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Archive for August, 2009

Oak Island councilman’s domestic violence order replaced with ‘non-conact’ order

Friday, August 7th, 2009

A domestic violence protection order filed against Oak Island Councilman Jeff Ensminger was dismissed Thursday in Brunswick County District Court as he and the woman who had obtained the order agreed to enter into a “non-contact” order.

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Recycle those electronic gadgets

Friday, August 7th, 2009

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WasteTec in Wilmington is hosting an event Saturday for the public to bring electronics so they can be recycled.

Many of you are probably like Alice Jamieson. “I’ve got a couple of printers, and a couple of scanners and they’re still just sitting there,” she said.

Instead of leaving your old electronics at home to collect dust, you can put them to good use by recycling them. “The metals are going to be used in almost any metal product that’s made out there, with plastics, that could become a dashboard on a vehicle, it could become another computer, it may be some of the toys you buy for the kids on the holidays,” said solid waste planner Lynn Bestul.

By recycling your electronics, you’re not only keeping them out of a landfill, you’re also preventing the hazardous materials that are in those computers and TV’s, like the lead and the mercury from entering our environment.

Kevin Woodward knows this all to well. He treats the water that soaks out of the bottom of the landfill, called leachate. “It has potential to leach into the water, in to the leachate that I deal with directly so there is some of it in there and the more of that type of material that ends up in the landfill, the worst it’s going to be for the leachate.”

If the electronics are inoperable, you can feel good about bringing them to WasteTec and giving them new life.

“I would never tell somebody don’t donate it to an organization that can reuse it, if they have that possibility, by all means, reuse the computer, recycling is the bottom of the list,” said Woodward. “It’s reduce the volume that you have, reuse whatever you possibly can, and at the tail end, recycle it.”

The electronic recycling event takes place Saturday at the Waste to Energy facility just a couple miles north of the battleship in New Hanover County from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

You can bring anything with a power cord except a/c units, refrigerators, and washer and dryers. Accessories like a computer keyboard and mouse are also welcome.

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videoMany of us love to have the latest and greatest gadget, which often means there are old computers, television sets, and appliances lying around. WWAY’s Hailey Winslow tells you what you can do with them.

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Investigation increases in Columbus County

Friday, August 7th, 2009

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The FBI is looking into a suspicious fire in Columbus County, according to the Tabor-Loris Tribune. A front page article in their paper says FBI agents have been spotted at the crime scene.

The fire started last Wednesday at the Tabor City home of 17-year-old Allen Strickland, who said he was sleeping inside and woke up to a bedroom full of smoke.

Strickland lived there alone, and said the home was paid for by State Senator RC Soles.

Repeated calls to Senator Soles for details on the house, and the nature of his relationship with the teen have not been returned.

We know the SBI is investigating the apparent arson, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation would not confirm or deny their involvement in the case.

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The FBI is looking into a suspicious fire in Columbus County, according to the Tabor-Loris Tribune. A front page article in their paper says FBI agents have been spotted at the crime scene.

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Ways to beat the dog days of summer

Friday, August 7th, 2009

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Sunday and Monday have the potential to be the two hottest days of the year. The temperature is likely to reach the high 90’s on both of those days.

We stopped by the Wrightsville Beach boat ramp, and found plenty of boaters enjoying the day on the Intercoastal Waterway Friday. Some of them told us what they do to beat the heat.

“As a charter captain, I start the trips a little earlier. Get out and then get back before it gets real hot,” said Capt. Matt Wirt of Reel Adventure Charters. “We drink a lot of water when we’re on the boat to stay hydrated.”

“It’s going to be hotter in a day or two, but yeah to beat the heat I go out and wakeboard a little bit. You just have to go into the water, that’s how you beat it,” said Steve Phillips.

Don’t forget to take care of your pets during the heat. If you have room on the boat it’s better to take your dogs than to leave them outside or, worse yet, in the car.

And if you bring your children on a boat trip, don’t forget the life preservers.

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Sunday and Monday have the potential to be the two hottest days of the year. The temperature is likely to reach the high 90’s on both of those days.

We stopped by the Wrightsville Beach boat ramp, and found plenty of boaters enjoying the day on the Intercoastal Waterway Friday.

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Wrightsville Beach looks at shorter bike path for part of Cross-City Trail

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Wrightsville Beach | Town may seek grant for island end of city trailBy Patricia E. Matson,Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.ComThe Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee has recommended that the town pursue a shortened version of a bicycle path for the island end of a cross-Wilmington trail.

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