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Archive for August, 2011

Fewer than 3,000 still without power in New Hanover Co.

Monday, August 29th, 2011

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Though Irene did not cause any significant damage in our area, power outages have been a big issue in New Hanover County and across eastern North Carolina.

Sylvia Williams has been without electricity for three days. She says her power went out before the brunt of Irene even came through our area. tree behind her property fell onto a power line in the Kings Grant neighborhood.

“The storm wasn’t even here yet,” said Williams. “That was just the little bit of wind that we started off with.”

Progress Energy said Saturday afternoon 280,000 customers in North Carolina had no electricity. As of 7 a.m. Monday, that number was down to 98,000, including 10,500 in Onslow and 3,600 in Duplin. New Hanover County had fewer than 3,000 homes and business still in the dark. That’s down from about 7,000 12 hours earlier.

Crews assessed damage and made repairs to power lines throughout the day. Officials with Progress Energy say they will have a better idea of predicted restoration times by Monday. Progress Energy hopes to get up to 95 percent of its customers across the state back on line by midnight Wednesday.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have restored power to 89,000 households. That’s down from a peak of 152,000 outages Saturday.

Williams says though it has been hard without electricity, she is grateful to be surrounded by family and friends.

“My family is safe and we’re together and we get to eat our dinners together because we’re cooking in a little stove that god has provided for us, so yes I’m thankful,” said Williams.

Progress Energy officials stress that everyone should steer clear of any downed power lines and that also means keeping pets inside and out of harms way.

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Power outages from Irene fall to 330K in NC

Monday, August 29th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina electric utilities report
progress on getting service restored after Hurricane Irene.

About 330,000 customers remain without electricity early Monday,
down from a high of more than 600,000.

Progress Energy reports about 100,000 customers without power,
with some being told it may be several days before all power is
restored. Dominion Power had 59,000 customers in North Carolina
without electricity.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives and municipal power
agencies don’t have updates on progress since Sunday night. The
electric cooperatives reported 76,000 outages and cities and towns
reported 95,000 customers with no power.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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NC investor accused of fraud holds estate sale

Monday, August 29th, 2011

SUMMERFIELD, NC (AP) — Neighbors say a North Carolina
hedge-fund manager whose assets were frozen after regulators
accused him of securities fraud has been selling off bits and
pieces of his home’s interior.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Monday
that a weekend estate sale at the nearly $2
million lakeside home was advertised with a handwritten sign out

Neighbors and a court-appointed receiver are worried that
financial adviser Stanley Kowalewski is raising money by selling
kitchen cabinets, interior doors, light fixtures and other
structural elements.

The house is one of the assets covered by a freeze the
Securities and Exchange Commission placed on Kowalewski as part of
a multi-million dollar lawsuit against him for investment advisory
fraud. The SEC wants him to repay investors nearly $9 million
allegedly misappropriated.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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2 women bare breasts at NC anti-topless rally

Monday, August 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — A rally to protest a recent topless event
in Asheville included two women baring their breasts.

One of the women was arrested Sunday when she stripped naked.

About 50 people who were upset about an Aug. 21 rally in
Asheville in support of the right for women to go topless staged
their own event Sunday.

But two women bared their breasts and 21-year-old Molly Sarah
Rosch of Asheville was arrested when she stripped completely. Rosch
said she was exercising her religious rights and her legal rights
shortly before she stripped.

She was charged with indecent exposure.

One of the organizers of Sunday’s event, Carl Mumpower, says
city leaders should be held accountable for allowing the earlier
topless rally. Mumpower says he considers the topless protest a
form of child abuse.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Ocean City founder honored at jazz show

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Organizers of the second annual Ocean City Beach Jazz Concert and Fish Fry on Sept. 4 aim to honor a founder at the celebration, while reintroducing the next generation to the historic community.The development was one of the first African-American communities to appear on the East Coast oceanfront.

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