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Archive for February, 2009

Wave Transit bus involved in accident

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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A Wave Transit bus was involved in an accident Tuesday afternoon.

Witnesses said the bus was turning onto the MLK entrance ramp off 23rd Street, when it collided with a Toyota Camry.

No one was hurt, but the crash did cause hydraulic fluid to spill onto the road. The entrance ramp had to be shut down while crews cleaned it up.

The driver of the Camry said he was side-by-side with the bus when the accident happened. “It’s was in the right turning lane, I was in the straight lane. As that bus starts to turn right the next thing I feel is a little connection and my car being pulled to the right as well,” said Jean Paul Laurenceau.

Wave Transit officials declined to comment on the accident.

The company sent another bus to pick up passengers who were onboard during the incident.

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Witnesses said the bus was turning onto the MLK entrance ramp off 23rd Street, when it collided with a Toyota Camry.

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Causey announces retirement

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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New Hanover County Sheriff Sid Causey surprised a lot of people when he announced his retirement Tuesday.

At age 64, Sheriff Causey is taking the county’s golden parachute, the early retirement package aimed at trimming New Hanover County’s payroll.

WWAY’s Jenna Caiazzo sat down with Sheriff Causey late this afternoon and spoke to him about his 39 years with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department.

Sid Causey’s career in law enforcement started on a whim. Back in 1970, Causey quit his job in construction and took a position as a police officer at Carolina Beach.

“Children growing up have ambitions to be firemen, doctors, lawyers, and everything, and I never thought I had a desire to be a law enforcement officer,” Causey said.

It wasn’t until he cracked his first breaking and entering case that he said, he was hooked on fighting crime. He’s come a long way since the days of the Carolina Beach PD, where he said the two police vehicles each had more than 150,000 miles on them. “Six days a week, no overtime, no flex time, one pair of pants and two shirts.”

At 25, he moved on to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department where he got his feet wet in every department: patrol, criminal investigations and vice narcotics.

Thirty-nine years later, Sheriff Sid Causey said it’s time for something new. “Its just going to be a new time in our lives, I’m a little anxious about it, I’ll be around, it’s not like I’m moving out of town. I’ll check on them, see if they’re doing things right, and if they aren’t I’ll let them know, ha ha.”

Causey will step down on July the first. He will then make a nomination to the Democratic Party for someone within the office to take over for the interim. That person will fill in through December.

At that point, the party will make another nomination, and there will be an election for a new sheriff.

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videoNew Hanover County Sheriff Sid Causey surprised a lot of people when he announced his retirement Tuesday.

At age 64, Sheriff Causey is taking the county’s golden parachute, the early retirement package aimed at trimming New Hanover County’s payroll.

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Making your own real estate virtual tour

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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Yesterday, the iDesk reported on a creative way people are marketing their homes in this tough economy, making a virtual home tour and posting it online. Now find out exactly how to make your own home tour; click on Hailey Winslow’s video for complete details.

Some of the best online tours didn’t use a video camera at all. They use pictures and animated the photos using a simple editing system.

If you don’t want to create the tour on your own, you could hire a local production company. They can help create curb appeal to your home online.

There is a potential downside to the virtual home tours; you could be giving thieves a blueprint of your home. The video is showing them exactly where you live and where valuable items are located in your home. Before you make your video, you may want to remove items like flat screen TVs and laptops so they’re not shown in the tour.

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videoYesterday, the iDesk reported on a creative way people are marketing their homes in this tough economy, making a virtual home tour and posting it online. Now find out exactly how to make your own home tour; click on Hailey Winslow’s video for complete details.

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Pedestrian struck on Market Street

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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A New Hanover County woman had to be hospitalized after being hit by a car while walking along Market Street Monday night.

New Hanover County Highway Patrol said thirty-five-year old Nicole Marie Harrison was walking south on the northbound side of Market Street last night when she stumbled into the road, and was hit by an oncoming car.

Highway Patrol said around 8:30pm Monday night, James McLawhon of Topsail Beach was headed north on Market Street.

Troopers believe Harrison was walking on the grass and stumbled into path of traffic. Witnesses say it’s rare to see a pedestrian anywhere in the area.

“I’ve seen some bicycles, I’ve never even seen anybody walking by here. There’s no sidewalk and there’s really no reason to cross the street, so I don’t see why anybody would be crossing there,” said witness Melissa Jacobs.

An employee at the Hess Station across the street called 9-1-1.

Highway Patrol said Harrison was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. There is no word on her condition at this time.

Highway patrol says speed was not a factor in the accident and no charges have been filed at this time.

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A New Hanover County woman had to be hospitalized after being hit by a car while walking along Market Street Monday night.

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Students at St. Mary’s learn about Fat Tuesday

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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Saint Mary Catholic School kids got out of class early today to celebrate Fat Tuesday.

They showed off decorative masks and shakers specially made for their parade. Energetic kindergartners, up to eighth graders, marched the block around Saint Mary Church dressed in beads and hats.

As the school band performed, teachers threw beads and coins from a balcony behind the church.

“I got to catch beads and coins, but I didn’t catch any coins,” commented second grader Rebecca Jackson.

The parade was not only entertaining for the kids, it was educational too… they learned all about the significance of Fat Tuesday.

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Saint Mary Catholic School kids got out of class early today to celebrate Fat Tuesday. They showed off decorative masks and shakers specially made for their parade.

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