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The royal visitors were at the beach to watch children aged 15 and under
taking part in the New South Wales Surf Life Saving Nippers’ club. The
children learn about surf safety and life-saving in between playing beach
games and having races in the sea.
Kate runs along the beach in her wedge heels (PA)
Around 12,000 people had packed the beach and the promenade above to see the
Duke and Duchess, giving them a huge reception when they arrived.
Naomi Flood, 28, a coach and Olympic kayaker who showed the Duke around, said:
“We talked about him surfing, and he said he is not very good. He said he
goes down to Cornwall and has done some surfing there, and a little bit in
Portugal, but he said he just flounders in the shallows.
“We talked about George being a bit messy and drooling everywhere.
“Kate is just beautiful, we saw the crowd erupt when she walked near to them.
They seem really normal people living in a totally different world to the
rest of us.
“He was concerned about the breakers we saw, a couple of the kids were getting
pummelled and I said it was trickier than usual.”
(Eddie Mulholland/The Telegraph)
Jean Hay, the mayor of Manly, showed the couple a picture from the local
paper, which had mocked up a photograph of Prince George surfing and had
printed a picture of the Duke and Duchess wearing surf caps.
She said: “They thought it was great. They laughed and said ‘Oh, look at him!’
We’re going to send them a copy of the picture.”
Mrs Hay also gave the couple the personalised age 8-12 surf board, with a
picture of the beach and the words “Greetings from Manly” on the front.
Jean Hay, the mayor of Manly, presents Kate and William with a gift of a
surfboard for Prince George (Getty Images)
She said: “I presented them with a surf board for George and said two of our
world champion surfers from Manly, Barton Lynch and Wayne Bartholomew, had
offered to give Prince George surfing lessons.
“The Duchess said ‘Oh good, we’re looking forward to being able to use it,
because we all love the water.”
The Duke delighted crowds lined up behind barriers on the beach by taking time
to go along both sides, shaking hands, posing for pictures and chatting to
as many people as possible. The Duchess, who kept her four-inch heels on
throughout her time on the beach, spent a short time shaking hands with a
small section of the crowd.
(Eddie Mulholland/The Telegraph)
Among those she spoke to was Jacob Eardwell, aged eight, from Manly, who was
with his mother Jen, originally from Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent.
Jen said: “She was asking him if he does Nippers, which he does, and she said
she and William would like to try it but they didn’t bring their swimmers.”
As the Duke met members of the Nippers club, he shook hands with dozens of the
children, telling them they had “freezing hands” because they had been in
Referring to his time playing water polo, he looked at the children’s
brightly-coloured surf caps and said: “I’ve got one just like that.”
(Eddie Mulholland/The Telegraph)
Grace Gurr, 13, from Manly, chatted to William. She said: “He told me he had
been surfing before and would love to try it here. He said if they lived
here he would definitely put George in life surfing club and he would be a
first aider on the water but would probably drown himself!”
Kara Blackley, 14, who spoke to the Duchess added: “She said she wished she
could have brought George as he would have loved it here, but he was asleep
when they left.”
Shannon Job, 26, who showed the Duchess around, is a former New South Wales
life-saving champion. He said: “She was fascinated by what was going on on
the beach and was particularly interested in hearing about the volunteering
aspect of what we do, how remarkable it is that so many members of the
community are involved.”
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ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. — A bridge closure in Onslow County could impact travel Wednesday night.
The N.C. Highway 210 bridge over the intracoastal waterway in north Topsail Beach will close from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday.
The Department of Transportation will perform maintenance on the bridge during the closure.
Drivers are advised to use N.C. Highway 172, U.S. Highway 172 and N.C. Highway 50 during the closure.
Capt. Chris Medlin reports that red drum are being caught on the shoals at Riches and Topsail inlets. Red drum are also being caught at the mouths of the creeks. Speckled trout are being caught inshore on Vudu shrimp. The black drum bit has also been consistent in the bays and creeks. Black bass are being caught nearshore along with some rock cod. Source: East Coast Sports.
Tex Grissom reports that red drum are being caught in the creeks and surf. Speckled trout are being caught from Rich’s inlet to New River. A few sea mullet and bluefish are being caught in the surf. Black sea bass are being caught from 18 miles and out. Source: Tex’s Tackle.
Captain Dennis Barbour reports that red drum and a few small flounder are being caught in the Bay areas. Sea mullet are starting to show up in the mouth of the Cape Fear River. The Gulf Stream bite is heating up: Josh Perry landed a 58-pound wahoo on Sunday, and Capt. Mike King Jr. and crew reported a big wahoo close to 80 pounds. Musicman reported a whopping 114-pound amberjack. Source: Island Tackle and Hardware.
Capt. Rick Croson reports that false albacore and plenty of black bass are being caught in the nearshore waters. Trolling in the Gulf Stream is producing catches of wahoo, scattered mahi and blackfin tuna. Jigging has been very good for African pompano and amberjacks and some blackfin tuna. Using poppers continues to be the highlight, with large blackfin tuna and a few wahoo being caught on large poppers. Source: Living Waters Guide Service.
