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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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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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