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Archive for August, 2011

Miller Motte Technical College back in session Wednesday

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Power has been restored and classes will resume as normal tomorrow at Miller Motte Technical College in Wilmington. The school lost power during Hurricane Irene over the weekend. Power was restored around 9 o’clock tonight.

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Area beaches survive Irene with little erosion

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The higher than normal tides and massive waves caused by Hurricane Irene were predicted to wreak havoc on our area’s beaches, but thanks to the shift in her track, the impact was minimal.

“You come out here today, and you look at Wrightsville Beach, for example, you wouldn’t necessarily know we had a storm a couple days ago,” said Greg Williams of the Army Corps of Engineers.

Sunday, the Army Corps of Engineers did preliminary damage assessments of our area’s beaches and the effects from Hurricane Irene. Williams says all in all, Pender, New Hanover and Brunswick County beaches fared pretty well.

“The track of Hurricane Irene was really beneficial to the beaches in southeastern North Carolina, because it wasn’t a direct impact,” Williams said. “They still had impact. They still had big waves and erosion.”

The two ways engineers assess damage to beaches are the condition of the berms and erosion to the dunes.

“After irene, we found no scarping from Wrightsville Beach,” Williams said. “There was some dune scarps observed on Carolina (beach) and Kure (Beach).”

Though there was no significant damage to Wrightsville Beach, folks say Irene did leave an impression.

Jo Pickett is a surf instructor. She says she did notice a few changes after the storm.

“We still have a sand bar, and we can still surf here, but we do have a deeper trough here close to the beach, and down at the jetty we have a huge pile of sand,” Pickett said.

Williams says beach nourishment was a huge factor in why beaches made out so well.

“By in large, the beaches performed exactly the way they were designed,” he said. “They provided protection from the elevated water levels.”

Williams says it is important for beaches to have renourishment every three to four years to keep a protective barrier.

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Orton’s Bar and Poolroom closing

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It is just that kind of place, Orton’s in Wilmington has been serving drinks on Front Street for a long time. A short walk down the stairs, raise a few glasses and lift your spirits. Orton’s has been a world famous poolroom for quite a while as well; it is even home to a world record.

But all that will end as this bar is closing. A favorite will be open no more, and this bar like another one where “everyone knows your name”, will be missed by regulars. Like Anna Gamel.

“I am very sad this is basically like my Cheers in town, this was the first bar I found when I moved here four and a half years ago this is the place that I always come to”.

And regular Adam Fiedler, “I am going to miss it like crazy I come here about three nights a week its just where me and all my friends have been coming for years, its almost a home away from home”.

The Front Street bar is an institution that will be dark when the lights go down early Wednesday morning along with and it’s companion bar Longstreets, but they may re open again one day.
The bars are listed for sale.

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Bald Head, Shell Island still feeling Irene’s pain

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

In the wake of Hurricane Irene, local beach communities are grappling with shoreline erosion, building damage and debris — mostly minor complaints, officials said, considering how bad the storm could have been.

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Mysterious sinkhole opens at YMCA soccer field

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

No one knows what exactly spawned the hole, which was neatly round and between 7 and 10 feet deep.

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