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10:19 am
Tue October 10, 2006

Aboard The Diligence VI

Wilmington, NC – For more than 200 years a Coast Guard cutter named "Diligence" has been moored in Wilmington.


Many people walk by the Diligence VI docked on the downtown riverwalk, but what exactly does the crew of the Diligence VI do?


WHQR's freelance military correspondent James Orzek hopped aboard the Diligence VI and found out.

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Local Interest
10:05 am
Tue October 10, 2006

Delair Beats Hearne

Wilmington, NC – Pat Delair beat J.C. Hearne in the special election for the Wilmington City Council seat.

Unofficial numbers Tuesday night gave Delair 61% of the vote, taking 27 out of 31 precints.

Delair says she's concerned about re-zoning in the city, but her first priority is to actively involve Wilmington in an attempt to block the proposed Hugo Neu landfill in Brunswick County.

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Local Interest
10:03 am
Tue October 10, 2006

Fire Destroys House on Bald Head Island

credit: Marvin Neuwirth

Wilmington, NC – A fire Monday night destroyed a home on Bald Head Island.

Fire Chief Chip Munna says the house was engulfed in flames by the time someone called 911 at around 7:50 p.m.

He says it took more than 50 firefighters an hour and a half to put out the blaze. He says nobody was home at the time. The fire caused an estimated $1.1 million in damages.

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Local Interest
8:05 am
Mon October 9, 2006

Protecting the Snowy Grouper

Wilmington, NC – The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is considering a move to block commercial deepwater fishing from an area 60 miles southwest of Southport.


The 10-mile by 10-mile Marine Protected Area covers what's called the Snowy Wreck, a known habitat of the snowy grouper.


The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Carrie O'Malley says many commercial fishermen support the move.

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Local Interest
8:06 am
Sun October 8, 2006

Stores Busted for Selling Smokes to Minors

Wilmington, NC – North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents cited 17 store clerks for selling tobacco to minors during a sweep through the region last month.


Agents targeted stores in Brunswick, Duplin and Onslow counties.


Stores with clerks cited for selling tobacco to minors include the Food Lion on Highway 133 in Southport, Kerr Drugs on North Sycamore in Rose Hill and the Shoreline Chill & Grill on Oak Island.

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Local Interest
11:16 am
Thu October 5, 2006

Weaving Experience Into Art

Dixon Stedler working on the centerpiece of their exhibition.

Wilmington, NC – Supply shopping for Wilmington artists Dan Brawley and Dixon Stedler requires work gloves, wire cutters, and an innocent smile.

The smile belongs to Stedler, who uses it on the property owners who sometimes catch her popping out of their dumpsters.

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Local Interest
10:46 am
Wed October 4, 2006

Wilmington City Council Candidates Debate

Wilmington, NC – On September 28th, Wilmingont City Council candidates J.C. Hearne and Pat Delair debated some of the major issues facing Wilmington. Listen to that debate.

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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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