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Archive for September, 2009

UNCW student killed swimming during storm at Wrightsville Beach

Friday, September 25th, 2009

By Chris MazzoliniChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

The 18-year-old from Annapolis, Md., and a freshman at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, was swimming with a group of friends when lightning struck the water sometime after 3 p.m.

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Brunswick, New Hanover under flood advisories until 7:45 p.m.

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Southeastern N.C. | A flood advisory was issued at 5:45 p.m. Friday for Brunswick, New Hanover and southeastern Columbus counties by the National Weather Service in Wilmington.A flood advisory means river or stream flows are elevated or ponding of water in urban or other areas is occurring or is imminent.The advisory expires at 7:45 p.m.

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UPDATE – Hearing concludes in parasail accident

Friday, September 25th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

The president of the country’s biggest parasailing association said Friday that there’s no standard training or operating guidelines for his industry.

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Last day for dozens at Mead Westvaco Corp.

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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Friday marked the last day for dozens of employees at a Wilmington factory. Fifty-six employees at the Mead Westvaco Corporation said goodbye today.

This is the first of a series of layoffs. More employees will leave by October 15th, with the full factory shutting down by November 30th. In all, 105 employees will lose their jobs.

Nearby businesses said they could already see a noticeable drop in foot traffic in and out of their doors.

Mike Burton was there Friday hauling away scrap metal, including employee’s desks. “Well they call us up and they tell us they need to get rid of all their scap metal, so we come and get it,” he said.

The layoffs were announced earlier this year giving many employees enough time to line up new jobs or request transfers to other offices.

Those who lost their jobs were eligible for severance packages.

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Friday marked the last day for dozens of employees at a Wilmington factory. Fifty-six employees at the Mead Westvaco Corporation said goodbye today.

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Swimmer goes missing during stormy weather at Wrightsville Beach

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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Friday afternoon’s stormy weather caused a life and death situation at Wrightsville Beach. A swimmer went missing after a lightning strike.

Just after 4:00 Friday afternoon, lightning hit the water near Beach Access 36 near the Oceanic Pier.

It is not known whether it hit the area near the swimmer, or the swimmer himself. The bad weather forced his friends out of the water, when they got to shore they realized he was not with them.

Coast Guard and Ocean Rescue searched for the swimmer for about an hour.

A couple visiting from Raleigh actually spotted his blue swim trunks, and pulled him out. Ocean Rescue quickly began CPR.

The swimmer’s name and condition have not yet been released.

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Friday afternoon’s stormy weather caused a life and death situation at Wrightsville Beach. A swimmer went missing after a lightning strike.

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