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Archive for June, 2012

Brunswick hospice grand opening to be held June 24

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

The grand opening of the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick grand opening will be 1 to 4 p.m. June 24 at 955 Mercy Lane SE off Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.

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Sheriff’s offices offer help as Bladen Co. mourns fallen deputy

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — As sheriff’s deputies in Bladen County go to a colleague’s funeral tomorrow, sheriff’s offices from surrounding counties will lend a helping hand.

Brunswick, Columbus, Pender, Robeson and Cumberland counties will each send two officers to patrol Bladen County during Dewayne Hester’s funeral. Officers will respond to calls and other duties until the funeral is over.

Hester died Friday night when he lost control of his cruiser responding to a call and hit a tree. The 39-year-old left behind a wife and two children.

A visitation for Hester is tonight from 6-9 p.m. at Hickory Grove Baptist Church Family Life Center in Bladenboro. His funeral is tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the same location.

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Heat, Thunder dream series for meteorologists

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The NBA Finals tips off tonight. It’s been an exciting shortened season for the NBA. Starting tonight, Oklahoma City will take on Miami.

While it may be the match-up fans have wished for, perhaps nobody wanted it more than meteorologists. After all, it is the Heat vs. the Thunder, the all-weather finals!

While Lebron James and Kevin Durant will battle it out on the court, it’s too tough to pick who will win that battle. But what if it was a battle of Mother Nature’s own, and thunder was actually up against heat in a weather war of epic proportions?

Will the heat swelter the thunder, or will the thunder strike the heat a death blow?

Enough analogies, let’s think about it.

Ok, let’s start with the thunder. By itself, it’s merely just a noise, albeit a loud one, that serves to scare kids and dogs, and in itself, it’s completely harmless. But you can’t get thunder without lightning. It’s actually the intense heat of lightning racing through the relatively cool air that creates shockwaves that we hear as the loud boom.

So with thunder we have lightning, sometimes stemming from severe thunderstorms that can bring hail, destructive winds and even deadly tornadoes. There’s no doubt the thunder brings a strong case, even if it’s by association.

On the heat’s side of the argument, we all deal with it during the summer with air conditioning, but left out in the elements, heat is a formidable foe. Get this: it’s heat, not hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning that is the number one killer each year in the US.

If you think about it, without heat, you wouldn’t have any thunder in the first place! The heat from the lightning directly causes the sound of thunder, not to mention that without the heating of the earth’s surface, we’d never be able to create the rising air the brings out the strong thunderstorms. After all, it’s the heating of the earth by the sun that creates all weather in the first place.

So I guess what I’m saying is that heat is all powerful. Does that mean I’m forecasting a Miami victory? If the series goes seven games it will finish up on June 26. A 14-day forecast? Let’s just say at that point, nobody’s good enough to nail that down.

You can watch the entire NBA Finals right here on WWAY. Coverage tips off tonight at 8 p.m. with a special “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” followed by “NBA Countdown” at 8:30. Game one starts at 9 p.m.

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NC ‘guns in bars’ bill could die in committee

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Pro-gun advocates worry that a bill to permit handguns in North Carolina bars is being quietly shoved aside.

The bill would allow people with concealed weapons licenses to carry guns into businesses that serve alcohol. The bill is currently on hold in the Senate Finance Committee and is not scheduled for discussion.

Pro-gun advocates think the Senate’s inaction is intentional. The president of Grass Roots North Carolina, F. Paul Valone, says senators are afraid to take up the controversial legislation before the November election.

Senate leader Phil Berger says legislators are busy working on the budget and will address the bill as soon as they can. Berger says it is a matter of when, not if, the bill gets put to vote.

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

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ONLY ON 3: Wrightsville Beach laws face a line in the sand

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — With a smoking ban under consideration at Wrightsville Beach, many people wonder if the town could even enforce such an ordinance. So what is legal? What’s not? And where?

At Wrightsville Beach the line in the sand is drawn at high tide. It’s called the 1939 Line, which defines town property from the dunes to the high water mark.

Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti says the fact that the town owns any of the beach makes it different.

“We’re a little unique at Wrightsville Beach, because most beaches couldn’t even attempt to do what we’re proposing, because they don’t own the land that’s out on the beach,” Cignotti said.

Cignotti says the proposed smoking ban that will be voted on in November may be affected by the line.

“In my opinion, we can enforce most of the beach,” Cignotti said. “You are correct in saying that someone could literally go into the water and smoke a cigarette. We could not enforce that.”

Cignotti says if this becomes a problem, Wrightsville Beach will contact the state about finding a solution. Visitors to the beach say if they are told something is illegal, they’re not going to waste their vacation trying to figure out loopholes.

“I think only the residents will know it and take advantage of that,” visitor Rose Burwell said. “Otherwise I think visitors will just obey the laws.”

A ban on drinking alcohol at the beach is enforced the same way a smoking ban would be. Mayor cignotti says the town stands by the drinking law and has never had a problem with anyone challenging it so far.

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