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Archive for August, 2011

WDI rolling up its sleeves for vision

Monday, August 29th, 2011

With more money in hand, the pressure is on for Wilmington Downtown Inc.Board Chairman Dave Spetrino in May made a deal with the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners – give WDI more money and one year to prove it can come through on its promises of a more economically vibrant downtown.What Spetrino didn’t know at that time was he would be staying on as board chairman to see it happen.

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FIRST ON 3: New Hanover Co. catching grief for not cleaning up debris; May change mind (UPDATED @ 5:15 pm)

Monday, August 29th, 2011

UPDATE FROM NEW HANOVER COUNTY (5:15 PM)

(New Hanover County)–The following is the latest information concerning hurricane debris collection in New Hanover County. Municipal residents should follow instructions from the city of Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach or Wrightsville Beach.

There is no decision whether the county will activate it’s debris removal contract. New Hanover County is awaiting word whether the county will receive payment from FEMA to cover the cost of countywide debris pick up.

The cost to New Hanover County government could be as high as $500,000. In the interim, unincorporated county residents can call their trash hauler to make arrangements for debris pick up, or they may choose from one of four private companies accepting yard debris at a fee:

•Seaside Mulch, 201 North Green Meadows Drive
•Wilmington Materials, US 421 North
•Blue Horizon, 2869 North Kerr Ave
•Diversified Biomass, 606 Sunnyvale Drive

Companies charge $20-$30 per pickup truck load.

New Hanover County is continuing to conduct damage and debris assessments.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Irene has come and gone, but the mess remains. For thousands in the Cape Fear it’s now clean-up time, but what are you suppose to do with all that debris?

New Hanover County at first said it’s up to residents to get rid of their debris. Now the county says it has not decided what to do.

A common sight in neighborhoods all over the viewing area: piles of debris laying in front of homes. Getting rid of all this can be a challenge for some. It just all depends on where you live.

“I’ve got my wife here cleaning up right now,” Alex Robbins said.

Robbins and his wife Barbara were busy Monday morning picking up limbs, branches, anything left behind by the storm.

“Everything has been fairly small,” he said. “Nothing has fallen on any structures, so we’ve been very lucky.”

The Robbins’ big concern, just like thousands in the Cape Fear, is who will pick the debris up and when?

“If you’re a customer in the city limits and you get city trash service, then we pick up your trash once a week, your recycling once a week and your yard waste once a week,” City of Wilmington spokeswoman Malissa Talbert said. “There’s no additional charge for that”

The City of Wilmington will have extra staff picking up debris. Residents can expect it to be picked up on their scheduled trash day, but the city says it could take crews a day or two longer.

The city asks residents to place small debris, like leaves and pine cones, in containers or bags. Limbs may be no longer than four feet and no larger than six inches in diameter. And the big no-no: don’t mix plant debris with household debris, like appliances and furniture. No construction trash either

The Town of Leland is also addressing the debris issue. It has opened up a vegetative drop-off site on Old Lanvale Road.

“It’s been fun,” Ed Johnson said as he took his fifth truckload of debris to the site. “It keeps me out of trouble.”

Despite the time and energy spent on cleaning up Johnson says it’s part of living on the coast.

Carolina Beach and Kure Beach have announced they will pick up debris for free.

Reports are that New Hanover County is hoping President Obama will declare the county a disaster area so it won’t have to pay for pick-up.

For more information visit http://www.wwaytv3.com/2011/08/29/hurricane-irene-the-scoop-debris-remov….

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Coastal waters temporarily close to shellfishing

Monday, August 29th, 2011

THIS INFORMATION FROM A NEWS RELEASE SENT TO THE WWAY NEWSCHANNEL 3 NEWSROOM

MOREHEAD CITY, NC (NCDENR) -– Upon recommendation of the state health director, the NC Division of Marine Fisheries will temporarily close all coastal waters to shellfish harvesting effective immediately, due to potential impacts of floodwaters on these areas.

The division will begin testing shellfish waters Tuesday and reopen areas as tests show safe bacteria levels. Excessive rainfall, coastal flooding and sanitary sewer overflows may have contaminated these waters.

