Disabled Man To Get $40,000 Worth Of Crab Traps

A state program has bought nearly $40,000 worth of crab traps to help a hearing-impaired man start a crabbing business on the coast of North Carolina.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services approved the purchase as part
of a program that helps people with mental and physical disabilities get jobs and live independently.

North Carolina Senate minority leader Phil Berger criticized the purchase as wasteful.

Federal money will be used to buy 39-year-old Dewayne Blackburn of Belhaven about 1,100 crab pots to start his business.

Blackburn said memories of crabbing with this father inspired him to take to the sea.


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  • by know him Location: belhaven on Jul 21, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    This man wants every thing given to him. He might work one season. He sold his pots last year tried to sell his boat. This is a big joke. Don't think he will do good on the water out here. All the crabbers know him and what he is.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jul 20, 2009 at 05:30 AM
    Is this guy going to pay the money back? I can remember when the state gave certain indivudals a river ox boat with motor and nets to earn a living and when the time limit ran out most sold the equipment and pocketed the money. They did not start a new career. Another program startred by Do Gooders that don't know what is happening in the real world,
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jul 20, 2009 at 05:26 AM
    Looks like this guy knows who to talk to like the Easleys.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    who is the william stsotesbeery from Swan Quarter who crabs 1100/1500 pots a day and cleared 347,000 after expense last year some body is full of bull
  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    i would like to know who william stotesberry is and how he catches 8000 to10000 crabs per day abd made 347,000 last year boy somebody is really stretching the truth
  • by Nana Location: Greenville on Jul 19, 2009 at 08:35 AM
    I would really love to see Minority Leader Phil Berger and other legislators come up with some jobs for people with disabilities since even without a recession some employers don't want to hire people w/ disabilities. He criticizes this program even though it is federal money putting this guy to work which is good for the economy and supports local business in NC instead of importing. If taxpayers and leaders want to criticize programs that put people to work, how will they live w/out working? A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THOSE BUSINESSES WHO CAN SEE BEYOND THEMSELVES AND DO HIRE INDIVIDUALS W/ DISABILITIES.
  • by Tommy Payne Location: On the hill fosters creek on Jul 19, 2009 at 05:26 AM
    Looks like the pots would have been bought for a full time fisherman like myself,The part timers only set when the crabs are thick,and the full time fishermen have to stay set when theres nothing cause we have no other jobs,But im not worried i havent bought pots in years and still have enough to crab everyday,I even have pots on the hill now with no boeys on them..
  • by Lonnie Location: Greenville on Jul 19, 2009 at 04:56 AM
    I am speechless,just speechless.I just want to give up and become a ROAD WALKER.
  • by Tony Location: GVegas on Jul 18, 2009 at 10:01 PM
    Wish the state would hook me up with some crab pots,or just the 40k
  • by BL Location: Beaufort Co. on Jul 18, 2009 at 09:50 PM
    Its funny how the state can cut teachers and other state employees, but they can give a man money for some d*** traps!!!
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