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Archive for October, 2011

18-year-old shot to death in Smithfield

Friday, October 28th, 2011

SMITHFIELD, NC (AP) — An 18-year-old Clayton man has been shot and killed at a house in Smithfield.

Police said they found Ra’sheive DaShawn Ray dead from a gunshot wound shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday.

Lt. Keith Powell says residents in the home reported they heard gunshots but did not see anything.

No arrests have been reported.

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

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Transportation logistics required for Saturday’s Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon

Friday, October 28th, 2011

WILMINGTON,NC (news release) — Organizers of the PPD Beach2Battleship triathlon and The USS North Carolina Ghost Ship event are working in tandem to coordinate traffic hotspots in an effort to determine the best transportation and parking availabilities during the weekend of October 28 and 29. Both organizations are making the Wilmington community and surrounding areas aware of potential traffic situations and providing transportation logistics for attending these two events.

“It’s very important for people attending the PPD Beach2Battleship and the Ghost Ship at the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial to know that there will be no parking at the Battleship Park on Saturday, October 29th,” said Jeremey Davis, PPD Beach2Battleship Race Director. “It is vital that we get the word out that Battleship Park will only be accessible by water taxi and shuttle on Saturday, October 29th.”

Event organizers have provided detailed parking and transportation information including the following:

Ø GHOST SHIP PARKING and TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

Friday, October 28, 2011
Parking for the event will take place at the USS North Carolina as scheduled.
Parking will be limited. There will be no shuttle service to the Battleship on Friday night.

Saturday, October 29, 2011
There will be no parking at the USS North Carolina on Saturday, October 29, 2011. Parking for both events will take place in downtown Wilmington. All attending the Ghost Ship will take the free water taxis from the boat dock at the Hilton Riverside to the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial or the trolleys from the Hilton Riverside (Water Street) to the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial. Water taxis and trolleys will return you to the same locations following the event.

Event organizers also offered the following general traffic information and advisory for motorists to be aware of during the triathlon taking place on Saturday, October 29.

Ø TWO KEY TRAFFIC HOTSPOTS

The intersection of Hwy 17 (Market St.) and Porters Neck Road just south of the new interchange with I-140
Traffic delays are probable, Saturday the 29th from 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. for northbound traffic on Market St. (Hwy 17) at Porters Neck Rd. Traffic delays are also probable for Porters Neck Rd. traffic accessing Market St. Motorists are advised to avoid this area during that time.

Hwy 421 from I-140 to the Battleship
Motorists traveling from Wilmington to Brunswick County are asked to use the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and avoid using the Isabella Holmes Bridge the entire day of Saturday, October 29, 2011. Traffic delays are probable for southbound traffic on Hwy 421 from I-140 to the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial.

Complete traffic and parking information for the PPD Beach2Battleship triathlon can be found at: http://www.beach2battleship.com/traffic.cfm

The PPD Beach2Battleship takes place on October 29, 2011 and includes a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run, and it also offers a half iron distance triathlon event. The event benefits the Wilmington Family YMCA. For more information please visit www.beach2battleship.com.

Organizers of the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon announced today the event has sold out, with a record 1,875 triathletes to compete in the triathlon on Oct. 29. It is the first time the triathlon has sold out since the inaugural event in 2008.

A total of 800 participants are registered for the full iron distance portion of the triathlon and 1,075 participants are registered for the half iron distance portion. The field of participants represents 43 states and five foreign countries.

“Selling out our event in its fourth year shows the fantastic growth and continued popularity of the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon,” said Dick Jones, Wilmington Family YMCA President. “The entire community should be proud of the event as it showcases all that the Wilmington area has to offer to people from all over the country and the world.”

Preliminary calculations for an economic impact study provided by the Wilmington/Cape Fear Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau include:

· 2,100 attendees – 90% from out of town
· 3.5 days average stay
· Travel party size – 2.5 people
· Direct Spending – $1,575,700
· Economic impact to community – $3,939,350

“One of the great events in Wilmington is the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo. “Not only does the event give us the opportunity to share our quality of life with all of the participants, it also gives us a unique opportunity to showcase all of the wonderful things to do in our city,”

The event takes place on Oct. 29, 2011 and includes a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run, and it also offers a half iron distance triathlon event. The race will begin at 7 a.m. at the southern tip of Wrightsville Beach, N.C., and finish at the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial in downtown Wilmington. Coordinators are expecting approximately 6,000 spectators.

The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon is an internationally recognized iron distance and half iron distance triathlon. Competitors from around the country and the world have traveled to the Wilmington area to enjoy everything this world famous waterfront destination has to offer and to experience a competition that Triathlete Magazine named as one of the top five iron distance triathlons in the world. All of the event’s net proceeds are contributed to the Wilmington Family YMCA.For more information please visit www.beach2battleship.com.

PPD, Inc., a leading global contract research organization, supports the event as its title sponsor to educate the public on the vital role of clinical research and participation in clinical trials to deliver new medicines to improve health and save lives, and to support the local community.

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South Brunswick High School teacher named Teacher of the Year finalist

Friday, October 28th, 2011

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY)– A Brunswick County teacher has been named a regional finalist in this years Teacher of the Year competition.

Melissa Warren teaches English at South Brunswick High School and was named Brunswick County’s Teacher of the Year in April. A team will visit the school in November to observe Warren in action and to interview her students, their parents, and Warren’s colleagues.

The winner will be announced in early January.

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Cape Fear Fair and Expo underway at the airport

Friday, October 28th, 2011

WILMINGTON NC (WWAY) — Our Cape Fear Fair and Expo got off to a nice start and was in full swing Thursday night.

The lights burned bright in the mid-way and there are plenty of thrill rides for all of the adrenaline junkies as well as some a little more tame. You can play games of chance and of course the food, enjoy all of your fair food favorites with a great selection.

If you are looking for something with a different pace check out the animal exhibits.

Barbara Johansen has a local farm and exhibits her animals at the fair. “We have a little farm and we like to show off our animals and we have quite a few because most of the kids here have never been close to or learned about the animals, so they can lean a lot here. I personally think this is the most important exhibit at the whole fair.”

Agriculture is still a big part of the fair, you can get up close and personal with all sorts of farm animals. Most you cannot touch but a few you can. While there is plenty of nightlife at the fair the animals don’t stay up all night.

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One person sent to hosptial after shooting

Friday, October 28th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– A man was sent to the hospital around 9:30 this evening after a shooting at Dawson Street Mini Mart, located at 13th and Dawson Street. According to Wilmington Police, the man was attempting to rob the convenience store, but was shot by the clerk.

No word on the man’s condition.

Stay tuned to WWAY for more information as this story develops.

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