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Archive for April, 2009

Fires causing concern in Columbus County

Friday, April 24th, 2009

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The affects of the fires around Myrtle Beach are being felt beyond Horry County. Wind is pushing smoke and ash into Columbus County in North Carolina.

On what was supposed to be a clear day, the sky turned dark gray.

“You can tell it’s a lot of smoke and ashes. You can see the ashes coming around right now,” said Tabor City resident Danny Perritte.

It fell like snow flurries, easily visible on newly washed cars, but residents say the smoke and ash were the least of their problems. “The smell is awful, it really is. It smells like burnt flesh,” said Denise Bellamy.

The Tabor City Fire Department was quiet today. The fire fighters resting up after a day of fighting the wildfires until the sun went down.

But this afternoon, trucks returned to the station, gearing up to head back into South Carolina to help fight the blazes.

“We’ll go down there and stay as long as they need us,” explained Fire Chief Jerry Hodges.

Chief Hodges said the crew had some close calls on Thursday, but that wouldn’t keep them from going back to help.

With much of the focus in South Carolina, Tabor City residents hope the help of local fire departments will keep them in their homes.

“We thought we were going to have to evacuate because we didn’t know how bad it would get. We didn’t know if the fire was going to come this way or what,” said Denise Bellamy.

Tabor City residents dropped off water and Gatorade to help keep the fire fighters hydrated.

In all, six engines from Columbus County fire departments, and 20 volunteers from around the county, have been helping out in Myrtle Beach.

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videoThe affects of the fires around Myrtle Beach are being felt beyond Horry County. Wind is pushing smoke and ash into Columbus County in North Carolina.

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School workers suspended after boy left at lake

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Five South Brunswick High School employees have been suspended after a school bus left a mentally disabled student behind at Wilmington’s Greenfield Lake Park during a field trip.

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Worldly turtle winds up at Topsail

Friday, April 24th, 2009

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Willamina, or Willy for short, is a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle that’s stirred up plenty of worldwide attention because she’s the first turtle to own two passports.

Back in 2007, Willy was found in bad shape after she washed up on the shores of Woolancombe Bay off the southwest coast of England.

“We didn’t giver her a lot of chance. When she first washed up we couldn’t even tell what species she was because her shell was in such bad condition,” said Claire Little of the UK Sea Life Sanctuary.

After nursing this endangered species turtle back to health, the second piece of this marine miracle would be getting Willy back home in her native waters. That’s where the Topsail Sea Turtle Hospital comes in.

Willy was packed up and flown more than 16 hours overseas from the UK to Raleigh as a VIT… a very important turtle.

Willy’s journey is so rare, it’s getting international coverage. A crew from the BBC is filming her trip for a documentary.

“We are just really excited about this opportunity to get Willy back home in her native waters with the foods she knows to eat,” said Topsail Sea Turtle Hospital Director Jean Beasley.

The turtle hospital plans to release Willy in June when the water temperature is just right.

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videoWillamina, or Willy for short, is a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle that’s stirred up plenty of worldwide attention because she’s the first turtle to own two passports.

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WPD interested in Iannone, former suspect in Foy and Rothen murders

Friday, April 24th, 2009

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The man cleared as a person of interest in the murders of Allison Foy and Angela Rothen is once again a suspect.

Wilmington police detectives confirmed today that Tim Iannone is back on their radar.

He was dismissed as a suspect in November after passing a lie detector and searches of his home were inconclusive.

Investigators would not confirm why Iannone is once again a suspect, but said they have new information that points back to him.

“At the time we did everything we could to prove him guilty or prove him innocent and we came up with nothing since that time we have gotten some newer leads that lead us back toward looking at Iannone again,” said Detective Overton of the WPD.

Iannone is currently in jail on an unrelated charge.

Sunday marks one year since the remains of Allison Jackson Foy and Angela Rothen were found in a wooded area off of Carolina Beach Road.

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The man cleared as a person of interest in the murders of Allison Foy and Angela Rothen is once again a suspect.

Wilmington police detectives confirmed today that Tim Iannone is back on their radar.

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Fewer people out of work

Friday, April 24th, 2009

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There is some good news on the unemployment front. The March numbers are out and unemployment rates decreased in every county in our viewing area.

Unemployment in Bladen County decreased the most, from about 14 percent to 12 percent

Brunswick and Columbus counties dropped by about 1%. In Pender, it went down .7%, and New Hanover .4%.

“We went from 9.7 last month to 9.3 from February to March which is typical for this time of year, but we’re still about double what we were last year,” said Walker Biggs of the NHC Employment Security Commission.

More good news; statewide unemployment decreased in 84 of 100 North Carolina counties.

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There is some good news on the unemployment front. The March numbers are out and unemployment rates decreased in every county in our viewing area.

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