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Wild horses find gap in fence to graze on Outer Banks lawns
(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com)
COROLLA, N.C. (AP) – Wild horses roaming a stretch of North Carolina’s Outer Banks are back in their home turf after finding the grass greener on some nearby lawns.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports that six horses last week exploited a fence breach that allowed them to escape from their seaside home into the village of Corolla. The horses usually roam an 11-mile-long, limited-access area north of the Currituck County village.
Volunteers corralled them all and carried them back in a trailer.
The fence was built years ago to block the wild horse herd of about 100 from roaming the paved roads within Corolla Village. Before the fence, as many as 20 horses were hit by cars and killed while walking on busy roads.
Commercial fishermen oppose NCarolina clampdown on licenses
(Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com)
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina fishermen who make seafood their business are resisting efforts to change rules that may allow some to skirt recreational catch limits.
The StarNews of Wilmington reports that commercial fishermen want state legislators to reject the changes proposed by the state Marine Fisheries Commission last month.
The changes include requiring catching at least 1,000 pounds of fish or launching 15 trips during two out of five years to keep a commercial fishing license.
Supporters believe it will help protect some of North Carolina’s struggling fish stocks by forcing commercial fishermen to report all of what they catch.
Marine Fisheries Commission Chairman Sammy Corbett said as many as 2,000 of the state’s roughly 6,300 commercial licenses may be used to catch beyond what recreational fishermen are allowed.
Sale of snack company Snyder’s-Lance could close soon
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The maker of Lance peanut butter sandwich crackers and Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels is set to be taken over by one of the largest U.S. packaged food companies.
Charlotte-based snack maker Snyder’s-Lance Inc. says shareholders overwhelmingly approved its planned sale to Camden, New Jersey-based Campbell Soup Co. and the deal is set to close Monday.
Snyder’s-Lance said more than 99 percent of votes cast at a special meeting Friday backed the $4.9 billion sale announced in December.
Campbell Soup said the acquisition would allow it to expand its distribution channels in the crowded snack market.
Snyder’s-Lance is the product of the 2010 merger of Pennsylvania-based Snyder’s of Hanover and Lance, a snack company the Charlotte Observer reported started in 1913 by selling roasted peanuts on the North Carolina city’s streets.
Former Dem powerbroker Fitch slated for Senate appointment
(Information from: Daily Herald, http://www.rrdailyherald.com/)
HALIFAX, N.C. (AP) – A former powerbroker in North Carolina’s General Assembly is ready to return to the legislature to fill a newly vacant seat.
The Daily Herald of Roanoke Rapids reported Sunday that a local Democratic Party committee picked Milton “Toby” Fitch Jr.to fill the state Senate seat for the rest of this year. The Rocky Mount-area seat opened after Sen. Angela Bryant resigned Monday and took a $117,000 job on the state parole commission.
Fitch represented Edgecombe and Wilson counties in the state House from 1984 to 2001. He was influential at a time that Democrats largely ran state government and after Republicans took control of the House in 1995.
Fitch retired last month from his position as a Superior Court judge, a role he held for more than 16 years.