03/22/04 — Price named Sportsman of the Year

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Price named Sportsman of the Year

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on March 22, 2004 1:57 PM

Gene Price, editor emeritus of the Goldsboro News-Argus, was honored Saturday by the N.C. Wildlife Federation.

Price was named the Sportsman of the Year, which is among the Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards. The presentation was made at the North Raleigh Hilton.

Price was recognized for being a long-time member of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and was instrumental in creating the commission's public outreach section.

Price also writes columns and editorials for the News-Argus. Some of his writings were highlighted at the awards ceremony:

"As an asthmatic child of the Depression, I grew up on the lower fringes of the Great Dismal Swamp. My boyhood was spent hunting, trapping, fishing, exploring and camping along the banks and swamps of Knobb's Creek. My heroes were Theodore Roosevelt and the Deerslayer and Last of the Mohicans portrayed in James Fenimore Cooper's 'Leather Stocking Tales.'

"Though now 'long of tooth,' I sense their presence even today when I awake in the morning at my camp on Goose Creek Island, marveling at the dew sparkling like diamonds on the grass, the sunrise symphony of the awakening birds, the silhouette of a deer standing at the edge of the marsh, and the stillness and closeness of the great outdoors.

"As a youngster, I often found myself looking at the world that surrounded me -- the forests and fields, the creek and its swamps -- and breathing: 'I wish this day could last forever.'

"No day does, of course. And neither can the forests and the swamps and the purity of the streams and the creatures, large and small that dwell within them without our involvement. And that's our abiding challenge, our responsibility -- and our great opportunity."