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5:17 am
Fri November 17, 2006

UNCW Student Robbed Of His Playstation 3

Wilmington, NC – Scattered violence across the county over the new Sony Playstation 3 played out in Wilmington Friday morning when a University of North Carolina, Wilmington student was robbed and assaulted on campus.


UNCW Police Captain G.E. Mathews says a group of four men took approached the student, one beat him repeatedly with a blunt object, then took two Sony Playstations 3 the student had just bought at Wal-Mart.

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Local Interest
6:14 am
Thu November 16, 2006

Tornado Kills Eight in Columbus County

Riegelwood, NC – Ryan Lacewell never saw the deadly tornado that passed a half-mile from his trailer. He did feel it, though.

"I didn't bother looking out the window. Everything in my house started shaking and everything so I got scared," he says, laughing at the memory.

"I knew something bad was happening, but I didn't know what."

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Local Interest
7:44 am
Tue November 14, 2006

A Visit to the No Boundaries Art Colony

Bald Head Island, NC – On a warm afternoon last week, large, brightly painted canvases lean against the wooden posts that mark public beach access #36 on Bald Head Island. The paintings belong to some of the two-dozen artists who've taken over the surrounding cabins. Out here on the dunes, between the scrub forest and the sea, hides the annual No Boundaries art colony.

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Local Interest
6:10 am
Tue November 14, 2006

Cape Fear Community College President Resigns

Wilmington, NC – The President of Cape Fear Community College has turned in his resignation. Eric McKeithan made the announcement Monday to faculty and staff.

McKeithan landed the president's job at Cape Fear Community College in 1994 and since then has increased the number of faculty, enrollment and expanded the campus.

McKeithan says he realized he accomplished his goals for the college when he learned last month that it received a flawless accreditation report.

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Local Interest
12:17 am
Tue November 14, 2006

New Hanover County Reject Nourishment Plan

Wilmington, NC – New Hanover County commissioners rejected a proposal to pick up the tab for dredging the Carolina Beach Inlet and pump the sand onto Carolina Beach.

Board chairman Bobby Greer says this job is usually paid for by the federal government.

Now, they are saying no, we're not going to do it, you pay for it. And I don't think that should be the responsibility of the local government.

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Local Interest
11:29 am
Mon November 13, 2006

Wilmington's Traffic, The Conversation Continues

Wilmington, NC – Data out of the Wilmington Police Department show the number of reported traffic accidents dropped by 13% in the first half of this year compared to the first half of last year.

WHQR's Catherine Welch talks with the head of Wilmington Police Department's traffic unit about why the number of accidents is down.

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Local Interest
11:08 am
Mon November 13, 2006

Wilmington's Traffic Woes

Wilmington, NC – Data out of the Wilmington Police Department show the number of reported traffic accidents dropped by 13% in the first half of this year compared to the first half of last year.


WHQR's Catherine Welch talks with the head of Wilmington Police Department's traffic unit about why the number of accidents is down.

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Local Interest
5:20 am
Mon November 13, 2006

Counties Reeling In South Carolina's Boat Tax

Wilmington, NC – A pair of coastal South Carolina counties is aiming to pass a tax break that could bring back certain boats docked in North Carolina.

Boats are considered personal property in South Carolina and are taxed 10.5% of their assessed value.

Lawmakers concerned about the number of boats docked outside the state passed legislation allowing counties to consider certain boats as real property, allowing them to be taxed at 4% if considered primary residence and 6% if considered a secondary residence.

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Local Interest
11:14 am
Sun November 12, 2006

Lockwood Folly River's Future on the Table

Brunswick County, NC – Brunswick County is worried explosive growth is eroding water quality in Lockwood Folly River, endangering fish stocks and closing large areas to shellfishing.

Now a county-appointed roundtable is soliciting public comment on its newly-released proposals for managing stormwater runoff in the watershed.

Assistant County Manager Steve Stone says the roundtable's work is getting a positive response from developers.

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Local Interest
5:57 am
Fri November 10, 2006

Finding Sand Money for North Topsail

Wilmington, NC – It's back to the drawing board for the town of North Topsail Beach to figure out to pay for beach renourishment.


A $34 million bond referendum to replenish the beach was voted down Tuesday night, leaving town leaders searching for another solution.


Beach erosion is a problem for the northern end of Topsail Island as well as Figure Eight Island, the north end of Ocean Isle Beach and Holden Beach.

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