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Archive for May, 2009

Suspect arrested in case of Southport woman

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Police have arrested a suspect in the case of Gladys Myrie, the Southport woman who was found dead Friday afternoon.

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Business booming for many this Memorial Day weekend

Monday, May 25th, 2009

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With a struggling economy, everyone is looking for ways to take a vacation without breaking the bank.

“I try to eat out not as many times, cooking in, on holidays have a barbeque or something like that,” said Kevin Bessette.

With plenty of free activities, Carolina Beach was a popular destination for the Memorial Day weekend. “Swimming in the ocean, that’s fun, and playing in the sand,” said Chloe Bessette.

Despite the fact that people are trying to save money this Memorial Day weekend, business owners in Carolina Beach say the new rides have helped them find a way to dig into their wallets.

“We think that our rides have probably had a big impact because it’s been the very busiest it can be,” said Beth Caggiano of King’s Beachwear.

Many vacationers are trying to save money by cutting travel expenses this year, but for the beach businesses some budgeting has been a blessing in disguise.

A trend they hope continues throughout the season.

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Amerian Legion Post 10 hosts memorial

Monday, May 25th, 2009

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Veterans attended a service at the New Hanover County War Memorial Monday afternoon. American Legion Post 10 hosted the event at the site in Hugh MacRae Park.

The service opened with a moment of silence at 3:00, which is the time the President asked everyone to pause to remember our fallen heroes.

Veterans, members of the public, law enforcement, and elected officials attended.

“What we call our rights were fought and earned by these veterans, many who gave their lives and that’s who we’re honoring today, those who lost their lives in defense of our country,” said Milton Woodle of Post 10.

Representatives from different organizations placed wreaths in front of the memorial. Post 10’s Honor Guard also had a role in today’s service.

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Veterans attended a service at the New Hanover County War Memorial Monday afternoon. American Legion Post 10 hosted the event at the site in Hugh MacRae Park.

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Police car rammed, two arrested

Monday, May 25th, 2009

A teenage driver is accused of purposely striking a police car Sunday morning and trying to escape by hiding in a cemetery in Wilmington.

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Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue kept busy this Memorial Day weekend

Monday, May 25th, 2009

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Still no sign of a missing swimmer off Carolina Beach. The Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday afternoon for 19-year-old Fayetteville resident Angel Gonzalez, who went missing around 5:30 Saturday afternoon.

Angel was swimming with his brother, but Angel never made it back to shore.

While the coast guard called off the water search Sunday, Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue stepped up patrol along the shoreline.

Ocean Rescue Director Simon Sanders says rip currents are likely to blame for the disappearance. “Waves come over the sandbar, the water builds up in shore of the sandbar and has to find a way out to the sea, that creates a channel in the sandbar called a rip current.”

Sanders said the conditions this weekend kept Carolina Beach lifeguards extremely busy.

“We’ve been on and off our stands all day. There have been tons of rescues.”

There were more than 100 rescues at Carolina Beach on Saturday and Sunday alone.

Red flags have been posted to warn swimmers of the danger. “Last summer when we were here, I did not see the signs for the riptides that tell you how to get out of them, but I notice this summer they have the signs up, which helps,” said concerned parent Beth Morris.

In all, over 60 people have been involved in the rescue effort this weekend. The Coast Guard, the Carolina Beach Police & Fire Department, EMS and Ocean Rescue and the
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Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue has added more lifeguard stands and put warning signs in the sand to further protect swimmers.

Remember, if you get caught in a rip current, don’t try to fight it. Swim parallel to the shore to get out of it, then swim in.

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