchanted Airlie we’ll see around 30,000 people.” The Southeast Tourism Society voted Enchanted Airlie a Top 20 Event in 2012. In November, Out […]

Camp Lejeune Seeks Input from the Community

Camp Lejeune Seeks Input from the Community

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is looking for input for the 2015 Community Involvement Plan for the Environmental Restoration Program. If you live in the area, please consider completing the form at: MCBCAMLEJ.CIP@ch2m.com The Community Involvement Plan is a document that will describe how Camp Lejeune communicates with the local community about the environmental restoration program and also how they can provide opportunities for public involvement. This is your chance to speak your mind. This short survey (link above) is important for Camp Lejeune officials to understand the community’s suggestions, concerns, and what information the public is seeking about the program. A summary of the responses will be included in the plan. For more information about the program and the […]

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South Carolina

South Carolina Gamecocks Host Coker Sunday Afternoon

South Carolina Gamecocks Host Coker Sunday Afternoon

COLUMBIA, SC Dec. 20, 2014 – South Carolina hosts Coker College on Sunday in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Gamecocks ride a current four-game win streak into the matchup, while the Cobras have lost their last three. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network+ with Andy Demetra and Hall of Famer Alex English on the call for the 3:30 p.m. tip time. Sunday’s game promotion is the ugly sweater game, Coach Martin and his staff will all wear ugly sweaters on the sideline. GAME INFORMATION Game Date: Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET Arena: Colonial Life Arena (18,000) Broadcast: SEC Network+ Talent: Andy Demetra (pxp), Alex English (analyst) Radio: Gamecock Radio Network Talent: […]

South Carolina Tames Clemson Tigers With Stout Second Half

South Carolina Tames Clemson Tigers With Stout Second Half

COLUMBIA, SC Dec. 19, 2014 – Emboldened by a raucous crowd of over 11,000 fans, the South Carolina Gamecocks (6-3) earned a big win over archrival Clemson (6-4) Friday evening at Colonial Life Arena. Duane Notice would score 14 of his game-high 19 points over the final 20 minutes, helping Carolina turn a two-point halftime deficit into a 68-45 win. The sophomore guard would nearly match the entire offensive output of the Tigers, who as a team made just five field goals and scored 15 points in the second half. SCORE BY PERIODS Team 1st 2nd Total Clemson (6-4) 30 15 45 South Carolina (6-3) 28 40 68 With Clemson holding a 30-28 lead coming out of halftime, the two teams traded […]

South Carolina Gamecocks Friday Football Workout Report

South Carolina Gamecocks Friday Football Workout Report

South Carolina Football Practice Report COLUMBIA, SC Dec. 19, 2014 – The University of South Carolina football worked out Friday afternoon at the Bluff Road “Proving Grounds.” The Gamecocks (6-6, 3-5 SEC) are preparing for the Saturday, December 27, Duck Commander Independence Bowl against the Miami Hurricanes (6-6, 3-5 ACC). Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. ET and the contest will be televised nationally on ABC. Following practice, quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus said he’s impressed when watching the Miami defense. “They’re good. They’re fast,” said Mangus. “The linebacking crew is really good. They run around. Their safeties are aggressive. We’ll have to be on point.” Mangus indicated that the staff has not looked ahead at the quarterback situation for […]

Darlington Raceway to celebrate Past, Present and Future

Darlington Raceway to celebrate Past, Present and Future

THE TRADITION RETURNS! DARLINGTON RACEWAY TO CELEBRATE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE LEADING INTO 2015 LABOR DAY WEEKEND Track to celebrate 1970’s icons; plus current and future NASCAR stars Kaitlyn Bailey to return as Darlington Raceway’s “Lady in Black”   DARLINGTON, SC Dec. 17, 2014 – With Darlington Raceway entering its 66th consecutive year hosting NASCAR’s top-tier touring series, the track will commemorate its return to Labor Day weekend in 2015 by honoring its storied past while celebrating the future. With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500® returning to its celebrated Labor Day weekend date, the Lady in Black will recognize past champions of the 1970’s as part of its 2015 campaign.   A number of exciting announcements are […]

