Local Interest
5:37 am
Wed October 4, 2006

Body Floating in Cape Fear River Identified

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington Police say they have identified the man found dead last week floating in the Cape Fear River.


Police say the man is 46-year-old Terry Anthony Wilson of Raleigh.


They say a relative living outside the area saw a news story seeking Wilson's identity, and police made a positive I.D. late last night.


Sgt. Warren Kennedy with the Wilmington Police Department says police still don't know why Wilson was in Wilmington.

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Local Interest
4:50 am
Wed October 4, 2006

The Last Sounds of Myrtle Beach's Pavilion

Wilmington, NC – Last Saturday was the last day to ride the Hurricane or eat cotton candy and popcorn at the Pavilion in Myrtle Beach.


The 58-year-old amusement park turned out the lights, making way for a new development on the Grand Strand. WHQR freelance producer Joel Fernando was there for the last ride, and has this audio postcard of what is now just a memory.

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Local Interest
4:42 am
Wed October 4, 2006

Wilmington Great Place to Retire, Says Magazine

Wilmington, NC – The October 2nd edition of U.S. News and World Report highlights Wilmington as a place where seniors are coming to retire.

Under the subtitle The Graying of America the article focuses on Wilmington's growing 50+ population.

The article says Wilmington has something called street corner strange. That's the arty vibe given to a town by its arts community.

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Local Interest
11:10 am
Tue October 3, 2006

City Allows Alcohol at Riverfront Events

There may be real grog in the tankards by next year's Riverfest.

Wilmington, NC – The city's adding some adult flavor to events along Wilmington's waterfront.

The City Council approved a new policy Tuesday night to allow special events to sell alcohol in Riverfront Park between Market and Princess streets.

Events have to apply for a permit and pay a fee. The policy stipulates that any money raised from alcohol sales must go to non-profit groups.

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Local Interest
10:23 am
Tue October 3, 2006

Arts Groups Get New Homes

Saint Andrew's church, future home of the Brooklyn Arts Center.

Wilmington, NC –
Railroad Museum On the Move

Moving plans for the Railroad Museum are on are a roll.

Tuesday's City Council meeting benefited both the Wilmington Railroad Museum and the Brooklyn Arts Center, with the council approving a lease for one and a property transfer for the other.

Lease approval means the Railroad Museum is on course to take up residence in the old Atlantic Coastline Railroad's 'Warehouse B,' which the city purchased earlier this year for that purpose.

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Local Interest
2:51 am
Tue October 3, 2006

School Redistricting Redux

New Hanover County Schools' most current redistricting map.

Wilmington, NC – Angry parents addressed the Board's October meeting, saying they were frustrated to learn through the district's website that their neighborhood school assignments had changed.

The complicated course to the current school boundaries started at a work session in June, when the School Board adopted a redistricting plan that would send most elementary students in New Hanover County to the school nearest their house.

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Local Interest
11:56 am
Mon October 2, 2006

Fighting the "Road Stub"

The road stub outside Ellis McElroy's home in the Beck Woods community.

Wilmington, NC – New Hanover County Commissioners are scheduled to make a decision tonight on whether a current road stub can be turned into an actual road paving the way for a new development called Nautical Greens.

Protesting the road are residents who say they've been promised that it would never be made a promise that alleviated their concerns about future traffic and prompted them to build even closer to where the road could now travel.

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Local Interest
5:15 am
Mon October 2, 2006

Topsail Beach Lands Grant for Marina

Wilmington, NC – The town of Topsail Beach received nearly $300,000 from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund to help purchase the town's marina and boat ramp.


In all, Topsail Beach has received $800,000 in grants to buy the property, which carries a $2.25 million price tag.


Located on the old Bush Marina property, the marina offers ten boat slips and a public ramp.


Topsail Beach Town Manager Jim Carter says maintaining public access to the water is a top priority.

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Thursday Commentary
2:01 pm
Fri September 29, 2006

Say It Ain't So

Sometimes our information pool is polluted by misinformation, and what you think you know, just isn't so, says commentator Nan Graham

Wilmington, NC – Nan Graham's In A Magnolia Minute is available in bookstores or online at www.nangraham.com.

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Local Interest
5:13 am
Fri September 29, 2006

The Last Ride At The Pavillion

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Wilmington, NC – The Myrtle Beach Pavilion, an amusement park that has entertained the public for nearly five decades, will be turning off the lights to make room for new development.


Tim Rudy, an executive with the company that owns the park, says Saturday is the final chance to be amused at the Pavilion in what will aptly be called The Last Ride Experience.


Rudy says the Pavilion's shutting down because it was no longer making money.

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