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1:32 am
Mon July 17, 2006

Wilmington Carpool Program Gets State Funds

Wilmington, NC – A program promoting carpooling in Wilmington will get thousands of dollars from the state to encourage alternative forms of transportation.


With the help of new state funding, Wilmington Cape Fear Breeze program hopes to get more drivers using alternative transportation.


Breeze coordinator Lawless Bean says the program has a comprehensive website offering a carpool database.

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Local Interest
1:26 am
Mon July 17, 2006

Wrightsville Litter Crackdown

Wilmington, NC – Police at Wrightsville Beach are cracked down on littering and drinking alcohol on the beach.


Town officials past measures last week giving police authority to make random sweeps to enforce littering laws and check for alcohol consumption, which is prohibited on the beach.


Town manager Bob Simpson calls excessive littering a brewing problem that came to a boil after the 4th of July weekend.

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Thursday Commentary
12:31 pm
Sun July 16, 2006

The Visiting Orchard Spider

About two weeks ago, commentator Andy Wood had a small yet very colorful spider take up residence right outside his front door.

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

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Local Interest
6:31 am
Fri July 14, 2006

Ready Reserve Ships Leave Region

The Cape Lambert is left without its twin.

Wilmington, NC – The U.S. Maritime Administration retired the two ships. The Cape Lobos left the region Friday. The Cape Lambert will follow in early August.

The ships are part of the government's Ready Reserve fleet. They're known as roll-on, roll-off' vessels: ramps in the stern allow them to load and unload vehicles. But the ships can't handle the latest generation of tanks. Instead of upgrading, they're going into retirement in Beaufort, Texas. The ships may still be called up for emergencies.

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Local Interest
1:44 am
Thu July 13, 2006

Pender County Sheriffs Get Jet Ski

Wilmington, NC – The Pender County Sheriff's Department has landed a water patrol vessel on loan to boost patrols on county waterways.


For the next four months deputies will be able to pull out the Jet Ski for law enforcement during busy weekends.


Major Keith Hinkle with the Pender County Sheriff's Department says the department usually turns to coastal law enforcement and Pender County Rescue squads during emergencies and sometimes on deputies' grab their own boats.

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Local Interest
1:41 am
Thu July 13, 2006

O.K. To Swim in Cape Fear River

Wilmington, NC – The state has lifted its swimming advisory for a stretch of the Cape Fear River.

The Division of Water Quality issued a swimming advisory a week ago for the Cape Fear River from Wilmington to Keg Island.


The advisory came after a sewer pipe broke in Wilmington near the river. All in all nearly 4.8 million gallons of wastewater spilled from the River Road sewage pipe, half of that into the Cape Fear River.

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Monday Commentary
2:26 pm
Wed July 12, 2006

Music of the Seas - the Cape Fear Conch Band

Band practice

Island music is a staple of summer concerts around here, but one local band is taking more than their inspiration from the ocean; it's also the source of their instruments. WHQR's Megan Williams has more.

Wrightsville Beach, NC – For possibly thousands of years, the bellowing blast of the conch shell has traveled across warm ocean waters around the world, opening religious ceremonies and signaling fishermen returning home with their catch.

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Local Interest
3:11 am
Wed July 12, 2006

Wilmington Swears in New Mayor, Councilman

Councilman J.C. Hearne, being sworn in by Judge Criner.

Wilmington, NC – The crowd filled every available space in the Council chambers, and lined the balcony. Everyone from family members to aggrieved firefighters turned out for the transfer of power at last night's City Council meeting.

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Local Interest
11:51 am
Mon July 10, 2006

Mayor Broadhurst Prepares to Pass the Gavel

Wilmington, NC – Broadhurst's two-and-a-half years as mayor officially come to an end at tonight's City Council meeting. Looking to the future, Broadhurst said he expects the council to continue functioning efficiently, and not just in terms of shorter council meetings.

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Thursday Commentary
10:13 am
Mon July 10, 2006

The Venerable, and Varied, Palm Tree

Garden commentator Barbara Sullivan contemplates a tree familiar to coastal North Carolina... but with a much longer history.

Barbara Sullivan lives and gardens in historic downtown Wilmington.

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