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+ NC NEWS - 3 Die in Rip Currents in Brunswick County

Rip currents were blamed for three deaths in Brunswick County in the past few days. In Sunset Beach, a man attempting to rescue a woman caught in a rip current fell victim himself, both died. At Ocean Isle Beach, a 72 year old man from Florida drowned in a separate incident.
The confirmed deaths are:
Mitchell McLean, 54, Wilkesboro
Mary Anne Galway, 55, Waxhaw
William Nicalaro, 72, Palm Harbor, Florida
If caught in a rip current, people should let the water carry them out to sea while trying to swim parallel to shore, as the currents are usually narrow and funnel through breaks in sandbars.
"Rip currents are fairly common at our beaches," says Brad Reinhart, a NWS Meteorologist based in Wilmington. "Even on days when we have a low risk of rip currents you can see individual ones that might be powerful enough to pull a child or someone that’s not a strong swimmer. Any swimmer should be aware of the threat and know how to effectively escape it."

NC NEWS - 3 Die in Rip Currents in Brunswick County

Rip currents were blamed for three deaths in Brunswick County in the past few days. In Sunset Beach, a man attempting to rescue a woman caught in a rip current fell victim himself, both died. At Ocean Isle Beach, a 72 year old man from Florida drowned in a separate incident.

The confirmed deaths are:

  1. Mitchell McLean, 54, Wilkesboro
  2. Mary Anne Galway, 55, Waxhaw
  3. William Nicalaro, 72, Palm Harbor, Florida

If caught in a rip current, people should let the water carry them out to sea while trying to swim parallel to shore, as the currents are usually narrow and funnel through breaks in sandbars.

"Rip currents are fairly common at our beaches," says Brad Reinhart, a NWS Meteorologist based in Wilmington. "Even on days when we have a low risk of rip currents you can see individual ones that might be powerful enough to pull a child or someone that’s not a strong swimmer. Any swimmer should be aware of the threat and know how to effectively escape it."

+ KILKELLY’S, Boone
If you’re looking for a mountain hideaway to escape from it all, there are hundreds of options throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains. The locations are remote, the views are breath-taking, and the availability can be limited, so plan in advance. We stayed at Kilkelly’s during September 2011 and has a wonderful long weekend - I highly recommend this rental.

KILKELLY’S, Boone

If you’re looking for a mountain hideaway to escape from it all, there are hundreds of options throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains. The locations are remote, the views are breath-taking, and the availability can be limited, so plan in advance. We stayed at Kilkelly’s during September 2011 and has a wonderful long weekend - I highly recommend this rental.

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+ THE AGGIE/EAGLE RIVALRY
Most everyone is aware of the intense rivalry between the basketball teams of UNC Chapel Hill and Duke, but the state’s top rivalry is actually much lesser know. The North Carolina A&T Aggies and the North Carolina Central University Eagles maintain the state’s biggest rivalry. Although it can apply to any sport, most of the battle is carried out on the football field. The rivalry began in 1924 between the two Historically Black Colleges. Currently NC AT&T leads the series, 47-32-5, including wins in the 2011 and 2012 meetings.

THE AGGIE/EAGLE RIVALRY

Most everyone is aware of the intense rivalry between the basketball teams of UNC Chapel Hill and Duke, but the state’s top rivalry is actually much lesser know. The North Carolina A&T Aggies and the North Carolina Central University Eagles maintain the state’s biggest rivalry. Although it can apply to any sport, most of the battle is carried out on the football field. The rivalry began in 1924 between the two Historically Black Colleges. Currently NC AT&T leads the series, 47-32-5, including wins in the 2011 and 2012 meetings.

+ LINVILLE CAVERNS
Located in northern McDowell County, the caverns were discovered by local fisherman in 1822 and have been open for tours since the 1930s. Guided tours take visitors through the caverns to learn about the history of the caverns, and view spectacular formations of stalactites (those that drip from the ceiling) and stalagmites (those that rise from the floor). With some luck, you’ll be introduced to some of the caverns residents, including the little brown bats that can be found throughout the caves. The highlight of the tour is the plunge into total darkness - if you’ve never been in total darkness before, you may not realize how dark darkness can truly get.

LINVILLE CAVERNS

Located in northern McDowell County, the caverns were discovered by local fisherman in 1822 and have been open for tours since the 1930s. Guided tours take visitors through the caverns to learn about the history of the caverns, and view spectacular formations of stalactites (those that drip from the ceiling) and stalagmites (those that rise from the floor). With some luck, you’ll be introduced to some of the caverns residents, including the little brown bats that can be found throughout the caves. The highlight of the tour is the plunge into total darkness - if you’ve never been in total darkness before, you may not realize how dark darkness can truly get.

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Exif DUPLIN WINERY, Rose Hill, Duplin County
Established in 1975, Duplin Winery is the state’s oldest operating winery, producing over 300,000 cases each year. Most of Duplin’s vintages feature the muscadine grape, which is common in the southeastern US. Muscadine. In 2009, Duplin Winery received national honors that are usually reserved for West coast wineries — Impact’s Hot  Brand Award and Beverage Information Group’s Fast Track Award. Both awards are given to a short list of wineries who have produced double-digit brand growth for the past 5 years.

