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Archive for April, 2012

Azalea Festival Home Tour presents diverse sites

Monday, April 9th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Azalea Festival week is upon us. Among the many events is the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s annual Azalea Festival Home Tour.

The proceeds from the tour help restore and preserve sites around Wilmington. The organization has helped save more than 200 homes from demolition over the years.

If you take the Home Tour you will see a variety of styles and structures, from smaller homes to an old fire house.

“We’ve got everything this year from the early 19th century into what is called a contemporary in-fill house, which is I think built about 2005,” HWF’s George Edwards said.

Edwards says diversity is a core focus when selecting which houses will be featured in the home tour each year.

We’ll preview stops on the Home Tour all this week on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 5:30 and 11 p.m. and “Good Morning Carolina.”

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Republicans dominate biennial N.C. effectiveness survey

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The findings of GOP ascendancy were not surprising given that party members held majorities simultaneously in the House and Senate for the first time since 1870.

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DOT awards contract for bridges in Brunswick, Pender

Monday, April 9th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) – The North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to replace seven bridges in Brunswick County and two bridges in Pender County. The $8.3 million contract went to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson. Work may begin as early as April 30, with project completion due by Nov. 1, 2015.

New bridges in Brunswick County will be built on:
•Green Swamp Road NW at two locations over Green Swamp near Supply;
•Maco Road NE over Hood Creek near Town Creek;
•Lincoln Road NE over a branch of Mill Creek outside of Leland;
•Galloway Road NE at two locations over Pinch Gut Creek between Supply and Bolivia; and
•Midway Road SE over River Swamp near Supply.

New bridges in Pender County will be constructed on:
•Canetuck Road over Buckle Creek near Riegelwood; and
•Morgan Road over Colly Creek near Currie.

The DOT says these projects will use a design-build method that allows design, environmental permitting, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation and construction to take place at the same time, under one contract. This method reduces overall construction time, helps avoid cost inflation, and allows the contractor to make innovations to save taxpayers money. It also reduces environmental impact and minimizes driving delays for motorists.

This contract also is among 17 to be let by June 2012 using a new “express” design-build concept, which permits construction in eight months or less. The concept is more efficient than traditional models in that it does not require a technical proposal; the contract award winner is selected solely on low bid. The projects will replace about 175 bridges across all 14 highway divisions.

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Nine area bridges will be replaced

Monday, April 9th, 2012

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Carolina Beach probe closes without charges

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The State Bureau of Investigation said allegations of wrongdoing were unfounded.

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