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Archive for December, 2011

Surf City to retain night beach driving

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Fishermen will continue to be allowed to drive on Surf City’s beach at night.

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Tree of Life honors DWI victims, law enforcement tonight at Battleship

Friday, December 9th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Drunk drivers continue to take innocent lives. That’s why the Tree of Life and Candlelight Vigil is held annually. It’s a moment to remember the victims and to pay tribute to law enforcement officers.

“It’s that phone call you don’t want. It’s that two trooper cars pulling into your yard and you know your life is going to change,” Kim Heath said.

Heath speaks from experience. Her life changed dramatically in spring 2010. That’s when her daughter Stephanie was killed in a car accident. The other driver, Richard Constantineau, is in jail charged with DWI and felony death by vehicle.

It’s news families don’t want to hear and troopers don’t want to deliver.

“I think the troopers need support as well and the officers, because they know that what they’re going to say is going to change lives,” Heath said.

That’s why a Tree of Life Ceremony and Candlelight Vigil is held every year at the Battleship North Carolina. It’s a chance for families who lost loved ones because of impaired drivers, to get together. Each light on the tree of life represents a person who died in car accidents.

“It’s very important,” New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer said. “It really brings it to light how it’s families that are every day affected by drunk drivers.”

In North Carolina last year, more than 9,000 people were charged with DWI. Four-hundred thirty-seven people died in alcohol related accidents, including 11 in Brunswick and New Hanover Counties.

The ceremony is also a way to thank law enforcement officers who work to get those drivers off the road.

“The troopers, deputies and court system that work so hard to protect us deserve to be honored and mentioned,” Heath said, “because in their work they protect other families from the tragedy that our family has endured.”

A tragedy that could be prevented.

Constantineau, the man charged with Stephanie Heath’s death, had his bond increased $10,000 this week after investigators say he was found with a weapon in jail.

Kim Heath is the keynote speaker at the Tree of Life and Candlelight Vigil. It’s tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. in the Battleship Auditorium. The public is invited.

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UNC trustees approve Fedora as new coach

Friday, December 9th, 2011

CHAPEL HILL, NC (WTVD) — Larry Fedora will soon take over as the head football coach at UNC.

The schools board of trustees made it official Friday morning in a unanimous vote giving the coach a seven-year contract that pays him $1.7 million annually. That includes $350,000 in base pay, and another $1.35 million in supplemental.

The school expects to hold a press conference at 1 p.m. Friday to formally introduce the new coach. The public is invited to attend the event in the Concourse Club at the Loudermilk Center.

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Overturned pick-up on bridge slow morning commute

Friday, December 9th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wondering why you or a coworker was late to work this morning? Blame an accident on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.

A pick-up truck overturned in the inside lane coming in from Brunswick County. Crews had to close the bridge for a while after 8 a.m. to flip the truck back over and clear the scene.

No word of how the accident happened or any injuries.

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Atlantis Holdings files for bankruptcy; projects on hold

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Plans for a cinema and other commercial and residential projects along Carolina Beach Road on hold.

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