Chicago Cubs Announce 2015 Pelicans Coaching Staff

Chicago Cubs Announce 2015 Pelicans Coaching Staff

EIGHT-YEAR BIG LEAGUER MARK JOHNSON TO SERVE AS TEAM’S SIXTH MANAGER MYRTLE BEACH, SC Dec. 17, 2014 – In conjunction with the Chicago Cubs, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, are pleased to announce the field staff for the Pelicans for the upcoming 2015 season. Mark Johnson leads the coaching staff as the manager in the team’s first year as a Cubs affiliate. Most recently, Johnson was named the Manager of the Year in the Midwest League for his work the Cubs’ Class-A Kane County Cougars in 2014. He is joined by David Rosario (pitching coach), Mariano Duncan (hitting coach), Chris Gutierrez (assistant coach), and Peter Fagan (athletic trainer). Rosario and Gutierrez both served […]

Chad Holbrook Receives Contract Extension with South Carolina Gamecocks Baseball

Chad Holbrook Receives Contract Extension with South Carolina Gamecocks Baseball

COLUMBIA, SC Dec. 16, 2014 – The Board of Trustees at the University of South Carolina has approved a two-year contract extension for head baseball coach Chad Holbrook.  The contract extension puts Holbrook under contract through the end of the 2019 season. “It is an honor to be the head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina,” said Chad Holbrook.  I want to thank the Board of Trustees, Dr. Pastides and Coach Tanner for their unwavering commitment to the entire Gamecock baseball program and me.  It is really neat and comforting to be surrounded by such great leadership.  South Carolina is a special place with the best fans in the country and I am fortunate to work with an […]

North Carolina

NC State Wolfpack drops Gotham Classic game to West Virginia, 83-69

NC State Wolfpack drops Gotham Classic game to West Virginia, 83-69

NEW YORK, NY Dec. 21, 2014 – In an intense game played in Madison Square Garden, the NC State men’s basketball team dropped a 83-69 decision to No. 22/20 West Virginia Saturday night. Photo Gallery Trevor Lacey led the Wolfpack (9-3) with 24 points on 8-15 shooting. Anthony ‘Cat’ Barber added 16 points. WVU was led by Juwan Staten’s 24 points. The Wolfpack shot a season-best 20-36 from the floor, including 8-14 from 3-point range. West Virginia’s full-court pressure harassed the Wolfpack into 16 turnovers in the first half. The Pack shored up its ball security in the second half but finished with 23 turnovers. West Virginia made 10 steals and entered the game leading the country in forced turnovers. […]

UNCW Seahawks Stymie ECU Pirates With Defense, 66-54

UNCW Seahawks Stymie ECU Pirates With Defense, 66-54

WILMINGTON, NC Dec. 20, 2014 – UNCW handcuffed rival East Carolina on 28.1 percent shooting and set a season high with 11 blocks to shackle the Pirates, 66-54, in a holiday men’s basketball clash Saturday night at Trask Coliseum. Photo Gallery The Seahawks won their second straight game to improve to 5-3 on the season and won for the 12th time in the last 13 meetings against their rivals at Trask Coliseum. The Pirates dipped under .500 with the loss and stand 5-6 on the campaign. “I thought we did a lot of the little things tonight,” said first-year UNCW Head Coach Kevin Keatts. “The one thing that we wanted to do was to play with intensity all the time. […]

January Resolution Yields Desired Result: NC Insurance Commissioner Says No Rate Hike

January Resolution Yields Desired Result: NC Insurance Commissioner Says No Rate Hike

JACKSONVILLE, NC Dec. 19, 2014 – During the Jan. 22 Onslow County Board of Commissioners meeting the commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution opposing a request by the N.C. Rate Bureau to hike statewide homeowner insurance rates. Today Onslow County residents learned with the rest of the state that the Board’s efforts yielded desired results. Onslow County Board of Commissioners Chairman Barbara Ikner said, “The board is ecstatic that endeavors to show this rate hike is unjustified were rewarded. We pushed hard to communicate the opinion of the members and our citizens and we are extremely pleased that Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin agreed with us when making his ruling.” In part, the resolution signed on Jan. 22 stated: “Now, therefore, be […]

