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Archive for September, 2009

Three-year mission to restore Southport cemetary complete

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

By Brandon SneedStarNews Correspondent

On a Saturday last month, she stood at the old cemetery’s gate, gesturing with outstretched arm, and said, “Three years ago, you couldn’t look across the place. Vines were coming from the trees, from the top, and from the ground up. It didn’t look like anybody had taken care of it in 20 to 30 years.”

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Murdered Hampstead woman was sexually assaulted, Pender detective says

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez.StarNewsOnline.com

A 52-year-old Hampstead woman who was found slain in her home Sunday night had been sexually assaulted, according to the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

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Shuck’in Shack ceremony to honor New Hanover oyster shell recycling efforts

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

New Hanover | New Hanover County business and residents are steadily increasing the number of oyster shells they recycle, which are then used to build new oyster reefs in local waters.But officials say plenty more could be recaptured instead of being thrown away or turned into landscaping.

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Wrightsville Beach lifeguards step down from stands

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009



Starting Thursday, you will no longer see lifeguards on the stand. The lifeguard season has come to an end, and this year definitely wasn’t a breeze.

“It was a pretty intense year, it was very busy at the beginning, nothing going on during the middle, and then really busy at the end,” described Wrightsville Beach lifeguard Mike Woody.

Wrightsville Beach had about 275 rescues this year. They had one fatality. It happened last Friday, but lifeguards were technically off duty because of a storm. Carolina Beach had around 200 rescues and three fatalities; two when lifeguards were off duty. Kure Beach documented about 150 rescues and one fatality.

Rescue records from all three beaches were way up from last year. Ocean Rescue attributes it to exceptionally hazardous surf conditions. Dave Baker from Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue said, “The conditions were such that we had red flag days, where we had strong and numerous rip currents, one day we actually had 65 rescues, with one rip current pulling out 22 people.”

Lifeguard Mike Woody saved 45 people this year, all of whom were pulled out by rip currents. “Everybody wants to come out and enjoy the weather, and just get in trouble,” he said.

Just because lifeguards are coming off the stands does not mean they are going to stop patrolling. Through October 15th, at least five lifeguards will be patrolling up and down the beach in pick-up trucks and on 4-wheelers.

“After that day, we will go down to a smaller crew, approximately three people with an ATV and two trucks roving to assist the public,” added Baker.

At the end of October, patrolling on Wrightsville Beach will come to a halt for the year. Carolina and Kure Beach lifeguards have been off the stands since Labor Day.

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Lifeguards typically patrol our area beaches from Memorial Day to Labor Day because that is the busiest time of year. Wrightsville Beach lifeguards stayed a little longer this year, but Wednesday they are stepping down from the stands.

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Retail Details – New downtown boutique focuses on affordable finds

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

By Judy RoyalJudy.Royal@StarNewsOnline.com

Aqua Fedora, 105 Market St., is out to change that “pricey boutique” perception. The shop opens Friday and is celebrating with a grand opening on Saturday and Sunday, just in time to lure the Riverfest crowd.

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