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Archive for February, 2009

Lumber windfall the bright side of devastating hurricane

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Hurricane Felix took a toll in lives and homes in Nicaragua. And a massive number of rainforest trees, once protected from harvesting, were now on the ground. Wilmington furniture salesman Clyde Barnard found a tree-load of opportunity.

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Southport may be losing their maritime museum

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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The town of Southport may also lose one of it’s precious treasures.

The state has Southport’s Maritime Museum on the chopping block for programs to cut, in the midst of a $2 billion budget shortfall. State officials said the maritime museum costs the state more than $160,000 each year.

Southport Mayor, Sandra Spencer said, “I think it would be a terrible loss to Southport and our surrounding area. Our museum has done a tremendous job and we are so very proud of it. I am personally doing as much as I can to help it survive.”

The mayor said the city of Southport will look into ways of possibly saving the museum.

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The state has Southport’s Maritime Museum on the chopping block for programs to cut, in the midst of a $2 billion budget shortfall.

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Pender maps plan to tackle overflow in county government buildings

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

The shortcomings of the Pender County Jail, Department of Social Services and Hampstead library facilities and more are being studied as the county prepares a long-range capital facilities master plan.

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Vehicle fire spreads to Wilmington business, leaving questions

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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Investigators are looking into a fire in the Wrightsboro area of New Hanover County early Wednesday morning.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to an intruder alarm on Capital Drive just after 3:00 a.m. They arrived at Southeastern Tile Connection and found a van on fire next to the building. Fire investigators said the flames spread from the vehicle into the building.

“There was a little bit of extension into the building. The fire was held to minor damage inside the building, said Deputy Fire Marshal, David Heath

Several engines responded to the fire. It took the fire department around a half hour to put out the blaze. Crews continued working to salvage the property inside the building.

The fire is being treated as a crime scene because the van did not belong to the company.

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Investigators are looking into a fire in the Wrightsboro area of New Hanover County early Wednesday morning.

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Police charge man in Mercedes-Benz theft at Shallotte Walmart

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Shallotte police arrested a man Monday on charges he carjacked a 75-year-old woman, then released her and drove away in her 2007 Mercedes-Benz.The crime occurred at 10:45 a.m. Monday as the woman was getting into her car in a Walmart parking lot in Shallotte, according to a police report.

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