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Archive for August, 2009

Wrightsville Beach eyeing a new bike path

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

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The town of Wrightsville Beach is one step closer to implementing a new bike plan. The plan calls for a bike path that would stretch from the Cape Fear River to the Jonnie Mercer’s Pier.

Tuesday night town officials passed a resolution in support of moving forward with the plan. Now all they need is support from residents and some grant money.

Town Mayor Stephen Whalen said the town has been trying to get a new bike plan for nearly twenty years. He said this is the closest they have been for some time, but it is still far from a done deal.

“Once we know the amount of the grant, then I think the pieces will start to fall into place, and we’ll be able to determine exactly what we can do and how we can do it and where we can do it, cost, and all that,” Mayor Whalen said.

Details about the plan will be presented in a public hearing on September 10th.

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The town of Wrightsville Beach is one step closer to implementing a new bike plan. The plan calls for a bike path that would stretch from the Cape Fear River to the Jonnie Mercer’s Pier.

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North Carolina cashes in on the Clunkers program

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

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North Carolina ended up being one of the most popular states for the Cash for Clunkers program

The transportation department said the program generated nearly 700,000 new car sales and came under the $3 billion budget for the month-long program.

North Carolina submitted over $156 million worth of vouchers. That is the 3rd highest amount behind Colorado and Utah.

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North Carolina ended up being one of the most popular states for the Cash for Clunkers program

The transportation department said the program generated nearly 700,000 new car sales and came under the $3 billion budget for the month-long program.

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Executive director Ayscue leaving Bellamy Mansion

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

By Ben SteelmanBen.Steelman@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington’s Bellamy Mansion Museum will soon be looking for a new boss.The museum announced Wednesday that executive director Beverly Ayscue is leaving in September. She will take a position with the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Town Creek Elementary students enjoy new school

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

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The students at Town Creek Elementary in Brunswick County are enjoying their new digs. From new desks and computers, all the way to color coded hallways – Town Creek is brand spanking new, and students, faculty and staff were excited to take advantage of the facility.

Many students relocated to Town Creek as part of the redistricting program in Brunswick County. Students are looking forward to exploring their new school.

“It’s really big, and lots of new colors, and new students. I’m just really impressed by it,” said 3rd grader Brock Totten.

Despite the woes of the redistricting program among parents and faculty, Principal Helen Davis said the first day of school went off without a hitch.

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The students at Town Creek Elementary in Brunswick County are enjoying their new digs. From new desks and computers, all the way to color coded hallways – Town Creek is brand spanking new, and students, faculty and staff were excited to take advantage of the facility.

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ATF report traces source of NC fireworks explosion

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

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MANTEO, N.C. (AP) – A report from federal investigators indicates that electric igniters being pushed into fireworks exploded inside a truck in North Carolina, killing four crew
members July 4th on Ocracoke Island.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk requested the report from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The report says agents got the information from an interview July 4 with someone at the University of North Carolina Burn Center in
Chapel Hill.

Although the report doesn’t name the person, the lone survivor from the crew was 27-year-old Martez Holland of Goldsboro, who was treated at the center. The report says the person interviewed was burned over about 20 percent of his body. It said he was heavily
medicated but appeared lucid and able to answer questions.

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

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A report from federal investigators indicates that electric igniters being pushed into fireworks exploded inside a truck in North Carolina, killing four crew members July 4th on Ocracoke Island.

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