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Archive for February, 2009

Ocean Isle Beach book to hit shelves soon

Friday, February 6th, 2009

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A book devoted to Ocean Isle Beach history will soon hit store shelves.

Authors Vern Bender and Fred David joined WWAY this morning on Good Morning Carolina for our weekly Book Corner segment. Their book is appropriately called The History of Ocean Isle Beach. It features more than 200 color photos from Old Brunswick Town to Calabash, and plenty of stories from times gone by.

“It appeals to all people; the history from Cape Fear Indians, the pirates, the explorers and then the Civil War. For instance, Tubbs Inlet, the blockade runners used to come in there,” said book author Vern Bender.

The book will come out in June, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Ocean Isle Beach.

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It features more than 200 color photos from Old Brunswick Town to Calabash, and plenty of stories from times gone by.

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Apartment complex evacuated because of fire

Friday, February 6th, 2009

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Campus Edge Apartments were evacuated Friday afternoon, because of a fire in an apartment.

The complex houses mainly UNCW students, and is located off Racine Drive near the university.
Witnesses say the fire appeared to have started in an upstairs unit, possibly in one of the kitchens.

The entire complex had to be evacuated while the fire was put out.

NewsChannel 3 spoke to one Campus Edge resident who was inside the building when the fire started. “We started smelling smoke and saw black smoke coming out of the top there and realized that the building was on fire,” resident Robert Higdon said. “We got out as quick as we could and we looked at one of the apartments and it was just consumed by fire, nothing we could do about it.”

The fire was put out within about an hour, and residents were let back in to the other units.

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Witnesses say the fire appeared to have started in an upstairs unit at Campus Edge Apartments, possibly in one of the kitchens.

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Security boosted when students with guns arrested

Friday, February 6th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Two students have been arrested after unloaded shotguns were found in their car, leading officials to bring extra security to their North Carolina high school.

The Charlotte Observer reported Friday the students were arrested Thursday at Independence High School after security guards saw four students leave campus. A security guard had noticed odd behavior from the students during lunch.

The students were stopped off campus by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, who found the guns in the trunk. The school system said in a statement that one gun had a sawed off barrel.

The statement said the two students were charged with having weapons on campus, carrying a concealed weapon and possessing a weapon of mass destruction. Neither student’s age or name has been released.

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

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Two students have been arrested after unloaded shotguns were found in their car, leading officials to bring extra security to their North Carolina high school.

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Governor’s office offers reward in woman’s death

Friday, February 6th, 2009

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RALEIGH — The Governor’s Office is offering a reward for information in the death of a North Carolina woman found dead in her driveway.

Gov. Beverly Perdue’s office said Friday a reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case of 28-year-old Charity Simpson Worley. She was found dead in her Hendersonville driveway Dec. 17. An autopsy report said she died from a blow to the head.

Investigators have said they believe Worley knew her attacker, and they may have recovered the weapon used to beat her. A 911 caller said Worley had been run over by her sport utility vehicle. Investigators said evidence at the crime scene did not match the story given by the caller.

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

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The Governor’s Office is offering a reward for information in the death of a North Carolina woman found dead in her driveway.

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Hundreds of dogs rescued from alleged puppy mill

Friday, February 6th, 2009

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GOLDSBORO, N.C. — Animal rescue workers in eastern North Carolina have rescued about 300 dogs living in what investigators said was a puppy mill.

Workers from the Humane Society and Wayne County Animal Control raided the property Friday morning in southern Wayne County. They found animals with untreated lacerations and serious skin and eye infections.

Volunteers have placed the dogs in temporary shelters. Most of them are Shih-Tzus, Chihuahuas and Lhasa Apsos.

The News-Argus of Goldsboro reported the raid occurred after county officials filed a civil injunction Thursday against property owner Virginia Thornton. They allege Thornton was “willfully and intentionally” depriving the animals of a proper living environment.

A hearing for Thornton is scheduled for Tuesday at the Wayne County courthouse.

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

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Animal rescue workers in eastern North Carolina have rescued about 300 dogs living in what investigators said was a puppy mill.

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