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Tobs ready for season

WILSON -- The Wilson Tobs Baseball Club, in cooperation with the North Carolina government and health officials, are making changes to Historic Fleming Stadium operations.

The Tobs' season will feature a shortened Coastal Plain League schedule beginning today and running through August 13.

In accordance with phase two of North Carolina's COVID-19 response plan and effective immediately, Wilson Tobs' home games are now closed to the general public until otherwise stated. Wilson Tobs baseball games will continue to occur throughout Phase Two.

Historic Fleming Stadium will re-open to the general public when North Carolina enters the next phase of its COVID-19 response.

The next phase will allow for a higher capacity in outdoor sporting venues. The Wilson Tobs will regularly update the community regarding attendance capacity.

The only persons allowed in the ballpark for home games during Phase Two will be competing teams, staff and select individuals.

All persons entering Historic Fleming Stadium will be required to wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth to gain entry per government regulation.

Anyone arriving without their own personal mask will be provided a disposable mask.

Social distancing guidelines as put forth by the Center for Disease Control will be strictly enforced. Hand sanitation stations will also be located throughout the ballpark.

Tobs' games will still be available to view online through a paid subscription service at cplbaseball.tv.

NCWC CAMP: The 2020 North Carolina Wesleyan College Summer Volleyball Camp, which was scheduled for July 7-9, is going to be canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Head Volleyball Coach Vicky Gentile will be reaching out to those of you that have already registered.

For more information, contact Coach Gentile at vgentile@ncwc.edu or 252-985-5207.

FISHING: On July 4, anyone in North Carolina, regardless of age, can enjoy one of the state's best outdoor activities for free.

Free Fishing Day, which runs from 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., offers residents and out-of-state visitors the opportunity to fish without having to purchase a license; however, all other fishing regulations apply, such as length and daily possession limits, as well as bait and tackle restrictions.

Authorized by the N.C. General Assembly in 1994 and sponsored by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina's annual free fishing day, which always falls on July 4, was created to promote the sport of fishing.

To give anglers a better chance of catching fish, the Commission stocks a variety of fish in waters across the state -- including trout and channel catfish.

The agency also provides access to fishing sites across the state, including public fishing areas and boating access areas.

The interactive fishing and boating maps on the Commission's website list more than 500 fishing and boating areas, many of which are free, that are open to the public.

Many of the boating areas likely will be crowded over the busy holiday weekend, so the Commission urges boaters to be patient, courteous and follow the boating etiquette tips below:

-Realize that parking lots will be crowded. Be patient and remain calm until an open parking space is available
-Wait your turn in the launch line. Get in line without block or cutting off others
-If possible, park your vehicle and trailer while someone moves the boat away from the ramp
-Also if possible, have someone move the boat away from the ramp while you retrieve your vehicle and trailer
-Observe no-wake zones and be cautious

Also, because of COVID-19, the Commission recommends maintaining a social distance of at least 6 feet between you and others while on the boat ramp, on beaches or islands, or when rafting up with other boaters. Read more social distancing while boating safety tips.


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