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Scientists concerned about rise of sea level

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

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Climate experts came to the Port City today to talk about sea level rise. Some of their findings don’t bode well for our coast.

Our coastline is being attacked by polar ice caps thousands of miles away, and its happening faster than we think.

The sand and surf at Wrightsville Beach could be just surf in another century.

“At some point we will have to move some infrastructure from barrier islands, because the island itself will be moving underneath the infrastructure,” said Brooks Yeager, VP of Clean Air Cool Planet.

Sea level around the world is on the rise and experts visiting Wilmington Tuesday said the latest numbers leave part of Wilmington underwater.

This animation shows the future ‘coastline’ around the Port City with the predicted rise of one meter over the next century. That means Wrightsville Beach may be gone.

“If you’re thinking that you’re going to pass along your home on to your children and grandchildren, this predicted sea level rise should make you think about whether that’s going to be possible or not,” Yeagar said.

NASA chief scientist Richard Bindschadler says the problem the changing polar ice caps. “It’s one of the most direct connections that illustrates how what happens thousands of miles away does come to meet us right in our own front and backyards.”

These predictions have real consequences. Sea-level rise can result in the loss of millions of dollars in property value, tax revenue, and tourism that would cripple the area’s economy. So what can communities do in the meantime?

“Accept what the science says is happening and plan for it early rather than late,” Bindschadler said.

If nothing is done now, too late might be sooner than we think

“There will always be a beach somewhere, but it might be a lot further inland than we wish it was,” Yeagar said.

There are steps you can take to fight sea level rise at home. Conserving energy will help reduce carbon emissions, the main culprit in climate change.

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videoClimate experts came to the Port City today to talk about sea level rise. Some of their findings don’t bode well for our coast.

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Azalea Festival Garden Tour gives back to community

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

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The Azalea Festival Garden Tour is about more than showing off beautiful lawns and gardens in our area. It is also a way to give back to the community.

That is just what happened Tuesday. The Cape Fear Garden Club, which organizes the tour every year, handed out about $80,000 in grants.

The money is going to 22 different organizations, including nine schools and four museums. The Cape Fear Children’s Museum received a grant, and is looking forward to putting the money to use.

“In these times, when you need just a little to make something work, these grants make it work,” said museum executive director Rick Lawson. “You’ve got your building, you’ve got your personnel, but they put the things in kids hands to do.”

Donna Pendergrast of the Cape Fear Garden Club said, “It’s the highlight of our year, it really is. We are so glad to do this and its so gratifying to see all the beautification, conservation and education that goes on through the funds.”

Like every year, part of the grant money goes toward scholarships at UNCW and Cape Fear Community College.

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The Azalea Festival Garden Tour is about more than showing off beautiful lawns and gardens in our area. It is also a way to give back to the community.

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Pender County Sheriff’s looking for man wanted in Tate murder

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

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A suspected Pender County murderer is on the run. Now authorities need your help finding him.

Forty-nine-year-old Ronnie Eugene Peddie is wanted for murder and first degree burglary after he allegedly broke in to Harry Lee Tate’s home Saturday evening, shot Tate in the chest, and killed him.

Family members say they believe the dispute began two years ago over a mail truck Tate sold to Peddie. Authorities say when they went to Peddie’s home to put him under arrest, he was gone.

“Right now, we don’t know where he is,” said Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith. “We’ve got everybody that’s here pretty much that’s priority number one for us today, however long it takes to catch him.”

Jimmy Tate, the victim’s cousin said, “I will be very glad when he’s caught and apprehended and I’m very confident that will happen very, very soon.”

Peddie is believed to be driving a blue and primer gray 1986 Isuzu pick-up truck with North Carolina tag YTJ- 3840.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pender County Sheriff’s Office at 259-1212.

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A suspected Pender County murderer is on the run. Now authorities need your help finding him.

Forty-nine-year-old Ronnie Eugene Peddie is wanted for murder and first degree burglary after…

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Winter Park Elementary shows off the “new” building

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

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After a year-long renovation, the doors of Winter Park Elementary were officially re-opened Tuesday.

More than 300 students at the school are now enjoying an updated building that is more energy efficient and has new technology in the classrooms.

The school is almost 100 years old. Principal Lynn Fulton said that she wanted to keep ties to the school’s history. “We didn’t want significant changes. We didn’t want the culture and the feel to change, and we are so ecstatic with the way its come out, so that there’s a nice blending with the old historical feel and the new technology and mechanics.”

Fulton said students and teachers are thrilled with their new facilities.

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After a year-long renovation, the doors of Winter Park Elementary were officially re-opened Tuesday.

More than 300 students at the school are now enjoying an updated building…

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Cape Fear Italian Festival provides for Brunswick Community College students

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

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Students at Brunswick Community College will get a hand with their education thanks to your love for Italian-American culture.

Tuesday, the Cape Fear Italian Festival executive committee, including WWAY’s Kevin Wuzzardo and Steve Rondinaro, donated $3,000 from last month’s festival in Leland to the Brunswick Community College Foundation. The money will go toward student scholarships.

BCC president Steve Greiner said it will be money well spent. “The typical student at Brunswick Community College is one of financial need. We have over 80 percent of our students have demonstrated a financial need. So as you see, a check like this would be of great assistance.”

Work is already underway for the second annual Cape Fear Italian Festival scheduled for September 24th and 25th of next year.

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Students at Brunswick Community College will get a hand with their education thanks to your love for Italian-American culture.

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