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Hurricane Irene: By the numbers…

Monday, August 29th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)- Hurricane Irene will not appear in the “Top 10” list of North Carolina hurricanes, not even close. However, Irene was a good reminder that even a “weak” hurricane or tropical storm can create impressive wind gusts and flooding rain. The Storm Track 3 Weather Team forecast wind gusts near hurricane force (73+ mph) along coastal counties, with tropical storm force conditions (39-73 mph) possible for inland counties. The official forecast called for rainfall of 6-9 inches in coastal counties. These numbers verified well. You can find a few specific reports listed below.

-Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

WIND GUSTS:

New Hanover County (Johnny Mercer’s Pier) 70 mph
Brunswick County (Bald Head Island) 68 mph
Pender County (Holly Shelter) 70 mph
Bladen County (Bladen Lakes) 58 mph
Columbus County (Whiteville) 48 mph

RAINFALL:

New Hanover County (Wilmington) 7.58 in
Brunswick County (Southport) 7.84 in
Pender County (Holly Shelter) 8.26 in
Columbus County (Whiteville) 3.06 in
Bladen County (Bladenboro) 2.63 in

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NC Wesleyan College announces partnership with Cape Fear Community College

Monday, August 29th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE FROM CFCC) — North Carolina Wesleyan College and Cape Fear Community College have announced a partnership to provide two bachelor’s degree programs on Cape Fear’s Wilmington campus. The initial offerings include courses toward the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration or Elementary Education.

“We signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding with Cape Fear, which is the state’s fifth largest community college and a dynamic force in higher education,” said NC Wesleyan President James Gray. “Starting in January 2012, we will expand our reach.”

Gray said, “Partnering with Cape Fear gives Wesleyan an unmistakable footprint in far Eastern North Carolina. We are one of the leaders in adult education in our part of the state with facilities in Rocky Mount, Goldsboro, and the Research Triangle. With this announcement and others to follow, we intend to be the dominant force in adult education in the entire eastern half of the state.

“This agreement is good news for both full-time students and working adults who want to continue their education,” said CFCC President Eric McKeithan. “Having another option for a bachelor’s degree is a welcome addition to the outstanding educational opportunities already available for residents in our area.”

Wesleyan has begun recruiting adjunct professors from the Wilmington area to teach the relevant courses and by mid-October, a full-time educational coordinator will be located on the CFCC campus to recruit and advise students interested in these degrees. The coordinator will assist with registration paperwork, direct students to sources for financial aid, and oversee the total program.

Classes will begin in spring 2012 with year-round rolling admissions. All of the related courses will be taught by Wesleyan faculty on the downtown Wilmington campus of CFCC. Each course will be offered one night each week for 8 weeks with a mix of classroom and online experiences. This schedule is designed to allow students to attend full-time, but also, to meet the needs of working students who may choose to go to school on a part-time basis. The elementary education degree provides state licensure for students who complete those requirements. Tuition is comparable to the state university system and financial aid is available for qualified individuals.

Research indicates that more than 40 percent of all higher education enrollments are students age 25 and older. As a result of changing demographics, that number is expected to increase to more than 50 percent of the higher education market within five to 10 years. Gray reported that adult programs at NC Wesleyan have grown from an average of 681 over the last 3 years to more than 800 enrolled in spring 2011. The college is gearing up for even more adult enrollment for the 2011-12 school year.

The two colleges are committed to maintaining high quality degree programs. An advisory committee comprised of representatives from each institution will meet regularly to review and assess the partnership. The committee will make recommendations for adjustments as needed.

“We are very pleased about participating in this alliance with Cape Fear,” said Dr. Evan Duff, vice president for adult programs at NCWC. “Having bachelor’s level courses on the community college campus will allow CFCC graduates and others with associate degrees to make a smooth transition to NC Wesleyan College. Working together, the two institutions will enhance educational opportunities in the southeast region of our state”

Individuals seeking more information should visit the NC Wesleyan College website www.ncwc.edu/adult or call 1-877-867-NCWC (1-877-867-6292).

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