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Archive for November, 2011

Carolina Beach Police Chief, Ocean Rescue leader resign

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach Police Chief William Younginer announced his retirement today.

The StarNews reports the move comes after allegations of an affair between Younginer and Alicia Lachance, who was in charge of the town’s Ocean Rescue program. Lachance resigned today as well. The newspaper said Town Councilman Bob Lewis told it the town investigated the allegations earlier this year but found no evidence. But when we asked Lewis about the allegations, he referred all questions to Town Manager Tim Owens.

When we asked Owens if there was any connection between the resignations and the allegations he could “not get into that.” According to Owens Younginer said in an e-mail he is retiring to spend more time with his family.

Mayor Joel Macon says Kurt Bartley will be the interim police chief. The change happens December 1.

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Five years later, Riegelwood tornado survivors still cope

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

RIEGELWOOD, NC (WWAY) — Five years later, and still scars remain. That’s how long it’s been since a tornado tore through Riegelwood devastating homes and the lives of many in the community. Talking about that day is still not easy for those who went through it.

Families once lived here, but now, all that lives on these empty lots are tall weeds. The two homes that once stood here are long gone. The people who lived in them long gone, as well. They died November 16, 2006, when a F-3 tornado ripped through the neighborhood off Old Lake oad in Riegelwood.

“I very seldom go around there, because it always brings back memories. Very seldom,” survivor Vivian Waddell said. “I miss the neighbors, waving at them, speaking to them and whatnot. Everybody was very friendly.”

Waddell lives at the front of this neighborhood. The morning of the tornado, she ran outside to check on her nephew, who lives a few doors down. That’s when she saw the destruction.

“When I saw everything, oh, my God, I couldn’t believe it. I could not believe what I saw with my eyes,” Waddell said. “I had seen it on TV, but I never dreamed of seeing it happen to us.”

Five years later the sights and sounds are still vivid for the emergency crews who responded.

Acme-Delco-Riegelwood Fire Chief Steve Camlin says the images of the carnage and finding the bodies of the eight people who died that day changed lives.

“We’ve had some people leave us who was traumatized over it and even affected other members in other departments that’s dealt with post-traumatic issues,” Camlin said. “It’s changed a lot of people to the point that where some of them couldn’t handle the situations that we have to endure.”

Time moves on. Homes are rebuilt. But those who lived through it live with the memories.

“ust felt the house shaking, the roof came off, everything was like in fast forward, probably everything was like seven seconds, then it was over,” survivor Shawn Bress said. “Everything was flat.”

Now, on the fifth anniversary, a solemn white ribbon adorns a monument to the victims. A reminder for all of how quickly life can change.

Chief Camlin says residents had no warning, because the tornado struck around 6:30 a.m., and most were not up watching TV. The town now uses a reverse 911 system to call residents when there is a natural disaster or other emergency.

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System issue, bird strike affect Charlotte airport

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Concerns over an instrument landing system and a bird strike on a departing flight have impacted operations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday an instrument landing system on Runway 18R was out of service for about two hours after a pilot reported a fluctuating signal. While the ILS was out of service, only one runway was available for landings instead of two runways. That meant holding Charlotte-bound flights on the ground at their departure airports until the ILS was returned to service.

FAA technicians examined the system and found nothing unusual.

Also, Republic Airlines flight 3140 was on its takeoff roll when a bird struck the number 2 engine on the Embraer E170. The pilot aborted the takeoff and returned to the ramp.

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

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More than $64M goes to Hurricane Irene aid in NC

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — More than $64 million has been approved for disaster aid in North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday more than 34,000 people in the state have sought help or information on disaster assistance since the Category 1 hurricane.

More than $24 million of the aid given out so far has been in the form of FEMA grants for temporary housing and the replacement of personal property. Nearly $35 million in low-interest disaster loans approved by the federal Small Business Administration have also been distributed.

Homeowners, renters and businesses applying for low-interest disaster loans from the SBA must do so by Nov. 30.

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

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‘Unusual Event’ at nuclear plant no cause for alarm

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The reactor coolant system leak is the lowest of the federal agency’s four emergency classifications.

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