UNCW Seahawks, ECU Pirates Tangle In Saturday Matchup

UNCW Seahawks, ECU Pirates Tangle In Saturday Matchup

WILMINGTON, NC Dec. 19, 2014 – New UNCW men’s basketball coach Kevin Keatts has heard all the stories about the heated regional rivalry between the Seahawks and their purple-crazed neighbor to the north, East Carolina. Now he gets to experience it first-hand. Keatts and the 4-3 Seahawks entertain the Pirates on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the finale of a rare tripleheader at Trask Coliseum.  East Tennessee State takes on Jacksonville State and UNCW entertains Charleston Southern on the final day of the Seahawks Hampton Inn Women’s Basketball Christmas Invitational earlier in the afternoon. Keatts and the Seahawks are coming off a 73-70 overtime thriller over stubborn Liberty on Wednesday in a tightly-contested game that featured 52 fouls and 67 […]

Capps and Bae Set to Defend Titles at 7th Carolinas Young Amateur

Capps and Bae Set to Defend Titles at 7th Carolinas Young Amateur

SOUTHERN PINES, NC Dec. 19, 2014 – The seventh Carolinas Young Amateur will be contested December 29-30, 2014 on the Magnolia golf course at Pinewild Country Club in Pinehurst, NC. The event is a 36-hole stroke play tournament for male and female amateur golfers ages 18 to 24 who have finished high school. In last year’s championship, Miller Capps, of Denver, N.C., finished with a 36-hole total of 138 for a one-shot victory in the men’s division. Capps, a junior at Clemson University was co-champion at the Puerto Rico Classic. Philip Oweida, of Charlotte, N.C., finished in lone second after shooting a tournament-best six-under par 66. The 2012 men’s champion, Eric Brady, of Cary, N.C., tied for third place.   Sarah […]

2015 Johnnie Mercer’s Pier Dogfish Tournament

2015 Johnnie Mercer’s Pier Dogfish Tournament

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC Dec. 18, 2014 – Matt Johnson, owner of Johnnie Mercer’s Pier has announced that the 2015 Johnnie Mercer’s Pier Dogfish Tournament will be held on January 24, from 1pm to 8 pm at his pier in Wrightsville Beach. This is the 10th year of the tournament and we are looking to make it special. One change this year is that there will be a raffle for a local animal shelter prior to the event and there will be a collection of pet treats for that shelter. Participants are asked to make a donation of a dog or cat treat if they desire. Last year with 100 anglers fishing the event only one fish was caught and was […]

Carolina Government

January Resolution Yields Desired Result: NC Insurance Commissioner Says No Rate Hike

January Resolution Yields Desired Result: NC Insurance Commissioner Says No Rate Hike

JACKSONVILLE, NC Dec. 19, 2014 – During the Jan. 22 Onslow County Board of Commissioners meeting the commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution opposing a request by the N.C. Rate Bureau to hike statewide homeowner insurance rates. Today Onslow County residents learned with the rest of the state that the Board’s efforts yielded desired results. Onslow County Board of Commissioners Chairman Barbara Ikner said, “The board is ecstatic that endeavors to show this rate hike is unjustified were rewarded. We pushed hard to communicate the opinion of the members and our citizens and we are extremely pleased that Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin agreed with us when making his ruling.” In part, the resolution signed on Jan. 22 stated: “Now, therefore, be […]

Wildlife Commission to Conduct Nine Public Hearings Starting Jan. 6

Wildlife Commission to Conduct Nine Public Hearings Starting Jan. 6

RALEIGH, NC Dec. 11, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct nine public hearings in January on proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2015-16 seasons. Among the wildlife management-related proposed changes are temporary rules regulating the holding of deer in captivity. The proposals meet the General Assembly’s directive and follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Chronic Wasting Disease Program standards when regulating deer, elk and other ruminants in the cervid family. In addition, the temporary rules would allow captive cervid licensees to sell antlers, antler velvet and hides from the animals held at their facilities. Of interest to anglers are 36 proposals including additions to Public Mountain Trout Waters and […]

USDA SNAP Sign-Up Day for surrounding Greenville Farmers and Farmers’ Markets

USDA SNAP Sign-Up Day for surrounding Greenville Farmers and Farmers’ Markets

SNAP authorization can help local farmers grow their business, farmers’ markets increase their customer base, and low-income households gain greater access to fresh produce ATLANTA, GA Dec. 2, 2014 – On Saturday December 06, 2014, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service will join North Carolina State Agencies for Agriculture and MarketLink to host a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Merchant Sign-up Day. State and Federal Agriculture departments are working together to increase SNAP recipients’ access to farmers’ fresh products and farmers’ markets. Grants for free wireless Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) equipment and internet access, innovative ways like MarketLinkTM to help farms and farmers’ markets get SNAP authorized, and additional support for incentive programs to encourage SNAP customers to shop at farms […]

