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Archive for September, 2009

Two apprehended after home invasion, pistol-whipping in Wilmington

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Two robbers confronted a man in his home and demanded money, hitting him in the head multiple times with a pistol.

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Brunswick bridges undergo inspections this week; expect delays

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Brunswick County | Bridge inspections will cause intermittent lane closures Tuesday on the Ocean Isle Beach bridge and Wednesday through Friday on the Holden Beach bridge, according to news releases from the N.C. Department of Transportation.The work will occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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Remembering Floyd ten years later

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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Ten years later, the memories from Hurricane Floyd are fresh in the minds of those on Oak Island. Over a foot of rain was only half the battle, as storm surges as high as fifteen feet devastated the shores.

“Water, water, water… wettest hurricane I think I can ever remember. I don’t ever remember seeing so much water come at one time and just stayed here. It presented us with a few problems that we weren’t normally accustomed to,” said Mayor Vereen.

The high surf and raging waves were powerful enough to bring down two of the island’s piers. Tommy Thomes used to own the Long Beach Pier. “Watched the end of the pier fall, and about a third of the pier fall by 7:00 or 8:00 that night. Then the next morning we went back and the entire pier was gone,” Thomes said.

A decade later, Thomes now works at the Oak Island Pier. For him the future is clouded with the uncertainty of living on Mother Nature’s doorstep. “Oh, I look forward to it. It’s like everything else, it’s a challenge and it’s interesting. We just don’t want to see anybody get hurt, and if people are smart enough to leave when they should, then generally we can survive.”

Since Floyd, Oak Island has benefited from dune and beach renourishment as well as public works projects that hope to keep the island as safe as possible from future storms.

“God brings what god brings and so we have to put up with it. We’re visitors here and he isn’t,” Vereen said.

The Oak Island Pier is hopefully ready for any future storm. The pier underwent a $150,000 reinforcement this past spring.

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Ten years later, the memories from Hurricane Floyd are fresh in the minds of those on Oak Island. Over a foot of rain was only half the battle, as storm surges as high as fifteen feet devastated the shores.

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Wilmington crash injures two, shuts down College Road

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Wilmington | Two people were injured and taken to a hospital after a multi-car crash about 6 p.m. Monday on South College Road at Bragg Drive.South College Road was shut down north of Bragg Drive at 6:30 p.m. as police investigated the crash.

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Less passengers, means less flights for many airlines

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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The economic crunch has grounded air travelers throughout the country. Now major airlines are grounding their planes.

“I think what the airlines are doing now is matching capacity with demand,” said ILM Director of Operations, Gary Broughton.

Airlines measure capacity in “seat miles”. That is the number of miles flown times the number of seats on a plane. Through the end of the year, the Air Travel Association predicts airlines will only offer 12.5 billion seat miles; the fewest since the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001.

Airlines say they are cutting flights to deal with the declining demand. In Wilmington, passengers say some flights have more empty seats than others.

Cutting back flights is something directors at ILM are used to dealing with. Most of the airlines add flights for the busy summer travel and scale back in the fall.

“It’s fairly well seasonal, we see it every year. Once the vacation season’s over, schools are back in and there’s just less travel over all,” added Broughton.

“Fewer travelers may mean fewer flights, but it also means less of a wait in line, and passengers we spoke with say they are more concerned with the price of a ticket than they are with the number of people on the plane.

“The less flights, the more likely the price is going to go up, the higher the price, the less flyers,” said traveler Rita Scull.

With fewer flights in the air, maybe more of them will stay on time.

Some airlines have been hit harder than others by the decline in air travel. Discount airlines like Airtran and Southwest have faired better, and Jet Blue plans to increase the number of seat miles they offer by the end of the year.

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videoIf you are planning to travel by plane in the near future, you might want to book your flight as soon as possible. Airlines are offering fewer flights, which could make finding a seat a bit more difficult.

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