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Archive for April, 2009

Overnight cold threatens Pender berry crops

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

A freeze warning is in effect Wednesday morning for Pender County, but coastal areas in New Hanover and Brunswick counties should see warmer overnight and early-morning temperatures.National Weather Service meteorologist Terry Lebow said Pender County’s temperatures likely will dip to freezing between 5 and 7 a.m. Wednesday.

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Plants going to need protection from chilly temperatures Tuesday night

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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The possibility of freezing temperatures overnight means plants you may have just put in the ground are in danger.

The warm weather had many people planting plants and flowers, but now those same plants and flowers need protecting. Experts say get the cloth ready, especially for young leaves on new plants.

“Bed sheets, blankets, nursery cloth. Stay away from plastic, plastic can do more damage,” said gardening expert Al Falzone who added small-tight buds will be ok.

Don’t forget, when the sun comes out during the day, to take the coverings off.

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The possibility of freezing temperatures overnight means plants you may have just put in the ground are in danger.

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No birthday suits, just bathing suits for Bird Island

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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Signs on one Brunswick County beach could soon reveal the naked truth about North Carolina nudist laws. The signs will help notify sun bathers on Bird Island to trade their birthday suit for their bathing suit on their next trip to the beach.

Many beach goers believe that Bird Island is a nude beach, but public nudity is banned by North Carolina law. Signs already posted say nothing about nudity on Bird Island, but show it’s illegal in Sunset Beach.

Monday night, Brunswick County commissioners voted to create a sign to help make it clear you can not visit any local beaches in the buff. “Some folks got the idea that it is allowable, so were just essentially posting what the law is,” said Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke.

Bird Island lies in both North and South Carolina, but does not fall under the jurisdiction of any Brunswick County town. However, the part of the beach in North Carolina is subject to the state laws.

Cooke said the no nude bathing signs will also list other illegal acts such as littering and setting off fireworks.

The signs could be up within the next few months.

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Signs on one Brunswick County beach could soon reveal the naked truth about North Carolina nudist laws. Many beach goers believe that Bird Island is a nude beach, but public nudity is banned by North Carolina law.

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Big boom theory — power outage in Wilmington

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

A mysterious boom heard – and felt – by many people in the Wilmington area Tuesday morning apparently was caused by a fallen tree limb.Scott Sutton, a spokesman for Progress Energy, said a tree limb fell on a power line on Masonboro Loop Road, causing power equipment to malfunction and a “boom” to echo throughout the area.

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Monkey Junction annexation vote comes Tuesday night

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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The proposed annexation of ninety acres in Monkey Junction is a hot topic. There have been multiple public hearings on the issue already, and Tuesday night, it comes to a head.

The history of the proposal goes back eleven years. In 1998, city leaders first proposed annexing an area of Monkey Junction, ultimately making it part of the city of Wilmington.

Somewhere along the line there was an error, and the proposal was removed.

Fast forward to 2009, and annexation is back on City Council’s agenda.

“The law is very clear, as cities and area get more urban in natures, cities have the right to annex those particular areas,” said Mayor Bill Saffo.

According to NC state law, residents of the area annexed area would have to pay both county and city taxes.

The area consists of more than 90 acres along Carolina Beach and South College roads and would affect around 3,900 residents and businesses.

Many residents aren’t happy.

City leaders say paying to use city amenities is inevitable. Other urban areas in the country without annexation laws, find ways to charge people for city services.

“Toll booths, some cities, if you drive into the city, you pay a toll, to come through that city, so if they do away with the annexation laws, the state is going to have to find other mechanisms to help pay for it,” Mayor Saffo explained.

City Council’s annexation vote will come during Tuesday’s meeting.

One of the reasons residents are upset about the vote is that they don’t have a say at all.

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The proposed annexation of ninety acres in Monkey Junction is a hot topic. There have been multiple public hearings on the issue already, and Tuesday night, it comes to a head.

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