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Wrightsville Beach prepares for busy Labor Day weekend

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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When you live in a beach town, the last weekend of summer is a big deal. WWAY’s Hailey Winslow hit Wrightsville Beach to see how the town is preparing for the Labor Day holiday.

Wilmington’s Ian Lipton said, “There’s going to be tons of cars, tons of people, the whole beach is going to be going crazy, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

“Between the hotel bills and you know eating out and buying a few things, yeah we’ll spend a few hundred dollars in the next few days,” said Scott Blackwood visiting from Atlanta, Ga.

As the crowds roll in this Labor Day weekend, businesses are getting prepared.

“I just ordered about 550 pounds of fresh local fish to be coming all through this weekend,” said Oceanic executive chef, Robert Newton.

Some hotels right on the beach still have vacancies, but they are expecting to book up.

“We just dropped the rates down today, so hopefully we’ll get a lot of walk-ins, for the weekend, that’s usually how it happens, people just walk in and see if rooms are available,” added Jeremy LeJeune of Surf Motel Suites.

Wrightsville Beach Town Hall is taking extra safety measures. Town manager Robert Simpson said, “We have additional staff on duty, we’ll be doing sanitation pick ups on the beach everyday, we have extra people on board as far as law enforcement is concerned, so we’ll be fully staffed and actually in the evenings, we’ll have about double the number of police officers on duty.”

Folks visiting from out of town said they are ready to soak up the sun. “I want to get a lot of sun, because when I go back, everything is closed,” said Denver, Colorado’s Kate Holmgren.

Wrightsville Beach Town Hall Manager Robert Simpson hopes this weekend is a boost for businesses, but safety is his number one concern.

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videoWhen you live in a beach town, the last weekend of summer is a big deal. WWAY’s Hailey Winslow hit Wrightsville Beach to see how the town is preparing for the Labor Day holiday.

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Historian tracks Wilmington World War II heroes

Friday, September 4th, 2009

By Wilbur D. Jones Jr.Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

Kaysersberg, France | A narrow dirt intersection connected the wine trail leading down from Hill 512 to a sunken path and an access to the main road. Next to a diminutive Catholic shrine, 10 Germans had surrendered to First Lt. Charles P. Murray Jr.

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Deputies checking on safe boating practices this Labor Day weekend

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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If you plan on hitting the open water, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and fire services will be working together to make sure people are practicing safe boating this holiday weekend.

Deputies and fire personnel will be patrolling the waterways. “It seems like every holiday we have at least one or more boating incidents and the Masonboro Island issue is certainly high on the agenda of areas to be concerned about – boating, alcohol bad, bad things,” said Wrightsville Beach Town Manager Robert Simpson.

Before you head out on the water, officials remind boaters to have one life vest for each person on board, do not overload your boat, and of course designate a sober driver.

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If you plan on hitting the open water, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and fire services will be working together to make sure people are practicing safe boating this holiday weekend.

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Still time for Pender County residents to weigh in on growth plans

Friday, September 4th, 2009

By K.J. Williams Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

Pender County residents still have time to take part in a survey about the county’s future that’s tied to a plan to guide growth. The deadline for survey responses is Sept. 15.

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Vehicle rollover leaves driver in serious condition

Friday, September 4th, 2009

A vehicle flipped over on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway Thursday night, leaving the driver in serious condition, according to the Wilmington Police Department.

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