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Archive for May, 2012

Despite protests, old oak tree cut down

Monday, May 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Many locals are upset because a beloved tree is now gone.

The large oak on the corner of Greenville Avenue and Oleander Drive had to be removed today because half of it was dead. Crews say the tree split in half when they cut it revealing a rotten core.

Many folks protested the removal of the tree, but in the end, the property owner said it just had to go.

“I’ve seen it forever here, and I really didn’t want to take it down, but it needed to come down. Half of it was gone,” said Chris Gimlin, who cut down the tree.

The tree’s legacy will live on. The removal company is required to plant three new trees in its place.

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Port foes lobby to block funds

Monday, May 21st, 2012

A group opposed to a new seaport is pushing to have language inserted into the state budget.

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Waterway kayaker drowns Sunday

Monday, May 21st, 2012

An Oak Island kayaker drowned Sunday night in the Intracoastal Waterway.

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STORMTRACK 3: Tropical Storm Alberto starts to turn eastward, no major impacts in SE NC

Monday, May 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Alberto is now beginning to move away from the coast of Florida and Georgia. The storm continues to have sustained winds of 40 mph. While it is still moving at a snail’s pace, the storm has begun to turn eastward, and is expected to accelerate to the northeast more quickly throughout the afternoon.

The storm is expected to remain at least 150 miles offshore from Wilmington, and we will not see any rain or wind from the storm. Even offshore, wave heights and marine conditions are not even expected to be extreme. There will be an increased risk of rip currents at the beaches through late Tuesday. Keep in mind, many beaches do not have lifeguards at this point in the season.

No Tropical Storm Watches/Warnings are currently in effect.

TS Alberto jumped the gun by about two weeks. Alberto is the earliest-forming tropical storm in the Atlantic basin since Ana in 2003. This is also the first time that a tropical storm has formed before the official start of the Hurricane Season in both the Atlantic and East Pacific basins.

Stick with WWAY for all the latest on our early start to Hurricane Season, and check out Hurricanes 101 for all the details.

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City officials propose flat county budget

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Tax rate would go up, but revenue wouldn’t

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