DUPLIN WINERY, Rose Hill, Duplin County

Established in 1975, Duplin Winery is the state’s oldest operating winery, producing over 300,000 cases each year. Most of Duplin’s vintages feature the muscadine grape, which is common in the southeastern US. Muscadine. In 2009, Duplin Winery received national honors that are usually reserved for West coast wineries — Impact’s Hot  Brand Award and Beverage Information Group’s Fast Track Award. Both awards are given to a short list of wineries who have produced double-digit brand growth for the past 5 years.

+ SMITHFIELD’S CHICKEN ‘N BAR-B-Q
The first location opened in downtown Smithfield in 1964 and has grown to more than 30 locations throughout the state.In 2007, they began selling bbq and brunswick stew online, shipping  across the entire country.According to their website, Smithfields prides themselves not only on serving good food, but also on being good hosts: always serving fresh food fast , with superior service and quality — while never wasting time, food, nor forgetting our manners.

SMITHFIELD’S CHICKEN ‘N BAR-B-Q

The first location opened in downtown Smithfield in 1964 and has grown to more than 30 locations throughout the state.In 2007, they began selling bbq and brunswick stew online, shipping  across the entire country.According to their website, Smithfields prides themselves not only on serving good food, but also on being good hosts: always serving fresh food fast , with superior service and quality — while never wasting time, food, nor forgetting our manners.

+ TRYON PALACE, New Bern
William Tryon served as the governor for the Colony of North Carolina from 1765-1771. In those few years, he felt it important for himself to reside in the grandest palace that money could buy. He composed plans for an elaborate governor’s mansion which would also function as a central location for colonial government as well. The North Carolina legislatre authorized 5000 pounds for the construction, although Tryon told the legislature  that sum was not substantial enough, as building his plan “in the plainest manner” would require at least 10,000 pounds. Tryon convinced the legislature to levy additional taxes on the citizens in order to pay for his new home. Tryon hired workers from Philadelphia to perform the construction, saying that native North Carolinians would not have the necessary skills. When it was completed in 1770, it was “a monumet of opulence and elegance extraordinary in the American colonies.”

TRYON PALACE, New Bern

William Tryon served as the governor for the Colony of North Carolina from 1765-1771. In those few years, he felt it important for himself to reside in the grandest palace that money could buy. He composed plans for an elaborate governor’s mansion which would also function as a central location for colonial government as well. The North Carolina legislatre authorized 5000 pounds for the construction, although Tryon told the legislature  that sum was not substantial enough, as building his plan “in the plainest manner” would require at least 10,000 pounds. Tryon convinced the legislature to levy additional taxes on the citizens in order to pay for his new home. Tryon hired workers from Philadelphia to perform the construction, saying that native North Carolinians would not have the necessary skills. When it was completed in 1770, it was “a monumet of opulence and elegance extraordinary in the American colonies.”

+ GRAVEYARD OF THE ATLANTIC
The Outer Banks consists of the Northeastern most counties in North Carolina, including Currituck, Dare, Hyde and others. The seas in this area are treacherous, and the large number of shipwrecks have earned this part of the coastline the nickname “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” The remnants of some of the lost ships can still be seen from shore, while many others are resting on the ocean floor, making wreck diving a popular activity in this area.

GRAVEYARD OF THE ATLANTIC

The Outer Banks consists of the Northeastern most counties in North Carolina, including Currituck, Dare, Hyde and others. The seas in this area are treacherous, and the large number of shipwrecks have earned this part of the coastline the nickname “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” The remnants of some of the lost ships can still be seen from shore, while many others are resting on the ocean floor, making wreck diving a popular activity in this area.

+ DAVID SEDARIS
Humorist, author and NPR contributor David Sedaris grew up in Raleigh. His books have sold more than 7 million copies, and his autobiographical wriiing often tells stories of growing up  in middle-class Raleigh during the 1970s. David’s younger sister, Amy, is a well-known television actress, most popularly known for her satiric comedy Strangers With Candy, which ran on Comedy Central.

DAVID SEDARIS

Humorist, author and NPR contributor David Sedaris grew up in Raleigh. His books have sold more than 7 million copies, and his autobiographical wriiing often tells stories of growing up  in middle-class Raleigh during the 1970s. David’s younger sister, Amy, is a well-known television actress, most popularly known for her satiric comedy Strangers With Candy, which ran on Comedy Central.

