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Plane makes emergency landing in Burgaw back yard

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

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Just after 1:00 p.m. Thursday, a single engine plane went down in a family’s backyard off John Humphrey Road near Stag Air Park in Burgaw.

Witnesses say it looked like the small plane was trying to land at the air park, when it went down in a nearby backyard.

Charles Tice said he was eating lunch when he saw, and heard, something unexpected.

“He came over our hedge and it sounded like he hit some of the taller trees with his tail and next thing we heard was a big bang,” Tice said.

Witnesses said they heard the plane circling overhead, before they heard the engine stall.

Glenn Moore of Burgaw was at the controls. Moore is a mechanical engineer who builds his own planes. He is listed with the FAA as the manufacturer of this plane.

Paramedics arrived at the scene within minutes to find Moore going in and out of consciousness.

“We came out and we saw him, saw where the plane was and we just couldn’t believe it. It’s just one of those things that you just don’t think about,” Tice added.

The Federal Aviation Administration is now looking into what caused the crash.

One of Moore’s pilot friends, Andy Mayes, was at the scene. He said by the looks of the plane on the ground, Moore did the right thing in an emergency. “We are trained to control the aircraft to the very last second, and it looks like that’s exactly what he did.”

Mayes said Moore was an experienced pilot, who lives near Stag Air Park. He believes Moore’s injuries aren’t life threatening.

The hospital was not able to confirm his condition.

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videoJust after 1 o’clock Thursday, a single engine plane went down in a family’s backyard off John Humphrey Road near Stag Air Park in Burgaw.

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Whats Happening: March 6-8

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

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The weekend kicks off with the sounds of jazz at the New Hanover County Government Center Friday night. The Benny Hill Quartet performs as part of the Cape Fear Museum Winter Jazz Series. The show starts at 6:00 p.m. Admission is eight dollars; seven dollars for Cape Fear Jazz Society members. Cape Fear Museum members get in free.

A classic of the stage is performed with a twist. It is Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version) performed by the Brunswick Little Theatre. Shows are at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are 15 dollars for adults, six for students. Call 800-754-1050 extension 416. A portion of proceeds will go to the Cue Center for Missing Persons.

Also on stage, the Sneads Ferry Community Theatre presents Nuptials by Judy S. Cook Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at the Sneads Ferry Community Center. Tickets are ten dollars for adults, five dollars for kids. Call 910-327-2798 for more information.

Buying art could help save animals. Saturday stop by the Pender County Humane Society’s Fifth Annual Artists Aid the Animals Art Show and Sale. Art of all kinds will be on sale at American Legion Post 10 on Pine Grove Road in Wilmington. The show runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

You can also support the New Hanover Humane Society. It is hosting its Spring Yard Sale from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the shelter at 2405 North 23rd Street near Wilmington International Airport.

If you want to spend time with animals, check out the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s Second Annual Scales and Tails Event Saturday and Sunday. There will be dozens of live amphibians and reptiles to check out and learn about. The event is free with regular aquarium admission. The aquarium is open both days from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.

From Fauna to Flora, the Cape Fear Orchid Society is sponsoring How to Grow an Orchid Day at the New Hanover County Arboretum Saturday. The daylong seminar is for everyone interested in learning more about growing and blooming orchids at home. If you haven’t registered already, it costs 25 dollars, which includes morning snacks, lunch, a raffle and an orchid to take home. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. Call 910-845-5143 for more information.

End your weekend Sunday with the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra’s spring matinee. The performance will include Smetana’s colorful work The Moldau, Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger and a medley from the musical Les Miserables. The concert is Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at Kenan Auditorium at UNCW. Tickets are five dollars for adults, kids 13 and under are free. Tickets are available one hour before show time.

You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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videoMusic, art and animals could all be part of your weekend activities. The weekend kicks off with the sounds of jazz at the New Hanover County Government Center Friday night.

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Another power outage planned downtown

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

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The city’s repairs on the Water Street bulkhead are nearly complete, but not without a third power outage for surrounding businesses.

Power will be shut off next Monday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The planned outage is a safety precaution for crews while they install a transformer.

Storeowners said it’s poor timing. “They can work around it and have some crews available. They do have supposedly emergency crews if indeed they need to work on Sunday. That would be an alternative,” said Bobby Hamelburg of Finklestein’s.

A spokesperson for Progress Energy said they are operating under the city’s schedule and simply moving the transformer so the city can complete the repairs.

A spokesperson for the city said they surveyed business owners before construction began, and they found Monday was the best day for any planned outage.

There is no plan to reimburse the owners for the lost business.

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The city’s repairs on the Water Street bulkhead are nearly complete, but not without a third power outage for surrounding businesses.

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Time to prepare for tornado season

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

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It’s Severe Weather Awareness Week in North Carolina, which is a chance to remind people that severe weather season is right around the corner, including the most likely time of year for tornadoes.

While tornadoes can occur year-round, they are most common in March, April and May.

Tornadoes can happen at any time of day, but are especially dangerous at night.

A recent study found that North Carolina had the greatest number of killer nighttime twisters in the United States.

Here are the scary statistics since 1950. 82% of tornado fatalities have occurred at night.
This is pretty amazing considering only 28% of all tornadoes touch down at night.

There are a number of reasons for this.

First, tornadoes are very hard to spot at night, even by trained weather spotters.

Second, people are less likely to get the warning because they are sleeping.

In addition, people are often in safer structures during the day. Schools and other commercial buildings are commonly made of steel or reinforced concrete structures.

Tornadoes can’t be prevented, but you can make sure one doesn’t catch you off guard by purchasing a NOAA weather radio is very important. It will alert you of a tornado warning 24 hours a day and will keep you informed even when you are asleep.

You can purchase NOAA weather radios online or in stores such as Radio Shack. They range in price from 30 to 80 dollars.

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videoIt’s Severe Weather Awareness Week in North Carolina, which is a chance to remind people that severe weather season is right around the corner, including the most likely time of year for tornadoes.

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Brunswick’s housing industry shrinks, but retail sales buck trend

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

The economic growth rate projected for 2009 is the lowest in the past five years, but a more-telling indication of an economic downturn in Brunswick County might be the decrease in the percentage of employees in the housing industry.

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