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Archive for March, 2009

Malfunction leads to Brunswick County power outage

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

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About 40,000 Brunswick Electric customers were without power for a few hours today.

The company was working with Progress Energy to make upgrades to a transmission line early this morning, when a piece of equipment malfunctioned. As a result, people from Highway 211 south to Calabash in the dark.

Most people had their power back on in a couple of hours.

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About 40,000 Brunswick Electric customers were without power for a few hours today.

The company was working with Progress Energy to make upgrades to a transmission line early this morning, when a piece of equipment malfunctioned.

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Pilot Crash Lands in Field

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

The pilot of a small plane was hospitalized after crash landing his aircraft in a field in Burgaw.

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Woman dies after being hit by car last week

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

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A woman who was hit by a car while walking along Market Street last week has died.

Thirty-five-year old Nicole Harrison was struck in the 7400 block of Market Street in Ogden the night of February 23.

She had been in the intensive care unit at Chapel Hill and died yesterday afternoon.

Harrison moved from Washington state to Ogden in July with her husband Neil and their four children.

Neil said his wife was a wonderful mother who was full of life. “The key that my wife would want to pass on to other people is to support your community church and to develop a network of people that can support you and appreciate your family and your kids and to live this life to its fullest.”

Neil believes his wife may have been trying to cross the street to go to the store when she was hit.

A service celebrating the life of Nicole Harrison will be held at Olivet Baptist Church in Wrightsboro this Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

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Thirty-five-year old Nicole Harrison was struck in the 7400 block of Market Street in Ogden the night of February 23.

She had been in the intensive care unit at Chapel Hill and died yesterday afternoon.

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Green building can save money

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

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For environmental enthusiasts tax rebates aren’t the reason they got into green building, but it could be one reason the industry is growing.

Cape Fear Green Building Alliance spokesperson Elaine Jack said the organization has more than 100 members, about double the membership it had just six months ago.

“There’s a lot of room for everyone to get a little piece of the pie of the stimulus package. There’s tax credits that are available, there’re also grants, there’s a certain income level for people to weatherize, things like that,” Jack said.

Bill Christopher and Matt Hosmer own ILM Design Build and are members of the CFGBA.

The two men focus on environmentally friendly home remodeling. Even though green building is a relatively new term, they say they’ve been doing it for years.

“If you look back that far the things that were green then are standard practice today, and that trend is probably going to keep on going,” Christopher said.

Green builders say it’s not just about solar power and new technology. ILM uses recycled materials like wood and bricks, not to mention environmentally friendly insulation.

For home builders right now, green building is a go.

For home owners green building can mean more green in their wallets. New technology like a tankless water heater, which can keep water at a constant temperature, can save a few hundred dollars each year.

For more information, you check out the following web sites:
Sapona Green
ILM Design Build
Cape Fear Green Builders

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videoFor environmental enthusiasts tax rebates aren’t the reason they got into green building, but it could be one reason the industry is growing.

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Boiling Spring Lakes woman continues to fight city on code violations by neighbors

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

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At the heart of the issue is what Anita Pinckney says is garbage in one neighbor’s yard, and mistreated animals in the other.

Pinckney said the city takes little to no action when it comes to her complaints about code violations.

City Manager David Lewis declined an on camera interview, but showed WWAY a file with all of Pinckney’s complaints.

Lewis said each is followed up on.

Pinckney mainly complains about trash in her neighbor’s yard and dogs that aren’t fed or watered.

We first met her in December, when she shared her concerns about her neighbor’s pit bull, being chained to a stake. “Not only is it a quality of life issue, but looking over and seeing the pain of the animals is excrutiating,” Pinckney said.

It’s a back and forth that’s waged on since Pinckney moved there in March of 2005.

Pinckney said its evidence of discrimination. “Parts of this city are being protected, and other parts are being ignored.”

Some are fined for having less in the yard than her neighbors.

Ken Lewis said both properties next to Ms. Pinckney were examined, multiple times, and not found in violation of the city’s nuisance ordinance.

Anita Pinckney has put her house on the market. She wants to move out of the city because of all the trouble.

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videoAt the heart of the issue is what Anita Pinckney says is garbage in one neighbor’s yard, and mistreated animals in the other.

Pickney said the city takes little to no action when it comes to her complaints about code violations.

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