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Archive for September, 2011

NC asks judge to toss lawsuit on Bonner Bridge

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The state Department of Transportation is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit over the current plan to replace the deteriorating bridge connecting Hatteras Island to the rest of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

The state filed its response Wednesday, asking the court to throw out the complaint by groups represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

The response says the lawsuit’s claims are baseless.

The Bonner Bridge was built in 1963 and was designed to last 30 years. The state is moving forward with plans for a replacement that goes through the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Environmentalists support a 17-mile alternative that would bypass the refuge.

DOT officials say construction work could start late next year, with the bridge opening in 2015.

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

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Steel rising for new Walgreens on former Whitey’s site

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

The steel is rising for the new Walgreens on the site of the former Whitey’s restaurant at the corner of Market Street and Kerr Avenue."We’re aiming to turn it over to (Walgreens) just after the first of the year, in January," said Mike Prevatte, president of Wilmington Development Co., owner of the land that once held his family’s Whitey’s restaurant and the El-Berta Motor Inn."We’re tickled to death the thing is finally getting off the ground."

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Wilmington man tells 911 dispatcher he accidentally shot wife

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

In a 911 call, the man police have charged with second-degree murder tells a dispatcher he accidentally shot his wife.

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Hurricane-damaged Shell Island Resort hopes to reopen soon

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Shell Island Resort at the northern tip of Wrightsville Beach is nearly booked for the weekend beginning Sept. 16 – and owners and managers hope it will reopen by then.Hurricane Irene delivered quite a blow to the resort, which has 169 individually-owned condos mostly rented like hotel units to tourists.

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Pender approves debris collection sites

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

BURGAW, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– The Pender Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday evening to establish vegetative debris collection sites for disposal of Hurricane Irene storm debris from private roads in the county. NCDOT will be collecting vegetative debris from the rights-of-way of all state maintained roads beginning this week, however debris will not be collected at the street level on private roads. Property owners along private roads and subdivisions will be able to take vegetative debris directly to a debris collection site. Private contractors collecting storm debris from within the county will also be able to dispose of vegetative debris at the sites.

Further information on the specific site locations and operating hours will be forthcoming once logistics and site operational details are finalized by the County and DRC Environmental Services, the contractor responsible for operating the debris sites.

Construction and Demolition (C&D) debris will not be collected at the street level. Small pickup truck size loads can be taken by property owners to the Willard, Burgaw and Rocky Point convenience sites with valid Pender County Solid Waste Stickers without charge. Large loads of C&D debris may be taken to the county transfer station in Hampstead for disposal. The fee is $72 per ton.

The County has established a hotline for special unmet needs at (910) 259-0126. Questions about storm debris collection and disposal may be directed to Melinda Knoerzer of Pender Utilities at (910) 259-1521.

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