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Archive for December, 2011

Trial in UNC student leader’s death nears end

Friday, December 16th, 2011

HILLSBOROUGH, NC (AP) — The conclusion is near in the trial of a man accused of murdering University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson.

Prosecutors rested their case Thursday after calling dozens of witnesses over seven days.

Lawyers for Laurence Lovette offered no defense witnesses, and Judge Allen Baddour scheduled closing arguments for Monday.

Lovette is accused of teaming with DeMario Atwater in abducting Athens, Ga. native Carson in March 2008. Investigators say the duo forced her to withdraw $1,400 from automated teller machines in Chapel Hill and Durham before shooting her to death.

Lovette has pleaded not guilty.

Last year, Atwater pleaded guilty in the case and was sentenced to life in prison.

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

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Christmas Bird County starts this weekend

Friday, December 16th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s going to be a big month for bird watchers across the Carolinas. Christmas time means it’s time for counting birds with the Audubon Society.

Beginning this weekend, area bird watchers are going to head outside to wetlands across the area to try and count as many birds as they can find. It’s called the Christmas Bird Count, and it’s put on by the Audubon Society every year.

You can almost think about it as a census for the birds. Bird watchers and scientists want to know all they can about the bird populations from year to year. The data they collect dates back to 1900.

“Show how populations are changing, or show where they might be wintering,” Wilmington Bird County coordinator Sam Cooper said. “They may come further south or stay further north, so it’s a nice bank of information to show how the birds are changing or how the habitat is changing.”

In our area, there are three bird counts taking place this month. The first will focus on the Hampstead area, anywhere from Holly Shelter to Lea Island.

In New Hanover County, the Wilmington Bird Count will cover an area from the Cape Fear River to Masonboro Island to Carolina Beach.

The last will be in Brunswick County, covering Oak Island, Southport and Bald Head Island.

With all the birds in our area, it’s no small task. In fact, our area has one of the richest populations of birds anywhere

“The three counts in coastal Southeastern North Carolina are often in the top five percent of all the Christmas Bird Counts in North America,” Cooper said.

The event is open to the public, and only an interest in birds is required to participate. As Cooper says, the more eyes the better.

“You never know what you’re going to get,” he said. “We are bound by a day, so we may have a balmy 70 degree December day like today, which we’d be fortunate. But we’re often combating fog, wind, rain, and we take whatever’s dealt for us that day, and that can actually affect the count results.>

If you’re interested in participating in this year’s count you need to contact one of the coordinators beforehand. The first event is Sunday in Hampstead. Click here to register.

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Pedestrian killed early Friday along MLK Parkway

Friday, December 16th, 2011

The Wilmington Police Department is investigating a pedestrian fatality that occurred early Friday morning in the 1100 block of the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.

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FIRST ON 3: Pedestrian hit and killed on MLK

Friday, December 16th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC — (WWAY) — A pedestrian was hit and killed this morning on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Wilmington.

The accident happened at 1:57 a.m. at the 1100 block of the parkway.

No names have been released.

Stay with WWAY for the latest on this developing story.

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Brunswick News & Notes – Parting of the ways; celebrate solstice; senior golf

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Ocean Isle Museum Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman, Jerry Thrift, announced that OIMF and its Executive Director, Dottie David-Wilson, have made a mutual decision to part ways.

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