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Archive for June, 2009

Pork council sanctions barbecue cook-off at blueberry fest

Friday, June 19th, 2009

By Kellen MooreKellen.Moore@StarNewsOnline.com

Despite the unusual flavor combination, the sixth annual N.C. Blueberry Festival began Friday in Burgaw with a barbecue cook-off pitting 11 teams from around the state.

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Jellyfish making their way to the shore

Friday, June 19th, 2009

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Carolina Beach has seen an increase in visitors, but instead of two legs, they’ve got tentacles.

Jellyfish are washing up along the shores of Carolina Beach in large numbers.

Ocean rescue reported at least thirty have lined the coast in the past two days.

Even after they’ve washed up on shore, the gelatinous sea creature can still get you.

“If you see a jelly fish in the water or up on the beach strand, don’t touch them. Just let a lifeguard know or a police officer and we can get them up off the beach and dispose of them properly. They can still sting you dead or alive,” said Stephen Baize of Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue.

Lifeguards say jellies follow the current of the ocean, and its been taking them on to the shore.

Despite the large number washing up, there have only been about a dozen stings in the last few days.

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Carolina Beach has seen an increase in visitors, but instead of two legs, they’ve got tentacles.

Jellyfish are washing up along the shores of Carolina Beach in large numbers.

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WHQR offers all-classical format to digital customers

Friday, June 19th, 2009

By Ben SteelmanBen.Steelman@StarNewOnline.com

Since June 1, Wilmington has had its own 24-hour, all-classical-music radio channel – but not many listeners can hear it just yet.

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New VA clinic opens in Wilmington

Friday, June 19th, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

A new veterans’ clinic officially opened Friday under new management.

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Do hot days cause hot tempers?

Friday, June 19th, 2009

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Hot temperatures have a way of drawing people out to our beaches or just out for a stroll, but it could also be a draw for bad behavior.

“The nicer the weather, people will want to stay out longer at night and that type of thing,” said Sgt. Barry Key of the WPD.

Key has been with the Wilmington Police Department for over twenty years. He says the summer months keeps the WPD busy with crowds enjoying the weather resulting in more disturbance calls, noise complaints and even assaults.

“A lot of times in those situations, they are drinking and having a good time and tempers will start to flare,” Key said.

He says many of the problems stem from crowds who are influenced by some liquid courage, also known as alcohol.

Downtown Wilmington has been a trouble spot for police, which prompted the department to take added precautions. The police department has installed new cameras downtown to keep an eye out for mischief.

Key says no matter the season, crime is all about opportunities. “Crime is people taking advantage of opportunity and if they see an opportunity and they think they can get away with something then that’s usually when it increases.”

The North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety says studies have been done on spikes in crime over the summer, but there is no conclusive proof that hot weather causes bad behavior.

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