LOWER BRUNSWICK COUNTY
Capt. Brant McMullan reports that wahoo and blackfin tuna fishing has been good along the edge of the Gulf Stream. Some king mackerel are being caught in the 66-70 degree water which typically is in 90-120 feet and around the vicinity of Frying Pan Tower. Black bass fishing has been good in the 50-80 foot depth range. Source: Ocean Isle Fishing Center.
RALEIGH — ATT will build high-speed broadband infrastructure in the Triangle, the City of Raleigh announced Wednesday.
The agreement is not exclusive, meaning other providers could use the infrastructure to enhance their high-speed internet services.
“This collaborative effort positions the region to advance in innovative ways we have yet to imagine,” said Gail M. Roper, chief information and community relations officer for the City of Raleigh.
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the men responsible for a home invasion in Jacksonville Tuesday.
Two people who were inside a home on Rocky Run Road said two men wearing masks tied them up, held them at gunpoint, ransacked the house and demanded prescription medications and money.
The victims weren’t injured.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s office at 910-455-3113.
CHARLOTTE — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested four men and a juvenile for two robberies in east Charlotte.
Gabriyel Abdullah, Israel Williams, Jabril Forth-Ward, Jaried Mozee and the teenager are all charged with common law robbery and conspiracy.
On Sunday night, a victim reported that he had been assaulted on Idlewild Road. He said the suspects took his cell phone. A short time later, a second victim reported being assaulted and robbed on Independence Boulevard.
Police say they are still investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
White supremacist Frazier Glenn Cross, once known in these parts as Glenn Miller, provided my Indiana family with a bracing “welcome to the South” when we moved to Raleigh in the early ’80s. While it didn’t take long to see that North Carolina as a whole was a delightful place to live, full of diverse and accepting people, reading about this nightmare of a man and his local ilk was a lesson in the lingering existence of hardcore, out-in-the-open activist racism.
On my first drive down to Topsail Island (the old way, through Johnston County,) I was astonished to see a gigantic billboard advertising the local chapter of the KKK. As I was growing up in southern Indiana, the Klan was so surreptitious in its doings that it existed – at least for my classmates and me – as dark rumor.
After seeing the billboard, I began to take notice of stories about the activities of this chapter of the Klan, known first as the Carolina Knights and later as the Confederate Knights, and their founder and leader Glenn Miller. I followed their progress with quiet alarm as they took on an even more radical bent, calling themselves the White Patriot Party and training themselves for armed conflict.
In 1985, when my new husband and I formed a support group for interracial families, we were earnestly warned to beware of these men. When our group was profiled in a story in The News Observer, I witnessed a chilling apprehensiveness among sympathetic local folks about our high profile.
Miller/Cross has engaged in a terrifying brand of racist activism since the late ’70s. He participated then in a Klan protest of a Communist Worker’s Party march in Greensboro, at which five CWP members were shot to death. Since then he has waged a relentless, aggressive, unabashedly violent campaign to destroy any segment of the population not white and Christian. His efforts continued full throttle until Sunday, when he was arrested after madness was unleashed in Kansas City. My heart sank when I saw the story. These shootings were almost inevitable.
But an evaluation of how Miller might have been thwarted requires judicious consideration of the balance between one citizen’s personal liberty and other citizens’ personal safety. Are there constitutionally sound, broad and legal sanctions that might have been levied upon Miller to hinder him during his decades of menace and prevent what happened Sunday? It’s a complicated question, but we must learn to answer it better than we have.
Miller has frequently operated well outside the protections of free speech. Some will remember that he successfully endeavored to spirit weaponry off the Army base at Fort Bragg to support militia-style training of White Patriot Party members. He has been sued for harassment and intimidation and has served time in federal prison for weapons and explosives crimes. But the criminal justice system’s hit-or-miss efforts to rein him in have never seemed to coalesce.
Our country has to find a way to deter an individual so explicitly eager to cause others deadly harm.
News stories have described confusion on the part of a nephew of Miller about what might have prompted these three murders. The nephew wondered whether the lethal violence was triggered by some personal upset, perhaps involving an insult, excessive drinking or a loss of money. It isn’t this nephew’s responsibility to provide answers, of course. But it is surprising to read that any relative of Frazier Glenn Miller/Cross would be puzzled by this materialization of Miller’s long-held ambitions. A glaring feature of this devastating act is that it was entirely predictable.
Julie Boler is a freelance writer in Raleigh.
CHARLOTTE — A truck collided with a train near uptown Charlotte Wednesday.
It happened on West Summit Avenue off of Morehead Street. The driver was put in an ambulance but was conscious and alert.
Norfolk Southern Corporation is investigating.
RALEIGH—The USDA confirms North Carolina has successfully met requirements to reduce the number of pending food stamp applications and re-certifications.
The USDA acknowledged the Department of Health and Human Services is in compliance with federal timeliness guidelines.
Secretary Aldona Wos released a statement:
“I offer a sincere thank you to the state and county staff for their outstanding work and dedication, and I look forward to continuing our joint efforts to sustain timely processing of food stamp cases.”
On Capital Tonight: We talk with Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate Sean Haugh about why he’s running. Pollsters Tom Jensen and Pearce Godwin break down the latest numbers in the U.S. Senate race in our Advocates segment.