Camp Lejeune Seeks Input from the Community

Camp Lejeune Seeks Input from the Community

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is looking for input for the 2015 Community Involvement Plan for the Environmental Restoration Program. If you live in the area, please consider completing the form at: MCBCAMLEJ.CIP@ch2m.com The Community Involvement Plan is a document that will describe how Camp Lejeune communicates with the local community about the environmental restoration program and also how they can provide opportunities for public involvement. This is your chance to speak your mind. This short survey (link above) is important for Camp Lejeune officials to understand the community’s suggestions, concerns, and what information the public is seeking about the program. A summary of the responses will be included in the plan. For more information about the program and the […]

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Agreement Reached in Red Wolf Lawsuit Against Wildlife Commission

Agreement Reached in Red Wolf Lawsuit Against Wildlife Commission

RALEIGH, NC Nov. 14, 2014 — An agreement has been reached in a lawsuit against the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, which will restore conditional coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf reintroduction area of eastern North Carolina. The agreement will restore daytime coyote hunting on private lands in Dare, Hyde, Beaufort, Tyrrell and Washington counties by licensed or otherwise authorized hunters, with a special permit obtained from the Wildlife Commission and subsequent reporting of kill. In the other 95 counties of the state, coyote hunters may hunt during daytime or at night using artificial lights, and no special permit or reporting of coyote harvests is required. The agreement stems from a lawsuit brought by the Southern Environmental Law Center on […]

New Hanover residents near Brunswick Nuclear Plant to receive KI tablets

New Hanover residents near Brunswick Nuclear Plant to receive KI tablets

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC Nov. 3, 2014 – New Hanover County public health officials will provide free potassium iodide, or KI, tablets to New Hanover County residents who live within the 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) of the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant this week. The new KI tablets will be distributed beginning Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Carolina Beach Town Hall, located at 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd. in Carolina Beach, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Residents are reminded that following this special distribution event, the health department will continue to make KI available at no charge to EPZ residents at the health department during normal business hours. KI is an over-the-counter medication that can protect the thyroid gland if […]

Other News

Resolve to give blood in January for National Blood Donor Month

Resolve to give blood in January for National Blood Donor Month

NORFOLK, VA Dec. 18, 2014 — The American Red Cross asks eligible blood donors to make a resolution to give blood regularly in 2015, beginning with National Blood Donor Month in January. National Blood Donor Month recognizes the importance of giving blood and platelets while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need. It has been observed during January since 1970, and that’s no coincidence. Winter is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet patient needs. Unpredictable winter weather can result in blood drive cancelations, and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, may cause some donors to be unable to make or keep blood donation appointments.   Donors of all blood types are needed, […]

2015 NASL Spring Season Schedule Released

2015 NASL Spring Season Schedule Released

RailHawks to open the 2015 Season at home on Saturday, April 4th at 1:00pm CARY, NC Dec. 17, 2014 – The Carolina RailHawks and the North American Soccer League announced today their 2015 NASL Spring Season Schedule. The 2015 NASL Spring Season will see each of the 11 NASL clubs play a 10-game schedule consisting of five home games and five away games. The RailHawks will open the 2015 season at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday, April 4th when they host Canadian rival, Ottawa Fury FC, at 1:00pm. “We are thrilled to be able to announce our Spring Season schedule prior to the holidays and feel it is an attractive one for fans.  We look forward to our home opener against Ottawa […]

Clemson Tigers Hold Bowl Practice Monday

Clemson Tigers Hold Bowl Practice Monday

CLEMSON, SC Dec. 15, 2014 — Clemson held its third bowl practice, but its first in full pads on Monday night on the practice fields behind the Indoor Practice Facility. The Tigers worked for two crisp hours in preparation for the Dec. 29 Russell Athletic Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners. “This is a big week for us,” said Head Coach Dabo Swinney. “You can’t show up in Orlando and start game planning. You have to do that on campus because there are too many distractions once you get to the bowl site. When we go to Orlando we want to be in a situation where we are just polishing (the game plan).” Swinney said it is also a big week […]

Clemson Tigers, UNC Tar Heels to Tip at 8:15 on Saturday, Jan. 3

Clemson Tigers, UNC Tar Heels to Tip at 8:15 on Saturday, Jan. 3

CLEMSON, SC Dec. 15, 2014 — The men’s basketball game scheduled between Clemson and North Carolina on Saturday, Jan. 3 was announced today as an 8:15 p.m. tipoff. The ACC regular season opener for both teams will be televised by ESPN, Clemson’s first game on the network in 2014-15. Tickets are available for IPTAY members only and are limited to a total of four tickets. Members are asked to call 1-800-CLEMSON to purchase.

