Local Interest
12:32 am
Thu January 4, 2007

New Saltwater Fishing License Goes into Effect

Wilmington, NC – Drop a fishing line in North Carolina's coastal waters, and you'd better be carrying one of the state's new fishing licenses.

More than 3,600 people have bought the fishing licenses since the first of the year, when the licenses both went on sale, and became mandatory for any fishing in the state's coastal waters.

However, Nancy Fish of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries says the state won't start handing out tickets until they're sure fishermen have had a chance to hear about the program.

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Local Interest
4:15 am
Wed January 3, 2007

Arrest Made in Store Clerk Murder

Sherod Bernard Johnson

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington Police say a teenaged suspect is in custody for the murder of a Wilmington store clerk.


Police say 18-year-old Sherod Bernard Johnson was arrested Tuesday night in New York City for last month's murder of Mohammad Abdelhamid at a grocery store in Wilmington's historic district.


The victim's brother, Feras Abdelhamid says he's relieved that there's a suspect in custody.

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Local Interest
1:09 am
Wed January 3, 2007

Robeson County Plans Ethanol Plant

Wilmington, NC – The County wants to build a $1.1 million methane collection system at the landfill outside of Saint Pauls, and then use the gas to power a privately-owned ethanol production plant.

The county would receive 6-percent of the plant's profits.

County Comissioners met Tuesday night to approve proposed plans for the plant. A final vote on the project is expected next month.

County Manager Ken Windley believes the facility, if approved, is still more than a year away from reality.

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Local Interest
1:03 am
Tue January 2, 2007

Greener Golfing

Wilmington, NC – North Carolina is part of a trend in southern states of making golf courses more environmentally friendly.


Audubon International has certified nearly 600 golf courses across the country that have taken steps to enhance wildlife habitat and reduce the amount of water and chemicals used for maintenance.


There are currently 18 certified golf courses in North Carolina, including the Carolina National Golf Club in Bolivia and St. James Plantation in Southport.

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Local Interest
7:46 am
Fri December 29, 2006

New Hanover County's New Seal

Wilmington, NC – New Hanover County officials are planning to roll out a new county seal in 2007.

The county's current seal shows a large, docked ship with the words imports, exports, industry. There are no records indicating why it became the county seal in 1945, and whether the ship represents the port, the Battleship North Carolina or a World War Two liberty ship.

Chairman of the New Hanover County Commissioners Bill Caster says the clock tower at the historic county courthouse will serve as a better county logo.

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Local Interest
5:59 am
Thu December 28, 2006

Year-in-Review: Flooding

Highway 87 flooded by the Northeast Cape Fear.

Wilmington, NC – Audio is of National Weather Service meteorologist Ron Steve describing our region's rainfall patterns through 2006 and looking ahead to 2007.

Although this year was only slightly wetter than usual in Southeastern North Carolina, a burst of fall storms pushed some rivers over their banks.

The region stayed very dry last winter and spring, with some areas receiving less than half their average rainfall.

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Local Interest
11:30 am
Wed December 27, 2006

Year-in-Review: Wilmington's Sewers

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington ran a race against time with its sewer system this year.

A 60,000 gallon spill off Warlick Drive in February caused the State Division of Water Quality to place a moratorium on new sewer hook-ups to the Northeast Interceptor line, although many developers rushed to submit their applications before the ban took effect.

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Local Interest
10:05 am
Wed December 27, 2006

End Of The Road

Wilmington, NC – While many Wilmington residents dream of traveling roads with fewer cars, one New Hanover County businessman is looking for a way to bring more traffic to his once bustling road.

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Local Interest
3:57 am
Wed December 27, 2006

Brunswick County Realtor Dies

Wilmington, NC – Brunswick County realtor and political candidate Allan Dameron has died.


Dameron was a North Carolina native who served on the board of the N.C Turnpike Authority and N.C. Real Estate Commission.


Dameron worked his way through Guilford College working for the North Carolina prison system. This past fall he ran against Republican Bonner Stiller in the 17th District House race.

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Local Interest
1:23 am
Wed December 27, 2006

CFCC Sets Sights On New Ship

Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College says it plans on spending the 2007 legislative session lobbying for a brand new research vessel.

The college not only sends its students out to sea on the research ship the R.V. Dan Moore, but it also charters the ship out to research groups.

Jason Roberts is Chair of the Marine Technology Department. He says the legislature has already funded designs to replace the 40-year-old vessel and now the college needs money to build a new ship.

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