RALEIGH – In advance of National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday (Sept. 28), the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is highlighting results from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Census Bureau survey to show the importance of sportsmen to North Carolina’s economy.
The 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation measured public participation in hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and other wildlife-dependent recreation, as well as how much money was spent pursuing these activities. For North Carolina results, click here.
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MANNS HARBOR – The kids are back in school and temperatures are starting to fall. Now, the North Carolina Ferry Division is set to conclude its 2013 summer season by transitioning to its regular off-season schedules on four of its popular routes beginning next week.
The following changes are effective October 1:
- The Cedar Island-Ocracoke route goes from six daily departures to four, with runs from Cedar Island at 7 a.m., 10, 1 p.m. and 4 and return trips from Ocracoke at 7:30a.m, 10, 1p.m., and 4.
by John Hood
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WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC-02) released the following statement after the release of a new report by the Obama administration Wedneday morning. The announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that health insurance rates under Obamacare are expected to triple for women and quadruple for men in North Carolina:
RALEIGH – Abundant summer rainfall and cool September nights have already launched the fall foliage season in high elevations of western North Carolina state parks.
For the first time, travelers can keep track of peak color as it makes its way across the state through park ranger reports available online at www.visitnc.com, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.
Regular updates will keep visitors posted on how fall color is progressing through the different types of forests in North Carolina, from the brilliant red of mountain sourwood to the rust-colored cedar in eastern wetlands. The fall season in the state truly lasts from late September into December.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – After information released by the Department of Health and Human Services showed individuals in North Carolina stand to face significantly higher costs under Obamacare, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), a cosponsor of the American Health Care Reform Act, issued the following statement:
“Despite promises of affordability and cost reductions, behind the Obama Administration’s spin is the ugly truth that too many North Carolinians and families will be paying more for insurance on January 1st than they are paying today. Higher insurance rates and higher taxes, due to Obamacare, are going to hit families right in the wallet. Where’s the affordability in that?
RALEIGH — The N.C. Forest Service is enlisting a small, stingless wasp in its battle with the invasive emerald ash borer.
On Thursday, Dr. Kelly Oten will release a species of parasitoid wasp that can kill emerald ash borer larvae. The wasp lays eggs inside the borer larvae, and as the young wasps develop, they kill the ash borer larvae.
The release will take place in three locations in Granville County: four miles northwest of Oak Hill, four miles northwest of Townsville near Kerr Reservoir, and one mile north of Stovall.
RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced the arrest of Earl Lin Pickett, 68, of 1215 Summerville Lane, Durham; he was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretense.
Department of Insurance criminal investigators allege that Pickett misrepresented and inflated the value of property that was stolen and damaged by gunfire during an armed robbery on Jan. 2, 2013 at one of his Durham convenience stores. Investigators accuse Pickett of filing an inflated property loss claim with Federated Insurance Company for which he was paid $33,323.51 more than he was entitled.