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Exif NORTH CAROLINA BARBEQUE
Most differences of opinion in North Carolina revolve around the best college basketball team — UNC, Duke or NC State — but the second biggest disagreement tends to center on barbeque. In NC, there are three types — Eastern (vinegar based), Lexington (tomato based) and Western  (brown sugar, molasses or honey based).There are no losers in this argument — unless you forget the hushpuppies

NORTH CAROLINA BARBEQUE

Most differences of opinion in North Carolina revolve around the best college basketball team — UNC, Duke or NC State — but the second biggest disagreement tends to center on barbeque. In NC, there are three types — Eastern (vinegar based), Lexington (tomato based) and Western  (brown sugar, molasses or honey based).There are no losers in this argument — unless you forget the hushpuppies

+ RIP CURRENTS
Although the risk of shark attacks are low, the risk of rip currents is higher.  In 2011, three swimmers died in separate incidents. 
For anyone planning on visiting NC’s beaches and swimming in the ocean, it is important to be aware of rip currents. A rip current does not pull a swimmer under water, instead it pulls them away from the shore. If a swimmer finds themselves caught in a rip current, they should not try to swim back to the shore directly against the rip, as this will lead to exhaustion and possible drowning. The swimmer should remain calm and swim parallel to the shore, until they are free of the current.

RIP CURRENTS

Although the risk of shark attacks are low, the risk of rip currents is higher.  In 2011, three swimmers died in separate incidents. 

For anyone planning on visiting NC’s beaches and swimming in the ocean, it is important to be aware of rip currents. A rip current does not pull a swimmer under water, instead it pulls them away from the shore. If a swimmer finds themselves caught in a rip current, they should not try to swim back to the shore directly against the rip, as this will lead to exhaustion and possible drowning. The swimmer should remain calm and swim parallel to the shore, until they are free of the current.

THE HOUSE IN THE HORSESHOE
Named for its location in a horseshoe shaped bend in the Deep River in Moore County, the house was built in 1772 by Philip Alston, a prominent political figure in the area. Alston served as a colonel in the Revolutionary War. In the summer of 1781, the Alston house was attacked by loyalist forces. The skirmish ended in a surrender by Alston, with his wife negotiating with the aggressors to set the terms of the surrender. Today, the house is a historic site managed by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, and is often used for historical re-enactments of the battle. The bullet holes of the original battle in 1781 can still be seen in the house.
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THE HOUSE IN THE HORSESHOE

Named for its location in a horseshoe shaped bend in the Deep River in Moore County, the house was built in 1772 by Philip Alston, a prominent political figure in the area. Alston served as a colonel in the Revolutionary War. In the summer of 1781, the Alston house was attacked by loyalist forces. The skirmish ended in a surrender by Alston, with his wife negotiating with the aggressors to set the terms of the surrender. Today, the house is a historic site managed by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, and is often used for historical re-enactments of the battle. The bullet holes of the original battle in 1781 can still be seen in the house.

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BIG ROCK BLUE MARLIN FISHING TOURNAMENT
Hatteras Fever II , captioned by Buddy Hooper, won the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament . The winning catch, 465 pound blue marlin, was reeled in by Raleigh angler Taylor Miller. First prize was worth $478,050.

BIG ROCK BLUE MARLIN FISHING TOURNAMENT

Hatteras Fever II , captioned by Buddy Hooper, won the 55th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament . The winning catch, 465 pound blue marlin, was reeled in by Raleigh angler Taylor Miller. First prize was worth $478,050.

NEW YEAR’S EVE IN RALEIGH
Since its beginning in 2000, the First Night celebration has thrived as an arts festival in downtown Raleigh, drawing nearly 80,000 people in 2012. The event centers around four pillars: Celebration, Community, The New Year and the Arts. Using the city as a stage, artists and performers use space in churches, museums, theatres, bank lobbies and street corners throughout two dozen blocks of Downtown Raleigh. And at midnight, while the rest of the world watches the dropping of the ball in Times Square, the revelers at First Night Raleigh watch the dropping of the Acorn - a symbol of Raleigh, which is known as the City of Oaks.

NEW YEAR’S EVE IN RALEIGH

Since its beginning in 2000, the First Night celebration has thrived as an arts festival in downtown Raleigh, drawing nearly 80,000 people in 2012. The event centers around four pillars: Celebration, Community, The New Year and the Arts. Using the city as a stage, artists and performers use space in churches, museums, theatres, bank lobbies and street corners throughout two dozen blocks of Downtown Raleigh. And at midnight, while the rest of the world watches the dropping of the ball in Times Square, the revelers at First Night Raleigh watch the dropping of the Acorn - a symbol of Raleigh, which is known as the City of Oaks.

+ MOUNT MITCHELL
At 6,684 feet (2,037 meters) Mount Mitchell is the highest peak in North Carolina, in fact was the highest peak in the United States until Texas was admimtted into the union in 1845. Mount Mitchell is located in Yancey County, near Burnsville, in a sub-range of the Appalachians called Black Mountain. The mountain is named after Elisha Mitchell, a professor at the University of North Carolina who determined the peaks’ height in 1835, and then fell to death in 1857 when he returned to verify his measurements.

MOUNT MITCHELL

At 6,684 feet (2,037 meters) Mount Mitchell is the highest peak in North Carolina, in fact was the highest peak in the United States until Texas was admimtted into the union in 1845. Mount Mitchell is located in Yancey County, near Burnsville, in a sub-range of the Appalachians called Black Mountain. The mountain is named after Elisha Mitchell, a professor at the University of North Carolina who determined the peaks’ height in 1835, and then fell to death in 1857 when he returned to verify his measurements.