Local Interest
6:06 am
Wed December 13, 2006

Swamped: City Takes on Sewer's Most Troublesome Section

Wilmington, NC – Thick black mud squelches away from the treads of the city's recently-acquired swamp buggy as it jolts along the watery track use to keep an eye on several thousand feet of troubled sewer line near Hewlett's Creek.

In their now-daily patrols of the line, utilities workers have spotted woodpeckers, hawks, and myriad animal tracks back among the trees.

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Local Interest
11:41 am
Tue December 12, 2006

New Headquarters for Wilmington PD

Wilmington, NC – Construction on the new Wilmington Police headquarters is just about done.


The city says the $24-million building has come in under budget.


In January the police department will move from its Red Cross Street location to the new building on Bess Street. Police Chief Ralph Evangelous says the new headquarters will offer more for Wilmington's law enforcers.

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Local Interest
10:57 am
Tue December 12, 2006

Wilmington City Council Approves River Zoning

Wilmington, NC – The Wilmington City Council passed a uniform zoning plan last night for along the Cape Fear River.

The zoning plan known as the Riverfront Mixed Use District applies to riverfront property except for inside Wilmington's Central Business District.

If developers opt into the zoning plan they must fulfill certain requirements, including public access to the waterfront.

Critics of the plan, such as Residents of Old Wilmington President Alice Mitchell, object to height allowances of 15 stories.

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Local Interest
10:57 am
Tue December 12, 2006

Cape Fear Community College Heading for Surf City

Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College says it will open up a branch in Surf City next year.


The new Pender County branch will open in January and offer eleven courses.


Surf City mayor Zander Guy says right now coastal residents seeking community college classes have to drive to either Jacksonville or Wilmington.


Guy says plans are in the works to create a larger campus.


He says Surf City is now working on the bane of every college's existence - parking.

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Local Interest
10:55 am
Tue December 12, 2006

Indictment Pulled Against Former Deputy

Wilmington, NC – A revised indictment out of the clerk of courts office shows the foreman of the grand jury checked the wrong box when issuing an indictment of second-degree murder against a former New Hanover County Deputy.

Documents attached to the revised indictment show members of the grand jury called the foreman Monday night after watching media reports that former New Hanover County deputy Christopher Long had been indicted on second-degree murder.

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Local Interest
11:53 am
Mon December 11, 2006

Carpooling In Wilmington

Wilmington, NC – In an effort to get cars off the roads, the City of Wilmington has launched a project designed to get residents carpooling.

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Local Interest
11:48 am
Mon December 11, 2006

Replica Coming To Cape Fear River

Wilmington, NC – Plans for building a replica of a blockade runner ship could add a new tourist destination for Wilmington's downtown riverfront.

Cape Fear Community College is spearheading the effort. College spokesperson David Hardin says funding will come from private donors and federal grants.

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Local Interest
11:44 am
Mon December 11, 2006

US Airways Cut Prices Out Of ILM

Wilmington, NC – US Airways's national wave of price reductions has reached Wilmington.


Flyers heading out the ILM airport can take advantage of a permanent cut in ticket prices, effective immediately.


Chuck Allen, US Airways's Director of Corporate Affairs, says the airline's price cut in other parts of the nation have proved beneficial for both the flyer and airline.

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Local Interest
11:41 am
Mon December 11, 2006

Pearl Harbor Survivors

Wilmington, NC – Survivors of Pear Harbor from across southeastern North Carolina will converge onto Battleship Park this Pearl Harbor Day to mark the 65th anniversary of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.


Freelance military correspondent James Orzech sat down with event organizers who have a special link to this day.

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Local Interest
5:43 am
Mon December 11, 2006

Former Deputy Charged in Strickland Death

Wilmington, NC – A grand jury has indicted former New Hanover County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Long on charges of 2nd degree murder for the death of Peyton Strickland.

Long appeared in Superior Court in Wilmington Monday afternoon.

Long was part of an elite New Hanover County Sheriff's unit that teamed up with UNCW police to issue search-and-arrest warrants for Strickland December 1st. Strickland was shot and killed inside the doorway of his home.

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