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Archive for March, 2009

Body found in Cape Fear River off Point Harbor Road

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Boaters discovered a body Tuesday afternoon in the Cape Fear River off of Point Harbor Road in New Hanover County, up river from the North Carolina Battleship Memorial.Deputy Charles Smith of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said his office was notified by a boater that a body had been located about 5 p.m.

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1 person injured in Montgomery Avenue robbery

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

A victim suffered minor injuries and two people were in custody shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday after a robbery in the 300 block of Montgomery Avenue, Wilmington police said.Crime scene investigators picked up a shoe out of the street, which was blocked off while police talked with witnesses.

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Boater’s World shutting down 130 stores

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

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The troubled economy has been especially hard on the boating industry. Boater’s World announced Tuesday that all 130 of its stores in the US are shutting down.

There are two Boater’s World locations in our area, one in Wilmington and one in Southport. Both stores are having liquidation sales. Many customers are sad to see the stores go.

Longtime customer, Jeff Williamson said, “I have been shopping at Boater’s World basically since it opened. I am in the charter business so it’s one of my favorite places to shop.”

Boater’s World is owned by Ritz Interactive, the same company that owns Ritz Camera Stores. Ritz filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

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The troubled economy has been especially hard on the boating industry. Boater’s World announced Tuesday that all 130 of its stores in the US are shutting down.

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State legislators hear from Titan, opponents

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Legislators heard from both sides of the Titan America cement plant argument on Tuesday as a bill introduced by Sen. Julia Boseman, D-New Hanover, got its first committee hearing.

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Wilmington Fire cracking down on overcrowded downtown businesses

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

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The Wilmington Fire Department is cracking down on overcrowded bars and restaurants downtown.

Fire officials said some business owners do not pay attention to the occupancy limit. They said cramming too many people in a space means it is harder to get people out in case of an emergency.

The fire department has already charged two local businesses for overcrowding. The Rhino Club on Market Street was almost double its occupancy. They were cited, and fined more than $10,000.

“If bars aren’t using counters, it kind of throws a red flag up and proves to us that they don’t know how many people are in there,” said Wilmington Fire Chief Frank Blackley. “So we are going to go in there and check at that point.”

Most bars downtown use counters to keep track of who is walking in and out of the facility. Officials said it is the best way to avoid being cited and fined for overcrowding.

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Fire officials said some business owners do not pay attention to the occupancy limit. They said cramming too many people in a space means it is harder to get people out in case of an emergency.

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Associated poll

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