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Thursday Commentary
11:07 am
Tue August 1, 2006

Up, Up and Away!

It's one thing to fly a kite. But as commentator Ede Baldridge discovered, it's something else to hang on to the kite and fly with it.

Wilmington, NC – Ede Baldridge writes about memorable people and places in the southeast.

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Local Interest
12:48 am
Tue August 1, 2006

Online Petition to Save N.C. Piers

Wilmington, NC – An online petition is calling on state officials to get involved in efforts to preserve public saltwater fishing piers in North Carolina.


Paul Graham, co-sponsor of the petition, says private pier owners are plagued by hurricane risks and financial difficulties, and many are scrambling to sell.


Graham says the fishing piers are very important to him and to many long-time beachgoers, and it would be a shame to lose such a valuable part of North Carolina's coastal culture.

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Local Interest
12:45 am
Tue August 1, 2006

New State Prison in Columbus County

Wilmington, NC – Construction is under way in Columbus County on a new state prison.


The maximum-security prison is going up near Tabor City and will hold 992 cells.


Crews cleared the site last summer and a construction started back in June. John Harris is the senior project manager for Centex Construction, he says it's going to take thousands of workers to build the prison, most of them local.

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Thursday Commentary
12:16 pm
Mon July 31, 2006

Bird Watching Near Sunset Beach

Last week commentator Andy Wood took a trip to Brunswick County with his son Robin and his son's friend Aaron in search of a rare bird that has been hanging around the marshes behind Sunset Beach.

Wilmington, NC – Andy Wood is education director for Audubon North Carolina.

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Local Interest
4:30 am
Mon July 31, 2006

Building Boats on the Cape Fear

Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College is kicking off its seventh annual Wooden Boat Festival Friday in downtown Wilmington.

Tom Forrester may be over eighty and overheated, but the local woodwork enthusiast doesn't let that slow him down.

Forrester is happy to put in the hours at the riverside workshop where he's getting his exhibit ready for this weekend's festival.

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Local Interest
12:14 am
Mon July 31, 2006

UNCW Under the Sea and on Capitol Hill

Wilmington, NC – Less work on beach erosion, more on ocean exploration. That will be the shift if the Undersea Research Center at UNC-Wilmington is successful in lobbying congress.


UNCW's Undersea Research Center is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.


A bill currently before congress could combine NOAA's undersea research with its ocean exploration program.

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Local Interest
11:04 am
Fri July 28, 2006

Cellphone Bill Hard to Enforce, Says NCHP

Wilmington, NC – State lawmakers are attempting to crack down on cell phone use in the car, but some traffic officials say the bill would be difficult to enforce.


A new bill prohibiting teens from chatting on cell phones behind the wheel contains a loophole allowing some calls. Lieutenant Everett Clendenin of the North Carolina Highway Patrol says such loopholes would make issuing citations difficult.

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Local Interest
11:01 am
Fri July 28, 2006

New Hanover County GOP Picks Its Candidates

Wilmington, NC – New Hanover County Republicans now have their candidates for two open races for the North Carolina legislature.

The New Hanover County GOP tapped Wilmington dentist Al Roseman for the 9th Senate District race.

In a 25 to 20 vote, voting members of the New Hanover County republican party chose Wilmington dentist Al Roseman over retired banker Beth Dawson to take on incumbent Julia Boseman.

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Thursday Commentary
12:57 pm
Thu July 27, 2006

Saving the Chadbourn House

Architect and commentator Charles Boney tells a story about $50.

Wilmington, NC – Charles Boney and his family are happy to live in the historic district of downtown Wilmington.

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Thursday Commentary
2:37 pm
Wed July 26, 2006

War With The Mosquitoes

In her gardening commentary for this week, Barbara Sullivan talks about her war with the mosquito.

Wilmington, NC – Barbara Sullivan lives and gardens in historic downtown Wilmington.

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