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Archive for November, 2011

Teacher killed in car accident

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– A New Hanover county teacher was killed in a car accident last night, according to school spokeswoman Valita Quattlebaum.

It happened on North College Road near Laney high school. The Highway Patrol says the preliminary investigation shows that around 9:40 p.m. Monday Michael Gillespie crossed the center line and hit Linda Aiello, who was traveling north. After that accident another vehicle also hit Aiello’s car.

Aiello, 62, and a third grade teacher at Wrightsboro Elementary, died in the crash. She had been with New Hanover County schools since August 1989.

Aiello leaves behind a daughter and two grandchildren.

Counselors are at the school today to speak with staff and students.

We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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New Hampstead Bypass proposal in the mix

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

The NCDOT is exploring an alternate alignment of the Hampstead Bypass.

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Families sought to host Marines for Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Port City Java is organizing a Make a Marine’s Thanksgiving drive. They’re looking for 27 families to host 2 Marines from Camp Lejeune Thanksgiving Day from 11:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. You can feed them lunch, watch some football, or do whatever your family does to celebrate the holiday.

“To do something for the folks that put their lives on the line for our country, for our people…this is such a small way to say thank you,” said Port City Java CEO Steve Schnitzler.

Schnitzler also says Thanksgiving is the ultimate family holiday. He wants to give North Carolina based Marines who wish it, a great turkey day experience.

“What we’re trying to do is provide some home cooked meals and a little time off the base for Marines that are far away from home and may not have family in the area,” said Schnitzler.

The original idea was to go up to Camp Lejeune, get the Marines and bring them back for the meal. To get a few more service members into the mix, Port City Java will hire a charter bus. For families who host them, the only outside cost will be what is spent on food.

“Thanksgiving is about family time and since these folks are far away from their families hopefully we can give them a little bit of that surrogate family experience while they are serving,” added Schnitzler.

The eventual goal of the event is to give every Marine that wants a home for Thanksgiving that option.

For more information – or to volunteer – email Port City Java CEO Steve Schnitzler at steve@portcityjava.com.

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Cucalorus attendance exceeds 9,500

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

The 17th Cucalorus Film Festival drew at least 9,500 attendees.

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NRC proposes $17,500 fine for Global Nuclear Fuel

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Federal regulators wants to fine a Wilmington-based Global Nuclear Fuel. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a $17,500 civil penalty against Global Nuclear Fuel–Americas LLC for violations of NRC requirements related to a March incident at the fuel manufacturing facility.

A news release from the NRC says the violations involved a failure of Global Nuclear Fuel’s staff to maintain mass control of uranium oxide in particulate air filters in one area of the facility. On March 2, Global Nuclear Fuel advised the NRC that its staff had identified that an excessive amount of uranium oxide powder has been present in the filter housing. There was no actual criticality, the release says, though the quantity of material could have posed a criticality threat if other safety features had not been in place.

A criticality can occur when nuclear materials come together in sufficient quantity or in a container of correct shape to initiate a chain reaction resulting in either a “burst” or a sustained release of radiation. A small criticality event would not be expected to affect people or the environment outside the facility, but could be serious for workers in the immediate area.

A NRC Special Inspection Team identified the violations associated with the failure to maintain mass control. At a Sept. 29 predecisional enforcement conference, Global Nuclear Fuel officials acknowledged the violations and presented details of corrective actions to prevent a recurrence of the event.

The NRC proposed a $17,500 civil penalty for the violations partly because the company has been the subject of escalated enforcement within the past two years. The company has 30 days to either pay the civil penalty or protest its imposition.

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