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Archive for September, 2011

Katia pulls away, Maria struggles to survive

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)- Hurricane Katia passed about 400 miles offshore of Wilmington Thursday. The storm will pull away form the coast Friday. As expected, no rain/wind was felt locally. However, elevated seas and rip currents will be possible through Friday.

Tropical system Maria struggles to survive east of the Leeward Islands. Strong wind shear will keep her in a weakened condition for the next few days. If she survives, Maria will approach the Bahamas Tuesday. From there, the track is very uncertain. Most models take her out to sea, but a few models suggest a closer approach the United States.

Tropical system Nate remains near the Yucatan Peninsula. Nate has the potential to bring much needed rain to Texas, but the track is uncertain.

You can always see the latest tropical updates at Hurricanes 101.

Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

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ONLY ON 3 @ 5: Sanford Lowe’s back open after tornado demolished it

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

SANFORD, NC (WWAY) — Five months after being destroyed by a tornado, the Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Sanford reopened today with a storm of a celebration.

Katie was the only local reporter there, and will introduce you to the people who were responsible for saving dozens of lives when the twister hit, ONLY ON WWAY NEWSCHANNEL 3 AT 5.

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FIRST ON 3: McIntyre writes Mayor Bloomberg asking a prayer be added to 9/11 ceremony

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC (NEWS RELEASE) — U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre, Co-Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, and his congressional colleagues in the caucus, have written the Mayor of New York City, encouraging him to include prayer in the ceremony commemorating the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

Congressman McIntyre stated, “Prayer is at the foundation of our great nation, and it should be a part of the 9/11 ceremony in New York City. Prayer has and continues to be an important part of our daily lives, drawing strength and understanding in tough times and allowing us to give thanks for the many blessings of life. On this special commemorative day, prayer should be front and center in all of our lives. Prayer is as appropriate today as it was on that day ten years ago.”

The letter to Mayor Bloomberg is below:

Dear Mayor Bloomberg,

We are writing to urge you to include prayer in New York City’s ceremony commemorating the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Omitting prayer from the event is inappropriate, and we ask that it be added to the program.

On September 11, 2001 and in the days that followed, prayer was an integral part of our nation’s healing process. For scores of Americans, turning to God in prayer was instinctive. As people prayed that God would intervene, not only on their own behalf but also in the affairs of their fellow man, our country was united in a remarkable way. To now suggest that including prayer—that powerful uniting force—in the 9/11 commemoration would be divisive is absurd.

On August 31, 2011 Congressman Randy Forbes, Co-Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, sent a letter asking that prayer be included in the September 11th commemoration ceremony in New York City. Despite his appeal and the requests of others across the country, recent reports indicate that you have not reversed your decision.

As Members of Congress who care deeply about protecting America’s right to pray and ensuring that this invaluable practice retains its pivotal place in our society, we strongly request that you add prayer to the commemoration ceremony of the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Prayer is as appropriate today as it was on that day ten years ago.

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ONLY ON 3: Sanford Lowe’s back open after tornado demolished it

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

SANFORD, NC (WWAY) — April 16 is a day that many of us will unlikely forget any time soon. That’s the day that a series of tornadoes tore through the Carolinas.

In our area, Bladen County was hit particularly hard, where four people were killed and many, many more affected.

Perhaps the lasting image for most people, though, is of a Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Lee County, which was reduced to rubble. The extent of the damage and the fact that all inside walked out unharmed became a national story.

That Lowe’s held a grand reopening today just 90 days after the tornado. It’s a sign that recovery and rebuilding efforts are making progress.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Lowe’s in Sanford for the grand reopening.

“It was so massive,” store manager Michael Hollowell said of the damage. “At first, I didn’t even really know what it was. And then when I saw stuff flying into it, I knew we needed to get everyone to safety.”

The storm demolished the store, leaving the City of Sanford and the employees of Lowe’s with many questions.

“We were thinking, at least I was, what am I gonna do now? I don’t have a job. Am I gonna have to draw unemployment? We didn’t know what we were gonna do because our store, our job was blown away,” store employee Kim Thomas said.

Lowe’s moved the employees to other stores while rebuilding. Now, 160 workers are back at the Sanford store, and customers can shop in their own community again.

“This is a Godsend that everyone was OK and came back, and it makes our life a lot easier,” customer Sharon Conklin said.

First responders to the tornado say they can not believe how quickly the new store was back up and running.

“It’s a tremendous difference from what we saw on the afternoon of April 16 versus what we’re seeing now,” emergency worker Billy Leach said. “It’s a tremendous asset to the community and especially community resilience.”

Employees say local leaders worked quickly to get the store back open for the entire community.

“The whole community went through the tornado,” Lowe’s Regional VP Jeff Blocker said. “We suffered through it together, so I think they saw this as an opportunity to help our employees come back to the market and also provide a service for all the local customers.”

Lowe’s estimates reopening the store will bring about $10 million worth of revenue back to the community. The Wilkesboro-based company says it thinks the hottest items on the shelves are hurricane kit items and things to repair tornado damage.

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Library presents Faces of Africa photography exhibit

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

The Hampstead branch of the Pender County Public Library, together with Stuart and Nancy Namm of Hampstead, has scheduled the opening of a six-week exhibit of photos from East Africa and Southern Africa, entitled: “The Faces of the African Bush” on Sept. 16.

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