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Archive for July, 2009

Task force offers ideas for controlling Wilmington nightlife

Friday, July 10th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

At 2 a.m. on weekends, after bartenders have served last call and lights are turned on, downtown Wilmington can become disordered with people stumbling around, fights breaking out and taxis blocking traffic as they try to pick up customers.

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Safe Kids reminds drivers of the dangers of a hot car

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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As parents, our lives can be extremely hectic, but we know the summer months in this region can be sweltering. That is why it’s so important that we remember not to leave our children alone in a hot car.

Safe Kids of North Carolina and the Department of Insurance gave a reminder Friday at an event at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet in Wilmington.

To demonstrate the dangers, they placed a tray of marshmallows on the dashboard of a car and watched them cook. In just 10 minutes, the temperature inside the vehicle quickly rose to 135 degrees.

“If you left your child in a vehicle and it was closed up – just in a matter of minutes the temperature can increase 19 degrees or more. That is not only a danger, but that is also deadly, and we’ve seen that happen throughout the southeast,” said NC Commissioner of Insurance Wayne Goodwin.

This year alone in the US, 18 children have already died from being left in hot cars.

If you see a child or pet left unattended in a vehicle, call 911 immediately.

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As parents, our lives can be extremely hectic, but we know the summer months in this region can be sweltering. That is why it’s so important that we remember not to leave our children alone in a hot car.

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As Wilmington flood victims recover, loans could be available

Friday, July 10th, 2009

By Kellen Moore Kellen.Moore@StarNewsOnline.com

Monday’s floodwaters have receded, but residents and employees of waterlogged buildings are now knee-deep in the recovery process.

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City considers making downtown more green

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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There has been an effort for years to get more green space in downtown Wilmington. Now, the city has a chance for a riverfront park.

Developer Dave Spetrino is building a mixed-used development along the Cape Fear River, near the Isabel Holmes Bridge. The city is considering buying three and a half acres of his property, right on the water, for a park.

Spetrino said the appraised value is $4.6 million dollars. While a park was not in his original plan, he said he has long pushed for downtown green space. “In one way, I think it helps build momentum for our project. But it doesn’t provide us with any money or any cash, so it’s not necessarily a for-profit venture. It is something that helps further stabilize the commitment that the municipality or the city has for downtown.”

City council members WWAY spoke to support a downtown park, but the big question is funding. The city has a very tight budget right now, and some say if it could be done with money they already have, private partners, and grants, it would be a big help.

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There has been an effort for years to get more green space in downtown Wilmington. Now, the city has a chance for a riverfront park. The city is considering buying three and a half acres of property, right on the water, for a park.

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Holden Beach officer charged with driving patrol car impaired

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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A Holden Beach police officer is being charged with a DWI while driving a patrol car.

Lieutenant Kendal Smith was arrested Thursday night in Shallotte after police say his police car was speeding out of a Walgreens parking lot.

Sources said Smith was already on suspension for an unrelated incident.

The police report says smith was “very impaired”. It also says he was driving his white Ford Crown Victoria at a high rate of speed, and spinning its tires on a main road.

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A Holden Beach police officer is being charged with a DWI while driving a patrol car.

Lieutenant Kendal Smith was arrested Thursday night in Shallotte after police say his police car was speeding out of a Walgreens parking lot.

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