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Archive for July, 2009

Wrightsville Beach wants assessment of forgotten landfill

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

By Gareth Mcgrath,Gareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

Surrounded on one side by Wilmington’s ritziest gated community and a growing business park on the other, the location just off the busy and prospering Military Cutoff corridor is prime property.Within walking distance are the Forum and Mayfaire shopping centers for those looking to shop or get a bite to eat.But there’s one problem.

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Three charged in armed robbery at ATM

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Terrance La’Drell Fisher (from left), Travis Christopher Wooten and Matthew Antwone Wallace are suspected of stealing a man’s credit card and trying to use it at the Monkey Junction Walmart.

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Possible site for new Hampstead library neighbors current branch

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

By K.J. Williams Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

Hampstead’s new public library could wind up next door to the current one. The site proffered by the Pender County school system is county property, so there wouldn’t be a cost.

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Uranium enrichment plant a step closer to reality as test loop starts

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

From staff reports

Wilmington-based Global Laser Enrichment announced Thursday the start-up of a “test loop” to evaluate its next-generation uranium enrichment technology.

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Water levels rise as do predators of mosquitoes

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

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You may remember the two recent downpours that caused major flooding and major headaches, for some New Hanover County residents, but there may be a silver lining…the added water may decrease the population of mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes are a major pain.

“I don’t really care for them much at all. They’re annoying little things. They bite me and I itch,” said Jonathan Hardister who hates mosquitoes.

Youngster Kady Becker agrees. “I don’t like them. They eat me up all the time.”

But for others, they’re a meal.

“Here are the back swimmers here and they love mosquito larvae for lunch,” explained Andy Wood, the education director for the Audubon Society.

Dragonflies, and various other water bugs also feast on the pest. They live and thrive in more developed ecosystems that require lots of water.

Last year’s drought threatened the populations of ‘skeeter eating bugs.

“We entered 2009 over two feet behind in rainwater, so many of our ponds are low in water. They have enough water to support mosquitoes but not predators,” Wood said.

While we’re currently about average for rainfall this year, two recent downpours caused ground water to rise, providing prime breeding ground for mosquito predators.

“Big rain events can be very helpful because it adds enough water to our smaller ponds like backswimmers, dragonflies and other insects that eat mosquito larvae,” Wood said.

So mosquito populations may actually drop as we enter August, which is normally prime mosquito breeding and itching season.

Andy Wood also says before spraying pesticides to get rid of bugs. It is always a good idea to get rid of standing water since that’s where mosquitoes thrive.

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videoYou may remember the two recent downpours that caused major flooding and major headaches, for some New Hanover County residents, but there may be a silver lining…the added water may decrease the population of mosquitoes.

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