Local Interest
8:10 am
Mon August 28, 2006

"Bent But Not Broken" in Biloxi

\"Bent But Not Broken\"

Wilmington, NC – Two block from the Gulf of Mexico, dozens of volunteers pile into First United Methodist Church. Wilmington resident Murrie Lee is one of the volunteers, he's on his 6th mission trip to Biloxi.

Like most people, Lee watched Hurricane Katrina devastate the region on his TV set, and sitting in a quiet corner of the church sanctuary, he tells of how he felt an immediate need to be useful.

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Local Interest
4:50 am
Mon August 28, 2006

Sewer Repairs Come with Big Price Tag

Wilmington, NC – The study found nearly 7,000 feet of sewer line that need to be replaced or repaired in the next five years. The assessment also stressed the need to replace air valves, improve two pumping stations on the line, and modify the corrosion control system.


J. Chris Ford, an engineer who presented study results to the City council, says the types of problems facing the northeast interceptor are not uncommon in other systems of its size.

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Thursday Commentary
3:22 pm
Sun August 27, 2006

Lessons Learned?

NOAA

It has been one year since the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, and commentator Andy Wood wonders if we have learned enough from the experience.

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

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Local Interest
8:09 am
Sun August 27, 2006

Ghost Busting After Hurricane Katrina

A street in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward.

Wilmington, NC – Before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was one of the most haunted cities in the country. Shawna Keeney checks in with some regular ghost chasers who are monitoring the haunted Big Easy.

Shawna Kenney is a freelance writer and producer who is currently a graduate student in UNCW's Creative Writing program.

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Local Interest
5:55 am
Fri August 25, 2006

City's Fire Department Assessment A Mixed Bag

Wilmington, NC – The Wilmington Fire Department has the equipment and manpower, but lacks training and support staff. That's the finding of an outside assessment commissioned by the city.


Recommendations include boosting the number of training captains from one to four or five, and hiring an I-T person.
It also recommends fixing safety issues at some of the older firehouses.


Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says city staff will comb through the 207-page report and prioritize recommendation.

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Thursday Commentary
2:09 pm
Thu August 24, 2006

Architecture's Inconvenient Truth

Commenator and architect Charles Boney turns from buildings to building policy when he speaks about global warming.

Charles Boney and his family live in historic downtown Wilmington.

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Local Interest
3:51 am
Thu August 24, 2006

Fido Gets His Own Park

Wilmington, NC – Thursday was the official grand opening of Wilmington's first off-leash dog park.


A private citizen group teamed up with the city to make the two acre stretch of fenced in park a reality at Empie Park. Small dogs and big dogs each have their own areas to run free, and there are water facilities and seating.


The city says Empie Park's new off-leash dog park, and Kure Beach, are now the only two places in the immediate area where dogs can romp free from their masters.

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Local Interest
1:24 am
Thu August 24, 2006

Drug Arrests on Castle Street

Chief Evangelous exhibits the AK-47 seized in the arrests.

Wilmington, NC – Neighborhood complaints tipped off police to keep an eye on a Castle Street clothing store called "X-Slave Fashions."

Police say that after witnessing what they thought was a drug deal in front of the store, officers arrested the owner and three others.

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous credits old-fashioned, boots-on-the-street policing for the bust.

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Local Interest
12:22 am
Thu August 24, 2006

The 411 On Robeson County's 211

Wilmington, NC – Robeson County is gearing up to launch the first 211 information number east of I-95.


Robeson County commissioners signed off on the phone line this week. The number will deliver information on such topics as where to get flu shots, severe weather and social services.


United Way of Robeson County Director Sandra Oliver says there is a strong need for the 211 line.

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Thursday Commentary
2:27 pm
Tue August 22, 2006

Science Project for Students With a Green Thumb

Parents, as you're helping with those final summer reading projects and preparing to pack those school lunches, gardening commentator Barbara Sullivan is here to take the terror out of one assignment.

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

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