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Archive for November, 2011

Kite festival flies to new heights in Wrightsville Beach

Monday, November 7th, 2011

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It was a little too chilly to lay out on the beach this weekend, but it was perfect weather to enjoy a good kite festival.

Kite flyers came together during the fourth annual Cape Fear Kite Festival in Wrightsville Beach.

A huge, life-size blue whale was by far the largest sea creature to fly above. The massive, colorful kites painted the sky, while folks bundled up to enjoy the show.

The event’s organizer, Michael Agner, says some of the kites are flown in shows across the globe.

“We get to travel all over the world with the kites,” said Agner. “People don’t realize that in other parts of the world, kite flying is a big deal. We are treated like rock stars in some countries.”

The festival was held on Saturday and Sunday in front of the Shell Island Resort.

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Topsail Beach officials propose plan to gain beach access

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Theeasement offers beachfront owners $1 to sign over land that may be used for future beach projects.

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Yellow Tape – No charges anticipated after police standoff

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

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Curling Club sweeps into Port City

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The sport of curling has seen a surge of popularity recently and now it has made its way to the Port City. The Coastal Carolina Curling Club was formed a few months ago, after many in the area wanted to try out the increasingly popular sport.

“I started taking an interest in curling during the 2006 Olympics and it kind of caught my eye,” said Tony Jacobs, a beginner at curling.

A majority of people in the club joined as beginners, many intrigued by the sport that first made its way into the Olympic limelight in 1998.

“Some are certainly better than others because they’ve been doing it for years, but most of us are totally brand new to curling,” said Betty Feezor, also new to the sport. “We’ve just been doing it for four months now.”

Unlike many sports that require you to shell out hundreds of dollars on equipment, curling is pretty simple.

“Just warm comfortable clothes, flat soled shoes, really that’s about it,” said Jacobs.

The curling club’s first season ended last month and now once a week they are hosting pick-up games at the Wilmington Ice House.

“There are some other opportunities for us to go to other clubs and participate in what is called a bonspiel, or tournament and we’ll pick up with the regular season again this next summer,” said Feezor.

There is no age limit in curling. Anyone can join; the only real requirements are an open mind and a desire to have a little fun.

“It’s just people of all shapes, sizes, energy levels, but we’re all out here just to have fun socialize and learn how to curl,” said Kay Lynch, who joined the curling club recently.

The Coastal Carolina Curling Club will host a “learn to curl” clinic on November 19 at the Wilmington Ice House. The event will start at 5 p.m.

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N.C. police departments take steps to help officers with death notifications

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Law enforcement academies are making time to address the issue.

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