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Archive for July, 2009

Authorities say cycling advocate killed

Monday, July 13th, 2009

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APEX, N.C. — A cyclist who was an advocate for bicycling for recreation and as alternative transportation was killed after colliding with a vehicle Saturday.

WRAL-TV reported that Apex Police Capt. Ann Stephens said a preliminary investigation showed cyclist Bruce W. Rosar had made a left turn and crossed into the path of the vehicle.

Rosar, from Cary, had been director of the North Carolina Active Transportation Alliance. The collision took place at an intersection just after noon.

Stephens said the vehicle involved in the collision stopped at the scene. Rosar was taken to WakeMed.

Rosar was also a past president of the NC Bicycle Club, according to his Web site.

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

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A cyclist who was an advocate for bicycling for recreation and as alternative transportation was killed after colliding with a vehicle Saturday.

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What’s up with Benson?

Monday, July 13th, 2009

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If you live in the Wilmington area, you have probably driven to Raleigh at one time or another. Considering it’s the state capitol, you’d think more DOT signs around New Hanover County would have Raleigh on them instead of Benson. This has always bugged our John Rendleman, so who better to tell us more.

Benson is located in Johnston County. It is about 90 minutes north of Wilmington and it is fairly close to the Interstate 40 – Interstate 95 intersection. The state Department of Transportation labels Benson a destination city, but Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill seem to be more worthy of a destination tag.

Joe Chance, a traffic engineer for the NC DOT said, “That’s always the way it’s been designated. We just follow the MUTCD guideline – the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices.”

“Benson and Raleigh go together. Benson is the first big city you come to,” said Chance.

Benson, a big city? The population of Benson is just under 4,000!

Chance added, “You’re talking about a situation that’s never been brought up. Nobody has ever questioned it that I know of.”

Maybe someone does need to question it. Clear, concise signage should be expected when you’re driving 65 mph.

Perhaps there are more mule fans than we realize. Residents of Benson celebrate Mule Days every September. It is a festival that attracts over 60,000 people a year. Maybe that is the real reason for all the Benson signs.

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videoIf you live in the Wilmington area, you have probably driven to Raleigh at one time or another. Considering it’s the state capitol, you’d think more DOT signs around New Hanover County would have Raleigh on them instead of Benson. This has always bugged our John Rendleman, so who better to tell us more.

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Cape Fear Bridge westbound lanes reopen

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Both westbound lanes of the Cape Fear Bridge were closed after an accident Monday morning but have been reopened.

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Flooding subsides at Racine Drive, New Centre Drive

Monday, July 13th, 2009

The flooding has subsided on Racine and New Centre drives, according to a New Hanover County dispatcher. The two roads, which were major problem areas during last Monday’s storm, had been flooded earlier this morning.

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Wilmington Police looking for help in fatal shooting of teenager

Monday, July 13th, 2009

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A 17-year-old Wilmington boy died Sunday, after someone shot him in downtown Wilmington Saturday night. Now Wilmington Police need your help finding his killer.

Tyshawn Gause was shot Saturday night, just before midnight, on the sidewalk in the 500 of North Eighth Street. Gause was conscious and talking when he was taken to the hospital Saturday, but he died from his injuries Sunday afternoon.

Detectives want anyone with any information to call 910-343-3600, or you can text an anonymous tip. Text 708 and send your message to ‘Crimes.”

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A 17-year-old Wilmington boy died Sunday, after someone shot him in downtown Wilmington Saturday night. Now Wilmington Police need your help finding his killer.

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