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Archive for November, 2009

The Dish – New restaurants to open from downtown to Carolina Beach

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

By Liz BiroLiz.Biro@StarNewsOnline.com

Downtown Wilmington welcomes Blue Lotus (130 N. Front St.), an Asian fusion eatery where owner/chef Freddy Wong is offering the Chinese-Indian cuisine of his Hakka Chinese upbringing in Calcutta.

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Heavy rain causes school delays

Thursday, November 12th, 2009


They say when it rains it pours, and Wednesday, it poured. The heavy rain has already led to a number of delays for Thursday.

More than four inches of rain came down in parts of Pender County with some viewers reporting more than seven inches in Hampstead. Some drivers were faced with up to a foot of standing water on a number of roads across the region.

With the Veterans Day holiday, the miserable weather convinced many to stay home, which led to one Carolina Beach business owner to improvise with a rainy day sale.

”I just thought I would do something maybe to bring in customers. Typically they don’t do much shopping on a rainy day in the wintertime. So I just thought I’d try a new gimmick,” said James Allen, owner of Linda’s Fashions.

Unfortunately the sale didn’t bring in too many visitors, but in a beach community the rain isn’t always bad news.

“It depends, rainy days in the summer are good because it drives people off of the beach and they go shopping. But rainy days in the off-season are typically not good, because people tend to stay home,” Allen said.

Emergency officials across the region had several reports of hydroplaning vehicles, in addition to some minor flooding.

Most of the rain can be blamed on what was once Hurricane Ida, which made landfall in Alabama early Tuesday morning. If Ida sticks around, there may be more good deals in Carolina Beach.

Columbus County
Columbus County schools: 2-hour delay
Whiteville City Schools: 2-hour delay
Columbus Christian Academy, Whiteville: 2-hour delay

Pender County
Pender County schools: 2-hour delay
Little Town Learning Center: Opening at 9 a.m.
Life Christian Academy, Hampstead: 2-hour delay

Duplin County
Duplin County Schools: 2-hour delay

Onslow County
Onslow County Schools: 2-hour delay

Stay tuned to WWAY for the latest weather updates and school and business closings and delays.

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videoWednesday’s heavy rain has already led to a number of delays for Thursday.

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More than 1,000 receive swine flu vaccine at UNCW

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

1,065 students were vaccinated Wednesday after UNCW officials received their first batch of the inoculations, which have been in limited supply nationwide. The school received 2,900 doses of the vaccine.

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Oak Island marina project wins approval

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

By Amanda WilsonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

The Oak Island Town Council approved a conditional use permit Tuesday for a development beside the Oak Island Bridge, but had serious concerns about another waterside development proposed for the new bridge corridor.

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Panelists, attendees urge limits on bars, underage drinking

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

These issues exist, and they exist beyond just the minds of city officials: the capacity of bars in downtown Wilmington, taxi cab availability, underage drinking, over-intoxication and crowds in downtown bars and streets.

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