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Archive for May, 2012

New TV show to film in Wilmington

Friday, May 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The Wilmington Regional Film Commission, Inc. is proud to announce that NBC’s new Warner Bros. Television series Revolution will be produced in the Wilmington region beginning this summer. Premiering this fall on NBC, Revolution’s production team will employ approximately 125 people full time, hundreds of extras part time, and spend millions of dollars in the regional economy.

“Obviously, this is exciting news for the movie and television industry in Wilmington and NC,” said Johnny Griffin, Director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, Inc. “This region has always been identified with having the crew, talent, equipment, and facilities to economically produce film and television product as demonstrated by Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill. Revolution now joins the list of
productions which have chosen Wilmington as their place to live and work.”

After considering a number of cities, it was decided that the series will be lensed in the Wilmington area
due to its suitable locations, experienced local crew and vendors, and the state’s dependable film incentive.

Warner Bros. previously shot “One Tree Hill” in the region.

Produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises and
Warner Bros. Television, Revolution is executive produced by Eric Kripke (Supernatural), J.J. Abrams
(Lost, Fringe) and Bryan Burk (Lost, Fringe).

“We are excited to have a television series back in Wilmington that will create hundreds of jobs,” said
Aaron Syrett, Director of the North Carolina Film Office. “The North Carolina film credit continues to
create high-quality, well-paying jobs for North Carolinian professionals who have the skills and capabilities to handle the sophisticated level of production that an epic series like Revolution demands.”

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Road construction halted in NC for holiday weekend

Friday, May 25th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – Motorists across North Carolina will find the going easy for the Memorial Day weekend.

The state Department of Transportation is suspending most road construction work on major routes. The department says by avoiding traffic delays, motorists can reach their destinations more quickly while cutting down on fuel consumption and costs.

DOT says most construction projects along interstate, N.C. and U.S. routes will be suspended from 4 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m., next Tuesday, with five exceptions.

There’s ongoing construction on I-40 between Old Fort and Black Mountain, U.S. 321/221 in Watauga County, U.S. 421 in Boone, and U.S. 17 in Jacksonville and in Windsor.

Drivers can also expect delays due to NASCAR races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Delays are anticipated in northeast Mecklenburg County and southwest Cabarrus County.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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STORMTRACK 3: Offshore storm could become Tropical Storm Beryl this weekend

Friday, May 25th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An area of low pressure offshore is quickly tracking northward, and could strengthen into Tropical Storm Beryl this weekend. Right now, the system is weak and disorganized but is expected to gain some strength as it heads toward the Carolinas tonight. 

For Saturday, the storm system will be off the coast, but close enough that we will see some impacts. Right now, it looks like some clouds will move over land with a few showers possible along the coast from time to time. There will also be some gusty winds up to 25-30 mph at times, but below Tropical Storm force. We want to note that this does not look like a washout whatsoever

Perhaps the biggest impact from the storm will be the high risk of dangerous rip currents at the beaches both Saturday and Sunday. With the crowded beaches, this is a big concern. Make sure you heed warnings of lifeguards at all times. 

Just to recap our forecast:

  • Today – Partly cloudy with just a popup storm. Still a good beach day, with highs in the mid 80’s. 
  • Tonight – Clouds increasing with a shower possible.
  • Saturday – More clouds than sun with a shower from time to time at the coast. Inland areas will be dry — with partly to mostly cloudy skies. Highs in the mid 80’s inland, near 80 at the coast.
  • Sunday – Partly cloudy with some thunderstorms popping up during the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80’s. 

Stay tuned to WWAY for updates, and head to Hurricanes 101. 

– Meteorologist Tim Buckley

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4 people hurt in explosion at NC baseball stadium

Friday, May 25th, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — Officials say four people were injured after an explosion in a gas grill inside a concession building at a baseball stadium in Fayetteville.

Fayetteville SwampDogs manager Darrell Handelsman was listed in serious condition Thursday at UNC Hospitals.

Authorities said employees were unaware that gas was leaking from a propane line inside J.P. Riddle Stadium. When they tried to light the commercial-size grill, the gas fumes ignited.

The staff had been preparing for the team’s home opener and the SwampDogs planned to hold workouts Sunday and Monday. It’s unclear how the accident may affect the schedule. Damage to the stadium was said to be minimal.

The SwampDogs are a member of the Coastal Plain League, a summer collegiate league. Officials with the franchise couldn’t be reached Thursday.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Body of Virginia man found floating at NC marina

Friday, May 25th, 2012

CAMDEN, NC (AP) — The body of a Virginia man has been found floating at a marina in North Carolina.

The Camden County sheriff’s office is investigating the death of 49-year-old Michael Calabrese of Norfolk, Va.

Sheriff Tony Perry says Calabrese’s body was found floating near his boat at Lamb’s Marina around 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Calabrese had rented a slip about a month ago and was staying on a boat at the marina.

An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.

Calabrese and his girlfriend had been rescued from his boat during Hurricane Irene last August.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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