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Archive for October, 2011

‘Disorganized’ storm system headed our way

Monday, October 17th, 2011

A large system of thunderstorms brewing near southeast Mexico will head to Wilmington Tuesday night, dropping substantial rain on the Port City before moving on late Wednesday.

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Feeback wanted for US 17 Corridor Study

Monday, October 17th, 2011

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY)– Two major construction projects would dramatically change the drive between between Hampstead and Wilmington. Some residents welcome the change, but it could come at a cost for others.

One part of the proposed project would extend Military Cutoff Road all the way to the Wilmington bypass.
It would cut through Ogden Park and the surrounding neighborhoods.

“It may help alleviate traffic, but i don’t think that’s where the state needs to be spending money right now,” said Derrick Saul.

Saul is worried it could harm his property value, since the highway could run directly behind his home.

“How much is our property value going to be affected by it? As bad as it sounds, I hope we do get bought out because it’s projected to be a four lane divided highway, 55 mph, literally 10 feet from our house.”

The two proposed routes that extend Military Cutoff both cut through Ogden Park, but split on where they would connect to the Wilmington Bypass. Coming from Hampstead, it’s a little trickier. There are four proposed routes that each cut through different parts of Pender and New Hanover Counties before connecting with the bypass.

Al Freimark is on a Citizen Advisory Committee representing Pender County.
He’s worked to get a Hampstead Bypass for more than 16 years, but he’s not happy with one aspect.

“We will not have the option of local or bypass,” Friemark said, “everybody coming southbound will have to get on the bypass and then re-enter 17 from the bypass.”

D.O.T. Engineer Allen Pope says that was the case, but now they are looking at making the interchange just south of the Topsail schools.

“So yes, for a short distance they would have to come back, it would be like a service road or some other means of getting to a local section of town.” Pope explained.

The D.O.T. hopes to get a lot of feedback from residents. The goal is to have one preferred alternative by the end of the year. If you’d like to learn more, the D.O.T. is giving a formal presentation at 7:30 tonight at Noble Middle School.

There will be another open house and presentation Tuesday night at Topsail High School.

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STORMTRACK 3: Strong storms headed our way

Monday, October 17th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A large area of thunderstorms in the southern Gulf of Mexico may bring heavy weather our way soon. The disturbance is still disorganized, and doesn’t yet have a clear center of circulation.

Warm water, and generally favorable upper-level winds could allow this system to strengthen into a Tropical Storm before it heads up the coast. Whether it does become a named storm or not, it does appear that the storm will head our way. The greatest threat for strong to severe weather will come throughout the night Tuesday.

A cold front moving across the Midwest will steer the system northward toward Florida and the East Coast on Tuesday. Heavy rain and thunderstorms could begin here in North Carolina as early as Tuesday, lasting through the day on Wednesday. Behind the storm, rapid clearing and cold air will move into the area – bringing crisp Fall weather.

Head over to Hurricanes 101 for the latest satellite pictures and a Video Update on the storm. Stay tuned to WWAY for further updates on this system over the next few days.

Weather Forecaster Asha Davé

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USMC cracks down on KIA bracelets

Monday, October 17th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Many Marines are furious by the Corps recent ban on memorial bracelets, which lets them honor their fallen comrades. WWAY spoke with a Camp Lejeune Marine who is very upset by the new rule.

The KIA, or Killed In Action bracelets, are worn by Marines in honor of friends who died serving their country. But the corps does not allow jewelry, which has some Marines demanding an exception be made to the rule.

“Here’s how I look at it: I respect more the people who died in a combat zone than the people who is saying jewelry, because obviously they don’t know what they’re talking about,” said a Camp Lejeune Marine Corps sergeant who did not want to disclose his name.

He says he started wearing a KIA bracelet following his deployment to Afghanistan. Two of his close friends and teammates were killed in action while on deployment and he wants to memorialize them by wearing their names on his wrist.

“Why I wear it is to remind myself day to day that it’s my job to live for these people that didn’t come back,” the sergeant said.

However, the Corps does not allow jewelry, with only few exceptions including discreet watches, rings and simple earrings worn by women. The memorial bracelets are not authorized.

“I would like to think if I were killed that people would want to remember me,” the sergeant said.

He says the uniform rule is outdated and so far no one he knows is taking the regulation seriously. He says he will continue to wear the bracelet and considers it a duty to live for them.

“They don’t have any more opportunities,” he said. “They’re dead, so therefore I have to take what opportunities I have and make the most of them.”

The Marine Corps is not alone in having specific rules regarding jewelry. There are similar rules for each branch of the military.

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One hospitalized after van crashes in parking lot on Dawson Street

Monday, October 17th, 2011

A van traveling down Dawson Street reportedly lost control Monday afternoon and plowed into the parking lot of the International Express Mart, a convenience store, hitting several parked vehicles, according to New Hanover County dispatch.

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