Clemson Tigers to provide “Tickets for Troops” in Orlando area

Clemson Tigers to provide “Tickets for Troops” in Orlando area

CLEMSON, SC Dec. 15, 2014 – Clemson Athletics announced today its Tickets for Troops program, at the Russell Athletic Bowl providing an opportunity for fans to donate bowl tickets to military personnel in the Central Florida area. “Clemson has a rich tradition of supporting the Military,” said Mike Money, Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing. “We understand that not all fans are able to make the trip to Orlando and this is a great opportunity to support our Military and the Clemson football program.”   Fans can purchase a bowl ticket for as little as $75 and the athletic department will donate it to Orlando-area military personnel for the game.   Fans wishing to participate in Tickets for Troops can contact […]

Clemson Basketball Beats Auburn, 72-61

Clemson Basketball Beats Auburn, 72-61

CLEMSON, SC Dec. 14, 2014 — Damarcus Harrison and Rod Hall combined for 39 points in a 72-61 win over Auburn on Sunday in front of 7,140 fans in Littlejohn Coliseum. The win improved the ACC Tigers to 6-3 on the season and dropped the SEC Tigers to 3-5. Hall matched his career high with 20 points on 8-of-13 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws, while Harrison matched a season best with 19 on 5-of-8 shooting, 7-of-8 from the line. Clemson shot 45 percent for the game to Auburn’s 39 and the Tigers made 20-of-25 free throws in the second half to slowly pull ahead. Clemson overcame a sluggish start offensively, where the Tigers converted just three of their first […]

Carolina RailHawks Announce First-Ever Youth Soccer Club Training Agreement

Carolina RailHawks Announce First-Ever Youth Soccer Club Training Agreement

RailHawks Elite Technique® to be the Exclusive Supplemental Training and Camp Provider for Johnston United Soccer Association CARY, NC Dec. 15, 2014 – The Carolina RailHawks announced today that they have entered into an agreement with Johnston United Soccer Association (“JUSA”) to deliver its RailHawks Elite Technique® supplemental training program to all JUSA Classic and Challenge level players and coaches starting with the Spring 2015 season. “We are excited to bring Elite Technique® to a youth soccer club for the first time,“ said RailHawks Senior Vice President, Pete Sciandra.  “We have been extremely impressed with the vision of JUSA’s senior leadership team and their commitment to launching creative programming to improve the development opportunities for its players and coaches. Their vision […]

Kevin Keatts Carries UNCW Seahawks To Face No. 4 Louisville

Kevin Keatts Carries UNCW Seahawks To Face No. 4 Louisville

WILMINGTON, NC Dec. 13, 2014  – The sparkling red, black and white decor of the palatial KFC Yum! Center will be very familiar to Kevin Keatts, but UNCW’s new men’s basketball skipper will be watching and coaching Sunday’s game from not-so-accustomed vantage point as he carries his Seahawks to the Bluegrass State to face No. 4 Louisville. The Seahawks, 3-2, just concluded first semester exams and haven’t played since walloping St. Andrews, 105-47, in a record-setting performance 11 days ago at Trask Coliseum. Louisville, meanwhile, hiked its record to a perfect 8-0 with a convincing 94-74 handling of Indiana in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. “It’s been different this week, but we’ve able to accomplish a lot […]

