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Archive for January, 2010

Downtown Wilmington might soon smell like mothballs as Dram Tree project gets underway

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

Different smells drift from the riverfront from time to time, from natural and industrial sources.But mothballs?

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Belville board fires town manager, wants to move ‘in another direction”

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

By Ken LittleCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

New board fires administrator Belville | Majority will steer town ‘in another direction,’ mayor saysBelville commissioners terminated the contract of Town Manager Tracie Davis at a special meeting Tuesday night.

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Fire safety advice

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010


The sound of a smoke detector is not so pleasant to the ear, but it’s a sound that could save you seconds when escaping a fire. It could even save your life.

“All situations, they can be different but in a normal working fire, per say, the smoke detectors gonna sense the smoke prior, it’s gonna give you what we call an early warning device, give you those extra seconds to get up and get out,” says Batallion Chief Herman Born, of Wilmington Fire Department.

The fire at Cypress Point killed one, injured others, and raised safety concerns.

The detectors in the units didn’t have a battery backup. The fire department says even if they did, they were not wired to work solely off of batteries and that’s why tenants should be prepared.

“Two’s better than one but having a battery back-up, minimally, would be the cheapest,” said Born.

The fire department says it would be good for renters and home-owners to make some changes.

“We haven’t researched it right now but I believe it wouldn’t be too expensive depending on the type of construction to have the electrical hard-wire as we call it with battery back-up systems installed within a residence or apartment building,” said Born.

Chief Born says it might have made a crucial difference in those critical early morning hours at Cypress Point Apartments.

“It’s hard to say given the circumstance but I’d like to think again the smoke detectors are early warning devices and have gone off,” said Born. “All things being said if people were sleeping than I think it could have made a difference.”

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The weekend apartment fire that claimed the life of a UNC-W grad has the fire department emphasizing the importance of working smoke detectors.
WWAY’s Nadine Maeser tells how the word “backup” has become a key word.

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Work planned under old Oak Island bridge

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Oak Island | While construction proceeds on a second Oak Island Bridge, a contract has been awarded for an upgrade beneath the current one.

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Wintry mix could greet Southeastern N.C. on Friday morning

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Southeastern N.C. | Light rain Thursday evening might mix with sleet, snow and freezing rain overnight, the National Weather Service in Wilmington said Wednesday.The weather service says there’s potential for a minor winter event across portions of the eastern Carolinas from Thursday night into Friday morning.

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