Firearms and archery enthusiasts in the southwestern Piedmont section of North Carolina now have a nearby place to go and practice marksmanship.
The new Foothills Public Shooting Complex is schedule to open for use Wednesday following a public ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon on Tuesday.
Funded and built jointly by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Cleveland County, the expansive $3 million range is located at 283 Fielding Road in Cherryville. The National Rifle Association donated $25,000 to the project.
The facility has a 250-yard rifle range, five 50-yard pistol ranges, two skeet/trap fields and a 3D archery course. There’s a $10 daily fee to shoot at the complex.
Cleveland County provided the property for the facility and refurbished an existing house as its headquarters. A separate structure was built for concessions and restrooms. The county will handle routine maintenance of the site and be responsible for its day-to-day operations.
Hours through October are 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Hours on Sundays are 1:30-4:30 p.m. The complex will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Observer News Services
▪ Approximately 70 wounded warriors and disabled veterans will be treated to fishing Thursday at Lake Norman. Area anglers are donating their fishing expertise and boats to guide the military service personnel in a “Top Shelf Fishing Festival” program started last year by Operation North State founder Terry Snyder of Winston-Salem. Weigh-in time at Pinnacle Access Area off Highway 150 west of Mooresville is 3 p.m., and the public is invited to observe. A dinner for the participants in the festival is to follow at a local church. Five more similar outings are planned, starting at Badin Lake on April 28. Tom Higgins
▪ For the first time in the 37-year history of the Lake Norman Shrine Club’s recent Dogwood Bass Tournament at Lake Norman the catch produced a tie for first place. The teams of Tony Shook and Danny Sigmon weighed in five bass scaling 18.01 pounds. So did Dean Swaim and Paul Bradshaw. Shook and Sigmon won the tiebreaker by having the biggest bass, a largemouth of 7.03 pounds, and collected the $2,500 first prize. The runnerup duo won $1,000. David and Gerald Williams took third place with 17.06 pounds and collected $250. The largest single bass boated weighed 7.07 pounds and won $850 for Michael Daugherty and Marc Grigg. Eighty-five two-person teams participated, enabling the Shriners to raise $10,000 for their Childrens Hospitals program. TH
▪ The ongoing effort to restore quail populations in South Carolina just received a boost through a new website, www.scbobwhites.org. It will serve as a clearinghouse for information in an initiative to return the numbers of the popular game birds to a level of the early 1980s.
▪ John Horton, for several years a popular manager at Georgetown Landing Marina on the S.C. coast, is leaving for a new job. He’ll be succeeded, starting in May, by Drew Samtmann, a former dock master at the marina located on the IntraCoastal Waterway.
Catches of the week
▪ Speckled trout of 7 and 4 pounds in waters near Ocean Isle by local angler Clay Morphis. The fish struck a 3 1/2-inch artificial Vudu shrimp in a gold flake pattern.
▪ Blackfin tuna of 25 and 24 pounds off Hatteras Village by Leandra Hobson of Statesville. Michael Hobson boated a 22-pounder and a 5-pound porgy, or silver snapper.
▪ A haul of 28 blackfin tuna, seven dolphin and a wahoo off Georgetown, S.C., by a party fishing with owner Earle Atkinson and skipper Ed Kellin aboard the private boat Earl-E-Bird.
▪ A mixed limit of five largemouth and spotted bass, all weighing 4 to 5 pounds, at Lake Norman by Jeff Mackey.
▪ A 7 1/2-pound largemouth bass at Union County’s Lake Lee by Willie Smith of Monroe.