Clemson Tigers Hold First Full Bowl Practice

Clemson Tigers Hold First Full Bowl Practice

CLEMSON, SC Dec. 13, 2014 – The Tigers practiced for approximately two hours on the practice fields behind the indoor facility Saturday. It was the second official practice, but the first in pads. The Tigers are preparing to meet Oklahoma in the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla. on December 29 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available through the Clemson Athletic Ticket Office by calling 1-800-CLEMSON and at ClemsonTigers.com. Saturday’s practice was the first in pads for a Clemson offense that features newly-promoted Co-Offensive Coordinators Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott, and new Quarterbacks Coach Brandon Streeter. Cole Stoudt will serve as Clemson’s starting quarterback in the game and has been impressed by Streeter, himself a former Tiger quarterback. “He […]

Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Hello sports fans. I would like to begin by welcoming everyone to my articles. Today I would like to input my opinion on the Carolina Panthers and their chances not only this weekend but in the rest of the season. On Sunday they will be playing the Bucs with a 1 pm kickoff. As has been well documented, Cam Newton was in an unfortunate car accident earlier this week and will be sidelined with two process fractures in his back. That opens up an opportunity for Derek Anderson to have the starting position. Anderson played well back in week one leading the Panthers to a victory over the Bucs 24-17. That was Week 1. This is Week 15. Both teams […]

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All Hornets Players Eligible For NBA All-Star Ballot

All Hornets Players Eligible For NBA All-Star Ballot

All-Star Voting Goes All-Digital For First Time, Allowing All Players To Appear On Ballot   CHARLOTTE, NC Dec. 11, 2014 – All Hornets players will be eligible to be voted to the NBA All-Star Game this season as balloting goes all-digital and all NBA players are included on the ballot for the first time. NBA All-Star Balloting 2015 presented by Sprint begins today and gives fans around the world the opportunity to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for NBA All-Star Game 2015.  The official NBA All-Star Ballot presented by Sprint will include all current NBA players for the first time ever.  Fans will continue to select two guards and three frontcourt players when choosing the starters for […]

Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings Seeking New Members

Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings Seeking New Members

WILMINGTON, NC Dec. 12, 2014 – The Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Strings will hold auditions for new members on Thursday evening, January 15 at the UNCW Cultural Arts Building.  Appointment times are by appointment and assigned upon application.  Applications and required music are available at www.wilmingtonsymphony.org, or by calling the symphony office at 910-791-9262. Dee Perry’s daughter, Blythe plays violin in the Junior Strings program. Perry says of her daughter’s experience in the program, “Not only have her violin skills increased, but also her confidence and comfort level playing in front of a large audience. She now plays a wide variety of music and enjoys playing everything from fiddle tunes to classical. Blythe looks forward to her practices and […]

Boe Edens & The Dixie Driver Band rockin’ the after Christmas party

Boe Edens & The Dixie Driver Band rockin’ the after Christmas party

Make sure to arrive early for Boe Edens & The Dixie Driver Band live at Lo-re-lei Pub & Grill in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina on Friday night! The dance floor will certainly fill up quick as the house will be rockin’ to HOT Southern Country originals and covers. Make sure to get your copy of the latest CD “it is what it is…” by Boe Edens & The Dixie Driver Band!

Boe Edens & The Dixie Driver Band performing live at Lo-re-lei Pub & Grill

Boe Edens & The Dixie Driver Band performing live at Lo-re-lei Pub & Grill

Make sure to arrive early for Boe Edens & The Dixie Driver Band live at Lo-re-lei Pub & Grill in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina on Friday night! The dance floor will certainly fill up quick as the house will be rockin’ to HOT Southern Country originals and covers. Make sure to get your copy of the latest CD “it is what it is…” by Boe Edens & The Dixie Driver Band!

Kevin Hart “What Now” tour coming to Columbia

Kevin Hart “What Now” tour coming to Columbia

KEVIN HART “WHAT NOW” THE TOWNSHIP AUDITORIUM TICKETS DECEMBER 29 – 7PM   Presented by Live Nation If there’s one thing Kevin Hart can do, it’s sell shoes.  If there’s one thing Kevin Hart can do better than sell shoes, it’s explode into one of the foremost comedians and entertainers in the industry today. TICKETS: Kevin Hart “What Now” Tour Hart has continued to work non-stop and 2014 is no exception.  Kevin will next be seen in the Chris Rock directed film, Top Five, alongside Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld and Whoopi Goldberg, and has already completed production on three other comedies slated for 2015, Screen Gem’s The Wedding Ringer, Get Hard, opposite Will Farrell and Ride Along 2, the sequel […]

