Wildlife license fees change

WAKE FOREST — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced several changes to its hunting, inland fishing and trapping licenses, which will go into effect Aug. 1. Changes include: •Increased fees for certain short-term, annual and lifetime licenses. The duration of a...

Plant the seed for fruitful debate

I’m told that while there is no firmly established gift tradition for a 28th anniversary, the modern practice is to signify the event with an orchid. Well, this month marks the 28th anniversary of the birth of my syndicated column on North Carolina politics and public policy. It...

Falconry workshop Aug. 23

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a falconry apprentice workshop, presented by the N.C. Falconers Guild, on Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. Falconry is hunting by means of a bird of prey,...

Flat tire reminds me, I’ve nothing left to spare

On Friday, July 4, most of the nation’s thoughts were drifting toward independence, the evening’s fireworks and just how many hot dogs Joey “Jaws” Chestnut would eat in 10 minutes at the annual “Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest.” Sixty-one, as...

Huge issue ahead for North Carolina

Decades from now, when schoolchil-dren in North Carolina look back on 2014, they might hear about the massive coal-ash spill into the Dan River and subsequent legislation requiring cleanup of Duke Energy coal-ash ponds. And they might learn about the General Assembly’s push to...