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Cape Fear Pride Burgaw: Burgaw Train Depot

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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The historic train depot came to life in 1850, long before Burgaw was a town and Pender was still a general. “The depot was built 25 years before Pender County was formed, there was no town here, just a rural community,” described historian Mike Taylor.

When it was first built the depot was just 33 feet long; big enough to play a large role in the Civil War. “It was a headquarters after the fall of Wilmington for the Confederate Generals. It was also a gathering place for several thousand prisoners of war,” Taylor added.

As Burgaw grew, so did the depot. It has been expanded twice, first in 1898 again in 1916. Today, the once tiny depot is as long as a football field, but the depot has been quiet for years. The last train to travel the tracks was in the early 1980’s. Taylor said, “That day, several hundred people gathered by the tracks to see the last train come through and I’m sure it was an emotional day.”

There has been an undeniable connection between the town and the depot. A few years after the last train left the station the depot earned recognition as a historical landmark. The North Carolina Archives of History declared it the oldest surviving depot in the state in the mid 1980’s,” Taylor said.

Walls and beams from the original structure remain, but the building continues to change with the times. “The depot is being renovated to a civic center, and it’s going to be the jewel of the town, it really is,” Taylor said.

A jewel that’s on track to chug along well into the future.

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videoThis month our Cape Fear Pride series has been chugging along in Burgaw. Today we take a look at the historic train depot in beautiful downtown.

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Young boaters targeted in new bill

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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A new bill in Raleigh is targeting young boaters. Wednesday, House lawmakers approved a bill that would make people under the age of 26 complete a boating safety course, or pass a boating operation test.

Violators would not face any monetary penalties, just court costs.

The North Carolina Wildlife Commission would not comment on the proposed bill until it passes the Senate.

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A new bill in Raleigh is targeting young boaters. Wednesday, House lawmakers approved a bill that would make people under the age of 26 complete a boating safety course, or pass a boating operation test.

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Thunderstorms producing heavy rain in Brunswick, New Hanover counties

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Thunderstorms were producing heavy rain over Brunswick and New Hanover counties at 5:10 p.m., the National Weather Service office in Wilmington said.

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Smithfield Packing, union agree on NC contract

Friday, June 26th, 2009

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TAR HEEL, N.C. — Smithfield Packing Co. and a union that worked for years to organize a huge North Carolina slaughterhouse say they have agreed on their first contract for the plant.

Smithfield spokesman Dennis Pittman confirmed the agreement Friday, but said he couldn’t provide details until the workers were informed. A union ratification vote is scheduled June 30 and July 1.

The company began negotiating on the contract in February with the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1208. About 5,000 workers are eligible to vote on the contract.

The two sides spent 16 years in a heated dispute over union efforts. The union won the support of a majority of voting workers in December.

Smithfield Packing is a wholly owned subsidiary of Smithfield, Va.-based Smithfield Foods Inc.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Smithfield Packing Co. and a union that worked for years to organize a huge North Carolina slaughterhouse say they have agreed on their first contract for the plant.

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Officials rush to clear way for ‘green’ wind power

Friday, June 26th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

There are still plenty of people in North Carolina who believe harnessing the coast’s winds holds great potential to meet at least part of the state’s future energy needs.

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