Gov’t Mule with special guest John Scofield to play Durham

Gov’t Mule with special guest John Scofield to play Durham

AN EVENING WITH Gov’t Mule with special guest John Scofield   DPAC Durham Performing Arts Center – March 3, 2015 Rock torchbearers Gov’t Mule are celebrating their 20th anniversary with an extensive tour and a series of dynamic live archival releases that highlight the group’s versatility and epic, fearless live performances. No two Gov’t Mule shows are alike, as the band draws on the more than 300 songs in their repertoire (and often a host of special guests) to create a unique experience each and every time. Their steadily expanding fan base knows that the Mule always has something special waiting for them. Expect the unexpected. TICKETS: Gov’t Mule Gov’t Mule and special guest John Scofield will play DPAC Durham […]

Lana Del Rey confirms initial dates for Biggest Headlining North American Tour to date: Endless Summer Tour

Lana Del Rey confirms initial dates for Biggest Headlining North American Tour to date: Endless Summer Tour

Summer Amphitheater Tour to Include Stops in Los Angeles, Toronto, Atlanta, Chicago and Many More   Tickets On Sale Saturday, Dec. 6 at LiveNation.com & through the Live Nation Mobile App LOS ANGELES, CA Dec. 1, 2014 – Multi-platinum selling artist Lana Del Rey has confirmed her first headlining dates of the 2015 Endless Summer Tour. The North American tour, promoted by Live Nation, will see the acclaimed artist playing at her biggest venues to date in support of her latest album ULTRAVIOLENCE (Interscope/Polydor UK). Lana Del Rey will play PNC Music Pavilion on Saturday June 13, 2015. Tickets go on-sale Saturday Dec. 6 at www.livenation.com, through the Live Nation mobile app, at the PNC Music Pavilion box office, Ticketmaster […]

Jason Aldean Burn It Down Tour 2015

Jason Aldean Burn It Down Tour 2015

JASON ALDEAN BURN IT DOWN TOUR 2015 WITH SPECIAL GUESTS COLE SWINDELL & TYLER FARR TICKETS: Jason Aldean – Burn It Down Tour Friday February 13 – Greensboro Coliseum Saturday February 14 – North Charleston Coliseum   JASON ALDEAN will bring his 2015 Burn It Down Tour to Greensboro Coliseum on Friday February 13 and North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday February 14.  Tickets go on sale Friday December 5  at 10am at LiveNation.com, via the Live Nation app, at the venue box offices, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000.   JASON ALDEAN will also bring his 2015 Burn It Down Tour to Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC on February 12, 2015.  Tickets are on sale now […]

2014 Holiday Season Events at Mayfaire in Wilmington, NC

2014 Holiday Season Events at Mayfaire in Wilmington, NC

WILMINGTON, NC Nov. 24, 2014 – Mayfaire is where all your holiday dreams come true! We have everything you need to make your holidays bright and to ring in the New Year right! The 7th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Mayfaire’s tree lighting ceremony will be held Friday, November 28th at 6:30pm in front of Mayfaire 16 Cinemas. Thalian Association will perform a scene from the beloved classics, “A Christmas Carol” and “Yes Virginia”. The Wilmington School of Ballet will present the magical story of the Nutcracker, and Elsa from Frozen will sing, “Let it Go”. Then watch as children’s eyes sparkle when Santa magically arrives and we count down the lighting of Mayfaire’s 18-ft Christmas tree. Mayfaire’s Santa Village Celebrate […]

Idina Menzel Announces Raleigh Concert at Red Hat Amphitheater

Idina Menzel Announces Raleigh Concert at Red Hat Amphitheater

TONY AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS, SINGER AND STAR OF FROZEN, IF/THEN, WICKED AND GLEE, IDINA MENZEL, ANNOUNCES 2015 GLOBAL CONCERT TOUR July 22 – Red Hat Amphitheater – Raleigh   TICKETS: Idina Menzel World Tour – Tour Kicks Off On July 7 and Includes Nearly 40 Dates in Cities throughout North America – – Tickets On Sale Beginning Dec. 5 at LiveNation.com and through the Live Nation Mobile App –   Hot on the heels of a remarkable year that included performing the smash hit “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen at the 86th annual Academy Awards, a triumphant return to Broadway in the musical If/Then, a Best Actress Tony Award nomination and the release of this season’s must-have Christmas album Holiday […]

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