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Archive for October, 2009

Nighttime delays on MLK Parkway

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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Expect nighttime delays on MLK Parkway for a couple of months.

The Department of Transportation said there will be intermittent lane closures on MLK at the bridge across McRae Street starting Monday night.

Lanes will close each night from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for about eight weeks as crews do bridge maintenance.

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Expect nighttime delays on MLK Parkway for a couple of months.

The Department of Transportation said there will be intermittent lane closures on MLK…

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Could more constrictors lurk in Cape Fear region?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

By Gareth McGrathgareth.mcgrath@StarNewsOnline.com

A new federal study has determined that giant snakes, specifically Indian or Burmese pythons, could use hibernation to squeeze an existence out in coastal North Carolina.

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Whats Happening: October 23-25

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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The end of summer does not mean the end of concerts. Friday, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are playing at Greenfield Lake Ampitheater to kick off the Fall Concert Series. It starts at 7:00 p.m. Advance tickets are $25. You can get them at Front Street Brewery.

Also Friday, it is the Third Annual Rock for the Cure Breast Cancer Benefit Concert featuring The Schoolboys. It begins at 7:00 p.m. at Reel Cafe. Proceeds will go to the Pink Ribbon Fund. A $5 donation is requested at the door.

North Topsail Elementary is getting into the spirit of fall with it’s Fall Festival Friday. It starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. The festival is a fundraiser for North Topsail to purchase new technology for every classroom.

The American Red Cross helps those in need; now it is your turn to help it. The Cape Fear chapter is holding its Red and White Taste and Toast reception Friday at Beau Rivage. Proceeds will go to the Red Cross to help the community prepare for and respond to emergencies. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple. You can buy them online at www.arccapefear.org

They know how to protect you – now they are going to do their best to scare you. The US Marine Corps Reserve is holding a haunted house this weekend at the old Marine Corp Reserve Building on Burnett Boulevard. It starts at dusk. Admission is $5 or one new, unwrapped toy to go to the Toys for Tots program. Children get in for $3.

Grab a costume for your four-legged friend and take them to Empie Park Saturday for Dogfest 2009. There will also be plenty of fun for you as well. The $5 entry fee will help support the Cape Fear Golden Retriever Rescue. It runs from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, Masonboro Loop will be filled with people participating in the Joey Jog; a walk-a-thon for the family of a little girl who died from acute liver failure. It begins at Harbor United Methodist Church on Masonboro Loop Road. The jog begins after a ceremony at 10:00 a.m. WWAY’s Hailey Winslow will be there.

Are you ready to judge who has the best chili in town?

The 23rd Annual Chili Cookoff is Saturday at Hugh MacRae Park. The $5 entry fee benefits the domestic violence shelter and services. It begins at noon and ends at 4:00 p.m. Say hello to WWAY’s Kevin Wuzzardo, who has the tasty job of being one of the judges.

If chowder is more up your alley, the first ever Chowderfest is happening at Waterford Saturday. There will be other food there, as well as music and a beer garden. Admission is $5 for adults. Gates open at 11:00 a.m.

And on Sunday, at Hugh MacRae Park, it is the Wilmington Arthritis Walk. Dogs and owners will walk one to three miles for the cause. WWAY’s Jenna Caizzo is emceeing the event. It starts at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.

Also, don’t miss the 39th Annual North Carolina Yam Festival underway in Tabor City. Friday, you can check out the art/photography/potato craft show starting at 10:00 a.m. The East Bladen and South Columbus football teams square off in the Yam Bowl Friday night at 7:30. And then the Yam Festival Parade hits the streets of Tabor City Saturday starting at 10:00 a.m., with more events all day long.

You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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videoThis weekend you can find rock concerts, fall festivals, a haunted house, and even a day reserved for man’s best friend. You definitely will not be bored this weekend.

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Brunswick commissioners support Skyway’s northern route

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

By Ana Ribeiro and Patrick GannonAna.Ribeiro@StarNewsOnline.com

The Brunswick County Commissioners are poised to put their support behind the Cape Fear Skyway, including protecting a corridor from development as planning for the road continues, Chairman Bill Sue says.

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Dell to pay back $26M in incentives for NC plant

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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WINSTON-SALEM — Computer giant Dell Inc. has agreed to pay back more than $26 million to a North Carolina city and county and two special funds for incentives given to its soon-to-be-closed manufacturing plant in Winston-Salem.

Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines sent a letter Monday confirming Dell will repay $15.5 million in upfront city spending within 30 days. Dell also will repay almost $11 million in grant and county costs.

Dell spokesman Kip Thompson acknowledged the company’s agreement to the terms in a letter written Tuesday.

Dell announced Oct. 7 it was closing its 4-year-old large computer assembly plant by the end of January. More than 900 workers will lose their jobs.

The computer company was given more than $300 million in state and local incentives.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Computer giant Dell Inc. has agreed to pay back more than $26 million to a North Carolina city and county and two special funds for incentives given to its soon-to-be-closed manufacturing plant in Winston-Salem.

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