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Archive for April, 2012

Wildfire near Hampstead spreading toward Holly Shelter

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

A woods fire in Hampstead that began Saturday could last for a week or more, according to Pender County emergency management officials.

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Folks get a dose of delicious chowder, crown a winner

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — It was a soup-er weekend in Carolina Beach as Southeastern North Carolina’s best chefs went head to head in the 16th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off.

Hundred of folks came out to sample the delicious concoctions. Celebrity judges, including WWAY’s own Chris Phillips helped crown the king chowder. Congressman Mike McIntyre was also a judge. He said the festival is a great way to showcase our special corner of the world and kick off tourism season.

“We have some of the best chefs throughout this area,” McIntyre said. “People love to come to this part of North Carolina for seafood as well. This is a really unique and fun contest, and we are excited to have such a great turnout of folks. It’s really about family and food and festivity. It combines all three in a great way.”

Seven restaurants competed for the prize, but in the end, the judges chose O’charley’s as their winner, and the people’s choice award went to Havana’s.

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Thousands enjoy Azalea Parade, say it’s festival highlight

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tradition rolled on this weekend as the 65th Annual Azalea Festival Parade rolled through the streets of downtown Wilmington.

With near picture-perfect weather, thousands of folks came out to watch the more than 150 parade participants. Spectators were treated to marching band music, dance performances, animals of all shapes and sizes and, of course, royalty. The Azalea Festival draws people from all over the country, and many say the parade is one of the festival’s highlights.

“We’re from a little town in Southeast Missouri, so this is a lot of people,” visitor John Mahan said. “This is a lot of excitement for us. The people here all seem to be into it and really like it. They are really good. The units are good. They are all in step, so yeah, it works fine.”

Folks were happy to see that the Third Street construction project took a break and cleaned up a bit so the parade could still shine.

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Hatteras museum to show message from Titanic

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

HATTERAS, NC (AP) — The telegraph message that the Hatteras Weather Bureau Station received from the Titanic is going on public display for the first time at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

The message that reads “have struck iceberg” will go on display Saturday, the 100th anniversary of the sinking, and stay up through May 31. More than 1,500 people died on the Titanic.

The National Park Service says the Hatteras station received one of the first telegraph messages from the British passenger liner.

At 11:25 p.m., the message of, “C.Q.D.” meaning, “Come Quickly Distressed” was recorded by the station. That was the same time as the Cape Race Marconi Station in Newfoundland, Canada. Details followed with the ship’s coordinates and the reason for distress — “have struck iceberg.”

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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Smithsonian curator to speak

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Programs to be held at CFCC and Cameron Art Museum

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