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Archive for November, 2009

Great white shark spotted off Wrightsville Beach

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

According to a forum posted on WBLiveSurf.com, someone reported seeing a great white shark Sunday about a mile off the coast near the Oceanic (formerly Crystal) pier in Wrightsville Beach.

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President of John S. Clark Co. to retire at year’s end

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

By Jim BrummStarNews Correspondent

James M. Walker, the founder of John S. Clark Co.’s Wilmington office, will retire as president and chief operating officer of the construction company at the end of the year.

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Local venue offers free Marine wedding

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

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The Saint Thomas Preservation Hall is offering one Camp Lejeune Marine a free Valentine’s Day Wedding.

The wedding package will include all costs for the wedding and reception all donated by local North Carolina merchants.

“Saint Thomas Preservation hall is very appreciative of the bravery and sacrifice and duty of our Armed Forces,” says Special Events Coordinator Ellis Furst. “We wanted to show them our appreciation by giving away a wedding for a Marine couple this year.”

Saint Thomas plans to choose a different branch of military for a wedding giveaway next year. Organizers are still looking for some of the donations, like a wedding cake.

If you would like to donate or apply for the free wedding visit ValentineBenefit.com.

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A local organization will honor one lucky military member by helping them tie the knot.

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Suspects sought in fast food restaurant robbery

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

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New Hanover County Deputies are searching for two men who robbed the Burger King on Trademark Drive Wednesday morning.

Officials say two black men in ski masks forced their way into the restaurant while an employee was walking out. The men were armed with hand guns and forced the workers inside the cooler. The robbers left on foot with an unknown amount of money.

If you have any information call the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 798-4260.

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New Hanover County Deputies are searching for two men who robbed the Burger King on Trademark Drive Wednesday morning.

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Heavy rain causes school closings & delays

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

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

Over four inches of rain came down in parts of Pender County with some viewers reporting over 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

All Columbus County schools – 2 hour delay

Pender County

All Pender County schools – 2 hour delay
Little Town Learning Center – Opening at 9am
Life Christian Academy, Hampstead – 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 lead to a number of delays for Thursday.

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