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Archive for September, 2011

Brunswick County hopes to save by refinancing debt

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Financial markets have made investors sweat lately, but the ups and downs in stocks could help Brunswick County save a million dollars.

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Pender commissioners reluctantly approve crematory for shelter animals

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Pender Sheriff Carson Smith is working to make the animal control program run smoother with upgrades, but his request for a crematory almost stalled with the county commissioners.

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“Lee” moves up the coast, “Katia” passes offshore Thursday, “Maria” forms

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)- After a day of strong to sometimes severe thunderstorms in North Carolina on Tuesday, the rainstorm that remains of "Lee" will be gentler for us today.

The main area of low pressure is tracking farther up the coast and will near Pennsylvania tonight. The threat for severe weather will shift north as well, with the greatest chances for tornadoes anywhere from Richmond to Philadelphia. For us, most of our activity is overwith, outside of a few widely scattered tropical downpours – mostly east of Wilmington.

Drier air will move in overnight and eliminate the oppressive humidity across the area. This will mean comfortable weather for the end of the week and the weekend.

Hurricane Katia has weakened to a category 1 storm and will move closer to the US today. However, heading into tonight the storm will begin to get picked up in the strong southerly jet that is positioned along the East Coast. These winds will funnel the storm northward – splitting the difference between North Carolina and Bermuda on Thursday.

While we will not see any wind or rain from Katia, her effects are already being felt at area beaches. Dangerous rip currents and high surf will be present through at least Friday. Swimmers are urged to stay out of the water. 

Looking farther out to see, Tropical Storm Maria has formed in the central Atlantic. The storm is extremely far from land, and any track forecasts are speculation at this point. However, the storm should take a track farther south than Katia, and will bear watching through next week.

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

– Meteorologist Tim Buckley


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NC man offers insanity plea in woman’s death

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A Charlotte man accused of killing his
girlfriend nearly two years ago has pleaded not guilty by reason of

A lawyer for 29-year-old Davon Londell Thomas said Tuesday her
client was an Iraqi war veteran who suffered from post-traumatic
stress disorder and thought the woman was part of a terrorist
attack on America.

Twenty-three-year-old Tigist Yemane was shot to death at Thomas’
parents’ home in November 2009.

Police say the woman had originally come to Charlotte from
Ethiopia for a heart operation.

Defense attorney Jean Lawson says Thomas served in the North
Carolina Army National Guard and was deployed to active combat duty
in Iraq.

Thomas could be sent to a state mental hospital if he is found
not guilty by reason of insanity.

Trial is expected near year.

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

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Some alarmed at escalating costs of Boiling Spring Lakes sewer project

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Concerns about the spike in estimated costs for the Boiling Spring Lakes sewer project continue to roil city commissioners and commercial property owners along the N.C. 87 corridor who would bear the brunt of the increase.

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