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Archive for March, 2012

NC couple finds 50-carat emerald in a mine

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

HIDDENITE, NC (AP) — A North Carolina couple is showing off the 50-carat emerald they dug from a vein of the precious gemstone running through Alexander County.

Kevin and Libby Barrieault say they uncovered the stone Friday, a week after the state natural sciences museum showed off its gift of three uncut emeralds and the largest cut emerald in North America. All were found near the town of Hiddenite. The Barrieaults and other gemstone enthusiast went digging Friday at the North American Emerald Mine in Hiddentite. Mine owner Jamie Hill says it’s the first time in 40 years that a gemstone club has been allowed to dig on the land.

Hill estimates the Barrieault’s find could net them $10,000, allowing them to keep the stone since the mine keeps finds worth more than that.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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High schoolers kick butts out of the park

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Students from all over the Cape Fear came together to kick butts out of the park Saturday; cigarette butts, that is.

Tobacco Reality Unfiltered, or TRU, groups from several area high schools picked up hundreds of cigarette butts in Empie Park. The group’s mission is to help smokers quit and to prevent people from ever picking up the habit.

“We are the next generation, and we’re next to take the place of the people who are about to retire, so we might as well make the world a better place and much healthier,” TRU student Christian Kittrell said. “Instead of having all the cancer and all the other health issues out there.”

Kittrell is passionate about keeping butts out of parks and hands because his grandmother is the victim of smoking-related health issues.

The group’s funding has been significantly cut by the state, so they must reapply for a grant and prove their impact and importance.

For more information, visit www.realityunfiltered.com.

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STORMTRACK 3: Storms prompt Tornado, Severe T-storm Watches

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

SOUTHEASTERN NC (WWAY) — A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for much of our area, including Bladen, Columbus and Robeson Counties until 2 a.m. A Tornado Watch is in effect for counties just to the north of our viewing area until 11 p.m. Cumberland and Sampson Counties are currently under the Tornado Watch, which means there are severe thunderstorms forming that have the potential to spawn tornadoes.

The combination of a strong system moving in from the west and the warm weather has created strong and severe storms in the Carolinas and along the East Coast. These scattered storms can be expected to continue throughout Saturday evening and overnight. Some scattered storms could linger into Sunday as the system continues to make its way offshore.

The biggest threats associated with these storms include damaging wind gusts and hail. The possibility of tornadoes is low but cannot be ruled out.

Stick with WWAY online and on-air for all the latest watches and warnings.

Weather Forecaster Asha Davé

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STORMTRACK 3: Severe storms prompt Tornado Watch to our north

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

SOUTHEASTERN NC (WWAY) — A Tornado Watch is in effect for counties just to the north of our viewing area until 11 p.m. Cumberland and Sampson Counties are currently under the Tornado Watch, which means there are severe thunderstorms forming that have the potential to spawn tornadoes.

The combination of a strong system moving in from the west and the warm weather has created strong and severe storms in the Carolinas and along the East Coast. These scattered storms can be expected to continue throughout Saturday evening and overnight.

The biggest threats associated with these storms include damaging wind gusts around 60 mph and hail. The possibility of tornadoes is low but cannot be ruled out.

Stick with WWAY online and on-air for all the latest watches and warnings.

Weather Forecaster Asha Davé

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Beach access plan questioned

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Topsail Beach neighborhood wants to stop a second public waterfront access on its street

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