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Archive for March, 2009

Governor Perdue schedules Port City visit

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

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During her gubernatorial campaign, Bev Perdue said one of her first stops as governor would be Wilmington. It’s been a few months, but that visit is finally scheduled.

The governor will lead a town hall meeting on improving education and workforce development in North Carolina. Perdue will be joined by North Carolina Community College President Scott Rawls and State Board of Education CEO Bill Harrison.

That town hall meeting is open to the public on Wednesday, April 1, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the BB&T Auditorium on Cape Fear Community College’s North Campus.

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During her gubernatorial campaign, Bev Perdue said one of her first stops as governor would be Wilmington. It’s been a few months, but that visit is finally scheduled.

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Adventure Sprint at Greenfield Lake Park

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

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People in search of an adventure found it Saturday at the seventh annual Adventure Sprint held at Greenfield Lake Park.

Teams of two competed in five legs of the competition: running, biking, canoeing, and two mystery events.

Event coordinator Andrea Talley said the Adventure Sprint was for people looking for an exciting way to spend the day. “Anybody who’s up for an adventure. We have people from all across the state participate today. People who love to run and bike and feel challenged with the canoe usually.”

The race covered more than 21 miles of ground and lasted three hours. Winners were rewarded with gift certificates and medals.

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People in search of an adventure found it Saturday at the seventh annual Adventure Sprint held at Greenfield Lake Park.

Teams of two competed in five legs of the competition: running, biking, canoeing, and two mystery events.

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National Passport Day

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

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Saturday was National Passport Day. UNCW held a passport fair to help first-timers apply and answer any questions.

National Passport Day was an effort to inform the public about changes in travel requirements.

As of June 1, US citizens will be required to have a passport if they plan to leave the country.

“Previously you could travel to Canada and Mexico without that; now with this Western Hemisphere Initiative, that has changed,” said Rita Gordon. “Everybody who is going to be traveling off US soil is required to have a passport.”

Passport officials at UNCW’s event processed 41 passport applications Saturday. They process about half that on a normal day.

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Saturday was National Passport Day. UNCW held a passport fair to help first-timers apply and answer any questions.

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Possible tornado in Bladen County

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

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Saturday’s severe weather caused reports of a possible tornado touching down in Bladen County.

Dispatchers said calls began coming in around 9:30 Saturday night. They reported downed power lines, tree limbs down, and some structural damage between Elizabethtown and Clarkton.

According to the National Weather Service, four people were reportedly trapped under a stairwell on Twisted Hickory Road between Britt Road and North Mitchell Ford Road.

Dispatchers said no injuries have been reported.

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Saturday’s severe weather caused reports of a possible tornado touching down in Bladen County.

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Humpback whale carcass reappears

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

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The same humpback whale Oak Island residents found stranded on the beach more than a month ago seems to have resurfaced.

“One of the residents said the whale had reappeared, the same carcass we buried several weeks ago,” said Mayor Johnie Vereen.

The town of Oak Island buried the 32-foot-long whale in the sand, in February, but Mayor Vereen said stormy weather may have un-earthed the buried humpback; when rough waves pounded the shoreline, it eroded the whale’s sandy grave.

Town maintenance crews used construction equipment to pick up the remains and move it off the beach.

Mayor Vereen said the whale is going to be buried in a spot where the elements can’t get to it. “We loaded it on a truck today, and took it over to our compost area and we are going to bury it there. So that it shouldn’t be a problem for anybody again, so, we hate that it happened but Mother Nature has a way of having it’s own direction.”

Since whales have so much blubber, they are too buoyant to sink in the ocean.

Mayor Vereen said it’s acceptable to bury whales or other large fish in the sand right below the high tide mark.

The autopsy results from last month showed the humpback whale died from getting tangled in some sort of fishing line.

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videoThe same humpback whale Oak Island residents found stranded on the beach more than a month ago seems to have resurfaced.

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