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Archive for July, 2009

Carolina Beach sees large amount of visitors, some crime

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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Come to the north end of Carolina Beach on the weekends, and it will look a little bit like a can sardines. Hundreds of people camped out, enjoying the beach. But somewhere in the mix, things can easily go wrong.

“Anytime you put that many people in the same place, at the same time, occasionally some tempers are going to flare,” said Carolina Beach Mayor Dan Wilcox.

North end beachgoer, George Wilhelm said, “I’ve never questioned my safety, but when you mix a bunch of people together, it’s bound to cause some problem, sometimes.”

Sunday, around 2:00 a.m., police say a few of those beachgoers had too much to drink and got into a fight which ended in someone getting stabbed. The incident involved two men, allegedly dating the same woman.

A few days before that, in a separate incident, another man was stabbed near the public boat ramp.

But nearly three months into summer, two incidents like these, while unfortunate, are statistically low compared with the number of people who spend time at Carolina Beach. “Actually, we’ve been having a good year,” said Wilcox. “Lots of families have been down at the beach, lost of good times. Just lots of people, and you would think lost of people meant lots of trouble, but we haven’t had lots of trouble.”

One reason the crime has been so low this season is thanks to the Boardwalk Makeover Committee, a group of people dedicated to changing the image and reputation of Carolina Beach.

Police say that community involvement is one reason why crime has been low this season.

The stabbings occurred after dark, and alcohol was involved.

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videoCome to the north end of Carolina Beach on the weekends, and it will look a little bit like a can sardines. Hundreds of people camped out, enjoying the beach. But somewhere in the mix, things can easily go wrong.

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Five escape Wrightsville Beach house fire uninjured

Monday, July 27th, 2009

By Ana Ribeiro, Ana.Ribeiro@StarNewsOnline.com

Delivering newspapers on Wrightsville Beach Monday, two StarNews carriers suddenly smelled something burning.”I thought our car was burning from overheating,” said Shelby Butler, who was in the car with husband, John.But up ahead at 15 W. Henderson St., the source of the smell became clear: a blazing couch out on the side porch.

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New Kure Beach boardwalk improves public access

Monday, July 27th, 2009

By Amanda HutchesonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

Though there had previously been some opposition to Kure Beach’s new 1,289-foot oceanfront boardwalk, recent response has been positive, town officials said.

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Fire claims house at Wrightsville Beach

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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For the most part, everything in the Wrightsville Beach house on West Henderson Street was burned to a crisp Monday morning. “There were five people in the home at the time of the fire. They were able to escape,” said Wrightsville Beach Fire Chief Frank Smith. “The fire was actually reported by a newspaper carrier who was making his rounds delivering the morning paper.”

Chief Smith said a dog did perish in the fire. The chief believes the home is beyond repair.

The house next door was also damaged, but it is repairable. “We were very lucky. That is a testament to the response of the fire department and the police department. They both said that had it been a minute longer that our house would have been in flames also,” said neighbor Sammy Winter.

The fire apparently started on the ground floor. “During our investigation we found spray cans and propane cylinders that exploded,” Chief Smith added.

Firefighters had the fire under control within 15 minutes of arriving on the scene, but they fought the fire for several hours in order put out several hidden fires.

The Wilmington Fire Department and New Hanover County assisted Wrightsville Beach at that fire on West Henderson Street.

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videoFive people escaped without injury from an early morning fire at a Wrightsville Beach home.
But the house appears to be a total loss.

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Many look for a fast track into the workforce

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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It has only been two weeks since Molly Space has been working to become a nail technician at Miller-Motte College. She is on the fast track to get certified in only three months. “There are not a lot of jobs out there, and they are not paying very well. If you are trying to go back to school for two years or four years, there is no way to make money while you are doing that,” said Space.

Molly is one of many looking to re-enter the workforce with a new trade under their belt, and by spending as little time as possible back in the classroom.

Miller-Motte student, Derrick Dunbar said, “Two years is a real short time to commit to something when you can get your degree in the field and get out within those two years.”

“There are many, many, many job opportunities out there that don’t require a four year degree. Those are the types of programs that we realize people need to gain entry-level employment,” said Miller-Motte campus director David Tipps.

Many who are looking to start a new career are trying to accomplish more with in less time. That can mean taking anywhere from three months to two years to complete a new degree or certification in medical assisting or cosmetology.

Additional training may get easier with a trip to the unemployment office. Funds from the stimulus package are helping give students job opportunities. All it takes is six months in a community college with the 12 in 6 Initiative; twelve career paths can be at your reach within six months.

“Most of it is hands-on and we have qualified instructors to evaluate their hands-on ability, and to know if that person is going to be a good employee and how well they perform the skills,” said Brunswick Community College Dean of Workforce Development Velva Jenkins.

The JobsNOW: 12 in 6 Initiative is the brainchild of Governor Bev Perdue. Funds through the Employment Security Commission can pay for 12 designated classes at area community colleges.

For more information, contact your local ESC Job Link office.

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videoMore and more people are choosing to head back to school these days, at least for a little while. It seems fast track degrees have become the source for staying in the job market. WWAY’s Margo Gray explains.

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