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Archive for April, 2009

Oak Island sees ashes from Horry County fire

Monday, April 27th, 2009

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Horry County fire ashes made their way to Oak Island. A video was shot at the South East 74th public beach access. Residents said the ash has progressively washed further from the shore line.

The black flakes first appeared a few days ago, making the water appear dirty to beach goers. Some are concerned about the environmental impact. “There’s lots of children around here and you don’t know what the after effects are going to be after the ashes left there,” said Oak Island resident Debbie Allen.

Officials with the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries said the ash is not harmful, unless it came from wood that was treated with chemicals. If that were the case, it could potentially be harmful, but there’s no way to know for sure.

Oak Island Public Works has no plans to clean it up. Oak Island’s director said they are going to let nature take its course.

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Horry County fire ashes made their way to Oak Island. A video was shot at the South East 74th public beach access. Residents said the ash has progressively washed further from the shore line.

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Police identify woman killed in Lanvale Road wreck

Monday, April 27th, 2009

A woman died Monday in Brunswick County when a dump truck ran into the side of her car on Lanvale Road just south of U.S. 74-76. Drivers were advised to avoid the area.

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Jeep Hit By Semi Truck

Monday, April 27th, 2009

A Jeep was struck and a woman seriously injured when it pulled out in front of a semi truck at Maco and Goodman roads in Brunswick County Monday.

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Wilmington artist has work discovered online

Monday, April 27th, 2009

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From hometown to Hollywood, one local artist has been discovered online. His work to be used as part of a set in a hit TV series.

Etsy.com is an online marketplace for all things handmade. John Golden advertised his artwork on the site and was discovered by the set decorator of ABC’s new series, Cupid.

“It’s been more than my wildest dreams as far as being able to just get my stuff out there and having it well received,” Golden said.

John Golden and his mother own an art shop in downtown Wilmington. John created much of his artwork digitally, using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

He sells his work on a website for artists called Etsy.com where the set director for the new ABC series Cupid came across John’s work.

He bought a few pieces, and now several hang on the walls in the lead character’s apartment.

John said he owes much of his business’ success to having an online presence. “I blog, I Twitter, I do all that stuff. Presence is an important part of it so that you can be found.”

Even though his online business is thriving, John said there is a value to keeping his downtown shop open. “I kind of hate to think of what it would be like for someone who comes every year on their vacation and we’re not here.”

And some people would prefer looking at the artwork in the store rather than online. “I like it because you get a better view of what you’re looking at and the size, you tell more about the size than you can online. I like to see the original and what it looks like,” said shopper Gary Smith.

This isn’t John’s first brush with fame. Some of his work was also is an episode of HBO’s Eastbound and Down.

You can see John’s artwork on Etsy.com or at his shop, the Golden Gallery, on Front Street in downtown Wilmington.

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videoFrom hometown to Hollywood, one local artist has been discovered online. His work to be used as part of a set in a hit TV series.

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UPDATE: Woman seriously injured in crash; Maco and Goodman roads closed

Monday, April 27th, 2009

A woman was flown by helicopter to New Hanover Regional Medical Center after being seriously injured Monday afternoon in a collision between a Jeep and a tractor-trailer, a state Highway Patrol trooper said.Maco and Goodman roads near Leland remained closed for about two hours after the crash was reported at 4 p.m.

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