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Archive for August, 2011

Jury selection begins in stabbing murder case

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Authorities believe Lee Roy Jolly Jr. killed 62-year-old Gladys Myrie in May 2009 and stabbed her in her Southport home.

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Pender County Schools on a regular schedule Tuesday

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Pender County Schools will return to a regular schedule on Tuesday, Aug. 30, according to district officials.

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Topsail Beach damage estimated at $1 million

Monday, August 29th, 2011

TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Although Hurricane Irene hit beach communities like Topsail Island pretty hard, there are not many reports of major damage.

Aside from some minor flooding and a few missing shingles, Topsail Island seemed to weather the storm quite well.

Topsail Beach has reported that there were very minimal property damage from the hurricane. About 11 docks were damaged or washed away, and more than 300 homes reported missing shingles and siding on their homes.

Town Manager Tim Holloman says the damage will cost a little more than $1 million to repair, which is less than expected.

“I think as far as property damage, we fared really well,” Holloman said. “We fared well here, too, in town with no injury or loss of life. So the effects of the storm were minimal at most, so we’re very fortunate.”

Holloman says the $1 million clean-up estimate does not include costs to correct beach erosion. He says the town should have an estimate on how much that will cost in the next couple of days after experts assess the damage.

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Irene finally extinguishes Pender wildfire

Monday, August 29th, 2011

State forestry officials Monday said they’d found at least one bright spot in Hurricane Irene’s aftermath — the long-awaited dousing of the months-old Pender County wildfire.

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ONLY ON 3: Some sea turtle nests destroyed, others hatched during Irene

Monday, August 29th, 2011

TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WWAY) — When you think of Topsail Island, you just might think of sea turtles. While humans on the island continue to clean up in the wake of Hurricane Irene, there’s concern about the turtles that have been waiting to hatch on the island.

Residents and tourists were not the only ones affected by Hurricane Irene’s strong winds and surging seas. Some of the area’s most treasured residents were tossed and turned as the storm ripped through the area.

“In the places where the surge went through the dunes, where it breached the dunes, those nests did wash through,” said Terry Meyer from the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital. “So we did lost about 10 nests.”

Meyer says before the hurricane, there were about 60 unhatched nests still on the beach. She says the nests that are higher on the dunes fared better than ones closer to the ocean.

“The turtles that were able to climb to the top of the dunes and deposit their nests, those nests are in good shape,” Meyer said. “They didn’t take on any water, and they are just going to incubate normally for the rest of the season.”

The nests exposed to high levels of sea water for long periods of time may also have been destroyed, but Meyer says it’s a waiting game to see what happens next.

Some hatchlings were born during Irene. They made their way to the sea with the help of some concerned citizens who called the hospital just in time.

The Sea Turtle Hospital says that all the turtles that they have in captivity at the hospital were safe and sound throughout the storm.

The hospital says it about 99 hatchlings emerged from a nest that hatched during the storm friday and were found on a road on the island. They were released into the ocean Saturday evening after the hurricane moved north.

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