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Archive for February, 2009

Memories and furniture often left behind at foreclosed houses

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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A family can accumulate a lot of belongings in a home pretty quickly. If a foreclosure forces them out of their home, they have to make some tough decisions on what gets left behind.

Last year, the number of home forecloses in southeastern North Carolina rose overall from the previous year.

Foreclosures in Bladen and Columbus counties remained steady, while Pender and Brunswick counties saw big increases.

In New Hanover County there were more than a thousand home foreclosures in 2008, 300 more than the previous year. With limited time and space to move out, many of the items left are behind to tell a story.

Local real estate broker Bob McCorkle said, “I see lots of old pictures. I’ve seen birth certificates, baptismal records, lots of children’s things, drawings, school work, boxes and boxes of memories that they probably just don’t have room to take with them.”

McCorkle has been through plenty of foreclosed homes; it is his job to pick up the pieces once the family has moved out. “A lot of times we’ll have fans missing, almost always the stove, the dishwasher, everything kind of gets stripped out of the house.”

That wasn’t the case for a house on Windemere Road where the family left behind a large couch, some dressers, and plenty of memories.

McCorkle said most of the items left behind by the families have more personal value than anything else. If they do find something worth saving, it is usually donated to a charity like the Salvation Army.

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videoA family can accumulate a lot of belongings in a home pretty quickly. If a foreclosure forces them out of their home, they have to make some tough decisions on what gets left behind.

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Wrightsville drawbrigde to be left open overnight toward end of month

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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Upcoming work on the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge may cause some problems for drivers.

The bridge will be left in the upright position overnight for three nights at the end of the month, February 23rd through the 25th. The Department of Transportation will be reinforcing the bridge’s foundation under the water.

The bridge will be closed to drivers from 11:30 pm to 5:00 am on those days.

Bridge maintenance engineer Amanda Glynn says don’t worry, there is a back-up plan. “If you know you’re going to have to be on the mainland you’ll need to make arrangements to stay on the mainland. We will have a plan for emergency vehicles if there’s a fire or medical emergency on the island, the bridge will be open to traffic within 20 minutes of notification.”

DOT engineers are holding an information session at the Fran Russ Recreation Center in Wrightsville Beach on Monday starting at 6:00 pm.

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Upcoming work on the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge may cause some problems for drivers.

The bridge will be left in the upright position overnight for three nights at the end of the month, February 23rd through the 25th. The Department of Transportation will be reinforcing the bridge’s foundation under the water.

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NHC sheriff’s are looking for a missing Wilmington man

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office needs your help in locating a missing Wilmington man.

Reginald Bryant is 56-yeard old, approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds. He is bald with brown eyes.

He was last seen Wednesday at his home on Pheasant Court.

His family is particularly worried, because Mr. Bryant has a medical condition, and needs medication.

He may be in a white Cadillac Deville, with license plate PYA-2294.

If you have info, call the sheriff’s office at 910-798-4260.

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The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office needs your help in locating a missing Wilmington man. He was last seen Wednesday at his home on Pheasant Court.

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Tougher DUI law in SC takes effect

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Drunken drivers will start facing different penalties depending on whether they’re tipsy or trashed.

The new law that takes effect Tuesday ties tougher sentences to the amount of alcohol in drivers’ bodies. It also increases penalties for repeat drunken drivers and closes some legal
loopholes that critics said allowed suspects to escape punishment.

Law enforcement officers will join Gov. Mark Sanford at the Statehouse on Monday to discuss the law. The Legislature approved it last April after a year of debate.

The law creates a tiered penalty system based on how many times drivers are convicted and how much alcohol they have in their system. The blood-alcohol limit is 0.08 percent. The new penalties get harsher at 0.10 percent and again at 0.16 percent.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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New city street sweeper garage to showcase ‘green’ technology

Monday, February 9th, 2009

They may spend their days in muck and grime, but Wilmington’s street sweepers are getting a plush new place to spend the nights.Soon, the sweepers will be housed in the city’s most aggressive stab at “green” technology to date – a $1 million garage under construction at South 17th and Marstellar streets.

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