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Archive for May, 2009

Biodiesel fuel makes its way to Wilmington

Friday, May 8th, 2009

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Five-hundred gallons of free biodiesel were up for grabs in ten gallon installments at Eco-Collection Systems in Wilmington Friday afternoon. The B100, refined from used frying oil, went quickly; from a solar powered pump, no less.

“The thing I like is the smell. It is not that horrible diesel smell,” said biodiesel user Skye Dunning.

It smells an environmentally friendly shade of green. There are no fossil fuels involved in B100 biodiesel, just used cooking oil. The oil is put into settling tanks for processing at the Eco-Collections Systems facility on North Kerr and then shipped to Triangle Biofuels for refining. It comes back here to be sold by Cape Fear Biofuels.

Eco-Collections Systems is growing its collection network of local restaurants. Barbara Croll of Chick-Fil-A said, “They come out, it’s been so easy. Much better than what we used to do. It’s been a great relationship.”

Cameron Calhoun from Eco-Collections Systems said, “We need their oil. We will pay for it. It’s a win-win for them. We love doing it.”

Biodiesel currently sells for $2.45 a gallon, and yes, Cameron burns it exclusively in his car.

If you know someone in the restaurant business who might be interested in recycling their used cooking grease, contact Eco-Collections Systems.

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videoFive-hundred gallons of free biodiesel were up for grabs in ten gallon installments at Eco-Collection Systems in Wilmington Friday afternoon.

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Severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 9 p.m. Friday

Friday, May 8th, 2009

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for counties in the southeastern part of the state, including Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.The watch is in effect until 9 p.m. Friday.- Shannan Bowen

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State lawmakers to vote on new Pender and New Hanover County districts

Friday, May 8th, 2009

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State lawmakers are expected to vote next week on a new map of House districts for New Hanover and Pender counties.

Thursday, a special House committee approved a plan to redraw the lines for the 18th District represented by Democrat Sandra Spaulding Hughes, and the 16th District represented by Republican Carolyn Justice.

The full House is scheduled to discuss the plan Monday. The final map would go into effect for elections next year.

The change comes after the US Supreme Court ruled the 18th District an unconstitutional minority-influence district.

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State lawmakers are expected to vote next week on a new map of House districts for New Hanover and Pender counties.

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Accident claims the life of West Brunswick High senior

Friday, May 8th, 2009

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Just two weeks before high school graduation, a car crash has claimed the life of a West Brunswick senior. The accident happened Thursday night on Royal Oak Road, just north of Shallotte.

Five teenage boys, all from West Brunswick High, were heading home for the night, when the driver lost control and veered off the road. He over corrected, crossed the road, and hit a tree. The driver of the car, 18-year-old Jacob Moseley, was killed at the scene. A passenger is hospitalized in critical condition. Three others walked away from the crash.

“It is a feeling you can’t describe, as you spend 7 hours a day with these kids, you get attached to them,” said West Brunswick principal George Kelley. “Losing them is like losing a part of your family. Obviously a senior, fixing to graduate on June 13th, and he’s not here anymore.”

Friday was a teacher work day, so West Brunswick students had the day off. Superintendent Katie McGee said grief counselors will be at the school on Monday.

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Just two weeks before high school graduation, a car crash has claimed the life of a West Brunswick senior.

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Update: Crash involving 5 West Brunswick students kills one; another on life support

Friday, May 8th, 2009

A West Brunswick High School student has died as a result of a car accident early Friday.

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