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11:56 am
Mon October 2, 2006

Fighting the "Road Stub"

The road stub outside Ellis McElroy's home in the Beck Woods community.

Wilmington, NC – New Hanover County Commissioners are scheduled to make a decision tonight on whether a current road stub can be turned into an actual road paving the way for a new development called Nautical Greens.

Protesting the road are residents who say they've been promised that it would never be made a promise that alleviated their concerns about future traffic and prompted them to build even closer to where the road could now travel.

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Local Interest
5:15 am
Mon October 2, 2006

Topsail Beach Lands Grant for Marina

Wilmington, NC – The town of Topsail Beach received nearly $300,000 from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund to help purchase the town's marina and boat ramp.


In all, Topsail Beach has received $800,000 in grants to buy the property, which carries a $2.25 million price tag.


Located on the old Bush Marina property, the marina offers ten boat slips and a public ramp.


Topsail Beach Town Manager Jim Carter says maintaining public access to the water is a top priority.

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Local Interest
5:13 am
Fri September 29, 2006

The Last Ride At The Pavillion

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Wilmington, NC – The Myrtle Beach Pavilion, an amusement park that has entertained the public for nearly five decades, will be turning off the lights to make room for new development.


Tim Rudy, an executive with the company that owns the park, says Saturday is the final chance to be amused at the Pavilion in what will aptly be called The Last Ride Experience.


Rudy says the Pavilion's shutting down because it was no longer making money.

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Local Interest
4:50 am
Fri September 29, 2006

Say It Ain't So

Wilmington, NC – Nan Graham's book, In A Magnolia Minute, is available in bookstores or online at www.nangraham.com.

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Local Interest
3:09 am
Fri September 29, 2006

Wilmington Police Search for Drowned Man's Identity

Police sketch of the drowned man.

Wilmington, NC – Police say they have no identifying information for the man whose body was recovered south of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge Wednesday night.

The body is a black man, estimated between the ages of 30 and 50. The John Doe was found wearing khaki pants and black shoes. Officers say his only identifying mark is a US Marines tattoo on his left upper bicep.

An autopsy revealed the man drowned, with no sign of foul play. Officers say it will take a month to get results from toxicology tests.

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Local Interest
12:00 am
Fri September 29, 2006

Delair and Hearne Square Off

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington City Council candidate J. C. Hearne says he thinks it's too early to tell if the proposed convention center design is on the right course.


Hearne made the remark last night at a WHQR, Star-News city council candidate debate with challenger Pat Delair.

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Local Interest
5:04 am
Wed September 27, 2006

Helping Victims of Violence

Wilmington, NC – North Carolina Victim Assistance Network, know as NC VAN, held its training conference yesterday in Wilmington.


North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, District Attorney Ben David and other state law enforcement figures thanked service providers for their service and sharing strategies to best serve victims of serious crimes.


David says providing proper representation for victims is the goal of NC VAN.

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Local Interest
4:50 am
Wed September 27, 2006

Horry County Mosquito Spraying

Wilmington, NC – In South Carolina, officials in Horry County are itching to rid the area of an increase in mosquito hatchings.


Horry County spokesperson Lisa Bourcier says the county is working to close the mosquito season with another phase of aerial spraying.


The county pays for the aerial mosquito spraying and Bourcier says this is the fourth year it has done this.

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Local Interest
4:42 am
Wed September 27, 2006

Fifty Cats Seeking A New Home

Wilmington, NC – The Robeson County Humane Society is looking for homes for more than 50 cats that have been living with an elderly St. Paul's woman.


A code enforcement officer alerted the Humane Society earlier this month that Lessie Smith had been taking care of 60 cats.


Shelly Carey is Adoption Coordinator for the Robeson County Humane Society. She says the cats are well feed and in generally good condition because Smith bought food for them before feeding herself.

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Local Interest
1:34 am
Tue September 26, 2006

UNCW's Black Freshman Enrollment Down

Wilmington, NC – The University of North Carolina, Wilmington says while black freshman enrollment has dropped from last year to this year, overall the campus is bringing in more people of color.


In this year's freshman class of 1,987, 105 of those students are African-American. That's eight less than in last year's freshman class.


Associate Provost Terry Curran says the university needs to work harder to reach out to the black community and high school counselors.

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