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Archive for January, 2010

Grandfather Mountain closed due to ice, snow

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina officials have closed Grandfather Mountain State Park indefinitely because of heavy snow, ice accumulation and downed trees.

State officials said Tuesday that deep drifts and downed trees make access to the park difficult and dangerous. The region had up to two feet of snowfall and an ice storm in the week before Christmas.

Mount Mitchell State Park and other high-elevation parks in western North Carolina have also been closed because of icy roadways.

Crews will be working to clear downed tress from the trails at Grandfather Mountain in the coming weeks.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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North Carolina officials have closed Grandfather Mountain State Park indefinitely because of heavy snow, ice accumulation and downed trees.

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Several NC ferry runs suspended to allow repairs

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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MANNS HARBOR, N.C. — Several ferry runs to North Carolina’s Outer Banks are suspended while workers fix problems with one of the vessels.

The state Department of Transportation has announced that several runs at the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke and Cedar Island-Ocracoke routes will be suspended for several days while mechanics work on the Motor Vessel Pamlico.

The 1 p.m. run between Ocracoke and Swan Quarter, and the 5 p.m. run between Swan Quarter and Ocracoke are suspended. Also suspended are the 7:30 a.m. run from Ocracoke to Cedar Island and the 10:30 a.m. run from Cedar Island to Ocracoke.

A statement says the schedule will return to normal as soon as the Pamlico is repaired.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Several ferry runs to North Carolina’s Outer Banks are suspended while workers fix problems with one of the vessels.

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New power lines planned for NC’s Outer Banks

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

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KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. — A utility plans to start building new power lines along a highway in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Construction begins in Kill Devil Hills within a month but will be suspended before the summer so the work doesn’t interfere with tourism season.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reports Tuesday that the town had challenged the work by Dominion North Carolina Power in court in September 2008. The town said Dominion’s plan to built 85-foot electric poles and lines along the U.S. 158 Bypass violated a town ordinance.

The town lost an appeal to the state Supreme Court last month. The nine-month project involves installation of 88 steel poles for high-voltage lines along seven miles of the bypass from Kitty Hawk to Nags Head.

Information from: The Virginian-Pilot

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A utility plans to start building new power lines along a highway in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

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Pender Memorial Park could have basketball courts instead of soccer field

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

By K.J. WilliamsCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

Johnny Stringfield has a new game plan to bring public basketball courts to Burgaw. And he’s asking Pender County officials to consider changing a plan to put a soccer field for youth at the county’s Pender Memorial Park, and build basketball courts instead.

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50 years later, locals recall mysterious circumstances of NAL Flight 2511 plane crash

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

By Ben Steelman, Ben.Steelman@StarNewsOnline.com

Fifty years ago Wednesday, an explosion ripped a hole in the side of National Air Lines Flight 2511 and sent the crippled DC-6 airliner plummeting into a farmer’s field outside the Brunswick County town of Bolivia.

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