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Archive for March, 2009

Brunswick sheriff’s deputy involved in accident near Walmart

Friday, March 13th, 2009

A Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy was involved in an accident Friday morning near the Walmart in Leland.The deputy, Bert Reaves, was not injured, said Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram. He did not know the condition of the other driver in the accident.“The collision is still under investigation by the highway patrol,” Ingram said.

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Forestry Museum stresses importance of valuable resource

Friday, March 13th, 2009

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Forestry has been a large part of our state’s industry beginning in the colonial times. The North Carolina Forestry Museum in downtown Whiteville walks us through what made North Carolina pines so important to building the state and local economy.

You wouldn’t think a yellowish, honey-looking goop would be so valuable, but raw resin collected from our long leaf pines is the main ingredient for tar, turpentine and rosin.

“Modern historians have likened these products, collectively known as naval stores to the importance of oil to the United States today,” said Harry Warren of the NC Forestry Museum.

It was used for everything from soaps to medicines to the tar that helped build the great wooden sailing ships dating back to the colonial era when Wilmington was arguably the country’s largest ship manufacturers in the country.

It was the mainstay of building and maintaining our states industry, carrying forward to modern times.

Columbus County still relies on forestry for jobs. Manufacturers like International Paper have a mill in Riegelwood.

“My dad was a forester. He couldn’t dissuade me so I followed in his footsteps,” said second-generation forester Butch Blanchard.

Blanchard said the NC Forestry Museum not only helps people understand the role the profession played in our past, but it also forges a relationship with nature to ensure the maintenance and protection of an important resource.

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videoForestry has been a large part of our state’s industry beginning in the colonial times. The North Carolina Forestry Museum in downtown Whiteville walks us through what made North Carolina pines so important to building the state and local economy.

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Leland Bike fest includes tree giveaway

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Bring your bicycle and ride with new friends. Take a tree home if you’d like.

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New incentives for green building

Friday, March 13th, 2009

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Senators RC Soles and Julia Boseman are pushing a bill to make North Carolina a little greener.

The senators support a pair of bills that would offer incentives to green builders in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties.

The bill would allow higher building density for builders who use alternative energy sources and ease demand for public transportation and storm water runoff.

New Hanover County Planner Chris O’Keefe said the new incentives won’t just apply to large commercial projects. “So that developers who may just have a small piece of property could take advantage of the incentives and build a more sustainable project, a more energy efficient project.”

Green builders could also save on permitting fees and receive faster approval for projects.

O’Keefe said green buildings should help entice more people to come to New Hanover County.

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Senators RC Soles and Julia Boseman are pushing a bill to make North Carolina a little greener.

The senators support a pair of bills that would offer incentives to green builders in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties.

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Guinness St. Patrick’s Day Festival canceled

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Downtown Wilmington’s Guinness St. Patrick’s Day Festival has been canceled due to Saturday’s rainy weather forecast, according to a press release from the Downtown Business Alliance.Although the second annual event is off, there are still some St. Patrick’s Day celebrations planned for the weekend, the release said.

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