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11:06 am
Thu November 30, 2006

The Fate of Riseley Pier

Wilmington, NC – Hurricane Ophelia last year blew away Camp Lejeune's Riseley Pier, and now officials at the base have put plans to rebuild the pier on the back burner.


The wooden pier was rebuilt once before in the in 1980's. And Camp Lejeune spokesperson Craig Thomas says when bids came in at around $3-million to rebuild it a second time, the costs knocked the project down the priority list.

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Local Interest
4:26 am
Thu November 30, 2006

Fixing Up Wilmington's MLK Center

Wilmington, NC – The city of Wilmington is moving ahead with plans to refurbish the Martin Luther King Center in downtown.


Part of the parks and recreation bond passed last May gives the city $600,000 dollars to modernize the building and bring it up to ADA compliance.


Tara Duckworth with Wilmington's Parks and Recreation says the plan is to open up small rooms to make more space for senior and after school programs.

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Local Interest
4:31 am
Wed November 29, 2006

Second Crest Heading Down Cape Fear River

Wilmington, NC – The National Weather Service says a second crest will push the Cape Fear River a foot above the flood stage from the Bladen-Columbus County line to Elizabethtown late Wednesday afternoon.


The Nor'easter that pushed through the region last week left behind rivers that jumped their banks in Robeson, Duplin and Pender counties.

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Local Interest
2:20 am
Wed November 29, 2006

The Wilmington Symphony: Volunteer Roots, Professional Aspirations

Wilmington, NC – What does an eighty-dollar check mean for a Wilmington Symphony Orchestra player, after she's put in five weeks of rehearsals and given up a Saturday night to perform? WSO Executive Director Reed Wallace thinks it could mean everything.

"Our musicians have opportunities to play weddings, play special events, and earn some money, frankly. So that is changing the climate in which we operate and how we compete for musicians' time."

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Local Interest
2:37 am
Tue November 28, 2006

Wilmington Planning: The Movie

Wilmington, NC – The thought of thumbing through hundreds of pages of city planning doesn't exactly spark excitement and passion.


So Wilmington's planning department decided to convert its vision of what the city could be in 20 years into a film that's now running on the city's cable channel.


WHQR sat down with Director of Planning Services Wayne Clark to talk about the film.

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Local Interest
10:58 am
Fri November 24, 2006

Thanksgiving in Vernell's Kitchen

Wilmington, NC – Vernell's Dressing (Stuffing)

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Local Interest
5:27 am
Thu November 23, 2006

Thanks And Giving In Biloxi

Murrie Lee and Frenchie Duhon

Wilmington, NC – Dozens of volunteers from across the region are spending their Thanksgiving helping residents in Biloxi, Mississippi with the rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina.


Last August WHQR introduced you to Murrie Lee, a resident who with his wife has made numerous trips to Biloxi.


WHQR's Catherine Welch caught up with Murrie Lee before he left to talk about his work there.

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Local Interest
5:19 am
Thu November 23, 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.

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Local Interest
11:32 am
Wed November 22, 2006

Nor'easter Leaves Cape Fear in Flood

Wilmington, NC – Although skies were clear over eastern part of the state by Friday, the worst of this week's storm may still be to come.

The National Weather Service predicts rain from the nor'easter will swell the Lumber River over flood stage Thursday tonight, peaking near 15 feet. And the Northeast Cape Fear isn't expected to crest until Monday, topping out just below major flood stage near Burgaw.

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Local Interest
6:21 am
Tue November 21, 2006

Fire Destroys Kure Beach Condos

Kure Beach, NC – The blaze started around 2:30am in a building of the Ocean Dunes condominium complex on the west side of Highway 421.

By the time firefighters arrived, gusty wind and the wooden structure meant there was little to do but keep flames from spreading to nearby units.

There were no injuries from the fire and all year-round residents in the multi-unit building are accounted for.

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