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Archive for November, 2011

Budweiser Clydesdales coming to Cape Fear

Friday, November 11th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The world-famous, eight-horse Budweiser Clydesdale hitch and Sample Wagon will make special appearances in and around Wilmington next week.

November 16th
Planet Fun in Shallotte from 4-6 PM

November 17th
Safeway Chevrolet in Burgaw from 4-6 PM

November 20th
Mayfaire Town Center from 1-3 PM

To qualify for a hitch, a Clydesdale must be a gelding at least four years of age, stand 72 inches at the shoulder when fully mature, weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds, have a bay coat, a blaze of white on the face, four white legs, and a black mane and tail.

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Cape Fear Memorial Bridge closures begin this weekend

Friday, November 11th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More closures this weekend as crews try to finish work on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.

The Department of Transportation will close the bridge from 11 p.m. Saturday until 10 a.m. Sunday. The bridge will also be closed each night from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

The closures are to help finish painting, electrical and mechanical repairs that are running more than a year late. A DOT engineer said last month he hoped the work will be done by Thanksgiving.

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StarNews Weekly News Quiz – Nov. 11

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Test your knowledge of the news in our weekly news quiz.

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Wilmington company turning yard trash into treasure

Friday, November 11th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With the economy the way it’s been, it’s tough to find feel good stories in the business community. ABC World News has been featuring businesses that are putting people to work in its “Made in America” series. We found a local business that is doing well and selling product that’s “Made in the Cape Fear” just off Market Street.

“Got going with all the local landscapers here in town, and now we manufacture all these products all these mulches right here in New Hanover County,” Seaside Mulch owner Hackney Parker said.

Parker started Seaside Mulch 16 years ago, and now he employs 25 people right here in Wilmington making and selling mulch products.

“Had about four or five piles of mulch in my car with a cell phone,” Parker said. “It was a long tough start.”

But now Seaside is doing well and creating new, innovative and environmentally friendly products. It’s Nu-Leaf mulch is actually a compost taking yard debris, and breaking it down to a beneficial matter than can be used as a fertilizer.

“They’re buying a product that came out of their yards, that’s been recycled, and now they’re putting it back into their yards to benefit the grass, the vegetables and the plants they have growing in their yards,” Seaside Mulch’s Lee Craft

The product is completely vegetative, and contains no chemicals, meaning it puts nutrients back in your soil without any damaging runoff in our coastal community.

“It’s just a big thing to have a manufacturer right here in New Hanover County, and a manufacturer who’s very green and environmental as we are. It’s a big deal,” Parker said.

And with Seaside Mulch going green by using a recyclable product, it’s also keeping a lot of green right here in our community with a local product.

Seaside Mulch’s Nu-Leaf product was recently certified by the US Composting Council. This means it’s been tested for quality every few months to verify it has the proper nutrients to benefit your soil.

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CFCC honors veterans at annual ceremony

Friday, November 11th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As it does each Veterans Day, Cape Fear Community College took time today to honor the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces.

Dozens came out to recognize those who served and to hear thoughts from veterans in attendance. Guest speaker Paul Bergmann, a Marine who served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, says he misses the camaraderie that came with serving overseas, but that he has the utmost pride and appreciation for our country.

“Once you’ve been over there and you see the way they live and the education system that they have, it’s no comparison to what we have over here,” Bergmann said. “In another country people have never heard of cell phones, they’re walking around in bare feet and they’re dirty. They never know when they’re going to take another shower, or where they’re going to live or lay there head next. So don’t take things for granted here.”

CFCC was recently recognized as a military-friendly college by “GI Jobs” magazine.

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