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Archive for September, 2011

We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Battleship North Carolina in the Port City Friday at 6 p.m.

Monday, September 26th, 2011

DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Fifty years ago this week, the Battleship North Carolina was making its way from New Jersey to Downtown Wilmington. It took great vision, lots of cash and some careful navigation to get “The Showboat” into the slip where she lives now.

Friday on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 6 p.m., we’ll celebrate the Battleship’s life as a protector of democracy during World War II and then as one of the state’s greatest tourist attractions.

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Prices down at the pump

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Prices of oil and gasoline fell last week leading to people paying less at the pump nationwide. Don’t get too excited about it though because it could mean that the global economy is headed for another recession.

The national average for regular unleaded gasoline is $3.51 per gallon, which is down from a high of $3.98 in early May. In North Carolina the average is currently $3.48.

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Ice cream fundraiser honors late judge

Monday, September 26th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thinking about dessert tonight? How about helping a good cause while getting your fill?

Pancreatic cancer took the life of judge and veteran John Carroll in May. Today would have been his birthday. To honor him family and friends are sponsoring a fundraiser at Mandi’s Ice Cream on Market Street.

They are collecting items for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina all month long. And money from a special John’s Tracks Sundae will go toward the fight against pancreatic cancer.

Friends hope the fundraiser will not only help the community but also let people know how special John was to many.

“When a person passes, a period of time after that there’s not a lot of discussion after that. But when you got someone who has lived a life like John has led, you want to keep his legacy and name out there and let people know what he has done,” friend Travis Robinson said.

Mandi’s Ice cream is open until nine tonight.

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Crews almost done with Irene debris pick-up

Monday, September 26th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Contract crews in New Hanover County have picked up nearly 25,000 cubic yards of debris from Hurricane Irene.

The county says DRC Emergency Services has picked up 24,146 cubic yards of vegetative debris from roads in the unincorporated areas of the county as of Monday. Those crews started a second and final pass through the county today in the southern unincorporated area of the county. After the southern area is completed, the contractor will return to the northern area for the final collection.

Since approval from FEMA for reimbursement of removal costs on non-state system roads was not received until September 20, debris on most of the private roads was not collected during the first pass. Those private roads will be addressed during the second pass in addition to state system roads.

The work should be done by Friday, October 7.

Questions or concerns about debris removal should be directed to the Department of Environmental Management at (910) 798-4400.

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Behind the Yellow Tape – Detectives looking for sweepstakes parlor robbers

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Brunswick County sheriff’s detectives are looking for suspects in connection to an armed robbery over the weekend of a Supply-area sweepstakes parlor, according to a news release.

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