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Archive for April, 2009

Whats Happening: May 1-3

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

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Sports lovers, you can check out some of our own world-class athletes at a new exhibit at the Cape Fear Museum. From Harlem Globetrotters to Wimbledon champs, a score of artifacts and memorabilia will be on display. The exhibit opens on Friday.

In this economy, some people can not afford dental care. But this weekend, you can attend a dental clinic at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church for free. This clinic is Friday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. You have to meet certain income requirements. The church is located on South College Road in Wilmington. Patients will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Saturday, get some exercise while enjoying the great outdoors. It is the 20th Annual River to Sea bike Ride. Meet at 8:30 in downtown Wilmington on Front Street between Market and Princess streets. The 20-mile ride begins at 9:00. The route takes you to Wrightsville Beach Park and back.

The 2009 Covenant Moravian Church Arts and Crafts Show is Saturday. The church is located on South College Road in Wilmington. Stop by any time between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to check out paintings, jewelry, pottery and much more. Admission is free.

It is a day for your four-legged friends to have fun. The 8th Annual Paw Jam is Saturday at Battleship Park. It runs from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. A five dollar admission for adults, pets are free. Proceeds benefit area animal rescues and shelters.

Can’t make it to the Kentucky Derby? You have a couple of options.

Thalian Hall is holding a Run for the Roses Kentucky Derby Party to benefit Lower Cape Fear Historical Society. Complete with mint juleps and derby hats, it begins at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are fifty dollars.

Starting a little earlier in the day is a Mint Julep Jubilee at Poplar Grove Plantation. This Kentucky Derby celebration runs from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Sixty dollar tickets include beer, wine, mint juleps and a buffet.

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

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videoGrab your zaniest hat; it is Kentucky Derby parties galore this weekend. Plus, your dog can do some horsing around on Saturday.

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Chief Evangelous discusses Foy and Rothen case

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

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A double-murder case in Wilmington has become quite contentious as of late.

The remains of two Wilmington women, Allison Jackson Foy and Angela Rothen, were found just over a year ago off Carolina Beach Road.

No arrests have been made, and some have questioned the department’s timing, when it came to sending out pieces of the victim’s clothing for DNA testing.

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous was in studio for WWAY’s Ask the Chief, and wanted to set the record straight.

“We never worked on the assumption that there would be a DNA test. In fact there’s little likelihood that there will be any match in this DNA testing. As for the unnecessary delay, it is important to point out that the state lab would not have accepted any evidence until we had a positive id on the victims. Please remember that every murder case is important. Not just these two. In between October and January of ’08, we solved and closed six other murder investigations. Six other ones; these same detectives including other violent crimes and armed robberies. In addition, these investigators worked on numerous other cases. It’s not just like we can focus all our resources on this one case. We have multiple other cases we have to balance at the same time. And lastly, despite what we see on CSI on TV, physical evidence is just one small part of a very intense in depth investigation. Collecting the facts and the evidence in this case never stopped and we will keep collecting facts, the investigation is ongoing. And the second we have enough evidence to arrest someone and charge him, they will be arrested.”

A man named Tim Iannone has been on the radar as a possible suspect. The chief says no one has been ruled out.

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The remains of two Wilmington women, Allison Jackson Foy and Angela Rothen, were found just over a year ago off Carolina Beach Road.

No arrests have been made, and some have questioned the department’s timing, when it came to sending out pieces of the victim’s clothing for DNA testing.

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Stimulus funds pay to repair Army dock at Sunny Point

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

The Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point is getting almost $2 million to repair a security boat dock that was destroyed during Tropical Storm Hanna. Congressman Mike McIntyre announced Wednesday that the largest ammunition port in the nation would soon be able to fix its boat dock thanks to $1.9 million in stimulus funds.

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Lawmakers want structures to keep shoreline sand from washing away

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

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State lawmakers said coastal regulators should allow waterfront communities to build permanent structures to keep shoreline sand from washing away.

The State Senate voted to give the Coastal Resources Commission authority to grant construction of what is called a terminal groin. Such a structure entraps sand, keeping the shoreline intact and preventing sand from clogging the inlet.

The commission has banned such structures since 1985 to prevent risky waterfront building.

The bill now goes to the House.

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State lawmakers said coastal regulators should allow waterfront communities to build permanent structures to keep shoreline sand from washing away.

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Home insurance rates on the rise for our area

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

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If you own a home in our area, your homeowners insurance is about to go up. Depending on where you live, the increase could be significant.

Insurance rates across the state are determined based on an area’s degree of “risk”. Those of us who live along the coast are considered at high risk. Homeowner Steven Dutton said, “Whatever they charge, tough luck, you’ve got to pay or else you’ve got to move.”

Steven owns two homes in New Hanover County. The insurance rates on both of his properties are about to go up. For him, it’s double or nothing. “The frustration for me comes in that you literally have a gun to your head saying, you have to pay this, because you’ve got to have the coverage.”

Here is how insurance will increase:

Our area is split up into three territories. The area in blue is Columbus and Bladen counties. The red is New Hanover, Brunswick, Onslow and Pender. The yellow is the parts of the counties that touch the coastline.

The area in blue is looking at a 12 percent increase, the red about 29.8, and the yellow will see 17.5.

Kim Guyton of Oleander Insurance said, “We live on the coast so we are at a higher risk of hurricanes and things of that nature. So it’s going to be higher than if you lived inland.”

The North Carolina Department of Insurance has the jurisdiction to determine what areas are at a higher risk than others. Problem is, hiking the rates now may put people in a bind. “Any cost of living increase in any economic conditions is painful,” said Dutton.

Dutton said right now, homeowner insurance is a must, whether he likes to pay for it or not. But it paves the road for other companies to step in and challenge these rates. “A solution to this would be, to create an environment that encourages competition,” Dutton added.

It is important to point out these rate increases are separate from the beach plan you may have heard about. The beach plan refers to just wind and hail insurance, as opposed to general homeowner’s coverage and effects coastal counties. The beach plan rate hike is currently on hold.

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videoIf you own a home in our area, your homeowners insurance is about to go up. Depending on where you live, the increase could be significant.

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