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Archive for December, 2009

Truck takes out pole, traffic snarled as a result

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

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An accident knocked out power in parts of Wilmington Thursday and closed one intersection all together.

Just after noon, an oversized 18-wheeler hit a pole, cracking it in half, snapping power lines and tearing down traffic lights.

“The driver was making a right hand turn from Carolina Beach Road onto Shipyard going towards the ports when he lost sight of a telephone pole,” said Scott Herzberger of the Wilmington Police Department.

Progress Energy arrived at the scene at the corner of Shipyard and Carolina Beach Road to find the top half of the pole in the street. Workers struggled to get the remaining part of the pole out of the ground, and get the power lines back up and running.

“When this first happened we had lost power pretty much from 17th to Burnette Boulevard and back again so it was quite a large area without power,” Herzberger said.

Three New Hanover County schools were without power for two hours.

Local businesses and residents were also in the dark, but a select few were lucky.

“We got a few flickers but we never lost power,” said Kim Tudor of Dollar General.

The trucker was carrying a large cylinder. Despite a major cleanup, no one was hurt.

The truck was heading to the Port of Wilmington from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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An accident knocked out power in parts of Wilmington Thursday and closed one intersection all together.

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Body found at campground

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

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An unsettling discovery Thursday by employees of the Carolina Beach State Park. A body – found around 2:30 Thursday afternoon in Area 2 of the park.

Authorities aren’t saying much. So far, they won’t even confirm whether the body is that of a man or a woman.

The state park is still open, except for the campsites located in Area 2.

WWAY has a crew at the scene, and hope to have more info to bring you at 11pm.

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Employees of the Carolina Beach State Park made an unsettling discovery Thursday afternoon.

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Daughter charged with concealing her mother’s death appears in court

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

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The New Hanover County woman charged with concealing her mother’s death for the past seven months appeared in court Thursday. Authorities say Amy Stewart and her family were living in the home where 87 year old Blanche Roth was found decomposing.

Stewart did not want to speak on camera after her appearance in court this morning. The 47 year old has applied for a court-appointed defense attorney. She did not enter a plea. Stewart is facing felony charges for concealing a dead body at 612 Cherry Laurel Court. The body was discovered Tuesday after 911 got an anonymous tip. Stewart’s husband and 3 children were living in the house with her. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office anticipates filing additional charges related to fraud.

Amy Stewart is out of jail on bond, scheduled to appear back in court January 14th, at 9 a.m.
Autopsy results for Ms. Roth have not been released.

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The New Hanover County woman charged with concealing her mother’s death for the past seven months appeared in court Thursday. Authorities say Amy Stewart and her family were living in the home where 87 year old Blanche Roth was found decomposing.

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Have Yourself a Green Christmas

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

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While it’s the most wonderful time of the year, you may not realize that it can also be the most wasteful.

With Christmas right around the corner, there are many ways that we can be greener. Like it or not, it’s a fact of Christmas – extra trash, more than five million tons nationally – four million of which are wrapping paper waste.

One Christmas, Stephanie Lancaster watched her family of four fill five bags of trash after unwrapping presents. After realizing this, she took action – and now runs a business selling reusable ‘fabric wrappers’.

“We decided to design a fabric wrapper that would wrap boxes, its reverse-able and one-piece. We also have fabric gift bags, and those products are re-useable, so they can be used over and over, year after year,” said Lancaster.

Stephanie has been running this business for nearly two years – and is seeing interest grow all the time.

If Americans would use re-usable gift-wrap for just three gifts this year we would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.

On the other side of the county, Airlie Gardens is taking steps to reduce the impact of their Enchanted Airlie display, by using led lights.

“By switching over, you can reduce your energy cost by eighty percent in some cases, so a lot of savings there. The LED lights are brighter, they last longer, they emit very little heat – a lot less than the incandescents,” said Mark Collogan, Environmental Education Director.

All of which are good tips for those dreaming of a ‘Green Christmas’.

For more information on wrapping your gifts with fabric, visit Stephanie’s website at www.fabricwrapper.com

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While it’s the most wonderful time of the year, you may not realize that it can also be the most wasteful. With Christmas right around the corner, there are many ways that we can be greener.

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Santa cops spread holiday cheer to needy children

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

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Children with a police escort took over a Wilmington Wal-Mart today to do their Christmas shopping. The Wilmington police department held its annual Santa cop program this morning.
Each year officers pair up with a child who without their help may not have a very merry Christmas. 52 kids teamed up with a cop and strolled the aisles looking for toys and clothes.
Both kids and cops say the program means a lot.

“Happy really happy, I felt like screaming one time” said Quione Davis.

Officer James D. Smith said “It feels good. I want to bond with him let him know officers are your friend. I want to make sure this is something he can remember and go back and tell his friends and family.”

Each year the police department tries to extend the program to help even more kids in the community.

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Children with a police escort took over a Wilmington Wal-Mart today to do their Christmas shopping. The Wilmington police department held its annual Santa cop program this morning.

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