Laura Candler http://wunc.org en Preserving Old Time Southern Apples http://wunc.org/post/preserving-old-time-southern-apples <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the supermarket today, you can find about a dozen kinds of apples. But years ago, there were hundreds and hundreds of varieties grown all over the South. North Carolina native Lee Calhoun </span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">once had 3,000 apple trees growing in his backyard in </span>Pittsboro<span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">. I visited him there recently and he showed what was left.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3accf29a-09b5-48d2-506d-958cbf2651b9"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">“This is a remnant of an old orchard I used to have,” he said. “Most of them are gone now. This is an Orange Cauley, a little bit different from a regular Cauley, and this is a Green River --that’s a Kentucky apple.”</span></span></p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Laura Candler 22263 at http://wunc.org Preserving Old Time Southern Apples Where North Carolina’s Congressional Members Stand On Syria http://wunc.org/post/where-north-carolina-s-congressional-members-stand-syria <p>Several of North Carolina’s members of Congress have issued statements about&nbsp; U.S. involvement in Syria. The statements follow <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/30/217232508/read-u-s-intelligence-assessment-on-syria">a chemical weapons attack which the U.S. says was carried out by the Assad regime in Damascus on August 21</a>. More than 1,400 people were reported killed in the attack.</p><p>Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan, as well as several Representatives have made the following statements. We'll update this post with additional statements as they come in.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:30:36 +0000 Laura Candler 21871 at http://wunc.org Where North Carolina’s Congressional Members Stand On Syria Ram Named 'Bubba' Still On The Loose In Durham http://wunc.org/post/ram-named-bubba-still-loose-durham <p>There’s a ram on the loose in Durham County whose escape tactics have outsmarted capture attempts by the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, a man with a tranquilizer gun and a local veterinarian with a lasso. The animal was first spotted near Odyssey Drive in Durham on Monday afternoon, August 25, and is thought to be a either a Barbados/Mouflon sheep or a Toggenburg goat. Deputy Paul Sherwin with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office was one of the officers who responded to Monday's call.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 15:06:40 +0000 Laura Candler 21841 at http://wunc.org Ram Named 'Bubba' Still On The Loose In Durham African Farmers Cultivate Apple Trees From Historic NC Orchard http://wunc.org/post/african-farmers-cultivate-apple-trees-historic-nc-orchard <p><a href="http://www.nchistoricsites.org/horne/">Horne Creek Living Historical Farm</a>, a 1900s-era working farm in Pinnacle, North Carolina, is prized for its heirloom apples. The farm runs the Southern Heritage Apple Orchard, which is stocked with 400 varieties propagated by cuttings from trees all over the south. &nbsp;Now, apple trees cultivated with grafts from Southern Heritage trees are under the care of farmers in Uganda, Zambia and Rwanda, thanks to a project called Apples for Africa.</p> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Laura Candler 21641 at http://wunc.org African Farmers Cultivate Apple Trees From Historic NC Orchard DOT Tests New Ramps On Emergency Ferry Route http://wunc.org/post/dot-tests-new-ramps-emergency-ferry-route <p>In preparation for peak hurricane season, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has tested out two new ramps along its emergency ferry route. The ramps are located at Stumpy Point, on the mainland, and Rodanthe, on the Outer Banks, a route that would allow access to Hatteras Island if Highway 12 were damaged in a storm.</p><p>“We hope not to need these ramps anytime soon,” said NC Ferry Division Deputy Director Jed Dixon in a statement. “But if we do, the new ramps will provide the public safer and more reliable access to the emergency route that serves as a lifeline to Hatteras Island after a major storm.” Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:10:44 +0000 Laura Candler 21679 at http://wunc.org DOT Tests New Ramps On Emergency Ferry Route Sanford Veteran Hopes To Set Powerlifting World Record, Again. http://wunc.org/post/sanford-veteran-hopes-set-powerlifting-world-record-again <p>Sanford resident and world champion powerlifter <a href="http://www.gregstott.com/">Greg Stott</a> is not your normal weight-lifting competitor. He’s a 50-year-old used car dealer, father of two, and a former Army Ranger whose military career ended in prison.&nbsp; He’s a piano player and self-identified evangelist. And he’s manic depressive.&nbsp; In October, he’s slated to compete in the 100% Raw (meaning drug-free and without the use of belts or supports) World Championships in Las Vegas and hopes to set a Master Powerlifting Total World Record. A film production team led by his son, Nicholas Stott, is documenting the endeavor and is currently raising money on <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mission2013/greg-stott-mission-2013">Kickstarter</a> to turn their footage into a feature film.</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Laura Candler 21556 at http://wunc.org Sanford Veteran Hopes To Set Powerlifting World Record, Again. NOAA Dedicates Sign Marking 40 Years Since USS Monitor's Discovery http://wunc.org/post/noaa-dedicates-sign-marking-40-years-uss-monitors-discovery <p>The NOAA’s <a href="http://monitor.noaa.gov/">Monitor National Marine Sanctuary</a> held a ceremony in Beaufort yesterday to unveil sign recognizing the 40<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the USS <em>Monitor<em>'s</em></em> discovery. The sign is the first of five to be dedicated that marks a place of significance in the Civil War vessel’s history. The USS <em>Monitor</em> was discovered 40 years ago in 230 feet of water about 16 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:16:03 +0000 Laura Candler 21488 at http://wunc.org NOAA Dedicates Sign Marking 40 Years Since USS Monitor's Discovery Study Finds Clergy Are More Depressed Than National Average http://wunc.org/post/study-finds-clergy-are-more-depressed-national-average <p>A <a href="http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10935-013-0321-4/fulltext.html">new study from Duke</a> shows that clergy have a higher rate of anxiety and depression than the national average. The study, conducted by the Clergy Health Initiative at Duke Divinity School, surveyed all United Methodist Clergy in North Carolina and found that their depression rate was 8.7 percent, which is higher than the national average of 5.5 percent. Anxiety rates were 13.5 percent.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:27:37 +0000 Laura Candler 21479 at http://wunc.org Study Finds Clergy Are More Depressed Than National Average Durham Clinic That Provides Abortions Closes For Good http://wunc.org/post/durham-clinic-provides-abortions-closes-good <p>The Department of Health and Human Services found health code violations this summer at two North Carolina clinics that provide abortions. Now, one of them has closed for good, while the other has re-opened.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:13:24 +0000 Laura Candler 21431 at http://wunc.org Durham Clinic That Provides Abortions Closes For Good Durham Navy Veteran Celebrates His 100th Birthday http://wunc.org/post/durham-navy-veteran-celebrates-his-100th-birthday <p>Durham resident and Navy veteran Jerry Smith turns 100 years old on Tuesday, and he’ll have what is likely to be his biggest birthday bash yet. &nbsp;The North Carolina Executive Mansion is hosting a party for Mr. Smith to honor his service as a Navy Seabee during World War II. Attendees include Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, Senator Richard Burr, Rear Adm. Douglas Morton, as well as other Naval Commanders and Army Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 20:14:38 +0000 Laura Candler 21417 at http://wunc.org Durham Navy Veteran Celebrates His 100th Birthday