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Archive for November, 2009

18-year-old faces robbery charges after Market Street incident

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Wilmington | A an 18-year-old Wilmington man faces charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery after an incident Friday on Market Street.The victim, a juvenile, told police he was walking in the 1700 block of Market street at 5:43 p.m. Friday when he was approached by two men.

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5 arrested in connection with Pender drug ring

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Burgaw | Pender County sheriff’s deputies arrested five people and broke up a prescription drug ring, according to a statement released Monday.

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Outgoing Brunswick schools superintendent Katie McGee hunts jobs close to home

Monday, November 16th, 2009

By Ana Ribeiro,Ana.Ribeiro@StarNewsOnline.com

In an Oct. 14 message printed from the school system’s public e-mail terminal, McGee wrote to a fellow superintendent that she will job-hunt in South Carolina, “where I can start again with the knowledge obtained in Brunswick.”

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Shellfishing ban threatens holiday oysters

Monday, November 16th, 2009



When it comes to the holidays, there are some things you just can’t do without. “Oysters are top of the list. We have to have oysters for Thanksgiving, it’s a must,” said Jon Haag of Haag & Sons Seafood in Oak Island.

But that holiday necessity could be in danger. A ban on harvesting shellfish from the Division of Marine Fisheries due to poor water quality is threatening the holiday supply.

“It could definitely be a problem, especially if the waters remained closed through the rest of this week. With no supply and all the big orders that everyone expects for Thanksgiving, people are going to try to stockpile going into this week and hopefully there’ll be enough product so that everybody can be happy for Thanksgiving,” Haag said.

After a heavy rainfall like this past week, increased runoff can create higher level of bacteria in our waters – making oysters, clams, and mussels unsafe to eat.

“If people get sick off of shellfish, nobody’s going to want to buy any. It can be pretty detrimental too – I mean some of this stuff can kill you,” said Dave Beresoff of Sunset Harbor Seafood.

The ban is coming at a bad time for commercial fisherman and retailers – Dave Beresoff is both. He harvests and sells oysters at his store in Sunset Harbor. Once there’s a halt on fishing, all he can do is wait.

“There’s nothing else we can do. We’ll have product available up until its sold out. And it’s just, like you say, wait and see,” said Beresoff.

But time is running short before next week’s seafood rush – and seafood sellers are hopeful mother nature will cooperate.

“I just hope the weather stays just like this, and no more rain. That would be beneficial to all,” said Haag.

Any shellfish you find at your local seafood provider right now are safe to eat. The ban is in place to make sure the supply remains that way. The Department of Marine Fisheries is waiting water quality test results and will reopen waters once they’re sure the water is clean.

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videoWhen it comes to the holidays, there are some things you just can’t do without. “Oysters are top of the list. We have to have oysters for Thanksgiving, it’s a must.”

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Man says he was shot after high-speed chase in Wilmington

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Wilmington | A man told police he was shot Saturday afternoon following a high-speed chase and crash in the 1500 block of Grace Street.

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