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Smokies officials weigh backcountry camping fees

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park may start charging for backcountry camping and hire more rangers to manage what happens in the deep woods. Full story...
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African American festival showcases area's heritage and culture

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It was a weekend of gospel singing, jazz music and eclectic exhibits.The third annual Southeastern North Carolina African American heritage festival was held in Wilmington. Full story...
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Protest held after sign outside of church tells gays to 'turn or burn'

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video An anti-gay sign outside of a Wilmington church resulted in a protest Sunday morning. The message, which had been up since last week instructed gays to 'turn or burn' Full story...
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Soulful swimmer raises thousands for orphans

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video In an effort to keep up her physical and spiritual health and raise thousands of dollars for African orphans, one soulful swimmer set out to accomplish a big goal Saturday. Full story...
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Shrimp Festival celebrates community and crustaceans

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Some say Sneads Ferry has the best shrimp around, but most everyone agrees the town certainly cooks up the best Shrimp Festival. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Pro football coach wants special athlete on his team

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video A high school football player with Down syndrome is being offered the chance of a lifetime: to be part of a professional football team. Full story...
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Police seize $200,000 worth of marijuana

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New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies find a major marijuana operation and arrest one. Deputies executed search warrants at two separate homes and found more than 220 marijuana plants. Police say most of the plants seized were mature plants ready to be harvested. Full story...
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Campground closed due to black bears in the area

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State officials have closed the family campground at Mount Mitchell State Park through the end of the month due to increased activity by black bears. Full story...
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As town looks for money, fighting among local leaders slows CB Inlet dredging

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video There is no question that the inlet is important to tourists as well as businesses in the New Hanover County's beach communities, but the question is who's gonna pay for the dredging that's necessary to keep the inlet open and operational? Full story...
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Sewage spill in Carolina Beach leads to fishkill

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The Town of Carolina Beach says there was a sewage spill yesterday. The town says 72,000 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled a ruptured force main at Lift Station #1 at 103 Raleigh Ave. Full story...
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