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Archive for June, 2009

New Hanover kicks off another park project

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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New Hanover County is getting another park. The county and City of Wilmington are had a construction kickoff ceremony Wednesday morning at Olsen Park off Murrayville Road.

The nearly $4 million project will include 32 acres of recreational space, five softball fields, restrooms, roads and parking.

The money is from the 2006 Parks and Greenspace bond.

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New Hanover County is getting another park. The county and City of Wilmington are had a construction kickoff ceremony Wednesday morning at Olsen Park off Murrayville Road.

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High tides cause more flooding in Carolina Beach

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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Parts of our area are drying out this morning after more high water along the coast Tuesday night. In Carolina Beach, unusually high tides have caused flooding for a second straight night.

Water covered Canal Drive for a 7 block stretch due to several environmental influences. It was not unexpected but causes problems as the water comes up through the storm sewer and drains.

Wilmington’s Arianna Torello said, “We were really surprised. We were about to go to the carnival. We looked at our neighbors and the water was up to their staircase and we said, ‘Oh my gosh’. We then looked over there and the road was totally flooded.”

“It’s a nightmare. There’s nothing you can do to stop it. Just put all your electronics, all your furniture on blocks and hope and pray it doesn’t go into your house,” said Nathan Young of Carolina Beach.

Carolina Beach Police warned motorists not to drive down Canal Drive. That forced some people to walk through the water or find a detour.

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Parts of our area are drying out this morning after more high water along the coast Tuesday night. In Carolina Beach, unusually high tides have caused flooding for a second straight night.

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High tides and flooding likely Tuesday night in low-lying areas

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

For a second straight night, the National Weather Service is warning that high tides could again inundate low-lying coastal areas.Normal astronomical high tides will be pushed higher Tuesday evening by a low-pressure system off New England, leading to tides that could be a foot or more above normal levels.

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Cape Fear Public Utility Authority votes on budget

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority’s board is expected to vote on its budget for the next fiscal year Wednesday.

The board is considering increasing the threshold on the tiered rate structure it uses, meaning customers would not be charged a higher rate until they use 12,000 gallons. The current system increases rates after 9,000 gallons.

The public is invited to attend and comment, but it is not a hearing.

The meetings start at 9:00 a.m. at the authority’s administrative building at 235 Government Center Drive in Wilmington.

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The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority’s board is expected to vote on its budget for the next fiscal year Wednesday. The board is considering increasing the threshold on the tiered rate structure it uses, meaning customers would not be charged a higher rate until they use 12,000 gallons.

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Man charged in robbery of Castle Hayne gas station

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

A hold-up at a Castle Hayne Road gas station Tuesday night ended in an arrest after a K-9 tracked a suspect to a nearby mobile home park.

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