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Archive for May, 2009

Wave bus turns into fireball

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

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Four passengers and a Wave Transit bus driver are safe after the bus caught on fire around 6:30 Saturday night near Market and Wayne streets in Wilmington.

According to firefighters, the driver saw smoke coming out from under the hood.

The driver pulled over, and got the four passengers out before the front of the bus burst in to flames, and destroyed the vehicle.

Traffic was shut down for about an hour on Market Street while crews battled the flames. Luckily everyone got out safely.

Witnesses said the scene was shocking. “The whole bus was on fire. I could feel the heat all the way from the gate. It was like a giant fireball. It was crazy,” explained witness Jack Guttenberger.

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Four passengers and a Wave Transit bus driver are safe after the bus caught on fire around 6:30 Saturday night near Market and Wayne streets in Wilmington.

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Mailmen help food bank by picking up more than mail

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

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Area post offices partnered with the food bank to help fill food pantries on Saturday.

Mail trucks, both big and small, picked up canned and boxed food along their route and brought it to the post office.

Volunteers greeted the drivers to help pack up the food for deliveries.

Food bank organizers say the support couldn’t come at a better time. “Everybody likes to give during the holidays and now the food is sort of dwindling and this will restock everything in our food bank,” said Beverly Hollingsworth of the Food Bank of Wilmington.

Volunteers expect to collect more than 10,000 pounds of food at each of the five post office collection sites.

The food bank serves shelters, pantries, and youth programs in four counties in our area.

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Area post offices partnered with the food bank to help fill food pantries on Saturday.

Mail trucks, both big and small, picked up canned and boxed food along their route and brought it to the post office.

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UNCW grads enter the real world

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

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Another round of college graduates entered the real world Saturday, as it was day two for graduation ceremonies at UNCW.

Family and friends gathered in Trask Coliseum during two processions for the College of Arts and Sciences.

On Friday, the Cameron School of Business, the School of Nursing, and the Watson School of Education all had ceremonies.

It’s the first time the university held four graduation ceremonies over two days.

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Another round of college graduates entered the real world Saturday, as it was day two for graduation ceremonies at UNCW.

Family and friends gathered in Trask Coliseum during two processions for the College of Arts and Sciences.

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National Tourism Week celebrated locally

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

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Each day, visitors from all over the country fly into ILM. This week they’ll feel a little more welcome than usual. As part of the 26th National Tourism Week the Cape Fear Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau will be giving out free snacks, drinks, and souvenirs to tourists.

“We’re just making everybody feel really welcome and really aware of tourism in our community,” said Mary Ann Toler of the Cape Fear Visitor Bureau.

With travel and tourism among the state’s fastest growing industry, it makes sense to show some visitor appreciation.

In New Hanover County alone tourism is responsible for pumping more than $425 million and 5,500 jobs into our economy, which makes many locals more than happy to roll out the welcome mat. “We get excited because people come from all over the world here and they come to see the history, they love to see the museums, and they love to go to the movie studios, people love to come and see just our beautiful historic city,” said Noni Boalt of the Cape Fear Visitor Bureau.

Visitors have plenty of options when visiting the Wilmington area. “We’re hoping to do some of the kayaking and see some of the salt marshes and things like that. Maybe go to the beach, haven’t been to the beach yet this year,” said Jeff Stevens.

With great access to transportation, even those visiting other travel destinations come through the Port City. “We come down the same time every year. We flew to Wilmington this year because it’s more economical than flying to Myrtle,” said Bill Worgull.

But when it’s time to leave the reaction is usually the same. “We’d like to stay longer, but we’ve got to get back,” Stevens said.

New Hanover County ranks eighth out of 100 North Carolina counties for tourist spending.

The Cape Fear Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau said the industry saves county residents almost $200 in taxes each year.

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videoEach day, visitors from all over the country fly into ILM. This week they’ll feel a little more welcome than usual. As part of the 26th National Tourism Week the Cape Fear Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau will be giving out free snacks, drinks, and souvenirs to tourists.

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Coast Guard hosts safety demonstrations

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

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Hundreds of people gathered at the Coast Guard Station in Oak Island to learn more about the men and woman who help keep us safe.

Military units, as well as local safety and emergency services, were on hand to teach people about safety.

The educational event also had career information for anyone looking for work in these fields. ”You have to know first of all, how to keep yourself out of trouble. It’s much easier to avoid trouble than to get yourself out of it. But if you do get into a problem, the government has all these facilities and volunteer groups that are willing to come to your aid,” said George Asimos of USCG Auxiliary Operations.

While people were meeting with emergency service workers, they were also able to get their hands on the equipment.

There were several demonstrations as well. People could go through the wreckage of a burnt car, save “Oscar”, the pretend victim-from drowning and even sit in emergency vehicles.

”We’ve set up all terrain vehicles and the exhibit is actually for the children to come out and see what we do at sunny point military ocean terminal,” explained Stephanie Blasingame.

It was free to attend Saturday’s events, but those who attended were encouraged to bring non-perishable food to donate to the North Carolina Food Bank.

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Hundreds of people gathered at the Coast Guard Station in Oak Island to learn more about the men and woman who help keep us safe.

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