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Archive for December, 2009

Items found under Navassa home thought to be explosives were batteries

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Around 11 a.m., a hazardous materials team and a bomb squad were called to a home on Pine Valley Drive in Navassa. Someone working beneath a home had found what they thought might be dynamite, Garner said.

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Large crowd expected to weigh in on Topsail Beach renourishment

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

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The Topsail Beach Board of Commissioners meet Wednesday night to discuss a beach nourishment project. What’s at stake? Whether they do the renourishment project at all.

Money for the $12-million dollar project was raised during the past nine years through grants and taxes.

There will be three new faces sworn in to the Town Commission at the start of the meeting.
Where those new commissioners stand on a privately funded emergency beach nourisment project is unclear. The town’s mayor says the meeting will decide it’s fate.

“No matter what we do, whether we say yes, no or table it, there will be a decision made,” said Mayor Howard Braxton. “The people would like to know and I want them to voice their opinion. We want to hear that.”

Because of the large turnout expected, the location of the meeting has been changed to accomodate a bigger crowd. The meeting takes place at 7pm Wednesday at the Town Assembly Building, located at 720 Channel Boulevard in Topsail Beach.

WWAY’s Meghan Torjussen will be covering the meeting, and will have a report on WWAY at 11pm.

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The Topsail Beach Board of Commissioners meet Wednesday night to discuss a beach nourishment project. At stake is whether the project will take place at all.

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Power restored at Wilmington schools

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

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Wednesday’s windy weather knocked out power at two Wilmington schools.

D.C. Virgo Middle School and Snipes Academy without power after a tree limb fell on a nearby power line.

The electricity went out just after 7:00 Wednesday morning. Power was restored around 11:30, and students and teachers resumed their regular day.

In all, 7,000 people throughout New Hanover County were without power because of the weather.

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D.C. Virgo Middle School and Snipes Academy without power after a tree limb fell on a nearby power line.

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The turtles are coming… The turtles are coming!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

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Giant fiberglass sea turtles are coming to Topsail Beach!

Artist Jane Shaar started the fund-raising project. Like in many cities, artists in Topsail will paint large sculptures get local businesses to sponsor them. Naturally, the sculptures on Topsail Island will be of sea turtles. Next fall, the turtles on display will be auctioned off.

Shaar is working on the first turtle, named “Starry Night”, inspired by Van Gogh’s famous painting.

“It’s extremely rewarding and I’ve found some wonderful people to help me out. Surf City Art’s Guild has been great, some of the turtle people I know from Turtle Patrol, they’re helping out, so it’s just kind of bringing us all together, and everybody loves the sea turtles, you know it’s just a given,” said Shaar.

All of the money raised at the auction will support the expansion of the Karen Beasley Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Topsail Beach.

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Giant fiberglass sea turtles are coming to Topsail Beach!

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Explosive scare turns out to be a bust

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

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It was a tense scene in the Brunswick County community of Navassa Wednesday afternoon as Hazmat crews were called in to diffuse a potentially explosive situation.

A routine home remodeling project turned out to be anything but when contractors found what they thought to be dynamite.

”We stumbled upon these containers, old boxes that had rotted away already, and so we figured it was dynamite. So me and my two co-workers, we figured that the proper thing to do was to call it in to authorities,” said Everett Jackson of Holland Construction.

After calling 9-1-1, crews were quickly on the scene.

Fire departments, bomb squads, and police departments from Wilmington, Leland, Sunny Point, and Brunswick County all responded and evacuated the twenty or so homes on Pine Valley Drive.

Neighbors were understandably concerned.

”I am kind of worried and don’t want to get hurt or anything. As far as the property or anything, or houses or anything like that, that’s material things. But as far as people’s lives that’s something you can’t replace,” said Precious Montgomery.

At 2:10, after more than three hours of evacuation with little information from authorities, there was an explosion.

“I run and boom! I was excited because I knew that they were finished. A job well done,” said Barbara Watson, the homeowner.

That boom was crews detonating the suspicious material. What the contractors thought was dynamite turned out to be old industrial batteries.

The owner of the 118-year old home was just happy to have the whole thing over. “Scary, that’s the thing I can say, is scary and blessed. That no-one was injured, the crime scene came in, they took care of it, it was great,” Watson said.

Brunswick County emergency management officials say that even though the material found was not explosive, this was the right procedure to follow. When dealing with old, unstable materials – it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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It was a tense scene in the Brunswick County community of Navassa Wednesday afternoon as Hazmat crews were called in to diffuse a potentially explosive situation.

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